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The Red Wedge tour begins at The Apollo, Manchester, England, UK, Europe, featuring The Style Council, Billy Bragg
, Junior Giscombe and The Communards. Johnny Marr
of The Smiths
makes a guest appearance on stage with The Style Council.
's former manager Albert Grossman
dies of a heart attack while flying on Concorde to London, UK. It is thought he was planning to sign an unknown British singer to a contract.
Jazz guitarist Everett Barksdale
whose career included stints working with The Esrkine Tate Band, Eddie South, Harold Vick and Benny Carter among others, dies in Inglewood, California, USA.
When The Red Wedge tour, featuring Paul Weller
's Style Council, Billy Bragg
, Junior Giscombe and The Communards, plays at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe, the show is joined by The Smiths
making an unannounced live appearance.
The Bangles begin a six date UK tour at Portsmouth Polytechnic, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK, Europe.
Country music singer-songwriter Blaine Larsen
is born in Tacoma, Washington, USA.
When Twisted Sister
play in San Antonio, Texas, USA, the city has recently passed an anti-rock music ordinance [in response to pressure from the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC)
, to prevent the appearance of artists who sing about such topics as necrophilia, paedophilia or bestiality. A group of local dignitaries monitor the show but later, in the band's dressing room, they mingle happily with the group.
's world tour with Tom Petty
and the Heartbreakers plays at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Legendary blues harmonica player/singer Sonny Terry
dies of cancer in New York City, USA.
Kurtis Blow plays at The Town And Country Club, Kentish Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
, Mick Talbot, Junior Giscombe, Billy Bragg
and The Communards.
Left wing rock pressure group Red Wedge stages a concert at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe, featuring
Kiss by Prince peaks at No6 in the UK Singles Chart.
The Pogues' bassist Cait O'Riordan disappears in the midst of a series of gigs in New York City, USA. It transpires that she has run off with
receives the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Founder's Award. Dylan's acceptance speech at Chasen's Restaurant, Los Angeles, is broadcast by on CNN's Showbiz Today show.
receives the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Founder's Award. Dylan's acceptance speech at Chasen's Restaurant, Los Angeles, California, USA, is broadcast by on CNN's Showbiz Today show.
EMI opens its first-ever CD manufacturing factory in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Dylan marries one of his back-up singers, Carol Dennis, in Los Angeles. Their marriage will remain a secret for many years.
The Moody Blues
album The Other Side Of Life is certified as a Gold Disc
in the USA. The band is led by Swindon-born singer and songwriter Justin Hayward.
Mountains by Prince peaks at No23 in the Billboard
US Top 40 Singles Chart.
When Bob Dylan
plays the last of three sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden
, New York City, USA, selling $1,206,000 worth of tickets, he is interviewed backstage by Mark Ellen of UK rock magazine Q.
Loose Tubes spend the first of two days recording the album Delightful Precipice for their own Loose Tubes label in London, UK.
Robert Emmet Chambers, Jr., later nicknamed the 'Preppie Killer', murders 18-year-old Jennifer Levin in Central Park, New York City, USA. The murder and subsequent events will provoke a huge media circus, and will become the subject matter for such songs as Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
by The Killers
and Eliminator Jr
. by Sonic Youth
makes his Japanese live concert debut in Osaka, Japan, Asia.
is filming on Dunraven Beach, near Cardiff, Wales, for his role as Billy Parker in the film Hearts Of Fire.
, bass player for Metallica
, dies aged 24 when the band's tour bus crashes on icy roads near Ljumgbye, Sweden, Europe, during the Damage Inc. tour.
play the last of six nights at the 12,000 seat Luzhniki Arena, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
Jazz double-bassist and pianist Johnny Dyani
, who played with musicians including Don Cherry
, Steve Lacy, David Murray and Leo Smith, dies aged 40 in Berlin, Germany, Europe. In the early 1960s, Dyani had been a member of South Africa's first integrated jazz band, The Blue Notes.
sound engineer Peter Grange is run over and killed in Clearwater, Gloucestershire, UK.
of Dire Straits
breaks his collarbone in a crash while driving in a celebrity race preceding the Australian Grand Prix.
play the first of three nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
release a new single, Superman, in the USA on IRS Records.
reach No.1 on the UK pop singles chart with Take Your Breath Away, and will hold the top spot for four weeks.
The Stan Tracey Quartet plays at Gibbs, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe.
District Six play at The Moon Club, Bristol, UK.
guitarist and founder-member of Swiss metal band Krokus
commits suicide by hanging himself on Christmas Eve. Kiefer was a long-term heroin addict.