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Billy Bragg hosts an evening at The ICA, The Mall, London, during which he presents The Watersons, June Tabor and The Oysterband.
Newsweek magazine declares Bruce Springsteen to be "an icon of America", claiming that his most recent world tour has transformed him "from pop star to cultural symbol."
Wild Man of Rock, Ted Nugent, plays drug dealer Charlie Bassett in tonight's episode of tv series Miami Vice, which is titled Definitely Miami.
Bob Dylan'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.
The US Space Shuttle Challenger breaks apart 73 seconds into its flight, causing the deaths of its seven crew members. Adam Young of Owl City will make use of President Reagan's eulogy for the shuttle crew in his piece January 28, 1986 as the introduction to the next track, Galaxies.
A combined world tour featuring Bob Dylan with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers begins in Athletic Park, Wellington, New Zealand.
Kenny Rogers undergoes surgery to remove a cyst from his throat.
Mike And The Mechanics, formed by Genesis member Mike Rutherford, have their first UK singles chart entry with Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground). It will peak at No21.
The biographical drama movie Mask, starring Cher, at cinemas in Colombia, South America.
Stan Getz records the LP Voyage for Blackhawk Records in Menlo Park, near San Francisco, California, USA
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble arrive in New Zealand for a performance at The Town Hall, Wellington.
Branford Marsalis spends the last of three days recording the album Royal Garden Blues for CBS Records at RCA Studio A, New York City, USA.
Linda Creed Epstein, half of the Philadelphia-based hit-writing team of Creed and Bell (Thom Bell), dies of cancer at home in Ambler, Pennsylvania, aged 37. Her best remembered compositions are You Make Me Feel Brand New, Betcha By Golly Wow and Could It Be I'm Falling In Love.
Jello Biafra of punk-rock band The Dead Kennedys is charged by the City Attorney's office, Los Angeles, California, USA, with distributing harmful matter to minors. The charge stems from the band's inclusion of an image by Oscar award-winning Swedish artist H.R. Giger in their third album, Frankenchrist.
Bob Dylan secretly marries Carolyn Dennis , a backing singer in his band. Dennis had given birth to his daughter, Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan, a few months earlier.
Bob Dylan plays at the Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The new Prince movie, Under The Cherry Moon, has its premiere in Sheridan, Wyoming, USA. Later, at a party in the Holiday Inn, Prince plays an impromptu 45-minute live set.
Jello Biafra of The Dead Kennedys goes on trial in Los Angeles, California, USA, charged with distributing harmful material - an obscene poster in the band's album Frankenchrist - to minors.
When The Cure open a US tour at Great Woods Amphitheater, Mansfield, keyboardist Lol Tolhurst becomes so drunk he has to be wheeled back to the hotel on a trolley.
When Eric Clapton plays at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, Europe, he is joined onstage by Robert Cray.
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.
Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel, recorded at Real World Studios, Box, reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
The album So, by Peter Gabriel is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A. The album was recorded at Gabriel's Real World Studios complex in Box, Wiltshire, UK.
Loose Tubes spend the first of two days recording the album Delightful Precipice for their own Loose Tubes label in London, UK.
Dylan's album Knocked Out Loaded enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No35 during a five-week run.
The Superior Court of Los Angeles County dismisses the case brought against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of 19-year old John McCollum, who had shot himself in the head with a .22 caliber handgun while listening to Osbourne's song Suicide Solution. The case will, however, go to appeal.
Johnny Cash signs a new recording contract with Polygram Records subsidiary Mercury Records.
Please by the Pet Shop Boys is certified as a platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
On their Rusted-Out Garage tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse play in The Forum, Montreal, Canada.
UB40 play the fifth of six nights at the 8,500 seat Lubileini Sports Arena, Leningrad, Russia.
UB40 play the second of six nights at the 12,000 seat Luzhniki Arena, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
UB40 play the third of six nights at the 12,000 seat Luzhniki Arena, Moscow, Russia, Europe. On the same day, they visit Moscow's Bluebird Cafe and jam with local musicians.
Bob Dylan plays at the Canadian General Electric Warehouse, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
UB40 play the last of six nights at the 12,000 seat Luzhniki Arena, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No9. The song was recorded at Gabriel's Real World Studios complex in Box, Wiltshire, UK.
Steve Winwood plays at The UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Level 42.
Genesis release a new single, Land Of Confusion, in the UK. In its lyrics and guitar riff, the song makes reference to My Generation by The Who.
Bob Dylan presents the Hall Of Fame award to singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot at the Juno Awards ceremony in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Liza Minelli plays the last of eight days at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan is denied admission to a gig by Tanya Tucker at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, because his faded jeans are deemed too scruffy for the hotel's dress code. After some negotiation, Dylan is allowed to enter.
Bob Dylan is denied admission to a gig by Tanya Tucker at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, because his faded jeans are deemed too scruffy for the hotel's dress code. After some negotiation, Dylan is allowed to enter.
Eye Of The Zombie by John Fogerty is awarded a gold album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Jared Followill, bass guitarist of Kings Of Leon, is born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Clark Tracey plays at The Four Bars Inn, Cardiff, Wales.
Courtney Pine plays at L'Aristo's, Colchester, UK.
The Stan Tracey Quartet plays at Gibbs, Cardiff, Wales.
A benefit show for the family of recently deceased jazz double-bassist and pianist Johnny Dyani is held at The Albany Empire, London, UK, with participating artists including Team ten, Blackjazz Orchestra, Jah Revelationmusik, Take 5 and The Jiving Lindy Hoppers.
District Six play at The Four Bars Inn, Cardiff, Wales.
Elton John attends the 3rd Test Match in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, and is so delighted when the English cricketers defeat Australia that he pours champagne all over himself in celebration.
Ratt play at The Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Cheap Trick.
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