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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Bob Dylan'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.
Left wing rock pressure group Red Wedge stages a concert at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe, featuring Paul Weller, Mick Talbot, Junior Giscombe, Billy Bragg and The Communards.
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 Elvis Costello.
Guns N'Roses sign a recording contract with Geffen Records.
Bob Dylan 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.
Bob Dylan 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.
The San Francisco home of Jello Biafra of punk-rock band The Dead Kennedys, and the offices of his record company, Alternative Tentacles, are raided by nine police officers seeking evidence to be used against Biafra on a charge of distributing harmful matter to minors.
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.
Bob Dylan plays at the Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Chris De Burgh releases a new single, The Lady In Red, on A+M Records in the UK.
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Level 42 headline the third and last day of the Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK. Also on the bill are Madness, Robert Cray, Simply Red and The Housemartins.
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.
Prince makes his Japanese live concert debut in Osaka, Japan, Asia.
Bob Dylan is filming on Dunraven Beach, near Cardiff, Wales, for his role as Billy Parker in the film Hearts Of Fire.
Cliff Burton, 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.
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Please by the Pet Shop Boys is certified as a platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
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.
Iron Maiden play at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac marries Portuguese musician Eduardo Quintela de Mendonca in London, UK.
UB40 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.
Dire Straits sound engineer Peter Grange is run over and killed in Clearwater, Gloucestershire, UK.
Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits breaks his collarbone in a crash while driving in a celebrity race preceding the Australian Grand Prix.
Freddie Jackson, Meli'sa Morgan and Levert play at The Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA, earning gross receipts of $75,739 from an audience of 4094 fans.
Iron Maiden play the first of three nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
R.E.M. release a new single, Superman, in the USA on IRS Records.
Liza Minelli plays the second of eight days at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Berlin reach No.1 on the UK pop singles chart with Take Your Breath Away, and will hold the top spot for four weeks.
Eye Of The Zombie by John Fogerty is awarded a gold album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Paul McCartney comes to the end of three days filming a video for his song Only Love Remains, at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, UK.
The Stan Tracey Quartet plays at Gibbs, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe.
District Six play at The Moon Club, Bristol, UK.
Tommy Kiefer guitarist and founder-member of Swiss metal band Krokus commits suicide by hanging himself on Christmas Eve. Kiefer was a long-term heroin addict.
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