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Anthony Davis' Episteme plays at Logan Hall, London, UK.
Anthony Davis' Episteme plays at The Arnolfini, Bristol, UK.
The Beastie Boys become the first act to be censored by US tv music show American Bandstand.
Bruce Springsteen records When You Need Me at Thrill Hill Recording, New York City, USA.
The album Whoever's In New England by Reba McEntire is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA. This is McEntire's first of many such awards.
The Jan Garbarek Quartet plays at Logan Hall, London, UK.
The Jan Garbarek Quartet plays at The Trades Club, Leeds, UK.
Radio station KMET in Los Angeles, California, USA, signs off after nineteen years on the air. The station had been a pioneer of underground progressive rock programming.
Bob Dylan, George Harrison and John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, put in a guest appearance at a Taj Mahal show in the Palomino Club, Hollywood, California, USA.
Kesha Rose Sebert is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. She will find fame as Ke$ha.
Jazz guitarist and songwriter Eddie Durham, best-known for his work with Cab Calloway, Willie Bryant, Andy Kirk, Glenn Miller, Jimmie Lunceford and Count Basie, dies in New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan spends the last of four days participating in a Ringo Starr recording session at Three Alarm Studio, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
For the first time, a compact disc of an album - The Art Of Excellence by Tony Bennett - is released before its vinyl counterpart.
The Mighty Diamonds play at La Mutualite, Paris, France, Europe.
R.E.M. play at McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, California, USA.
The Cure release their fifth album, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, on Fiction Records in the UK.
Blues guitarist, vocalist and recording artist Robert Wilkins dies aged 91 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
A bid of $50,000 by Michael Jackson to buy the remains of the Elephant Man, John Merrick, is rejected.
Michael Jackson publicly renounces the Jehovah's Witnesses faith.
The Christians enter the UK singles chart with Hooverville (And They Promised Us The World), which will peak at No21 during a ten-week run.
If I Was Your Girlfriend by Prince, with an androgynous lead vocal credited to his alter-ego 'Camille', peaks at No67 in the Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Chart.
The Def Jam Tour, hip-hop's first package event, sets off from The Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, with a line-up featuring LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Stetsasonic, Eric B & Rakim, Whodini, Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew.
It is reported that Michael Jackson has offered $1m to purchase the remains of Joseph Merrick - the Elephant Man.
At Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts, Dylan sets off on a joint mini-tour, just six dates, co-headlining with The Grateful Dead.
American music promoter Bill Graham and Hungarian promoter Laszloh Hegedus put on a rock festival in Moscow, Russia, featuring Santana, Three Dog Night, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and others. Tickets are not commercially available. Instead, they are distributed by the Russian authorities to Communist party members.
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Kylie Minogue's recording career begins when her cover version of the 1962 Little Eva hit The Loco-Motion begins the first of seven weeks at number one in her native Australia.
Shortly after Rick Vito and Billy Burnette join the band, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac invites them to her home in Los Angeles, California, USA. This date is chosen because it is part of The Harmonic Convergence - the world's first globally synchronized meditation, and Nicks hopes that a meeting on this day will bring them good fortune in their new endeavour.
Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Lindsey Buckingham leaves Fleetwood Mac. Mick Fleetwood [drummer, Fleetwood Mac] : After completing this album [Tango In The Night], Lindsey had left emotionally. He felt, `That's my last deed with Fleetwood Mac.' And I think he thought that everyone else thought the same - incorrectly. When he realized that we wanted with a fervor to tour, I got to loggerheads with him - not in a nasty way - but I said, `Lindsey, you're crazy. We should be out there working.' He tried his best to go on the road, and we started planning a tour on the premise that he would do a tour, but he changed his mind.
Manchester, UK-based Piccadilly Radio, angered by what it perceives to be corporate attempts to control airplay on the imminent Michael Jackson album, Bad, imposes a four day ban on playing records released by CBS.
It's Over by Level 42 is the first CD Video single to be offered for sale in the UK - even though no CDV players have yet reached the shops.
Terry Lightfoot's Jazz Band plays at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
The video for Peter Gabriel's single Sledgehammer wins in ten of the twenty award categories at the MTV Video Awards ceremony.
BBC tv's Omnibus arts programme transmits its special Bob Dylan edition, entitled Getting To Dylan, in the UK.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the first of five nights at Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan, to an audience of 38,000.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the third of five nights at Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan, to an audience of 38,000.
Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson appear on popular tv game show $10,000 Pyramid, hosted by Dick Clark, in the USA.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the fourth of five nights at Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan, to an audience of 38,000.
When Bob Dylan plays at the Piazza Grande, Locarno, Switzerland, Europe, he has a realisation, "That night, it all just came to me. All of a sudden, I could sing anything." This will lead him to start his Never Ending Tour.
Linda Ronstadt joins Chuck Berry onstage at The Fox Theater in St Louis, Missouri, USA, as part of a concert celebrating Berry's sixtieth birthday. When they perform Back In The USA together, Ronstadt is furious to find that although they had rehearsed it in the key of C, it was now being played in G.
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The last ever show is held at the Crystal Ballroom, the premier Punk/ New Wave Venue in Melbourne, Australia. The show is headlined by The Zorros.
Catch Me (I'm Falling) by Pretty Poison enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA where it will peak at No8 during a fourteen week run on the chart. This will be their biggest hit single.
The Proclaimers enter the UK singles chart for the first time with Letter From America, which will peak at No3.
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Sheena Easton guests as Don Johnson's love interest on tv cop show Miami Vice in the USA.
During a show at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses jumps off the stage into the crowd and assaults a security guard who has been manhandling an audience member. Rose is arrested, bringing the show to an end after just three songs.
Queen release a triple video compilation, The Magic Years, in the UK.
The Pogues play at The Vic, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Uriah Heep, the first major Western rock band to perform live in Russia, play the fourth of ten nights at Olympijskiy Stadium, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
John Mellencamp performs two free shows in the small town of Chillicothe, Ohio, USA, after one-fifth of the population sign a petition asking him to play.
The album Bad by Michael Jackson is certified as a US four-times platinum disc by the R.I.A.A.
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