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George Melly with Ronnie Scott comes to the end of a month-long residency at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Soho, London, UK.
Anthony Davis' Episteme plays at The Triangle Media And Performance Centre, Birmingham, UK.
The Jan Garbarek Quartet plays at Logan Hall, London, UK.
The Jan Garbarek Quartet plays at The Great Hall, Dartington, UK.
Jazz guitarist Bola Sete, dies aged 63, at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California, USA, of complications caused by pneumonia and lung cancer. He had worked with Dizzy Gillespie and Vince Guaraldi before pursuing a successful solo career.
Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi reaches No1 in the USA. It will become the year's biggest hit song worldwide.
New York City police stop Billy Idol in Greenwich Village and find him in possession of crack cocaine. Ever the perfect gentleman, Idol immediately points at his girlfriend Grace Hattersley and says it belongs to her. The officers arrest her.
Carole King is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City, USA.
No Doubt make their official live debut at Fender's Ballroom, Long Beach, California, USA. Their previous shows were all at private parties.
Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The album Control by Janet Jackson is awarded a four times platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
West Tech Security sends a guard to Nikki Sixx's home in Los Angeles, California, USA, where they find him naked and waving a shotgun, accusing the guard of bugging his house. He imagines Mexicans and midgets running around his house, and neighbours report seeing the drug-crazed rocker crawling naked around his yard with the shotgun days earlier.
Valerie Anne Poxleitner is born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. She will find success as Juno Award-winning electronic music singer-songwriter Lights.
Eric Clapton plays at St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
When U2 play a concert in the Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA, Bob Dylan makes a guest appearance, singing I Shall Be Released and Knockin' On Heaven's Door.
Prince is rehearsing for his imminent European tour at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 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.
Bandleader and recording artist Sammy Kaye dies of cancer in Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA.
Forever And Ever, Amen by Randy Travis begins a three-week stay at No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA.
Hillbilly Deluxe by Dwight Yoakam reaches No1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in the USA.
Glastonbury CND Festival, a three-day event, at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, attracts 60,000 fans whose £21 ticket enables them to see Elvis Costello, Robert Cray, New Order, Paul Brady, Michelle Shocked and Van Morrison. A W.O.M.A.D. stage is also introduced at this festival. £130,000 is raised for CND and local charities.
Virtuoso jazz, r'n'b and rock guitarist Linc Chamberland dies of leukemia, aged 46, in New York City, USA.
Snakefinger (Phillip Lithman), guitarist with UK band Chilli Willi And The Red Hot Peppers and San Francisco-based avant-gardists The Residents, dies as a result of a heart problem.
Kenneth 'Thumbs' Carllisle dies from a heart attack while driving from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, to Decatur, Georgia. Carllisle was a highly-acclaimed guitarist known for playing lead guitar with the instrument lying across his lap. He played for many years with Little Jimmy Dickens and Roger Miller.
I Just Can't Stop Loving You by Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the UK singles chart, a position it will hold for two weeks.
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.
Bob Dylan spends the day with his sons Jesse and Samuel in Cairo, Egypt, before starting a European tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
Bob Dylan begins a 30-date European Tour, entitled Temples In Flames, at Hayarkon Park, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Asia.
Terry Lightfoot's Jazz Band play at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the last of three nights at the Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo, Japan, to an audience of 45,000.
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 second of five nights at Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan, to an audience of 38,000.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the last of five nights at Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan, to an audience of 38,000.
Geffen Records agree to end their recording contract with Neil Young who has been trying to get out of the deal for some time.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the last of three nights at Osaka Stadium, Osaka, Japan.
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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Michael Jackson's video for The Way You Make Me Feel, prominently featuring Tatiana Thumbtzen, is premiered on MTV in the USA. LaToya Jackson makes a cameo appearance in the video.
R.E.M. play at The Circle Pavilion, UIC, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by The dBs.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays to an audience of 45,000 at Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia.
Folk/blues singer and songwriter Gerry Lockran dies following a heart attack, in London, England, UK, Europe. He had ceased performing in 1981 when a previous heart attack and stroke deprived him of the use of his left hand.
Uriah Heep, the first major Western rock band to perform live in Russia, play the third of ten nights at Olympijskiy Stadium, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
The first picture CDs are issued by CBS, featuring Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, George Michael and Terence Trent D'Arby.
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.
Uriah Heep, the first major Western rock band to perform live in Russia, play the last 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.
Billy Idol releases his latest single, Hot In The City, in the UK.
The album Bad by Michael Jackson is certified as a US four-times platinum disc by the R.I.A.A.