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The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at JAB, Dusseldorf, Germany, Europe.
UK jazz pianist/actor Dudley Moore marries Lane Brogan at the Little Church of the West, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Country and western songwriter George Vaughn Horton dies of a heart attack, at home in New Port Richey, Florida, USA, aged 76. Horton's best-remembered songs include Mockingbird Hill, Sugar Foot Rag and Teardrops in My Heart.
Pepsi Cola hold a press conference to announce that they have signed up Michael Jackson to appear in a string of their tv commercials for a fee of $10m.
Frank Zappa plays at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at The Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of three nights at the Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut.
Country star Conway Twitty sells his 20% share in the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team.
Claude Demetrius dies in New York City, USA. He found success as a songwriter for such artists as Louis Jordan, Jimmy Witherspoon, Louis Armstrong and B.B. King. Demetrius also composed several hits for Elvis Presley, including Mean Woman Blues, Hard Headed Woman, I Was The One and Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of three nights at the Metropolitan Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is born in Tottenham, London, UK. She will find success as vocalist and songwriter Adele.
Whitney Houston plays the first of seven nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
The European leg of Prince's Sign O'The Times tour begins with the first of three nights at the Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
On a brief visit to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, Bruce Springsteen stops into the Maple Leaf Club and gets up on stage with local band Blues Department to play five songs. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Georgia, Roger McGuinn plays at The Uptown, where he is backed by a quartet of local musicians calling themselves The Southern Gentlemen. They are, in fact, R.E.M.
Duff McKagan of Guns N'Roses marries his first wife, Mandy Brixx.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of three nights at Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Holland, to an audience of 48,400.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at The Reichstag, The Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, to an audience of 50,000.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany, to an audience of 72,000.
Michael Jackson plays the first of two consecutive sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium, London, during his Bad World Tour.
Bruce Springsteen's mammoth Tunnel Of Love Express tour, which started six months earlier in Worcester, Massachusetts, ends with an 80,000-strong crowd the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain.
Tommy Hammond, co-owner of Taking Home The Hits music store in Alexander City, Alabama, USA, is fined $500 for selling pornography. The merchandise in question is 2 Live Crew's albums Move Something and Live Is What We Are, which are defined as pornographic by the state's obscenity statutes.
The Moody Blues play a live show aboard a sightseeing tour boat circling the Statue of Liberty in New York City harbour.
A dark day. Legendary American rock guitar virtuoso Roy Buchanan ties his shirt to a window grating and hangs himself from it in a jail cell at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, Virginia. Just an hour or so earlier, he had been arrested for public drunkenness after a verbal fight with his wife. On the same day, Fred Below, Chicago-blues drummer for Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Chuck Berry and others, dies of cancer, in Chicago, Illinois and Robert Calvert of UK space-rock band Hawkwind dies of a heart attack.
The band advertised as Charlotte & The Harlots at Queen Mary's College, London, is actually Iron Maiden playing a secret gig.
The band advertised tonight as Charlotte And The Harlots at Queen Mary's College, London, England, UK, Europe, is actually Iron Maiden playing a secret gig.
David Lee Roth plays the first of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, supported by Great White.
Bob Dylan plays at the Orange County Fair, Middletown, New York State, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at the Orange County Fair, Middletown, New York State, USA.
Metallica play at The Newport Centre, Newport, Wales.
Big Country play the last of four nights at The Palace Of Sports, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
Metallica play the second of two nights at The Top Hat, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of four nights at The Capitol Center, Landover, Maryland, to an audience of 17,470.
John Lennon enters the UK pop albums chart with the Imagine Film Soundtrack, which will peak at No64 during a six-week run.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of three nights at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Rochester, Minnesota, to an audience of 16,670.
During a bizarre plagiarism trial in Los Angeles, California, USA, John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, demonstrates with his guitar that he has not copied one of his own songs, whose copyright is owned by his former record company boss, Saul Zaentz.
UK tv show Top Of The Pops bans any record including the word 'acid', and Mecca ballrooms ban acid house parties. Even Smiley t-shirts are banned in some shops.
When Megadeth play at the Antrim Forum in Northern Ireland, UK, Europe, vocalist Dave Mustaine misunderstands the local politics and yells out "Give Ireland Back To the Irish!" Police protection is required to get him out of the building.
Sub Pop records of Seattle, Washington, USA, is invoiced in the amount of $248 by Secord Printing of Redmond, Washington, for printing 1200 covers for the Nirvana debut album, Bleach.
In Madrid, Spain, Europe, Miles Davis collapses onstage owing to complications from diabetes.
Loop play at Liverpool Polytechnic, Liverpool, UK.
Russian cosmonauts take a cassette copy of the latest Pink Floyd album, Delicate Sound Of Thunder, into space and play it while in orbit around the Earth.
James Vance, one of two American teenagers who shot himself three years earlier after listening to the Judas Priest album Stained Class, dies.
Sarah McLachlan is signed to Arista Records in the USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of nine dates in this month at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, to an audience of 45,000.
The Smiths play their farewell gig at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe. Entrance to the gig is limited to fans wearing Smiths or Morrissey T-shirts.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of nine dates in this month at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, to an audience of 45,000.
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