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Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in the USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of five nights in this month at The Sports Arena,, Los Angeles, California.
Notorious serial killer, rapist, kidnapper and necrophiliac Ted Bundy dies in the electric chair at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida, USA. Bundy's grim exploits will become the subject of such songs as The Drifter by Green On Red, Blackest Eyes by Porcupine Tree, and Ted, Just Admit It by Jane's Addiction.
The Wolfhounds and The Badgeman play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of five nights in this month at The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California.
Lol Tolhurst, a founding member of The Cure, is ejected from the band, largely because his drinking habits have made him unreliable.
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Bon Jovi play at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, supported by Skid Row.
At the 31st Annual Grammy Awards, in the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA, Faith by George Michael is chosen Best Album Of The Year. Other winners include Bobby McFerrin and Tracy Chapman. Jethro Tull's win in the newly-introduced Hard Rock/Heavy Metal category is widely considered to have been a mistake, when Metallica were the hot favourites. Grammy-nominee Sinead O'Connor performs Mandinka. Metallica perform One.
They Might Be Giants play at The Greyhound, Fulham, London, England, UK, Europe.
Blues drummer Odie Payne who played with Elmore James, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and others, dies aged 62 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan is recording the album Oh Mercy with Daniel Lanois at Studio-On-The-Move, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Women's International Center presents its Living Legacy Award to jazz singer Pearl Bailey, known to her millions of fans as The Queen Of The Harlem Apollo.
R'n'b recording artist Bobby Mitchell dies of kidney failure, aged 53, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Bob Dylan comes to the end of three weeks of recording the album Oh Mercy with producer Daniel Lanois at Studio-On-The-Move, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
When Elton John plays the third of six nights at the Omnisport, Bercy, Paris, France, Europe, he collapses from exhaustion on stage, but is soon revived and completes the show.
As the prize in a competition, Crowded House play live in the basement of film student Grant Harvey's home in Calgary, Canada.
At the third annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles, Bobby Brown wins Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Album of the Year award, while Michael Jackson takes the Best Single and Best Video awards.
Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead jams with Elvis Costello and James Burton at the Sweetwater Club, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Miracle by Queen is certified as a UK platinum album by the BPI.
Fine Young Cannibals? album The Raw And The Cooked reaches No1 in the Billboard US Albums Chart, where it will remain for seven weeks.
Cliff Richard performs in front of 72,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London, UK, to celebrate his 30th year in show business.
Johnny Cash is 'arrested' at a bizarre fund-raising event, The American Cancer Society Jail-A-Thon, in Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA. Johnny Cash is 'arrested' by Sgt. John Graves. Cash calls his friend Willie Nelson, who pledges $1,000 for his release. All monies go to the charity. At the end of the day the event has raised over $20,000 for charity.
Alan Jackson becomes the first artist to sign with the Arista Nashville record label in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The deal is also Jackson's first recording contract.
Members of the bands Guy and New Edition become involved in an onstage fight during a show in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. The violence will continue the following day, culminating in the shooting dead of a member of Guy's crew.
All four of The Monkees reunite for the first time since the late sixties to attend the unveiling of their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Swing The Mood by Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers enters the UK singles chart at No31. It will peak at No1.
Ride play at The White Horse, Hampstead, London, UK.
Adrian Belew plays the second of two nights at Cabaret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lizzy Borden release their fourth album Master Of Disguise in the USA. The album finds the band moving towards a more varied sound with orchestrations and even pop elements.
10,000 Maniacs play at Keil Opera House, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, with Tim Finn.
Vangelis performs a concert in aid of cancer research at the thermal baths of Caracalla, Rome, Italy, Europe.
Van Morrison and Elvis Costello are among the acts participating in the Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland.
When Tom Tom Club play at The Ritz, New York City, they are joined on stage by David Byrne and Jerry Harrison, thus bringing about the first live appearance by Talking Heads since 1984. On the same day, when Nirvana play at the Pyramid Club, New York City, as part of the New Music Seminar, guitarist Jason Everman quits the group.
Paul McCartney holds the second of two rehearsals at The Playhouse, London, UK, for the upcoming The Paul McCartney World Tour.
Dylan plays at Welsh Auditorium, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dylan's 1975 album Blood On The Tracks finally earns a Platinum Disc in the USA.
Bob Dylan releases the album Oh Mercy, produced by Daniel Lanois, in the USA on Columbia Records
A new main-belt asteroid is discovered by E. W. Elst of the European Southern Observatory, Chile, South America. The asteroid is named 7934 Sinatra in honour of singer Frank Sinatra.
On their Damaged Justice tour, Metallica play at Ginásio do Maracanãzinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America.
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Bob Dylan plays the last of four nights at the Beacon Theater, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan's album Oh Mercy enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No6 during a seven-week run.
Weakened by the AIDS virus, acclaimed session guitarist Alan Murphy dies of pneumonia in Westminster City Hospital, London, England, UK, Europe. In his career, Murphy had worked with, among others, Kate Bush, Go West, Level 42 and Mike And The Mechanics.
Joan Baez releases a new album, Speaking Of Dreams, on Virgin Records in the UK.
Wendy James of Transvision Vamp is featured on the cover of No1 magazine in the UK.
The People, a UK-based tabloid newspaper, runs a feature claiming that Chuck Berry's wife, Toddy, was recently enraged by finding a magazine spread featuring pictures of Chuck stark naked in the company of no less than eight women.
Ten Years After play at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
During a press conference in Los Angeles, California, USA, Paul McCartney suggests that the surviving three members of The Beatles should re-unite, but he is quickly rebuffed by George Harrison who states that, "there won’t be a Beatles reunion as long as John Lennon remains dead."
Lindsay Crosby, actor, singer and the son of Bing Crosby, commits suicide by shooting himself in the head in a Las Virgenes apartment, in Calabasas, California, USA.
Crazy Cavan And The Rhythm Rockers headline the International Festival Of Rock And Roll at The Town Hall Ballroom, Stockport, UK. Also on the bill are Chestnuts, Cottie And The Alleycats and The Bedrocks.
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