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Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in West Germany.
Lee Greenwood sings God Bless The U.S.A. at the opening inaugural ceremonies for president George Bush in Washington DC, USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the third of five nights in this month at The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in The Philippines.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the fourth of five nights in this month at The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California.
Stevie Ray Vaughan records Wall Of Denial, which will appear on his album In Step.
Van Halen play at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.
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.
Ringo Starr releases the compilation album Starr Struck : Ringo's Best Vol. 2 on Rhino Records.
Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon wins a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Recording with his 1988 album Hidden Charms, produced by T-Bone Burnett.
The Waterboys play at The National Ballroom, Kilburn, London, UK.
Bob Dylan begins three weeks of recording with producer Daniel Lanois at Studio-On-The-Move, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The sessions will result in the album Oh Mercy.
Bob Dylan is recording the album Oh Mercy with producer Daniel Lanois at Studio-On-The-Move, New Orleans, Louisiana.
The stage musical Les Miserables opens at The Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Motorhead play at Gigantinho, Porto Alegre, Brazil, South America.
Bob Dylan is working on the album Oh Mercy at Soniat Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with producer Daniel Lanois.
During a European tour, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jr. play the fourth of six nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK.
Jon Bon Jovi marries his childhood sweetheart Hurly on the steps of the Graceland Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Stevie Ray Vaughan begins his In Step tour with a show at The Orpheum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Reba McEntire's Greatest Hits becomes the singer's first platinum album, as awarded by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead jams with Elvis Costello and James Burton at the Sweetwater Club, San Francisco, California, USA.
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.
Bob Dylan plays at the Jaahalli Isshallen, Helsinki, Finland.
Paul McCartney releases a new album, Flowers in the Dirt.
Nirvana's tour in support of their debut album, Bleach, begins at the Covered Wagon in San Francisco, California.
The Pet Shop Boys release a new single, It's Alright, in the UK. It will peak at No5.
Willie Nelson releases a new LP, A Horse Called Music, in the USA.
Fela Kuti plays in Santa Barbara, California, USA.
Ride play at The White Horse, Hampstead, London, UK.
When Nirvana play at the Pyramid Club, New York City, USA, as part of the New Music Seminar, guitarist Jason Everman quits the group.
Eric Clapton plays a charity show for a local housing project in front of 102,000 people in Machava Stadium, Maputo, Mozambique, Africa.
Bob Dylan's 1975 album Blood On The Tracks finally earns a Platinum Disc in the USA.
When the Voyager space probe lifts off to explore beyond the solar system, Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode is included on the ship's record of examples of notable music from planet Earth.
Bob Dylan plays at The Starlight Bowl, San Diego, California, USA.
The Tony Williams Quintet spends the first of three days recording the LP Native Heart at The Power Station, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the last of four nights at the Beacon Theater, New York City, USA.
Paul McCartney plays the first of two nights at The Palatrussardi, Milan, Italy, Europe.
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London Calling by The Clash tops the Rolling Stone magazine critics' list of the Top 100 Albums of the 80s. On the same day, Nirvana and their Sub Pop Records labelmates Tad play at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Frank Chickens play the first of three nights at The Small Hall DK Gorbunova, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
The Berlin Wall is officially opened, allowing refugees to exit directly through crossing points between East Germany and West Germany, Europe, and also allowing private travel through the wall. The Pink Floyd song A Great Day For Freedom is a reflection of the effects of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Heresy by Rush is also about the fall of The Wall, as is I Thought It Was Over by The Feeling. In Memory Of The Martyrs by Barclay James Harvest is about those who lost their lives in earlier years while trying to cross the Berlin Wall.
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All Around The World by Lisa Stansfield reaches No1 in the UK singles chart.
Kylie Minogue releases a new single, Tears On My Pillow, in Australia.
Michael Jackson drops in on the Arsenio Hall Show to present Eddie Murphy with MTV's Comedian Of The Decade award.
Jazz guitarist Jimmy Shirley, dies in Harlem, New York City, USA. In his acclaimed career he had worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Clarence Profit and others, as well as pursuing a solo career.
Jimmy Buffett plays at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
On their Steel Wheels tour, The Rolling Stones play the last of three nights at the 16,000-seat Convention Center, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, the smallest venue on three-and-a-half-month trek across the United States and Canada.