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Sugar Babies - The Burlesque Musical, starring Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney, is presented at The Mark Hellinger Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1208 performances.
The musical 42nd Street is presented at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will subsequently move to the Majestic Theatre and then to The St. James Theatre, before finally closing in 1989, having racked up a total of 3,486 performances.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe. He will remain at the clinic until May 1981.
The Sweetest Girl, by Scritti Politti, enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No64 during a three week stay.
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Controversy by Prince peaks at No70 in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA. On the same day, the parent album Controversy reaches No21 in the USA.
Under Pressure, a collaborative single between David Bowie and Queen, reaches No1 in the UK, making Queen the first band ever to top the single, album and video charts simultaneously.
Judas Priest play the first of two nights at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Olivia Newton-John reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA with Physical, for the first of ten weeks.
R'n'b and jazz guitarist George Benson enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Turn Your Love Around, which will peak at No5 during a sixteen-week run on the chart.
At the end of his Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at the Civic Center Theatre, Lakeland, Florida, USA.
The Stray Cats open another show for The Rolling Stones at the Civic Center, St Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Yellow Magic Orchestra release a new album, Technodelic, in Japan, Asia.
Paul McCartney, allied with Yoko Ono, announces plans to sue ATV Music for alleged breach of trust, after failing to buy the Lennon-McCartney song publishing company Northern Songs.
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The new No1 in the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA is Take My Heart by Kool and the Gang.
On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays two shows at The Warner Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Wiltshire's pioneering anarcho-punk band The Subhumans release a new EP, Demolition War.