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Howlin' Wolf releases the album Howlin' Wolf [also known as the Rocking Chair album] on Chess Records in the USA. The album includes the song You'll Be Mine which will 'inspire' Marc Bolan to write his remarkably similar T.Rex hit Jeepster in 1971.
The Konrads, a group featuring the young David Bowie on vocals and sax, play live at Hillsiders Youth Club, Biggin Hill, UK, Europe.
The Reactions play at Godolphin Hall, Helston, England, UK, Europe. The band includes Roger Taylor, later to find international success as a member of Queen.
David Bowie And The Lower Third play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
David Bowie records the first version of his song When I Live My Dream for Deram Records in London, England, UK, Europe.
The 'N Betweens play two gigs, first at The Woolpack, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe, then at The Connaught Hotel, also in Wolverhampton. Members of the band will find greater fame when they become Slade.
Led Zeppelin play at the Whiskey a Go Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Alice Cooper.
David Bowie plays a late night set at The Speakeasy, London, England, UK, Europe.
T.Rex play at Poperama, in The Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by Freedom and The Rinki Dink Show.
Mott The Hoople release a new single, All The Young Dudes, in the UK on CBS Records. The song is written and produced by David Bowie.
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David Bowie plays at The Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe.
The New York Dolls play at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
On his Station To Station tour, David Bowie plays at The Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Kiss play at The Expo Building, Eugene, Oregon, USA.
David Bowie’s Station To Station tour plays in the Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
David Bowie's Station To Station tour plays the second of two nights in The Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The Sweet play at The Lyceum Theatre, London, England, UK, supported by Duran Duran.
Motley Crue’s line-up is completed when lead singer Vince Neil joins the band.
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UK pop weekly the NME publishes its annual readers' poll, showing The Jam as Best Group of 1981.

Other NME Poll Winners : Altered Images - Best New Act

Siouxsie Sioux - Best Female Singer

David Bowie - Best Male Singer

Paul Weller (The Jam) - Best Songwriter

The Specials' Ghost Town - Best Single

Echo And The Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here - Best Album.

On their Lick It Up tour, Kiss play at Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria, Europe.
On their Born Again tour, Black Sabbath play at The Community War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York State, USA, supported by Quiet Riot.
When Twisted Sister play in El Paso, Texas, USA, the local police sheriff asks if his son can sit behind the band's drummer and watch him play. The band agrees.
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The New Sweet play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Kooga.
Kiss play at The Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Kiss play at The Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
David Bowie holds a press conference in the Players' Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
Claiming that David Bowie bit her after a recent show in Dallas, Texas, USA, Wanda Nicholls begins legal action against him.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe, with guests including Van Morrison, Dave Edmunds, Dave Davies (Kinks), Brian May (Queen), John Lodge (Moody Blues) and Stuart Adamson (Big Country).
Motley Crue play at Charlotte Colisum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
On his Trash tour, Alice Cooper plays at St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Motley Crue play at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Woodland Pavilion, Houston, Texas, USA.
Whitesnake play at CNE Grandstand, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Also on the bill, during their Hot In The Shade tour, are Kiss. Angry words are exchanged on stage between paul Stanley of Kiss and David Coverdale of Whitesnake, because Kiss have not been allowed to bring their full complement of pyrotechnics on stage.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays the first of two nights at The World Music Amphitheater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Motley Crue play at Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Motley Crue play at Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana, USA.
David Briggs dies aged 51, of lung cancer, at his home in San Francisco, California, USA. He had found success as a record producer, working with Neil Young, Spirit, Alice Cooper and others.
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Renowned record producer Gus Dudgeon, who worked with Elton John and David Bowie, dies aged 59 when his car swerves off the M4 motorway between Reading and Maidenhead, England, UK, Europe.
On his A Reality Tour, David Bowie's concert at The James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida, USA, is cancelled after lighting technician Walter "Wally Gator" Thomas falls to his death prior to Bowie going onstage.
On their Rock Of Ages Tour, Def Leppard play at The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, California, USA, supported by Poison and Lita Ford.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss, with author Ken Sharp, sign copies of their new book "Nothin' To Lose" at Barnes And Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Blackstar by David Bowie premiers at No1 in the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the USA, giving him his first ever American No1 album. Overall, Bowie has ten albums in this week's Billboard 200.
Kiss conclude the European leg of their Kissworld Tour with a show at The O2 Arena, London, England, UK, Europe.
Tony Visconti, Stewart Copeland, Bob Geldof and Holy Holy play in A Life In Music at The Union Chapel, Islington, London, England, UK, Europe. The show is a celebration of Visconti's career, but also features several unsigned new talents.
On their 107-date End Of The Road World Tour, Kiss play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their 107-date End Of The Road World Tour, Kiss play at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
On their 107-date End Of The Road World Tour, Kiss play at The PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
On their 107-date End Of The Road World Tour, Kiss play at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On their 107-date End Of The Road World Tour, Kiss play at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.