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Stephen Duffy visits Nick Rhodes for the first time at his home in Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. The two will later form Duran Duran.
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Sly And The Family Stone begin a six night stint at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA, but attendances at the 6,000 capacity venue average only 2,000 per night.
Roy Orbison undergoes heart bypass surgery at St Thomas' Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Swindon-based band XTC release their debut album, White Music, in the UK on Virgin Records.
Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne’s father, Jack Osbourne, dies of cancer in hospital in the UK.
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When XTC release their debut album, White Music, in the UK on Virgin Records. It includes the only cover song the band ever recorded, a version of the Bob Dylan song All Along the Watchtower.
Workers at EMI Records' pressing plant in the UK refuse to press copies of the single What Do I Get by punk band The Buzzcocks because the song on the B-side is called Oh Shit. The song will peak at No37 on the UK Singles Chart. [censorship]
The Runaways play the first of two nights at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA.
Elvin Bishop plays at Cain's, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Turk Murphy's Jazz Band plays at Earthquake McGoon's, San Francisco, California, USA.
At the start of a tour of New Zealand, Bob Dylan touches down at Auckland International Airport and takes over the whole 14th floor of the Hotel Intercontinental.
The Young Ones play at The Marquee Club, London, UK. They will not last long, but one member, Paul 'Wix' Wickens, will go on to a lengthy career as MD in Paul McCartney's band.
Bob Dylan plays at Westlake Stadium, Adelaide, South Australia.
Bob Dylan plays the first of three nights at The Meyer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia.
the Jutta Weinhold Band, Novalis, Puhdys, Rumpelstilz, Snowball, Udo Lindenberg And Das Panikorchester and Wir play in the first Rock Pop In Concert show at the Eissporthalle, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Because of background vocalist Debbie Dye leaving Bob Dylan's band after the recent tour of the Far East, two singers audition unsuccessfully in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Queen play at The Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, Germany, Europe.
Cheap Trick play the first of two sold-out nights at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia. The shows are recorded and the resulting album, At Budokan, will propel Cheap Trick into the forefront of contemporary rock bands.
Cheap Trick play the second of two sold-out nights at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia. The shows are recorded and the resulting album, At Budokan, will propel Cheap Trick into the forefront of contemporary rock bands.
Jackson Browne plays an unannounced free concert in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA, for protesters against the Savannah River Nuclear Plant.
Bob Dylan oversees vocal overdubs by Carolyn Dennis, Jo Ann Harris and Helena Springs on the song Baby, Stop Crying, at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA.
The Pirates play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, supported by Sixteen.
Bob Dylan plays the third of seven nights at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The AU Stadium, Toulouse, France, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays the fourth of six nights live at Earl's Court, London, UK.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Apollo Stadium, Adelaide, Australia.
Bob Dylan plays the second of five nights at the Pavilion De Paris, Paris, France.
Bob Dylan's album Street Legal enters the Billboard US album chart where it will peak at No11 during an eight-week run.
Glen Goins, former vocalist and guitarist with George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic, dies at the age of 24 in New Jersey of complications relating to Hodgkinson's Disease.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Rockfield Community College Fieldhouse, Suffern, New York State, USA.
The Rolling Stones release a new single, Beast Of Burden, on Rolling Stones Records in the USA.
A funeral service for Keith Moon, recently deceased drummer of The Who, in the West Chapel, Golders Green Crematorium, HoopLane, London, England, UK, Europe. Roger Daltrey of The Who brings a 'bouquet' consisting of a smashed television set with a champagne bottle sticking out of the front. Also in attendance are Eric Clapton, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, and Moon's last girlfriend the Swedish model Anette Walter-Lax.
Bob Dylan plays at the Forum de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Adam & The Ants play at the Technical College, Salisbury.
Black Sabbath release the album Never Say Die in the USA.
Thin Lizzy and Blue Oyster Cult play the first of three nights at The Palladium, New York City, USA.
Electric Light Orchestra (aka ELO) release a new single, Sweet Talkin' Woman, on Jet Records in the UK.
Austrian composer Karl Zaruba, who had found success as a composer and conductor, founder of the Neue Meister Deutsch Kapelle (Neue Deutschmeister Band) dies. He had also served as the conductor of the Austrian Folk Musicians and as director of the Schuhplattler Dance Band.
Alesha Anjanette Dixon is born in Welwyn Garden City, England, UK, Europe. She will find success as a member of the pop trio Mis-Teeq, under the name Alesha Dixon, before pursuing a solo career first as a solo artist then as a tv personality.
Dire Straits release their debut album, Dire Straits, on Vertigo Records in the UK.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in The Congress Centrum, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
On the Never Say Die! tour, Black Sabbath play at Hemmerleinhalle, Neunkirchen Am Brand, Germany, Europe, supported by Van Halen. The audience, consisting of "thousands of extremely stoned, drunk and rowdy GIs" riots and wrecks the hall when, three songs into a show, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi leaves the stage because of technical problems.
Elton John is rushed to a Harley Street, London, clinic, suffering from chest pains believed to be related to exhaustion caused by overwork.
Bob Dylan plays at the Special Events Arena, El Paso, Texas, USA.
San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, are shot and killed in City Hall, San Francisco, California, USA, by former Supervisor Dan White. The life and death of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States, will inspire at least two songs. Singer/songwriter Holly Near will compose Singing for Our Lives, also known as Song For Harvey Milk, and Daniel Versus The World will write Closet [Song For Harvey Milk].
Generation X play at Tiffany's, Halesowen, UK, supported by The Cure.
Generation X play at Tiffany's, Halesowen, UK, supported by The Cure.
Bob Dylan plays the last concert of a mammoth 62-date tour at The Hollywood Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida, USA.
Scottish punk band The Rezillos play their final live gig, at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland. The show is recorded and will be released as the live album Mission Accomplished But The Beat Goes On.
John Roger Stephens is born in Springfield, Ohio, USA. He will find success as singer-songwriter John Legend.
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