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The Ramones, Generation X and The Rezillos play at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
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Roy Orbison undergoes heart bypass surgery at St Thomas' Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Dire Straits play at Eric's, Liverpool, UK.
With a tour of the Far East in prospect, Bob Dylan holds two press conferences in Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA, one for Australian journalists and one for Japanese.
Ozzy Osbourne re-joins Black Sabbath because his replacement, Dave Walker, has proved unsuitable.
Edda Run Olafsdottir of Icelandic all-female musical quartet Amiina is born.
Gerry Rafferty releases his biggest hit single, Baker Street, in the UK, where it will peak at No3.
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Dogwatch play at The Bridge House, Canning Town, London, UK, supported by Iron Maiden. At this gig, Iron Maiden tries out a new keyboard player, Tony Moore, but he does not remain with the band for very long.
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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.
Bob Dylan plays at Westlake Stadium, Adelaide, South Australia.
The new Billboard No1 R'n'B single in the USA is The Closer I Get To You by Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway.
Patti Smith plays at The Rainbow, Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK, supported by Tapper Zukie and The Subway Sect.
The Band release their lavish boxed set, The Last Waltz, a sound document of their final star-studded show together at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA, featuring superstar guests including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris and many others.
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Queen play the second of two nights at The Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam, Holland, Europe.
Pere Ubu play at Eric's, Liverpool, UK, supported by The Pop Group.
Queen play at The Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Queen play at The Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan oversees vocal overdubs by bassist Jerry Scheff and saxophonist Steven Douglas on the song New Pony, at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA.
The album Weekend In LA by jazz and r'n'b guitarist George Benson is awarded a Platinum Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Luke Laird is born in Greenville, Pennsylvania, USA. He will become a successful songwriter, composing hits including Ponbtoon by Little Big Town, Talladega by Eric Church, American Kids by Kenny Chesney, Baggage Claim by Miranda Lambert and Last Name by Carrie Underwood.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, New York State, USA.
Jazz visionary, pianist, bandleader and composer Sun Ra and his Arkestra make a live appearance on US tv show Saturday Night Live.
Bob Dylan plays the first of seven nights at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Georgia On My Mind by Willie Nelson reaches No1 in the RPM Country Tracks chart in the USA
Prince releases his debut single, Soft And Wet, in the USA.
Olivia Newton-John is among the stars attending the 'Grease' premiere party at Studio 54, New York City, USA.
The Moody Blues, featuring Swindon-born Justin Hayward, enter the UK albums chart with Octave, which will peak at No6.
Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at the Deutschlandhalle, West Berlin, West Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays the last of five nights at the Pavilion De Paris, Paris, France, Europe.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The CNE Exhibition Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in The State Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Joy Division have their first release with the EP, An Ideal For Living.
Michael Jackson buys himself his first Rolls Royce for his 20th birthday.
Valeriun (aka Gary Webb), lead singer of Tubeway Army, finds a new name for himself in the Yellow Pages phone book - Gary Numan.
Bob Dylan plays at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut.
Bob Dylan plays at Nassau County Coliseum, Uniondale, New York State, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at Nassau County Coliseum, Uniondale, New York State.
Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA. Backstage at the show, he threatened with a knife by Sid Vicious, formerly of The Sex Pistols.
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Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Hermleinnhalle, Nuremburg, Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at Centennial Arena, University Of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.
Bob Dylan's latest single, Is Your Love In Vain, enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No56 during a three-week run.
Queen hold an outrageously decadent press conference to launch their latest album, Jazz, in Brennan's Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. For the event, they fly in eighty reporters and journalists from around the globe plus 52 EMI company MDs. Entertainment includes The Olympia Brass Band, strippers, jugglers, a girl with a huge boa constrtrictor, a naked dwarf covered in chopped liver and transvestites.
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Bob Dylan plays at the Pacific National Exhibition Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Bob Dylan plays at the Special Events Arena, El Paso, Texas.
Bob Dylan plays at The Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi.
Queen play at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
When Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play at Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California, USA, Petty is dragged down into the crowd and injured by over-excited fans.
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Chuck Berry plays at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.