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The Ramones, Generation X and The Rezillos play at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
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Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne’s father, Jack Osbourne, dies of cancer in hospital in the UK.
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Dire Straits play at The Hop And Grape, University Of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
Bob Dylan’s movie folly Renaldo And Clara premieres in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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At the start of a major tour of the Far East, Bob Dylan plays the last of three nights at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Bob Dylan plays the second of three nights at the Entertainment Center, Perth, Australia.
The Police release their debut single, Roxanne, in the UK.
Johnny Cash plays at Sportovni Hale, in Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.
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R'n'b and jazz guitarist George Benson enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with On Broadway, which will peak at No7 during a ten-week run on the chart.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers release their second album, You’re Gonna Get It, in the USA on Shelter Records.
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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.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey, USA.
The Pirates play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, supported by Sixteen.
At the start of their first American tour, Squeeze play at The Lighthouse, Bethlehem, New Jersey, USA.
Squeeze play at Hurrah, New York City, USA.
Squeeze play at Toad's, Long Island, New York State, USA.
Squeeze play at My Father's Place, Long Island, New York State, USA.
Thin Lizzy release their live double album Live And Dangerous in the UK.
Bob Dylan plays the third of seven nights at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles.
Bob Dylan plays the sixth of seven nights at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the fourth of six nights live at Earl's Court, London, UK.
Bob Dylan plays the fifth of six nights live at Earl’s Court, London, UK.
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Bob Dylan's album Street Legal is awarded a gold disc in the USA.
Bass-player Bill Wyman falls offstage and hurts his wrist when The Rolling Stones play at The Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Squeeze play the second of two nights at The Starwood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in The Stampede Corral, Regina, Canada.
The Grateful Dead play the first of three gigs at the Sound and Light Amphitheatre, in the shadow of The Great Pyramid in Egypt.
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Bob Dylan plays at the Cumberland Civic Center, Portland, Maine, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at the Forum de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
British punk band Sham 69 pull out of a proposed Rock Against Racism Carnival in London, UK, claiming concern that they will be blamed if any violence breaks out.
When Black Sabbath play at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California, USA, support band Van Halen is seen to parachute down to the venue from a plane flying overhead. It is, however, a publicity gimmick using stunt men instead of the band. Also on the bill are Richie Lecea, Sammy Hagar and Boston.
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The Kinks play at The Odeon, Hammersmith, London, UK.
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Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at The Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois.
Queen release a new single, Fat Bottomed Girls/Bicycle Race, on Elektra Records in the USA.
Young Parisians, the debut single by Adam and the Ants, hits the shops in the UK.
Sid Vicious, former bassist of The Sex Pistols, attempts suicide again in the bathroom of the Hotel Seville, Madison Avenue, New York City, USA, by slashing his wrists with a razor blade and a broken light bulb, then tries to jump out the window. He is admitted to the psychiatric ward of Bellevue Hospital.
Queen hold perhaps the most debauched rock'n'roll party ever, to launch their album Jazz in the Imperial Ballroom of The Fairmont Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. At a cost of £200,000, they entertain 600 guests. There are tales of free blowjobs for record company execs in the back room, a local strip joint shut for the night because Queen has hired all of its strippers, dwarves, snake charmers, tansvestites and much more. The band, of course, deny that most of it ever happened but contemporary reports of the event are unusually lurid.
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Bob Dylan plays at Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri.
I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper by Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip peaks at No6 in the UK pop singles chat.
Australian rugby league official James Coldwell suffers an injury near his eye which requires three stitches after staying in the same Leeds, England, UK, Europe, hotel as The Jam. Paul Weller of The Jam will be charged with maliciously wounding Mr. Coldwell.
Jazz pianist, composer and arranger Lennie Tristano dies aged 59, of a heart attack at home in Jamaica, New York City, USA.
Neil Young earns a gold disc for sales of the album Comes A Time in the USA from the R.I.A.A.
Olivia Newton-John reveals in an interview in Tit-Bits magazine that she would like to quit the music business and raise a family.
Queen play at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at the Civic Center Arena, Savannah, Georgia.
Van Halen begin recording their second album, Van Halen II, in Sunset Sound studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rush play the last of three nights at The International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
John Roger Stephens is born in Springfield, Ohio, USA. He will find success as singer-songwriter John Legend.
Chuck Berry plays at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.