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The musical Your Arms Too Short To Box With God closes at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, USA, after a run on Broadway of 429 performances. The musical is based on the Biblical Book of Matthew.
Swindon-based band XTC release their debut album, White Music, in the UK on Virgin Records.
Johnny Thunders Allstars, featuring members of The Hot Rods and Snatch, play at The Speakeasy, London, UK.
At the start of a major tour of the Far East, Bob Dylan plays the second of three nights at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Bob Dylan plays the first of three nights at The Meyer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia.
Johnny Thunders Allstars, featuring Steve Jones and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols, play at The Speakeasy, London, UK.
Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols is at L'Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, filming his version of the Frank Sinatra hit My Way for the upcoming Pistols' movie.
Bob Dylan spends the last of three days with Ra Aranga, a Maori woman with whom he has been enjoying an affair since his current tour arrived in New Zealand.
Robert Smith of Crawley, UK, band Easy Cure buys some musical equipment for the group - a Bon Tempi organ, a Top 20 guitar and a WEM amplifier. (The group will soon re-name itself The Cure).
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at Cleveland Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Queen play the first of two nights at The Pavillion, Paris, France, 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.
Queen play at The Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan is working on Walk Out In The Rain, Coming From The Heart (The Road Is Long), Stop Now and New Pony, at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California.
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.
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 Rolling Stones release a new single, Miss You, on Rolling Stones Records in the USA.
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Squeeze play the last of three nights at The Rat Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Punk band Sham 69 are banned from Tiffany’s Ballroom, Nottingham, UK.
Electric Light Orchestra play the first of eight nights at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London.
Georgia On My Mind by Willie Nelson reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in the USA
Bob Dylan plays the last of five nights at the Pavilion De Paris, Paris, France, Europe.
Squeeze play at C.B.G.B.'s, New York City, USA.
Tom Waits records Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis and Red Shoes By The Drugstore for his fifth album, Blue Valentine, at Filmways/Heider Recording in San Francisco, California, USA.
John Joseph Heney, who had first found success as a percussionist and xylophone soloist in The Sousa Band in the 1920s, dies in DeLand, Florida, USA.
Soul crooner Teddy Pendergrass performs a show "For Women Only" at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, USA. White chocolate lollipops shaped like teddy bears are given to the audience.
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 Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Adam & The Ants play at the Technical College, Salisbury.
An Anti-Nazi rally and rock gig organised by Rock Against Racism is held in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, London, UK, featuring Elvis Costello And The Attractions, Sham 69, Aswad and Misty In Roots.
Bob Dylan plays at Nassau County Coliseum, Uniondale, New York State, USA.
Sid Vicious plays the second of three nights at Max’s Kansas City, New York City, USA.
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Bob Dylan plays at the Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bob Dylan plays at The Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island.
Joy Division record at Cargo Studios, Kenion Street, Rochdale, England, UK, Europe, for the first time. It will become a much-loved studio for the band, where they will forge a lasting relationship with producer Martin Hannett. At this session they record the songs Digital and Glass, which will appear on the EP A Factory Sample.
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Bandleader and Latin percussionist Jack Del Rio dies in Los Angeles, California, USA. He worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin and others, but was perhaps best-known as the fourth husband of Peggy Lee.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at The Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois.
Joe Jackson releases his solo debut single, Is She Really Going Out With Him?, in the UK.
On their Jazz tour, Queen play the second of two nights at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California.
Bob Dylan plays at The McKale Memorial Center, University Of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Zoo Records release the EP, From Y To Z And Never Again by Big In Japan, a Liverpool, UK. group which recently split up. Among its members were Ian Broudie (future Lightning Seed), Dave Balfe (future Teardrop Explodes), Bill Drummond (future KLF), Budgie [future Banshee] and Holly Johnson (future Frankie Goes To Hollywood).
Generation X play at Tiffany's, Halesowen, UK, supported by The Cure.
Chill Wills dies of cancer, aged 76, in Encino, California, USA. Wills is best-remembered as an actor, but he also enjoyed a singing career as a member of the cowboy-country music group The Avalon Boys Quartet.
Rush play the second of three nights at The International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Joey Castle, an Elvis Presley-styled rockabilly-rock'n'roll singer and recording artist, dies of cancer in New York City, 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.