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Queen release Don't Stop Me Now as a single on EMI Records in the UK, where it will peak at No9. It will, however, stall at No86 in the USA.
The album Octave by The Moody Blues is certified as a platinum disc in the USA.
Iron Maiden's equipment truck is stolen. The truck plus the equipment is estimated at being worth
Iron Maiden play at The Bridge House, Canning Town, London, UK.
Sultans Of Swing, the debut single by Dire Straits, enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No4 during a run of twelve weeks.
Freddy Owens, a latterday bass and sax-playing member of The Rhondels, is robbed and shot dead by Jeremiah Carr at a Holiday Inn motel in Richmond, Virginia, USA, where the band has a show. Owens had attempted to stop Carr from escaping after Carr raped his wife.
Joe Willie Wilkins dies aged 58, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He had achieved success as a blues guitarist, singer and songwriter after moving from Mississippi to Memphis. No less an authority than Muddy Waters described Wilkins as "stone great. For blues, like I say, he's the best."
The day after they are married, Eric Clapton brings Pattie Boyd on stage during his show in Tucson, Arizona, USA, and sings Wonderful Tonight to her.
Graham Parker And The Rumour play the first of two nights at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Pearl Harbour And The Explosions.
BBC-tv in the UK broadcasts the first annual British Rock & Pop Awards, which will eventually become known as The Brits or the BRIT Awards. This first edition included Dave Dee, Georgie Fame, Mary Hopkin, Hank Marvin and Dusty Springfield.
Knock On Wood by Amii Stewart reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, USA, working on the song Trouble In Mind, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on guitar.
The Tourists, who will one day evolve into Eurythmics, release their debut single, Blind Among The Flowers, in the UK.
Echo and the Bunnymen release their debut single, the Pictures On My Wall, in the UK.
Samson, Iron Maiden and Angel Witch play at The Music Machine, Camden, London, UK. This show will enter the rock history books as the event that launched the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.
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On their Destiny Tour, The Jacksons including Michael Jackson, play the second of two non-consecutive nights at the Arena Theater, Houston, Texas.
Iron Maiden play at The Bandwagon/Heavy Metal Sounhouse, Kingsbury, North London, UK.
Jazz trumpeter Blue Mitchell dies of cancer, aged 49, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elton John plays the first of four nights at Rossya Hall, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
The Knack release their debut album, Get The Knack, in the USA.
During their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play in The Texxas Jam at The Louis Messina Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas, USA. 81,000 people attend the event which also features Sammy Hagar, Heart, Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth, TKO and Boston.
She Believes In Me by Kenny Rogers reaches No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Porte de Pantin, Paris, France, Europe.
Lowell George, famed as the founder of Little Feat, plays a solo concert at Lissner Auditorium, Washington DC, USA. He will die the following day.
Joy Division and Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark play at the Limit Club, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
Local music fans gather outside The Tower Ballroom, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe, in support of their favourite group Harvest.
Ry Cooder releases his eighth album, Bop Til You Drop, on Warner Bros Records in the USA. It is the first popular music album to have been recorded digitally.
Bruce Springsteen records Stolen Car at The Power Station, New York City. On the same day, The Clash finally get a single, I Fought The Law, released in the USA.
The Teardrop Explodes, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division and Essential Logic play at the Prince of Wales Conference Center, Y.M.C.A., London, UK.
The Knack enter the Billboard Top Ten Singles Chart in the USA at No6 with My Sharona, a song inspired by elements of three previous hits. Knack frontman Doug Fieger acknowledged that Sharona's tom-tom drum rhythm is "just a rewrite" of Going To A Go-Go, a 1965 song by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, while its stuttering vocal effects recall Roger Daltrey's vocals in the 1965 song My Generation by The Who. In addition, My Sharona's main melodic hook is similar to the main riff from the 1967 song Gimme Some Lovin', by the Spencer Davis Group.
BBC Radio 1 deejay John Peel plays There Must Be Thousands by The Quads, for the first time. Peel's continuing support for this single is considered to have been the major impetus in turning it from an obscure indie release into a minor hit single.
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Echo and the Bunnymen record a live session for BBC Radio 1's The John Peel Show at Maida Vale Studios, London, UK.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Corral, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
On their first North American tour, Abba play at the Performing Arts Theatre, Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Community Center,Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA, supported by Screams.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Civic Plaza, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with Don't Stop Til You Get Enough.
Michael Jackson attends a halloween party hosted by Jane Fonda at the Hollywood Palace, Hollywood, California.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the sixth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco.
Motorhead set off on their Bomber tour at The Sports Centre, Bracknell, UK, with Saxon as support.
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On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the eleventh of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, USA.
Still by The Commodores reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA.
Pink Floyd release a double concept album, The Wall on Harvest Records in the UK.
On his Slow Train Coming tour, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at The Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Babe by Styx reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA, for the first of two weeks.
Queen's Crazy Tour Of London comes to an end at Alexandra Palace.