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Richard Carpenter of pop duo The Carpenters enters a chemical dependency treatment centre in Topeka, Kansas, USA.
Craig Campbell is born in Metter, Georgia, USA. The country singer-songwriter will begin scoring hits with his 2010 release Family Man, followed by the 2012 single Outta My Head and the 2013 hit Keep Them Kisses Comin'.
Rickie Lee Jones releases her debut LP, Rickie Lee Jones, on Warner Bros. Records in the USA.
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."
Cool For Cats by Squeeze enters the UK Top 20 Singles Chart at No16. It will remain in the Top 20 for seven weeks, peaking at No2.
Dire Straits play the second of two nights at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Barooga Bandit.
Minutes before Supertramp take the stage in San Diego, California, keyboardist/singer Roger Hodgson becomes the father of a baby girl, Heidi Hodgson.
What A Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the first of two nights at Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon, USA, to an audience of 8,000.
Knock On Wood by Amii Stewart reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA.
An Iron Maiden demo track, Prowler, tops the Sounds/Soundhouse chart in the UK and remains at the top for three months.
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The Police make their debut on BBC TV's weekly music chart show Top Of The Pops, performing Roxanne.
Kate Bush plays at Congress Centrum CCH, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Checkerdome, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, supported by Robert Fleischman.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.
Pere Ubu play the second of two nights at Gaspar's, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Duran Duran play at Cannon Hill Arts Centre, Birmingham, England, UK.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, USA, working on songs including Gotta Serve Somebody and Precious Angel.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at London Gardens, London, Ontario, Canada.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The live album Bob Dylan At Budokan enters the Billboard US albums chart, where it will peak at No13 during a seven-week run.
Elton John plays the second of four nights at The Bolshoi Concert Hall, Leningrad, Russia, Europe.
The Knack release their debut album, Get The Knack, in the USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Norfolk Arena, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
Nathan Followill, drummer of Kings Of Leon, is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Jai Alai, Miami, Florida, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Assembly Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Music Hall, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
The first day of the Reading Rock 79 festival in the UK features The Police, The Tourists, Motorhead, Wilko Johnson, The Cure, Doll By Doll, Punishment of Luxury and The Jags.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Civic Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.
Good Times by Chic reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Cape Cod Coliseum, Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Pioneering ska-punk band Madness are signed by Stiff Records in London, UK.
Dead Kennedys, Pink Section, Contractions, Anti-Bodies, Symptoms and others play in a benefit concert at Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, California, USA, to raise funds for Jello Biafra of anarcho-punk-rock band The Dead Kennedys' attempt to be elected as Mayor Of San Francisco, California, USA.
My Sharona by The Knack reaches No1 in Australia's Kent Music Report singles chart.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Shimin Kaikan, Kurashiki, Japan.
Rickie Lee Jones plays at The Dominion, London, England, UK. Her current boyfriend, Tom Waits is accompanying her on the tour.
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA.
Rise by Herb Alpert reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA, for the first of two weeks.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the eighth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, USA.
Abba play the second of two nights at Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK.
Bob Marley plays the first of two nights at The Uptown Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the second of four nights at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California.
When Supertramp play a live show at The Pavillion, Paris, France, Europe, the event is recorded and later issued as the live album, Paris.
Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles is born in Eureka, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming tour, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Community Center, Tucson, Arizona.
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