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Eric Stewart, singer and guitarist of 10cc is seriously injured when his sports car somersaults off an icy road surface near Reigate, Surrey, UK. He is taken to Redhill Hospital and, although early reports state that he is recovering well, he loses his left eye.
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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.
Jazz guitarist Grant Green dies after collapsing with a heart attack in his car, in New York City, USA.
Supertramp enter the UK pop albums chart with Breakfast In America, which will peak at No3. The album cover art shows their Swindon-born vocalist Rick Davies reading the Swindon Evening Advertiser.
Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose in the apartment of his actress/girlfriend Michelle Robinson, in New York City, USA.
The Police play at The Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
The Cure's debut single, Killing An Arab, originally released on the indie Small Wonder label is re-released by Fiction, a new company set up with distribution via the major Polydor Records.
The Cure's debut single, Killing An Arab, originally released on the indie Small Wonder label is re-released by Fiction, a new company set up with distribution via the major Polydor Records.
Meat Loaf enters the UK Singles Chart with Bat Out Of Hell which will peak at No15.
Zenon de Fleur Herowski, guitarist with UK garage/r'n'b band The Count Bishops dies of a heart attack following a car crash, aged 28, in London, UK.
Vocalist David Lee Roth of Van Halen collapses on stage in Spokane, Washington, USA, as a result of a stomach virus.
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.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the first of two nights at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Reunited by Peaches And Herb reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart in the USA.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, working on songs including When You Gonna Wake Up, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on guitar.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, working on songs including Gotta Serve Somebody, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on guitar.
Pere Ubu play the second of two nights at Gaspar's, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, working on songs including Slow Train and Trouble In Mind, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on guitar.
The Beatles album Let It Be is released in Germany on Apple Records.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, working on songs including Gotta Serve Somebody and Precious Angel.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Norfolk Arena, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
The Cure's debut album Three Imaginary Boys enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No44.
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Bob Dylan's live double album Bob Dylan At Budokan peaks at No13 in the Billboard US Top 40 albums chart.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany, Europe.
Nathan Followill, drummer of Kings Of Leon, is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Lowell George, formerly of Little Feat, dies in Washington, DC, USA, from a heart attack brought on by drugs and obesity.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Auditorium, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
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.
Neil Young's in-concert movie, Rust Never Sleeps, premieres at the Bruin Theater, Westwood, California, USA.
On the night before hitmaking singer Minnie Riperton dies of breast cancer, she is visited by Stevie Wonder at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. When Wonder leaves she tells an attendant, "The person I was waiting for has arrived and everything will be all right now".
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Chaparral Center, Midland, Texas, USA.
Ry Cooder's eighth album, Bop Til You Drop, gives him his first British chart entry. It will peak at No9, and spend an impressive 36 weeks in the list.
Bob Dylan releases a new album, Slow Train Coming, in the USA on Columbia Records.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the first of two nights at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA.
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.
The Clash, Canned Heat and Peter Tosh appear in the second annual Tribal Stomp, on the site of the Monterey Pop Festival, in California, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the second of two nights at Furitsu Taiiku-Kan, Osaka, Japan.
Kenny Rogers gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Slow Train Coming by Bob Dylan enters the Billboard US albums chart, where it will peak at No3 during a 13-week run.
Echo And The Bunnymen play at Eric's, Liverpool, UK. Pete De Freitas comes along to the show, meets the band, and becomes their drummer soon after.
One Step Beyond, in the UK on Stiff Records. On the same day, The first 2-Tone Tour, featuring The Specials, Madness and The Selecter, plays at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.
Bob Dylan begins his Slow Train Coming tour at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco. Audiences on this tour boo because his conversion to Born Again Christianity has affected his music.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the fourth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theater, in San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the ninth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the tenth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the eleventh of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.
Iron Maiden is signed to a recording contract by EMI.
When Spandau Ballet play their first-ever gig, at The Blitz Club, Great Queen Street, London, England, UK, Europe, they are seen by Chris Blackwell of Island Records who offers the quintet a recording contract on the spot.
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