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The Cure spend the seventh of eight days recording their second album, Seventeen Seconds, at Morgan Studios, London, UK.
The Cure begin mixing their second album, Seventeen Seconds, at Morgan Studios, London.
The Pretenders play at Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Kenny Rogers reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Coward Of The County.
UB40 play at The Venue, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play the first of two nights at Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA, supported by Rail.
Thin Lizzy play at The Forum, Antrim, Ireland.
At a birthday party in the former St Mary's Episcopal Church at 394 Oconee Street, Athens, Georgia, USA, 300 teenagers dance at the debut gig of a band formed just weeks earlier - Twisted Kites, later to become R.E.M.
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On their Duke tour, Genesis play at The ABC, Blackpool, England, UK, Europe.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play in Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, supported by Rail.
British chart tv show Top Of The Pops features The Human League, Johnny Logan, Prelude, Michael Jackson, Matchbox, The Average White Band, Jona Lewie, Cockney Rejects, Boney M, The Ruts, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Undertones and Dexy's Midnight Runners. The show is hosted by Peter Powell.
Einstürzende Neubauten play at Crellestrasse, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Wreckless Eric plays at The Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Teardrop Explodes play at the Limit Club, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
The Jeff Lorber Fusion plays the second of two nights at The Bottom Line, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, supported by The John Abercrombie Quartet.
Dollar Brand plays at The Bottom Line, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, supported by Exuma: The Obeah Man.
Frank Zappa plays at The Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Adam And The Ants play at Maryatt Hall, Dundee, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes play at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California, USA.
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Singer-songwriter John Craigie is born in Santa Monica, California, USA. He will find acclaim as a "Modern-Day Troubadour" in the style of Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
Daniel Amos, Rocks and The Smooths play at Madam Wong's West, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rush play at Deeside Leisure Centre, Deeside, England, UK, Europe.
Iron Maiden play at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe.
Cleo Laine and John Dankworth play in the Dr. Pepper Summer Music Festival 1980 at Wollman Skating Rink, New York City, USA.
Elvis Costello's backing band, The Attractions, release a single on their own - Single Girl, but it fails to chart.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers play the first of three nights at The Palladium, New York City, USA.
Los Angeles rock band X appear at Dingwall's, Camden Lock, London, England, UK, Europe, with ex-Doors member Ray Manzarek, who is also their manager, playing keyboards.
Give Me The Night by George Benson enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA.
On a tour in support of their LP Who Are You, The Who play at The Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
On their Expect No Quarter tour, Z.Z. Top play at The Palace Theatre, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at Ottawa Civic Center, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
When The Cure play the first of two nights at the Mainstreet Cabaret, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania, their wild behaviour causes problems with the management of their hotel and the band is obliged to move elsewhere.
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On their World Invasion tour, Van Halen play at The Checkerdome, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, supported by The Cats.
Jah Wobble is reported to have left PiL (Public Image Ltd).
The Grateful Dead play the second of three nights at The Uptown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Tusk tour, Fleetwood Mac play at Kansas Coliseum, Valley Center, Kansas, USA.
Linda Ronstadt plays a live concert at the HBO Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Top Ten Singles for the week beginning on this day on 1050 CHUM Radio in Toronto, Ontario, Canada are :

1. Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue

2. Jackson Browne - Boulevard

3. Boz Scaggs - JoJo

4. Eric Clapton - Cocaine

5. Bob Seger - You'll Accomp'ny Me

6. Billy Joel - Don't Ask Me Why

7. Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers

8. Roger Daltrey - Free Me

9. Queen - Play The Game 10. Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
The Grateful Dead play the second of two nights at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Yes play at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
The Specials play at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, supported by the Swinging Cats.
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The Tourists play at The Odeon, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe, supported by The Barracudas. Two members of The Tourists, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, will go on to form Eurythmics.
It is reported that Led Zeppelin might split, following the death of drummer John Bonham.
The Grateful Dead play the eleventh night of a fifteen night season at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA, during which the band revives its acoustic set and records tracks for the album Dead Set.
John Lydon of PiL is arrested in Dublin, Eire, Europe, on charges of assault. Lydon was formerly known as Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols.
AC/DC enter the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with You Shook Me All Night Long, which will peak at No35.
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Bob Marley, seriously weakened by terminal cancer, is baptized at the Wellington Hotel, New York City, USA.
During his third US tour of the year, Bob Dylan plays the sixth of twelve nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California.
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During his third tour of the year, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Paramount Northwest Theatre, Seattle, Washington.
Hüsker Dü and Hypstrz play at the 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.