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David Lynch, a founder-member of The Platters, dies of cancer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach, California, USA, aged 51.
John Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, pleads insanity in court in New York City, USA.
Neil Young records Rapid Transit.
Furniture play at Snoopies, Richmond, England, UK, Europe.
The Police play a gig in Hawaii, USA.
Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics is arrested on an obscenity charge for allegedly simulating a sexual act with a sledge hammer at a recent live show in The Palms night club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. During the arrest, Williams is pinned to the ground by police and receives injuries on her forehead which require several stitches.
U2 play at the Iron Horse, Northampton, England, UK, Europe.
Depeche Mode are heard on vinyl for the first time with one track on the Some Bizarre Album, a compilation of material by Some Bizarre label artists also including The The and Soft Cell.
Popular film music composer/arranger Hugo Montenegro dies in Palm Springs, California, USA. He scored a No1 smash in 1968 with his theme from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.
The Stray Cats play at The Top Rank, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
Eric Clapton plays the second of three nights at The Paramount, Seattle, Washington, USA, during a North American tour in support of his album Another Ticket.
Status Quo begin a British tour in St Austell, Cornwall, England, UK, Europe.
The Stray Cats play at Tiffany's, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The Stray Cats play at the Polytechnic, Sunderland, England, UK, Europe.
Johnny Cash begins taping a tv special, Johnny Cash And The Country Girls, at The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. As well as the Man In Black, the show features June Carter, Emmylou Harris, Anne Murray, Roseanne Cash and other female singers.
Prince plays at The Rainbow Music Hall, Denver, Colorado, USA.
The Grateful Dead play the last of four nights at The Rainbow Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
Rock entrepreneur Kit Lambert, who managed The Who and founded Track Records, dies in London, England, UK, Europe, from a brain haemorrhage caused by falling down a flight of stairs at his mother’s home.
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The band Rush watch the launch of STS-1, the first orbital flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, from the VIP area, Red Sector A, at Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA. Inspired by the launch, Rush will write and record two songs, Countdown and Red Sector A.
U2 play at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Cure release a new album, Faith, on Fiction/Polydor records in the UK.
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During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, working on songs including You Changed My Life, Trouble, Be Careful and Don't Ever Take Yourself Away.
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, mixing the song Heart Of Mine.
The Honeydrippers - a band formed by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin - play at The Boat Club, Nottingham, UK.
The Moody Blues, featuring Swindon, Wiltshire-born Justin Hayward, enter the UK albums chart with Long Distance Voyager, which will peak at No7.
Travis Tritt graduates from high school in the USA.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at Selland Arena, Fresno, California, USA.
The Undertones play at Tavastia Klubi, Helsinki, Finland, Europe.
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Marvin Gaye's UK tour ends badly when he goes on stage so late for a Royal Gala Charity Show at Lakeside Country Club, Surrey, that HRH Princess Margaret has already left.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at the Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Freileichttheater, Bad Segeberg, West Germany.
The mayor of Odessa, Texas, USA, declares today Roy Orbison Day in honor of the world-famous singer, despite the fact that Orbison was actually from Wink, a town about 35 miles west of Odessa.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at The Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida, USA.
Popular actress and singer Jessie Matthews dies of cancer, aged 74, in Eastcote, UK.
Gillan, Trust, Rose Tattoo, Samson, The Alex Harvey Band, Chicken Shack, Lionheart, Jackie Lynton's Band, Parachutes and Billy Squier play on the second day of the three-day long Reading Rock Festival '81 at Reading, UK.
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Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, formerly of The Small Faces, play at The Bridge House, Canning Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
New York electronic punk duo Suicide release a new cassette-only album, Half Alive.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas, USA.
The new No1 album in the Billboard US albums chart is Escape by Journey.
Simple Minds play at Rock City, Nottingham, UK, supported by Icehouse.
The Michael Schenker Group plays at The Odeon, Birmingham, UK.
The new No1 album in the USA is Tattoo You by the Rolling Stones.
Fad Gadget plays at Jugendheim Nord, Braunschweig, Germany, Europe.
Jazz, blues and pop guitarist Oscar Moore, dies in Los Angeles, California, USA. In his career he had worked with Nat King Cole, The Three Blazers, Lionel Hampton, Art Tatum and others.
Devo play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Showaddywaddy play the second of three nights at Goldiggers, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Juice Newton plays at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.
Rod Stewart begins a North American tour in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
Judas Priest play the second of two nights at The Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
A full page article on Prince appears in Newsweek, under the headline The Naughty Prince Of Rock.