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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.
The Sweet play at The Lyceum Theatre, London, England, UK, supported by Duran Duran.
Bob Dylan visits John Lennon's newly-widowed wife Yoko Ono in New York City, USA.
The Police play a gig in Hawaii, USA.
The Clash enter the UK singles chart with Hitsville UK.
At the American Music Awards, Chuck Berry is presented with the Special Award of Merit.
The Who play the second of two nights at The Coliseum, St Austell, Cornwall, England, UK, Europe.
Lakeside reach No1 in the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA with Fantastic Voyage.
Another Pretty Face record a live session for John Peel of BBC Radio 1 in London, England, UK, Europe. The perform four tracks, This Time It's Real, Lightning That Strikes Twice, Out Of Control and I'll Give You Fire. (Mike Scott of Another Pretty Face will go on to found The Waterboys)
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The Stray Cats play at The Top Rank, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe.
Queen play at Mar de Plata, Argentina, South America.
Queen play in Rosario, Argentina, South America.
The Stray Cats play at The University, Lancaster, England, UK, Europe.
Prince plays at Sam's Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Who play the first of three nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe.
Dave Van Ronk records the album Your Basic Dave Van Ronk, in a single session at Livingstone Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan is in Cream Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, working on songs including In The Summertime, Need A Woman and Almost Persuaded for the album Shot Of Love.
The Yellow Magic Orchestra release a new single, Cue, in Japan, Asia.
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, working on the songs Need A Woman, In The Summertime and Dead Man, Dead Man.
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, working on mixes of songs including Every Grain Of Sand, Watered Down Love, In The Summertime and Lenny Bruce.
The Pointer Sisters sing Happy Birthday To You at a party for desgner, architect and club owner Francois de Menil in New York City. Guests include Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol, John Belushi and Ahmet Ertegun.
The Specials release a new single, Ghost Town, on 2 Tone Records in the UK.
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On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Fools.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
The Undertones play at Tavastia Klubi, Helsinki, Finland.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Freileichttheater, Bad Segeberg, West Germany.
Bob Dylan comes to the end of the European leg of the Shot Of Love tour with a gig at the Palace des Sports, Avignon, France. Two deaths occur during this show. One member of the crowd dies after falling into electric cables, causing total blackout. In the resulting confusion, a girl falls off a wall and also dies.
Rock movie Breaking Glass opens in Hungary, Europe, starring Hazel O'Connor as punk singer Kate. Zoot Money and Gary Holton have featured roles in the film, while Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney are seen in brief cameos.
Mark Chapman, convicted for the murder of John Lennon, is jailed for 20 years to life in America.
Duran Duran play at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium.
Bruce Springsteen plays the last of three nights at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play the first of two nights at Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA, supported by G-Force - led by guitarist Gary Moore.
Rick Wakeman plays at Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
The Electric Light Orchestra play at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA.
The Rolling Stones begin their tenth tour of the USA with the first of two days in front of 90,000 fans at JFK Stadium, Philadelphia. Support act is Journey.
The Rolling Stones play at Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, with supporting acts including The J. Geils Band, George Thorogood and Prince. Among the 90,000 fans are Bob Dylan, Peter O'Toole and Jack Nicholson. Across town, on the same day, a seven foot high bronze statue of John Lennon is unveiled outside City Hall.
The Human League release a new album, Dare, on Virgin Records in the UK.
Showaddywaddy play the second of three nights at Goldiggers, Chippenham.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at The Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Ringo Starr releases his new album, Stop And Smell The Roses in the USA, along with a single Wrack My Brain.
Jean Michel Jarre comes to the end of a tour of China, during which he has played live concerts in Peking and Shanghai.
The Fun Boy Three release their debut single The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum.
Time Bandits, a film by Handmade Films, backed by George Harrison, opens in the USA.
Judas Priest play the first of two nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Frank Zappa plays at Painter's Mill Music Fair, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The Royal Variety Performance, held at the Theatre Royal, London, England, UK, Europe, is transmitted on British tv, featuring Adam And The Ants, Lonnie Donegan, Donovan, Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Searchers, Alvin Stardust and Marty Wilde.
When Motorhead play at The Messehalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe, the band and road crew become embroiled in a stand-up battle outside the venue with local thugs who have come to cause trouble. The band triumphs, and the show goes ahead without further incident.
Blues harmonica virtuoso Big Walter 'Shakey' Horton, dies of heart failure in Chicago, Illinois.
Sixteen people die off the coast of Cornwall, UK, when the Penlee Lifeboat, Solomon Browne, goes to the aid of the coaster Union Star after its engines fail in heavy seas. The lifeboat had managed to rescue four people but then both vessels were lost with all hands. The 2008 song Solomon Browne by singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman is about the Penlee lifeboat disaster.