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When the CBS-tv network in America broadcasts The Karen Carpenter Story it becomes the top-rated show of the week.
Stanley Turrentine plays at Ronnie Scott’s Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Police play at The Forum, Montreal, Canada.
Cliff Richard releases his 80th single, A Little In Love, in the UK.
Times Square, a new wave music cash-in movie funded by entrepreneur Robert Stigwood, is released in the UK. The soundtrack features songs by The Cure, The Ramones, Talking Heads, XTC, Patti Smith, Joe Jackson and others.
Ringo Starr spends the second of three days recording with Ronnie Wood (of The Rolling Stones) at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, for his album tentatively titled Can't Fight Lightning. By the time it is released, it will be called Stop And Smell The Roses.
In the Palms Bar, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics is seen, according to a police report, "fondling her breasts, buttocks, and vaginal area with her hand, While subject was fondling her vaginal area, with her hand, she did it in a manner which simulated masturbation, Subject also was observed simulating masturbation and sexual intercourse using the handle of a sledgehammer." She is arrested but charges are later dropped.
Carl Feaster, lead vocalist of successful 50s doo-wop group The Chords, dies of cancer in New York City, USA.
Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, is injured in a motorcycle crash which leaves him hospitalized for two months.
The Police play the first of two nights at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
Blondie is awarded a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for the album Autoamerican.
The Who play the first of two nights at The Coliseum, St Austell, Cornwall, England, UK, Europe.
Elvis Costello and the Attractions release the album Trust in the UK, on the newly-formed F-Beat label.
Eric Clapton plays at The Four Seasons Arena, Great Falls, Montana, USA.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons play at Southport Theatre, Southport, England, UK, Europe.
The Stray Cats play at Queensway Hall, Dunstable, England, UK, Europe.
Prince plays for 300 people at Bowen Field House, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA.
Queen play the second of two nights in Morumbi Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America.
Bob Dylan records several takes of The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altarrn at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California.
Duran Duran appear on UK tv show Top Of The Pops lip-synching their latest single, Is There Something I Should Know?
XTC play at the B+L Warehouse, Athens, Georgia, USA, supported by local hopefuls R.E.M.
Bob Dylan's former manager, Albert Grossman, files a lawsuit in New York City, USA, claiming back royalties and punitive damages. Dylan will counterclaim on eighteen different points, and the battle will drag on for several years.
UB40 play at Unity Hall, Wakefield, England, UK, Europe.
Kraftwerk play at The City Hall, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
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On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play the second of two nights at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA, supported by The Fools.
At the first ever Soul Train Music Awards in the Civic Center, Santa Monica, California, USA, Cameo win the Best Album and Best Single (group) of the year. Janet Jackson gets Album of the Year (female) and Best New Video.
Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Mahogany Rush, Triumph, Riot and Vardis play in The Heavy Metal Holocaust, at Port Vale Football Stadium, Stoke on Trent, England, UK, Europe. The sound system is so huge that it causes the local electricty substation to crash.
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Dollar enter the UK singles chart with Hand Held In Black And White.
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Bruce Springsteen plays at Perkin's Place, Pasadena, California, USA.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at Mississippi Coast Highway Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
Bruce Springsteen plays the second of three nights at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
ZZ Top, The Joe Perry Project, The New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The A's play at New Jersey State Fairgrounds, New Jersey, USA.
Blues legend Furry Lewis dies at home in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, of natural causes, aged 88.
The Michael Schenker Group plays at the Empire, Liverpool, UK.
Duran Duran play the second of two nights at The Ritz, New York City, USA.
Elvis Costello releases a new single, Good Year For Roses.
Prince and his band play a 'secret' gig at Sam's, Minneapolis, Minnesota, under the name Controversy.
Jean Michel Jarre comes to the end of a tour of China, during which he has played live concerts in Peking and Shanghai.
Duran Duran play in Die Wartburg, Wiesbaden, Germany, Europe.
Ozzy Osbourne releases his new album, Diary Of A Madman, on Halloween. It will reach No16 in the USA and 14 in the UK.
RCA Records in the USA raises the price of a 45rpm single from $1.69 to $1.99.
Ringo Starr releases a new single, Wrack My Brain.
Judas Priest play the first of two nights at The City Hall, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
The new No1 in the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA is Take My Heart by Kool and the Gang.
R'n'b and jazz guitarist George Benson enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Turn Your Love Around, which will peak at No5 during a sixteen-week run on the chart.
Paul McCartney, allied with Yoko Ono, announces plans to sue ATV Music for alleged breach of trust, after failing to buy the Lennon-McCartney song publishing company Northern Songs.
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Concerned about the spread of domestic cassette recordings, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) launches a campaign under the slogan Home Taping Is Killing Music, with support from Elton John, Gary Numan, Cliff Richard, 10cc and the Boomtown Rats.
Japan enter the UK album charts with Tin Drum, which will peak at No12.
On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays at The Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays at Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.