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Phil Collins releases a new single, In The Air Tonight, in the UK.
Duran Duran record their first live session for BBC Radio 1 in London, England, UK, Europe.
Motley Crue is officially formed in Los Angeles, California, USA.
U2 play at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe.
The Clash enter the UK singles chart with Hitsville UK.
U2 play at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Blondie reach No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with The Tide Is High.
Judge Richard Owen, in the US District Court in New York City, USA, rules that, "Three-fourths of the success of My Sweet Lord is due to the plagiarized tune and one-fourth to other factors, such as the words and the popularity and stature of George Harrison." Harrison is ordered to pay $587,000 to his former manager Allen Klein's company ABCKO, for "subconscious plagiarism" of The Shirelles’ hit He's So Fine in Harrison's song My Sweet Lord.
The Who tape a performance of You Better You Bet for BBC tv show Top Of The Pops in London, England, UK, Europe.
Letoya Nicole Luckett is born in Houston, Texas, USA. She will find fame first as a member of the singing r'n'b trio Destiny's Child, then as a solo performer.
The album Another Ticket by Eric Clapton enters the Billboard Top 40 albums chart in the USA where it will peak at No7 during a thirteen–week stay.
Prince plays to a packed house at The Ritz, New York City, USA.
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.
The Yellow Magic Orchestra release a new single, Cue, in Japan, Asia.
Following the departure of Denny Laine, Paul McCartney’s Wings disband.
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Jazz trumpeter Cat Anderson, who worked with Duke Ellington, Lucky Millinder, The Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, Sabby Lewis's Orchestra, Lionel Hampton and others, dies aged 64 of cancer in Norwalk,California, USA.
At Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Miami, Florida, USA, Bob Marley finally loses his fight against cancer, aged 36.
Joan Armatrading plays at The Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Peter Sutcliffe, a mass murderer known as The Yorkshire Ripper, is sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey, London, UK. Sutcliffe's grim exploits will provide subject matter for songs including Leeds Ripper by Throbbing Gristle, Leeds United by Luke Haines and Night Shift by Siouxsie And The Banshees.
Prince plays his first ever concert in Europe, at the Paradiso Club, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe.
Bob Dylan is working on tracks for the album Shot Of Love in Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA.
Swing jazz trumpeter and bandleader Pee Wee Erwin dies, aged 68, of cancer, in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA.
During the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan holds a two-hour long press conference at the Maritime Hotel in Travemunde, West Germany, Europe.
Duran Duran release a new single, Girls On Film, worldwide.
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The film The Jazz Singer, starring Neil Diamond as a young Jewish cantor with a secret life as a jazz singer, goes on general release to cinemas in Finland. The film is a re-make of an Al Jolson movie, originally released in 1927.
Rolling Stones release their sixteenth studio album Tattoo You in the UK.
Prince releases a new single, Controversy, in the USA.
The first day of the third Futurama Festival is held in New Bingley Hall, Stafford, England, UK, Europe, featuring Gang Of Four, Bauhaus, The Human Condition, Theatre Of Hate, OK Jive, 23 Skidoo, A Flock Of Seagulls, Sisters of Mercy and others.
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The Michael Schenker Group plays at the Gaumont, Southampton, UK.
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.
Takamasa Lee Ishihara is born in Konohana-ku, Osaka, Japan. He will find success as Miyavi, guitarist with the visual kei band Due le Quartz, before going on to a successful solo career.
Vocalist Paul Di'Anno leaves Iron Maiden. He will be replaced by Bruce Dickinson.
Simple Minds play at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Ray Stevens plays at Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.
Dexys Midnight Runners play at The Ush er Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
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Johnny Cash begins filming his 1981 tv Christmas special at Falkland Palace, Fife, Scotland, UK, Europe. During the day he records a duet with Andy Williams, singing Greensleeves.
The album Private Eyes by Daryl Hall And John Oates is certified both gold and platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Cars release the album Shake It Up in the USA.
Styx play at Bingley Hall, Stafford, 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.
Eric Clapton And His Band play a special one-off gig to celebrate the testimonial year for John Wile, Captain of West Bromwich Albion, at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK.
The Henry Paul Band plays at Trax, New York City, USA.
The Stranglers play at Rock City, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
The Stray Cats open the show for The Rolling Stones at The Unidome, Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA.
Rush play at the Hitsville North Nightclub, Passaic, New Jersey, USA.
The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) enter the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Twilight which will peak at No38.
Japan enter the UK album charts with Tin Drum, which will peak at No12.
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.
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