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Jackson Browne gets married for the second time, to Lynne Sweeney, at Hollister Ranch, near Santa Barbara, California, USA. Guests, apart from Browne's close family, include David Geffen.
Steely Dan is awarded a US platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for their seventh album, Gaucho.
The Sound play at The Stokvishal, Arnhem, Netherlands, Europe.
U2 play at the University, Loughborough, England, UK, Europe
Rock musical movie Xanadu, starring Olivia Newton-John and featuring music by the Electric Light Orchestra [E.L.O.], opens to cinemas in Japan, Asia.
In Nottingham, England, UK, Europe, Sting of The Police begins work as an actor on the BBC-tv film, Artemis 81.
The Stray Cats play at The Locarno, Bristol, England, UK, Europe.
Madness begin making a film, Take It Or Leave It, in Islington, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Eric Clapton plays at The Four Seasons Arena, Great Falls, Montana, USA.
Eric Clapton plays at The Exposition Center, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA.
Sunnyland Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Louisiana Red, Bowling Green John And Harmonica Phil Wiggins, Lurrie Bell, Carey Bell and Margie Evans play in the American Folk Blues Festival '81 in Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
The Stray Cats play at The Pavilion, West Runton, England, UK, Europe.
When Queen play the first of two nights at Morumbi Stadium, Sao Paolo, Brazil, South America, they set a new world-record, 131,000 paying customers, for attendance at a live gig.
Oliver E. Alcorn, a respected blues clarinettist and saxophonist, dies in New Orleans, Lousiana, USA. He recorded with Celestin's Original Tuxedo Orchestra, Little Brother Montgomery and others.
Canned Heat vocalist Bob Hite, known as The Bear, dies of a heart attack in Mar Vista, California, USA. He had suffered the heroin-related heart attack while performing at The Palomino, Los Angeles, and was taken home to die.
Joan Armatrading plays at VejIbyRisskovhal, Aarhus, Denmark, Europe.
Bob Marley, who has spent five months at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, undergoing treatment for cancer, is flown to Miami, Florida, to be with his family.
Diana Ross leaves Motown Records after twenty years and signs to RCA with a record-setting $20m contract.
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, working on mixes of the songs Mystery Train and Heart Of Mine.
Joan Armatrading plays at The Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe.
New Los Angeles band The Colours make a four-song demo recording. Eventually the group will evolve into The Bangles, who will re-record two of these tracks for their debut album.
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Bob Dylan releases a new single, Heart Of Mine/Let It Be Me, on CBS Records in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands.
Steven Morrissey, future leader of The Smiths, goes to see Iggy Pop play at the Apollo, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
The Cure play at Werchter, Belgium, Europe, with Robert Palmer on the same bill.
Singer-songwriter Harry Chapin dies, aged 38, in a car crash on the Long Island Expressway in Jericho, New York State, USA.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at the Eisstadion, Mannheim, West Germany.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany. In the course of the day, Dylan is interviewed by Neil Spencer of the NME (New Musical Express).
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.
The Rolling Stones release a new single, Start Me Up, in the UK. On the same day, they begin five weeks of rehearsals at Long View Farm, Brookfield, Massachusetts, USA.
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Paul McCartney announces an upcoming collaboration with Stevie Wonder, which will result in the duet smash Ebony And Ivory.
Jazz trumpeter and recording artist Bill Coleman dies aged 77 in Toulouse, France.
Bananarama release their debut single, Aie A Mwana, on Demon Records in the UK. They had first heard the song, sung in Swahili by Black Blood, in a French disco. Bananarama had originally recorded it as a demo but, ultimately, the demo version was pressed onto the record. It does not chart, but reviews in the music and fashion press (NME, The Face) will catch the attention of Terry Hall, who will invite Bananarama to sing on the next single by his new vocal group Fun Boy Three.
The Michael Schenker Group plays at the Apollo, Manchester, UK.
Ashford And Simpson release a new album, Performance, in the USA.
Blue Oyster Cult play at the Veteran's Memorial Stadium, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Harry Warren, composer of such songs as September In The Rain, I Only Have Eyes For You, Lullaby Of Broadway, Chatanooga Choo Choo, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, I’ll String Along With You and many others, dies in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Queen play the first of three nights at Polledro De Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela, South America.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at The Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Duran Duran play in The Markthall Veranstaltungsentrum, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
On their Paradise Theater tour, Styx play at The Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
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On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at The Elliot Hall Of Music, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
In the UK, LWT's prestigious South Bank Show follows the making of Elvis Costello’s album Almost Blue in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Police reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.
John Lennon is posthumously honoured with an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award.
Under Pressure, a collaborative single between David Bowie and Queen, reaches No1 in the UK, making Queen the first band ever to top the single, album and video charts simultaneously.
The Stray Cats open another show for The Rolling Stones at the Civic Center, St Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Duran Duran begin their Careless Memories tour at The Gaumont, Southampton, England, UK, Europe.
Duran Duran's Careless Memories tour plays at the Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, UK, Europe.
Eric Clapton plays at Dichi Koseinenkin Hall, Nagoya, Japan, Asia.
A full page article on Prince appears in Newsweek, under the headline The Naughty Prince Of Rock.