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Elvis Costello And The Attractions play at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Thin Lizzy appear on BBC1-tv show Jim'll Fix It, with 70-year-old fan May Booker on keyboards.
UFO play at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Ellis Regina, one of Brazil's finest singers, dies aged 37 in Sao Paulo.
Aspiring pop band Culture Club spend the day mixing demos of the songs White Boy and Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, recorded over the previous two days at EMI studios, Manchester House, London, England, UK, Europe, with producer Steve Levine.
The album Shake It Up by The Cars is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Former Velvet Underground vocalist Nico plays at Scamps, Oxford, England, UK, Europe, with The Faction.
Former Velvet Underground vocalist Nico plays in Deptford, England, UK, Europe, with The Faction.
The Police play the first of two nights at the Maracanazinho Gym, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, South America.
The Ventures play at Cain's, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Joe Tex dies of a heart attack, at his home in Navosta, Texas, USA, aged 49.
Prince brings his 55-date Controversy Tour to an end with a show at The Riverfront, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Because of rivalry between Prince's band and support group The Time, a huge food fight develops during The Time's set, after which their guitarist Jesse Johnson is handcuffed to a wall-mounted coat rack.
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XTC's show at The Rolling Stone, Milan, Italy, Europe, is cancelled when their equipment truck fails to arrive from Germany, Europe. Instead the band goes out and gets very drunk.
Jazz drummer and vocalist Sonny Greer, best known for his work with Duke Ellington, dies aged 86 in New York City, USA.
Former Velvet Underground vocalist Nico plays in Odyssea, Milan, Italy, Europe, with The Faction.
Rolling Stones' bassist Bill Wyman releases an eponymous solo album in the UK.
Former Velvet Underground vocalist Nico plays in Genoa, Italy, Europe, with The Faction.
David Crosby is arrested on drug charges for the second time in three weeks when police catch him preparing cocaine backstage before a show in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Acclaimed rock journalist Lester Bangs is found dead in his apartment in New York City, USA. His heart had stopped after an overdose of stimulants.
The Associates release the album Sulk, in the UK. It includes their version of the notorious jazz classic Gloomy Sunday, which is said to cause the tragic death of anyone who sings it.
John Felton, of 50s doo-wop hitmakers The Diamonds, dies in a plane crash flying between Reno, Nevada and Grant's Pass, Oregon, USA
The album Pornography by The Cure enters the UK chart where it will peak at No8.
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The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils play at The Lucky Lion, Oakland, California, USA.
R.E.M. play at The Strand Cabaret, Marietta, Georgia, USA, supported by Love Tractor.
Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners enters the UK singles chart.
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The Prince's Tust Gala Benefit at The Dominion Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, features a supergroup including Pete Townshend of The Who, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Phil Collins and others.
On their Back In Black tour, AC/DC play at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Eye Of the Tiger by Survivor is certified by the R.I.A.A. as a gold album in the USA.
It is reported that because of the ongoing recession in America, there are to be major staff cuts at CBS, Capitol, Elektra-Asylum, Atlantic and Warner Brothers Records.
Gary Numan releases a new single, White Boys And Heroes, in the UK.
The three-day long US Festival, organised by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, opens in Glen Helen Regional Park near Devore, San Bernardino County, California, USA. Acts appearing on this, the first day, include Gang Of Four, The Ramones, The English Beat, Oingo Boingo, B-52s, Talking Heads and The Police.
The Go-Go's play in King's Island, Ohio, USA.
The Beach Boys play in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
For the first time in six years, Aretha Franklin returns to the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Jump To It, which will peak at No1 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart for four consecutive weeks, and No24 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
Level 42 begin a British tour with a show at the Guildhall, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Rory Gallagher plays at Ripley Music Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Clint Eastwood and General Saint play at The Warehouse, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Kid Creole And The Coconuts play at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, supported by Joe Whiting And The Bandit Band.
Paul McCartney begins filming songs for the movie Give My Regards To Broad Street at Elstree Film Studios, Hertfordshire, England, UK, Europe.
John Cougar plays in Tallahassee, Florida, USA.
R.E.M. play in Carbondale, Illinois, USA.
Linda Ronstadt plays in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Heart play in Houston, Texas, USA.
Peter Gabriel plays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Kansas Coliseum, Wichita, Kansas, USA, supported by Joe Whiting And The Bandit Band.
Prince plays the second of two nights at The Class of 1964 Skating Rink, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at The Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, supported by Joe Whiting And The Bandit Band.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play the second of two nights at Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida, USA, supported by Joe Whiting And The Bandit Band.
Iggy Pop, Motorhead and Twisted Sister perform live on a Heavy Metal special edition of music tv series The Tube in Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
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