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Joe Jackson begins a British tour at The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Kiss play at The Forum, Montreal, Canada.
Men At Work reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Down Under.
Obaro Ejimiwe is born in London, UK. He will find success as singer and producer Ghostpoet.
The Smiths play at the Quando Night in Manhattan Sound, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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Echo And The Bunnymen play at The Gaumont, Ipswich, England, UK, Europe.
It is announced that with Billie Jean and Thriller, Michael Jackson has become the first artist to simultaneously occupy the No1 positions in the Billboard US Rock Albums and Singles charts plus the Billboard US R&B Albums and Singles charts.
Richard Hell And The Voidoids play at The Ace, Brixton, London, England, UK, Europe.
Top UK record producer Trevor Horn is listening when BBC Radio One’s Kid Jensen show transmits four live tracks by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, including Relax. Horn decides to sign the band to his new label, ZTT.
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Ronald Reagan, President of the USA, introduces the idea of creating a Strategic Defence Initiative, popularly known as the Star Wars Defense System, which would use ground and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missiles. The proposal will inspire Japanese heavy metal band Loudness to record their anti-Star Wars song S.D.I.
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Blind Joe Hill, billed as The One-Man-Blues-Band, records his album First Chance, in Hollywood, California, USA. The LP includes the tracks Big Butt Woman, Lickin' Gravy Baby, Wake Me Up In The Morning, Highway 13, Darling, I Love You, Blind Joe Special, First Change, P. D. Blues, I Can't Do What I Used To Do, You Got Me Dizzy and I'm Travellin'.
US Interior Secretary James Watt announces that rock bands such as The Beach Boys and The Grass Roots are to be banned from playing at the annual Fourth of July celebrations in Washington, DC, USA, because they attract "the wrong element".
David Bowie reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Let's Dance.
On his Serious Moonlight tour, David Bowie plays the second of two nights at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
The movie The King Of Comedy, directed by Martin Scorsese, is released in Australia. The film includes a brief cameo by The Clash, who are seen performing live outside 1650 Broadway, New York City, USA, in emulation of The Drongos, a post-punk era band who frequently busked on that very spot.
The ARIA singles and albums polls replaces the long-running Countdown chart in Australia, Oceania, collating sales data from record stores to determine chart positions. Bonnie Tyler scores the first ARIA No1 in the singles chart with Total Eclipse Of The Heart, while Michael Jackson dominates the album tally with Thriller.
Big Country play at St. Austell Coliseum, Cornwall, England, UK, Europe.
On her Wild Heart solo tour, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac plays at The Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
On her Wild Heart solo tour, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac plays at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The Cure play the first of two nights at The Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Damned play at The Tower Ballroom, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara attend a Variety Club party in London, England, UK, Europe, to celebrate UK pop star Tommy Steele's 25 years in showbiz.
Elvis Costello And The Attractions play at Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Aztec Camera.
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On her Wild Heart tour, Stevie Nicks plays at Casper Events Center, Casper, Wyoming, USA.
King Kurt plays at The Palm Cove Club, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
The Beach Boys play at L.A. County Fairgrounds, Pomona, California, USA.
Rod Stewart pulls out of a projected tour with Elton John, claiming that he needs to concentrate on his next album.
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AC/DC, Def Leppard, Motorhead and Iron Maiden appear in a special Heavy Metal edition of tv show Rock Arena on ABC-tv in Australia, Oceania.
Robert Plant plays at The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Badfinger play at The Riverboat, Rochester, New York State, USA.
Peter Tosh, 10cc and Spandau Ballet play in the Veronica Rock Night at Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
Eek-A-Mouse plays at The Philmore, Middlesborough, England, UK, Europe.
It is announced that the remaining three members of The Beatles are to be invited to Liverpool, UK, to personally collect their Freemen of the City awards.
On their Eliminator tour, ZZ Top play at The palais des Sports, Grenoble, France, Europe.
On his Serious Moonlight tour, David Bowie plays the last of three nights at The Oval, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
On their Lick It Up World tour, Kiss play at Eissporthalle Kassel, Kassel, Germany, Europe.
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton enter the UK singles chart with Islands In The Stream which will peak at No7. The song is written by the Bee Gees, and produced by Barry Gibb.
Long Hot Summer by The Style Council enters the ARIA singles chart in Australia, Oceania. It will peak at No28.
On their Synchronicity tour, The Police play a second night in Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas, USA.
King Crimson are working on material for their third LP in Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, New York State, USA.
Gina And The X-quisites are playing at Robin's Tavern, Singapore, Asia.
Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes play at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rick James plays at The Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, USA, supported by The SOS Band.
Loudness release the live LP, Live-Loud-Alive: Loudness in Tokyo, on Nippon Columbia Records.
Blues guitarist and singer Buster Benton records the LP First Time In Europe for Blue Phoenix Records at Sysmo Studio, Paris, France, Europe.
On their The Present tour, The Moody Blues play at McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA.
The Jerry Garcia Band plays at The Veterans Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Neil Young is sued by Geffen Records for $3m. The label claims that his latest album, Everybody's Rockin’, is "not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums."
Say Say Say by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson is certified as a gold disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
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