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It is reported in the UK music press that bassist Simon Gallup has left The Cure.
UK disco sensations Shakatak begin a week-long engagement at Bailey's Club, Watford, England, UK, Europe.
Joe Jackson plays at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Echo and the Bunnymen begin a British tour at Lancaster University, Lancashire, England, UK, Europe.
Irish punk outfit Stiff Little Fingers calls it a day.
Nine re-issued singles by The Jam re-enter the UK singles chart, spurred by the news that the band is breaking up.
New Order debut their new single, Blue Monday, at The Hacienda, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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Echo And The Bunnymen play at The Civic, Guildford, England, UK, Europe.
Pat Benatar plays at City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
UK music weekly Melody Maker reports that Elvis Costello might be the producer of Bob Dylan's next album. He won't be. Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits will.
Men At Work reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Down Under.
The UK's No1 Indie single is Heartache Avenue by The Maisonettes.
Paul Young releases a new single, Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) on CBS Records in the UK. (The song was originally recorded by Marvin Gaye in 1962)
Bob Dylan makes an embarrassingly drunken guest appearance at a concert by two former members of The Band, Rick Danko and Levon Helm, in the Lone Star Cafe, New York City
Michael Jackson begins a seven-week run at No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with Billie Jean.
Fast-rising Liverpool quintet Frankie Goes To Hollywood play their first London gig at The Camden Palace.
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Michael Jackson, plus 25 dancers and 50 gang members, begins filming the $150,000 video for Beat It on Skid Row, east of Hollywood, California.
Tears For Fears release theri debut LP, The Hurting, on Mercury Records in the UK.
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The Thompson Twins play in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Spandau Ballet play at The Gaumont, Ipswich, England, UK, Europe.
Blues and jazz singer/instrumentalist Queen Sylvia Embry records the LP Midnight Baby at Odyssey Sound Studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees starts work as producer of the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton duet Islands In The Stream for RCA Records in the USA.
Spandau Ballet play at The Hippodrome, Bristol, UK.
Taj Mahal plays at Stanhope House, Stanhope, New Jersey, USA.
Bob Dylan is in the Power Station, New York City, working on tracks for his album Infidels. Mark Knopfler is acting as co-producer. Knopfler also plays guitar on the album, along with former Rolling Stones' axeman Mick Taylor. On this day, Dylan works on the songs Foot Of Pride, Julius And Ethel and I And I.
Bob Dylan is in the Power Station, New York City, working on tracks for his album Infidels. Mark Knopfler is acting as co-producer and also plays guitar on the album. On this day, former Rolling Stones' axeman Mick Taylor adds overdubs to the songs Sweetheart Like You, Man Of Peace and Neighbourhood Bully.
Chris Sievey [formerly of The Freshies] releases a new cassette single, Camouflage, in the UK. The b-side of the single features a technological breakthrough for pop music - a home-made animation created by Sievey on a Sinclair ZX 81 and a computer game called Flying Train. [Sievey will subsequently pursue a new career under the name Frank Sidebottom].
Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue are partying at the home of record producer Roy Thomas Baker in Los Angeles, California, USA. Sixx sets off in his Porsche to rendezvous with Lita Ford at her house. Reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph, he wraps the German sports car around a telephone pole. A couple driving by pulls Sixx into their car and takes him to the hospital, where he is treated for a separated shoulder.
Pills and Soap by The Imposter is the new UK No1 Indie single. The Imposter is actually a pseudonym for Elvis Costello.
Bob Dylan's album Infidels is mastered.
Joan Baez plays at The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany.
When The Smiths record a live session in Maida Vale studios, London, for BBC Radio One's John Peel show, Rough Trade Records boss Geoff Travis hears the song This Charming Man and suggests it should be their next single.
When The Everly Brothers hold their comeback concert at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, the audience includes Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, Eric Clapton and former Monkees singer and drummer Mickey Dolenz.
Karma Chameleon by Culture Club begins a six week reign at No1 in the UK singles chart.
Graham Parker and John Hiatt play at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson spend the second of four days filming in Los Alamos, California, to make a promo video for their newly released single, Say, Say, Say.
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson spend the last of four days filming in Los Alamos, California, to make a promo video for their newly released single, Say, Say, Say.
Wiltshire anarcho-punk band The Subhumans spend the second of five days recording their second album, From The Cradle To The Grave, for Bluurg Records.
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson enter the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with Say, Say, Say, which will peak at No1 during an eighteen-week run. On the same day, they enter the UK singles chart where the song will peak at No2 during a fifteen-week run.
Michael Jackson's video for Beat It is chosen Best Overall Clip at the Billboard Video Awards in Pasadena, California.
Alonzo Elvis 'Tony' Alderman, fiddle player of the pioneering Bluegrass group The Hill Billies dies.
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) by Michael Jackson enters the Billboard US black music singles chart, where it will peak at No46.
Having spent fifteen weeks at No1, The Police's album Synchronicity becomes the longest-running No1 in the history of A + M Records.
AC/DC play at The Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Shout At The Devil tour, Motley Crue play at The Orange Pavilion, San Bernadino, California, USA.
Finnish rock band Yo (Night) releases its debut album Variety. Backed by tv advertising, it will reach No1 in the Finnish charts and become the first Finnish album to sell over 50,000 copies.
On their Shout At The Devil tour, Motley Crue play at The Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA.
80,000 fans attend a David Bowie gig in Auckland, New Zealand, making it the largest single concert ever held in the Southern Hemisphere.
Stephen Paul Manderson is born in Hackney, London, UK. He will find success as crossover rap/pop performer Professor Green.
The Jacksons' forthcoming summer tour, which will include superstar Michael Jackson, is announced at a press conference at The Tavern on the Green, New York City, USA.