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Australian band Men At Work enter the UK singles chart with Down Under, which will peak at No1.
The Cocteau Twins play at The Warehouse, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
Rebop Kwaku Baah, former percussionist for Traffic, dies of a brain haemorrhage in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Belle Stars enter the UK singles chart with Sign Of The Times on Stiff Records. It will peak at No3 during an eleven-week run.
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Irish punk outfit Stiff Little Fingers calls it a day.
Shakatak play the last night of a week-long engagement at Bailey's Club, Watford, England, UK, Europe.
On the South American leg of their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the No Problem Tour], Van Halen play at Paliebro, Caracas, Venezuela.
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson enters the UK Top 100 singles chart at No47. It will peak at No1.
New Order debut their new single, Blue Monday, at The Hacienda, Manchester, UK.
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.
Eric Clapton releases the album Money And Cigarettes, as the first product from his own Duck Records label.
Michael Jackson attends The British Record Industry Awards [later re-named simply The BRITs] in the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, UK, to collect an award on behalf of Barbra Streisand.
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
Echo and the Bunnymen release a new single, The Cutter, in the USA.
The Smiths release their debut single, Hand In Glove, in the UK, on Rough Trade Records.
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Duran Duran record The Reflex at Air Studios, Montserrat, Caribbean.
Duran Duran, Robert Palmer and Prince Charles And The City Beat Band play a benefit show for Mencap at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. After this show, Duran Duran hold a party at The Rum Runner club, where John Taylor meets with Robert Palmer and they discuss the possibility of working together. The end-result will be Power Station.
Peter Gabriel plays at The Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Police play at The Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Lani Hall spends the second of two days recording Never Say Never Again the theme song for the James Bond movie of that name, at A+M Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Glove, a 'supergroup' formed by Robert Smith of The Cure and Steve Severin of Siouxsie And The Banshees, release their only album, Blue Sunshine, on Wonderland Records in the UK.
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Jarvis Mills is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. He will find success as rappeer Jae Millz.
Kid Creole And The Coconuts play at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Sylvie Vartan plays at the Palais Des Congres, Paris, France, Europe.
Willie Nelson plays in Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
The Checkers release their debut single, Gizagiza Heart no Komoriuta, in Japan, Asia. It will be the first of many major hits.
Black Sabbath's Born Again Tour plays at The Forum, Montreal, Canada, with Nazareth as support band.
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Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy jams with Mamas Boys at The Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Rock movie Eddie And The Cruisers, starring Tom Berenger and Michael Pare, is released in the USA.
Popular singer Giorgos Dalaras plays for 80,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium, Atehns, Greece, 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.
The new Billboard No1 R'n'B single in the USA is Ain't Nobody by Rufus with Chaka Khan.
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In New York City, USA, Yoko Ono is awarded a court settlement of $120,000, because a neighbour, Janet Paterson, had accidentally flooded Yoko's Dakota building apartment by leaving the bath water running while she went shopping.
The Smiths release a new single, This Charming Man, in the UK, on Rough Trade Records.
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Cheryl Lynn releases her fifth studio album, Preppie, on Columbia Records in the USA.
Michael Zachery Myers is born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He will find success as the founder, lead singer and guitarist of the rock band The Fairwell.
On their The Present tour, The Moody Blues play at The Summit, Houston, Texas, USA. Stevie Ray Vaughan is on the same bill.
Filming continues on the Prince movie Purple Rain in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Fall play at The Main Hall, Barking Project, Northeast London Polytechnic, Longbridge Road, Dagenham, England, UK, Europe.
On their Lick It Up World tour, Kiss play at Eissporthalle Kassel, Kassel, Germany, Europe.
Gordon Lightfoot plays at The University Of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA.
On their Eliminator tour, ZZ Top play at the Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.
During a tour of American military bases, Loretta Lynn plays in the helicopter hangar of E Co., 3rd Aviation Battalion Combat, Giebelstadt, Germany, Europe.
Tommy Boy and Sugarhill - two independent record labels in the USA, go to court in Newark, New Jersey, USA, over rights to the Malcolm X single, No Sell Out.
Michael Jackson's Thriller video, which cost over $1m to make, is premiered at The Metro Theater, Westwood, California, USA.
R.E.M. play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Tracey Ullman releases a new LP, You Broke My Heart In Seventeen Places, in the UK.
On their Born Again tour, Black Sabbath play at The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, supported by Quiet Riot.
On their Shout At The Devil tour, Motley Crue play at The Austin City Coliseum, Austin, Texas, USA.
Legendary blues guitarist Albert King and his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan perform together on a Canadian sound stage for the live music television series In Session. The performance will, in due course, be released as an LP and as a DVD.
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