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Killing Joke play at Hammersmith Palais, London, England, UK, Europe.
UK tv show Top Of The Pops celebrates its 20th birthday. By a happy coincidence, two artists in this week’s chart, Paul McCartney and Cliff Richard, were also in the Top 20 for the first show. The show is also memorable as the first TOTP appearance of Frankie Goes To Hollywood singing Relax.
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The Police announce that their farewell gig will take place on March 2nd in Australia, Oceania.
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R.E.M. spend the third of seven days of recording in Reflections Sound Studio, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Never having recovered from his 1975 heart attack, Jackie Wilson passes away in a nursing home in New Jersey, USA.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Stephen Barker Liles is born in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA. He will become a founding member of the band Love And Theft, known for its 2009 debut, Runaway, and for its 2012 hit Angel Eyes. He will also provide the inspiration for the Taylor Swift song Hey Stephen (2008) on her album Fearless.
Linda McCartney is fined £75 for recently attempting to smuggle marijuana into the UK.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Capital Center, Landover, Maryland, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
The Smiths UK tour plays at North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke, England, UK, Europe.
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Queen’s new single, Radio Ga Ga, written by Roger Taylor, enters the UK singles chart at No4, and will peak at No2. This gives Queen the unique distinction of being the only group in which all four members have individually composed a top ten hit.
John Cooper Clarke plays at The Arts Centre, Washington, England, UK, Europe.
Menudo play the third of a ten-day series of shows at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Satan play at Shades, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Higsons play at West Hall College, Watford, England, UK, Europe. Vocalist Charlie Higson will find greater success as a comedian, actor and novelist.
The 1983 Readers' Poll in weekly pop paper Sounds in the UK, chooses Holy Diver by Dio as the best LP of the year, Annie Lennox as female singer, David Coverdale as Sex Object, Ritchie Blackmore as guitarist, Phil Collins as drummer and Boy George as Wally Of The Yaer
David Vetter, the terminally ill child known as The Boy In The Bubble, dies at the age of 12 in Dobbin, Texas, USA. His plight provided the title for a Paul Simon song.
Riot Squad play at The Bierkeller, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
The Smiths' UK tour plays at Brighton Polytechnic. En route, Morrissey and Marr demand that their driver be replaced because they feel he is being over-familiar.
The Police play the first of two nights at The Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
On the New Way Of Life tour, Prefab Sprout and The Daintees play at The Dance Factory, Dundee, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Ozzy Osbourne plays in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
The Lucy Show play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Hawkwind, supported by Bronz, play at Victoria Hall, Hanley, England, UK, Europe.
Hawkwind, supported by Bronz, play at The Liesure Centre, Crawley, England, UK, Europe.
Roger Daltrey of The Who releases a solo album, Parting Should Be Painless, in the UK.
Carmel plays at The Polytechnic, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
When Duran Duran play a second night at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, they are joined on stage by Nile Rodgers of Chic.
Bob Dylan appears on the US tv show Late Night With David Letterman, in the NBC Studios, Rockefeller Centre, New York City. Liberace appears in the same show.
The Go-Go's release the album Talk Show, in the USA.
Siouxsie And The Banshees play in Paris, France, Europe.
Duran Duran's Sing Blue Silver tour plays at The Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia, USA.
David Gilmour of Pink Floyd's About Face tour opens at The National Stadium, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Robert Evans Stadium, Evansville, Indiana, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
The movie The King Of Comedy, directed by Martin Scorsese, is released in Japan. 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.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) play at The Assembly Rooms, Derby, England, UK, Europe.
Polygram's factory in Hanover, Germany, Europe, produces its 10 millionth compact disc.
On their End Of The Road tour Status Quo play the first of two nights at The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Young At Heart by The Bluebells enters the UK singles chart at No54. It will peak at No8 during a twelve-week run on the chart.
After only seven concerts, Jeff Beck quits the current Rod Stewart tour of the USA.
Phil Collins marries Jill Tavelman, his girlfriend of the past four years, at the register office in Guildford, England, UK, Europe, followed by a blessing in the parish church at Shalford. Musical entertainment at the reception is provided by a band comprising Collins, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Gary Brooker of Procol Harum. Guests also include Julian Lennon.
Iron Maiden begin their mammoth World Slavery Tour, in support of their album Powerslave, at Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland, Europe.
Neil Young and the International Harvesters begin a North American arena tour in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Support act is Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.
Iron Maiden play at Boblingen Sporthalle, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe, supported by Motley Crue.
The Cure play the first of two nights in The Opera House, Austin, Texas, USA.
On their The Top tour, The Cure play at The Bismarck Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Chaka Khan reaches No1 on the UK singles chart with I Feel For You.
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On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the second of three nights nights at The Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, USA.
Zero, with John Cipollina, play at The Stone, San Francisco, California, USA.
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