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Last Christmas by Wham! is awarded a UK platinum single by the BPI.
Prince plays at Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Paul McCartney and his family fly to New York City, USA, on Concorde for a holiday.
On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the fourth of five nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the last of five nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Bruce Springsteen plays at Freedom Hall Arena, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
The album Controversy by Prince is certified as a platinum disc in the USA by the RIAA.
The album Rebel Yell by Billy Idol is awarded a double platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Grand Funk Railroad play at Coast To Coast, Ellicott City, Maryland, USA.
When The Del Fuegos when they play at the Rhinoceros Club, Greensborough, North Carolina, USA, they are joined by Bruce Springsteen for a guest appearance.
Bruce Springsteen plays the first of two nights at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
Brantley Gilbert is born in Jefferson, Georgia, USA. He will find fame as a country music star, with major hits including Country Must Be Country Wide, You Don't Know Her Like I Do, Bottoms Up and One Hell Of An Amen.
Killing Joke play at King George’s Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, UK, Europe.
Prince releases Take Me With U, the fifth US single from the Purple Rain album.
On the second part of their Happy In Flares tour, Doctor And The Medics play at London School Of Economics, London, UK.
Foreigner reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with the big rock ballad, I Want To Know What Love Is, featuring guest performances by Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins and Jennifer Holliday.
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Leonard Cohen plays the first of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, in support of his album Various Positions.
Loretta Holloway plays at The Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, as support to standup Alan King.
At 5.30pm Greenwich Mean Time, We Are The World by USA For Africa is simultaneously broadcast by 5000 radio stations worldwide.
The Jonah Jones Orchestra and The Tommy Furtado Trio play at Jimmy Weston's, New York City, USA.
10,000 Maniacs arrive in London, England, UK, Europe, to begin recording their second album, The Wishing Chair, for Elektra Records, with producer Joe Boyd. The band will also tour Europe.
Jazz guitarist Pierre Cavalli dies in Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Wham! play at Zhongshan Memorial Hall, Canton, China, Asia.
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Big River, based on the Mark Twain novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, opens at the Eugene O'Neill Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 1005 performances. Featuring music written by Roger Miller, the play will go on to win seven Tony awards, including Best Score.
Eric Clapton, supported by Graham Parker, plays at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Nanna Oland Fabricus is born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. She will find success as singer-songwriter Oh Land.
Lily Rose Beatrice Allen is born in Hammersmith, London, England, UK. She will find success as pop/rock/dance singer-songwriter Lily Allen.
Prince releases a new single, Paisley Park, in the UK.
Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and George Melly play at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool, UK.
Dire Straits release a new single, Money For Nothing, in the UK.
Bob Dylan's album Empire Burlesque enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No11 during a six-week run.
Roberta Peters with The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, plays at Coney Island, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Liverpool band Dead Or Alive enters the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart, where it will peak at No11 during an eleven-week run.
Dire Straits begin a ten-night stand at Wembley Arena, London.
Rick Springfield plays in front of a capacity crowd at The Beaumont Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, USA, supported by Til Tuesday.
Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night is hospitalized in Los Angeles, California, USA, because of problems caused by his drug addiction.
Prince releases a new single, Pop Life, in the USA.
During the Nice Jazz Festival, B.B.King, Joe Williams And The Count Basie Orchestra, Panama Francis and The Savoy Sultans perform for the first of two nights in La Grand Parade Du Jazz, Cimiez, Nice, France, Europe.
Donations to The Live Aid charity hit the £50m mark. The charity is aimed at alleviating the effects of famine in Ethiopia, Africa,
Marcus Jamal Hopson is born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find success as a rapper using the name Hopsin.
Live Aid Concert organiser Bob Geldof, lead singer of The Boomtown Rats, asks the US Congress in Washington DC, USA, to help with the distribution of food to the victims of famine in Africa.
Tina Turner plays the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Billed as The Four Horsemen, Metallica play at Ruthie's Inn, Berkeley, California, USA.
Stevie Wonder releases a new album, In Square Circle, in the USA.
Billboard magazine reports that Mike Love of The Beach Boys has donated $5,000 to music censorship pressure group the PMRC [Parents Music Resource Center] headed by Tipper Gore.
The Cure play at The Spectrum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Tears For Fears play at La Rotonde, Le Mans, France, Europe.
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Bob Dylan begins several days of recording material for the album Knocked Out, Loaded, with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics at Church Studios in Crouch End, London, England, UK, Europe.
The single Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No21 during an eight week run. Dylan is among its superstar cast of vocalists.