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Country music singer-songwriter Blaine Larsen is born in Tacoma, Washington, USA.
The Bears, including virtuoso guitarist Adrian Belew, play at Berkeley Square, Berkeley, California, USA.
Mike And The Mechanics, a side-project formed by Genesis member Mike Rutherford, have their first UK singles chart entry with Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground). It will peak at No21.
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When Fine Young Cannibals play a gig in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, during their first North American tour, the show is delayed for two hours because of a tear gas bomb being set off in the crowd.
Composer, guitarist and pianist Robbie Basho, regarded as one of the first generation of players to elevate the steel stringed guitar to become a solo concert instrument, dies in a bizarre accident at the age of 45. During a visit to his chiropractor in Berkeley, California, an "intentional whiplash" experiment causes blood vessels in his neck to rupture, leading to a fatal stroke.
Chuck Berry is inducted into the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame, at the 17th Annual Awards Dinner, Hotel Plaza, New York City, USA.
Tina Turner signs to UK publicist Bernard Doherty for PR. Their relationship will endure well into the new millennium.
Madonna holds a press conference in London, England, UK, Europe, to promote her new film, Shanghai Surprise.
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The Bangles release a new single, Manic Monday, written by Prince under the nom-de-plume Christopher, in the USA.
Guns N'Roses sign a recording contract with Geffen Records.
Prince's film soundtrack album, Parade - Music From Under The Cherry Moon, enters the UK Albums Chart at No4, but will rise no further.
The Clash’s Joe Strummer is banned for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA on its way to No1.
American television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart blasts rock'n' roll and various rock magazines, describing such publications as "the new pornography."
Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner dies of lung cancer in New York City, USA. His partnership with composer Frederick Loewe produced many enduring classics, including I Could Have Danced All Night, and On The Street Where You Live.
The Smiths release their album The Queen Is Dead in the UK, on Rough Trade Records.
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins is awarded a 5x platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Eric Clapton plays at Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark, Europe.
Virgin Records announces that Boy George, recently implicated in heroin dealings, is under medical supervision, at an undisclosed location.
When The Golden Palominos play at The Felt Forum, New York City, USA, their membership includes Michael Stipe, moonlighting from R.E.M.
The video The No1 Video Hits by Whitney Houston is awarded platinum status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The headline band for this show is Judas Priest.
Afrika Bambaata, Mantronix and Roxanne Shante play in Fresh 86, a hip-hop, electro and rap festival held at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Rebecca Ferguson is born in Liverpool, England, UK. She will find success as a soul-pop vocalist after appearing on tv 'reality' show The X Factor in 2010.
British indie darlings The Smiths are preparing to fly to America to begin their first North American tour.
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New York City hard rock station WAPP is replaced by a new radio station, WQHT HOT 103, which is the first in the city to program specifically Dance And Club music in the genre known as Freestyle. The first song played on HOT 103 is Point Of No Return by Nu Shooz.
Anita Dobson enters the UK pop singles chart with Anyone Can Fall In Love, which will peak at No4. The song is based on the Eastenders tv theme, written by Devizes-born Simon May. The track is produced by Brian May of Queen.
On their Hysteria tour, Def Leppard play at The SFX Centre, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
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On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Miyagi-Ken Kōkaidō, Sendai, Japan, Asia.
John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, starts his Rockin' All Over The World tour in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Bob Dylan is in Townhouse Studio, London, England, UK, Europe, working with Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones' guitarist Ron Wood.
38 Special play at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
38 Special play at The Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, Alabama, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
38 Special play at The Hearnes Center, Columbia, Missouri, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
38 Special play at The Five Seasons Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
38 Special play at The Met Center, Bloomington, Minnesota, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
Every Loser Wins by Nick Berry reaches No1 in the singles chart. The song is written by Devizes-born Simon May.
Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits breaks his collarbone in a crash while driving in a celebrity race preceding the Australian Grand Prix.
Fats Domino, Little Anthony, Leslie Gore, The Drifters and Frankie Ford play the first of six nights at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Liza Minelli plays the third of eight days at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Singer, vaudevillian, music hall performer, stage and film actress Beatrice Kay dies in North Hollywood, California, USA, aged 79, after suffering a series of strokes.
On their Rusted-Out Garage tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse play in The Cow Palace, San Francsico, California, USA.
Don't Leave Me This Way by The Communards reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Charts in the USA.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the first of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Festhalle Allmend, Lucerne, Switzerland, Europe.
Improvisational jazz combo The Recedents (featuring Lol Coxhill, Mike Cooper and Roger Turner) play at Monkey's Club, Birmingham, UK.
Sonido De Londres plays at The Bass Clef, Hoxton, London, UK.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the second of two nights at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA.
Elton John attends the 3rd Test Match in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, and is so delighted when the English cricketers defeat Australia that he pours champagne all over himself in celebration.