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Mike Scott, leader of The Waterboys, arrives in Dublin, Eire, to visit a friend. He decides he likes Ireland so much, he remains for five and half years.
Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy dies in hospital in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, from heart failure, pneumonia, and other conditions caused by drug abuse.
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The Red Wedge tour begins at The Apollo, Manchester, England, UK, Europe, featuring The Style Council, Billy Bragg, Junior Giscombe and The Communards. Johnny Marr of The Smiths makes a guest appearance on stage with The Style Council.
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Samuel Lloyd Duckworth is born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK. He will find success under his alter ego as the band Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly..
A combined world tour featuring Bob Dylan with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers begins in Athletic Park, Wellington, New Zealand.
Bob Dylan's world tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers plays at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
When Husker Du play at the 688 Club, Atlanta, Georgia, USA., Peter Buck of R.E.M.goes along to see them.
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Chuck Berry is inducted into the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame, at the 17th Annual Awards Dinner in the Hotel Plaza, New York City, USA.
Chuck Berry is inducted into the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame, at the 17th Annual Awards Dinner in the Hotel Plaza, New York City.
As yet unsigned pop songstress Tiffany signs a contract with manager George Tobin, giving him absolute control over her career.
Cliff Richard and the cast of tv comedy show The Young Ones reach No1 in the UK singles chart with a charity-fundraising parody of Cliff's hit Living Doll.
Bob Dylan receives the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Founder's Award. Dylan's acceptance speech at Chasen's Restaurant, Los Angeles, California, USA, is broadcast by on CNN's Showbiz Today show.
George Michael reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with A Different Corner.
EMI opens its first-ever CD manufacturing factory in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The album Parade by Prince is certified as a platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Jello Biafra of The Dead Kennedys goes on trial in Los Angeles, California, USA, charged with distributing harmful material - an obscene poster in the band's album Frankenchrist - to minors.
Dolly Parton opens her own theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA. It will go on to employ over 3,000 people, making it the largest employer in the community.
Andy Rourke, bassist with UK indie band The Smiths, is arrested for heroin possession in Oldham, England, UK, Europe.
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Fifty people are injured when gang violence erupts outside a Run-DMC rap show in Long Beach, California, USA.
When The Golden Palominos play in Montreux, Switzerland, Europe, their membership includes Michael Stipe, moonlighting from R.E.M.
The Police begin recording a sixth album in London, England, UK, Europe, but the project is never completed.
R.E.M. release the album Life's Rich Pageant in the UK on IRS Records.
Loose Tubes spend the first of two days recording the album Delightful Precipice for their own Loose Tubes label in London, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at the B.C. Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the first of two nights at Fesutibaru Hōru, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
The Smiths play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Phranc.
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Madonna's self-produced album True Blue begins a five week stay at No1 in the USA, where it will eventually sell over five million copies. On the same day, Papa Don’t Preach reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA.
R.E.M. release a new single, Fall On Me, in the USA on IRS Records.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Aomori Shimin Bunka Hōru, Aomori, Japan, Asia.
Robert Emmet Chambers, Jr., later nicknamed the 'Preppie Killer', murders 18-year-old Jennifer Levin in Central Park, New York City, USA. The murder and subsequent events will provoke a huge media circus, and will become the subject matter for such songs as Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine by The Killers and Eliminator Jr. by Sonic Youth.
David Bowie win the Video Of The Year award for his single, China Girl, at the first MTV Video awards. The song was co-written with Iggy Pop.
Despite suffering badly with multiple substance abuse issues, Stevie Ray Vaughan plays at The Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
During a European tour Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble play at Hammersmith Palais, London, England, UK. Vaughan, suffering multiple substance abuse problems, collapses onto the stage one point, and the remaining three weeks of the tour will be cancelled. Shortly after, Vaughan will go into rehab.
38 Special play at The Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
UB40 play the first of six nights at the 8,500 seat Lubileini Sports Arena, Leningrad, Russia.
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Iron Maiden play at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
UB40 play the second of six nights at the 12,000 seat Luzhniki Arena, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
UB40 play the last of six nights at the 12,000 seat Luzhniki Arena, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
Queen release a video compilation, Who Wants To Live Forever, in the UK.
Bob Geldof returns to the recording arena with a new single, This Is The World Calling.
Fats Domino, Little Anthony, Leslie Gore, The Drifters and Frankie Ford play the first of six nights at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
R.E.M. play the first of two nights at The Wang Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Liza Minelli plays the second 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.
Liza Minelli plays the seventh of eight days at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan presents an award to Gordon Lightfoot at the Juno Awards Ceremony, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
Bon Jovi reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with You Give Love A Bad Name.
Improvisational jazz combo The Recedents (featuring Lol Coxhill, Mike Cooper and Roger Turner) play at The Leadmill, Sheffield, UK.
Afro-Cuban jazz trumpeter Alfredo Chocolate Armenteros plays the first of five nights at The Bass Clef, Hoxton, London, UK.
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