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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.
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.
is inducted into the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame, at the 17th Annual Awards Dinner, Hotel Plaza, New York City, USA.
signs to UK publicist Bernard Doherty for PR. Their relationship will endure well into the new millennium.
holds a press conference in London, England, UK, Europe, to promote her new film, Shanghai Surprise.
The Bangles release a new single, Manic Monday, written by Prince under the nom-de-plume Christopher, in the USA.
Prince's film soundtrack album, Parade - Music From Under The Cherry Moon, enters the UK Albums Chart at No4, but will rise no further.
American television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart blasts rock'n' roll and various rock magazines, describing such publications as "the new pornography."
plays at Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark, Europe.
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.
Afrika Bambaata, Mantronix and Roxanne Shante play in Fresh 86, a hip-hop, electro and rap festival held at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
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.
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.
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.
play at The Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, Alabama, USA, supported by Bon Jovi
play at The Five Seasons Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, supported by Bon Jovi
of Dire Straits
breaks his collarbone in a crash while driving in a celebrity race preceding the Australian Grand Prix.
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.
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.