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Billy Bragg hosts an evening at The ICA, The Mall, London, during which he presents The Watersons, June Tabor and The Oysterband.
Billy Bragg hosts an evening at The ICA, The Mall, London, during which he presents The Watersons, June Tabor and The Oysterband.
Elton John plays the second of three nights at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John plays the first of two nights at Kings Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe.
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue overdoses at a dealer's house in London, England, UK, Europe. The dealer allegedly tries to beat the life back into Sixx with a bat, then throws the unconscious rocker into a nearby dumpster.
Mr Mister reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Kyrie.
A joint world tour featuring Bob Dylan backed by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, begins its Japanese leg at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Danielle Dax plays at The Underground, Croydon, England, UK, Europe.
Kurtis Blow plays at The Town And Country Club, Kentish Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Linda Creed Epstein, half of the Philadelphia-based hit-writing team of Creed and Bell (Thom Bell), dies of cancer at home in Ambler, Pennsylvania, aged 37. Her best remembered compositions are You Make Me Feel Brand New, Betcha By Golly Wow and Could It Be I'm Falling In Love.
The Monochrome Set play at Coasters, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The Cure, their wives and girlfriends travel to Venice, Italy, Europe, on the Orient Express.
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The album So by Peter Gabriel, recorded at Real World Studios, Box, enters the UK chart at No1.
Jenifer Strait, the 13 year-old daughter of country music star George Strait, is killed in a car accident in San Marcos, Texas, USA. The family will set up the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates money to children's charities in the San Antonio area.
The Police begin recording a sixth album in London, England, UK, Europe, but the project is never completed.
On the last night of The Cure's North American tour, at a concert in The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA, a fan called Jonathan Moreland jumps on stage and stabs himself several times, because he has been jilted by his girlfriend. The audience cheers enthusiastically, assuming it all to be part of the show.
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On the True Confessions tour, Bob Dylan plays at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, San Jose, California, USA, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The over-hyped debut album by Sigue Sigue Sputnik enters the UK chart at No10. That night, the band's drummer, Ray Mayhew, is involved in a fight at the Limelight Club with Boy George's brother, Kevin O'Dowd.
When Prince plays the last of three nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe, he is joined by Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones and Sting, for a version of Miss You.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Kobe, Japan, Asia.
R.E.M. release a new single, Fall On Me, in the USA on IRS Records.
The first night of the annual Reading Festival in the UK is headlined by Killing Joke. Also on the bill are Doctor And The Medics, The Mission, Balaam And The Angel, March Violets, The Bolshoi, Twenty Flight Rockers and Gene Loves Jezebel.
Girls And Boys, a Prince single released only in the UK, peaks at No11 in the Singles Chart.
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.
UB40 play in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, supported by Fine Young Cannibals.
The Smiths American tour comes to a premature end after the gig at the Bay Front Center, Tampa, Florida, USA. The four remaining dates of the tour are cancelled. According to drummer Mike Joyce, "After the Tampa gig, it just got so crazy that we were really burned out."
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The 3-D sci-fi short film Captain EO, starring Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is premiered at the Epcot Centre, Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida.
Little Rock by Reba McEntire reaches No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA.
On their Invisible Touch tour, Genesis play the fourth of five nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
.38 Special play in Fort Wayne, Texas, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
38 Special play at The Five Seasons Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
Iron Maiden play at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
On their Invisible Touch tour, Genesis play the second of five days at the Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac marries Portuguese musician Eduardo Quintela de Mendonca in London, England, UK, Europe.
Jazz double-bassist and pianist Johnny Dyani, who played with musicians including Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, David Murray and Leo Smith, dies aged 40 in Berlin, Germany, Europe. In the early 1960s, Dyani had been a member of South Africa's first integrated jazz band, The Blue Notes.
Fats Domino, Little Anthony, Leslie Gore, The Drifters and Frankie Ford play the second of six nights at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Master Of Puppets by Metallica is awarded a gold album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi is awarded a double-platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
R.E.M. play the second of two nights at The Felt Forum, New York City, USA.
When Robert Cray plays at The Mean Fiddler, London, England, UK, Europe, Eric Clapton makes a guest appearance for several numbers.
Metallica play their first show with new bassist Jason Newstead at The Country Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Paul McCartney begins three days of filming a video for his song Only Love remains, at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, UK.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the second of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Paul McCartney comes to the end of three days filming a video for his song Only Love Remains, at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, UK.
On their Rusted-Out Garage tour, Neil Young And Crazy Horse play in The Cow Palace, San Francsico, California, USA.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the first of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Pete King Quintet plays at The Old Vic, Nottingham, UK.
Elaine Delmar plays at The Bass Clef, Hoxton, London, UK.
George Melly with Ronnie Scott begins a month-long residency at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Soho, London, UK.
The Stan Tracey Quartet plays at Gibbs, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe.
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