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Mal Evans, long-term roadie for The Beatles, is shot dead when he threatens police officers in Los Angeles, California, USA, with an unloaded rifle during a domestic dispute.
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The surviving members of The Sex Pistols sue their former manager, Malcolm McLaren, for overdue royalties.
On the last of seven days of recording in Reflections Sound Studio, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, R.E.M. film a video for the song So. Central Rain.
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Eric Clapton plays at The Metro Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Bob Dylan's former manager Albert Grossman dies of a heart attack while flying on Concorde to London. It is thought he was planning to sign an unknown British singer to a contract.
Carolyn Dennis, a backing singer in Bob Dylan's band, gives birth to his daughter, Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan, at the Humana Hospital, in Canoga Park, California.
Bassist Andy Rourke is fired from UK indie band The Smiths because his heroin problems have made him unreliable.
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Wham! announce that they will split up in the summer of this year.
Lindisfarne play at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Flying Pickets.
Chuck Berry is inducted into the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame, at the 17th Annual Awards Dinner, Hotel Plaza, New York City, USA.
Richard Manuel, pianist for The Band, hangs himself from a shower curtain rod in a motel room in Winter Haven, Florida, USA, after playing a show in the Cheek To Cheek lounge.
The Art Of Noise, featuring Duane Eddy, release a new single, Peter Gunn, in the UK.
Mike And The Mechanics have their first UK album chart entry with their eponymous debut album which will peak at a humble No78.
Jackson Browne plays at The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, Europe.
Popular folk singer and recording art Burl Ives, now 76 years old, appears at Imagination Celebration Internationale, held at Santa Ana High School Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Left wing rock pressure group Red Wedge stages a concert at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe, featuring Paul Weller, Mick Talbot, Junior Giscombe, Billy Bragg and The Communards.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is born in New York City, USA. She will find success as outrageous pop singer Lady Gaga.
Morrissey and Johnny Marr of The Smiths are listening to BBC Radio 1 at lunchtime when they are horrified by a news report about the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in Poland, Europe. Immediately after the news, the deejay plays I'm Your Man by Wham! This bizarre contrast inspires Morrissey and Marr to write the song Panic.
The hit single Kiss by Prince is certified as a gold disc in the USA by the RIAA.
EMI opens its first-ever CD manufacturing factory in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Johnny Paycheck is convicted of shooting a man during a misunderstanding in a bar in Hillsboro, Ohio, USA. The man is only grazed by the bullet, and Paycheck will be pardoned after 22 months in prison.
Bob Dylan secretly marries Carolyn Dennis , a backing singer in his band. Dennis had given birth to his daughter, Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan, a few months earlier.
Benny Goodman, clarinettist, singer, composer and bandleader, dies aged 77 from a heart attack in his home at Manhattan House, 200 East 66th Street, New York City, USA.
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins is awarded a 5x platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
On the US leg of the True Confessions tour, Bob Dylan plays at the Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The new Prince movie, Under The Cherry Moon, opens at 941 cinemas across the USA.
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.
Bob Dylan plays at the Farm Aid II benefit concert, Rich Stadium, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Johnny Cash is honoured with the Shalom Peace Award from the Jewish National Fund at a testimonial dinner held in The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
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.
During a two-month long tour of the USA and Canada, Bob Dylan plays at Great Woods Performing Arts Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Fats Domino, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis play live at Storyville Jazz Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones playing guitar. The supergroup is filmed for the cable tv special Cinemax Sessions : Fats Domino and Friends, which is transmitted a week later.
Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel, recorded at Real World Studios, Box, reaches No1 in the USA.
R.E.M. release the album Life's Rich Pageant in the UK on IRS Records.
Bob Dylan's album Knocked Out Loaded enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No35 during a five-week run.
On their Hysteria tour, Def Leppard play at The SFX Centre, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
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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."
Please by the Pet Shop Boys is certified as a platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
UB40 play the fourth of six nights at the 8,500 seat Lubileini Sports Arena, Leningrad, Russia.
Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits breaks his collarbone in a crash while driving in a celebrity race preceding the Australian Grand Prix.
R.E.M. release a new single, Superman, in the USA on IRS Records.
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.
For the first time in the British popular singles charts, the top five slots are held by female vocalists. In ascending order, they are Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister (Breakout), Mel and Kim Appleby (Showing Out), Susannah Hoffs leading the Bangles (Walk Like An Egyptian), Kim Wilde (You Keep Me Hanging On), and Terri Nunn of Berlin (Take My Breath Away).
Little Steven and producer Arthur Baker donate $327,000 in royalties from the Artists Against Apartheid song (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City to the effort to end apartheid in South Africa.
Eric Clapton releases a new album, August, in the UK.
Lee Dorsey, who enjoyed hits in the 60s with Holy Cow, Workin' In The Coalmine and others, dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, of emphysema, aged 61.
District Six play at The Art Centre, Exeter, UK.
David And David play at The Roxy, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Bangles begin a four week run at No1 on the Billboard singles chart in the USA with Walk Like An Egyptian.
Tommy Kiefer guitarist and founder-member of Swiss metal band Krokus commits suicide by hanging himself on Christmas Eve. Kiefer was a long-term heroin addict.