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The second West End Revival of Godspell is playing at The Fortune Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe. This revival stars Davy Jones, formerly of The Monkees, as Jesus.
Billy Bragg hosts an evening at The ICA, The Mall, London, during which he presents The Watersons, June Tabor and The Oysterband.
Newsweek magazine declares Bruce Springsteen to be 'an icon of America', claiming that his most recent world tour has transformed him 'from pop star to cultural symbol.'
Eric Clapton plays at The Metro Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Ricky Scaggs plays at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
When The Red Wedge tour, featuring Paul Weller's Style Council, Billy Bragg, Junior Giscombe and The Communards, plays at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe, the show is joined by The Smiths making an unannounced live appearance.
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Chuck Berry is inducted into the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame, at the 17th Annual Awards Dinner, Hotel Plaza, New York City, USA.
The Art Of Noise, featuring Duane Eddy, release a new single, Peter Gunn, in the UK.
A major court case in which The Beatles are squabbling with EMI over alleged unpaid royalties, opens in the High Court, London, England, UK, 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.
In the High Court, London, England, UK, Europe, EMI agrees to play back royalties of £2.8m to The Beatles.
Bob Dylan receives the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Founder's Award. Dylan's acceptance speech at Chasen's Restaurant, Los Angeles, is broadcast by on CNN's Showbiz Today show.
Prince's film soundtrack album, Parade - Music From Under The Cherry Moon, enters the UK Albums Chart at No4, but will rise no further.
Tommy Lee of Motley Crue marries actress Heather Locklear, who he had met at an REO Speedwagon concert in the LA Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA. They will remain married until 1993.
Elvis Costello marries Caitlin O'Riorden of The Pogues in Ireland.
Jack Waldman dies aged 33 from HIV-related lymphoma, in New York Cty, USA. Waldman had found success as a jazz and rock studio musician, composer, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, working with artists including Robert Palmer, Billy Idol, Madonna, Joe Jackson, Foreigner and Whitney Houston.
Poison release their debut LP, Look What The Cat Dragged In, on Enigma Records in the USA. It will be certified trieple-platinum in 1990.
It is announced that Jello Biafra, frontman of The Dead Kennedys, may be facing a year in prison, because outraged parents in Los Angeles, California, USA, plan to prosecute him for obscenity. The charges are based on the images of penises adorning the cover of the latest Dead Kennedys' album, Frankenchrist.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at The Olympic Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The headline band for this show is Judas Priest.
When Bob Dylan plays the last of three sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, selling $1,206,000 worth of tickets, he is interviewed backstage by Mark Ellen of UK rock magazine Q.
The Smiths play a memorable show at Salford University, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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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 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington, USA, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Weekly UK tv show Top Of The Pops features Lulu, Chris De Burgh, Status Quo and The Smiths, along with Boris Gardiner, Gwen Guthrie and Sinitta.
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On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Aichi Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan, Asia.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the second of two nights at Fesutibaru Hōru, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
Influential UK independent label Stiff Records, in deep financial trouble, holds a meeting with its creditors.
Bob Dylan begins several days of camera tests and rehearsals in London, England, UK, Europe, for his role in the film Hearts Of Fire.
John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, starts his Rockin' All Over The World tour in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Musician and songwriter Ezra Furman is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
38 Special play at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghampton, New York State, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
Elton John plays at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Queen release a video compilation, Who Wants To Live Forever, in the UK.
Esquerita, an outrageous Baton Rouge-based she-male who fashioned a successful recording career largely by impersonating Little Richard, dies of AIDS in Harlem Hospital, New York City, USA.
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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.
Bob Geldof returns to the recording arena with a new single, This Is The World Calling.
Good-time rocker Jimmy Buffett bids for a 35-acre tract of marsh near Key West, Florida, USA, hoping to prevent developers from moving in.
Songwriter and poet Abel Meeropol dies aged 86 at the Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA. Many of his works were published under his pseudonym, Lewis Allan. His best-known composition was Strange Fruit, released by Billie Holiday in 1939.
Fats Domino, Little Anthony, Leslie Gore, The Drifters and Frankie Ford play the second of six nights at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
European and American discotheques participate in Disco Aid Night, by donating a portion of tonight's takings to charity.
Liza Minelli plays the fourth of eight days at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at The City Hall, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
An official press release states that founding member Roger Waters has quit Pink Floyd, but the group will continue.
Eye Of The Zombie by John Fogerty is awarded a gold album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Don't Leave Me This Way by The Communards reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Charts in the USA.
Bon Jovi reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with You Give Love A Bad Name.
District Six play at The Four Bars Inn, Cardiff, Wales.
AC/DC play the second of two nights at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.