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Nicholas Ryan Waterhouse is born in Santa Ana, California, USA. He will find acclaim as singer-songwriter and record producer Nick Waterhouse.
When Twisted Sister play in San Antonio, Texas, USA, the city has recently passed an anti-rock music ordinance [in response to pressure from the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), to prevent the appearance of artists who sing about such topics as necrophilia, paedophilia or bestiality. A group of local dignitaries monitor the show but later, in the band's dressing room, they mingle happily with the group.
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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.
Country music singer-songwriter Blaine Larsen is born in Tacoma, Washington, USA.
Chuck Berry is inducted into the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame, at the 17th Annual Awards Dinner in the Hotel Plaza, New York City.
Guns N'Roses sign a recording contract with Geffen Records.
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.
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.
Why Not Me by The Judds becomes their first platinum album, awarded by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Robert Palmer reaches No1 on the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Addicted To Love.
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The Clash's Joe Strummer is banned for driving under the influence of alcohol.
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.
Doctor and the Medics reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Spirit In The Sky, originally a hit in 1969 for Norman Greenbaum. On the same day, over-hyped UK band Sigue Sigue Sputnik announce that they intend to recoup some of the costs of recording their debut album, Flaunt It!, by selling the space between tracks to advertisers.
The Police, briefly re-united, play at the Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois. The event is part of a two-week long tour, A Conspiracy Of Hope, whose objective is to raise cash and awareness for Amnesty International, with the participation of Sting, U2, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams and Lou Reed.
The three-day-long Glastonbury Festival at Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, pulls in 60,000 punters, paying £17 to watch Madness, Simply Red, Psychedelic Furs, The Cure, Lloyd Cole And The Commotions, Housemartins, The Waterboys, The Pogues and Level 42. A souvenir programme costs a further £1. £130,000 is raised for CND and local charities.
Chris De Burgh releases a new single, The Lady In Red, on A+M Records in the UK.
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The Moody Blues album The Other Side Of Life is certified as a Gold Disc in the USA. The band is led by Swindon-born singer and songwriter Justin Hayward.
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.
Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson and screenwriter Terry Southern acquire the rights to a screenplay called Obituaries by Roger Watkins. It will, in due course, be released as the movie Obits.
Eric Clapton plays at Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark, Europe.
Boy George telephones Richard Branson, head of Virgin Records, to confess about his worsening problems with drugs. Soon after, he will begin treatment by addiction expert Dr. Meg Patterson at Branson's home in Oxfordshire, UK.
The city of El Cerrito, California, USA, declares this to be John Fogerty Day in honor of one of their hometown heroes, the founder of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The headline band for this show is Judas Priest.
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.
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R.E.M. release the album Life's Rich Pageant in the UK on IRS Records.
The Smiths play at The Smith Center, Washington DC, USA.
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The Smiths play at The Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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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.
John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, starts his Rockin' All Over The World tour in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Smiths play at the Bronco Bowl, Dallas, Texas, USA.
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38 Special play at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
Jane's Addiction play at Club Lingerie, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
.38 Special play in Fort Wayne, Texas, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
38 Special play at The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
38 Special play at The Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Bon Jovi.
For the second time in a month Bob Seger fails to appear for a scheduled appearance on the tv show Late Night With David Letterman.
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones flies to Jamaica, Caribbean, to continue work with Chuck Berry on the film Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll.
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Roger Waters instigates legal proceedings in London, England, UK, Europe, to prevent his former colleagues David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the name Pink Floyd.
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Iron Maiden play the first of three nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
R.E.M. play at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Genesis release a new single, Land Of Confusion, in the UK. In its lyrics and guitar riff, the song makes reference to My Generation by The Who.
Don't Give Up, by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, peaks at No9 in the singles chart. The song was recorded in Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire, UK.
Paul McCartney comes to the end of three days filming a video for his song Only Love Remains, at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, UK.
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 Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Victoria Hall, Hanley, England, UK, Europe.
Pete Thomas' Deep Sea Jivers play at The 100 Club, London, UK.
Gail Thompson's Gail Force plays at The Seven Dials Jazz Club, London, UK.
District Six play at The Four Bars Inn, Cardiff, Wales.
Meantime plays at The Bass Clef, Hoxton, London, England, UK.
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