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Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The other inductees this year are The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson and Jackie Wilson.
Anthony Davis' Episteme plays at The Arnolfini, Bristol, UK.
Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc., the debut LP by Dwight Yoakam is awarded gold status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA, giving him his first gold disc.
Brand New Lover by Liverpool band Dead Or Alive enters the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart, where it will peak at No15 during a nine-week run.
The Jan Garbarek Quartet plays at The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK.
Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi reaches No1 in the USA. It will become the year's biggest hit song worldwide.
Prince releases a new single, Sign O? The Times, in the USA.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the second of two nights at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at The Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
The album Heart by Heart is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Cure are rehearsing at Ferro Carril Oeste football stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, for a concert the following day.
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Valerie Anne Poxleitner is born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. She will find success as Juno Award-winning electronic music singer-songwriter Lights.
Carlton Barrett (Carlie Barrett), drummer for Bob Marley and the Wailers is shot dead by his wife and her lover outside his home in Kingston, Jamaica.
F.L.M. by Mel And Kim enters the UK album chart where it will peak at No3 during a 25-week run.
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Michael Samuel Kiwanuka is born in Muswell Hill, London, England, UK. He will find success as soul-oriented singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the first of two nights at The Met Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota, USA.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at The Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois, USA.
Britain's longest-lasting rock star, Cliff Richard, attends the tennis finals at Wimbledon, London, England, UK, Europe. 1987.
Echo And The Bunnymen release their fifth LP Echo And The Bunnymen on WEA/Sire Records.
The album Into The Light by Chris De Burgh is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Following Nike's use of The Beatles' song Revoution in tv ads for their shoes, the group's attorney announces, "The Beatles position is that they don't sing jingles to peddle sneakers, beer, pantyhose or anything else. Their position is that they wrote and recorded these songs as artists and not as pitchmen for any product." The Beatles will go on to sue Nike and, eventually, the ads will be stopped.
Anthrax and Whitesnake play at Buckeye Lake Music Center, Thornville, Ohio, USA.
The Cure play at Panathinaikos Stadium, Athens, Greece.
Richard Thompson is among the artists playiong on the first day of the Cambridge Folk festival, at Cherry Hinton Hall Grounds, Cambridge, England, UK, Europe.
La Bamba by Los Lobos reaches No1 in the UK singles chart, a position it will hold for two weeks.
Prince releases his latest single, U Got The Look, in the UK.
Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band plays at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.
Luka provides Suzanne Vega with her first major hit single, reaching No3 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA, and earning her a Grammy nomination.
During a clash between feuding Bronx and Brooklyn hip hop factions, rap performer Scott La Rock is shot dead in the street in New York City, USA. His killer is never apprehended.
When Omar And The Howlers play at The Opera House, Austin, Texas, USA, the show is recorded, and eventually released three years later as the in-concert album cunningly titled, Live At The Opera House Austin, Texas, August 30, 1987.
It's Over by Level 42 is the first CD Video single to be offered for sale in the UK - even though no CDV players have yet reached the shops.
The Cure play at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the first of three nights at Nishinomiya Stadium, Hyogo, near Osaka, Japan.
Jaz Coleman, leader of the band Killing Joke, delivers a lecture at The Courtauld Institute, London, UK, outlining the thinking behind their then-unreleased album, Outside The Gate, which touched on numerology and the occult.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the second of five nights at The Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Always Guaranteed by Cliff Richard enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No5 during a 25-week run.
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At the Country Club, Los Angeles, California, USA, Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones makes a promotional video for his upcoming solo single, Throwaway. Jeff Beck is on guitar.
Ending a 13-date British tour, Bryan Adams, supported by T'Pau, plays the second of two nights at Queen's Hall, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
Tom Waits plays at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Groove Farm play in the Alamein Suite at the The City Hall, Salisbury, supported by The Mayfields and The Phenobarbitones.
Chairman/rock star Elton John sells Watford Football Club to media tycoon Robert Maxwell for £2m.
U2 play at The Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
Paul Weller's Style Council play the first of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Durutti Column release their new album The Guitar And Other Machines on Digital Audio Tape in the UK, despite the fact that DAT players are not yet being marketed to the British public.
A Kentucky school teacher who had been sacked for showing Pink Floyd's film The Wall to her class, loses her appeal for unfair dismissal in the US Supreme Court when the court rules that bad language and sexual content in the film is unsuitable for minors.
The Pogues play at The Vic, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Uriah Heep, the first major Western rock band to perform live in Russia, play the fifth of ten nights at Olympijskiy Stadium, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
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The Pet Shop Boys score their third No.1 single in the UK with their version of the Willie Nelson composition Always On My Mind.
Roger Waters' departure from Pink Floyd is finally completed, after a two-year-long legal dispute over rights to the band's name and assets
While Slash and Steven Adler of Guns N'Roses are visiting the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA, home of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, their host is overcome by the combination of toxic yuletide liquors and chemicals they are partaking of. As Sixx's pallor becomes increasingly blue, Slash calls for an ambulance, then administers mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Paramedics are able to revive Sixx and take to him hospital where he recovers. Sixx later writes the song Kickstart My Heart, inspired by the incident.
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