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Boney M producer Frank Farian invites breakdancers Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan to his Frankfurt, Germany, studio. They sign a contract, which will result in the creation of a carefully manufactured pop duo - Milli Vanilli.
When tickets go on sale for George Michael of Wham!'s first British solo shows they sell out immediately.
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Bob Dylan is inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York City.
Kylie Minogue tops the UK singles chart for the first time with I Should Be So Lucky, released by the independent PWL Records, because every major UK label turned it down.
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On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri.
Frank Zappa plays at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Crash by The Primitives enters the UK Pop Singles Chart where it will peak at No5 during a ten-week run on the chart.
Rick Astley reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the USA with his single, Never Gonna Give You Up.
Sammy Pruett, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
It is revealed that Earl Falconer of UB40 is to face drink driving charges, following a fatal car accident which killed his brother five months earlier.
Eric Clapton is in Townhouse Studios, Shepherd's Bush, London, England, UK, Europe, recording an incidental music track titled The Robbery for the Phil Collins' film Buster.
Jessica Ellen Cornish is born in Redbridge, London, UK. After starting her music career as a songwriter, she will find success in 2010 as singer-songwriter Jessie J.
Roger Miller plays at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of three nights at the Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of three nights at the Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of three nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia.
New Kids On The Block audition for US pop star Tiffany in her dressing room, and earn themselves the opening slot on her upcoming tour.
Wishing Well by Terence Trent D'Arby reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA.
On a brief visit to New Orleans, Louisiana, Bruce Springsteen stops into the Maple Leaf Club and gets up on stage with local band Blues Department to play five songs. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Georgia, Roger McGuinn plays at The Uptown, where he is backed by a quartet of local musicians calling themselves The Southern Gentlemen. They are, in fact, R.E.M.
As part of the month-long Capital Radio Music Festival, Wet Wet Wet play the second of two nights at Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
Liverpool-born bandleader Jack White, who recorded for Parlophone and Regal-Zonophone as well as making frequent live broadcasts on BBC Radio, dies aged 82.
Bob Dylan's album Down In The Groove enters the UK pop albums chart, where it will peak at No32 during a three-week run.
Jimmy Soul, famed for his 1960s smash, If You Wanna Be Happy, dies of a heart attack in Spring Valley, New York State, USA.
Tommy Hammond, co-owner of Taking Home The Hits music store in Alexander City, Alabama, USA, is arrested for selling pornography. The merchandise in question is 2 Live Crew's albums Move Something and Live Is What We Are, which are defined as pornographic by the state's obscenity statutes.
Eric Clapton releases a new single, After Midnight, in the UK.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at Troy G. Chastain Memorial Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, supported by The Alarm.
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On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at Pairc Ui Caoimh, Cork, Ireland, Europe, to an audience of 60,000.
Pink Floyd play at Gentofte Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Aerosmith play at the Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, supported by Guns N'Roses.
Michael Jackson arrives at Los Monteros Hotel, Marbella, Spain, Europe, to prepare for his first-ever Spanish concert, as part of his Bad World Tour. He is travelling with an entourage of around 150 people including chefs, tailors, hairdressers and a medical team. His suite has had a dance floor installed especially for his visit.
David Lee Roth plays at Alpine Valley Music Theater, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA.
The Moody Blues play a live show aboard a sightseeing tour boat circling the Statue of Liberty in New York City harbour, USA.
Pink Floyd play at Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Pink Floyd play the first of two nights at The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
Slayer play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Danzig.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe, to an audience of 72,000.
With their popularity declining, Five Star's fourth album, Rock The World, peaks at a disappointing No17 in the UK album charts.
Papa Dee Allen, drummer for 70s funky-rock band War dies of an aneurysm while playing at the Talk Of The Town, Vallejo, California, USA.
Guns N'Roses play at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA.
Richard Thompson plays at Moseley Folk Festival, Tanworth-in-Arden Warwickshire, UK.
Reggae star Peter Tosh is shot dead at home in Jamaica, Caribbean, after three men force their way into his house and demand money.
Don't Worry, Be Happy, the current No1 single in the USA by Bobby McFerrin, is the first a capella track ever to reach that coveted pinnacle.
Metallica play at The Apollo, Manchester, UK.
The LP Traveling Wilburys Vol 1, featuring a supergroup comprised of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison, is released worldwide on Wilbury Records/Warner Bros.
Simply Red play at the Pabellon De La Casilla, Bilbao, Spain, Europe.
R.E.M. release a new album, Green, in the USA on Warner Records.
Helvetia Boswell, aka Vet Boswell, dies aged 88 in Peekskill, New York State, USA. She had found fame in the 1930s as a member of hugely influential jazz singing trio The Boswell Sisters after moving to New Orleans.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in France, Europe.
Paul Jeffreys, a former bass player for Cockney Rebel, is among the passengers killed by a terrorist bomb on Pan Am flight 103 when it crashes near Lockerbie, Scotland, UK, Europe.