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The La's enter the UK singles chart for the first time with There She Goes, on Go! Discs. It will peak at No59, but will fare considerably better on re-release in late 1990, reaching No13.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in The Philippines.
Paul Robi, baritone vocalist for The Platters, dies of cancer in hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA.
David Crosby releases the whimsically-titled album Oh Yes I Can, his first solo work since 1971.
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Keyboardist Vincent Crane, formerly of Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster and Dexy's Midnight Runners, dies from a deliberate overdose of Anadin tablets in his flat in Maida Vale, London, England, UK, Europe.
Michael Jackson sacks Frank Dileo, his manager of the past five years. "I lived before Michael," responds Dileo, "I'll live after Michael."
Wild Thing by Tone Loc becomes the highest-charting rap single to date when it hits No2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA.
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Wild Thing by Tone Loc becomes the second single in history to be certified double-platinum.
Metal Church release their third studio album, Blessing In Disguise, on Elektra Records in the USA.
Ringo Starr releases the compilation album Starr Struck : Ringo's Best Vol. 2 on Rhino Records.
Puerto Rican singer, trovador, and composer Ramito, often described as the king of Jíbaro music, commits suicide by shooting himself in his in-law's house, after learning that a cancer he is suffering has metastasized.
Annie Lennox of Eurythmics attends the launch of the Greenpeace album Rainbow Warriors in Moscow, Russia, Europe.
When Dr John plays at Elaine's Club, New York City, USA, he is unexpectedly joined by Carly Simon on vocals, and Donald Fagen, formerly of Steely Dan, on guitar.
Motorhead play at Gigantinho, Porto Alegre, Brazil, South America.
Bob Dylan is working on the album Oh Mercy at Soniat Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with producer Daniel Lanois.
The Desert Rose Band and the Sweethearts Of The Rodeo play at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.
Alan Civil, one of the few classical players well-known to pop fans - because he played the horn in The Beatles' track For No One - dies aged 60 in London, England, UK, Europe.
Robert Smith and Simon Gallup of The Cure present the band's new album, Disintegration, to the world's media at a press conference in The Churchill Hotel, London, England, UK, Europe.
Dick Clark announces that he will stand down after 33 years as host of US tv institution American Bandstand. His replacement is David Hirsh.
Tom Petty spends the first of two days at Pinewood Studios near London, England, UK, Europe, filming a video for his upcoming single I Won't Back Down. He is joined during the shoot by two former members of The Beatles, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
When Elton John plays the third of six nights at the Omnisport, Bercy, Paris, France, Europe, he collapses from exhaustion on stage, but is soon revived and completes the show.
Wally Heider, owner of a legendary Californian recording studio, dies of lung cancer aged 66, in Santa Clarita, California, USA.
I’ll Be Loving You (Forever) by New Kids On The Block enters the Hot 100 singles chart in the USA, and will go on to give them their first No1.
After taking a brief break, Bob Dylan has resumed work on the album Oh Mercy at Soniat Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with producer Daniel Lanois.
During a European tour, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jr. begin six nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK.
Jon Bon Jovi marries his childhood sweetheart Dorothy Hurley on the steps of Graceland Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
In Zales Jewellers, in a Simi Valley, California, USA, shopping mall, Michael Jackson is detained by security guard H.N.Edwards, for "looking suspicious" - he is wearing a wig, false moustache and fake teeth. Later, Jackson signs autographs for the guard and his comrades.
Sonny Rodgers And The Cat Scratchers record Cadillac Baby and Big Leg Woman at Blue Moon Studios, South Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Peter Gabriel releases a new album, Passion : Music for The Last Temptation of Christ, which was recorded at Real World Studios, Box.
The Beautiful South play at The Blue Coats Arts Centre, Liverpool, England, UK.
McDonalds in Milton Keynes, Bucks, UK is firebombed, setting off a lengthy legal war between the burger chain and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, who had made a joke about firebombing McDonalds the day before.
Clint Black reaches No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA with his debut single, A Better Man.
Pete De Freitas, who found success as drummer for Echo & The Bunnymen, dies in a motorcycle accident at Rugely, Staffordshire, UK.
65,000 fans make the annual pilgrimage to the three-day-long Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, where a £28 ticket gives them the opportunity to savour the delights of The Wonderstuff, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Pixies and Suzanne Vega (who appears despite a death threat). Those wanting a programme pay a further £2.
Bob Dylan plays at the Palatrussardi Di Milano, Milan, Italy.
When Roseanne Cash tops the Billboard US country singles chart with I Don't Want To Spoil The Party, it marks another first for Liverpudlian songsmiths John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles - their first country No1.
Members of the bands Guy and New Edition become involved in an onstage fight during a show in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. The violence will continue the following day, culminating in the shooting dead of a member of Guy's crew.
Adrian Belew plays the second of two nights at Cabaret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The movie When Harry Met Sally goes on general release in the USA. The film features a soundtrack by jazz singer and actor Harry Connick Jr.
US Congressman Mickey Leland dies in a plane crash in Gambela, Ethiopia, Africa. Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones will donate a signed guitar to raise money for his family.
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Dylan plays at Woodstock II, West Saugerties, New York State.
Bob Dylan plays the last of four nights at the Beacon Theater, New York City, USA.
Weakened by the AIDS virus, acclaimed session guitarist Alan Murphy dies of pneumonia in Westminster City Hospital, London, England, UK, Europe. In his career, Murphy had worked with, among others, Kate Bush, Go West, Level 42 and Mike And The Mechanics.
Nirvana arrive in London to begin their first European tour, co-headlining with Sub Pop Records labelmates Tad.
Stride jazz pianist and recording artist Burt Bales dies in San Francisco, California, USA.
The Beautiful South begin a British tour at the Royal Court, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Frank Chickens play the first of three nights at The Small Hall DK Gorbunova, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
The Berlin Wall is officially opened, allowing refugees to exit directly through crossing points between East Germany and West Germany, Europe, and also allowing private travel through the wall. The Pink Floyd song A Great Day For Freedom is a reflection of the effects of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Heresy by Rush is also about the fall of The Wall, as is I Thought It Was Over by The Feeling. In Memory Of The Martyrs by Barclay James Harvest is about those who lost their lives in earlier years while trying to cross the Berlin Wall.
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Jethro Tull play at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Neil Young, during a brief European tour, plays at Sportpalais Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland, Europe.