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John Roy Anderson is born in Accrington, Lancashire, UK. He will find fame as Jon Anderson, vocalist with prog-rock pioneers Yes.
The dystopian sci-fi novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is published in the UK. The book and its sinister character, Big Brother, will inspire numerous songs, including 1984 by Spirit and Big Brother by Stevie Wonder. In September 2009, the English alternative rock band Muse will release The Resistance, which includes songs influenced by 1984.
Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy, The Shirelles, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, The Jive Five and others play in St Louis, Missouri, USA, as part of the Dick Clark C aravan of Stars.
Ray Charles, His Orchestra and The Raelets play at The Southern Methodist University Coliseum, Dallas, Texas, USA.
The Brian Auger Trinity play at The Marquee, London, UK.
Jokers Wild, a group including guitarist David Gilmour, later to join Pink Floyd, plays at Les Jeux Interdits, The Victoria Ballroom, Cambridge, England, UK.
Jokers Wild, a group including guitarist David Gilmour, later to join Pink Floyd, plays at The Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge, England, UK.
Procol Harum and H.P. Lovecraft play at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA. Pink Floyd are billed to appear but cancel, as leader Syd Barret is becoming dysfunctional because of LSD usage.
The Blackpool-based John Evans Band loses two members, Glen Cornick and Ian Anderson, who will go on to form Jethro Tull.
The Nice play at The Middle Earth, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Tyrannosaurus Rex and Limousine. DJ for the night is Jeff Dexter.
Barclay James Harvest play at Sybilla's, London, England, UK, Europe.
Ars Nova play the second of three nights at The Ford Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Family play at Mothers, Erdington, Birmingham, UK.
Pioneering electric jazz-rock band Tony Williams' Lifetime start work on their debut album, Emergency!, for Polydor Records.
Procession and Eyes Of Blue play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Hard Meat play at Mothers, Erdington, Birmingham, UK.
Deep Purple play at Bennet Concert Hall, Birmingham, UK.
The Who play at The Palace, Manchester, UK.
CMU (aka The Contemporary Music Unit) play Upstairs At Ronnie's, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Yes, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath and Clark-Hutchinson play at The Lyceum, London, UK.
On a Chrysalis Records package tour, Jethro Tull, Procol Harum and Tir Na Nog play at The City Hall, Newcastle, UK.
Emerson, Lake And Palmer, aka ELP play at Green's Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland.
Black Sabbath, Yes and Wild Turkey play at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California, USA.
Wishbone Ash and Camel play at The Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
Pink Floyd play at The Empire Pool, Wembley, Middlesex, UK.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer (E.L.P.) play at the WNEW-FM benefit show in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
When Supertramp play a live show at The Pavillion, Paris, France, the event is recorded and later issued as the live album, Paris.
REO Speedwagon score their first No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Keep On Loving You.
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Argentine forces invade and occupy the British-owned Falkland Islands and South Georgia, setting in train a series of events which will lead to The Falklands War, during which the British government will send a naval task force to retake the islands. The 1983 song Shipbuilding by Elvis Costello, best-remembered in a version by Robert Wyatt, is about the wider implications of this war. Other songs dealing with the Falklands War and its implications include Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits, Another Man's Cause by The Levellers, Island Of No Return by Billy Bragg and Southampton Dock by Pink Floyd.
Yes play at Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
On their Presto tour, Rush play at The War Memorial, Rochester, New York State, USA.
Phish play at The Strand Theater, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA.
On his Seriously, Live! tour, Phil Collins plays the second of four nights at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, USA.
In London, UK, close to death as a result of AIDS, Freddie Mercury of Queen signs his 13-page last will and testament.
On his Secret World Tour, Peter Gabriel plays the first of two nights at The Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Hawkwind, Arthur Brown and Tim Blake play at The Academy II, Manchester, England, UK.
Porcupine Tree and Anathema play at The Astoria, London, England, UK.
On his Dark Side Of Moon Live tour, Roger Waters plays the second of two nights at Earl's Court, London, UK. His former Pink Floyd colleague Nick Mason joins him as a guest for the show.
Porcupine Tree play at The Arena, Poznan, Poland, Europe.
Muse play at Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain, Europe.
On their Time Machine tour, Rush play at The 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Celebrated British recording engineer and producer Andy Johns dies aged 62, after a short stay in hospital being treated for complications from a stomach ulcer in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was best-known for his work with The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
An item in a weekend edition of the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, criticises a recent performance of The Wall by Roger Waters for the use of anti-Semitic imagery at his show in the Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium, Europe.
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On The Wall Tour 2013, Roger Waters plays at Vassil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria, Europe.
On The Wall Tour 2013, Roger Waters plays at The Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Europe, UK.
Barclay James Harvest, with guests Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman, play at The Robin 2, Bilston, UK.
Ian Anderson plays at The Music Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Tarja plays at The Music Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, South America.
Muse, Of Monsters And Men, Florence and the Machine, Death Cab For Cutie, Panic! At The Disco, Walk The Moon, Awolnation, Vance Joy, Cold War Kids and DJ Jeremiah Red play at The KROQ Weenie Roast, Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Irvine, California, USA.