Events in Music in 1984

  • Jan 9 Rock band Van Halen release their most successful album "1984"

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Jan 14 Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 16 11th American Music Awards: Pat Benatar and Michael Jackson win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Jan 16 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 27 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Milk & Honey" album

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jan 27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial
  • Feb 4 "9" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 739 performances
  • Feb 4 "Backstage Magic" opens at CommuniCore
  • Feb 7 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS
  • Feb 9 "Rink" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Feb 19 "Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Feb 28 26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys

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Mar 27 Andrew Lloyd Webber/Richard Stilgoe's "Starlight Express" premieres

  • Apr 5 "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 15 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Apr 28 "La Tragedie de Carmen" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 187 performances
  • Apr 29 "Oliver!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 17 performances

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May 1 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood
  • May 2 "Sunday in the Park with George" opens at Booth NYC for 604 performances
  • May 5 29th Eurovision Song Contest: Herreys for Sweden wins singing "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in Luxembourg
  • May 12 White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
  • May 13 "Oliver!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • May 14 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Fricke win

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May 19 "King Of Suede" by Weird Al Yankovic hits #62

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic
  • May 19 109th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6
  • May 20 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • May 24 "Wiz" opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Jun 3 "Wiz" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Jun 4 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers
  • Jun 9 Weird Al Yankovic gives a live performance at Starlight Amphitheater
  • Jun 19 Weird Al Yankovic gives free live performance at Del Mar Fair

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 25 Prince releases his "Purple Rain" album

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jun 26 Barbra Streisand records "Here We Are at Last"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jul 1 "Baby" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • Jul 11 Britain's MusicBox begins satellite transmission to Europe

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 13 Eddie Van Halen joins in, in a Jacksons concert

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen

Music releaseMusic Single

Jul 24 "Careless Whisper" single released by George Michael (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • Aug 4 Prince's "Purple Rain" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks
  • Aug 8 "Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 30 Sotheby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla
  • Sep 2 "Zorba" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 362 performances
  • Sep 4 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years
  • Sep 12 Country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident
  • Sep 14 1st MTV Video Music Awards: The Cars win with "You Might Think"

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Sep 24 Paul McCartney release "No More Lonely Nights"

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Sep 25 "Quilters" opens at Jack Lawrence Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • Sep 25 1st London performance of musical "Stepping Out" presented
  • Sep 29 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince & Revolution peaks at #1
  • Oct 8 18th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins
  • Oct 14 "Quilters" closes at Jack Lawrence Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • Oct 22 Paul McCartney releases "Give My Regards to Broad Street" soundtrack
  • Oct 31 Howard Goodall & Melvyn Bragg's musical "Hired Man" premieres in London
  • Nov 11 "Three Musketeers" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 12 Paul McCartney releases "We All Stand Together"
  • Nov 18 "3 Musketeers" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 9 performances

Music releaseMusic Single

Dec 3 "Do They Know It's Christmas" single written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and sung by Band Aid is released in the UK

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof

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Dec 4 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Dec 11 "Doug Henning & His World..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 60 perf
  • Dec 22 Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes #1 for 6 weeks
  • Dec 29 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period
  • Dec 31 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash