Single "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" sung by Meat Loaf and composed by Jim Steinman is released. Goes on to be No. 1 in 28 countries.
- (Nii Moi) "Speedy" Acquaye, Ghanaian drummer, percussionist and fire-eater (Tubby Hayes; Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames; Ginger Baker's Airforce), dies of cancer at 62
- Frits Noske, Dutch musicologist (Tie Musikwerk), dies at 72