On This Day

Events in Music in 1984

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 9 John Lennon single "Nobody Told Me" released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen
Rock Guitarist
Eddie Van Halen

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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

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Jan 16 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Jan 27 "Milk & Honey" album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono released, featuring un-released recordings made during the 1980 "Double Fantasy" sessions, including "Grow Old With Me"
  • 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

OlympicsOlympic Games

Feb 14 Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously dominate the ice dancing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; perform to Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" in free dance routine; record 9-of-9 perfect scores for artistic impression

Ice Dancer Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer
Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer Jayne Torvill
Ice Dancer
Jayne Torvill
Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel
Composer and Pianist
Maurice Ravel
  • Feb 19 "Doonesbury" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Feb 28 26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys
  • Mar 9 John Lennon single "Borrowed Time" released posthumously
  • Mar 21 Part of Central Park is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Mar 27 Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe's rock musical "Starlight Express"

  • Apr 5 "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Apr 14 Farewell concert of "Doe Maar" in Den Bosch Neth
  • Apr 15 "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
  • Apr 19 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, with green and gold the national colors
  • Apr 21 After 37 weeks Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by movie soundtrack for "Footloose"
  • 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 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George", a fictionalized version of painter Georges Seurat's relationship with his grandson, starring Mandy Patinkin, opens at Booth Theater, NYC; runs 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
  • May 16 "When Doves Cry" single released by Prince (Billboard Song of the Year, 1984)

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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

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May 19 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic

  • May 20 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • May 24 Revival of musical "The Wiz" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, runs for 13 performances
  • Jun 3 Revival of the musical "The Wiz" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 13 performances

  • Jun 4 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers win

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 4 Columbia Records releases "Born in the USA", the 7th studio album by Bruce Springsteen; His biggest commercial success topped the charts in 11 countries and sold over 30 million copies, worldwide

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 8 "Ghostbusters", American supernatural comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, HArold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson is released

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray
Actor and Comedian Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Comedian
Dan Aykroyd
Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis

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 and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jul 1 "Baby" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 241 performances
  • Jul 10 Prolific studio drummer Jim Gordon convicted of murdering his mother and sentenced 16 years to life in prison. Diagnosed with schizophrenia after the killing, he is serving time in a medical / psychiatric prison, and has been denied parole 10 times as of 2018. [1]
  • Jul 11 Britain's MusicBox begins satellite transmission to Europe
  • Jul 13 Eddie Van Halen joins in, in a Jacksons concert
  • Jul 15 John Lennon's "I'm Stepping Out" released posthumously

CameraFamous Photo

Jul 20 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams
  • Jul 23 Vanessa Williams, 1st African American Miss America, resigns after Penthouse publishes unauthorized nude photos of her

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 7 Harmonica Frank [Floyd], American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player dies of lung cancer and diabetes complications at 75
  • Aug 8 "Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Sep 2 "Zorba" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 362 performances
  • Sep 4 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years [1]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Country singer Barbara Mandrell is badly injured in a car accident

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • 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 26 Berlin appeals court clears Paul McCartney in a paternity suit
  • Sep 29 "(What) In Name Of Love" by Naked Eyes peaks at #39
  • Sep 29 "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama peaks at #9
  • Sep 29 "Drive" by Cars peaks at #3
  • Sep 29 "Layin' It On Line" by Jefferson Starship peaks at #66
  • Sep 29 "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince & Revolution peaks at #1
  • Sep 29 "Pretty Mess" by Vanity peaks at #75
  • Sep 29 "Torture" by Jacksons peaks at #17
  • Sep 29 "When You Close Your Eyes" by Night Ranger peaks at #14
  • 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 15 "Emergency" 16th studio album by American band Kool & the Gang is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1985)
  • Nov 16 John Lennon's 'Every Man has a Woman Who Loves Him' released posthumously
  • 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 performances
  • Dec 20 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library
  • 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