Events in Music in 1984

Music Single

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

Album Release

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

  • Jan 10 Conductor Eugene Ormandy leads his last concert, with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Music History

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

Music Awards

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

Music History

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

  • 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

Olympic 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

  • 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 9 Tim Witherspoon beats Greg Page in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 10 Heavyweight Tim Witherspoon KOs Greg Page
  • Mar 21 Part of Central Park in New York City is named Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon

Music 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 Dutch pop-ska band Doe Maar at Maasport in Den Bosch, Netherlands
  • 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

Music History

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

Music Premiere

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, wins a Pulitzer Prize for Drama

  • 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

Music Single

May 16 "When Doves Cry" single released by Prince Rogers Nelson (Billboard Song of the Year, 1984)

Sports History

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 musical "The Wiz" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 13 performances
  • Jun 4 18th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers win

Album Release

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

Film Premiere

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

  • Jun 9 Cyndi Lauper gets her first US #1 hit with "Time After Time"
  • 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
  • Jun 22 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Weather Report, The Smiths, and Black Uhuru headline; other performers include: Ian Dury, Joan Baez, The Waterboys, Fela Kuti, General Public, Dr. John, Fairport Convention, Christy Moore, Brass Construction, The Staple Singers, Billy Bragg, and Amazulu,
  • Jun 25 Prince releases his "Purple Rain" album

Music Recording

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

  • 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 makes a guest appearance, performing "Beat It", in a Jacksons concert, in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 13 Jeff Beck quits Rod Stewart's tour after 7 shows
  • Jul 15 John Lennon's single "I'm Stepping Out" released posthumously

Famous Photo

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

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

Music Single

Jul 24 "Careless Whisper" single released by George Michael (credited in US to Wham!) (Billboard Song of the Year 1985)

  • 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

#1 in the Charts

Sep 1 "What's Love Got to Do With It" single tops the charts, giving Tina Turner her 1st #1 as a solo artist

  • Sep 2 Revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Zorba" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 362 performances, winning one Tony Award
  • Sep 4 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti sentenced to 2 years [1]

Music History

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

  • Sep 12 Cyndi Lauper sings "She-Bop" on The Tonight Show

Video Music Awards

Sep 14 1st MTV Video Music Awards: The Cars win with "You Might Think", and David Bowie wins with "China Girl"

Music Single

Sep 24 Paul McCartney releases single "No More Lonely Nights"

  • 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 28 Krzysztof Penderecki's initial version of "A Polish Requiem" premieres with Mstislav Rostropovich leading the Stuttgart Radio Symphony
  • 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 Rogers Nelson and 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 single "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
  • Dec 1 American boxer Greg Page KOs home town favourite Gerrie Coetzee in 8th round to win WBA heavyweight title in Sun City, South Africa

Music Single

Dec 3 "Do They Know It's Christmas" single written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and sung by an all-star cast under the banner of Band Aid is released in the UK

  • Dec 4 6th ACE Cable Awards: David Bowie: Serious Moonlight by Anthony Eaton and HBO
  • Dec 11 "Doug Henning & His World..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 60 performances
  • Dec 19 33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in Yale library [1]
  • 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