1980

<1979 1981>

Jan

3

  • Amos Milburn (52) dies in Houston, TX following a stroke
  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Epitaph for oboe and piano premiered in London

7

  • Larry Williams (44) dies in his Los Angeles home from a gunshot wound to the head. Officially suicide, but there remains some doubt.
  • Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers sentenced to three months in gaol for heroin possession

8

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s ‘mechanical ballet’ The Amazing Flight premiered on Czech radio

10

  • Pierre Leemans (82) dies in Brussels

13

  • Andre Kostelanetz (78) dies in Haiti

16

  • Paul McCartney gaoled for nine days in Tokyo after being convicted of marijuana possession
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Cantares for guitars and string quartet premiered in Sydney

17

  • Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No.34 premiered in New York
  • Roger Sessions’s Symphony no.9 premiered in Syracuse, NY

19

  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Rock with You
  • Pink Floyd have the Billboard number one album for the first of fifteen weeks with The Wall
  • The Pretenders have the UK number one album for the first of four weeks with The Pretenders and the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Brass in Pocket

22

  • Ed Garland (85) dies in Los Angeles

23

  • Babs Gonzales (60) dies in Newark, NJ

24

  • William Schuman’s Three Colloquies for horn and orchestra premiered in New York

25

  • Paul McCartney is released from a Japanese prison and deported
  • The Specials play their first US show at the Hurrah club, New York

28

  • Brian Fallon born (Red Bank, NJ) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founding member of The Gaslight Anthem.
  • Jimmy Crawford (70) dies in New York
  • Franco Evangelisti (54) dies in Rome

29

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Novelette for orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

30

  • Professor Longhair (61) dies in New Orleans following a heart attack
  • John Adams’s Common Tones in Simple Time for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

releases

  • John Cale – Mercenaries / Rose Garden Funeral Of Sores (IRS)
  • Elvis Costello – I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down / Girls Talk (F-Beat UK)
  • Flying Lizards – TV / Tube (Virgin UK)
  • John Foxx – Underpass / Film 1 (Virgin UK)
  • Misfits – Beware EP (Cherry Red)
  • Mo-Dettes – White Mice / Masochistic Opposite (Mode UK)
  • New Age Steppers – Fade Away / London Underground – Learn A Language (On-U Sound UK)
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Refugee / It’s Rainin’ Again (MCA)
  • Specials – Too Much Too Young EP (2 Tone UK)
  • Split Enz – I Got You / Double Happy (Mushroom)
  • Art Bears – Winter Songs (Recommended UK)
  • Holger Czukay – Movies (EMI Germany)
  • John Foxx – Metamatic (Virgin UK)
  • The Pretenders (Real UK)
  • Rush – Permanent Waves (Anthem Canada)
  • Split Enz – True Colours (Mushroom Australia)
Rush

Rush

Feb

2

  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Cinque Sonetti di Michelagniolo Buonarroti premiered in Toronto
  • The Specials have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with The Special AKA Live EP

8

  • David and Angie Bowie are divorced
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Die Erschöpfung der Welt premiered in Stuttgart

9

  • Charles Fowlkes (63) dies in Dallas

11

  • Lejaren Hiller’s An Apotheosis for Archæopteryx for piccolo and berimbau premiered in Buffalo

13

  • Kalevi Aho’s Symphony No.6 premiered in Helsinki

14

  • Decca Records is taken over by Polygram

15

  • Conor Oberst born (Omaha, NE) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of Bright Eyes and solo artist.

16

  • Throbbing Gristle record the album Heathen Earth live in the studio in one 50 minute take

18

  • Regina Spektor born (Moscow) Russian-American singer, songwriter, keyboard player.

19

  • Bon Scott (33) dies in London of acute alcohol poisoning
  • Steve Reich’s Variations for winds, strings and keyboards for chamber ensemble premiered in New York

23

  • Siegfried Matthus’s Hyperion-Fragmente premiered in Berlin
  • Queen have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Crazy Little Thing Called Love

26

  • John Cage’s Improvisation III for four or more musicians with cassette recordings premiered in New York
  • Louise Talma’s Variations on 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird premiered in Philadelphia

26

  • U2 sign to Island Records

27

  • The 22nd Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. The Doobie Brothers win record of the year with What a Fool Believes and the album of the year goes to Billy Joel and 52nd Street. Other winners include John Williams, Emmylou Harris, Muddy Waters, Oscar Peterson, Weather Report, Dionne Warwick, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan

releases

  • Another Pretty Face – Whatever Happened To The West / Goodbye 1970s (Virgin UK)
  • Bauhaus – Dark Entries / untitled (4AD UK)
  • Blondie – Atomic / Die Young Stay Pretty (Chrysalis)
  • Brothers Johnson – Stomp / Let’s Swing (A&M)
  • Fall – Fiery Jack // Second Dark Age / Psychic Dancehall II (Step Forward UK)
  • Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers // The Start / I Don’t Remember (Charisma UK)
  • Magazine – A Song From Under The Floorboards / 20 Years Ago (Virgin UK)
  • Swell Maps – Let’s Build A Car // Big Maz In The Country / Then Poland (Rough Trade UK)
  • Talking Heads – I Zimbra / Paper (Sire)
  • Teardrop Explodes – Treason (It’s Just a Story) / Read It in Books (Zoo UK)
  • UB40 – Food for Thought / King (Graduate UK)
  • Buggles – The Age of Plastic (Island UK)
  • Elvis Costello – Get Happy!! (F-Beat UK)
  • The Return of the Durutti Column (Factory UK)
  • Lemon Kittens – We Buy a Hammer for Daddy (United Dairies UK)
  • Lydia Lunch – Queen of Siam (Ze)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (DinDisc UK)
  • Iggy Pop – Soldier (Arista)
  • The Psychedelic Furs (Columbia)
  • Ramones – End of the Century (Sire)
  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Against the Wind (Capitol)
  • Selecter – Too Much Pressure (Two Tone UK)
  • Squeeze – Argybargy (A&M)
  • Sugarhill Gang (Sugar Hill)
  • Wipers – Is This Real? (Park Avenue) 
  • Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth (Rough Trade)

Danielle Dax b.1958 of the Lemon Kittens

Mar

1

  • John Jacob Niles (87) dies in Lexington, KY
  • Blondie have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Atomic
  • Patti Smith marries Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith

2

  • Henryk Górecki’s Concerto for harpsichord and strings premiered in Katowice

5

  • George Benjamin’s Ringed by the Flat Horizon premiered in Cambridge

8

  • (to 16th) The Spring Rhythms Tbilisi-80 rock festival is held in Tbilisi, Georgia – the first in the Soviet Union

10

  • Ernst Krenek’s Opus 231 for violin and organ premiered in Vienna

11

  • Julio de Caro (80) dies in Buenos Aires

20

  • Pirate radio station Radio Caroline ceases broadcasting after its ship, Mi Amigo, sinks in a storm

22

  • The Jam have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Going Underground
  • Pink Floyd have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Another Brick in the Wall, Part II
  • The first compact disc system is marketed by RCA.

23

  • Philip Glass’s Modern Love Waltz premiered in New York

25

  • Walter Susskind (66) dies in Berkeley, CA

26

  • Ted Shapiro (80) dies in Bay Harbor, FL

28

  • Dick Haymes (61) dies in Los Angeles of lung cancer
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Celebration 1980 for electronic valve instrument, string orchestra and tape premiered in New York

29

  • Annunzio Paolo Mantovani (74) dies in Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  • Luc Ferrari’s Bonjour Comment ca va? premiered in Darmstadt
  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Passeggiata Veneziana premiered in Richmond, VA

30

  • Benjamin Britten’s Quatre chansons françaises for voice and orchestra premiered on BBC radio

releases

  • Cramps – Garbageman / Fever (IRS)
  • Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft – Kebabträume / Gewalt (Mute UK)
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno / Breakin’ Down the Walls of Heartache (Parlophone)
  • Jam – Going Underground / Dreams Of Children (Polydor UK)
  • Joy Division – Dead Souls / Atmosphere (Sordide Sentimentale France)
  • Killing Joke – Wardance / Pssyche (Malicious Damage UK)
  • Lipps Inc – Funkytown / All Night Dancing (Casablanca)
  • Madness – Night Boat to Cairo / Swan Lake (Stiff UK)
  • Magazine – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) / The Book (Virgin UK)
  • Mekons – Teeth EP (Virgin UK)
  • Orange Juice – Falling And Laughing / Moscow (Postcard UK)
  • Pop Group – Where There’s A Will There’s A Way / Slits – In The Beginning There Was Rhythm (Rough Trade UK)
  • Siouxsie & the Banshees – Happy House / Drop Dead/Celebration (Polydor)
  • 23 Skidoo – Ethics / Another Baby’s Face (Pineapple UK)
  • Undertones – My Perfect Cousin / Hard Luck (Again) / I Don’t Wanna See You Again (Sire)
  • Wah! Heat – Better Scream / Joe (Inevitable UK)
  • Chrome – Red Exposure (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us (Illegal UK)
  • Desperate Bicycles – Remorse Code (Refill UK)
  • Genesis – Duke (Charisma UK)
  • Billy Joel – Glass Houses (Columbia)
  • MX-80 Sound – Out of the Tunnel (Ralph)
  • Pop Group – For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? (Rough Trade UK)
  • Frank Sinatra – Trilogy: Past, Present & Future (Reprise) Triple LP conducted by Billy May, Don Costa and Gordon Jenkins
  • Stiff Little Fingers – Nobody’s Heroes (Chrysalis UK)
  • Suicide [Second album] (Ze)
  • Van Halen – Women and Children First (Warner Bros)

Luc Ferrari 1929-2005

Apr

1

  • Einstürzende Neubauten play their first show at the Moon Club in Berlin

4

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Mercure–Poses Plastiques for 14 players premiered in London

5

  • Genesis have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Duke
  • REM play their first show at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Athens, GA

8

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s De profundis for bayan premiered in Moscow
  • Robert Simpson’s Symphony No.6 premiered in London

11

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s jazz-ballet Check to the King premiered in Brno

12

  • Alberto Ginastera’s Iubilum for orchestra premiered in Buenos Aires

13

  • Otto Luening’s Potawatomi Legends for chamber orchestra premiered in Kenosha, WN

14

  • Win Butler born (Woodlands, TX) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Arcade Fire.
  • Georges Delerue’s music for George Roy Hill’s film A Little Romance wins the best original score Oscar at the 52nd Academy Awards

17

  • Bob Marley and the Wailers perform at Zimbabwe’s Independence festival in Harare as official guests of state

18

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Magnificat premiered in Helsinki
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Ländler for thirteen strings & Nature Morte–Still Alive for thirteen strings premiered in Baden-Baden

19

  • Blondie have the Billboard number one single for the first of six weeks with Call Me
  • Brian Johnson joins AC/DC as singer replacing the late Bon Scott
  • Volker David Kirchner’s Die fünf Minuten des Isaak Babel premiered in Wuppertal

20

  • Ronnie Boykins (44) dies in New York following a heart attack
  • Hans Werner Henze’s El Rey de Harlem for voice and small ensemble & Sonata for viola and piano premiered in Witten
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Piano Sonata no.2 premiered in Albany, NY

22

  • Jane Froman (72) dies in Columbia, MO of heart failure
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Barcarola for orchestra premiered in Zürich

23

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony no.2 “St. Florian” for solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in London

25

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s A Song of Hope for baritone, chorus and orchestra premiered in Ann Arbor, MI

26

  • Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IXa for clarinet premiered in Paris
  • Blondie have the UK number one single for one week with Call Me
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Four Studies for clarinet and electronic valve instrument premiered in Bowling Green, OH

30

  • Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart and Cy Coleman’s musical Barnum opens on Broadway (854 performances)

releases

  • Blondie – Call Me / instrumental (Chrysalis)
  • Kate Bush – Breathing / The Empty Bullring (EMI)
  • Elvis Costello – High Fidelity / Getting Mighty Crowded (F-Beat UK)
  • Cristina – Is That All There Is? / Jungle Love (Island / Ze UK)
  • Cure – A Forest / Another Journey By Train (Fiction UK)
  • Delta 5 – You / Anticipation (Rough Trade UK)
  • Discharge – Realities Of War EP (Clay UK)
  • Gang Of Four – Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time / He’d Send In The Army (EMI UK)
  • Girls at Our Best – Getting Nowhere Fast / Warm Girls (Record UK)
  • Michael Jackson – She’s Out of My Life / Get on the Floor (Epic)
  • Lori & The Chameleons – The Lonely Spy / Peru (Korova UK)
  • Ruts – Staring at the Rude Boys / Love in Vain (Virgin UK)
  • Robert Wyatt – Arauco / Caimanera (Rough Trade UK)
  • Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell (Vertigo UK)
  • John Cooper Clarke – Snap, Crackle and Bop (CBS UK)
  • Cure – Seventeen Seconds (Fiction UK)
  • Feelies – Crazy Rhythms (Stiff) 
  • Grateful Dead – Go to Heaven (Arista)
  • Jon Hassell & Brian Eno – Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (EG UK)
  • Iron Maiden (EMI) 
  • Judas Priest – British Steel (Columbia)
  • Monochrome Set – Strange Boutique (DinDisc UK)
  • Lou Reed – Growing Up in Public (Arista)
  • Tuxedomoon – Half-Mute (Ralph)
  • X – Los Angeles (Slash)

X – Los Angeles (Slash)

May

1

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Symphony no.2: A Christmas Symphony for orchestra premiered in New York

2

  • Vivian Fine’s Lieder for Viola and Piano premiered in New York
  • Joy Division play their final gig at Birmingham University

3

  • Dexy’s Midnight Runners have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Geno
  • Bob Seger has the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Against the Wind

4

  • Morton Feldman’s String Quartet premiered in New York

9

  • Yevgeny Brusilovsky (74) dies in Moscow

10

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s On the Sheer Threshold of the Night for solo voices and chorus premiered in Frankfurt

12

  • André Boucourechliev’s Orion I premiered in Paris

13

  • John Cage’s Furniture Music Etcetera for two pianos premiered in Buffalo

16

  • Erik Bergman’s Silence and Eruptions premiered in Stockholm
  • Alan Parker’s film Fame opens starring Irene Cara. Music by Michael Gore

18

  • Ian Curtis (23) hangs himself at his home in Macclesfield, Cheshire
  • Gottfried von Einem’s opera Jesu Hochzeit premiered in Vienna

20

  • Usko Meriläinen’s String Quartet No. 2: Kyma premiered in Helsinki

21

  • Jacob Druckman’s Prism premiered in Baltimore, MD

24

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Far Calls, Coming, far! for violin and orchestra premiered in Tokyo

25

  • John Casken’s Firewhirl premiered in Bath

27

  • Kirke Mechem’s opera Tartuffe premiered in San Francisco

31

  • Sonny Burke (66) dies in Santa Monica, CA of cancer
  • Lipps Inc have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Funkytown
  • Paul McCartney has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with McCartney II
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Bann, Nachtschwärmerei–Spells and Night Dreams for organ premiered in Ludwigsburg

releases

  • Birthday Party – Mr Clarinet / Happy Birthday (Missing Link Australia)
  • Crass – Bloody Revolutions / Poison Girls – Persons Unknown (Crass UK)
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – Rescue / Simple Stuff (Korova UK)
  • Magazine – Upside Down / The Light Pours Out of Me (Virgin UK)
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Could You Be Loved / One Drop (Island)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Messages / Taking Sides Again (DinDisc UK)
  • Siouxsie & the Banshees – Christine / Eve White Eve Black (Polydor)
  • Young Marble Giants – Final Day / Radio Silents // Cakewalking (Rough Trade UK)
  • Beat – I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet UK)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – Three Mantras (Rough Trade UK)
  • Devo – Freedom of Choice (Warner Bros) 
  • Fall – Totale’s Turns (It’s Now or Never) (Rough Trade UK) recorded live on 27 Oct 1979 in Doncaster, Yorkshire & 29 Feb 1980 in Bradford, Yorkshire
  • Peter Gabriel [3] (Charisma UK)
  • Human League – Travelogue (Virgin UK)
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Bass Culture (Island UK)
  • Grace Jones – Warm Leatherette (Island UK)
  • Paul McCartney – McCartney II (Parlophone UK)
  • Magazine – The Correct Use of Soap (Virgin UK)
  • Negativland (Seeland) Each copy features unique cover art
  • Pink Military – Do Animals Believe in God? (Eric’s UK)
  • Der Plan – Geri Reig (Atatak Germany)
  • Pylon – Gyrate (DB)
  • Tangerine Dream – Tangram (Virgin)

Negativland

Jun

1

  • Satirical industrial group Laibach are formed in Trbovlje, Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia)

2

  • Elliott Carter’s Night Fantasies for piano premiered in Bath
  • Luigi Nono’s Fragmente-Stille an Diotima for string quartet premiered in Bonn

4

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Dikhthas for violin and piano premiered in Bonn

7

  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Violin Concerto premiered in Vienna
  • Colin Matthews’s String Quartet No.1 premiered in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

8

  • Ernst Busch (80) dies in Bernburg, Germany

11

  • Bolesław Woytowicz (80) dies in Katowice, Poland
  • Colin Matthews’s Shadows in the Water premiered in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

12

  • George Crumb’s complete Makrokosmos cycle is performed together for the first time in Buffalo

14

  • Peter Gabriel has the UK number one album with for the first of two weeks Peter Gabriel [3]
  • Billy Joel has the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Glass Houses

16

  • John Landis’s film The Blues Brothers opens starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The film also features cameos by Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles and others. Music by Elmer Bernstein

18

  • Pierre Boulez’s Notations for orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Alberto Ginastera’s Variazioni e Toccata sopra “Aurora lucis rutilat” for organ premiered in Minneapolis
  • John Tavener’s Six Abassid Songs for tenor, three flutes and percussion premiered in Snape

20

  • Allan Pettersson (68) dies in Stockholm
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s A Welcome to Orkney for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, two string quartets and bass premiered in Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Capriccio for tuba premiered in Kraków

21

  • Bert Kaempfert (56) dies in Mallorca following a stroke
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Yellow-Cake Revue, an anti-nuclear cabaret for singer and piano; children’s pantomime Cinderella; Yesnaby Ground for piano & Farewell to Stromness for piano all premiered in Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Robert Simpson’s String Quartet No. 8 premiered in Uxbridge

25

  • Philip Glass’s A Madrigal Opera premiered in Amsterdam

27

  • Barney Bigard (74) dies in Culver City, CA

28

  • Yoshirō Irino (59) dies in Tokyo
  • José Iturbi (84) dies in Los Angeles
  • Rued Langgaard’s opera Antikrist premiered posthumously on Danish radio
  • Paul McCartney has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Coming Up
  • Roxy Music have the UK number one album for the first of four weeks over two runs with Flesh and Blood

29

  • Anthony Payne’s Song of the Clouds premiered in Cheltenham
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Neue Alexanderlieder for baritone and piano premiered in Hamburg
  • Michael Tippett’s Wolf Trap Fanfare for brass premiered at Wolf Trap, VA

30

  • John Cage’s Improvisation IV for three cassette players premiered in London

releases

  • Bad Brains – Pay To Cum / Stay Close To Me (Bad Brains)
  • Kurtis Blow – The Breaks parts 1 and 2 (Mercury)
  • Kate Bush – Babooshka / Ran Tan Waltz (EMI)
  • Elvis Costello – New Amsterdam / Dr Luther’s Assistant (F-Beat UK)
  • Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia / Police Truck (IRS)
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart / These Days (Factory UK)
  • Mission Of Burma – Academy Fight Song / Max Ernst (Ace Of Hearts)
  • Odyssey – Use It Up and Wear It Out / Don’t Tell Me, Tell Her (RCA)
  • Police – The Bed’s Too Big Without You / Truth Hits Everybody (A&M)
  • Diana Ross – Upside Down / Friend to Friend (Motown)
  • Slits – Man Next Door / version (Rough Trade UK)
  • Ashra – Belle Alliance (Virgin UK)
  • Blue Öyster Cult – Cultösaurus Erectus (Columbia)
  • Jackson Browne – Hold Out (Asylum)
  • Chic – Real People (Atlantic)
  • Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft – Die Kleinen und die Bösen (Mute UK)
  • Dome (Dome UK)
  • Bob Dylan – Saved (Columbia)
  • Roy Harper – The Unknown Soldier (Harvest UK)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Uprising (Island UK)
  • Pop Group – We Are Time (Y/Rough Trade UK) Compilation of demos, live tracks etc
  • Queen – The Game (EMI)
  • Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue (Rolling Stones)
  • Throbbing Gristle – Heathen Earth (Industrial UK) recorded live in the studio on 16 Feb 1980

The Dead Kennedys

Jul

5

  • The Rolling Stones have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with with Emotional Rescue

6

  • Frank Cordell (62) dies in Hastings, Sussex
  • David Diamond’s Concertino for piano and orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

7

  • Led Zeppelin play their final show in West Berlin

10

  • Oliver Knussen’s Autumnal for violin & piano premiered in London
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s The Visions of Captain Quiros for guitar and orchestra premiered in Sydney

14

  • Malcolm Owen (25) dies in London of a heroin overdose

15

  • Ben Selvin (82) dies in Fort Lauderdale, FL following a heart attack

18

  • Gunther Schuller’s Eine kleine Posaunenmusik for trombone and winds premiered in Norwalk, CT

19

  • Billy Joel has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
  • Queen have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with The Game

20

  • Vivian Fine’s Music for Flute (alto flute), Oboe (English horn), and Cello premiered in Philadelphia
  • The Minutemen make their first recordings
  • Thea Musgrave’s The Last Twilight for chorus, brass and percussion premiered in Santa Fe, NM
  • Charles Villiers Stanford’s String Quartet no.6 premiered in Bracknell, Berks

23

  • Keith Godchaux (32) dies in a car crash in Marin County, CA

25

  • Vladimir Vysotsky (42) dies in Moscow of heart failure

26

  • Odyssey have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Use It Up and Wear It Out
  • The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one album for the first of seven weeks with Emotional Rescue

29

  • New Order play their first gig at Manchester’s Beach Club (the trio were still without a name at that point)

31

  • The Eagles play their final show for 14 years in Long Beach, CA

unk

  • Pulp play their first gig at Rotherham Arts Centre. Original line-up: Jarvis Cocker, Peter Dalton, David Lockwood, Mark Swift

releases

  • A Certain Ratio – Shack Up / And Then Again (Factory Benelux Belgium)
  • Abba – The Winner Takes It All / Elaine (Epic UK)
  • Glenn Branca – Lesson No. 1 for Electric Guitar / Dissonance (99)
  • Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica / Dreams Of Lovin’ You (Arista)
  • Comsat Angels – Independence Day / We Were (Poydor UK)
  • Discharge – Fight Back EP (Clay UK)
  • Durutti Column – Lips That Would Kiss / Madeleine (Factory Benelux Belgium)
  • Fall – How I Wrote Elastic Man / City Hobgoblins (Rough Trade UK)
  • In Camera – Die Laughing / The Final Achievement (4AD UK)
  • Liliput – Die Matrosen / Split (Rough Trade UK) Swiss band Kleenex renamed due to lawsuit threats
  • Modern English – Swans On Glass / Incident (4AD UK)
  • Pink Military – Did You See Her? / Everyday (Eric’s UK)
  • Television Personalities – King & Country / Smashing Time (Rough Trade UK)
  • AC/DC – Back in Black (Atlantic)
  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla (Island UK)
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (Parlophone UK)
  • Echo and the Bunnymen – Crocodiles (Korova UK)
  • Flesh Eaters – No Questions Asked (Upsetter) 
  • Joy Division – Closer (Factory UK)
  • Teddy Pendergrass – TP (Philadelphia
  • Pere Ubu – The Art of Walking (Rough Trade UK)
  • Ultravox – Vienna (Chrysalis)

Joy Division – Closer (Factory)

Aug

2

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera Pollicino, lib. G. Di Leva after Collodi, Grimm and Perrault, premiered in Montepulciano

4

  • Duke Pearson (47) dies in Atlanta, GA from multiple sclerosis
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Klavierstück Nr.7 premiered in Darmstadt

9

  • Abba have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with The Winner Takes It All
  • AC/DC have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Back in Black
  • Cornelius Cardew’s There is only one lie for chorus premiered in London

11

  • Jacques Singer (69) dies in New York

12

  • Leopold Spinner (74) dies in London

13

  • Otto Luening’s Symphonic Interlude no.3 for orchestra premiered in Lenox, MA

14

  • David Matthews’s String Quartet No.3 premiered in York

16

  • The first Monsters of Rock heavy metal festival is held at Donington Park, Leics. Bands appearing include Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions and Saxon

17

  • Harold Adamson (73) dies in Los Angeles
  • Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for violin and piano premiered in Salzburg

20

  • Edmund Rubbra’s Symphony No.11 premiered in London

21

  • Michael Tippett’s Concerto for violin, viola, cello and orchestra premiered in London

23

  • David Bowie has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Ashes to Ashes

24

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Double Concerto for oboe, harp and chamber orchestra premiered in Lucerne

25

  • Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart, Al Dubin and Harry Warren’s musical 42nd Street opens on Broadway (3,486 performances)

26

  • Jimmy Forrest (60) dies in Grand Rapids, MI

releases

  • David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes / Move On (RCA UK)
  • Clash – Bank Robber / Rockers Galore UK Tour (CBS UK)
  • Devo – Whip It / Turnaround (Warner Bros)
  • Peter Gabriel – Biko // Shosholoza / Jetzt Kommt Die Flut (Charisma UK)
  • Jam – Start / Liza Radley (Polydor UK)
  • Mekons – Snow / Another One (Red Rhino UK)
  • Queen – Another One Bites the Dust / Dragon Attack (EMI)
  • Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out / Give Up (Motown)
  • Ruts – West One / The Crack (Virgin UK)
  • The The – Controversial Subject / Black and White (4AD UK)
  • UK Decay – For My Country / Unwind (Fresh UK)
  • Associates – The Affectionate Punch (Fiction UK)
  • B-52s – Wild Planet (Warner Bros)
  • George Benson – Give Me the Night (Qwest)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – The Voice of America (Rough Trade UK)
  • Captain Beefheart – Doc at the Radar Station (Virgin UK)
  • Peter Hammill – A Black Box (Mercury UK)
  • Van Morrison – Common One (Mercury UK)
  • Scientist – Heavyweight Dub Champion (Greensleeves UK)
  • Paul Simon – One Trick Pony (Warner Bros)
  • Siouxsie & the Banshees – Kaleidoscope (Polydor UK)
  • UB40 – Signing Off (Graduate UK)
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra – X∞Multiplies (A&M)

Cabaret Voltaire

Sep

1

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Apollo trionfante for winds, keyboards, percussion and bass premiered in Gelsenkirchen

2

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera The Lighthouse, lib. Maxwell Davies, premiered in Edinburgh

4

  • David Garrett born (Aachen, Germany) German-American classical violinist.

5

  • Don Banks (56) dies in Sydney of cancer
  • Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha, lib. Glass and De Jong and the composer, premiered in Rotterdam

6

  • Kalevi Aho’s Piano Sonata premiered in Helsinki
  • The Jam have the UK number one single for one week with Start!
  • Diana Ross has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Upside Down

13

  • Jackson Browne has the Billboard number one album for one week with Hold Out

14

  • Werner Egk’s Ouvertüre “Musik über eine verschollene Romanze” for orchestra premiered in Recklinghausen
  • Paul Hindemith’s Lustige Sinfonietta for orchestra premiered in Berlin

15

  • Bill Evans (51) dies in Fort Lee, NJ of a combination of cirrhosis, bleeding ulcer and pneumonia

20

  • Kate Bush has the UK number one album for one week with Never for Ever
  • Queen have the Billboard number one album for the first week of five with The Game

24

  • David Bowie makes his Broadway debut starring in Bernard Pomerance’s play The Elephant Man

25

  • John Bonham (32) dies in Windsor, Berkshire after choking on his own vomit following a mammoth drinking session
  • Leonard Bernstein’s Divertimento for orchestra premiered in Boston
  • Andrzej Panufnik’s String Quartet No.2 premiered in St Asaph’s, Wales

26

  • Pat Hare (49) dies in St Paul, MN of lung cancer, 16 years into a prison sentence for double murder
  • Gunther Schuller’s Music for a Celebration for chorus, audience and orchestra premiered in Springfield, MA

27

  • Kurtis Blow appears on Soul Train, becoming the first rapper to perform on network television
  • David Bowie has the UK number one album  for the first of two weeks with Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Te Deum for voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in Assisi
  • The Police have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Don’t Stand So Close to Me

30

  • Virgil Thomson’s The Peace Place for chorus and piano premiered in New York

unk

  • Simon Rattle appointed principal conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra aged 25

releases

  • Barry Andrews – Rossmore Road / Win A Night Out With A Well Known Paranoiac (Virgin UK)
  • Kate Bush – Army Dreamers / Delius (Song of Summer) / Passing Through Air (EMI)
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – Do It Clean / The Puppet (Korova UK)
  • Fall – Totally Wired / Putta Block (Rough Trade UK)
  • Josef K – Radio Drill Time / Crazy To Exist (Postcard UK)
  • Killing Joke – Requiem / Change (EG)
  • Madness – Baggy Trousers / The Business (Stiff UK)
  • Odyssey – If You’re Looking For A Way Out / Never Had It All (RCA)
  • Orange Juice – Blue Boy / Lovesick (Postcard UK)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Enola Gay / Annex (DinDisc UK)
  • Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me / Friends (A&M)
  • Soft Cell – Mutant Moments EP (ABF UK)
  • Specials – Stereotypes / International Jet Set (2 Tone UK)
  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’) / dub version (Tamla)
  • Kurtis Blow (Mercury)
  • David Bowie – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (RCA UK)
  • Kate Bush – Never For Ever (EMI UK)
  • Comsat Angels – Waiting for a Miracle (Polydor UK)
  • Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Madness – Absolutely (Stiff UK)
  • Joni Mitchell – Shadows and Light (Asylum) recorded live in Santa Barbara, CA in Sep 1979
  • Simple Minds – Empires and Dance (Arista UK)
  • Skids – The Absolute Game (Virgin UK)
  • More Specials (2 Tone UK)
  • Swell Maps – …In “Jane From Occupied Europe” (Rough Trade UK)
  • Tom Waits – Heartattack and Vine (Asylum)
  • Stevie Wonder – Hotter Than July (Tamla)
  • XTC – Black Sea (Virgin UK)

Krzysztof Penderecki b.1938

Oct

1

  • Luciano Berio’s Entrata for orchestra premiered in San Francisco

2

  • Brian Ferneyhough’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in Venice
  • Volker David Kirchner’s Babel-Requiem premiered in Frankfurt

3

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Music-Hall-Suite for eight players premiered in Stuttgart

4

  • Queen have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Another One Bites the Dust

5

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Zweite Abgesangsszene for voice and orchestra premiered in Karlsruhe

8

  • Maurice Martenot (81) dies in Paris
  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No. 2 “True and Eternal Bliss” premiered in St Petersburg

11

  • Leonard Bernstein’s A Musical Toast for orchestra premiered in New York
  • The Police have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Zenyatta Mondatta

12

  • Arvo Pärt’s Annum per annum for organ premiered in Speyer
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Sonata for cello premiered in Sydney

14

  • Oscar Alemán (71) dies in Buenos Aires

18

  • Jean-Michel Jarre becomes the first western musician to play a concert in China, in Beijing. He plays further dates in Beijing and Shanghai
  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Tanzsuite mit Deutschlandlied premiered in Donaueschingen

19

  • Ernst Krenek’s Deutsche messgesänge zum 29. Sonntag im Jahreskreis for speaker, chorus and organ premiered in Graz

22

  • Henry Barraud’s opera Numance, lib. de Madariaga after Cervantes, premiered in Paris

25

  • Barbra Streisand has the Billboard number one album for the first week of three over two runs with Guilty and the Billboard number one single for the first week of three, and the UK number one single for the first week of three with Woman in Love

26

  • Paul Kantner of Jefferson Starship suffers a cerebral haemorrhage, but recovers fully without surgery
  • Ernst Krenek’s Im Tal der Zeit for orchestra premiered in Graz

30

  • Edison Denisov’s Requiem premiered in Hamburg

31

  • Chauncey Morehouse (78) dies in Medford, NJ

releases

  • Birthday Party – The Friend Catcher // Waving My Arms / Cat Man (4AD UK)
  • Black Flag – Jealous Again EP (SST)
  • David Bowie – Fashion / Scream Like a Baby (RCA)
  • Dead Kennedys – Kill the Poor / In-Sight (Cherry Red UK)
  • Flying Lizards – Move on Up / Portugal (Virgin UK)
  • Joy Division – Atmosphere / She’s Lost Control (Factory US)
  • Lines – Nerve Pylon / Over the Brow (Red UK)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Redemption Song / version (Island UK)
  • Motorhead – Ace of Spades / Dirty Love (Bronze)
  • Colin Newman – B // Classic Remains / Alone On Piano (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Teddy Pendergrass – Love TKO / I Just Called To Say (Philadelphia International)
  • Simple Minds – I Travel / New Warm Skin (Arista UK)
  • This Heat – Health and Efficiency EP (Piano UK)
  • UB40 – The Earth Dies Screaming / Dream a Lie (Graduate UK)
  • U2 – I Will Follow / Boy/Girl (Island)
  • Damned – The Black Album (Chiswick UK)
  • Diamond Head – Lightning to the Nations (Happy Face UK) 
  • Dire Straits – Makin’ Movies (Vertigo UK)
  • Jacksons – Triumph (Epic)
  • Killing Joke (Malicious Damage UK)
  • John Martyn – Grace and Danger (Island UK)
  • Misty in Roots Live at the Counter Eurovision 79 (People Unite UK) recorded live in Brussels on 31 Mar 1979
  • Monochrome Set – Love Zombies (DinDisc UK)
  • Colin Newman – A-Z (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Organisation (DinDisc UK)
  • Police – Zenyatta Mondatta (A&M)
  • Prince – Dirty Mind (Warner Bros)
  • Residents – Commercial Album (Ralph)
  • Klaus Schulze – Dig It (Brain Germany)
  • Sound – Jeopardy (Korova UK)
  • Bruce Springsteen – The River (Columbia)
  • Talking Heads – Remain in Light (Sire)
  • Teardrop Explodes – Kilimanjaro (Mercury UK)
  • Thin Lizzy – Chinatown (Vertigo UK)
  • U2 – Boy (Island UK)
  • Yello – Solid Pleasure (Vertigo UK)
  • Various – Miniatures (Pipe UK) Collection of 50 one minute tracks by artists including the Residents, Roger McGough, Robert Wyatt, Neil Innes, Lol Coxhill, George Melly, Robert Fripp, Ivor Cutler, Hector Zazou, Gavin Bryars, Dave Vanian, Michael Nyman, Pete Seeger and many others.

Talking Heads – Remain in Light (Sire)

Nov

4

  • Jean-Claude Éloy’s Etude IV: points – lignes – paysages premiered in Lille

5

  • Louis Alter (78) dies in New York of pneumonia

8

  • Bruce Springsteen has the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with The River

10

  • Modest Musorgsky’s opera Salammbô premiered in Milan, lib. Musorgsky
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Three Madrigals for soprano, violin, viola, bass, vibraphone and harpsichord premiered in Moscow

11

  • Avet Terterian’s Symphony No.5 premiered in Halle, Germany

14

  • György Ligeti’s Concerto for piano and orchestra premiered in Cologne
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s La musique creuse le ciel for 2 pianos and orchestra premiered in Cologne

15

  • Blondie have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with The Tide Is High

16

  • OV Wright (41) dies in Mobile, AL following a heart attack
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Arien des Orpheus for guitar, harp, harpsichord and strings premiered in Chicago

20

  • Alexander Goehr’s Sinfonia for chamber orchestra premiered in London
  • Otto Luening’s Short Sonatas for piano nos.5, 6 & 7 premiered in New York

21

  • Emilio Pujol (94) dies in Barcelona
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Overture for organ premiered in Launceston, Tasmania

22

  • Abba have the UK number one album for the first of nine weeks with Super Trouper

24

  • John Tavener’s Palin for piano premiered in London

25

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Royal Winter Music: Second Sonata on Shakespeare Characters for guitar premiered in Brussels

28

  • Oliver Knussen’s opera Where the Wild Things Are premiered in Brussels, lib. Maurice Sendak (first version)

29

  • Abba have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Super Trouper

30

  • Cartola [Angenor de Oliveira] (72) dies in Rio de Janeiro

releases

  • A Certain Ratio – Flight // Blown Away / And Then Again (Factory UK)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – Seconds Too Late / Control Addict (Rough Trade UK)
  • Clash – The Call Up / Stop The World (CBS UK)
  • Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet / Solid Rock (Vertigo)
  • Discharge – Decontrol EP (Clay UK)
  • In Camera – IV Songs EP (4AD UK)
  • Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry / Laughing Tonight (Stiff UK)
  • Madness – Embarassment / Crying Shame (Stiff UK)
  • Modern English – Gathering Dust / Tranquility Of A Summer Moment (4AD UK)
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees – Israel / Red Over White (Polydor UK)
  • Slits – Animal Space / Animal Spacier (Human UK)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Hungry Heart / Held Up Without A Gun (Columbia)
  • Visage – Fade to Grey / The Steps (Polydor)
  • Wah! Heat – 7 Minutes To Midnight / Don’t Step On The Cracks (Inevitable UK)
  • Stevie Wonder – I Ain’t Gonna Stand for It / Knocks Me Off My Feet (Tamla)
  • Abba – Super Trouper (Polar Sweden)
  • Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier (Columbia UK)
  • Bauhaus – In the Flat Field (4AD UK)
  • The Birthday Party (Missing Link Australia)
  • Blondie – Autoamerican (Chrysalis)
  • Black Market Clash (Epic) Odds and ends compilation recorded between 1977 and 1979
  • Circle Jerks – Group Sex (Frontier)
  • Ex – Disturbing Domestic Peace (Verrecords Netherlands)
  • Fall – Grotesque (After the Gramme) (Rough Trade UK)
  • Jam – Sound Affects (Polydor UK)
  • Japan – Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Virgin UK)
  • Nic Jones – Penguin Eggs (Topic UK)
  • Laraaji – Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (EG UK)
  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy (Geffen)
  • Mo-Dettes – The Story So Far (Deram UK)
  • Motorhead – Ace of Spades (Bronze UK)
  • Steely Dan – Gaucho (MCA)
  • June Tabor with Martin Simpson – A Cut Above (Topic UK)
  • Neil Young – Hawks and Doves (Reprise)

June Tabor b.1947

Dec

1

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s opera Accusation Against the Unknown, lib. Martinu, premiered in Brno

2

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Sonatina for violin and piano premiered in London

4

  • Led Zeppelin announce that they will not carry on following the death of John Bonham

5

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Gogol Suite for orchestra premiered in London

7

  • Darby Crash (22) dies in Los Angeles of a deliberate heroin overdose
  • Darius Milhaud’s Trois élégies for two voices and strings premiered in Orleans

8

  • John Lennon (40) shot dead in New York by Mark Chapman

12

  • Bruno Bartolozzi (69) dies Fiesole, Italy

13

  • Hans Richter-Haaser (68) dies in Braunschweig, Germany
  • Minor Threat play their first show in Washington, DC supporting Bad Brains

14

  • George Crumb’s A Little Suite for Christmas, AD 1979 for piano premiered in Washington, DC

16

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Lacrimosa for soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Gdansk
  • Henri Pousseur’s Chroniques berlinoises premiered in New York

18

  • Christina Aguilera born (Staten Island, NY) American pop singer, actress.

20

  • John Lennon has the UK number one single for one week with (Just Like) Starting Over (only week)

24

  • Alec Wilder (73) dies in Gainesville, FL

27

  • John Lennon has the Billboard number one single for the first week of five with (Just Like) Starting Over
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono have the Billboard number one album for the first week of eight with Double Fantasy

29

  • Tim Hardin (39) dies in Los Angeles of a heroin and morphine overdose

31

  • Robert Pete Williams (66) dies in Rosedale, LA of heart disease
  • George Lloyd’s Symphony no.6 premiered on BBC Radio in Manchester

releases

  • Another Pretty Face – Only Heroes Live Forever / Heaven Gets Closer Every Day (Chicken Jazz UK)
  • Au Pairs – Diet / It’s Obvious (021 UK)
  • Elvis Costello – Clubland / Clean Money / Hoover Factory (F-Beat UK)
  • Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft – Der Räuber und der Prinz / Tanz mit mir (Mute UK)
  • Family Fodder – Savoir Faire / Carnal Knowledge (Fresh UK)
  • Josef K – It’s Kinda Funny / Final Request (Postcard UK)
  • Minutemen – Paranoid Time EP (SST)
  • Orange Juice – Simply Thrilled Honey / Breakfast Time (Postcard UK)
  • Police – De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da / A Sermon (A&M)
  • Specials – Do Nothing / Maggie’s Farm (2 Tone UK)
  • Teen Idles – Minor Disturbance EP (Dischord)
  • Robert Wyatt – At Last I Am Free / Strange Fruit (Rough Trade UK)
  • Clash – Sandinista! (CBS UK)
  • Monoton – Monotonprodukt 02 (Monoton Austria)
  • Bernard Szajner – Some Deaths Take Forever (Pathé Marconi France)
  • Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver (Island)

Bernard Szajner – Some Deaths Take Forever (Pathé Marconi)

date unknown

releases

  • DOA – Something Better Change (Can. Friends Canada)
  • La Düsseldorf – Individuellos (TELDEC Germany)
  • Steve Reich – Octet / Music For A Large Ensemble / Violin Phase (ECM Germany) recorded live in Feb 1980 in New York & Mar 1980 in Ludwigsburg, Germany
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Sirius (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
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