1982

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Jan

1

  • Abba play their final gig in Stockholm

12

  • Dorothy Howell (83) dies in Malvern, Worcestershire

15

  • Antonio Draghi’s opera Gli stratagemi di Biante premiered in Vienna, lib. N. Minato

16

  • Werner Egk’s Canzone for cello and orchestra premiered in Salzburg
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Quadrilateral for piano and tape premiered in Copenhagen

17

  • Luciano Berio’s Corale for violin, two horns and strings premiered in Zürich

18

  • Joanna Newsom born (Nevada City, CA) American singer, songwriter, harpist, pianist.
  • Morton Subotnick’s Ascent Into Air premiered in Paris

19

  • Elis Regina (36) dies in São Paulo of an accidental drug and alcohol overdose

20

  • Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a live bat thrown at him during a show in Des Moines, IO, thinking it was a rubber toy. He is taken to hospital to have a rabies jab

23

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Minuet and Trio for six performers premiered in Antwerp

26

  • Otto Luening’s Symphonic Fantasia no.3 for orchestra premiered in New York

28

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Symphony No.8, Sinfonia votiva premiered in Boston

29

  • Isang Yun’s Concerto for clarinet and orchestra premiered in Munich

30

  • Lightnin’ Hopkins (69) dies in Houston of cancer
  • Daryl Hall and John Oates have the Billboard number one single for one week with I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)

31

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Symphony no.1 “Totentanz” premiered in Hannover

releases

  • Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock / Instrumental (Tommy Boy)
  • Haircut One Hundred – Love Plus One / Marine Boy (Arista)
  • Jam – Town Called Malice / Precious (Polydor)
  • New Order – Everything’s Gone Green / Mesh / Cries & Whispers (Factory Benelux Belgium)
  • Orange Juice – Felicity / In A Nutshell (Polydor UK)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Maid Of Orleans / Navigation (DinDisc UK)
  • Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye / Fun City (Some Bizzare UK)
  • Stranglers – Golden Brown / Love 30 (Liberty)
  • XTC – Senses Working Overtime // Blame the Weather / Tissue Tigers (The Arguers) (Virgin)
  • Yello – She’s Got A Gun // The Evening’s Young / There Is No Reason (Do It UK)
  • A Certain Ratio – Sextet (Factory UK)
  • Bad Brains (ROIR)
  • dBs – Repercussion (Albion)
  • Felt – Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty (Cherry Red UK)
  • Philip Glass – Glassworks (Columbia)
  • Hüsker Dü – Land Speed Record (New Alliance) recorded live in Minneapolis on 15 Aug 1981
  • Meat Puppets (SST)
  • Television Personalities – Mummy You’re Not Watching Me (Whaam UK)
  • Univers Zéro – Ceux du Dehors (Recommended UK)

Afrika Bambaataa (Kevin Donovan) b.1960

 

Feb

1

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Perception, five miniatures for baritone and seven strings premiered in Moscow
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Night Dances premiered in London

2

  • A production of Bertolt Brecht’s musical play Baal is broadcast by the BBC, starring David Bowie
  • John Casken’s String Quartet premiered in London

4

  • Alex Harvey (46) dies in Zeebrugge, Belgium following a heart attack

5

  • Mikis Theodorakis’s Piano Concerto & Symphony no.2 premiered in Berlin

6

  • Kraftwerk have the UK number one single for one week with The Model / Computer Love

8

  • Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for chamber ensemble premiered in Vienna

9

  • Alexander Goehr’s Behold the Sun for soprano, vibraphone and chamber orchestra premiered in London

11

  • Eleanor Powell (69) dies in Los Angeles of cancer

13

  • The Jam have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with A Town Called Malice / Precious

15

  • Morton Subotnick’s Axolotl for cello, chamber orchestra and electronics premiered in Los Angeles

17

  • Thelonious Monk (64) dies in Englewood, NJ following a stroke

18

  • Nathaniel Shilkret (92) dies in Franklin Square, NY

19

  • Ozzy Osbourne is arrested after urinating on The Alamo, in San Antonio, TX

20

  • John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music for three sopranos, percussion and orchestra premiered in San Francisco
  • William Walton’s Prologo e Fantasia for orchestra premiered in London

22

  • David Matthews’s String Quartet No.2 premiered in London

23

  • The Dream Syndicate play their debut show in Hollywood, CA

24

  • Ernst Krenek’s Arc of Life for chamber orchestra premiered in Palm Springs, CA
  • Otto Luening’s Fantasia for violin, cello and piano premiered in New York
  • The first Brit awards are held in London. The Police win best British group and Adam and the Ants best British LP for Kings of the Wild Frontier
  • The 24th Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Kim Carnes wins record of the year for Bette Davis Eyes and John Lennon & Yoko Ono win album of the year for Double Fantasy. Other winners include Sheena Easton, Dolly Parton, Al Green, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin and the Police

26

  • Gábor Szabó (45) dies in Budapest of liver and kidney disease

27

  • The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company gives its final performance at the Adelphi Theatre, London. It is disbanded after 106 years due to cuts in funding

28

  • Nic Jones seriously injured in a car crash near Glossop, Derbyshire. He is hospitalised for 8 months and is forced to retire from performing
  • Otto Luening’s Short Symphony premiered in Milwaukee, MN

releases

  • ABC – Poison Arrow / Theme From Mantrap (Neutron UK)
  • Associates – Party Fears Two / It’s Better This Way (Associates UK)
  • David Bowie in Bertolt Brecht’s Baal EP (RCA)
  • Madness – Cardiac Arrest / In the City (Stiff)
  • Monsoon – Ever So Lonely / Sunset Over the Ganges (The Mobile Suit Company UK)
  • Shalamar – A Night to Remember / On Top of the World (Solar)
  • Bad Religion – How Could Hell Be Any Worse? (Epitaph)
  • Lester Bowie – The Great Pretender (ECM)
  • Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West (Arista)
  • Van Morrison – Beautiful Vision (Mercury UK)
  • Colin Newman – Not To (4AD UK) recorded 1981
  • Orange Juice – You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever (Polydor UK)
  • Lou Reed – The Blue Mask (RCA)
  • Simon & Garfunkel – The Concert in Central Park (Warner Bros) recorded live in Central Park, New York on 19 Sep 1981
  • 23 Skidoo – Seven Songs (Fetish UK)
  • Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle – One From the Heart (CBS UK) Soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola’s film
  • XTC – English Settlement (Virgin UK)

Mikis Theodorakis b.1925

 

Mar

1

  • Charlie Spivak (77) dies in Greenville, SC

3

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Tutuguri II for orchestra premiered in Chicago

6

  • The Go-Go’s have the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Beauty and the Beat

9

  • Leonid Utyosov (86) dies in Moscow
  • Luciano Berio’s opera La vera storia premiered in Milan, lib. I. Calvino and Berio
  • Tan Dun’s Fu for singers and twelve instruments premiered in Beijing

11

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Mini-Overture for brass quintet premiered in Lucerne

13

  • Morton Feldman’s For John Cage for violin and piano premiered in New York

14

  • Metallica play their first show at Radio City, Anaheim, CA

16

  • William Walton’s Passacaglia for solo cello premiered in London

18

  • Teddy Pendergrass paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident in Philadelphia

19

  • Ozzy Osbourne’s lead guitarist, Randy Rhoads (25) killed in Leesburg, FL when the plane in which he is riding buzzes Osbourne’s tour bus and crashes into a house. The pilot and another passenger also die.

20

  • Roy Fox (80) dies in London
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Brass Quintet premiered in New York
  • The Jam have the UK number one album for one week with The Gift

23

  • Sonny Greer (86) dies in New York

25

  • Hans Abrahamsen’s Night and Trumpets premiered in Berlin

26

  • Einar Englund’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra premiered in Tampere, Finland
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Nekuïa for choir and orchestra premiered in Cologne

28

  • David Crosby arrested in Los Angeles for possession of Quaaludes, driving under the influence of cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon

29

  • Carl Orff (86) dies in Munich of cancer
  • Vangelis’s music for Hugh Hudson’s film Chariots of Fire wins the best original score Oscar at the 54th Academy Awards

releases

  • Chameleons – In Shreds / Less Than Human (Epic UK)
  • Haircut One Hundred – Fantastic Day / Ski Club (Arista)
  • Japan – Ghosts / The Art Of Parties (Virgin UK)
  • Tears for Fears – Pale Shelter (You Don’t Give Me Love) / The Prisoner (Mercury)
  • Wild Swans – Revolutionary Spirit / God Forbid (Zoo UK)
  • Yazoo – Only You / Situation (Mute UK)
  • Asia (Geffen)
  • Brain Eno – Ambient 4: On Land (Editions EG UK)
  • Fall – Hex Enduction Hour (Kamera UK)
  • The Fun Boy Three (Chrysalis UK)
  • Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (EMI)
  • Jam – The Gift (Polydor UK)
  • Misfits – Walk Among Us (Ruby)
  • Oyster Band – English Rock ‘n’ Roll – The Early Years 1800-1850 (Pukka UK) British folk band fromed in London in 1980 as the Oyster Ceilidh Band. John Jones (vo, melodeon, p) Alan Prosser (g, vln, vo) Ian Telfer (vln, vla, concertina, sax) Chris Taylor (bouzouki, mand, g) Ian Kearey (b, g, bjo, autoharp)
  • Pigbag – Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive (Y UK)
  • Residents – The Tunes of Two Cities (Ralph)
  • Sonic Youth (Neutral)
  • The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (Sire) recorded live between 17 Nov 1977 and 27 Feb 1981
  • Richard & Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal UK)

Richard & Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal)

 

Apr

1

  • Harry F Olson (80) dies in Princeton, NJ

4

  • Tan Dun’s Eight Pieces in Hunan Accent for piano premiered in London
  • Thea Musgrave’s From One to Another II for viola and 15 strings premiered in Minneapolis

7

  • Zygmunt Krauze’s opera The Star premiered in Mannheim

9

  • Wilfrid Pelletier (85) dies in New York

10

  • Iron Maiden have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with The Number Of The Beast

12

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s children’s opera A Bride from Pluto premiered in Washington, DC, lib. Menotti

13

  • David Crosby arrested in Dallas for possession of cocaine (his second arrest in three weeks – see 28 Mar)

14

  • Elena Firsova’s String Quartet no.3 Misterioso premiered in Moscow
  • Hans Werner Henze’s I sentimenti di Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach for flute, harp and strings premiered in Rome
  • Michael Jackson begins recording Thriller with Quincy Jones at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles. The album is completed on 8 Nov
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Capriccio for piano premiered in New York

15

  • Billy Joel seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Long Island, NY
  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto como un divertimento for cello and orchestra premiered in London

16

  • Anatoly Nikolayevich Alexandrov (93) dies in Moscow
  • Sofia Gubaidulina, Alfred Schnittke and Edison Denisov’s March for orchestra premiered in Moscow

17

  • Vangelis has the Billboard number one album for the first of four weeks with Chariots of Fire

23

  • Pierre Henry’s Pierre réfléchies for tape premiered on Radio France, Paris
  • David Lang’s Illumination Rounds for violin and piano premiered in New York
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Pour la Paix for choir and tape premiered on Radio France, Paris

24

  • Alexey Ekimyan (55) dies in Moscow following a heart attack

25

  • Dave Wilborn (78) dies in Rochester, MI following a heart attack
  • John Cage’s Etudes Australes for piano premiered in Witten (complete version)
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Lebenslauf for four metronomes, percussion and piano premiered in Witten
  • Udo Zimmermann’s opera Die wundersame Schusterfrau premiered in Dresden

26

  • Joe Strummer vanishes forcing The Clash to postpone a UK tour

28

  • Murray McEachern (66) dies in Los Angeles

29

  • Jimmy Jones (63) dies in Los Angeles
  • Mikis Theodorakis’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Berlin

30

  • Lester Bangs (33) dies in New York of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs

releases

  • ABC – The Look of Love / Part 2 (Mercury)
  • David Bowie – Cat People / Paul’s Theme (MCA UK)
  • Clash – Know Your Rights / First Night Back In London (CBS UK)
  • Fall – Look Know / I’m Into CB (Kamera UK)
  • In Camera – Fin EP (4AD UK)
  • Mob – No Doves Fly Here / I Hear You Laughing (Crass UK)
  • Simple Minds – Promised You A Miracle / Theme From Great Cities (Virgin UK)
  • Soft Cell – Torch / Insecure Me (Some Bizzare)
  • Valentine Brothers – Money’s Too Tight To Mention / instrumental (Bridge)
  • Weekend – The View from Her Room / Leaves of Spring (Rough Trade UK)
  • Laurie Anderson – Big Science (Warner Bros)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago – Urban Bushmen (ECM) recorded live in Munich on 5 & 6 May 1980
  • Chrome – 3rd From the Sun (Don’t Fall Off The Mountain UK)
  • Ornette Coleman – Of Human Feelings (Antilles)
  • Flipper – Album: Generic Flipper (Subterranean)
  • Paul McCartney – Tug of War (Parlophone UK)
  • Savage Republic – Tragic Figures (Independent Project)
  • Van Halen – Diver Down (Warner Bros)
  • Robert Wyatt – Nothing Can Stop Us (Rough Trade UK)

Laurie Anderson b.1947

 

May

2

  • György Ligeti’s Duo for violin and cello premiered in Stockholm

3

  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Il tessuto d’arabeschi for flute and string quartet premiered in Philadelphia

5

  • Cal Tjader (56) dies in Manilla following a heart attack

6

  • Isang Yun’s Interludium in A for piano premiered in Tokyo

8

  • Neil Bogart (39) dies in Los Angeles of lymphoma
  • Otto Luening’s Sonority Forms no.1 for piano premiered in Weston, MA
  • Paul McCartney has the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Tug of War
  • Vangelis has the Billboard number one single for one week with Chariots of Fire

10

  • John Cage’s A House Full of Music, a musicircus for students premiered in Bremen

11

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Black Pentecost for baritone, mezzo-soprano and orchestra premiered in London

12

  • Humphrey Searle (66) dies in London

13

  • Gara Garayev (64) dies in Moscow of heart disease
  • David Matthews’s Symphony No.2 op.17 premiered in London

15

  • Jenö Ádám (85) dies in Budapest

17

  • David Matthews’s Serenade premiered in Jerusalem

18

  • Joe Strummer turns up alive and well and in Paris (see 26 Apr)

20

  • Monk Montgomery (60) dies in Las Vegas of cancer
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Tutuguri IV for orchestra premiered in Saarbrücken

21

  • Leonid Bashmakov’s cantata Jumalan elektronit (The Electrons of God) premiered in Tampere, Finland
  • Conlon Nancarrow’s String Quartet No. 1 premiered in Saarbrücken
  • The Hacienda nightclub, owned by Factory Records and New Order, opens in Manchester

26

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Le Miracle de la rose for clarinet and 13 players premiered in London

29

  • Paul McCartney has the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with Tug of War
  • Madness have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with House Of Fun

30

  • Philip Glass’s opera The Photographer, lib. Malasch and Glass, premiered in Amsterdam

31

  • REM sign to IRS

releases

  • Associates – Club Country / It’s You Again (Associates UK)
  • Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf / Careless Memories (EMI)
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – The Back Of Love / The Subject (Korova UK)
  • Gang Of Four – I Love A Man In Uniform / World At Fault (EMI UK)
  • Kid Creole & The Coconuts – I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby / Table Manners (Island)
  • Madness – House of Fun / Don’t Look Back (Stiff)
  • New Order – Temptation / Hurt (Factory UK)
  • Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait / mixes (TMT)
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees – Fireworks / Coal Mind (Polydor)
  • Associates – Sulk (Associates UK)
  • Blue Orchids – The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain) (Rough Trade UK)
  • Clash – Combat Rock (CBS UK)
  • Cure – Pornography (Fiction UK)
  • Discharge – Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing (Clay UK)
  • Duran Duran – Rio (EMI)
  • Fear – The Record (Slash)
  • Gang Of Four – Songs of the Free (EMI UK)
  • Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Tropical Gangsters (Ze)
  • Modern English – After the Snow (4AD UK)
  • Queen – Hot Space (EMI)
  • Roxy Music – Avalon (EG)
  • Tom Verlaine – Words from the Front (Virgin UK)

Cure – Pornography (Fiction)

 

Jun

1

  • Boyd Senter (83) dies in Oscoda, MI (approx date)

5

  • Roxy Music have the UK number one album for the first of three weeks over two runs with Avalon

6

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Canzona for oboe, three violas, cello, piano and harpsichord premiered in Stuttgart

8

  • Jean Wiener (86) dies in Paris

10

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Klavierstück XIII no.51 1/2 premiered in Turin

13

  • Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Piano Sonata no.2 “27 April 1945”  premiered in Munich

15

  • Art Pepper (56) dies in Los Angeles of a brain haemorrhage

16

  • James Honeyman-Scott (25) dies in London of heart failure after taking an overdose of cocaine

18

  • Pierre Boulez’s Notations premiered in Paris
  • (to 20th) The 1982 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring Jackson Browne, Roy Harper, Van Morrison and Black Uhuru

21

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Songs of Hoy for chorus, piano, recorders, guitar and percussion premiered in Stromness, Orkney

23

  • Arthur Butterworth’s Beowulf op.68 premiered in Cirencester, Gloucs
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Organ Sonata premiered in Kirkwall, Orkney

27

  • Toru Takemitsu’s A way a lone II for string orchestra; Dreamtime for orchestra & Toward the Sea II for alto flute, harp and strings premiered in Sapporo
  • John Tavener’s Mandelion for organ premiered in Dublin

28

  • Harry Mills (68) dies in Los Angeles of diabetes

releases

  • Bad Brains EP (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Clash – Rock The Casbah / Long Time Jerk (CBS UK)
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen / Dubious (Mercury)
  • Durutti Column – I Get Along Without You Very Well / Prayer (Factory UK)
  • Everything But The Girl – Night & Day / Feeling Dizzy / On My Mind (Cherry Red UK)
  • Jennifer Holliday – And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going / Fake Your Way To The Top (Geffen)
  • Jam – Just Who Is the 5 O’ Clock Hero? / The Great Depression (Polydor)
  • Replacements – Stink EP (Twin Tone)
  • Shalamar – I Can Make You Feel Good / I Just Stopped by Because I Had To (Solar)
  • 23 Skidoo – Tearing Up The Plans EP (Fetish UK)
  • Talk Talk – Today / It’s So Serious (EMI)
  • ABC – The Lexicon of Love (Neutron UK)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – 2×45 (Rough Trade UK)
  • Eraserhead (original soundtrack) (IRS) Soundtrack to David Lynch’s film
  • Fleetwood Mac – Mirage (Warner Bros)
  • Joe Jackson – Night and Day (A&M)
  • King Crimson – Beat (EG UK)
  • Robert Plant – Pictures at Eleven (Swan Song)
  • Rip Rig + Panic – I Am Cold (Virgin UK)
  • Scientist Wins the World Cup (Greensleeves UK)

Bad Brains

 

Jul

1

  • Morton Feldman’s Bass Clarinet and Percussion premiered in Middelburg, Netherlands
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s television opera Quiros, lib. Bell, premiered on ABC TV, Australia
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Archeopteryx for bass trombone and ten performers premiered in Caramoor, NY
  • The first WOMAD festival takes place in Shepton Mallet

3

  • ABC have the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with The Lexicon Of Love
  • The Human League have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Don’t You Want Me

4

  • Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field for cello and piano premiered in Middelburg, Netherlands
  • Ozzy Osbourne marries his manager Sharon Arden in Hawaii

5

  • Alvin Lucier’s Crossings for oscillator and small orchestra premiered in Chicago

8

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Mimicry for alto saxophone and tape premiered in Nuremberg

9

  • Wingy Manone (82) dies in Las Vegas

10

  • Maria Jeritza (94) dies in Orange, NJ

12

  • John Tavener’s Towards the Son: Ritual Procession for chamber orchestra premiered in Cheltenham

14

  • Alan Parker’s film Pink Floyd – The Wall opens starring Bob Geldof

15

  • George Benjamin’s Sortilèges premiered in Cheltenham

17

  • Janet Baker makes her final stage performance in a production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at Glyndebourne

21

  • Erik Bergman’s String Quartet Op. 98 premiered in Kuhmo, Finland

22

  • Sonny Stitt (58) dies in Washington, DC following a heart attack

23

  • Gustav Holst’s overture Walt Whitman premiered in London

24

  • Survivor have the Billboard number one single for the first of six weeks with Eye of the Tiger

26

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Little Quartet no.1 for string quartet premiered in Dartington, Devon

releases

  • Associates – 18 Carat Love Affair / Love Hangover (Associates UK)
  • Laura Brannigan – Gloria / Living a Lie (Atlantic)
  • Kate Bush – The Dreaming / Dreamtime (EMI)
  • Chills – Pink Frost / Purple Girl (Flying Nun New Zealand)
  • Elvis Costello – Man Out of Time / Town Cryer (F-Beat)
  • Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message / instrumental (Sugar Hill)
  • Grandmixer D. ST. & The Infinity Rappers – Grandmixer Cuts It Up / un-cut (Celluloid)
  • Gun Club – Sex Beat / Ghost On The Highway (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Stool Pigeon / In the Jungle (Island)
  • Madness – Driving in My Car / Animal Farm (Stiff)
  • Scritti Politti – Asylums in Jerusalem / Jacques Derrida (Rough Trade)
  • Soft Cell – What! / …So (Some Bizzare)
  • Stranglers – Strange Little Girl / Cruel Garden (Liberty)
  • Survivor – Eye of the Tiger / Take You on a Saturday (Scotti Brothers)
  • Yazoo – Don’t Go / Winter Kills (Mute UK)
  • Birthday Party – Junk Yard (4AD UK)
  • Cocteau Twins – Garlands (4AD UK)
  • Elvis Costello – Imperial Bedroom (F-Beat UK)
  • Go-Gos – Vacation (IRS)
  • Talk Talk – The Party’s Over (EMI)
  • X – Under the Big Black Sun (Elektra)

The Birthday Party

 

Aug

7

  • Dexy’s Midnight Runners have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Come On Eileen
  • Fleetwood Mac have the Billboard number one album for the first of five weeks with Mirage
  • Györgi Ligeti’s Trio for violin, horn and piano premiered in Hamburg

11

  • Gene Roland (60) dies in New York

12

  • Helvi Leiviskä (80) dies in Helsinki

13

  • Joe Tex (49) dies in Navasota, TX following a heart attack

16

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Sea Eagle for horn premiered in Dartington, Devon

17

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Fremde Szene I for violin, cello and piano premiered in Salzburg
  • Mass production of the compact disc begins in Germany

18

  • Oliviero De Fabritiis (80) dies in Rome

21

  • Calvin E. Simmons (32) dies near Lake George, NY in a canoeing accident

22

  • John Cage’s Dance/4 Orchestras premiered in Cabrillo, CA
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Image, Reflection, Shadow for wind duo, cimbalom, piano, violin and cello premiered in Lucerne

26

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Grave, metamorphoses for cello and orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Conlon Nancarrow’s Piece for Small Orchestra No. 1 premiered in Aptos, CA

releases

  • ABC – All Of My Heart / Overture (Neutron UK)
  • Artery – The Clown / The Clown 2 (Red Flame UK)
  • Black Flag – TV Party // I’ve Got To Run / My Rules (SST)
  • Dead Kennedys – Bleed For Me / Life Sentence (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Dire Straits – Private Investigations / Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts (Vertigo)
  • Duran Duran – Save a Prayer / Hold Back the Rain (EMI)
  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse / Material Man (Island)
  • Prefab Sprout – Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone) / Radio Love (Rough Trade UK)
  • REM – Chronic Town EP (IRS)
  • Simple Minds – Glittering Prize / Glittering Theme (Virgin UK)
  • Crass – Christ – The Album (Crass UK)
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Too-Rye-Ay (Mercury)
  • Foetus – Ache (Self Immolation UK)
  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse (Island UK)
  • Scritti Politti – Songs to Remember (Rough Trade)
  • Television Personalities – They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles (Whaam UK)
  • Yazoo – Upstairs at Eric’s (Mute)
  • Various – Not So Quiet on the Western Front (Alternative Tentacles) 47 track compilation of West Coast hardcore

Not So Quiet on the Western Front (Alternative Tentacles)

 

Sep

1

  • Clifford Curzon (75) dies in London

4

  • Survivor have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Eye of the Tiger

5

  • John Cage’s Fifteen Domestic Minutes premiered on US National Public Radio

10

  • David Matthews’s Duet Variations premiered in London

11

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto grosso no.2 for violin, cello and orchestra premiered in Berlin

12

  • Federico Moreno Torroba (91) dies in Madrid
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Dramatische Szenen aus Orpheus I for orchestra premiered in Frankfurt
  • John Tavener’s Doxa; Funeral Ikos & The Lord’s Prayer all for chorus premiered in London

14

  • Christian Ferras (49) commits suicide in Paris
  • Thea Musgrave’s radio opera An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, lib. Musgrave, premiered on BBC radio

15

  • Gustav Holst’s Wind Quintet premiered in London

16

  • Steve Reich’s Tehillim for three sopranos and chamber orchestra premiered in New York

18

  • Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for 12 cellos premiered in Berlin

19

  • Samuel Latham Mitchell Barlow (90) dies in Wyndmoor, PA

20

  • Karel Krautgartner (60) dies in Cologne

23

  • Mamadou Sidiki ‘Madou’ Diabaté born (Bamako) Malian kora player. Brother of Toumani Diabaté (b.1965).
  • Arnold Bax’s Prelude for a Solemn Occasion premiered in Manchester

24

  • Gian-Carlo Menotti’s children’s opera The Boy Who Grew Too Fast, lib. Menotti, premiered in Wilmington, DE
  • William Schuman’s American Hymn: Orchestral Variations on an Original Melody premiered in St. Louis

25

  • The Steve Miller Band have the Billboard number one single with Abracadabra (only week, second run)

28

  • Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Valse-Fantaisie premiered in Baltimore

29

  • A L Lloyd (74) dies in London
  • Kalevi Aho’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra premiered in Helsinki
  • Alfred Schnittke’s A Paganini for violin premiered in St Petersburg

releases

  • A Certain Ratio – Knife Slits Water // Kether / Hot Knives (Factory UK)
  • Aztec Camera – From Pillar To Post / The Queen’s Tattoo (Rough Trade UK)
  • Big Country – Harvest Home / Balcony (Mercury UK)
  • Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go / Straight To Hell (CBS UK)
  • Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me / Dub Version (Virgin)
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile) / Let’s Make This Precious (Mercury)
  • Peter Gabriel – Shock the Monkey / Soft Dog (Virgin)
  • Jam – The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow) / Pity Poor Alfie – Fever (Polydor)
  • Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy / You Had No Intention (Island)
  • Shriekback – My Spine (Is the Bass Line) / Tiny Birds (Y)
  • Tears for Fears – Mad World / Ideas as Opiates (Mercury)
  • African Head Charge – Environmental Studies (On-U Sound UK)
  • Kate Bush – The Dreaming (EMI) 
  • John Cale – Music for a New Society (Ze UK)
  • Captain Beefheart – Ice Cream for Crow (Virgin UK)
  • Defunkt – Thermonuclear Sweat (Hannibal UK)
  • Depeche Mode – A Broken Frame (Mute)
  • Descendents – Milo Goes to College (New Alliance)
  • Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (Vertigo UK)
  • Faith / Void – Split LP (Dischord) 
  • Peter Gabriel [4] (Charisma UK)
  • Glenn Gould – Bach: The Goldberg Variations (CBS Masterworks)
  • Liliput (Rough Trade UK)
  • Pere Ubu – Song of the Bailing Man (Rough Trade)
  • Rush – Signals (Anthem Canada)
  • Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (Virgin UK)

Defunkt

 

Oct

1

  • Kalevi Aho’s Quartet for Flute, Alto Saxophone, Guitar and Percussion premiered in Amsterdam
  • Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint for woodwind and tape premiered in Brooklyn, NY
  • The first compact discs appear in shops in Japan

2

  • John Cougar has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Jack & Diane
  • Dire Straits have the UK number one album for the first of four weeks with Love Over Gold
  • John McGuire’s Forty-Eight Variations for Two Pianos premiered in Cologne
  • Musical Youth have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Pass The Dutchie

4

  • Glenn Gould (50) dies in Toronto following a stroke
  • Godfrey Reggio’s film Koyaanisqatsi with music by Philip Glass premiered in New York
  • The Pogues play their first gig at the Pindar of Wakefield pub in London
  • The Smiths play their first gig at the Ritz in Manchester

5

  • Séamus Ennis (63) dies in Naul, co. Dublin of cancer
  • Luciano Berio’s Fanfara for orchestra premiered in Venice
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Fürst Igor Strawinsky for bass, two horns, tuba, viola and two percussionists premiered in Venice

6

  • Erik Bergman’s Ananke premiered in Helsinki
  • Robert Simpson’s String Quartet No. 9 premiered in London

9

  • John Casken’s Masque premiered in Eton, Berks

10

  • Leonardo Balada’s opera Hangman, Hangman! premiered in Barcelona

12

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Five Scenes from the Snow Country for marimba premiered in Stuttgart

13

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Sechs Stücke für junge Pianisten premiered in Stuttgart

14

  • William Alwyn’s song cycle Seascapes premiered in Manchester
  • Morton Subotnick’s A Fluttering of Wings from The Double Life of Amphibians Part 3 for string quartet premiered in Washington, DC

15

  • Gian-Carlo Menotti’s cantata Muero porque no muero for soprano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

16

  • Jakov Gotovac (85) dies in Zagreb
  • Mikis Theodorakis’s oratorio To Axion Esti (The Worth of Being), lib. Elytis, premiered in Leipzig

18

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Pour Maurice for baritone and piano premiered in Brussels

20

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s The Seven Words for cello, bayan and strings premiered in Moscow

21

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Star-Isle for orchestra premiered in Tokyo

23

  • Culture Club have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?

24

  • Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Nocturne for solo voice, harp and string quartet premiered in New York

26

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Coming for chamber orchestra premiered in London

27

  • Elliott Carter’s In Sleep, in Thunder for tenor and orchestra premiered in London

28

  • The Jam announce that they will split following a final tour

unk

  • George Lloyd’s Symphony no.10 premiered in Manchester

releases

  • Abba – The Day Before You Came / Cassandra (Epic UK)
  • Blancmange – Living on the Ceiling / Running Thin (London)
  • Clannad – Theme From Harry’s Game / Strayed Away (Tara Ireland)
  • Cocteau Twins – Lullabies EP (4AD UK)
  • Crass – How Does It Feel? / The Immortal Death (Crass UK)
  • Discharge – State Violence State Control / Doom’s Day (Clay UK)
  • Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing / instrumental (Columbia)
  • Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Scorpio / instrumental (Sugar Hill)
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates – Maneater / Delayed Reaction (RCA)
  • Heaven 17 – Let Me Go / instrumental (Virgin)
  • Billy Idol – White Wedding / Hole in the Wall (Chrysalis)
  • Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out / Another World (A&M)
  • Madonna – Everybody / version (Sire)
  • Marillion – Market Square Heroes / Three Boats Down From the Candy (EMI)
  • Modern English – I Melt With You / The Prize (4AD UK)
  • Planet Patrol – Play at Your Own Risk / instrumental (Tommy Boy)
  • Prince – 1999 / How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? (Warner)
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees – Slowdive / Cannibal Roses (Polydor)
  • Toto – Africa / We Made It (Columbia)
  • Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping / Hangover (Ze)
  • Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding / Memories Of You (Rough Trade UK)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – Hai (Rough Trade Deutschland Germany) recorded live in Tokyo on 23 Mar 1982
  • Culture Club – Kissing to Be Clever (Virgin UK)
  • Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft – Für Immer (Virgin UK)
  • Oh, No! It’s Devo (Warner Bros)
  • Dream Syndicate – The Days of Wine and Roses (Ruby)
  • Donald Fagen – The Nightfly (Warner Bros)
  • Fall – Room To Live (Kamera UK)
  • Marvin Gaye – Midnight Love (Columbia)
  • Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message (Sugar Hill)
  • Gun Club – Miami (Animal)
  • Peter Hammill – Enter K (Naïve UK)
  • Madness – The Rise & Fall (Stiff UK)
  • Mission Of Burma – Vs (Ace Of Hearts)
  • Joni Mitchell – Wild Things Run Fast (Geffen)
  • Prince – 1999 (Warner Bros)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska (Columbia)

Poster for Godfrey Reggio’s film Koyaanisqatsi

 

Nov

1

  • Ray Draper (42) shot dead in New York by a 13 year old after being robbed on leaving a bank

5

  • The first edition of The Tube is broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. Bands appearing include The Jam, making their final live TV appearance

7

  • Morton Subotnick’s An Arsenal of Defense premiered in San Francisco

8

  • Charles Wuorinen’s New York Notes for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano premiered in Sacramento

10

  • Joaquin Rodrigo’s Palillos y panderetas premiered in Madrid
  • Robert Simpson’s Symphony No.8 premiered in London

12

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s ballet Tutuguri premiered in Berlin

13

  • Men at Work have the Billboard number one album for the first of fifteen weeks with Business as Usual

14

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Septet for flute, two clarinets, violin, viola, cello and harpsichord or organ premiered in Moscow
  • Isang Yun’s Der Herr ist mein Hirte for solo trombone and chorus premiered in Stuttgart

16

  • Al Haig (58) dies in New York following a heart attack

17

  • Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Sonata no.3 premiered in New York
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Triskelion for oboe and piano premiered in Washington, DC

21

  • Leonardo Balada’s Violin Concerto No.1 premiered in New York
  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Piece for Orchestra No. 3 premiered in Metz

22

  • Max Deutsch (90) dies in Paris

23

  • George Benjamin’s At First Light premiered in London

24

  • Luigi Nono’s ¿Donde estas hermano? for vocal quartet premiered in Cologne
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Mit geschlossenem Mund for eight voices premiered in Cologne
  • Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for piano and orchestra no.2 premiered in Mainz

25

  • Isang Yun’s Concerto for violin and orchestra no.1 premiered in Frankfurt
  • (to 27th) The Jamaica World Music Festival takes place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Acts appearing include The Clash, Peter Tosh, Rick James, The Grateful Dead and Aretha Franklin

26

  • Leonid Bashmakov’s Symphony No. 6 premiered in Tampere, Finland

27

  • Arvo Pärt’s Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannum for chorus and chamber ensemble premiered in Munich

28

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Wölfli-Lieder for baritone and orchestra; Hölderlin-Fragmente for voice and orchestra and Lenz-Fragmente for voice and orchestra premiered in Mainz

30

  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Palillos y panderetas for orchestra premiered in Madrid

releases

  • Kate Bush – There Goes a Tenner / Ne t’en fui pas (EMI)
  • Colourbox – Breakdown / Tarantula (4AD UK)
  • Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart) / White Boys Can’t Control It (Virgin)
  • Duran Duran – Rio / The Chauffeur (EMI)
  • Human League – Mirror Man / You Remind Me of Gold (Virgin)
  • Jam – Beat Surrender / Shopping (Polydor)
  • Japan – Night Porter / Ain’t That Peculiar (Virgin UK)
  • Thomas Leer – All About You / Saving Grace (Cherry Red UK)
  • Madness – Our House / Walking With Mr. Wheeze (Stiff)
  • Simple Minds – Someone Somewhere In Summertime / King Is White & In The Crowd (Virgin UK)
  • Soft Cell – Where The Heart is / It’s A Mug’s Game (Some Bizzare UK)
  • Spinners – Funny How Time Slips Away / I’m Calling You Now (Atlantic)
  • The The – Uncertain Smile / Three Orange Kisses From Kazan (Epic UK)
  • Steve Winwood – Valerie / Slowdown Sundown (Island)
  • George Clinton – Computer Games (Capitol)
  • Dead Kennedys – Plastic Surgery Disasters (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Michael Jackson – Thriller (Epic)
  • Grace Jones – Living My Life (Island UK)
  • Midnight Oil – 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (CBS Australia)
  • Orange Juice – Rip It Up (Polydor UK)
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees – A Kiss in the Dreamhouse (Polydor UK)
  • Venom – Black Metal (Neat UK)
  • Weekend – La Varieté (Rough Trade UK)

Morton Subotnick b.1933

 

Dec

2

  • David Blue (41) dies in New York following a heart attack
  • Lindley Evans (87) dies in Greenwich, NSW
  • Isador Goodman (73) dies in Sydney of cancer

3

  • Thea Musgrave’s Fanfare for brass quintet premiered in Norfolk, VA

4

  • The Jam have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Beat Surrender

7

  • Sam Theard (78) dies in Los Angeles
  • Dave Torbert (34) dies in San Francisco following a heart attack
  • Aaron Copland makes his last appearance as a conductor, with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra

8

  • Marty Robbins (57) dies in Nashville following heart surgery

11

  • The Jam play their final show in Brighton

12

  • George Crumb’s Gnomic Variations for piano premiered in Washington, DC

13

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Seven Songs Home for chorus premiered in Budapest

16

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Bird Garden premiered in Helsinki

17

  • Philipp Jarnach (90) dies in Börnsen, Germany
  • Leonid Kogan (58) dies in Mytishchi, Russia following a heart attack
  • Karel Šejna (84) dies in Prague
  • Big Joe Williams (79) dies in Macon, MS

18

  • Daryl Hall and John Oates have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Maneater

19

  • Lawrance Collingwood (95) dies in Killin, Perthshire

20

  • Milan Ristić (74) dies in Belgrade
  • Arthur Rubinstein (95) dies in Geneva

22

  • John Tavener’s The Lamb for chorus premiered in Winchester

25

  • Valerie Weigl (88) dies in New York

31

  • Max’s Kansas City, New York closes down

unk

  • George Lloyd’s Symphony no.9 premiered in Manchester

releases

  • Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Looking for the Perfect Beat / instrumental (Tommy Boy)
  • Big Black – Lungs EP (Ruthless)
  • Dead Kennedys – Halloween / Saturday Night Holocaust (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Funboy Three – The More I See (The Less I Believe) / ? (Chrysalis)
  • Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life / DJ Delight (Sound Of New York)
  • Southern Death Cult – Fatman / Moya (Situation 2 UK)
  • Wah! – Story Of The Blues / Talkin’ Blues (Eternal UK)
  • Jam – Dig the New Breed (Polydor) recorded live in London, Birmingham, Reading, Edinburgh and Glasgow between 11 Sep 1977 and 8 Apr 1982
  • NoMeansNo – Mama (Wrong Canada)
  • Psychic TV – Force the Hand of Chance (Some Bizzare)
  • SPK – Leichenschrei (Side Effects UK)
  • Television – The Blow Up (ROIR) recorded live in 1978
  • Neil Young – Trans (Geffen)

Michael Jackson – Thriller (Epic)

 

date unknown

releases

  • King Sunny Adé – Juju Music (Island UK)
  • Angry Samoans – Back from Samoa (Triple X)
  • Circle Jerks – Wild in the Streets (Frontier)
  • Pierre Henry & Urban Sax – Paradise Lost (Philips France)
  • Alvin Lucier – Music For a Solo Performer (Lovely Music)
  • MDC – Millions of Dead Cops (R Radical)
  • Monoton – Monotonprodukt 07 (Monoton Austria) 
  • Michael Nyman – The Draughtsman’s Contract (Charisma UK) 
  • Steve Reich – Tehillim (ECM Germany)

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