1983

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Jan

3

  • Bernard Stevens (66) dies in Colchester, Essex
  • Havergal Brian’s opera The Tigers premiered on BBC radio, lib. Brian

5

  • Vivian Fine’s Drama for Orchestra premiered in San Francisco

8

  • Gallup takes over the compilation of the British sales charts leading to the introduction of computerized data collection

9

  • William Schuman’s choral cycle Perceptions, text Walt Whitman, premiered in Greenwich, CT

11

  • Seun Kuti aka Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti born (Nigeria) Nigerian singer, saxophonist, bandleader. Leader of Egypt 80. Son of Fela Kuti (1938-97).
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Cello Concerto no.2 premiered in Berlin

14

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Tree Sketch for piano premiered in Tokyo

16

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Szenario for strings and tape premiered in Paris
  • John Tavener’s He Hath Entered the Heaven for nine trebles premiered in Oxford

18

  • Siegfried Matthus’s Concerto for Trumpet, Kettle-drums and Orchestra premiered in Berlin

19

  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Tres evocaciones (Homenaje a Joaquín Turina) for piano premiered in Seville
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Rain Spell for flute, clarinet, harp, piano and vibraphone premiered in Yokohama

22

  • MTV begins broadcasting on the US west coast

24

  • Zygmunt Krauze’s String Quartet No. 3 premiered in Paris

28

  • Sweet Emma Barrett (85) dies in New Orleans following a stroke
  • Billy Fury (41) dies in London following a heart attack
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Nocturne for alto flute premiered in London

29

  • John McGuire’s Music for Horns, Pianos and Cymbals premiered in Cologne

31

  • Lorraine Ellison (51) dies in Philadelphia of ovarian cancer

releases

  • Aztec Camera – Oblivious / Orchid Girl (Rough Trade)
  • Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Looking For The Perfect Beat / Instrumental (Tommy Boy)
  • George Clinton – Atomic Dog / instrumental (Capitol)
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter / Way Out And Up We Go (Korova UK)
  • Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) / I Could Give You (A Mirror) (RCA)
  • Michael Jackson – Billie Jean / Can’t Get Out Of The Rain (Epic)
  • Nena – 99 Luftballons / Ich bleib’ im Bett (CBS Germany)
  • Tears For Fears – Change / The Conflict (Mercury)
  • U2 – Two Hearts Beat as One / Endless Deep (Island)
  • Def Leppard – Pyromania (Mercury)
  • Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (RCA)
  • Philip Glass – Koyaanisqatsi (Antilles) recorded 1982
  • Hüsker Dü – Everything Falls Apart (Reflex)
  • Minutemen – What Makes a Man Start Fires? (SST)
  • Raincoats – Moving (Rough Trade UK)
  • Scientist Encounters Pac-Man (Greensleeves UK)
  • Soft Cell – The Art of Falling Apart (Some Bizzare UK)

Siegfried Matthus b.1934

Feb

2

  • Sam Chatmon (86) dies in Hollandale, MS

3

  • Laurie Anderson’s multi-media piece United States premiered in Brooklyn, NY
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Shaar for strings premiered in Tel Aviv

4

  • Karen Carpenter (32) dies in Downey, CA following a heart attack brought on by anorexia

8

  • Alfred Wallenstein (84) dies in New York

11

  • Joseph Kabasele (c.52) dies in Paris of an AIDS related illness
  • Hal Ashby’s film Let’s Spend the Night Together opens, documenting the Rolling Stones’ 1981 North American Tour

12

  • Eubie Blake (96) dies in Brooklyn, NY. At the time it was thought he was 100 and he celebrated that five days earlier, but official records show his birth year to be 1887 not 1883

13

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Short Suite for orchestra premiered in New York

22

  • Adrian Boult (93) dies in London

23

  • Herbert Howells (90) dies in London
  • The 25th Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Toto win record of the year with Rosanna and album of the year with Toto IV. Other winners include Men at Work, Glenn Gould, John Williams, Al Green, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye and Survivor
  • Mikis Theodorakis’s cantata The Passion of the Sadducees premiered in Berlin

24

  • Henri Pousseur’s La Passion selon Guignol premiered in Liège

25

  • Usko Meriläinen’s A Kinetic Poem for Piano and Orchestra premiered in Tampere, Finland

26

  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one album for the first of 37 weeks over four runs with Thriller

28

  • Winifred Atwell (68) dies in Sydney following a heart attack
  • Aaron Copland’s Midday Thoughts for piano & Proclamation for Piano premiered in New York

releases

  • Big Country – Fields Of Fire / Angle Park (Mercury UK)
  • Birthday Party – Bad Seed EP (4AD UK)
  • Chameleons – As High As You Can Go / Pleasure & Pain (Statik UK)
  • Liquid Liquid – Optimo EP (99)
  • Madness – Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day) / Madness (Is All in the Mind) (Stiff)
  • Orange Juice – Rip It Up / Snake Charmer (Polydor)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Genetic Engineering / 4-Neu (Virgin UK)
  • Soft Cell – Numbers / Barriers (Some Bizzare)
  • The The – Perfect / The Nature Of Virtue (Epic UK)
  • Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart / Take Me Back (CBS UK)
  • AMM – Generative Themes (Matchless UK)
  • Glenn Branca – Symphony No. 1 (Tonal Plexus) (ROIR) recorded live in New York on 18 & 19 Jul 1981
  • Echo and the Bunnymen – Porcupine (Korova UK)
  • Sonic Youth – Confusion Is Sex (Neutral)
  • 23 Skidoo – The Culling is Coming (Crépuscule Belgium) recorded live at WOMAD on 17 Jul 1982 and in Dartington, Devon on 22 & 23 Oct 1982
  • U2 – War (Island)

Glenn Branca b.1948

Mar

2

  • Cliff Trenier (64) dies in Las Vegas

4

  • Morton Feldman’s Three Voices for three sopranos premiered in Valencia, CA
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Orpheus for speaker and orchestra premiered in Cologne

5

  • Samuel Adler’s String Quartet no.7 premiered in Chicago
  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one single for the first of seven weeks and the UK number one single for one week with Billie Jean and the UK number one album for the first of eight weeks over four runs with Thriller
  • Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto para una fiesta for guitar and orchestra premiered in Fort Worth, TX

6

  • Cathy Berberian (58) dies in Rome following a heart attack
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Divertimento for alto saxophone and piano premiered in New York

7

  • Igor Markevitch (70) dies in Antibes following a heart attack
  • Claude Vivier (34) stabbed to death in Paris

8

  • William Walton (80) dies in Ischia, Italy of a lung haemorrhage

12

  • Toru Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream for guitar and orchestra premiered in Liège
  • Bonnie Tyler has the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Total Eclipse of the Heart
  • U2 have the UK number one album for one week with War

14

  • Gigi Gryce aka Basheer Qusim (57) dies in Pensacola, FL following a heart attack

16

  • Ernie Royal (61) dies in New York of cancer

18

  • Charlie Ahearn’s film Wild Style movie released with cameos and music by Fab 5 Freddy, the Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Flash and Grandmixer DST among others

19

  • Josef Matthias Hauer’s opera Salambo premiered posthumously in Vienna
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s opera The Myth of Sampo premiered in Helsinki

24

  • Kalevi Aho’s Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello premiered in Helsinki

25

  • Motown celebrates its 25th anniversary with a concert in Pasadena, CA. Acts appearing include The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson 5

26

  • Duran Duran have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Is There Something I Should Know?
  • Tears For Fears have the UK number one album for one week with The Hurting

28

  • Thea Musgrave’s Soliloquy II premiered in Bournemouth

29

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Deowa for soprano and clarinet premiered in London

releases

  • David Bowie – Let’s Dance / Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (EMI America)
  • Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know? / Faith in This Colour (EMI)
  • Go-Betweens – Cattle & Cane / Heaven Says (Rough Trade UK)
  • Michael Jackson – Beat It / Get On The Floor (Epic)
  • Madonna – Burning Up / Physical Attraction (Sire)
  • Curtis Mayfield – Dirty Laundry / Nobody But You (Curtom)
  • New Order – Blue Monday / The Beach (Factory UK)
  • Prince – Little Red Corvette / All The Critics Love U In New York (Warner Bros)
  • Style Council – Speak Like a Child / Party Chambers (Polydor)
  • U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday / Endless Deep (Island)
  • Wah! – Hope / Sleeep (WEA UK)
  • Wire – Crazy About Love EP (Rough Trade UK)
  • Go Betweens – Before Hollywood (Rough Trade UK)
  • Marillion – Script for a Jester’s Tear (EMI)
  • Van Morrison – Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (Mercury UK)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Dazzle Ships (Virgin UK)
  • Pink Floyd – The Final Cut (Harvest)
  • Lou Reed – Legendary Hearts (RCA)
  • Spandau Ballet – True (Chrysalis)
  • Tears for Fears – The Hurting (Phonogram)
  • Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning (Vertigo)
  • ZZ Top – Eliminator (Warner Bros)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Dazzle Ships (Virgin)

Apr

2

  • Danny Rapp (41) commits suicide in PArker, AZ
  • Pink Floyd have the UK number one album with for the first of two weeks The Final Cut

8

  • John Cage’s Ear for EAR for voices premiered in New York
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No.10 premiered in San Francisco by the Kronos Quartet

9

  • David Bowie has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Let’s Dance
  • Isang Yun’s Monolog for bass clarinet premiered in Melbourne

11

  • Dave Mustaine is fired from Metallica. He is replaced by Kirk Hammett
  • John Williams’s music for Steven Spielberg’s film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial wins the best original score Oscar at the 55th Academy Awards

14

  • Pete Farndon (30) dies in London after drowning in his bath following a heroin overdose
  • Elisabeth Lutyens (76) dies in London
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Trio for bass instruments premiered in New York

17

  • Felix Pappalardi (43) shot dead by his wife, Gail, in New York. She was convicted of criminally negligent homiced and always claimed that it was an accident

18

  • Jean-Claude Risset’s Profils for seven instruments and tape premiered in Paris
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Horn Trio for french horn, violin and piano premiered in New York
  • Ellen Taaffe Zwilich becomes the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music

19

  • William Walton’s ballet Varii capricci premiered posthumously in New York

20

  • Alela Diane born (Nevada City, CA) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Sarah Makem (82) dies
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation is created

22

  • Earl Hines (79) dies in Oakland, CA
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Chiffre I for piano and seven instruments premiered in Saarbrücken

23

  • David Bowie has the UK number one album for the first of three weeks with Let’s Dance
  • Elliott Carter’s Triple Duo for sextet premiered in New York
  • Dexys Midnight Runners have the Billboard number one single for one week with Come On Eileen

24

  • Jimmy Mundy (75) dies in New York

25

  • Avet Terterian’s Symphony No.6 premiered in Zagreb

26

  • Bronisław Kaper (81) dies in Los Angeles

28

  • Hans-Jürgen von Bose’s Idyllen for orchestra premiered in Berlin
  • Henri Pousseur’s Quatrième Vue sur les Jardins interdits for orchestra premiered in Maestricht

29

  • Arvo Pärt’s Fratres I for string orchestra and percussion premiered in Stockholm

30

  • George Balanchine (79) dies in New York of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease
  • Muddy Waters (68) dies in Westmont, IL following a heart attack
  • William Alwyn’s Chaconne for Tom premiered in Macclesfield
  • Michael Jackson has the Billboard number one singlefor the first of three weeks with Beat It
  • Spandau Ballet have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with True

releases

  • John Cale – Close Watch / instrumental (Ze UK)
  • Clock DVA – Resistance / The Secret Life Of The Big Black Suit (Polydor UK)
  • Cocteau Twins – Peppermint Pig EP (4AD UK)
  • Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed / Urdu version (Chrysalis)
  • Heaven 17 – Temptation / We Live So Fast (Virgin UK)
  • Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination / Total Panic (Virgin)
  • Jonzun Crew – Space Cowboy / version (Tommy Boy)
  • Minor Threat – Out of Step EP (Dischord)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Telegraph / 66 And Fading (Virgin UK)
  • Spandau Ballet – True / Lifeline (Chrysalis)
  • Aztec Camera – High Land, Hard Rain (Rough Trade UK)
  • Bad Brains – Rock for Light (Abstract)
  • B-52s – Whammy! (Warner Bros)
  • David Bowie – Let’s Dance (EMI America)
  • Cybotron – Enter (Fantasy)
  • Government Issue – Boycott Stabb (Fountain of Youth)
  • Heaven 17 – The Luxury Gap (Virgin UK)
  • Pulp – It (Red Rhino UK)
  • REM – Murmur (IRS)
  • Replacements – Hootenanny (Twin Tone)
  • Violent Femmes (Slash)
  • Xmal Deutschland – Fetisch (4AD UK)
  • Yello – You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess (Stiff UK)

Yello: Dieter Meier and Boris Blank

May

3

  • Havergal Brian’s opera The Tigers premiered posthumously on BBC Radio

6

  • Kai Winding (60) dies in Yonkers, NY of a brain tumour
  • Ennio Morricone’s Gestazione premiered in Verona

9

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Divertimento for string quartet premiered in Glens Falls, NY

12

  • Earle Brown’s Sounder Rounds for orchestra premiered in Saarbrücken

13

  • Helmut Lachenmann’s Harmonica premiered in Saarbrücken

14

  • Spandau Ballet have the UK number one album for one week with True

15

  • Benjamin Britten’s Quartettino for string quartet premiered on LWT’s The South Bank Show
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Gebild for trumpet, percussion and strings premiered in Zürich

17

  • Frederick Delius’s Paa Vidderne for reciter and orchestra, text Ibsen, premiered on Norwegian television
  • Ernst Krenek’s Concerto for organ and orchestra premiered in Melbourne

18

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Intermezzo for speaker, chorus and instruments premiered in Stuttgart
  • György Ligeti’s Solitude for chorus premiered in Stuttgart
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Spinoff for violin, double bass and congas premiered in New York

21

  • Luciano Cilio (32) commits suicide in Naples
  • David Bowie has the Billboard number one single for one week with Let’s Dance
  • Mikis Theodorakis’s Liturgy no.2 “For Children who get Killed in War” for chorus premiered in Dresden

22

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Schall und Hall for trombone and piano premiered in Moscow

23

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Allegro vivace for string quartet premiered in London
  • Valentin Silvestrov’s Serenade for string orchestra premiered in Kiev

24

  • Otto Luening’s Ten Canons for Two Flutes premiered in New York

25

  • Paul Quinichette (67) dies in New York

27

  • David Sawer’s Solo Piano premiered in York

31

  • Gunther Schuller’s Fantasia concertante no.2 for three trombones and piano premiered in Nashville, TN

releases

  • Aztec Camera – Walk Out To Winter / Set The Killing Free (Rough Trade UK)
  • Big Country – In A Big Country / All Of Us (Mercury UK)
  • David Bowie – China Girl / Shake It (EMI America)
  • Hashim – Al-Naafyish / version (Cutting)
  • Police – Every Breath You Take / Murder by Numbers (A&M)
  • Waterboys – A Girl Called Johnny / The Late Train To Heaven (Ensign UK)
  • Clock DVA – Advantage (Polydor UK)
  • Dome – Will You Speak This Word [Dome 4] (Dome UK)
  • Ex – Tumult (Ex Netherlands)
  • Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind (EMI)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Confrontation (Island UK)
  • Ministry – With Sympathy (Arista)
  • New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies (Factory UK)
  • Rip Rig + Panic – Attitude (Virgin UK)
  • Mark Stewart – Learning to Cope With Cowardice (On-U Sound UK)
  • Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues (Sire)
  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa (EMI)
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra – Naughty Boys (Alfa Japan)

New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies (Factory)

Jun

2

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera The English Cat, lib. E. Bond after Balzac, premiered in Stuttgart

4

  • Otto Luening’s Sonority Forms II premiered in Bennington, VT
  • The Police have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Every Breath You Take

6

  • Tan Dun’s String Quartet: Feng Ya Song premiered in Dresden

8

  • Frederick Delius’s opera Margot la rouge premiered in St Louis, lib. B. Gaston-Danville
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Tetras for string quartet premiered in Lisbon

9

  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Novelette pour Bourges for electronic valve instrument and piano premiered in Bourges

10

  • Said Rustamov (76) dies in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Luigi Nono’s Omaggio a György Kurtag for alto, flute, clarinet, tuba and electronics premiered in Florence

12

  • JB Hutto (57) dies in Harvey, IL of cancer
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s unfinished opera Igroki [The Gamblers] premiered in Wuppertal, lib. Shostakovich (staged performance). Completed by K. Meyer

15

  • Julia Fischer born (Munich) German classical violinist, pianist.
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Drei Lieder for tenor and piano premiered in Aldeburgh

16

  • Benjamin Britten’s Sonatina Romantica for piano premiered in Aldeburgh

17

  • Peter Mennin (60) dies in New York of pancreatic cancer
  • Leonard Bernstein’s opera A Quiet Place premiered in Houston, lib. S. Wadsworth
  • (to 19th) The 1983 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring Curtis Mayfield, UB40, Dennis Brown and King Sunny Adé

18

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Seven Artifacts for piano premiered in Buffalo, NY

19

  • Alfred Schnittke’s cantata Seid nüchtern und wachet premiered in Vienna

21

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Chant des Soleils for children’s choir and brass premiered in various small towns around Calais

22

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Into the Labyrinth for tenor and chamber orchestra premiered in Kirkwall, Orkney

25

  • Alberto Ginastera (67) dies in Geneva
  • Arnold Bax’s Sinfonietta for orchestra premiered in Cardiff
  • The Police have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Synchronicity

releases

  • Chameleons – A Person Isn’t Safe Anywhere These Days / Thursday’s Child (Statik UK)
  • Elvis Costello – Everyday I Write the Book / Heathen Town (F Beat)
  • Crass – Sheep Farming in the Falklands / Got’cha (Crass UK)
  • Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl? / You Take Some Lentils … And You Take Some Rice (RCA)
  • Freeez – IOU / I Dub U (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Heaven 17 – Come Live With Me / Let’s All Make a Bomb (Virgin)
  • Imposter – Pills & Soap / version (Imp UK). Elvis Costello
  • Lotus Eaters – The First Picture Of You / The Lotus Eater (Arista UK)
  • Smiths – Hand In Glove / Handsome Devil (Rough Trade UK)
  • SOS Band – Just Be Good To Me / instrumental (Tabu)
  • David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Forbidden Colours / The Seed And The Sower (Virgin UK)
  • Yello – I Love You / Swing (Stiff UK)
  • Crass – Yes Sir, I Will (Crass UK) recorded 3/83
  • Oyster Band – Lie Back and Think of England (Pukka UK)
  • Police – Synchronicity (A&M)
  • Richard Thompson – Hand of Kindness (Hannibal UK)

The Smiths

Jul

3

  • David Matthews’s Winter Journey premiered in London

5

  • Harry James (67) dies in Las Vegas of lymphatic cancer
  • Jean-Michel Jarre sells the only pressed copy of his album Musique pour Supermarché at a charity auction for F70,000 and then destroys the master tapes

9

  • The Police have the Billboard number one single for the first of eight weeks with Every Breath You Take

10

  • Werner Egk (82) dies in Inning am Ammersee, Germany

11

  • Roosevelt Sykes (77) dies in New Orleans following a heart attack

12

  • Chris Wood (39) dies in Birmingham of pneumonia

15

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Khal Perr for brass quintet and percussion premiered in Beaune, France

16

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s A Procession for Peace premiered in London
  • Karel Husa’s Symphony no.2 “Reflections” premiered in Greensboro, NC

18

  • Jimmy Liggins (60) dies in Durham, NC

21

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Viola Concerto premiered in Caracas, Venezuela

22

  • Andreas Ulvo born (Hedmark, Norway) Norwegian jazz and rock keyboard player, composer. Member of Shining and solo artist.

23

  • Georges Auric (84) dies in Paris
  • The Police have the Billboard number one album for the first of seventeen weeks over two runs with Synchronicity
  • Hugh Wood’s Symphony premiered in London

30

  • Howard Dietz (86) dies in New York of Parkinson’s Disease

releases

  • Gary Byrd – The Crown / Instrumental (Wondirection)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – Just Fascination / Empty Walls (Virgin UK)
  • Cure – The Walk / The Dream (Fiction)
  • Depeche Mode – Everything Counts / Work Hard (Mute)
  • Echo and The Bunnymen – Never Stop / Heads Will Roll (Korova UK)
  • Fall – The Man Whose Head Expanded / Ludd gang (Rough Trade UK)
  • Herbie Hancock – Rockit / version (Columbia)
  • Kraftwerk – Tour De France / mixes (EMI UK)
  • Newcleus – Jam On Revenge / mixes (Sunnyview)
  • Police – Wrapped Around Your Finger / Someone to Talk To (A&M)
  • Rake – Street Justice / instrumental (Profile)
  • Red Guitars – Good Technology / Heartbeat Go (Self-Drive UK)
  • REM – Radio Free Europe / There She Goes Again (IRS)
  • Talking Heads – Burning Down The House / I Get Wild (Sire)
  • Wham! – Club Tropicana / Blue (Armed for Love) (Columbia)
  • Virginia Astley – From Gardens Where We Feel Secure (Happy Valley UK)
  • Big Country – The Crossing (Mercury UK)
  • Glenn Branca – Symphony No. 3 (Gloria) (Neutral) recorded live in Brooklyn, NY on 16 Jan 1983
  • Durutti Column – Another Setting (Factory UK)
  • Brian Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (EG UK)
  • Madonna (Sire)
  • Metallica – Kill ’em All (Elektra)
  • Dieter Moebius – Tonspuren (Sky Germany)
  • Robert Plant – The Principle of Moments (Atlantic)
  • Suicidal Tendencies (Frontier)
  • The Waterboys (Ensign UK)
  • Wham! – Fantastic (Columbia)

Brian Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (EG)

Aug

1

  • Wild Bill Moore (65) dies in Los Angeles

2

  • James Jamerson (47) dies in Los Angeles of cirrhosis

5

  • David Crosby is sentenced to five years in prison on charges of drug and weapon possession in Dallas

6

  • Colin Matthews’s Canonic Overture – Arms Racing premiered in London

7

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Zweiter Doppelgesang for clarinet, cello and orchestra premiered in Hitzacker

9

  • André Hossein (78) dies in Paris
  • Ernst Krenek’s Cello Concerto no.2 premiered in Salzburg

12

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Sinfonia concertante for wind quintet and chamber orchestra premiered in London

16

  • Paul Simon marries actress Carrie Fisher

17

  • Ira Gershwin (86) dies in Los Angeles
  • Michael Smith (28) stoned to death after a political rally in Kingston, Jamaica, allegedly by followers of Edward Seaga’s JLP

18

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Gesualdo: Two motets & March: The Pole Star both for brass quintet premiered in Dartington, Devon

20

  • The Rolling Stones sign to CBS with a world record contract of $28 million
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Piano Concerto premiered in Canberra

23

  • Oliver Knussen’s Music for a Puppet Court for two chamber orchestras premiered in London

24

  • Arkady Filippenko (71) dies in Kiev

26

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Cinque piccoli concerti premiered in Cabrillo

releases

  • Big Country – Chance / Tracks Of My Tears (Mercury UK)
  • Clock DVA – Breakdown / Black Angel’s Death Song (Polydor UK)
  • Cybotron – Clear / Industrial Lies (Fantasy)
  • Madness – Wings of a Dove / Behind the 8 Ball (Stiff)
  • New Order – Confusion / mixes (Factory UK)
  • Planet Patrol – Cheap Thrills / instrumental (Tommy Boy)
  • Spandau Ballet – Gold / instrumental (Chrysalis)
  • Style Council – À Paris EP (Polydor)
  • UB40 – Red Red Wine / Sufferin’ (Dep International)
  • AC/DC – Flick of the Switch (Albert Australia)
  • Jackson Browne – Lawyers in Love (Asylum)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – The Crackdown (Some Bizzare UK)
  • Chameleons – Script of the Bridge (Statik UK)
  • Elvis Costello – Punch the Clock (F-Beat UK)
  • Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again (Mute)
  • Come Away With ESG (99)
  • Herbie Hancock – Future Shock (Columbia)
  • Billy Joel – An Innocent Man (Columbia)
  • Marc & The Mambas – Torment & Toreros (Some Bizzare UK)
  • Minutemen – Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat (SST)
  • Monsoon – Third Eye (Mobile Suit Company UK)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Virgin UK) Soundtrack to Nagisa Oshima’s 1983 film
  • XTC – Mummer (Virgin UK)
  • Neil Young – Everybody’s Rockin’ (Geffen)

Madonna b.1958

Sep

1

  • Mick Jones is fired from the Clash

4

  • Phil Lynott plays his final show with Thin Lizzy in Nuremberg

9

  • Lester Bihari (71) dies in Los Angeles

14

  • Amy Winehouse born (London) English pop singer, songwriter. Died 2011
  • Volker David Kirchner’s Bildnisse I & Nachtstück premiered in Wiesbaden

15

  • Willie Bobo (49) dies in Los Angeles of cancer
  • Johnny Hartman (60) dies in New York of lung cancer
  • Prince Far I (39) shot at his home in Kingston during a robbery, later dying in hospital

17

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Sonata per otto ottoni for brass premiered in Berlin

18

  • Roy Milton (76) dies in Los Angeles
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Vierte Abgesangsszene for voice and orchestra premiered in Berlin

22

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Little Suite for Strings premiered in Sydney

23

  • György Ligeti’s Drei Phantasien for 16 voices premiered in Stockholm

24

  • Isobel Baillie (88) dies in Manchester
  • Culture Club have the UK number one single for the first of six weeks with Karma Chameleon
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Capriccio for cello premiered in Linz

26

  • Tino Rossi (76) dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France of pancreatic cancer

28

  • Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi for mezzo soprano and orchestra premiered in Minneapolis, MN

29

  • Witold Lutosławski’s Symphony No. 3 premiered in Chicago

30

  • Freddy Martin (76) dies in Newport Beach, CA
  • Jean-Claude Éloy’s A l’Approche du Feu Méditant premiered in Tokyo

releases

  • David Bowie – Modern Love / Modern Love (Live Version) (EMI America)
  • Culture Club – Karma Chameleon / That’s the Way (I’m Only Trying to Help You) (Virgin)
  • Depeche Mode – Love in Itself / Fools (Mute)
  • Fall – Kicker Conspiracy / Wings (Rough Trade UK)
  • Madonna – Lucky Star / I Know It (Sire)
  • Project Future – Ray-Gun-Omics / Arcade Lover (Capitol)
  • Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night) / Wandering Strange (Motown)
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees – Dear Prudence / Tattoo (Wonderland UK)
  • Soft Cell – Soul Inside / You Only Live Twice (Some Bizzare UK)
  • The The – This Is The Day / Mental Healing (Epic UK)
  • This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren / 16 Days (4AD UK)
  • West Street Mob – Breakdance / Let Your Mind Be Free (Sugar Hill)
  • Peter Hammill – Patience (Mercury UK)
  • UB40 – Labour of Love (Dep International UK)
  • Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones (Island)

György Ligeti 1923-2006

Oct

1

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Tsubasa for chorus premiered in Tokyo
  • Bonnie Tyler has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Total Eclipse of the Heart

2

  • Benjamin Britten’s Venite exultemus Domino for chorus and organ premiered in London

4

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Chain I for chamber orchestra premiered in London

6

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Sinfonietta accademica for orchestra premiered in Edinburgh

7

  • Flying Lotus aka Steven Ellison born (Winnetka, CA) American electronic producer, laptop musician, composer.
  • Arvo Pärt’s Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte, a concertino for harpsichord, electric bass, magnetic tape and chamber ensemble premiered in Graz

9

  • Morton Feldman’s Clarinet and String Quartet premiered in Newcastle
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Monodram for cello and orchestra premiered in Graz
  • Virgil Thomson’s Lili Hastings for violin and piano premiered in Middletown, CT

10

  • Merle Travis (65) dies in Tahlequah, OK following a heart attack
  • Robin Holloway’s Second Idyll for orchestra premiered in London

13

  • Hugh Mundell (21) is shot dead in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Birthday Music for John for flute, viola and cello premiered in Swansea

15

  • Hans-Jürgen von Bose’s Sappho Songs for mezzosoprano and chamber orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen
  • Genesis have the UK number one album for one week with Genesis
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kathinkas Gesang als Luzifers Requiem no. 52 premiered in Donaueschingen

16

  • Arnold Bax’s Piano Sonata in E flat premiered in London
  • John Tavener’s To a Child Dancing in the Wind for soprano, flute, harp and viola premiered in Little Missenden, Bucks

18

  • Philippe Boesmans’s opera La Passion de Gilles premiered in Brussels

20

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s Concerto for double bass and orchestra premiered in New York

22

  • Culture Club have the UK number one album for the first of five weeks over two runs with Colour By Numbers

23

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Golgatha premiered in Mainz
  • Luigi Nono’s Guai ai gelidi mostri for two altos, instrumental ensemble and electronics premiered in Cologne

24

  • Kirk McGee (83) dies in Nashville, TN following a heart attack
  • György Ligeti’s Sonata for cello premiered in Paris

27

  • Mauricio Kagel’s La trahison orale, a Musikepos über den Teufel premiered in Paris

30

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera Oedipus der Tyrann, lib. H. Hollmüller, premiered in Kindberg, Germany
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Katedralen premiered in Uppsala, Finland

releases

  • Cabaret Voltaire – Yashar / version (Factory Benelux Belgium)
  • Cure – The Lovecats / Speak My Language (Fiction)
  • Duran Duran – Union of the Snake / Secret Oktober (EMI)
  • Grandmaster & Melle Mel – White Lines / versions (Sugar Hill)
  • Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) / Working Day and Night (Epic)
  • Madness – The Sun and the Rain / Fireball XL5 (Stiff)
  • Madonna – Holiday / I Know It (Sire)
  • Police – Synchronicity II / Once Upon a Daydream (A&M)
  • Shannon – Let The Music Play / version (Mirage)
  • SPK – Metal Dance / Will to Power (Desire UK)
  • Tom Waits – In The Neighbourhood / Frank’s Wild Years (Island UK)
  • Waterboys – December EP (Ensign UK)
  • Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart / Our Song (Atco)
  • African Head Charge – Drastic Season (On-U Sound UK)
  • Cocteau Twins – Head Over Heels (4AD UK)
  • Culture Club – Colour by Numbers (Virgin)
  • Bob Dylan – Infidels (Columbia)
  • John Foxx – The Golden Section (Virgin UK)
  • Genesis (Virgin)
  • The Golden Palominos (Celluloid)
  • Green On Red – Gravity Talks (Slash)
  • Charlie Haden – The Ballad of the Fallen (ECM Germany)
  • Hüsker Dü – Metal Circus (SST)
  • Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual (Portrait)
  • Rain Parade – Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (Enigma)
  • Sonic Youth – Kill Yr Idols (Neutral)
  • Swans – Filth (Neutral)
  • The The – Soul Mining (Epic UK)

Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones (Island)

Nov

2

  • David Matthews’s Violin Concerto No.1 premiered in Manchester

3

  • Alfredo Antonini (82) dies in  Clearwater, FL

5

  • Billy Joel has the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with Uptown Girl

6

  • Isang Yun’s Concertino for accordion and string quartet premiered in Trossingen

7

  • Germaine Tailleferre (91) dies in Paris

8

  • James Booker (43) dies in New Orleans of renal failure
  • Benjamin Britten’s An American Overture premiered in Birmingham

9

  • Michael Tippett’s The Blue Guitar for solo guitar premiered in Pasadena, CA

10

  • Reinhard Febel’s opera Euridice, lib. Helmut Danninger after Ottavio Rinuccini, premiered in Munich

11

  • Arno Babajanian (62) dies in Moscow

12

  • Preston Jackson (81) dies in Blytheville, AR
  • Lionel Richie has the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with All Night Long (All Night) (1st week of 4) and the UK number one album for one week with Can’t Slow Down
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Badenweiler by the Alban Berg Quartett

13

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Bratschenkonzert for viola and orchestra premiered in Berlin

17

  • György Ligeti’s Hungarian Studies for chorus  premiered in Metz
  • Colin Matthews’s Sonata No.5 – Landscape premiered in London
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Rocking Mirror Daybreak for two violins premiered in New York

18

  • Alina Pogostkina born (St Petersburg) Russian classical violinist.

19

  • REM play their first UK show at Dingwalls, London

20

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Mass for chorus, violin, three trombones and organ premiered in New York

23

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Polish Requiem for four solo voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

24

  • Kurt Schwertsik’s opera The Wondrous Tale of Fanferlizzy Sunnyfeet premiered in Stuttgart

28

  • Rostam Batmanglij born (Washington, DC) American rock keyboard player (Vampire Weekend).
  • Olivier Messiaen’s opera Saint François d’Assise premiered in Paris, lib. Messiaen

29

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s First Sonata for Strings premiered in Sydney

30

  • David Diamond’s Prelude, Fantasy and Fugue for piano premiered in New York
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Silence to be Beaten (Chiffre II) for 14 players premiered in London

releases

  • Birthday Party – Mutiny EP (Mute UK)
  • Cocteau Twins – Sunburst & Snowblind EP (4AD UK)
  • Colourbox EP (4AD UK)
  • Elbow Bones and the Racketeers – A Night in New York / Happy Times (EMI America)
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax / Ferry Across The Mersey (ZTT UK)
  • Michael Jackson – Thriller / Things I Do for You (Epic)
  • Red Guitars – Fact / Dive (Self-Drive UK)
  • REM – Talk About The Passion / Shaking Through (IRS)
  • Simple Minds – Waterfront / Hunter & The Hunted (Virgin UK)
  • Smiths – This Charming Man / Jeane (Rough Trade UK)
  • Malcolm X – No Sell Out / instrumental (Tommy Boy) Track put together by Keith LeBlanc using samples of Malcolm X’s speeches
  • Yello – Lost Again EP (Stiff UK)
  • ABC – Beauty Stab (Neutron)
  • Bad Religion – Into The Unknown (Epitaph)
  • Billy Bragg – Life’s A Riot With Spy vs Spy (Utility UK)
  • Duran Duran – Seven and the Ragged Tiger (EMI UK)
  • Einstürzende Neubauten – Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T. (Some Bizzare UK)
  • Brian Eno – Music for Films Volume 2 (EG UK)
  • Eurythmics – Touch (RCA)
  • John Fahey – Railroad (Takoma)
  • Fred Frith – Cheap at Half the Price (Ralph)
  • Rolling Stones – Undercover (Rolling Stones)
  • Paul Simon – Hearts and Bones (Warner Bros)
  • Yes – 90125 (Atco)

Einstürzende Neubauten

Dec

1

  • Neil Young sued by Geffen Records for producing music that is “not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums.”

2

  • John Cage’s Ryoanji for oboe and percussion premiered in New York
  • Robin Holloway’s symphonic poem Domination of Black premiered in Munich
  • Michael Jackson’s ground-breaking 14-minute music video for Thriller is premiered on MTV
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Pour les baleines for strings premiered in Orléans

3

  • Duran Duran have the UK number one album for one week with Seven And The Ragged Tiger
  • Lionel Richie has the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with Can’t Slow Down

4

  • Morton Feldman’s String Quartet II premiered in Toronto

5

  • Vivian Fine’s Double Variations for Piano Solo premiered in New York

6

  • Lucienne Boyer (80) dies in Paris

7

  • Gavin Bryars’s Allegrasco premiered in Leicester
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Chiffre III for twelve players premiered in Karlsruhe
  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Serenata al alba del día for flute and guitar premiered in Los Angeles

9

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Tallis: Four Voluntaries for brass quintet premiered in New York
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet no.5 Ohne Titel premiered in Brussels by the Arditti Quartett

10

  • Steve Reich’s Eight Lines & Vermont Counterpoint for flute ensemble premiered in New York

11

  • Elliott Carter’s Changes for guitar premiered in New York

14

  • Ennio Morricone’s Musica per 11 violini premiered in Rome
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Mehrere kurze Walzer for piano four-hands premiered in Gelsenkirchen

15

  • Isang Yun’s Sonatina for two violas premiered in Tokyo

17

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Shima e for chorus premiered in Tokyo

21

  • Anthony Payne’s Spring’s Shining Wake premiered on BBC Radio 3

28

  • Dennis Wilson (39) drowns at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles

30

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Haydn for two violins and chamber orchestra premiered in Tbilisi

releases

  • Big Black – Bulldozer EP (Ruthless)
  • Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun / Right Track Wrong Train (Portrait)
  • Aswad – Live and Direct (Island UK) recorded live at Notting Hill Carnival, London in Aug 1983
  • Durutti Column – Amigos em Portugal (Fundação Atlântica Portugal)
  • Fall – Perverted by Language (Rough Trade UK)
  • Misfits – Earth A.D. / Wolfs Blood (Plan 9)
  • Planet Patrol (Tommy Boy)
  • Slayer – Show No Mercy (Metal Blade)
  • June Tabor – Abyssinians (Topic UK)

Ennio Morricone b.1928

date unknown

releases

  • Moebius, Plank & Neumeier – Zero Set (Sky Germany)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Donnerstag Aus Licht (Deutsche Grammophon Germany) 4xLP box set
  • Wipers – Over the Edge (Brain Eater) 
  • :zoviet*france: – Mohnomishe (Red Rhino UK)
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