1984

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Jan

1

  • Alexis Korner (55) dies in London of lung cancer

7

  • Zygmunt Krauze’s Arabesque premiered in Paris

8

  • William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience premiered in Stuttgart
  • Alfred Schnittke’s String Quartet No. 3 premiered in Moscow

9

  • Oliver Knussen’s opera Where the Wild Things Are premiered in London, lib. Maurice Sendak (second and final version)

13

  • Frederick Delius’s tone poem Hiawatha premiered on NRK television in Oslo

14

  • Paul Ben-Haim (86) dies in Tel Aviv

17

  • Calvin Harris aka Adam Wiles born (Dumfries) Scottish DJ, producer, pop singer, songwriter.

18

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Erster Doppelgesang for viola, cello and orchestra premiered in Baden-Baden

19

  • Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s musical theatre piece The Civil Wars: A Tree is Best Measured When it is Down, text Niscemi after Seneca, premiered in Cologne

21

  • Jackie Wilson (49) dies in Mount Holly, NJ after spending more than eight years in a coma following a heart attack
  • Yes have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Owner of a Lonely Heart

26

  • Wu Qian born (Shanghai) Chinese classical pianist.

27

  • Michael Jackson suffers serious scalp burns during the filming of a commercial for Pepsi
  • Madonna makes her UK television debut on Channel 4’s the Tube, playing a live set at the Hacienda, Manchester

28

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Tenebrae super Gesualdo for soprano and seven players premiered in London
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood have the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with Relax

releases

  • Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon / Do It Clean (Korova UK)
  • Eurythmics – Here Comes the Rain Again / Paint a Rumour (RCA)
  • Police – King of Pain / Tea in the Sahara (A&M)
  • Queen – Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy (EMI)
  • Smiths – What Difference Does It Make / Back to the Old House (Rough Trade UK)
  • Swans Way – Soul Train / Gloomy Sunday (Exit)
  • Talk Talk – It’s My Life / Does Caroline Know? (EMI)
  • Van Halen – Jump / House Of Pain (Warner Bros)
  • Anthrax – Fistful of Metal (Megaforce)
  • SPK – Auto-Da-Fé (Walter Ulbricht Germany)
  • Van Halen – 1984 (Warner Bros)
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra – Service (Epic Japan)

William Bolcom b.1938

Feb

3

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Chiffre IV for bass clarinet, cello and piano premiered in Hamburg

4

  • Culture Club have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Karma Chameleon
  • Eurythmics have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Touch

5

  • Richard Barrett’s Essay in Radiance premiered in London
  • Morton Feldman’s Crippled Symmetry for flute, percussion and keyboard premiered in Berlin
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Hanover

6

  • Michael Tippett’s Festival Brass with Blues for brass instruments premiered in Hong Kong

12

  • William Grant Still’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Harrison, AR
  • Vladimir Ussachevsky’s Dialogues and Contrasts for brass quintet and tape premiered in New York

14

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Thalleïn for 13 instruments premiered in London

15

  • Ethel Merman (76) dies in New York of a brain tumour
  • Einar Englund’s Serenade for Strings premiered in Helsinki

18

  • Paul Gardiner (25) dies in London of a heroin overdose
  • Simple Minds have the UK number one album for one week with Sparkle In The Rain

19

  • Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for saxophone and orchestra premiered in Pittsburgh

20

  • Fikret Amirov (61) dies in Baku, Azerbaijan

21

  • Fernando Remacha (85) dies in Pamplona

25

  • Van Halen have the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with Jump

28

  • Frederick Delius’s Suite for violin and orchestra premiered on BBC radio in London
  • The 26th Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Michael Jackson wins record of the year for Beat it and album of the year for Thriller. Other winners include the Police, Culture Club, Donna Summer, Wynton Marsalis, Los Lobos, Duran Duran, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock

releases

  • Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Renegades of Funk / mixes (Tommy Boy)
  • Elbow Bones & The Racketeers – Night In New York / Happy Times (EMI America)
  • Michael Jackson – Thriller / Can’t Get Outta The Rain (Epic)
  • Madness – Michael Caine / If You Think There’s Something (Stiff UK)
  • Sade – Your Love Is King / Love Affair With Life (Epic)
  • Style Council – My Ever Changing Moods / Mick’s Company (Polydor)
  • Triffids – Beautiful Waste / Property is Condemned (Hot Australia)
  • 23 Skidoo – Coup / version (Illuminated UK)
  • Dead Can Dance (4AD UK)
  • Madness – Keep Moving (Stiff UK)
  • Van Morrison – Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast (Mercury) recorded live on 11 & 12 Mar 1983
  • Queen – The Works (EMI)
  • Simple Minds – Sparkle in the Rain (Virgin UK)
  • The Smiths (Rough Trade UK)
  • Talk Talk – It’s My Life (EMI)
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra – After Service (Epic Japan) recorded live on 12 & 13 Dec 1983 in Tokyo

23 Skidoo

Mar

2

  • Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony No.50 Mount Saint Helens premiered in San Jose, CA
  • Rob Reiner’s film This Is Spinal Tap opens starring, and with music by, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer

3

  • Nena has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with 99 Red Balloons

4

  • Hisao Tanabe (100) dies in Tokyo
  • Benjamin Britten’s Jubilate Deo for choir and organ premiered in Winchester

5

  • Pierre Cochereau (59) dies in Lyon following a cerebral haemorrhage
  • Tito Gobbi (70) dies in Rome of cancer

6

  • Chris Thomson born (New York, NY) American rock drummer. Member of Vampire Weekend.

7

  • Gunther Schuller’s Jubilee Music for orchestra premiered in Dayton, OH

9

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Luzifers Tanz no.53 premiered in Ann Arbor, MI

10

  • Arvo Pärt’s Sarah was Ninety Years Old for three voices & Hymn to a Great City for two pianos premiered in New York

17

  • Charles Ives’s four Ragtime Dances for small orchestra premiered in New York (complete version)
  • Steve Reich’s The Desert Music for chorus and orchestra premiered on WDR, Cologne

20

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera The No. 11 Bus, lib. Maxwell Davies, premiered in London

22

  • John Harbison’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Boston

24

  • Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten, lib. Glass, premiered in Stuttgart
  • Nancy Van de Vate’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano premiered in Mexico City

25

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Duets for Storab for two flutes premiered in London

26

  • Luciano Berio’s Requies: in memoriam Cathy Berberian for chamber orchestra premiered in Lausanne

releases

  • Colourbox – Say You / Fast Dump (4AD UK)
  • Depeche Mode – People Are People / In Your Memory (Mute UK)
  • Madonna – Borderline / Think Of Me (Sire)
  • Newcleus – Jam On It / instrumental (Sunnyview)
  • Prefab Sprout – Couldn’t Bear To Be Special / Spinning Belinda (Kitchenware UK)
  • Propaganda – Dr Mabuse / Femme Fatale (ZTT UK)
  • Special AKA – Nelson Mandela / Break Down The Door (2 Tone UK)
  • Talk Talk – Such a Shame / Again, A Game … Again (EMI)
  • 10,000 Maniacs – My Mother The War // Planned Obsolesence / National Education Week (Reflex)
  • Scott Walker – Track Three / Blanket Roll Blues (Virgin UK)
  • Black Flag – My War (SST)
  • Ex – Blueprints for a Blackout (Ex Netherlands)
  • David Gilmour – About Face (Harvest)
  • Manuel Göttsching – E2-E4 (InTeam Germany) recorded 1981
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Making History (Island UK)
  • King Crimson – Three of a Perfect Pair (EG UK)
  • Marillion – Fugazi (EMI)
  • Prefab Sprout – Swoon (CBS UK)
  • Residents – George & James (Ralph)
  • Run DMC (Profile)
  • Soft Cell – This Last Night in Sodom (Some Bizzare UK)
  • Style Council – Café Bleu (Polydor)
  • Triffids – Treeless Plain (Hot Australia)
  • Scott Walker – Climate Of Hunter (Virgin UK)

Manuel Göttsching – E2-E4 (InTeam)

Apr

1

  • Marvin Gaye (44) shot dead in Los Angeles by his father
  • György Ligeti’s The Big Turtle Fanfare from the South China Sea for solo trumpet premiered in Stockholm

3

  • John Mehegan (67) dies in New Canaan, CT of a brain tumour

5

  • Michael Tippett’s The Mask of Time for soloists, chorus and orchestra premiered in Boston

6

  • Jimmy Kennedy (81) dies in Cheltenham

8

  • Ezra Koenig born (New York, NY) American rock singer, guitarist. Member of Vampire Weekend.

9

  • Bill Conti’s music for Philip Kaufman’s film The Right Stuff wins the best original score Oscar at the 56th Academy Awards

10

  • Pierre Henry’s radio piece La Ville. Die Stadt premiered on Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne

11

  • Tan Dun’s Self Portrait from “Death and Fire” for strings premiered in Beijing

12

  • Morton Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra premiered on Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt
  • Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Moscow

15

  • Morton Feldman’s Trio for violin, cello and piano premiered in Cologne

16

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Lichens for orchestra premiered in Liège

19

  • Machito (76) dies in London following a stroke

20

  • Mabel Mercer (84) dies in Pittsfield, MA
  • Vincent Persichetti’s Flower Songs for chorus and strings premiered in Philadelphia

23

  • Red Garland (60) dies in Dallas following a heart attack
  • Juan Tizol (84) dies in Los Angeles

24

  • Jonathan Demme’s live concert film of Talking Heads Stop Making Sense opens, filmed over three nights in December 1983

26

  • Count Basie (79) dies in Hollywood, FL of pancreatic cancer
  • Barry Gray (75) dies in Guernsey

27

  • ZZ Hill (48) dies in Dallas after having a heart attack following a car crash
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Bild for nine players premiered in Witten

28

  • Arvo Pärt’s An den Wassern zu Babel sassen Wir und weintern for voices and instruments & Zwei Slawische Psalmen premiered in Witten

29

  • Isang Yun’s Inventionen for two oboes premiered in Witten

unk

  • Trouser Press publishes its final issue

releases

  • Blue Nile – Stay / Saddle The Horses (Linn UK)
  • Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy / instrumental (Vinyl Dreams)
  • Cocteau Twins – Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops / Pepper Tree (4AD UK)
  • Lloyd Cole and The Commotions – Perfect Skin / The Sea and the Sand / You Will Never Be No Good (Polydor)
  • Duran Duran – The Reflex / Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) (EMI)
  • Echo and the Bunnymen – Silver / Angels and Devils (Korova)
  • Hüsker Dü – Eight Miles High / Masochism World (SST)
  • Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time / I’ll Kiss You (Portrait)
  • New Order – Thieves Like Us / Lonesome Tonight (Factory UK)
  • Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls / Pet Shop Boys (Epic UK)
  • Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love) / Heart Beat (Planet)
  • Queen – I Want to Break Free / Machines (EMI)
  • Run DMC – Rock Box / dub (Profile)
  • Waterboys – The Big Music EP (Ensign UK)
  • Cure – The Top (Fiction UK)
  • Current 93 – Nature Unveiled (Laylah Belgium)
  • Meat Puppets II (SST)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Junk Culture (Virgin)
  • Lou Reed – New Sensations (RCA)
  • REM – Reckoning (IRS)
  • Rush – Grace Under Pressure (Anthem Canada)
  • This Is Spinal Tap (Polydor) Film soundtrack
  • Television Personalities – The Painted Word (Illuminated UK)
  • Venom – At War With Satan (Neat UK)
  • Bobby Womack – The Poet II (Beverley Glen) 

Meat Puppets II (SST)

May

1

  • Gordon Jenkins (73) dies in Malibu, CA of Lou Gehrig’s disease

4

  • Miklós Rózsa’s Viola Concerto premiered in Pittsburgh
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Piano Concerto no.3 premiered in Troy, NY

5

  • Duran Duran have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with The Reflex
  • Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders marries Jim Kerr of Simple Minds

7

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Orion and Pleiades: Concerto for cello and orchestra premiered in Paris

11

  • Erik Bergman’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra premiered in Mainz
  • John Harbison’s Ulysses’ Bow for orchestra premiered in Pittsburgh

14

  • Otto Luening’s Symphonic Fantasia no.4 premiered in New York

15

  • Isang Yun’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Berlin

17

  • John Tavener’s Chant for guitar premiered in London

18

  • John Tavener’s Sixteen Haiku of Seferis for soprano, tenor, percussion and strings premiered in St. David’s, Wales
  • Gunther Schuller’s Dialogue for violin and piano premiered in Washington, DC

19

  • Bob Marley & The Wailers have the UK number one album for the first of twelve weeks with Legend
  • Mikis Theodorakis’s Symphony no.7 Spring premiered in Dresden

20

  • Gunther Schuller’s On Light Wings for piano quartet premiered in Atlanta
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Naama for harpsichord premiered in Luxembourg

22

  • Robert Levin (1912-96) and Robert D Levin (b.1947), no relation, play a joint concert at Carnegie Hall, New York

25

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera Samstag aus Licht, lib. Stockhausen, premiered in Milan (complete version)

27

  • Isang Yun’s Duo for cello and harp premiered in Ingelheim

29

  • Santo Pecora (82) dies in New Orleans

30

  • Colin Matthews’s Triptych premiered in London
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Album Leaf for piano premiered in New York

releases

  • Bronski Beat – Small Town Boy / Memories (Forbidden Fruit UK)
  • Everything but the Girl – Each and Every One / Laugh You Out the House (Blanco Y Negro)
  • Madness – One Better Day / Guns (Stiff UK)
  • New Order – Murder / Thieves Like Us (Factory Benelux Belgium)
  • Pogues – Dark Streets of London / The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Stiff UK)
  • Smiths – Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now / Suffer Little Children (Rough Trade UK)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark / Pink Cadillac (Columbia)
  • Style Council – You’re the Best Thing / The Big Boss Groove (Polydor)
  • Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go / instrumental (Epic)
  • Blue Nile – A Walk Across the Rooftops (Linn UK)
  • Nick Cave – From Her to Eternity (Mute UK)
  • The Celibate Rifles (Hot Australia)
  • Everything But the Girl – Eden (Blanco Y Negro UK)
  • Echo and the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain (Korova UK)
  • Residents – Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats? (Ralph)

The Pogues

Jun

2

  • Wham! have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

3

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Wavelength for two percussionists, two dancers and video premiered in Tokyo

4

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Bamboula Squared for orchestra and electronics premiered in New York

6

  • Anthony Payne’s Songs and Seascapes premiered in London

7

  • George Crumb’s A Haunted Landscape for orchestra premiered in New York

8

  • Gordon Jacob (88) dies in Saffron Walden, Essex
  • Elliott Carter’s Canon for 4, Homage to William for flute, bass clarinet, violin and cello premiered in Bath
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Sonatine for violin and cimbalom premiered in London
  • The Jesus and Mary Chain play their first London show at the Living Room with the Loft and the Jasmine Minks and are immediately signed to Creation Records
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Fremde Szene II for violin, cello and piano premiered in Düsseldorf

9

  • Cyndi Lauper has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Time After Time
  • György Ligeti’s Songs from Mátraszentimre for chorus premiered in Saarbrücken

10

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s Mary’s Mass for choir premiered in Baltimore

11

  • Colin Matthews’s Night’s Mask premiered in Aldeburgh, Suffolk
  • David Matthews’s Piano Trio No.1 premiered in London

15

  • Elliott Carter’s Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi for solo violin premiered in Priverno, Italy

16

  • Pascal Dusapin’s Niobé ou le rocher de Sypile for choir and instrumental octet premiered in Paris
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood have the UK number one single for the first of nine weeks with Two Tribes

18

  • Meredith Willson (82) dies in Santa Monica, CA

19

  • Wladimir Vogel (88) dies in Zürich

22

  • (to 24th) The 1984 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring Elvis Costello, Fela Kuti, The Smiths and Tangerine Dream

23

  • Duran Duran have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with The Reflex

24

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Schattenstück for orchestra premiered in Karlsruhe

25

  • Thea Musgrave’s The Lord’s Prayer for chorus and organ premiered in San Francisco

26

  • Albert Dailey (45) dies in Denver, CO of pneumonia

27

  • George Crumb’s Pastoral Drone for organ premiered in San Francisco

28

  • Brian Ferneyhough’s Adagissimo for string quartet premiered in La Rochelle, France
  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s Ricercare for organ premiered in San Francisco

29

  • John Cage’s Souvenir for organ premiered in San Francisco

30

  • Raymonde Delaunois (98) dies in Paris

releases

  • Nick Cave – In The Ghetto / The Moon Is In The Gutter (Mute UK)
  • Colourbox – Punch / Keep On Pushing (4AD UK)
  • Elvis Costello – I Wanna Be Loved / Turning the Town Red (F-Beat)
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes / War (ZTT UK)
  • Billy Idol – Eyes Without a Face / Blue Highway (Chrysalis)
  • Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters / instrumental (Arista)
  • Prince – When Doves Cry / 17 Days (Warner Bros)
  • Red Guitars – Steel Town / Within Four Walls (Self-Drive UK)
  • REM – So. Central Rain / King Of The Road (IRS)
  • David Sylvian – Red Guitar / Forbidden Colours (Virgin)
  • Elvis Costello – Goodbye Cruel World (F-Beat UK)
  • Miles Davis – Decoy (Columbia)
  • Microdisney – Everybody Is Fantastic (Rough Trade UK)
  • Ennio Morricone – Once Upon A Time In America OST (Mercury Italy)
  • Newcleus – Jam On Revenge (Sunnyview) 
  • Prince – Purple Rain (Warner Bros)
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees – Hyæna (Polydor UK)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA (Columbia)
  • David Sylvian – Brilliant Trees (Virgin UK)
  • Violent Femmes – Hallowed Ground (Slash)
  • Waterboys – A Pagan Place (Ensign UK)

Prince b.1984

Jul

4

  • David Matthews’s Clarinet Quartet premiered in London

5

  • Don Elliott (57) dies in Weston, CT of cancer

7

  • Crass play their final gig in Aberdare, Wales, a benefit for striking miners
  • Prince has the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with When Doves Cry
  • Aulis Sallinen’s opera The King Goes Forth to France premiered in Savonlinna, Finland
  • Bruce Springsteen has the Billboard number one album for the first of seven weeks over two runs with Born in the USA

8

  • John Tavener’s Ikon of Light for chorus, violin, viola and cello premiered in Tewkesbury, Gloucs

9

  • Randall Thompson (85) dies in Boston, MA

14

  • Philippe Wynne (43) dies in Oakland, CA following a heart attack

19

  • Marko Tajčević (84) dies in Belgrade

20

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Still Movement for 13 strings premiered in London

25

  • Big Mama Thornton (57) dies in Los Angeles of heart and liver disease

26

  • George Crumb’s Processional for piano premiered in Lennox, MA

27

  • John Cage’s Thirty Pieces for String Quartet premiered in Darmstadt
  • Albert Magnoli’s film Purple Rain opens starring, and with music by, Prince

29

  • Vivian Fine’s Quintet for Violin, Oboe, Clarinet, Cello and Piano premiered in Chicago

31

  • Paul Le Flem (103) dies in Paris

unk

  • Gervase Hughes (78) dies

releases

  • Blue Nile – Tinseltown In The Rain / Heatwave (Linn UK)
  • Cars – Drive / Stranger Eyes (Elektra)
  • Echo and the Bunnymen – Seven Seas / All You Need Is Love (Korova)
  • Kane Gang – The Closest Thing to Heaven / Mighty Day (Kitchenware UK)
  • Mighty Wah! – Come Back / The Devil in Miss Jones (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • 23 Skidoo – Language / version (Illuminated UK)
  • Harold Budd – Abandoned Cities (Cantil) 
  • Dream Syndicate – Medicine Show (A&M)
  • Gun Club – The Las Vegas Story (Animal)
  • Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade (SST)
  • Jacksons – Victory (Epic)
  • Bobby McFerrin – The Voice (Elektra)
  • Metallica – Ride the Lightning (Elektra)
  • Arvo Pärt – Tabula Rasa (ECM Germany)
  • Sade – Diamond Life (Epic UK)
  • Test Department – Beating the Retreat (Some Bizzare UK)
  • 23 Skidoo – Urban Gamelan (Illuminated UK)

Hüsker Dü

Aug

2

  • Niyazi (71) dies in Baku, Azerbaijan

4

  • Prince has the Billboard number one album for the first of twenty-four weeks with Purple Rain

5

  • Tuts Washington (77) dies in New Orleans following a heart attack

7

  • Harmonica Frank Floyd (75) dies in Blanchester, OH of lung cancer
  • Esther Phillips (48) dies in Carson, CA of liver and kidney failure
  • Luciano Berio’s opera Un Re in Ascolto premiered in Salzburg, lib. Berio

8

  • André Boucourechliev’s Nocturnes premiered in Paris

11

  • Percy Mayfield (63) dies following a heart attack

15

  • John Cage’s Music for… for instrumental ensemble premiered in New Milford, CT

18

  • George Michael has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Careless Whisper

21

  • Benjamin Britten’s AMDG for chorus by Benjamin Britten, text Gerard Manley Hopkins, premiered in London

24

  • Isang Yun’s Quintet for clarinet and strings no.1 premiered in Kusatsu, Japan

25

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Vorgefühle for orchestra premiered in Hamburg

30

  • Lionel Newman (73) dies in Los Angeles

releases

  • Depeche Mode – Master and Servant / (Set Me Free) Remotivate Me (Mute UK)
  • Fall – Creep / Pat Trip Dispenser (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • George Michael – Careless Whisper / instrumental (Epic)
  • Prince – Let’s Go Crazy / Erotic City (Warner Bros)
  • REM – Rockville / Catapult (IRS)
  • Replacements – I Will Dare // 20th Century Boy / Hey Good Looking (Twin Tone)
  • Smiths – William It Was Really Nothing / Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (Rough Trade UK)
  • Harold Budd & Brian Eno – The Pearl (Editions EG)
  • Herbie Hancock – Sound-System (Columbia)

REM

Sep

1

  • Kalevi Aho’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra premiered in Helsinki

3

  • Arthur Schwartz (83) dies in Kintnersville, PA
  • James Clarke’s Kväll premiered in Amsterdam

6

  • Ernest Tubb (70) dies in Nashville of emphysema
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Tetrahedron for harpsichord & Staircase Tango for piano premiered in Buffalo, NY

7

  • John Casken’s Orion over Farne premiered in Glasgow

10

  • Trummy Young (72) dies in San Jose, CA, following a cerebral haemorrhage
  • Colin Matthews’s Concerto for Cello No.1 premiered in London
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Cadenza for viola premiered in Luslawice, Poland

11

  • Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for violin and orchestra no.4 premiered in Berlin

12

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Umsungen for baritone and eight players premiered in Berlin

15

  • Charles Lynch (77) dies in Cork

16

  • Ketevan ‘Katie’ Melua born (Kutaisi, Georgia) Anglo-Georgian jazz and pop singer, songwriter, musician.

17

  • Elliott Carter’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Miami

20

  • Steve Goodman (36) dies in Seattle, WA of liver failure
  • Gustav Holst’s A Song of the Night for violin and orchestra premiered in London

22

  • Pierre Boulez’s Répons premiered in Turin in an extended version

25

  • Aribert Reimann’s opera Die Gespenstersonate premiered in Berlin

26

  • Shelly Manne (64) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
  • Michael Colgrass’s Viola concerto premiered in Toronto
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Sonata for seven players premiered in London

27

  • Avril Lavigne born (Belleville, Ontario) Canadian pop singer, songwriter.

28

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

29

  • Luigi Nono’s opera Prometeo, lib. Cacciari, premiered in Venice
  • Prince has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Let’s Go Crazy

releases

  • Bronski Beat – Why? / Cadillac Car (London)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria / Cut The Damn Camera (Virgin UK)
  • Dead Can Dance – Garden Of Arcane Delights EP (4AD UK)
  • Hard Corps – Dirty / Respirer (To Breathe) (Survival UK)
  • Chaka Khan – I Feel for You / Chinatown (Warner Bros)
  • Loft – Why Does The Rain? / Like (Creation UK)
  • Sade – Smooth Operator / Spirit (Epic)
  • Gil Scott-Heron – Re-Ron / B Movie (Arista)
  • This Mortal Coil – Kangaroo / It’ll End In Tears (4AD UK)
  • U2 – Pride (In the Name of Love) / Boomerang II (Island)
  • David Bowie – Tonight (EMI) recorded 1984
  • Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward (Mute)
  • Flipper – Gone Fishin’ (Subterranean)
  • Foetus – Hole (Self Immolation UK)
  • Go-Betweens – Spring Hill Fair (Sire)
  • Iron Maiden – Powerslave (EMI)
  • KUKL – The Eye (Crass UK)
  • Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (Sire) Soundtrack to Jonathan Demme’s live concert film
  • 10,000 Maniacs – Secrets of the I Ching (Press)
  • Richard Thompson – Small Town Romance (Hannibal UK)  recorded live in New York in Jan & Sep 1982
  • Tom Verlaine – Cover (Warner Bros)

KUKL – The Eye (Crass)

Oct

2

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Two Romances on Verses by Lermontov for voice and piano premiered in Duisburg
  • Toru Takemitsu’s Vers, l’Arc-en-ciel, Palma for guitar, oboe d’amore and orchestra premiered in Birmingham

5

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Concerto for violin and orchestra premiered in Berlin

6

  • David Bowie has the UK number one album for one week with Tonight

7

  • Hermann Schroeder (80) dies in Bad Orb, Germany

11

  • Bobby Gillespie plays his first show with the Jesus and Mary Chain at the Venue, Glasgow

12

  • Matthew Dewey born (Hobart, Tasmania) Australian composer, bass singer.
  • Jesús Maria Sanromá (81) dies in San Juan, Puerto Rico

13

  • John Tavener’s Little Missenden Calm for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn premiered in Little Missenden, Bucks
  • U2 have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with The Unforgettable Fire

14

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Deutschlandsberger Mohrentanz I for recorders, guitars, percussion, string quartet and string orchestra premiered in Deutschlandsberg, Austria

17

  • Alberta Hunter (89) dies in New York

18

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Secret Theatre for 14 players & Songs by Myself for soprano and septet premiered in London
  • Aaron Copland’s Lento espressivo for string quartet premiered in New York

19

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Deutschlandsberger Mohrentanz II for recorders, guitars, percussion, string quartet and string orchestra premiered in Deutschlandsberg, Austria

20

  • Budd Johnson (73) dies in Kansas City, MO
  • Konrad Boehmer’s Apocalipsis cum Figuris premiered in Donaueschingen
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Sun Song for orchestra premiered in Perth, Western Australia
  • Wham! have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Freedom

23

  • David Matthews’s String Quartet No.5premiered in Sheffield
  • The Stone Roses play their first show at the Moonlight Club, London, supporting Pete Townshend

24

  • William Grant Still’s opera Minette Fontaine, lib. Verna Arvey, premiered in Baton Rouge, LA

25

  • Katy Perry aka Kathryn Hudson born (Santa Barbara, CA) American pop singer, songwriter.
  • Stanford Robinson (80) dies in Brighton
  • Johnnie Lee Wills (72) dies in Tulsa, OK of heart failure

26

  • John Woods Duke (85) dies in Northampton, MA
  • Luciano Berio’s Voci for viola and two instrumental ensembles premiered in Basel

27

  • Big Country have the UK number one album for one week with Steeltown

30

  • Robert Simpson’s Symphony No.7 premiered in Liverpool

31

  • Otto Luening’s Fantasia and Dance in memoriam Max Pollikoff for violin premiered in Bennington, VT

releases

  • A-Ha – Take On Me / And You Tell Me (Warner Bros UK)
  • Bryan Adams – Run To You / I’m Ready (A&M)
  • Depeche Mode – Blasphemous Rumours / Somebody (Mute UK)
  • Duran Duran – The Wild Boys / (I’m Looking For) Cracks in the Pavement (EMI)
  • Jesus & Mary Chain – Upside Down / Vegetable Man (Creation UK)
  • Men They Couldn’t Hang – Green Fields Of France / Hush Little Baby (Imp UK)
  • Pogues – Boys From The County Hell / Repealing Of The Licensing Laws (Stiff UK)
  • Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down / Diana (Kitchenware UK)
  • Prince – Purple Rain / God (Warner Bros)
  • Red Guitars – Marimba Jive / Heartbeat Go (Self-Drive UK)
  • Style Council – Shout to the Top / Ghosts of Dachau (Polydor)
  • Wham! – Freedom / instrumental (Epic)
  • Who’s Afraid of The Art of Noise (ZTT UK)
  • Aswad – Rebel Souls (Island) 
  • Big Country – Steeltown (Mercury UK)
  • Brewing Up With Billy Bragg (Go Discs UK)
  • Bronski Beat – The Age of Consent (London UK)
  • Lloyd Cole and the Commotions – Rattlesnakes (Geffen)
  • The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome (ZTT)
  • Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime (SST)
  • Pogues – Red Roses for Me (Stiff UK)
  • Replacements – Let It Be (Twin Tone)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia (Midi:Nette Japan)
  • This Mortal Coil – It’ll End in Tears (4AD UK)
  • U2 – The Unforgettable Fire (Island UK)
  • Wham! – Make It Big (Epic)

The Minutemen

Nov

2

  • Marvin Gaye Sr is sentenced to five years in prison for the manslaughter of his son

8

  • Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen (81) dies in Lillehammer, Norway

10

  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood have the UK number one album for one week with Welcome To The Pleasuredome
  • Chaka Khan has the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with I Feel For You

11

  • Marianne Zoff (91) dies in Vienna

12

  • André Boucourechliev’s Lit de Neige premiered in Paris

14

  • Keith Hudson (36) dies in New York of lung cancer
  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Arbor Cosmica premiered in New York

16

  • Vic Dickenson (78) dies in New York
  • Leonard Rose (66) dies in White Plains, NY of leukaemia

17

  • Julius Bihari (71) dies in Los Angeles
  • Arvo Pärt’s Es sang vor langen Jahren premiered in Hannover
  • Wham! have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1st week of 3) and the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with Make It Big

18

  • Osvaldo Fresedo (87) dies in Buenos Aires

20

  • Alexander Moyzes (78) dies in Bratislava

21

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Fremde Szene I–III for violin, cello and piano premiered in Gelsenkirchen
  • Gunther Schuller’s Concerto Quarternio for violin, flute, oboe, trumpet and orchestra premiered in New York

24

  • Volker David Kirchner’s Bildnisse II premiered in Ludwigshafen, Germany

25

  • The Band Aid charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas? is recorded in London. Singers include Bono, Simon Le Bon, Paul Weller, Sting, Boy George and Tony Hadley

30

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Unbroken Circle for instrumental ensemble premiered in Rennes

releases

  • Art of Noise – Close (To the Edit) / A Time to Hear (Who’s Listening) (ZTT UK)
  • Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? / Feed the World (Phonogram)
  • Foreigner – I Want to Know What Love Is / Street Thunder (Atlantic)
  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The Power of Love / The World Is My Oyster (ZTT UK)
  • Don Henley – Boys Of Summer / A Month Of Sundays (Geffen)
  • Madonna – Like A Virgin / Stay (Sire)
  • Prince – I Would Die 4 U / Another Lonely Christmas (Warner Bros)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born In the USA / Shut Out The Light (Columbia)
  • Strawberry Switchblade  – Since Yesterday / By the Sea (Korova)
  • Bryan Adams – Reckless (A&M)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – Micro-Phonies (Some Bizzare UK)
  • Sheila Chandra – Quiet (Indipop UK)
  • Cocteau Twins – Treasure (4AD UK)
  • Current 93 – Dogs Blood Rising (Laylah Belgium)
  • Don Henley – Building the Perfect Beast (Geffen)
  • Jean Michel Jarre – Zoolook (Dreyfus France)
  • Madonna – Like a Virgin (Sire)
  • Scratch Acid (Rabid Cat)
  • Smiths – Hatful of Hollow (Rough Trade UK) Collection of singles, B sides and session tracks
  • SPK – Machine Age Voodoo (WEA UK)

Current 93 – Dogs Blood Rising (Laylah)

Dec

1

  • William McKie (83) dies in Ottowa
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Symphony no.7 premiered in Berlin

3

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Chiffre V for orchestra premiered in Paris

4

  • George Crumb’s The Sleeper for soprano and piano premiered in New York

5

  • Jan Peerce (80) dies in New Rochelle, NY

8

  • Gene Ramey (71) dies in Austin, TX following a heart attack
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood have the UK number one single for one week with The Power Of Love
  • Terry Riley’s The Harp of New Albion for piano premiered on WDR, Cologne

9

  • Isang Yun’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Berlin

10

  • George Rochberg’s Oboe Concerto premiered in New York
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Movers and Shakers for orchestra premiered in Cleveland

15

  • Band Aid have the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with Do They Know It’s Christmas?

17

  • Gunther Schuller’s Concerto for viola and orchestra premiered in New Orleans

18

  • Julia Holter born (Los Angeles) American experimental and pop singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist.

19

  • Steve Reich’s Sextet for two amplified pianos and percussion premiered in Paris

20

  • Éva Gauthier (73) dies in New York

22

  • Madonna has the Billboard number one single for the first of six weeks with Like a Virgin

24

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s One Star, At Last for chorus premiered in Cambridge

31

  • Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm following a car accident in Sheffield. He learns to drum one handed and continues with the band

unk

  • Jimmy Preston (71) dies in Philadelphia

releases

  • Cabaret Voltaire – James Brown / Bad Self (Virgin UK)
  • Commodores – Nightshift / I Keep Running (Motown)
  • Kirsty MacColl – A New England / Patrick (Stiff)
  • Black Flag – Slip It In (SST)
  • Butthole Surfers – Psychic…Powerless…Another Man’s Sac (Touch and Go) 
  • Durutti Column – Without Mercy (Factory UK)
  • Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Atlantic)
  • Oyster Band – 20 Golden Tie-Slackeners (Pukka UK)
  • Swans – Cop (K422)
  • Triffids – Raining Pleasure (Hot Australia)
  • Univers Zéro – Uzed (Cryonic France)

Vini Reilly b.1953 (Durutti Column)

date unknown

releases

  • Chills – Pink Frost / Purple Girl (Flying Nun New Zealand)
  • King Sunny Adé – Aura (Island)
  • Youssou N’Dour – Immigres (Celluloid France)
  • Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Broadcasting From Home (EG)
  • Sun City Girls (Placebo)
  • Ali Farka Touré [Red] (Espérance France)

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