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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1984.

Events[]

January–March[]

  • January 11 - BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read announces on air that he will not play the single "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of its suggestive lyrics. The BBC places a total ban on the record at about the same time.
  • January 21 – "Relax" reaches number one in the UK singles chart, despite the BBC ban; it will spend a total of 42 weeks in the Top 40.
  • January 27Michael Jackson's scalp is burned during the filming of a Pepsi commercial and he is admitted to hospital. Around this time, Jackson also releases the title track from his Thriller album as the LP's final single.
  • February 14
    • Elton John marries studio engineer Renate Blauel.
    • Joe Perry and Brad Whitford attend an Aerosmith concert and re-join the band, which embarks on a reunion tour "Back In The Saddle" later in the year.
  • February 16Jerry Lee Lewis surrenders to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion. Lewis is later acquitted.
  • February 28 – Recovering from the scalp burns sustained a month earlier, Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards out of twelve nominations, breaking the record for the most Grammys won in a single year. He wins seven for the critically acclaimed album Thriller and the other for his work on the audiobook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  • February 29 – German industrial band KMFDM is founded, and holds its first performance at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.
  • March 1
    • Sting plays his last concerts with The Police at the end of the Synchronicity tour; the band takes a "pause" after the tour and only play a few special events together after this, until 2007, when they would organize a reunion tour.
    • Alice Cooper, who has not toured for his last two albums, parts ways with his longtime label Warner Bros. and goes on hiatus from the music industry. Cooper begins mulling over plans for a comeback, which he would carry out in 1986.

April–June[]

  • April 1
    • New York rock and roll magazine Trouser Press folds after a decade, publishing its 96th and final issue.
    • In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed during an argument with his father.
  • May 1Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac, files for bankruptcy in the United States.
  • May 2Lionel Richie's hit "Hello" becomes Motown's first ever UK million-selling single.
  • May 5
  • June 8Billy Joel performs at Wembley Arena; the concert is later broadcast on BBC Television in two parts.
  • June 16Frankie Goes to Hollywood begin a nine-week stay at the top of the UK singles chart with "Two Tribes".
  • June 18 – At the climax of a Judas Priest concert at Madison Square Garden, fans begin ripping out the cushions from the seats and throwing them on stage. Judas Priest pay damages through insurance and are banned from Madison Square Garden for life over the incident.
  • June 25Prince releases his sixth album Purple Rain; the album sells over 20 million copies and gives Prince two US number one singles with "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy".

July–September[]

  • July 1 – During his performance at the first ever Cornerstone Festival in Grayslake, Illinois, Steve Taylor jumps off the stage, breaking his ankle. Taylor hops back on stage and finishes his show. The next few shows on Taylor's tour were performed from a wheel chair.
  • July 10 – The last original member of Menudo, Ricky Meléndez, leaves the group and is replaced by Ricky Martin. Meanwhile, Menudomania reaches Asia in 1984.
  • July 14
    • Eddie Van Halen makes a special guest appearance at a concert by The Jacksons in Dallas, Texas, playing the guitar solo for "Beat It" live.
    • Selena y los Dinos release their first album Mis Primeras Grabaciones.
  • August 9Iron Maiden kicks off the World Slavery Tour in Warsaw, Poland, with shows in Hungary and Yugoslavia soon to follow. This marks the first time a Western band has ever brought a full concert production behind the Iron Curtain.
  • August 10 - Red Hot Chili Peppers release their debut album The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • August 25Kathleen Battle makes her solo recital debut at the Salzburg Festival.
  • August 31 – Canadian music video channel MuchMusic begins broadcasting. The first video played is Rush's "The Enemy Within".
  • September 2Van Halen concludes its 1984 world tour with a show in Nuremberg, Germany as part of the Monsters of Rock festival tour. This would be the band's last concert with David Lee Roth as lead singer until 2007.
  • September 7Janet Jackson elopes with fellow singer James DeBarge. The marriage would be annulled in 1985.
  • September 11 – Country singer Barbara Mandrell suffers serious injuries in a head-on automobile collision on a Tennessee highway. She will make a comeback after spending over a year rehabilitating.
  • September 14 – The first annual MTV Video Music Awards are held in New York City. Herbie Hancock wins the most awards with five, and The Cars take the highest prize of Video Of The Year for "You Might Think". Much attention is garnered by Madonna's controversial performance of her hit single "Like a Virgin" in which she rolls around on the stage, revealing lacy stockings and garters, and grinds her crotch against her veil.
  • September 21 – The first compact disc manufacturing plant in North America opens in Terre Haute, Indiana. CDs have previously had to be expensively imported from Japan or West Germany. Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. is designated as the first CD ever made in the United States.

October–December[]

  • October 1 – The Canadian music video series Video Hits premieres on CBC Television.
  • October 23 - A report on the Ethiopian famine by BBC journalist Michael Buerk is broadcast in the UK and receives an unprecedented public response. Among those watching is Bob Geldof, who is inspired to release a charity record to raise money to help with famine relief.
  • October 26Turner Broadcasting System launches Cable Music Channel, a music video channel intended to compete directly with MTV. The first video played is "I Love L.A." by Randy Newman. The channel would only last 34 days.
  • November 5 - Bryan Adams releases his breakout album called Reckless, spawning multiple hit singles, achieving diamond certification in Canada and topping the charts in the United States.
  • November 20Michael Jackson receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann's Chinese Theater. Jackson leaves after only three minutes at the request of security, as the crush of 5,000 onlookers becomes a safety concern.
  • November 25 – The Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is recorded at SARM Studios in Notting Hill, London, by a gathering of performers that includes Paul Young, Simon Le Bon, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Sting, Boy George and Tony Hadley.
  • November 28 – The Bring Me Sunshine charity concert at the London Palladium, in memory of Eric Morecambe, includes musical performances by Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, Des O'Connor and Ernie Wise.
  • December – Tipper Gore forms the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) in response to the "filth" she hears on her daughter's copy of Prince's Purple Rain.
  • December 1Frankie Goes to Hollywood become the first act to take their first three singles to the UK #1 position since Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963, when "The Power of Love" tops the chart.
  • December 3Bob Geldof and Band Aid release the single "Do They Know It's Christmas", which becomes the fastest- selling single of all time in the UK.
  • December 8
    • Mötley Crüe member Vince Neil is involved in a serious car accident. He is drunk at the time, and Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) of Hanoi Rocks is killed in the accident.
    • Cyndi Lauper, with the fourth single from her 1983 debut She's So Unusual, "All Through the Night", becomes the first woman in the 26-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have four singles from one album in the top five.[1]
  • December 9The Jacksons conclude their Victory Tour with the last of six concerts at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The tour, which consisted of 55 shows over five months, has reportedly grossed $75 million, a new industry record.
  • December 11 - While on tour, Bucks Fizz's tour bus crashes. All members of the group are injured and member Mike Nolan suffers brain damage after falling into a coma.
  • December 13George Harrison makes a rare public appearance, joining Deep Purple on stage in Sydney, Australia for their encore rendition of "Lucille".
  • December 31
    • Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm in a car wreck.
    • The thirteenth annual New Year's Rockin' Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Jermaine Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Night Ranger, Scandal, John Waite and Barry Manilow.
    • UK singles sales this year are the second highest ever, after 1978.

Bands formed[]

Bands disbanded[]

Bands reformed[]

Albums[]

  1. Ride the Lightning Metallica

Singles[]

  1. People Are People Depeche Mode

Biggest hit singles[]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1984.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart entries
1 George Michael Careless Whisper 1984 United Kingdom UK 1 – Aug 1984 (21 weeks), US Billboard 1 – Dec 1984 (20 weeks), US Radio 1 of 1985 (peak 1 12 weeks), Canada 1 – Dec 1984 (12 weeks), Netherlands 1 – Aug 1984 (14 weeks), Switzerland 1 – Sep 1984 (17 weeks), Poland 1 – Mar 1983 (44 weeks), Eire 1 for 3 weeks – Aug 1984, Canada RPM 1 for 2 weeks – Jan 1985, Australia 1 for 4 weeks – Sep 1984, Springbok 1 – Nov 1984 (21 weeks), ARC 2 of 1985 (peak 1 16 weeks), Sweden (alt) 2 – Sep 1984 (21 weeks), France 2 – Aug 1984 (3 weeks), Austria 2 – Nov 1984 (4 weeks), Norway 2 – Aug 1984 (16 weeks), Belgium 2 – Sep 1984 (12 weeks), Italy 2 of 1984
2 Stevie Wonder I Just Called to Say I Love You 1984 United States UK 1 – September 1984, US BB 1 – September 1984, Canada 1 – September 1984, Netherlands 1 – August 1984, Sweden 1 – September 1984, Sweden (alt) 1 – August 1984, Austria 1 – October 1984, Switzerland 1 – September 1984, Norway 1 – September 1984, Poland 1 – January 1984, Italy 1 of 1984, Germany 1 – September 1984, Éire 1 – September 1984, New Zealand 1 for 9 weeks October 1984, Australia 1 for 8 weeks June 1985, Oscar in 1984, Australia 6 of 1984, US CashBox 9 of 1984, US BB 18 of 1984, POP 26 of 1984, Germany 52 of the 1980s, Scrobulate 100 of r & b
3 Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go 1984 United Kingdom UK 1 – May 1984, US BB 1 – October 1984, Canada 1 – October 1984, Netherlands 1 – June 1984, Sweden (alt) 1 – June 1984, Norway 1 – June 1984, Éire 1 – June 1984, Australia 1 for 5 weeks March 1985, Switzerland 2 – June 1984, Germany 2 – June 1984, Australia 5 of 1984, US BB 6 of 1984, Austria 6 – July 1984, POP 7 of 1984, US CashBox 19 of 1984, KROQ 20 of 1984, Poland 23 – June 1984, Europe 84 of the 1980s, OzNet 146, RYM 195 of 1984, Germany 230 of the 1980s
4 Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun 1984 United States Norway 1 – March 1984, Éire 1 – February 1984, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks May 1984, Australia 1 for 2 weeks December 1983, UK 2 – January 1984, US BB 2 – January 1984, US BB 2 of 1984, Canada 2 – February 1984, POP 2 of 1984, Netherlands 3 – February 1984, Austria 3 – May 1984, Sweden (alt) 5 – March 1984, Switzerland 6 – April 1984, Germany 6 – March 1984, France 8 – December 1983, Australia 9 of 1984, US CashBox 16 of 1984, Italy 16 of 1984, Party 35 of 2007, RYM 63 of 1983, KROQ 65 of 1984, RIAA 122, Germany 388 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 391
5 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax 1984 United Kingdom UK 1 – November 1983, Switzerland 1 – February 1984, Germany 1 – February 1984, TOTP 1, KROQ 1 of 1984, France 2 – November 1983, Norway 2 – February 1984, Sweden (alt) 4 – March 1984, Austria 4 – March 1984, Netherlands 5 – January 1984, Canada 7 – April 1984, US BB 10 – February 1985, US BB 11 of 1985, Italy 11 of 1984, Australia 16 of 1984, POP 16 of 1985, Poland 18 – February 1984, RYM 21 of 1983, Virgin 31, Scrobulate 45 of 80s, Germany 72 of the 1980s, Europe 94 of the 1980s, Acclaimed 270, OzNet 574

Published popular music[]

Ballet[]

See List of 1984 ballet premieres

Musical films[]

Births[]

  • January 2Jocelyn Oxlade, English-Filipino singer-songwriter and model (Kitty Girls)
  • January 9Drew Brown (OneRepublic)
  • January 17Calvin Harris, Scottish electronic musician
  • January 18
    • Kristy Lee Cook, American Idol finalist
    • Benji Schwimmer, Winner of So You Think You Can Dance 2006
  • January 20Toni Gonzaga, Filipina actress and singer
  • January 24Witold Kiełtyka, Polish musician (died 2007)
  • January 26Wu Qian, pianist
  • January 27Davetta Sherwood, American actress and singer
  • January 30Kid Cudi, American rapper
  • February 9Han Geng, Chinese singer in Korea (Super Junior)
  • February 11Aubrey O'Day, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Danity Kane)
  • February 15Dorota Rabczewska, Polish singer and model
  • February 25Lovefoxxx (Cansei de Ser Sexy)
  • March 18Vonzell Solomon, US singer
  • March 20Christy Carlson Romano, American actress and singer
  • March 25Katharine McPhee, American Idol finalist
  • March 26Stéphanie Lapointe, Canadian singer
  • April 6Max Bemis, American musician (Say Anything)
  • April 10Mandy Moore, singer
  • April 22Amelle Berrabah, British singer (Sugababes)
  • April 24Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects)
  • April 27Patrick Stump, singer
  • May 1Keiichiro Koyama, Japanese singer (NEWS) and actor
  • May 2Rose Falcon, singer-songwriter
  • May 3Cheryl Burke, dancer
  • May 5Wade MacNeil, Canadian guitarist
  • May 11 - Gerald Clayton, Dutch-American pianist and composer (The Clayton Brothers)
  • May 17 - Passenger, English singer-songwriter
  • May 25
    • Marion Raven, Norwegian singer-songwriter (M2M)
    • Nikolai Pokotylo, Russian singer
  • June 4Rainie Yang, Taiwanese singer
  • June 17John Gallagher, Jr., American actor, singer and dancer
  • June 23Duffy, Welsh singer-songwriter
  • June 29
    • Han Ji-hye, Korean actress/singer
    • Derek Lee Rock, American drummer (Mêlée and Suburban Legends)
  • June 30Fantasia Barrino, American singer
  • July 4
    • Gina Glocksen, American Idol finalist
    • Stix Izza, American musician
  • July 5Elisabeth Schwarz, operatic soprano
  • July 7Marie-Mai, Canadian singer
  • July 9Jacob Hoggard,Canadian singer/lead singer of Hedley
  • July 12Gareth Gates, English singer
  • July 15Vice Cooler, American singer-songwriter (Hawnay Troof and XBXRX)
  • July 17Asami Kimura, Japanese singer
  • July 21Blake Lewis, American Idol runner- up
  • July 24
    • Dhani Lennevald (A*Teens)
    • Tyler Kyte, Canadian actor/singer
  • July 25Dong-Hyek Lim, pianist
  • July 26Alex Parks, singer-songwriter
  • August 3Carah Faye Charnow, American singer for the band Shiny Toy Guns
  • August 5Taylor Locke (Rooney)
  • August 21
    • Alizée, singer
    • Melissa Schuman, singer (Dream)
  • August 24Yesung, Korean singer (Super Junior)
  • August 31Will Martin, crossover singer
  • September – Wu Di, pianist
  • September 1Joe Trohman, American musician
  • September 16
    • Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer
    • Katie Melua, Georgian singer and musician
  • September 22Theresa Fu, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • September 23Louis Stephens (Rooney)
  • September 26Keisha Buchanan, singer (Sugababes)
  • September 27Avril Lavigne, Canadian rock singer and musician
  • September 28Melody Thornton, American singer (Pussycat Dolls)
  • October 3Ashlee Simpson, singer
  • October 4Lena Katina, Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)
  • October 10Stephanie Cheng, singer
  • October 12Matthew Dewey, Australian composer
  • October 16Shayne Ward, singer and winner of reality TV show The X Factor
  • October 25
  • October 27Kelly Osbourne, singer
  • November 9
    • Delta Goodrem, Australian singer and actress
    • Se7en, South Korean singer
  • November 12Sandara Park, member of South Korean girl group 2NE1 and former actress
  • November 14Luiz Filipe Coelho, violinist
  • November 18Johnny Christ, (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • November 21Willy Mason, singer-songwriter
  • November 24Wolf Hudson, actor, director and street dancer
  • November 28Trey Songz, American singer
  • December 15Joshua Third, guitarist (The Horrors)
  • December 17Asuka Fukuda, Japanese singer
  • December 20David Tavaré, Spanish singer
  • December 22Jonas Erik Altberg, Swedish singer
  • December 25The Veronicas (Lisa and Jess Origliasso), Australian singers

Deaths[]

  • January 1Alexis Korner, blues musician, 55 (lung cancer)
  • January 18Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek composer, 69
  • January 21Jackie Wilson, singer, 49 (pneumonia)
  • January 23Samuel Gardner, violinist and composer, 92
  • January 30Luke Kelly, member of The Dubliners, 43 (brain tumour)
  • February 1Ada "Bricktop" Smith, singer and dancer, 89
  • February 15
    • Avon Long, American actor and singer, 73
    • Ethel Merman, singer and actress, 76
  • March 9Imogen Holst, conductor and composer, 76
  • April 1Marvin Gaye, singer/songwriter, 44 (gunshot)
  • April 6
    • Jimmy Kennedy, Irish-born British songwriter, 81
    • Hryhory Kytasty, composer, 77
  • April 20Mabel Mercer, cabaret singer, 84
  • April 23Juan Tizol, trombonist and composer, 84
  • April 26Count Basie, jazz musician, 79
  • April 27Z.Z. Hill, blues singer, 48
  • May 1Gordon Jenkins, US conductor, songwriter and pianist, 73
  • May 29Sanford Gold, jazz pianist, 72
  • June – Mohamed Mooge Liibaan, singer and instrumentalist
  • June 8Gordon Jacob, composer, 88
  • June 15Meredith Willson, US songwriter, 82
  • June 28Mischa Spoliansky, Russian born composer and conductor
  • July 4Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter, 34
  • July 14
    • Bill Stapleton, jazz trumpeter, 49 (alcohol-related)
    • Philippé Wynne, R&B singer, 43
  • July 19Madeleine Sibille, operatic soprano, 89
  • July 25Big Mama Thornton, R&B singer, 57
  • July 29Lorenz Fehenberger, operatic tenor, 71
  • July 31Paul Le Flem, composer, 103
  • August 4Babe Russin, saxophonist, 73
  • August 5Tuts Washington, R&B pianist, 67
  • August 12Margaret Sutherland, composer, 86
  • August 30Emil Newman, conductor and composer, 73
  • August 31Carlo Zecchi, pianist, music teacher and conductor, 81
  • September 3
    • Dora Labbette, operatic soprano, 86
    • Arthur Schwartz, composer and film producer, 83
  • September 6Ernest Tubb, country & western musician, 70
  • September 10
    • Herman Sherman, jazz saxophonist and bandleader, 61
    • Trummy Young, swing trombonist, 72
  • September 15Charles Lynch, Irish concert pianist, 77
  • September 20Steve Goodman, singer/songwriter best known for "City of New Orleans", 36 (leukaemia)
  • October 3
    • Lina Bruna Rasa, operatic soprano, 67
    • Harrison Potter, pianist, 93
  • October 4Carl von Garaguly, violinist and conductor
  • October 12Jesús Maria Sanromá, pianist, 81
  • October 16Jiří Jelínek, jazz trumpeter, singer and artist, 62
  • October 20Budd Johnson, jazz musician, 73
  • October 26John Woods Duke, composer, 85
  • November 8Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, violinist and composer, 81
  • November 16Leonard Rose, cellist, 66
  • November 20Alexander Moyzes, Slovak composer, 78
  • December 7Jon B. Higgins, American Carnatic musician, 45 (road accident)
  • December 9Razzle (Nicholas Dingley), drummer of Hanoi Rocks, 24 (car accident)
  • December 10Charlie Teagarden, jazz trumpeter, 71
  • December 13Max Schönherr, conductor and composer, 81
  • December 15Jan Peerce, operatic tenor, 80
  • December 21José Luis Rodríguez Vélez, Panamanian composer, orchestra director, saxophonist, clarinetist and guitarist, 69

Awards[]

Grammy Awards[]

  • Grammy Awards of 1984

Country Music Association Awards[]

Eurovision Song Contest[]

Charts[]

List of no. 1 hits[]

  • List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1984 (U.S.)
  • Cashbox Top 100 number-one singles of 1984
  • List of number-one singles from the 1980s (UK)

US Top 40 Hits[]

  • Billboard Top 40 of 1984

List of no. 1 albums[]

  • List of number-one albums of 1984 (U.S.)

See also[]

  • 1984 in heavy metal music
  • 1984 in country music
  • 1984 in British music
  • Record labels established in 1984
  • Timeline of musical events
  • 1984

References[]

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