Singer Anna Vissi marries composer Nikos Karvelas.
The Motown 25 Special airs on NBC, celebrating a quarter century of Motown Records. Michael Jackson unveils his moonwalk dance move during a performance of “Billie Jean”.
May 28 – June 4 – The second US Festival is held at Glen Helen Park in California.
June 18–19 – Menudo’s second visit to New York. The band plays four shows at Madison Square Garden and all 80,000 tickets sell out within three days of going on sale.
June 20 – Catalunya Ràdio begins broadcasting.
July 1 – Chilean Band Los Prisioneros debuted at the Miguel Leon Prado High School Song festival. They would personify the rebellion of young Chileans leading to protests which eventually ousted Augusto Pinochet
July 19 – Simon and Garfunkel begin their North American summer tour in Akron, Ohio.
July 21 – Diana Ross performs a filmed concert in Central Park in heavy rain; eventually the storm forces her to postpone the rest of the concert till next day.
July 29 – Friday Night Videos is broadcast for the first time on NBC.
August 5 – David Crosby is sentenced by a judge in Dallas, Texas to five years in prison on drug and weapon possession charges.
Johnny Ramone suffers a near-fatal head injury during a fight over a girl in front of his East Village apartment.
Singer Paul Simon marries actress Carrie Fisher.
August 20 – The Rolling Stones sign a new $28 million contract with CBS Records, the largest recording contract in history up to this time.
September – Bonnie Tyler releases the album Faster Than the Speed of Night in United States
September 1 – Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of The Clash issue a press statement announcing Mick Jones has been fired from the group.
September 4 – Phil Lynott performs his final show with Thin Lizzy in Nuremberg, Germany.
September 18 – The members of Kiss show their faces without their makeup for the first time on MTV, simultaneous with the release of their album Lick It Up.
September 20 – The first ARMS Charity Concert is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
November 12 – Duran Duran start their SING BLUE SILVER World Tour. The tour begins with sold-out shows in Australia
November 26 – Quiet Riot’s Metal Health album tops the US album charts, the first heavy metal album to hit #1 in America.
The Uday-Ustav Festival, a tribute to Uday Shankar, is staged at the instigation of Uday’s younger brother, Ravi Shankar.
Michael Jackson’s 14-minute music video for Thriller is premiered on MTV.
Phish plays first show.
December 25 – Marvin Gaye gives his father, as a Christmas present, an unlicensed Smith & Wesson .38 special caliber pistol so that Gaye could protect himself from intruders. A few months later, Gaye Sr would use it to shoot his son dead.
December 31 – The twelfth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Culture Club, Rick James, Laura Branigan, Barry Manilow, Mary Jane Girls and David Frizzell.