1982 – Bluesman Sam “Lightnin”’ Hopkins dies. Age 69. The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and the Cowboy Junkies have covered his songs.
1982 – Joe Walsh and what’s billed as the Hollywood Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue perform at the Pacific Alliance Presents A Water For Life Benefit Concert For A Non-Nuclear Future in Santa Barbara, Calif.
1982 – flying Back from Cannes, France, Gary Numan made a forced landing after running low on fuel at an RAF base outside Southampton, the press ran stories that he had in fact crash landed on the A3057.
1982 – Jackson Browne and Lynne Sweeney have their first child, Ryan Daniel Browne.
1982 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),” Daryl Hall & John Oates.
1982 – Country singer Roseanne Cash has her first daughter, Chelsea Jane, with her songwriter husband Rodney Crowell.
1982 – B.B. King donates his collection of 20,000 records to the University of Mississippi. B.B. King donates his record collection to the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The trove includes a 7000-strong blues collection he built during his years as a DJ.
1982 – Stiff Little Fingers played the first night of an 11- date tour at The Tower in Hull, promoting their new 4-track EP. The press ads said, ‘Pay no more than £1.10, more cuts than Maggie Thatcher.’
1982 – during a Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw an unconscious bat onto the stage. Thinking it was one of his rubber fakes, Ozzy picked it up and bit off its head. The singer was taken to hospital to be given a rabies injection.
1982 – Tommy Tucker died, aged 48, after being overcome by poisonous fumes while he was renovating the floors of his New York home. He had written the 1964 US No.11 hit ‘Hi Heel Sneakers’.
1982 – Born on this day, Samuel Dylan Murray Preston, lead singer of The Ordinary Boys.
1982 – Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second No.1 ‘Land Of Make Believe’.