1984 – Eric Clapton leaves Roger Waters’ Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking tour in Canada after two weeks.
1984 – Vocal group leader Fred Waring, whose album ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is one of the most surreal records ever made, dies at age 84.
1984 – The Prince film “Purple Rain” premieres. Purple Rain is a 1984 feature film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. Prince stars in this movie, which was developed to showcase his particular talents. The film was very successful earning nearly US$100 million at the box office. A sequel titled […]
1984 – The body of “Big Mama” Thornton, who recorded the original “Hound Dog,” is found in a Los Angeles boarding house. She was 57.
1984 – Huey Lewis & the News’ set leads several audience members to collapse from exhaustion at the North Dakota State Fair.
1984 – Aretha Franklin: The Rev. C.L. Franklin died, (father of soul singer Aretha Franklin). Franklin who was an American Baptist minister as well as a Civil Rights activist had been in a coma since 1979 after being shot by burglars at his home in Detroit.
1984 – Roger Waters kicks off his Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking tour with Eric Clapton in Stockholm.
1984 – Phillippe Wynne of the Spinners dies of a heart attack at the age of 43. The group’s only No. 1 song was “Then Came You,” a million-selling collaboration with Dionne Warwick. The group also had two million-selling No. 2 songs, “The Rubberband Man” and “Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl.”
1984 – The Jacksons’ Victory tour reaches Dallas, where Eddie Van Halen joins Michael Jackson on stage to perform “Beat It.” Eddie’s got a high tolerance for pain!
1984 – Huey Lewis & the News sing the national anthem at the All-Star baseball game In San Francisco. “Oh Say can you see… It’s really hip to be square!”
1984 – At Wembley Stadium, Bob Dylan is joined by U2’s Bono and Van Morrison. All three unite for a spin through “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”
1984 – Ringo Starr joins the Beach Boys at their free July 4 concert in Miami.