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1983 in British music

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1983 in British music

This is a summary of 1983 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Contents

Events

  • 8 January – The UK singles chart is tabulated from this week forward by The Gallup Organization. In 1984 electronic terminals will be used in selected stores to gather sales information, and the old "sales diary" method will be gradually phased out over the next few years.
  • 20 August – The Rolling Stones sign a new $28 million contract with CBS Records, the largest recording contract in history up to this time.
  • 1 September – Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of The Clash issue a press statement announcing that Mick Jones has been fired from the group.
  • 20 September – The first ARMS Charity Concert is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 28 November – The first Now album is released.
  • Year-end charts

    Note: The year-end charts published in Music Week on 7 January 1984 only covered the period 4 January to 17 December 1983 – the BPI Year Book 1984 included the complete charts to the end of 1983.

    Notes:

    Classical music

  • Alun Hoddinott - Quodlibet on Welsh Nursery Tunes - arr. for brass quintet
  • William Mathias - Symphony No. 2, Op.90 (Summer Music)
  • John Pickard - Nocturne in Black and Gold
  • Opera

  • Oliver Knussen - Where the Wild Things Are
  • Musical films

  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
  • The Pirates of Penzance, starring Kevin Kline and Angela Lansbury
  • Births

  • 3 March - Katie White, singer (The Ting Tings)
  • 8 May - Matt Willis, singer and musician (Busted)
  • 16 May - Mince Fratelli, musician (The Fratellis)
  • 23 May - Heidi Range, singer (Sugababes)
  • 17 June - Lee Ryan, singer (Blue)
  • 30 June
  • Cheryl Cole, singer
  • Patrick Wolf, singer/songwriter
  • 18 August - Mika, singer
  • 25 August - James Righton, musician (The Klaxons)
  • 13 September - James Bourne, singer and musician (Busted), (Son Of Dork)
  • 14 September - Amy Winehouse, singer-songwriter (died 2011)
  • Deaths

  • 5 January - Amy Evans, operatic soprano (born 1884)
  • 28 January - Billy Fury, singer-songwriter (born 1940; heart attack)
  • 22 February - Sir Adrian Boult, conductor (born 1889)
  • 8 March - William Walton, composer (born 1902)
  • 14 April - Pete Farndon, the Pretenders (born 1952; drug overdose)
  • 12 July - Chris Wood, founding member of Traffic (born 1944; pneumonia)
  • 19 November - Tom Evans, bassist of the rock group Badfinger (born 1947; suicide)
  • BRIT Awards

    The 1983 BRIT Awards winners were:

  • Best British producer: Trevor Horn
  • Best classical recording: John Williams - "Portrait"
  • Best international artist: Kid Creole and the Coconuts
  • Best Live Act: U2
  • Best selling album: Barbra Streisand - Love Songs (also released as Memories in the U.S.)
  • British breakthrough act: Yazoo
  • British female solo artist: Kim Wilde
  • British group: Dire Straits
  • British male solo artist: Paul McCartney
  • British single: Dexys Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"
  • Life achievement award: Pete Townshend
  • Outstanding contribution: The Beatles
  • Special Award: Chris Wright
  • The Sony award for technical excellence: Paul McCartney
  • References

    1983 in British music Wikipedia


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