April 8, 2019 | by: Bill Bradley

Some of the things that happened on this day in music history:

In 1985, Wham! became the first Western act to play in China. The pop duo performed at the for 12,000 fans at Workers’ Gymnasium in Beijing. Footage from the 10-day trip was used in Wham!’s video for “Freedom.”

In 1990, Elton John dedicated his performance of “Candle in the Wind” to Ryan White, a young boy with AIDS. White died hours later.

In 2003, Avril Lavigne had a good night at the Juno Awards in Ottawa, winning New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year (for Let Go), and Single of the Year (“Complicated”). Group of the Year went to Sum 41, whose frontman Deryck Whibley went on to marry Lavigne three years later.