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The city of Phoenix, Arizona, USA, is officially incorporated. The city will provide inspiration for the lyrics of several songs, perhaps the most famous being By The Time I Get To Phoenix by Glen Campbell. Other songs which include Phoenix in their lyrics are Little Egypt by The Coasters, ["She had a tattoo on her shoulder that said Phoenix Arizona 1949]; Rock'n Me by The Steve Miller Band ["I went from Phoenix, Arizona all the way to Tacoma"]; and Comin' To Your City by Big And Rich, ["In Phoenix, Arizona, we drank way too much Corona."]
Nashville-based country and pop songwriter Marijohn Wilkin is born in Kemp, Texas, USA. In a long career she will compose hits for Lefty Frizzell, Wanda Jackson, The Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Dave Matthews and many more. Wilkin will also be instrumental in convincing Kris Kristofferson to leave the US Armed Forces and become a full-time musician.
Haile Selassie is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia, Africa. In due course, Selassie will become revered in the Rastafari movement as the returned messiah of the Bible, and numerous songs will be inspired by him, including Selassie Is The Chapel by Bob Marley and Haile Selassie by Bright Eyes. One specific incident in Selassie's life is documented in the 1937 record Selassie Is Held By The Police recorded for Decca Records by The Caresser with Gerald Clark And His Caribbean Serenaders.
Musical comedy movie The Road To Morocco, starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, is released to cinemas in the USA.
Tenor sax man and Chess Records recording artist Claude McLin [nicknamed The Crown Prince OfThe Tenor Sax] files a new six nights-a-week contract to play in the Morocco Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with his local Musicians Union.
The Kingston Trio record Wimoweh, Zombie Jamboree, Sloop John B, Hard, Ain't It Hard, Scarlet Ribbons, Tom Dooley, When The Saints Go Marching In and other tracks in a live recording session for Guard Records at the Hungry i in San Francisco, California, USA. The tracks will appear on the album Live From The Hungry i. Wimoweh will become a huge hit for The Tokens under the name The Lion Sleeps Tonight, with a new set of lyrics in English.
Miriam Makeba plays the second night of a four week season at the Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Coasters release a new single, Little Egypt, on Atco records in the UK.
Having flown from New York City, USA, Nina Simone and Babatunde Olantunji arrive at Lagos Airport, Lagos, Nigeria, Africa, to perform in the AMSAC Arts Festival.
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The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers, later to become Manfred Mann, play at The Marquee Club, London, UK, supported by Chris Farlowe.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee Club, Oxford Street, London, supported by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
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Manfred Mann appear on BBC2 tv show Open House, in the UK.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK.
Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji and his group play the first of nine nights at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The first edition of UK tv show Ready, Steady, Goes Live!, features Dionne Warwick, Manfred Mann, Tom Jones, The Yardbirds, Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers and Zoot Money.
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When Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, the audience is packed with celebrities including The Beatles, Donovan, Paul Jones of Manfred Mann and Eric Burdon of The Animals.
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The Beatles sign a contract to represent the BBC and Britain, on Our World, the world's first live television satellite link-up, which will be be seen by approximately 400 million people across five continents.
Manfred Mann's cover version of the Bob Dylan song Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo), enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart, where it will peak at No10.
Hugh Masekela plays the fifth of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Chicago Transit Authority.
Hugh Masekela plays the last of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Chicago Transit Authority.
Manfred Mann Chapter Three and Atomic Rooster play at the University Of London, Goldsmith's College, London, UK.
The Rumble In The Jungle, a world Heavyweight championship boxing match between George Foreman and former world champion/challenger Muhammad Ali, takes place in the Mai 20 Stadium, Kinshasa, Zaire, [now known as The Democratic Republic of the Congo], Africa. Ali wins by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round. The fight will inspire the 1976 hit single In Zaire by Johnny Wakelin.
King Sunny Ade plays at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Special AKA release a new single, Free Nelson Mandela, on 2 Tone Records in the UK. The song, which will peak at No9 in the UK singles chart, is inspired by the plight of political prisoner Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
Monica Ogah is born in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria, Africa. She will become a successful singer, after winning the fourth edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa.
Elton John plays the third of four nights at The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa, accompanied by percussionist Ray Cooper.
Michael Jackson spends the first of four days in Los Angeles playing host to King Nana Amon Ndoufou IV, ruler of Sanwi on the Ivory Coast, Africa.
When Jane's Addiction play at Coachella Festival, Indio, California, USA, their fee is used to help fund a trip to The Sudan, Africa, to free slaves. During their set, former slave Francis Bok is brought out to address the crowd and encourage them to donate money to an anti-slavery organisation.
Michael Jackson is given the Humanitarian Award from The African Ambassadors' Spouses Association, A.A.S.A., for his worldwide humanitarian efforts, particularly in Africa. The ceremony is held at the Embassy Of Ethiopia, Washington, DC, USA.
Garbage release their fourth studio LP, Bleed Like Me, on Warner Brothers in the UK, Europe, South Africa, South America and South East Asia.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana, USA.
Wiltshire-based superstar Peter Gabriel announces that he will organize a sixth simultaneous Live 8 concert, called Africa Calling, which will feature only African artists, to counter criticisms that most Live8 performers announced so far are white. The event is to be held in Cornwall, UK, on 2 July. Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour will host the event, which will also feature performances by Maryam Mursal, Salif Keita and Thomas Mapfumo.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.
Chantal Chamandy releases a new single, You Want Me, in the UK on Nova Records.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Gorge, George, Washington, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Coors Amphitheater, Chula Vista, California, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre-TX, Schertz, Texas, USA.
The Standing Tall Against Poverty Festival begins in Accra, Ghana, Africa, with artists including Salif Keita, Mac Tontoh and Seun Anikulapo.
The two-day long Cape Town International Jazz Festival begins at various locations around Cape Town, South Africa. Artists appearing during the event include award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, jazz-funk king Maceo Parker, smooth jazz guitarist Peter White and legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.
R. Kelly headlines the ARISE African Fashion Awards, Johannesburg, South Africa. This is the first time he has ever played in Africa.
Shakira, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Black Eyed Peas perform at the Kick-Off Celebration Concert to mark the start of the FIFA World Cup in Orlando Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Dave Matthews Band Caravan plays the first of three nights at Lakeside, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The lineup over the course of the three nights also includes Kid Cudi, The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side Of The Moon, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Amos Lee, Emmylou Harris, Ben Folds, G. Love And Special Sauce, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Gomez, Drive-By Truckers, Michael Franti And Spearhead, Daniel Lanois' Black Dub, The Jayhawks, Soja, Soulive, The Wailers, Blind Pilot, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, TR3, Vieux Farka Toure, Alberta Cross, Mariachi El Bronx, Bobby Long, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Jeff Coffin's Mu'tet, Gary Clark Jr.,
On her Aphrodite World Tour, Kylie Minogue plays the second of two nights at Grand Arena at Grand West Casino, Cape Town, South Africa.
Femi Kuti and Mos Def play in the Miles Davis Hall, Montreux, Switzerland, Europe, during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival.
Deep Purple, Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Uriah Heep play at Festhalle Bea Bern Expo, Berne, Switzerland, Europe.
The Jeremy Olivier Band plays at The V And A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.
Rapper French Montana attends The Perfect Match Meet And Greet at CIAA Fan Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
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