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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.
The musical Deep Harlem, with music by Joe Jordan opens at The Hudson Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for eight performances. The show traces the history and the journey of blacks from ancient Africa to 20th century New York City.
Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa is born in Nigeria, Africa. He will find success as singer/songwriter, producer, TV presenter and publisher Charly Boy.
Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi is born in Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa. An award-winning musician, composer and guitarist, he is widely regarded as the most celebrated performer in Zimbabwe's history.
Gwynneth Ashley Robin, one of South Africa's most popular singers in the 70s, is born.
The Coasters record Little Egypt, Girls Girls Girls and Weddin' Days in New York City, USA, for Atlantic Records. The session is produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows fly out from Heathrow Airport, London, England, UK, Europe, to begin a tour of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand,Singapore and Malaya.
Gene Vincent breaks out of his current tour of UK ballrooms to begin an eight-day visit to South Africa.
Gene Vincent plays at The Ile Rinh, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens, based on traditional Zulu folk song Wimoweh, becomes the first African song to reach No1 in the Billboard Charts in the USA.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK.
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Joe Brown And The Bruvvers, The Crystals, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Heinz and Manfred Mann play at The Odeon, Luton, UK.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee Club, London, UK.
Manfred Mann release a new single, Come Tomorrow, in the UK on HMV Records.
A 'new' Manfred Mann album, Soul Of Mann, is released in the UK by EMI Records. However, the group has already been dropped by EMI, and the album is nothing more than a compilation of instrumental tracks, most of them previously released.
Manfred Mann appear on the BBC1-tv show Dee Time in London, England, UK, Europe.
Plastic Penny appear on the BBC1-tv show Dee Time in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Top Ten singles being played on WKNR Radio, Detroit, Michigan, USA, for the week ending on this date are as follows :

1. Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat

2. Simon Says The 1910 Fruitgum Company

3. La La Means I Love You The Delfonics

4. Soul Coaxing Raymond LeFevre

5. Since You've Been Gone Aretha Franklin

6. Scarborough Fair Simon And Garfunkel

7. Dock of the Bay Otis Redding

8. The Mighty Quinn Manfred Mann

9. Just Dropped In Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

10. Bottle of Wine The Fireballs

Don Partridge plays on the last edition of BBC tv show Whistle Stop in the UK. The show is hosted by Roger Whittaker.
Manfred Mann Chapter Thee play the third of four nights at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Frank Sinatra plays at The Pyramids, Giza, Egypt, Africa.
Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
A news story in the Los Angeles Times announces that a superstar aggregation of heavy metal rockers including members of Dio, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest is planning to release a Band Aid-style charity record to raise money for starving people in Africa. The superstar group is to be called Hear 'N Aid.
The album Worldbeat by the French group Kaoma is awarded a gold disc in Canada.
Jaz Coleman and Youth of Killing Joke are recording vocal tracks for the album Pandemonium, in The King's Chamber, The Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt, Africa.
Elton John plays the first of four nights at The Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa, accompanied by percussionist Ray Cooper. Before the show, Elton is warned by venue staff no to wear his white suit, as it would attract insects in the dark, especially with stage lights being focussed on it. Elton ignored the advice, and then had to halt the show when swarms of insects descended on him.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Meadows Music Theater, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Smirnoff Music Centre, Dallas, Texas, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Woodlands Pavilion, Spring, Texas, USA.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo play at the City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The first annual ThisDay Music Festival, a two-day event to commemorate the anniversary of Nigeria's Independence, begins in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa. Artists appearing over the two days of the festival include Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes and Ciara. It is later alleged that the money used to fund this event came from aid money intended to alleviate poverty in Bayelsa State in Nigeria.
The Dave Matthews Band plays the first of two nights at Brixton Academy, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Dave Matthews Band play their longest concert ever, timed at over 3h 30min at the Lucca Summer Festival, Lucca, Italy, Europe. The concert will later be released as a three CD boxed set.
Janet Jackson and LaToya Jackson attend the Grand Prix Ball Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, Africa. Music for the event is provided by The Gipsy Kings.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Palladium, Cologne, Germany.
While on a week-long charity tour of Malawi, Africa, Madonna lays the first brick symbolising the commencement of the construction of her US$15m Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.
An All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) festival curated by The Simpsons' creator Matt Groening, comes to an end at Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset, UK. Over the course of the festival's three days, artists appearing have included Iggy And The Stooges, Joanna Newsom, Spiritualized performing Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, The xx, CocoRosie, Built To Spill, She & Him, James Chance And The Contortions, Liars, Boredoms performing 9 Drummer Boadrum, The Raincoats, Toumani Diabate, Danielson, Anni Rossi, James Blackshaw, Viv Albertine's Limerence, Panda Bear, Daniel Johnston, The Residents, Deerhunter, Broadcast, Shonen Knife, Ruins alone (Tatsuya Yoshida), Amadou And Mariam, Ponytail, Konono No1, Thee Oh Sees, Juana Molina, Lightning Dust, Hope Sandoval, The Tiger Lillies, Hello Saferide, The Fresh And Onlys, Cold Cave, Trash Kit and Jill Sobule.
At the close of the year, according to the most recent statistics from Pollstar, total box-office sales of the world's top 50 tours had dropped by 12% in 2010 to $2.93bn, down from 2009's $3.34bn.
Congolese super-band Staff Benda Bilili play live at the gala screening of the film Benda Bilili in Union Chapel, Islington. London, UK.
The Dave Matthews Band Caravan plays the second 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.,
The Dave Matthews Band Car avan plays the last 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.,
The Home Festival 2012, a two-day event, comes to an end at Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon, UK. Artists appearing over the course of the event have included Charlotte Church, Show of Hands, Tibet's Tashi Lhunpo Monks, The Dhol Foundation, Ethiopia's Krar Collective and West Africa's Ballet Nimba.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Meklit Hadero plays at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Hugh Masekela plays at Canterbury Festival, Canterbury, UK.
Band Aid 30 release a new CD single version of Do They Know It's Christmas? as a fund-raising single to raise money to fight the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.
Eska releases her debut LP, Eska, on Naim Edge Records in the UK.
Amr Diab, one of the most successful singers and recording stars in the Middle East, enters The Guinness World records listing as the first Arab singer to win a large number of global awards in the Middle East region.
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