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Ernest Ranglin is born in Manchester, West Central Jamica, Caribbean. He will find success as an extraordinarily versatile guitarist whose talent embraced the jazz, pop, calypso and mento styles, as well as composing music for films. He is perhaps most well-known as the man who played guitar on and arranged the 1963 international hit My Boy Lollipop by Millie Small.
Mrs Wallis Simpson files for divorce which will clear the path for her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, thus forcing his abdication from the throne. The affair between Edward and Mrs Simpson will inspire calypso musician Blind Blake to write and record the song Love, Love Alone.
Anselmo Sacasas And His Royal Havana Orchestra are playing at The Colony Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with The Four Senators.
The Trinidad All Steel Percussion Orchestra plays in The Globe Cinema, Port Of Spain, Trinidad, Caribbean.
Harry Belafonte plays during a week of shows at Araneta Coliseum, The Philippines, Asia.
Jazz bass virtuoso Felipe Cabrera is born in Havana, Cuba, Caribbean.
Harry Belafonte plays in Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York State, USA.
Cy Grant performs a news-based calypso on the BBC-tv topical magazine show Tonight, broadcast live from London, England, UK, Europe.
Cy Grant sings a calypso based on current news events during his appearance on the BBC-tv current affairs magazine show Tonight, in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Geordie Beat Show, a package tour featuring Little Eva, Joe Cocker and The McKinleys, plays at The Theatre Royal, York, UK.
The Who continue their 'Maximum R'n'B' residency at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK. Support band is Jimmy James And The Vagabonds.
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Smokey Robinson And The Miracles release a new single, The Tracks Of My Tears, in the USA. Curiously, the song will inspire Rod Argent of The Zombies to write their hit Time Of The Season, after he mis-hears the line 'if you look closer it's easy to trace' as 'it's the time of the season to trace'.
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Cilla Black plays the eighth night of a two-week season at The Forty Thieves Club in Bermuda, Caribbean.
Cilla Black plays the ninth night of a two-week season at The Forty Thieves Club in Bermuda, Caribbean.
Jimmy James And The Vagabonds play at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK.
Popular singer John Gary plays the last of twelve nights at The Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean.
The Savages record the LP Live 'N Wild at The Hub, in The Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda, Caribbean.
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Johnny Nash plays at Queen's Hall, Herne Bay, UK.
Don Drummond, saxophonist with influential ska/reggae band The Skatalites, dies in Bellevue Hospital, Jamaica, Caribbean, aged 37. He had been committed to the hospital as insane, and his death (controversially) will be listed as a suicide.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe.
Dennis Brown plays at Mutualite, Paris, France, Europe.
Harry Belafonte plays at The Ravinia Festival Highland Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Gloria Estefan turns down a lucrative $5m soft drinks sponsorship deal for her forthcoming tour. Later, she observes, "It was only money."
Errol Brown plays at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK.
Kevin Lyttle plays at Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Joan Armatrading plays at The Regent Theatre, Ipswich, England, UK.
Joan Armatrading plays at The Pavilion, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
High Court Judge Mr Justice Lewison, in London, UK, throws out a claim by bass guitarist Aston 'Family Man' Barrett who is seeking financial recompense for his contributions to the Bob Marley sound. Barrett argued that he had been the author of the bass lines which gave Marley's late-1970s hits their inimitable rhythm.
During a 13-date tour, Rihanna plays the second of two nights at the SECC Arena, Glasgow, Scotland.
Studio 1, the multi-million dollar solar-powered recording studio complex built by Rita Marley in Aburi, Eastern Ghana, Africa, is destroyed by fire. The flames also destroy a number of Bob Marley master tapes.
Rihanna releases a new single, Te Amo, in the UK.
Rihanna plays at the Rock In Rio festival in Arganda del Rey, Spain, Europe.
Rihanna, Ke$ha and Travie McCoy play at White River Amphitheater, Auburn, Washington, USA.
Rihanna, Ke$ha and Travie McCoy play at The Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.
Little Feat play the fourth of five nights at Breezes Grand Resort and Spa, Negril, Jamaica, Caribbean.
During her Last Girl On Earth tour, Rihanna plays at The Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
Heather Nova releases her eighth album, 300 Days At Sea, in Europe.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays at The Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays at The Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA.
On her Femme Fatale tour, Britney Spears plays at Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Caribbean.
Via her Twitter account, Rihanna reveals her new knuckle tattoo, with the words 'Thug Life' spelled out in pale pink letters as a tribute to deceased rapper Tupac Shakur.
When Drake's Would You Like a Tour? tour plays at The Palais Omnisport de Bercy, Paris, France, Europe, he is joined onstage by his former girlfriend Rihanna for a performance of their collaboration hit Take Care.
On her Anti World Tour, Rihanna plays at The US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
On her Anti World Tour, Rihanna plays at The Verizon Center, Washington DC, USA.
On her Anti World Tour Rihanna plays at The Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.
On her Anti World Tour Rihanna plays at The RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany, Europe.
On her Anti World Tour Rihanna plays at Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Metallica begin the Latin American leg of their WorldWired tour, with a show at Coliseo De Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA, supported by Zafakon.