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Edward Arthur Carson is born in Statesville, North Carolina, USA. He will find success as a blues singer and guitarist under names including Mr. Blues Carson, Big Blues Carson, Eddie Big Blues Carson and Big Blue.
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Will Hudson And His Orchestra, with vocalist Kay Kenny, records The World Without You, On The Verges, Hiya Mr. Chips and Peekin' At The Deacon for Decca Records in the USA.
LaVern Baker, Pee Wee Crayton and Billy Wright play at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Dinah Washington records My Song, Half As Much, I Cried For You and Gambler's Blues for Mercury Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Betty Jane Watson and Jerry Austen open at The Terrace Room, Hotel Statler, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Jackie Wilson and Ritchie Valens appear live on the Alan Freed Christmas Show in the USA.
Marv Johnson releases a new single, You Got What It Takes, on United Artists Records in the USA. The record label credits Motown records' founder Berry Gordy as its composer, but blues-rock singer-songwriter Bobby Parker will subsequently claim it was actually his composition.
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During a tour of the mid-West, Ray Charles plays at the Music Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA. With tickets costing $4.00, the show grosses $22,000.
Jerry Lee Lewis, Ben E. King, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Mary Wells, Sugar Pie DeSanto and others play the fourth night in a week of concerts at The Regal, Chicago Illinois, USA.
Barbra Streisand plays the tenth of twenty-seven nights at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Dinah Washington, backed by Quincy Jones And His Orchestra, records Wee Small Hours, Bewitched, Am I Blue and other tracks for Mercury Records in New York City, USA.
Della Reese is playing at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
The Temptations make their Billboard r'n'b singles chart debut in the USA with Dream Come True.
The Rolling Stones, The Chiffons, Bobby Vee, Bobby Goldsboro and Bobby Comstock play in Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Top Ten records played on WCOL Radio in Columbus, Ohio, USA, for the week ended on this date are as follows :
1. Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
2. Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
3. Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
4. A Hard Days Night -
The Beatles
5. C'Mon And Swim - Bobby Freeman
6. Little Old Lady From Pasadena - Jan And Dean
7. Rag Doll - The Four Seasons
8. Walk Don't Run '64 - The Ventures
9. Wishin' And Hopin' - Dusty Springfield
10. Worry - Johnny Tillotson
Baby Don't You Do It by Marvin Gaye is the highest new entry in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, entering at No62.
Marvin Gaye begins recording Pretty Little Baby for Tamla Records, in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Nina Simone plays the fifth night of a ten-day residency at The Charade, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Supremes open at The Copacabana, New York, USA, signalling a new era for Motown Records as its artists move into the exclusive supper-club circuit.
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Following five consecutive No1 hits, The Supremes enter the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with Nothing But Heartaches, which will peak disappointingly at No11.
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The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Temptations, Martha And The Vandellas, Brenda Holloway, Patti LaBelle And The Bluebelles and The Beau Brummels begin a ten day season, promoted by top radio DJ Murray The K, at The Brooklyn Fox Theatre, New York City, USA.
Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels play the fifth of ten nights at Ondine's, New York City, USA, supported by Buffalo Springfield.
A party is held for The Supremes at John Bull's restaurant in King's Road, Chelsea, London, England, UK, Europe. Guests attending the event include Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones.
The Temptations finish recording the track Don't let The Jonses Get You Down, at Hitsville Studios, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, Mississippi, USA.
In the Michigan House Of Representatives, the Honorable John Conyers, Jr., acknowledges the achievements of Berry Gordy Jr in founding the Motown Records empire and supporting local charities.
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The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at The International Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Little Bitty Pretty One by The Jackson 5 peaks at No13 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart.
Marvin Gaye notches up his thirteenth No1 in the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA with Sexual Healing.
Janet Jackson scores her sixth of fifteen Billboard No1s on the Hot R'n'B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart with Escapade.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, Janet Jackson plays the second of four nights at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays at The Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
It is reported that a farmer in India, Asia, has successfully been preventing wild pigs from attacking his crops by playing Michael Jackson songs at high volume on a ghetto blaster.
Eminem is granted a visa to perform in Australia, Oceania, despite Australian Prime Minister John Howard declaring, "I find the lyrics of people like that quite sickening." The terms of Eminem's visa require him to, "respect Australia's multi-cultural society and avoid vilifying or inciting discord in the community."
Michael Jackson reveals during an interview that he doesn't like pop music. The revelation comes in the wake of Jackson having purchased some classical music CDs during a shopping trip in Berlin, Germany, Europe.
On her Diary Tour, Alicia Keys plays the second of two nights at The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
On their Hot Fuss tour, The Killers play at The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
A funeral service for Luther Vandross is held at the Riverside Church, New York City, USA. Mourners attending the service include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Usher and Patti LaBelle.
Diana Ross goes shopping for new pillowcases at the Bed, Bath And Beyond shop in Santa Monica, California, USA.
The Lunar Republic Society announces that a crater on Earth's Moon has been renamed Michael Joseph Jackson, in honour of Michael Jackson. The crater, previously named Posidonius J, is located in the Moon's Lake of Dreams, close to a 1,200-acre patch of moon terrain which had been purchased by Jackson.
Madonna is in the South Of France, Europe, directing scenes for her next movie, W.E..
Although still recovering from surgery, Aretha Franklin attends the Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
Robert Dewey Hoskins, a potentially violent escapee from a mental health facility in Norwalk, California, USA is reported to be back in police custody after being found in Long Beach, California. Hoskins was convicted of stalking Madonna in the 90s.
On their Maiden England World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Aaron's Amphitheater, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, supported by Alice Cooper.
Diana Ross plays at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rapper Rick Ross cancels his live set at the Summer Jamz gig in Chene Park, Detroit, Michigan, USA, after an angry mob blocks his entrance to the venue and reportedly makes threats against his life.
A BBCtv-funded all-star rendition of The Beach Boys classic God Only Knows is aired for the first time at 8.00pm in the UK. This new performance features Brian Wilson (the song’s writer) Sir Elton John, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Jake Bugg, Lorde, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde, Brian May, Dave Grohl, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, Jaz Dhami, the BBC’s Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland. They are joined by the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Stevie Wonder performs his classic album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety at Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.