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Birth of Ewart G. Abner, record company executive with Chance, Vee-Jay and Motown Records in the USA. As well as working with many essential soul acts, Abner will be the first man to release The Beatles' material in America. In the seventies he will manage Stevie Wonder.
Emery Williams Jr is born in Haynes, Arkansas, USA. He will find success as blues pianist/vocalist Detroit Junior.
Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the first of six nights at Eastwood Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the third of six nights at Eastwood Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Bobby DeBarge is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will find success as a member of 80s Motown band DeBarge.
The Miracles, from Detroit, Michigan, USA, release a new single, Bad Girl, locally on the Motown Records label, and nationally on Chess Records in the USA.
On an extensive nationwide promotional tour in support of his novelty single Baby Sittin' Boogie, Buzz Clifford visits deejays and other music business contacts in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Barbra Streisand continues with a month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Pips (later to become Gladys Knight And The Pips) enter the Billboard charts in the USA for the first time with Every Beat Of My Heart on Vee-Jay Records.
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Tossin' And Turnin' by Bobby Lewis enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No1.
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Barbra Streisand plays the twenty-second of twenty-seven nights at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Miracles release a new single, Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues, on Tamla Records in the USA.
Marvin Gaye records Pride And Joy for Tamla Records, in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Crystals, Gene Pitney, The Shirelles, The Dixie Cups, The Rip Chords, The Reflections, Major Lance, The Supremes and more p[lay in a show billed as KQV's First Shower of Stars at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The show is a Dick Clark production.
The Supremes record their first version of the Holland, Dozier and Holland song Baby Love, at Hitsville Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA, but it is not released.
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Stevie Wonder peaks at No29 in the Billboard Popular Singles Chart in the USA with Hey Harmonica Man This is the first single on which he is billed without the 'Little' prefix to his name.
Marvin Gaye, The Spinners and Hattie Littles play the sixth of ten nights at the Driftwood Lounge in the The 20 Grand Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Stevie Wonder releases a new single, Happy Street, on Tamla Records in the USA.
Marvin Gaye finishes recording Talk About A Good Feeling for Tamla Records, in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Joe Tex, Otis Redding, Billy Stewart, Gladys Knight And The Pips, The Ovations, James Phelps, Carol Fran, William Bell and Jimmy Tig And The Rounders play at The Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Jr Walker and the All-Stars release a new single, What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) on Soul Records in the USA.
The LP Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (which includes Michael Jackson) enters the Billboard US Hot 100 albums chart, where it will peak at No1.
Ghetto Child by The Detroit Spinners enters the UK Popular Singles Chart, where it will peak at No7 during a ten-week run on the chart. The musical feel and structure of this song will inspire Elvis Costello to write his second single, Alison, in 1977.
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The Jacksons, including Michael Jackson, play the third of four non-consecutive nights at The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Diana Ross and Lionel Richie reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Endless Love, for the first of nine weeks.
Under the banner of Hear 'N Aid, a heavy metal supergroup of around forty musicians, led by Ronnie James Dio, spend the first of two days recording the charity fund-raising single Stars at A And M Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The record is intended to raise funds for starving children in Africa, and features contributions from Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tommy Aldridge and members of Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Motley Cr
It is reported that Madonna spent some of the day house-hunting in New York City, USA, Specifically, she is said to have visited brownstone condominiums at 11-15 E. 70th Street, with prices as high as $1.8m.
Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder release a new duet single, Get It, in the USA.
The Temptations and The Four Tops play at Bayfront Arena, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
At Tiger Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA, in front of 50,000 people, Nelson Mandela celebrates his freedom by quoting lines from the song What's Going On by Marvin Gaye.
The film Dick Tracy, starring Warren Beatty and Madonna, has its European premiere in London, England, UK.
Concrete Blonde play at St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry, Elton John, Kenny Rogers and Trisha Yearwood perform in The Presidential Inaugural Gala one day before Bill Clinton takes office in Washington DC, USA.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Nuevo Jose Zorrilla Stadium, Valladolid, Spain, Europe, to an audience of 40,000.
In the Michael Jackson child molestation case in Santa Maria, California, USA, his lawyers state that the authorities who investigated the allegations found no DNA from his accuser when they searched the pop star's bedroom.
Michael Jackson posts a thank you message to fans on his website (www.mjjsource.com), stating, "Your love, support and loyalty made it all possible. You were there when I really needed you. I will never forget you."
The Four Tops' bass vocalist Renaldo Benson, known as Obie, dies in hospital in Detroit, Michigan, USA, after a lengthy illness.
Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Sting, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and Faith Hill perform live at the Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, USA, during ABC's The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration.
Michael Jackson's 1983 Thriller video, directed by John Landis, is inducted for preservation in the 2009 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in the USA.
Stevie Wonder plays in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, supported by Corinne Bailey Rae and James Morrison.
Stevie Wonder plays at Koengen, an outdoor concert venue in Bergen, Norway, Europe.
It is announced that an album of previously unheard tracks by Michael Jackson has been scheduled for release in November 2010, possibly including collaborations with Akon, Will.i.am and Ne-Yo.
Ted Nugent plays at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Ceremonials tour, Florence And The Machine play at The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
A posthumous Michael Jackson compilation album, Xscape is released in France and the United Kingdom, Europe. The album consists of recordings made by Jackson before his death, which have been 'contemporised' by several world-renowned producers.
Jack White plays at The Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA, with Curtis Harding.
Stevie Wonder performs his classic album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety at The Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Kid Rock releases a new single, First Kiss, on Parlophone Records in the UK.