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Todd Washington Rhodes is born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA. he will find success as influential jazz and be-bop pianist and recording artist, Todd Rhodes after moving to Detroit, Michigan. In a long career, as well as leading his own band, he will work with Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Waller, Rex Stewart, Doc Cheatham, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Hank Ballard, The Chocolate Dandies and Wynonie Harris.
1950's r'n'b singing star Little Willie John is born as William Edgar John in Cullendale, Arakansas, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the second of six nights at Eastwood Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
James McCallister, bassist of Detroit-based band Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels, is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Tommy Wells is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will become one of the most in-demand studio drummers in Nashville.
Songwriter and record producer Berry Gordy incorporates his own record label, Tamla Records, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, using $800 borrowed from his family's loan fund. Tamla will become the foundation of the Motown music empire.
American music trade magazine Billboard reports that Detroit-based entrepreneur and songwriter Berry Gordy is forming his own record label, which will become Tamla Motown.
Barbra Streisand continues with a month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Miracles play at The Hurricane Room, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
Bill Doggett plays at The Flame Show Bar, 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.
Murray The K's Boss Holiday Show, with Jackie Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Belmonts, The Chantels, Tony Orlando and others, plays the thirteenth day of two weeks at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Marvin Gaye releases a new album, When I'm Alone I Cry, in the USA.
The Beatles, Mary Wells, Tommy Quickly, and Sounds Incorporated play at the Granada Cinema, Walthamstowe, London, UK.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Baby Love by The Supremes.
The Motown package tour arrives in the UK, with Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Miracles, The Temptations and Martha And The Vandellas, plus UK band Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames. The first show is at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK. Astonishingly, the show plays to half-empty venues in much of the UK.
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The Tamla Motown package tour featuring The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Miracles and Martha And The Vandellas, plus UK band Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames plays at The Odeon, Manchester, UK.
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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 play the fifth night of a ten day season, promoted by top radio DJ Murray The K, at the Brooklyn Fox Theatre, New York City, USA.
The Ford Motor Company takes the innovative step of offering 8-track music players as an option on all of their new vehicles.
The Detroit Emeralds and The Fantastic Four play at The 20 Grand, Detroit, Michigan, 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.
Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young play in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
I Wanna Be Where You Are by Michael Jackson enters the Billboard US Black Singles Chart, where it will peak at No2 during a12-week run.
Stevie Wonder reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 in the USA with You Haven’t Done Nothin’.
On their Destiny Tour, The Jacksons including Michael Jackson, are presented with the key to the city of Columbus, Georgia at the Government Center's Plaza Level. While in the town, Michael Jackson is interviewed by the Columbus Times.
Recording of The USA For Africa single We Are The World, co-written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, begins at A&M Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA. The superstar list of guest vocalists includes Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles and Diana Ross. Despite having been invited, Prince does not show up.
Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder release a new duet single, Get It, in the USA.
On his Trash tour, Alice Cooper plays at Cisc, Denver, Colorado, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, Janet Jackson plays at The Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays at The Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
On her Blonde Ambition tour, Madonna plays at Estadi Olimpic De Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.
The second half of the tv mini-series, The Jacksons: An American Dream is broadcast on ABC-tv in the USA.The mini-series is based on the history of the Jackson family, which includes The Jackson 5, The Jacksons, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and LaToya Jackson.
Lawyers representing hip-hop mogul Dr Dre call for a lawsuit, brought against him by former Detroit city employees, to be thrown out of court. The employees claim that they were filmed without permission for Dre's 2003 documentary, Detroit Controversy.
In court in Santa Maria, California, USA, during the closing days of the Michael Jackson child molestation trial, Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen describes the beleaguered superstar as 'a scheming serial paedophile with a drinking problem who should finally be held responsible for sexually abusing young boys.'
Alice Cooper plays at The Civic Theatre, Newcastle, Australia, Oceania.
Diana Ross plays at the Showgrounds, Cork, Eire, Europe.
Katherine Jackson is officially named the permanent guardian of Michael Jackson's children at a hearing in which she also drops her appeal to gain control of her superstar son's estate.
PRS for Music which collects royalties on behalf of song writers in the UK announces that that the use (i.e. plays, performances or reproduction) of Michael Jackson's music has increased by 70% in the year since his death.
Michael Jackson's home on N. Carolwood Drive, Homby Hills, California, USA, goes up for sale with an asking price of $28,995,000. The 17,171 square foot property, in which Jackson died, includes seven bedrooms, a seven-car garage, and thirteen toilets.
The book Guinness World Records 2011 is published, showing Michael Jackson to be the 'Most Searched-For Male' on the Google search engine.
Aretha Franklin films a special message for the Grammys at her home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA.
On her Femme Fatale tour, Britney Spears plays at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
When Jack White plays at The Masonic Temple Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan, USA, he is joined onstage by Alison Mosshart and Dean Fertita (of Dead Weather) for a performance of I Cut Like A Buffalo.
Bicep, Heidi, Jasper James, Jonas Rathsman, Julio Bashmore, Kerri Chandler and The Black M adonna play on the third and last day of the Bugged Out Weekender Festival at Butlins, Bognor Regis, England, UK, Europe.
On his Purpose World Tour Justin Bieber plays at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, k.d. Lang, Andrea Bocelli, Stevie Wonder and John Travolta are among the guests at a 90th Birthday Party for Tony Bennett in Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
A celebration of 300 years since the formation of the first Grand Lodge Of England is held at The Palladium, London, England, UK, Europe, featuring Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, Rick Wakeman, Nick Heyward, Joe Pasquale and others.