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Garry Marshall Shider is born in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. He will find success as guitarist and musical arranger Garry Shider [also spelled Gary Shider], the right hand man to George Clinton on numerous P-Funk, Parliament and Funkadelic projects.
Stevie Wonder meets President Nixon at The White House, Washington DC, USA.
James Brown records Funky Drummer for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Clyde Stubblefield's drum breaks will make it one of the most sampled tracks of all time, providing rhythmic inspiration for Public Enemy, Madonna and many others.
The Rolling Stones reach No1 in Billboard's Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Miss You.
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Prince makes his debut as a solo artist at The Capri Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays two shows at The Warner Theater, Washington DC, USA.
On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the fourth of five nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Prince wins the Best Original Score Oscar for his movie Purple Rain at the Academy Awards.
Janet Jackson releases a new single, Come Back To Me, on A+M Records in the USA.
Lenny Kravitz performs Does Anybody Out There Even Care on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of two nights at The Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
On their Urban Jungle tour, The Rolling Stones play the second of two nights in Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, supported by The Dan Reed Network.
Michael Jackson signs a $60m contract renewal with Sony Music.
When Verve play at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, England, UK, Melody Maker enthuses, "They entertain people away from their immediate memories. Richard, prince of thieves, steals our attention from right under the noses of jaded cynicism."
Thunder, an 18-minute ballet by The Joffrey Ballet, based on the Prince song Thunder from his 1991 LP Diamonds And Pearls, premieres in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Prince performs the first of two Thanksgiving dates at Paisley Park Studios, 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Eye Hate U by Prince enters the UK Singles Chart at No20, but will rise no higher.
Thunder release a new single, Play That Funky Music, which will give the group their 16th UK Top 40 single.
The Artist aka Prince, plays at The MCI Center, Washington DC, USA, with Chaka Khan and Larry Graham.
Lenny Kravitz plays at Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile, South America.
Amerie releases her second studio LP, Touch, on Columbia Records in the UK.
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.'
The Gap Band plays in Chene Park, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Black Eyed Peas play at The John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.
Jamiroquai play at a private gig for employees of the Carphone Warehouse, at Alexandra Palace, London, England, UK, Europe.
JLS are in Metrophonic Studios, Surrey, UK, working on songs for their debut album.
Appearing on CNN's Larry King Live, Joe Jackson states that he believes the doctor who attended his son, Michael Jackson, may be to blame for the singer's death. Joe Jackson tells King, "The doctor gave him something to make him rest, and then he don't wake up no more. Something is wrong there."
The Black Eyed Peas make Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart history in the USA by becoming the first artist to ever top the chart for twenty consecutive weeks, with their singles Boom Boom Pow (12 weeks) and I Gotta Feeling (8 weeks).
CeeLo Green releases a single, Fuck You!, aka Forget You, to YouTube ahead of his planned solo album release, because it has been partly leaked online already. The track will become an instant viral smash, registering over 2m plays in less than a week.
Black Eyed Peas play the first of two nights at the O2 Arena, London, UK.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play the second of two nights at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France, Europe.
Garry Shider (also spelled Gary Shider), the right hand man to George Clinton on numerous P-Funk, Parliament and Funkadelic projects, dies aged 56 of lung and brain cancer in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA.
While Jay-Z is performing at The Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, Amy Winehouse tries to move near to Prince Harry at the side of the stage but she is prevented from getting too close by the young royal's security men. Madonna is also spotted backstage.
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.
Robert Wilson, bass guitarist of The Gap Band dies aged 53 of a heart attack at home in Palmdale, California, USA.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
On his Welcome 2 America tour Prince plays the third show of a 15-night [21 shows] run at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bruno Mars, Sting and Patti Smith are among the guests at The Lincoln Center, New York City, USA, for TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People gala.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The Atlantis Paradise @ Grand Ballroom, Nassau, Bahamas.
Dr Conrad Murray, is found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, at Los Angeles Supreme court, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Stevie Wonder performs his classic album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety at The Verizon Center, Washington DC, USA.
Prince plays at The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Girl by Pharrell Williams makes its debut at No1 in the Official UK Albums Chart.
Bruno Mars plays the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
DJ Ruckus proposes to Victoria's Secret model Shanina Shaik, on the beach of a private island in The Bahamas owned by his cousin Lenny Kravitz. After Ms Shaik accepts, they pose for photos which include Kravitz and Denzel Washington.
It is reported that white actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast in the role of Michael Jackson in a Sky Arts tv movie entitled Elizabeth, Michael And Marlon.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic play at Stage AE!, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.