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Max Carl Gronenthal is born in Humphrey, Nebraska, USA. He will find success as a rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter, working with Grand Funk Railroad and 38 Special.
John Rocca, leader of UK 80s funk band Freeez, is born in London, UK.
James Brown plays the sixth night of a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, supported by Ben E. King, The Spinners and Lee Dorsey.
Songwriter, keyboardist and guitarist Carl McIntosh</> of UK funk band Loose Ends is born.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson are recording Stand! for Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The song is a cover version of an original by Sly And The Family Stone.
Get Back by The Beatles, with Billy Preston on organ, spends the first of five weeks at No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. On the same day it also goes to No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, and in the Canadian Singles Chart.
James Brown plays at Bell Auditorium, Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Grand Funk Railroad play at The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Black Sabbath.
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Bloodrock and Grand Funk Railroad play at The Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Jeff Beck, Stevie Wonder and Free play at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Prince plays the first of two nights at the Class of 1964 Skating Rink, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
On the Purple Rain tour, Prince And The Revolution play the fourth of six nights at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The European leg of Prince's Sign O'The Times tour begins with the first of three nights at the Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Shotgun-toting PCP-addled Soul Brother No1, James Brown, is arrested in Augusta, Georgia, USA, after an interstate car chase.
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An AIDS Benefit Concert titled That’s What Friends Are For, is held at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA. Whitney Houston tops the bill, and Patti Smith makes her first live appearance in ten years. Also on the bill are Barry Manilow, Air Supply, Carly Simon, Biurt Bacharach, Eric Carmen, Milli Vanilli, Lisa Stansfield and The Four Tops. Over $2.5m is reportedly raised.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays at Montreal Forum, Montreal, Canada.
On her Rhythm Nation 1810 Tour, Janet Jackson plays at The ASU Activity Center, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
Lenny Kravitz plays at The International 1, Greater Manchester, England, UK.
Michael Jackson undergoes tests St John's Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA, where he has been admitted suffering from severe chest pains.
Michael Jackson is discharged from St John's Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA, where he had been diagnosed as suffering from costochondritis - an inflamation of the cartilage on the front of the rib cage, caused by over-exertion and stress. He had been admitted suffering from severe chest pains several days earlier.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour, Janet Jackson plays the second of three nights at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On his Nude Tour Prince plays the last of three nights at The NEC, Birmingham, England, UK.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays at The BJCC Coliseum, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of three nights at The World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, Illinois, USA.
On his Nude Tour, Prince plays the second of three nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK.
On his Nude tour, Prince plays at Hanshin Koshien Kyujyo, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
Prince plays the second of eight nights at Earls Court, London, England, UK.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka, Japan, Asia.
Come by Prince, an album collecting archive material under his old name, enters the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA at No15 but will rise no higher.
The Russian Beer Lovers political party offers $17,000 to Michael Jackson to sing at a political rally in Moscow, Russia, Europe. He doesn't.
The Gold Experience by Prince peaks at No88 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA.
The Artist (better known as Prince) sings Holy River at the VH1 Honors Awards in Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, Los Angeles, California, USA. He also closes the event with Raspberry Beret and Take Me With You medley.
Roger Troutman, best-known as vocalist for pioneering funk band Zapp is found shot and critically wounded outside his northwest Dayton, Ohio, USA, recording studio around 7 a.m. He dies soon after during surgery at the Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center. The precise circumstances of his death are never established.
Stevie Wonder plays in his fifth annual Stevie Wonder House Full of Toys benefit show at the E2 nightclub in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
It is reported that Jacque Hollander, a former employee of James Brown, is suing him for $100m compensation, claiming that he raped and battered her at gunpoint in 1988. Hollander had previously brought charges against Brown in 2002, but the case was dismissed as frivolous
Lenny Kravitz plays at Boca Juniors Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
Michael Jackson tells journalists outside the court in California, USA, that he is feeling upbeat about the way his child molestation trial is proceeding, but is still suffering pain from the back injury which delayed his arrival in court a few days earlier.
Black Eyed Peas play at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Mamas Gun play at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
During his 20Ten Tour, Prince plays at the Roskilde Festival, Denmark, Europe.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play the first of two nights at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Mark Ronson And The Business Intl release a new album, Record Collection, in the UK on Columbia Records.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at the Cafe De Paris, London, England, UK.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at Ubel And Gefahrlich, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA, supported by Lenny Kravitz.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour, Bruno Mars plays at Arena Anhembi, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America.
Two men, James Marks of Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK, and James McCormick, of Blackpool, UK, appear in Leicester Crown Court, Leicester, UK, charged with having stolen Michael Jackson's entire music catalogue from Sony Music. Jackson's estate had signed the biggest recording deal in history, worth $250m.
Despite having died in 1977, Elvis Presley tops a newly-released chart of the all-time best-selling solo artists in the UK, with combined sales of over 21.7m. The chart, compiled from statistics collected by The Official Charts Company, shows Cliff Richard in second place [21.5m] with Michael Jackson in third place [15.5m].
The music biopic Get On Up, based on the life of James Brown, opens at cinemas in Singapore, Asia, and in Australia.
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