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The Times-Picayune newspaper of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, reports that local entrepreneur William A. Morris has handed over the management of The American Music Hall to Henry Greenwall, who has promised to uphold the legacy of the establishment.
Lynsey Rubin is born in Cricklewood, London, UK. She will find success as singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul.
Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is assasinated by firing squad in the republic of Congo, Africa. The incident will inspire the song Patrice Lumumba by Yuri Buenaventura. He will also be mentioned in the song Done Too Soon by Neil Diamond and in My Country by Nas. The 1961 song "Top Forty, News, Weather And Sports" by Mark Dinning, included a line "I had Lumumba doing the rumba...", which was removed after Lumumba's death. Records in stores were recalled, and replaced by new ones without the inappropriate line.
Barbra Streisand plays the fifth night of two weeks at The Bon Soir Club, New York City, USA.
Neil Sedaka plays the third night of a week of shows at the International Club, New York City, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis performs his version of the Chuck Berry composition Sweet Little Sixteen on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, recorded live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ray Charles plays in the Randall's Island Music Festival, New York State, USA.
Gary 'US' Bonds, The Contours, The Impressions and Barbara Lynn play the second of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The very first Motor Town Special, a two-month long all-Motown package tour featuring The Miracles, The Supremes, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye and Little Stevie Wonder, plays the sixth night in a week of shows at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
The very first Motor Town Revue, starring The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes, Little Stevie Wonder, The Contours, Martha And The Vandellas and plays the fifth of ten nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
A coroner's inquest is held in Los Angeles, California, USA, into the recent shooting of popular singer Sam Cooke.
Phil Ochs plays at Garfield Jr High School, Berkeley, California, USA.
Moby Grape and The Sparrow (later to become Steppenwolf) play the first of two nights at The Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA. Also on the bill are The Charlatans.
The Rolling Stones are in Olympic Studos, London, UK, recording material for the album Their Satanic Majesties' Request.
The charity concert, Sounds 68, is staged in The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Artists appearing include The Byrds, The Move, Grapefruit, Easybeats, Alan Bown, Joe Cocker and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Jimi Hendrix is one of several stars attending the show.
In the early hours of the morning, The Rolling Stones complete filming of their ill-fated tv special, Rock'n'Roll Circus, at Intertel Studios, Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe. Guests include John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, Mitch Mitchell and The Who.
Desmond Dekker And The Aces, The Upsetters, The Pioneers and Max Romeo, play at The ABC Palace Theatre, Kensal Rise, London, UK.
Moby Grape, Spencer Davis, Peter Jameson and Flash Cadillac play the first of four nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Burundi Black by Burundi-Steiphenson-Black enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No31 during a fourteen-week run on the chart. Burundi-Steiphenson-Black is, however, a psuedonym for French musical arranger and filmscore composer Michel Bernholc, who has simply grafted a rock arrangement over the top of a field recording of Burundi Drummers of the Ingoma tribe made in East Africa. The same rhythm will subsequently be sampled for tracks by Joni Mitchell, Adam And The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, The Beastie Boys and others.
Jeepster by T.Rex enters the UK Pop Singles chart at No37. It will peak at No2 during a run on the chart of fifteen weeks. Jeepster continues the questionable tradition of shamelessly ripping off - aka 'being inspired by' - old blues songs, in this particular case, the 1961 Howlin' Wolf song You'll Be Mine, written by Willie Dixon.
When ZZ Top play at the State Fairgrounds, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, they break the previous highest attendance record which had been set by Elvis Presley.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Nazareth play at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland.
On the fourth leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at North Dakota State University, Frago, North Dakota, USA, supported by The Yellow Rose Band. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Swing The Mood by Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers enters the UK singles chart at No31. It will peak at No1.
Public Enemy, Queen Latifah and Biz Markie play at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Power by Snap! reaches No1 in the UK singles chart.
The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, hosted by Arsenio Hall, are broadcast live from Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California, USA. Video Of The Year is Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O'Connor, and the Video Vanguard Award goes to Janet Jackson. Madonna performs Vogue live, and the video wins in the categories of Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Harry O. Eastus II, President of the Police Officers Association, writes to the promoters of an upcoming show in San Diego, California, USA, headlined by Guns N'Roses and Metallica, protesting against the late addition of Ice-T and his band, Body Count, to the concert. Eastus claims to be concerned that if Ice-T sings his song Cop Killer, riots will ensue.
Rage Against The Machine release their debut album Rage Against The Machine in the USA, which will rapidly go triple platinum.
Jennifer Lopez becomes the first artist to hit No1 with both a film and a non-soundtrack album simultaneously. Her second album, J. Lo debuts at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums list in the USA, while her movie, The Wedding Planner tops the US box office chart with a gross of $13.5m over the weekend.
R. Kelly is arrested in Polk County, Florida, USA, on child pornography charges.
It is reported that rapper Snoop Dogg is being sued for $25m by Emmy Award winning make-up artist Kylie Bell, who claims she was raped by Dogg and others in his entourage, in his dressing room backstage at the Jimmy Kimmel Show in January 2003.
Lionel Richie plays at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
EMI announces the appointment of EMI Music Publishing chairman and CEO Roger Faxon as its new group chief executive, overseeing both publishing and recorded music. The appointment is part of EMI's strategy to become a "comprehensive rights management company".
Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Tom Jones, Brian May and Roger Taylor [of Queen], Status Quo, Alison Moyet and Midge Ure and Mike And The Mechanics play at the Princes Trust Rock Gala in The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
Lemmy, a biographical movie about Lemmy of Motorhead, is released in the UK.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play the first of two nights in Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania, supported by Jay-Z.
In court in Burbank, California, USA, rapper Tone-Loc pleads not guilty at Burbank Superior Court, Burbank, California, USA, after being charged with possessing an assault weapon and domestic violence.
The Orb play at The Guildhall, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK., supported by Night Motor.
A jury is chosen in the Manhattan Federal Court case to decide if the rapper Lil’ Kim lied to a federal grand jury investigating a 2001 shoot-out outside a Manhattan radio station.
M.I.A. releases a video for her new single Double Bubble Trouble.
Outkast and Ellie Goulding are among the acts appearing at The Wireless Festival, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
An autopsy into the recent death of juke music pioneer DJ Rashad in his apartment in Chicago, Illinois, USA, reveals that his demise was drug related, with heroin, cocaine and alprazolam being found in his system.
Run The Jewels play at Glasgow Garage, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Lil Jon performs at halftime in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas, USA.
R. Kelly plays at The Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
Dub Pistols play at Nest, Bath, England, UK, Europe.
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