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US deejay/promoter Alan Freed's week-long revue spends its fourth day at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, featuring Bo Diddley, Big Maybelle, Jo Ann Campbell, Bobby Day, The Cadillacs, and The Wheels.
At The Fontainbleu Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA, Elvis Presley records a Timex tv special with Frank Sinatra, who had previously declared that 'rock'n'roll is made by cretinous goons'. Also on the show are Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
A young Scottish boy, James Dixon Swan, arrives in Adelaide, Australia, where his family plans to start a new life. James will find success as rock vocalist Jimmy Barnes of Cold Chisel.
Chubby Checker, Jan And Dean, Bobby Freeman, Dick And Dee Dee and The Untouchables play in the Twist Party concert at The Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA.
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Brenda Lee plays the last of ten nights at The Deauville Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA.
Elvis Presley has a fourth day of location filming in Hawaii, USA, for his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!
Despite facing severe losses, The Twist Spectacular Tour plays the last of five nights at St Nicholas Arena, New York City, headlined by Chubby Checker with Joey Dee And The Starliters, Dee Dee Sharp, The Dovells and The Carroll Brothers.
Joey Dee And The Starliters record Willy Willy, for Roulette Records.
Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry records If I Were You, Fight Song and other tracks in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Moodsville Records.
Brenda Lee plays at Blinstrub's , Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Bill Evans Quintet records When You Wish Upon a Star, You Go to My Head and Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, in Nola Penthouse Studio, New York City, USA, for Riverside Records.
John Fletcher is born. He will find fame as rapper Ecstasy of New York City rap combo Whodini.
Big Brother And The Holding Company, Moby Grape and Morning Glory play in the Santa Venetia Armory, San Rafael, California, USA.
Joe Cocker plays at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK.
Mott The Hoople are about to split up when David Bowie, a friend of the band, offers to produce their next album, and presents them with some new songs he's written. They turn down Suffragette City because they'd rather have Drive-In Saturday, but they agree to record another of his songs, All The Young Dudes.
Jermaine Dupri Mauldin is born in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. He will find success as producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri.
Bat Out Of Hell, the second studio album by Meat Loaf, is released in the USA. It will eventually sell over 43m copies worldwide.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays the first of two nights at The Palladium, New York City, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany, Europe.
Def Leppard play at The Lyceum Ballroom, The Strand, London, UK.
Ozzy Osbourne plays in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at Portland Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Springfield Civic Center, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Iron Maiden play at The Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, supported by Motley Crue.
Ice Cube, TDS Mob, Money One and RSO Crew play at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Edutainment, the fourth album by Boogie Down Productions, is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Ol' Dirty Bastard of The Wu-Tang Clan pleads not guilty to crack cocaine and marijuana possession charges in court in New York City, USA. The court is told that when the rapper was arrested in July 99, he tried to get police to overlook the crack. "Can you make the drugs disappear?" asked the rapper, "The marijuana charge, I'll take. Make the rocks disappear - the kids look up to me. I'm a role model. Do the right thing. You're gonna know who I am."
Cornelius Bumpus, best-known as the saxophonist for The Doobie Brothers, Moby Grape and others, dies aged 58, of a heart attack while on a flight from New York City to Los Angeles, California, USA..
Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson and P. Diddy appear in an infomercial about acne which has its first airing in the USA today.
Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean, former members of The Fugees, are reunited onstage during the Force Of Nature tsunami relief concert in Stadium Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Asia.
Professional wrestler John Cena releases a rap single, The Time Is Now, on WWE Records in the USA.
R. Kelly shoots a video clip for his fourth single, the reggaeton song Burn It Up, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
61-year-old Rod Stewart marries his third wife, 35-year-old model Penny Lancaster, on board the yacht Lady Ann Magee in Portofino, Italy, Europe.
Rapper Hopsin releases his debut LP, Gazing At The Moonlight, on Ruthless Records in the USA.
Kid Rock plays at the Borgata Hotel Casino And Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Chipmunk and Daisy Dares You play at the month-long iTunes festival in The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, UK.
The exhibition Walls Of Sound opens at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. The exhibition, based on the books Hold Tight! and Endless Beat, presents gig posters, photographs and other artefacts telling the story of pop music in the area.
Rapper Ja Rule pleads guilty to a charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in court in New York City, USA. He is expected to receive a two-year sentence.
Nicki Minaj, Lloyd Banks and Fabolous play at the Hot 97 Christmas Concert in the Paradise Theater, New York City, USA.
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards are held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Eminem and Justin Bieber dominate the event, each taking home six trophies, while Taylor Swift and five others secure three each. Beyonce gets the Millennium Award. Also in attendance are U2 and Lil Wayne.
Jay-Z attends an American football match between the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA.
Eminem headlines Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
On their first tour together in over twenty years, the surviving members of The Beach Boys play at Oskaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Japan. (strong>
Beyonce and Jay-Z are in Havana, Cuba, celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary.
Brad Paisley and LL Cool J release a new duet, Accidental Racist, on Paisley's latest LP Wheelhouse, in the USA.
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Paul McCartney and ZZ Top are among the artists playing at The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, Tennessee, USA.
Hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks release their second album Roaring 20s in the UK.
G-Eazy plays at Terminal 5, New York City, USA.
Kool Keith plays at Cosmic Charlie's, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.