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Clement Seymour Dodd is born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Under the name Sir Coxone, he will become revered as perhaps the greatest producer of ska, reggae and dub music thee world has ever seen. He will work with Prince Buster, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Toots And The Maytals, The Skatalites, Bob Marley And The Wailers and many others.
Notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone dies aged 48 at his home on Palm Island, Florida, USA. He had long been weak and mentally deficient from the effects of neurosyphilis, and then suffered a stroke, pneumonia and, finally, a cardiac arrest. Capone's life of crime will inspire several songs, including Al Capone [1967] by Prince Buster, Public Enemy No1 [2011] by Megadeth and Al Capone [1987] by Michael Jackson [which later became Smooth Criminal].
Keith Blake is born in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. He will find success as roots reggae vocalist and recording artist Prince Alla [aka Prince Allah or Ras Allah].
Don Drummond leaves school in Kingston, Jamaica, in the Caribbean, to join The Colony Club Orchestra, but will find greater acclaim as a founder member and trombone player of The Skatalites.
Ossie Hibbert is born in Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. He will become an acclaimed reggae pianist contributing to countless hit records but also writing, producing, arranging and engineering many more.
Alison Anne Cadogan is born in St. Andrew, Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. She will find international success in the 1970s as lover's rock/reggae vocalist Susan Cadogan.
Lincoln Barrington Minott is born in Kingston, Jamaica. He will find international success as reggae singer, producer and sound-system operator Sugar Minott.
Influential Sun Records' recording artist - he is said to have inspired ska music - Rosco Gordon marries BarbaraKerr in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
Burl Ives records Ninety Nine, Call Me Mr. In-Between, In Foggy Old London, Mother Wouldn't Do That and other tracks at Bradley Film and Recording Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Noteable session players on the tracks include Grady Martin [guitar], Hank Garland [guitar], Harold Bradley [guitar], Floyd Cramer [piano], Bob Moore [bass] and Buddy Harman [drums].
Rehearsals for a Rediffusion tv special, Around the Beatles, starring The Beatles, are held in The Hall Of Remembrance, Flood Street, Chelsea, London, UK. The show also features Cilla Black, Millie, Sounds Incorporated, Long John Baldry, Andre Tayir, Murray The K, The Vernons Girls, P.J. Proby and The Jets.
Jimmy James And The Vagabonds play in The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK.
The Skatalites play at The Disco Blue discotheque in Ryde, Isle Of Wight, UK.
Prince Buster plays at Samantha's, London, UK.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Tapper Zukie plays at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, Gotta Serve Somebody, in the UK on CBS Records.
On their Zenyatta Mondttta tour, The Police play in The Aragon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Zenyatta Mondatta tour The Police play in The Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Ras Michael And The Sons Of Negus play at The Ace, Brixton, London, UK
Frankie Paul plays at Mutualite, Paris, France, Europe.
Billy Bragg, 10,000 Maniacs, Ziggy Marley, The Indigo Girls, Bruce Hornsby And The Range, Michelle Shocked, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Crack The Sky and others play in the first Earth Day Benefit Concert, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Symphony Woods, Columbia, Maryland, USA. The event raises $60,000 for environmental groups.
The first portable mp3 player, The Diamond Rio PMP300, goes on sale in the USA, despite objections from the R.I.A.A. [Recording Industry Association of America]. The device costs $200 and can play about a dozen songs.
[spunge], Farse and Spankboy play at The Forum, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Sting plays at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
It is reported that Sinead O'Connor is currently in Jamaica, Caribbean, recording a reggae album with some of Jamaica's leading musicians.
Soul vocalist Johnny Moore dies of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (He should not be confused with Johnny Moore of The Drifters, trumpeter Johnny Moore of The Skatalites or guitarist Johnny Moore of The Three Blazers).
Fishbone play at The Norva, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
The Beat, The Selecter and Rhoda Dakar play at The Mean Fiddler, London, England, UK.
Reel Big Fish play in The Bay Center at The Rusty Rudder, Dewey Beach, Delaware, USA.
Hard-Fi are joined by Neville Staples of The Specials fame when they headline a Love Music Hate Racism launch event at the Scala, Kings Cross, London, England, UK.
No Doubt play at The Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, USA.
Sting spends the day in St Tropez, France, Europe.
John Mayer plays at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, supported by Michael Franti And Spearhead.
Tom Petty And the Heartbreakers play at The Qwest Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Soul II Soul play a solo gig in the Summer Series at Somerset House, London, England, UK.
The Dave Matthews Band C aravan plays the last of three nights at Lakeside, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The lineup over the course of the three nights also includes Kid Cudi, The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side Of The Moon, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Amos Lee, Emmylou Harris, Ben Folds, G. Love And Special Sauce, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Gomez, Drive-By Truckers, Michael Franti And Spearhead, Daniel Lanois' Black Dub, The Jayhawks, Soja, Soulive, The Wailers, Blind Pilot, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, TR3, Vieux Farka Toure, Alberta Cross, Mariachi El Bronx, Bobby Long, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Jeff Coffin's Mu'tet and Gary Clark Jr.,
Photographer Rebecca Smeyne claims that devoutly religious reggae rapper Matisyahu kicked her in the face during a Hanukkah show in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Fleetwood Mac play at The Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Suggs, frontman of Madness, stars in Suggs - My Life Story, at The Garrick Theatre, London, UK.
Suggs, frontman of Madness, stars in Suggs - My Life Story, at The Garrick Theatre, London, UK.
The trial of reggae dancehall artist Vybz Kartel for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams continues in the Home Circuit court, Jamaica, Caribbean.
The Word Of Mouth Tour featuring Aer plays at Slim's, San Francisco, California, USA.
Madness play at The Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, UK.
During their On Stage Together tour, Paul Simon And Sting play at Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley, Australia, Oceania.
Reggae-dub four-piece The Skints play at Epic Studios, Norwich, UK.
John 'Brad' Bradbury, drummer with The Specials, dies aged 62 in England, UK. No cause of death is announced.
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On their 19-date Rock Paper Scissors tour Sting and Peter Gabriel play at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
On their 19-date Rock Paper Scissors tour Sting and Peter Gabriel play at Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
When Sting and Chris Cornell play a concert - the ROCK4EB! benefit in Malibu, California, USA, - to raise funds to fight the rare skin disease epidermolysis bullosa, they are unexpectedly joined onstage by actor Brad Pitt. He did not, however, sing. His participation involved introducing the performances at the event, where guests included actors Kaley Cuoco, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Charlie Hunnam, Elizabeth Olsen, David Spade, Garrett Hedlund, Rami Malek, Scott Foley, and Courteney Cox.
The Beat starring Dave Wakeling play at The O2 Academy, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.