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The Fisk University Jubilee Singers record River Of Jordan and I Know I Have Another Building for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Michael James is born in Jamaica, Caribbean. He will grow up in Kingston, Jamaica, where he will also begin his recording and performing career. Re-locating to the UK in 1964, he will become the leader of successful soul band Jimmy James And The Vagabonds.
George Allen Buddy Miles, rock drummer with Electric Flag, Jimi Hendrix and others, is born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Ansel Cridland, later to perform and record as a vocalist with The Meditations and The Linkers, is born in Westmoreland, Jamaica, Caribbean.
Patrick Murray is born in Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. he will find success as reggae singer and toaster Pato Banton.
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].
Jamaican newspaper The Star runs a feature about the popularity of the Hully Gully dance craze.
The Top Ten records being played on WABC Radio, New York City, USA, for the week ended on this day are as follows:
  1. Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons (Philips)
  2. Chapel Of Love - The Dixie Cups (Red Bird)
  3. I Get Around - The Beach Boys (Capitol)
  4. My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small (Smash)
  5. A World Without Love - Peter And Gordon (Capitol)
  6. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying - Gerry And The Pacemakers (Laurie)
  7. Love Me With All Your Heart - The Ray Charles Singers (Command)
  8. People - Barbra Streisand (Columbia)
  9. Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong (Kapp)
  10. Alone - The 4 Seasons (Vee-Jay)
Millie and The Barron Knights appear on Rediffusion tv show The Five O'Clock Club, in the UK.
Johnnie Ray, Millie and Billie Davis appear on the BBC-2 tv show Open House in the UK.
Anglia-tv in the UK screens the play The Rise And Fall Of Nellie Brown, featuring Millie and Kenny Lynch.
Millie, Jess Conrad, Jimmy Wheeler and Des Lane play in the Christmas Pantomime at The Odeon, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
The Hollies and The Migil Five appear on the BBC radio show Easy Beat, recorded in London, UK.
Dantalian's Chariot play at The Boat Club, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe. the band's guitarist, Andy Summers, will find greater success as a member of The Police.
Haile Selassie delivers a speech to the United Nations in New York City, USA, pleading for civil rights in Ethiopia. His words in this speech will be adapted by the Barrett brothers as lyrics in the song War, which will be recorded by Bob Marley on his 1976 album Rastaman Vibration.
The LP Houston by Dean Martin is certified as a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Desmond Dekker plays at The Bamboo Club, Bristol, UK.
Jamaican reggae star Max Romeo arrives in the UK for a tour, only to discover that Mecca Ballrooms have banned him from appearing because of the salacious lyrics of his hit Wet Dream.
Prince Buster plays at The Crystal Palace Hotel, Crystal Palace, London, UK.
Desmond Dekker plays at Shades, Sheffield, UK.
Sugar Daddy by the The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, enters the Billboard US Hot 100 Singles chart, where it will peak at No10.
I Shot The Sheriff, a cover of a Bob Marley song, by Eric Clapton, reaches No1 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Having just landed in New York City, The Police race across town in a cab in order to be in time to hit the stage at the legendary CBGB
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The Police play at Cullen Performance Hall, Houston, Texas, USA.
First day of the three-day long Glastonbury Festival which attracts 25,000 fans to Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, paying £8 each to see Van Morrison, Aswad, Jackson Browne, Roy Harper, Richie Havens and more. Unfortunately, the highest day's rainfall in 45 years is recorded on the Friday. This is also the year of the event’s first laser show backed by Tubeway Army's Are Friends Electric?.
The Jamaica World Music Festival begins in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean. Acts over the next three-days include Peter Tosh, Rick James, The Clash, The Grateful Dead, Aretha Franklin and, in their final show before disbanding, Squeeze.
Three days of riots begin in the Handsworth area of Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. The riots will inspire the songs Handsworth Riot by Pato Banton and Handsworth Revolution by Steel Pulse.

When British reggae band Misty In Roots play at Mutare, Zimbabwe, Africa, fans riot and tear down fences to get in to see the band. A car is set on fire, and police shoot at fans trying to set fire to a petrol station. During the riot, one man is reported killed and 39 are injured.
The B-52s, They Might Be Giants, Ziggy Marley, and The Cramps play in X-Fest III at The Aztec Bowl, San Diego, California, USA.
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Reggae star Horace Andy releases a new album, Living In The Flood, his first collection of new material in ten years.
On his Sacred Love tour, Sting plays the second of six nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, supported by Joss Stone.
Reel Big Fish play at The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey, USA.
Reel Big Fish play at The Theater Of Living Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Second day of the Beautiful Days Festival at Escot Park, Devon, England, UK. Sixty bands, including Michael Franti And Spearhead, The Levellers, Wonderstuff, Billy Bragg, Jill Sobule, Oyster Band, I Am Kloot and Glen Tilbrook on four stages over three days.
Wiltshire band The Critters play at The Mash Tun, Woodmarsh, North Bradley near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, UK.
Soul II Soul play a solo gig in the Summer Series at Somerset House, London, England, UK.
Toots And The Maytals play at The O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK.
The English Beat play at The World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Bad Manners.
The Dave Matthews Band Car avan 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, Gary Clark Jr.,
The Selecter play at New Cross inn, London, UK.
Madness play at The First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK.
Madness play at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland.
On their On Stage Together tour, Paul Simon And Sting play at Mount Duneed Estate, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Oceania.
On his Jeb's Teetotal Pub Crawl tour, Jeb Loy Nichols plays at West Norwood Book And Music Bar, London, England, UK.
On their 19-date Rock Paper Scissors tour Sting and Peter Gabriel play at The BB+T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey, USA.
On their 19-date Rock Paper Scissors tour Sting and Peter Gabriel play at Quebec City Summer Festival, The Plains Of Abraham, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
On their 19-date Rock Paper Scissors tour Sting and Peter Gabriel play at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
YolanDa Brown releases a new LP, Love Politics War, on Absolute Records in the UK.
Dub Pistols release their seventh album, Crazy Diamonds, on Sunday Best in the UK.