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Paul Riley, bass player of 70s pub-rock band Chilli Willi And The Red Hot Peppers, is born in Islington, London, UK.
UK tv show Juke Box Jury features folk-pop singer Marianne Faithfull among its guests.
The Jazz Five record Autumn Leaves, There It Is and other tracks in London, UK, for Tempo Records. Bassist on the session is Malcom Cecil, who will go on to form Tonto's Expanding Head Band, one of the first synthesiser based groups of the rock era.
Ruth Brown, The Vibrations, Jimmy Jones, The Sensations , Joe Turner, The Clovers, Little Anthony, David Ruffin and Arthur Prysock play the fourth night in a week of shows at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Who play at Wallington Public Halls, Wallington, UK.
Long John Baldry And The Hoochie Coochie Men play at The Marquee, London, England, UK, supported by Rod Stewart.
Future international superstars Sherbet play their first-ever live show at the New 2UW Spectacular in Brookvale Oval, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The Moody Blues play at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Deep Purple release a new single, Smoke On The Water, in the USA.
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Paul McCartney and Wings reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA with Band On The Run.
Joe Strummer and Topper Headon of The Clash appear in court in Morpeth, Northumberland, UK, to answer charges of stealing a pillowcase and other items from the Holiday Inn at Seaton Burn. They are each fined £100.
Bob Dylan plays the last of three nights at Matsishita Denki Taiibukan, Hirakata City, Osaka Fu, Japan, Asia.
Following the Zimbabwe Liberation War, the British government grants independence to Zimbabwe, an African country which had been known as Rhodesia for many decades. The 1988 Toni Childs song Zimbabwe is inspired by the difficulties faced by the new nation since gaining its independence.
Depeche Mode play their first live gig under that name, at Ronnie Scott's Jazz club, London, England, UK, Europe
Linda Ronstadt opens on Broadway, New York City, USA, as the female lead, Mabel, in a new staging of Gilbert And Sullivan's comic opera The Pirates Of Penzance.
John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers play the second of two nights in Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
Zero, with John Cipollina, play at The Stone, San Francisco, California, USA.
On the Purple Rain tour, Prince And The Revolution play the second of six nights at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On their Pump Tour, Aerosmith play at The Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
On her Farewell Tour, Tina Turner plays at Stadio Simonetta Lamberti, Cava de' Tirreni, Campania, Italy, Europe.
Thunder begin a british tour with a show at Rock City, Nottingham, UK.
Hurricane Katrina makes landfall at Grand Isle, approximately 90km south of New Orleans, Louisana, USA. In the days that follow, New Orleans will be devastated with at least 1,836 people dying in the hurricane and subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since 1928. Total property damage will be estimated at $81bn. The 2006 song Wide Awake by Audioslave will be one of the first musical responses to the disaster, but others include Missin' Mississippi by Van Dyke Parks, Hurricane Katrina [The Ghosts of New Orleans] by Frances Donnelly, Katrina by Anders Osbourne, Hell No, We Ain't Alright by Public Enemy, Gov Did Nothin' by The John Butler Trio and Midnight In The City Of Destruction by The Nightwatchman.
Rihanna and Queen Latifah are among the artists attending the second annual Music UpFront Event in New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan's album Modern Times wins the Grammy award for best contemporary folk/Americana album, while the song Someday Baby wins for solo rock vocal performance. This brings his total of Grammy Award wins to ten.
Much-loved Leicester, UK rock venue The Charlotte, closes down. Bands including Oasis, Radiohead, Coldplay and Blur all played at the club but, despite support from the band Kasabian, the venue was no longer profitable.
Lightspeed Champion releases a new album, Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You in the USA on Domino Records.
The Coral play at The Philharmonic, Liverpool, England, UK.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland, Europe.
Metallica play at The Jockey Club, Asuncion, Paraguay, South America.
CLASSIXX play at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Arctic Monkeys plays a brief, live acoustic session at XFM Radio Studios, London, England, UK.
Sorrowful Angels play at Gavaliotissa Open Theatre, Edessa, Greece, Europe.
Styx, Foreigner and former Eagles' guitarist Don Felder play at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York State, USA.
Jackson Browne plays at Oakdale, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA.
On their History Of The Eagles tour, The Eagles play at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
Skillet play at The Garage, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
The Mission headline the first day of the three-day long Bearded Theory Festival at Catton Hall, Walton Upon Trent, Derbyshire, UK. Also appearing are Alabama 3, Gun, Hugh Cornwell and others.
On their Rock Or Bust tour, AC/DC play at Hanover Fairground, Hanover, Germany, Europe, supported by Vintage Trouble.
Suburban Legends play at The Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith), A Thousand Horses and The Cadillac Three perform live at the Big Machine Label Group CRS Bash at aVenue, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
About 300 rare and valuable guitars, including instruments associated with Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley and Eddie Van Halen, go up for auction at Guernsey's, New York City, USA.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play the second of two nights at The Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sir Paul McCartney Tweets the message "Happy New Year! May this year be a happy and peaceful one for you and your family and everyone around the world. Love Paul"
Radio deejay Brian Matthew, who worked for the BBC for 63 years (1954 - 2017), broadcasts his final show for the BBC. He had been suffering ill-health for some time.
Reverend James Leg plays at The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Ireland, Europe, supported by The Bonnevilles.