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Lord Cardigan leads a suicidal charge of British cavalry against Russian forces at The Battle of Balaclava during The Crimean War. As a result of this futile attack, which will become known as The Charge Of The Light Brigade, 118 men are killed, 127 wounded and about 60 taken prisoner. Cardigan's reckless action will inspire the first verse of the song 5-4-3-2-1 by Manfred Mann. The 1983 song The Trooper by Iron Maiden will also be based on the same suicidal military charge, and the voice of Trumpeter Landfrey, who sounded the charge, will be used as the opening of the 1968 album Balaklava by Pearls Before Swine.
The Jazz Dazzlers, including trumpeter Hugh Masekela, record Hamba Gwi, Fika Swanee and Fuduwa in Cape Town, South Africa, for Gallo Records.
Popular singing duo Mickey And Sylvia open their own night club, The Blue Morocco in New York City, USA. Headline act on the first night is King Curtis.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Miriam Makeba is the musical guest on this day's edition of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on NBC-tv in the USA.
Manfred Mann play at The Ealing Jazz Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK.
Manfred Mann play at The Palace, Douglas, isle Of Man, UK.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK.
The Heartbeats Of Sierra Leone record sixteen tracks during their second live recording session at The Voice Of America Studios, Liberia, Africa.
Peter And Gordon fly from London, UK, to South Africa for concerts, amidst harsh criticism from the British Musicians' Union.
Manfred Mann record their version of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins song I Put A Spell On You at Studio 3, Abbey Road, London, England, UK.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Mark Leeman Five.
Manfred Mann record That's All I Ever Want From You Baby at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Manfred Mann's cover version of the Bob Dylan song The Mighty Quinn, enters the UK pop singles chart, where it will peak at No1.
Lady Willpower by The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett, peaks at No2 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. It is kept from the top spot by Hugh Masekela with Grazing In The Grass.
Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones spends the second of two days recording the Master Musicians of Joujouka in Marrakesh, Morocco, Africa.
Hugh Masekela And Big Black, Chicago Transit Authority and the Illinois Speed Press play at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, California, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the second of two nights at the Theatre National Daniel Sorano, Dakar, Senegal, Africa.
Queen release a new single, Bohemian Rhapsody, in the USA.
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for their hit single Blinded By The Light – written by Bruce Springsteen.
Mongo Santamaria and the Hugh Masekela Band play the eighth of thirteen nights at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Queen play at the Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Freddie Mercury of Queen spends the second of three days at Limehouse Studios, London, England, UK, Europe, making a video for his solo single I Was Born To Love You
Tina Turner releases a new single, I Don't Wanna Fight on Parlophone Records. The song, originally offered to Sade, is written by Lulu, her brother Billy Lawrie and Steve Duberry.
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As part of their Vault tour, Def Leppard play three gigs in three continents - Africa, Europe and North America - on one day. They start in Tangier, Morocco, fly to London, and end the day in Vancouver, Canada.
Busted Stuff by the Dave Matthews Band enters Billboard's US album chart at No1.
Beyoncé, Johnny Clegg, Jimmy Cliff, The Corrs, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Eurythmics, Queen, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Anastacia, Bob Geldof, Paul Oakenfold with Shifty Shellshock and TC, the Soweto Gospel Choir, the Amampondo Drummers, Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens), The Who, Angelique Kidjo, Bono and The Edge of U2, Abdel Wright, Chris Thompson, Zoe Nicholas, Treana Morris, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Bongo Maffin, Danny K, Watershed, Zucchero, Ms. Dynamite and Andrew Bonsu play in the 46664 AIDS benefit concert in honour of Nelson Mandela, in Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa. The event is hosted by Mandela.
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Lauryn Hill, Angelique Kidjo and others play for a crowd of 200,000 at Africa Unite, a tribute concert to mark what would have been the 60th birthday of Bob Marley, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa.
Bono of U2 announces the launch of his new ‘ethical’ clothing range, Edun, at Saks Fifth Avenue, in New York City, USA. All clothes in the range are made in Lima, Peru, South America, and Monastir, Tunisia, from cotton and denim, and will retail at prices from $45 to $300.
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A 32-year old man is found dead at The Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival, in Manchester, Tennessee, USA, where the main acts performing over this weekend include the Dave Matthews Band, former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, The Black Crowes, and Alison Krauss.
The two-day long Cape Town International Jazz Festival comes to an end at various locations around Cape Town, South Africa. Artists appearing during the event included award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, jazz-funk king Maceo Parker, smooth jazz guitarist Peter White and legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.
Crosby Stills And Nash, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, k.d. lang Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Taylor and Wilco play at a special tribute concert in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, as part of a gala to honor Neil Young as the 2010 Musicares Person of the Year.
Studio 1, the multi-million dollar solar-powered recording studio complex built by Rita Marley in Aburi, Eastern Ghana, Africa, is destroyed by fire. The flames also destroy a number of Bob Marley master tapes.
Cheryl Cole, suffering from malaria contracted while holidaying in Tanzania, Africa, is admitted to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases at University College, London, England, UK, Europe.
The three-day-long Lake Of Stars festival begins at the Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, Mangochi, Malawi, Africa. The line-up over the three days includes The Noisettes, Oliver Mtukudzi, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., Aly Keita, MistaJam, Jon McClure, Eddy Temple Morris, Goldierocks, Afrikan Boy and Tinash?.
On the fifth leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at FNB Stadium, [aka Soccer City], Johannesburg, South Africa, supported by The Springbok Nude Girls and Amadou And Mariam.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, plus special guest Muntu Valdo, play at The Barbican, London, England, UK, Europe.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, plus special guest Muntu Valdo, play at The Guild Hall, Preston, Lancashire, England, UK, Europe.
Rapper 50 Cent flies to Dolo, Somalia, Africa, to take part in a World Food Program effort to alleviate the effects of famine in Somalia and Kenya.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sylvain Sylvain [formerly of The New York Dolls], plus The Duel and The Bears play at The 100 Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
Record producer/composer Quincy Jones and British musician Jerry Dammers, co-founder of The Specials, are presented by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa with the prestigious Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.
A study carried out via music analysis company The Echo Nest reveals that one-quarter of all songs played on Spotify are skipped within the first five seconds of listening.
It is announced that Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid 30 has become the fastest-selling single of the year so far. The single is an all-star charity fund-raiser to raise money to fight the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.
Band Aid 30 release a new CD single version of Do They Know It's Christmas? as a fund-raising single to raise money to fight the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.
The ultra-rare, incredibly valuable Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is held up at customs in JFK Airport, New York City, USA, so that border control officials can determine the contents of the silver box holding the album. The album exists as one single copy, and had been held in a secure storage vault at The Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, Africa. It arrived at JFK en route to its purchaser, the controversial hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli, who had paid $2m to buy it.
Amr Diab, one of the most successful singers and recording stars in the Middle East, enters The Guinness World records listing as the first Arab singer to win a large number of global awards in the Middle East region.
Sylvain Sylvain, guitarist of the New York Dolls, dies, aged 69, of cancer.