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Africa

Clive Bunker, drummer with Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig and Manfred Mann's Earth Band, is born in Luton, Bedfordshire, UK.
Miriam Makeba plays the second night of a four week season at the Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Velma Middleton, who had sung for many years with the Louis Armstrong big band, dies following a stroke in SierraLeone, Africa, while on tour with Armstrong.
For the second of two days, thousands of teenage rock'n'roll fans cause traffic chaos in Johannesburg, South Africa, as they besiege the hotel in which visiting British pop idol Cliff Richard is staying.
Al Massler, head of Amy-Mala Records flies out of New York City, USA, to begin a three week visit to Africa in order to investigate the feasibility of opening a record and plastic business there.
The musical Kwamina opens at The 54th Street, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for just 32 performances.
Nina Simone, Odetta, Lionel Hampton, Brock Peters, local Atilogu dancers and Natalie Hinderas perform at the American Society of African Culture (AMSAC) Festival in the King George V Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa. This is the first AMSAC event to be held on African soil.
Bobby Scott And His Orchestra record Little Egypt, One For Quincy, and other tracks for Mercury Records in New York City, USA.
Manfred Mann and Helen Shapiro are judges in UK tv talent show Ready Steady Win.
Manfred Mann record the traditional railroad murder ballad John Hardy at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Manfred Mann record Sha La La at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK. The song is a cover version of an American hit by The Shirelles.
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The Geordie Beat Show, a package tour featuring Manfred Mann, The Merseybeats, Joe Cocker and The McKinleys, plays at The Guildhall, Southampton, UK.
Manfred Mann and Bill Haley And His Comets play at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK.
Manfred Mann release a new single, Sha-La-La, in the UK on HMV Records.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK.
Tonight's edition of weekly tv show Top Of The Pops on BBC1 tv in the UK features the following artists and songs :



Georgie Fame – The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde

Plastic Penny – Everything I Am

Manfred Mann – Mighty Quinn

The Four Tops – Walk Away Renée

John Fred And His Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)

Herman’s Hermits – I Can Take Or Leave Your Loving

Engelbert Humperdinck – Am I That Easy To Forget

Love Affair – Everlasting Love
Manfred Mann are awarded a Silver Disc in the UK for their No1 hit version of Bob Dylan's song The Mighty Quinn.
Manfred Mann play at Avery Hill Cottage, London, England, UK, Europe.
Kenny Ball And His Jazzmen play on the BBC tv show Whistle Stop in the UK. The show is hosted by Roger Whittaker.
Hugh Masekela plays the fifth of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Chicago Transit Authority.
The Rumble In The Jungle, a world Heavyweight championship boxing match between George Foreman and former world champion/challenger Muhammad Ali, takes place in the Mai 20 Stadium, Kinshasa, Zaire, [now known as The Democratic Republic of the Congo], Africa. Ali wins by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round. The fight will inspire the 1976 hit single In Zaire by Johnny Wakelin.
Diamantino Edgar Capacassa Feijó is born in Luanda, Angola, Africa. He will achieve success as rapper Diamondog.
Trans World Airlines Flight TWA847 from Cairo, Africa, to San Diego, California, USA, is hijacked by members of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad shortly after take off. Among the passengers is internationally successful singing star Demis Roussos.
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Malopoets release the LP Malopoets on EMI America in the UK.
The massive Live Aid rock charity concert is held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, and in JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, USA. The objective of the event is to raise money for victims of a famine in Ethiopia, Africa.
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Toots And The Maytals headline the third and last night of The WOMAD Festival, Mersea Island, near Colchester, Essex, England, UK, Europe. Also on the bill are Penguin Cafe Orchestra, General Public, The Go-Betweens, Seconds Of Pleasure, Tabu Ley Le Rochereau, The Tarab Choir, 10 To 10, Boothill Foot-Tappers, Orchestra Jazira, Shikisha, Shankar, Garbarek, The Bristol Percussion Circle and others.
South African band Wild Youth plays at The Pindar Of Wakefield, Kings Cross, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Radio Satellites and Stiff Fix.
Hugh Masekela plays at The Polytechnic, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Paul Simon performs his 'Graceland' concert in Rutfaro Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa. The event is filmed and will be released as a video called Graceland – The African Concert.
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Randy Weston's African Rhythms, with Gnaoua musicians from Morocco, play at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
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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Jaz Coleman and Youth of Killing Joke are recording vocal tracks for the album Pandemonium, in The King's Chamber, The Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt, Africa.
The Dave Matthews Band cancels an international tour because of the recent attacks on the World Trade Center.
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.
Ali Farka Toure dies of bone cancer, aged 66, in Bamako, Mali, Africa. In a long and acclaimed career, he found fame as a singer and guitarist, one of the African continent's most internationally renowned musicians.
It is reported that Michael Jackson intends to visit the African state of Rwanda next year to undertake charity work.
LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founder member of the Dave Matthews Band, suffers a punctured lung and broken ribs in a vehicular accident at his farm near the band's home base of Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
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.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Palladium, Cologne, Germany.
The Dave Matthews Band play at the Lotto Arena, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe.
The movie Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera opens in Egypt and Jordan.
It is reported that, according to the IFPI's annual Recording Industry In Numbers report, global recorded music revenues fell by 8.4% in 2010.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, plus special guest Muntu Valdo, play at The Town Hall, Cheltenham, England, UK, Europe.
On her Aphrodite World Tour, Kylie Minogue plays the second of two nights at Grand Arena at Grand West Casino, Cape Town, South Africa.
The Bridge School Benefit Concert, featuring Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, Eddie Vedder, Los Invisibles featuring Carlos Santana, Beck, Mumford And Sons, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall and Jenny Lewis plays the second of two nights at The Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, USA.
The fifth annual Record Store Day is held in record shops across the world. For this year, Iggy Pop is the official Record Store Day Ambassador.
A private funeral remembrance service for bassist and songwriter Jack Bruce is held at Golders Green Crematorium, London, UK. As well as his own acclaimed solo career, Bruce was a member of Cream, Blues Incorporated, the Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann and West, Bruce And Laing.
South African rap-rave band Die Antwoord plays at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour, Mariah Carey plays the second of two nights at The Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Toure Kunda releases a new LP, Lambi Golo, on Soulbeats Records.
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