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Christopher Monck, the 2nd Duke of Albemarle, organises a boxing match between his butler and his butcher which has entered the annals of history as the first recorded boxing match in England, although boxing has a history which can be traced all the way back to the ancient Greek Olympics. Boxing matches, however, will inspire numerous songs including Who Killed Davey Moore? by Bob Dylan, about World Featherweight Champion Davey Moore, who died from injuries sustained in a 1963 bout with Sugar Ramos; Davey Moore by Phil Ochs about the same fight; In Zaire by Johnny Wakelin, which tells the story of the 1974 Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire, Africa.
Bob Neal, who will briefly act as manager of Elvis Presley, is born in the Belgian Congo, Africa.
The musical Deep Harlem, with music by Joe Jordan opens at The Hudson Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for eight performances. The show traces the history and the journey of blacks from ancient Africa to 20th century New York City.
The musical Deep Harlem, with music by Joe Jordan plays at The Hudson Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of eight performances. The show traces the history and the journey of blacks from ancient Africa to 20th century New York City.
Jazz musician, recording artist and filmscore composer Michael Gibbs is born in Salisbury, Rhodesia, Africa.
Red Nichols And His 5 Pennies play at Club Morocco, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sylvain Mizrahi is born in Cairo, Egypt, Africa. He will find success, after moving to New York City, USA, as Sylvain Sylvain, guitarist of The New York Dolls.
Nielen Marais is born in Cape Town, South Africa. He will find success as a singer and songwriter with the band Falling Mirror.
Charles Chukwuemeka Oputa is born in Nigeria, Africa. He will find success as singer/songwriter, producer, TV presenter and publisher Charly Boy.
International pop diva Ang?lique Kidjo is born in Ouidah, Dahomey, French West Africa [now known as Benin].
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.
John Coltrane, Miriam Makeba, Oscar Brown Jr., and Machito's Band play the second night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens reaches No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of top-selling singles in the USA.
The hit single The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Manfred Mann play at The Public Hall, Wallingford, UK.
Manfred Mann record Ain't That Love at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Manfred Mann play at The Corn Exhcnage, bristol, UK.
Manfred Mann and Bill Haley And His Comets play at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK.
The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The Honeycombs and Tony Sheveton play at The Capitol Theatre, Perth, Australia.
Jeff Coffin, multiple Grammy-winning saxophonist with Bela Fleck And The Flecktones, The Dave Matthews Band and others, is born in Massachusetts, USA.
Manfred Mann play at The South Pier, Blackpool, England, UK.
Manfred Mann are banned from singing their current UK hit, a version of Bob Dylan's If You Gotta Go, Go Now, on the BBC tv show Crackerjack. The show's producer describes the song as "unsuitable".
The Marquee Show, featuring Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds, Inez And Charlie Foxx, Paul And Barry Ryan, Gary Farr And The T-Bones, the Mark Leeman Five and The Scaffold, plays at The ABC, Chesterfield, UK, Europe.
The Paramount Eight Dance Band performs live on the tv show Bandstand in Ghana, Africa.
The Fortunes play on the BBC tv show Whistle Stop in the UK. The show is hosted by Roger Whittaker.
Paul McCartney and Wings fly to Lagos, Nigeria, Africa, to begin recording the album Band On the Run at the local EMI studio.
Queen release a new single, Bohemian Rhapsody, in the USA.
Bob Marley And The Wailers perform as official guests at The State at Zimbabwe's Independence festival in Zimbabwe, Africa.
30,000 fans attend the three-day Glastonbury CND Festival at Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, paying £12 each to see a line-up headed by Curtis Mayfield, King Sunny Ade, The Beat, Marillion, UB40 and Fun Boy Three. For the first time, the festival has its own radio station, Radio Avalon.
The superstar charity single We Are The World by USA For Africa, which includes Bob Dylan among its vocalists, enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No23.
Under the banner of Hear 'N Aid, a heavy metal supergroup of around forty musicians, led by Ronnie James Dio, spend the first of two days recording the charity fund-raising single Stars at A And M Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The record is intended to raise funds for starving children in Africa, and features contributions from Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tommy Aldridge and members of Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Motley Cr
Eric Clapton plays a charity show for a local housing project in front of 102,000 people in Machava Stadium, Maputo, Mozambique, Africa.
The tiny village of Krindjabo on West Africa's Ivory Coast honours Michael Jackson by proclaiming him King Of The Sanwis.
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.
Dave Matthews And Friends play at The Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Emmylou Harris.
TV soap actress and singer Tammin Sursok releases her debut album Whatever Will Be in Australia.
The Dave Matthews Band plays in Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.
It is announced that the iTunes internet music download service is expecting to sell its 500 millionth download later this month.
The Dave Matthews Band and Ray Lamontagne play at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Centre, Darien Centre, New York State, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Gorge, George, Washington, USA.
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.
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.
The Dave Matthews Band debuts at No1 in the Billboard 200 albums chart for the fifth consecutive time with Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King, notching up first week sales of 424,000.
Imogen Heap releases her third album, Ellipse, in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland and South Africa.
Kings of Leon headline the third night of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Africa.
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.
Congolese super-band Staff Benda Bilili play live at the gala screening of the film Benda Bilili in Union Chapel, Islington. London, UK.
A special Ralph McDonald Day is proclaimed by Mayor Michael Pavia of Stamford, Connecticut, USA, during the Jazz Up July music festival. Seven-time Grammy-winning percussionist McDonald is also famed as a composer and member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band.
A feature in the influential Forbes magazine predicts that streaming will become the primary way that most people consume their music.