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Richard M. Jones' Jazz Wizards record African Hunch in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
John Symon Asher Bruce is born in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland. He will find fame as Jack Bruce, bassist for The Graham Bond Quartet, John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann and Cream, before going on to an acclaimed solo career.
Clive Bunker, drummer with Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig and Manfred Mann's Earth Band is born in Luton, Bedfordshire, UK.
Freddie Mercury of Queen spends the last of three days at Limehouse Studios, London, England, UK, Europe, making a video for his solo single I Was Born To Love You
British jazz bandleader Johnny Dankworth arrives in South Africa for a tour.
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.
LeRoi Moore, saxophonist of the Dave Matthews Band, is born in Durham, North Carolina, USA.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
The Karl Denver Trio enter the UK pop singles chart with their version of the Zulu song Wimoweh [aka The Lion Sleeps Tonight]. It will peak at No4 during a seventeen week run.
Chip Hooper is born in Miami, Florida, USA. He will become a successful music industry agent, representing Phish and the Dave Matthews Band, and will become regarded as a seminal figure in establishing the Jam Band movement. Later he will head up the Paradigm Talent Agency.
Manfred Mann record Ain't That Love at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
A Band Of Angels appear on UK tv show Thank Your Lucky Stars. Their singer, Mike D'Abo, will find greater success as a vocalist with Manfred Mann.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK.
Manfred Mann record the traditional railroad murder ballad John Hardy at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
The Geordie Beat Show, a package tour featuring The Merseybeats, Joe Cocker and The McKinleys, is joined by Manfred Mann when it plays at The Dome, Brighton, UK.
The UK Album Chart for this day is as follows :
  1. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - The Beatles
  2. The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones
  3. Moonlight And Roses - Jim Reeves
  4. Kinks - The Kinks
  5. Five Faces Of Manfred Mann - Manfred Mann
  6. The Bachelors And 16 Great Songs - The Bachelors
  7. The Animals - The Animals
  8. West Side Story - Original Soundtrack
  9. In Dreams - Roy Orbison
  10. Gentleman Jim - Jim Reeves
Playing live for a French TV special at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK, are Gene Vincent, Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark, Manfred Mann, The Kinks and The Clayton Squares.
The Animals, Manfred Mann, The Four Pennies and Frankie Vaughan take part in a charity concert at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, UK.
Appearing at the fifth annual National Jazz and Blues Festival at Richmond Athletic Ground, Richmond, England, UK, are The Who, Manfred Mann, Rod Stewart and The Yardbirds. The Who's drummer Keith Moon fuels his performance by taking twenty amphetamine pills beforehand.
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Manfred Mann play at The New Brighton Tower, Wallasey, Cheshire, UK.
Manfred Mann release a new album, Mann Made, in Canada on Capitol Records.
Manfred Mann are awarded a Silver Disc in the UK for their No1 hit version of Bob Dylan's song The Mighty Quinn.
Weekly BBCtv show Top Of The Pops in the UK features live performances by Cilla Black, Don Partridge, The Equals and Manfred Mann.
Wilson Pickett, Ike And Tina Turner, Santana, Willie Bobo, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples and The Voices of East Harlem play in the Soul To Soul concert in Black Star Square, Accra, Ghana, Africa. During the show, famed drummer Kofi Ghanaba (aka Guy Warren of Ghana) gives a thunderous performance with an ensemble of gourd players from Benin.
Burundi Black by Burundi-Steiphenson-Black enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No31 during a fourteen-week run on the chart. Burundi-Steiphenson-Black is, however, a psuedonym for French musical arranger and filmscore composer Michel Bernholc, who has simply grafted a rock arrangement over the top of a field recording of Burundi Drummers of the Ingoma tribe made in East Africa. The same rhythm will subsequently be sampled for tracks by Joni Mitchell, Adam And The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, The Beastie Boys and others.
The hit single The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Robert John is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A. The song is based on a Zulu folk melody called Wimoweh.
Bob Marley And The Wailers perform as official guests at The State at Zimbabwe's Independence festival in Zimbabwe, Africa.
Pink Floyd's album The Wall is declared to be "prejudicial to the safety of South Africa" by that country's ruling apartheid government.
Queen's latest album, The Game, enters the UK chart where it will peak at No1.
Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac plays a benefit concert for local musicians in Accra, Ghana, Africa, at the start of recording sessions for his solo album The Visitor.
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USA For Africa reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with We Are The World.
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.
Little Steven and producer Arthur Baker donate $327,000 in royalties from the Artists Against Apartheid song (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City to the effort to end apartheid in South Africa.
Nelson Mandela appears at Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, as part of the Nelson Mandela Birthday Tribute Concert featuring Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, Jerry Dammers, Aswad, Simple Minds, Bonnie Raitt, Daniel Lanois, George Duke and others.
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The 1996 Sonoria Festival, a three-day event, has its second day in Parco Aquatica, Milan, Italy, Europe. Artists appearing on this day are Iggy Pop, Rage Against the Machine, No Doubt, Placebo, Stiff Little Fingers, The Afghan Whigs, The Orb, Andrea Chimenti, Carmen Consoli, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, Edge Park, Freak Power, Giancarlo Onorato, Karma, Lou Dalfin, Mario Venuti and Prozac+.
Internationally successful singing star Eve Boswell dies in Durban, South Africa.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the last of eight days in the Sudan, North West Africa, as part of a mission, organised by he humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, to free Southern Sudanese slaves from their Northern masters.
Congolese music star Papa Wemba appears in court in Paris, France, Europe, on charges relating to the smuggling of illegal immigrants from Africa to Europe under the pretense that they were members of his band. A month later he will be sentenced to thirty months in jail and a $13,000 fine. Most of the sentence, however, is suspended because of time already spent in jail while awaiting trial.
Mark Knopfler plays the second of two nights at Carnival City, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Fran Healey of Travis flies from London, England, UK, to Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, at the start of an eight day visit to the Sudan on behalf of the Save The Children fund, with the aim of raising awareness internationally of the problems faced by Sudanese children.
Stand Up by The Dave Matthews Band enters the World Albums Top 40 at No1.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo play at the City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Dave Matthews Band plays the second of two nights at Brixton Academy, London.
It is reported that singer Cheryl Cole's recent collapse during a photo shoot in north London, England, UK, was probably casued by her having contracted malaria after being bitten by a mosquito during a recent holiday in Tanzania with dancer Derek Hough.
The movie Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera opens in Colombia, Kenya and Nigeria.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, plus special guest Muntu Valdo, play at The Sage, Gateshead, England, UK, Europe.
The Home Festival 2012, a two-day event, comes to an end at Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon, UK. Artists appearing over the course of the event have included Charlotte Church, Show of Hands, Tibet's Tashi Lhunpo Monks, The Dhol Foundation, Ethiopia's Krar Collective and West Africa's Ballet Nimba.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo play at Tipitina's, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Vaudou Game release a new LP, Otodi, on Hot Casa Records.