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Pianist, composer and arranger Marco Rizo Ayala is born in Santiago De Cuba, Cuba, Caribbean. Among many other achievements, he will become the musical director and pianist for the I Love Lucy tv show in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. He is the composer of the show's theme music and for nine years he will conduct the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, write the incidental music and appear many times on camera.
Hubert Raphael Charles, aka Roaring Lion, records his own composition, the calypso Marry An Ugly Woman for Perfect Records in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, Caribbean. The song will inspire the 1963 No1 Billboard hit single If You Wanna Be Happy by Jimmy Soul.
Codallo's Top Hatters Orchestra records Hold Your Hand Madame Khan, Bastardy, Ida Ida Let Me Know and The History Of Man, for Decca Records in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean.
The Caresser (aka Lord Caresser), with John 'Buddy' Williams And His Rhythm Orchestra, records Clear The Way When The Bamboo Play, for Decca Records in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean.
Clarence Profit's Trio and The Calypso Recorders are playing at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Anselmo Sacasas And His Royal Havana Orchestra are playing at The Colony Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with The Four Senators.
Latin percussion virtuoso Mongo Santamaria records the album Afro-Cuban Drums for SMC Records in New York City, USA.
Joe Alexander And The Cubans record a calypso-styled single, Oh Maria, at Premier Studio, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for the Ballad label. The guitarist on the session, listed in the studio log as Chuck Berryn, will find massive international success as Chuck Berry.
Patricia by Perez Prado reaches No1 on the Billboard R+B singles chart in the USA.
Cy Grant performs a topical calypso on the BBC tv current affairs programme Tonight in London, England, UK.
Jamaican newspaper The Star runs a full-page feature about the spread in popularity of the Hully Gully dance craze in Jamaica, Caribbean.
Guitarist, composer and singer Maria Teresa Vera, known as 'the first female Cuban troubadour', dies in Havana, Cuba.
While his bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell fly off to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Jimi Hendrix jams with Eric Clapton at The Scene Club, New York City, USA
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Paul Anka plays at The King's Inn, Bahamas, Caribbean.
The Gene Ammons Quartet record Calypso Blues, Nature Boy and other tracks for Prestige Records at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
The Raspberries play at the Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, supported by Johnny Nash and Rainbow.
Bob Marley And The Wailers play in Dijon, France, Europe.
Joan Armatrading scores her fourth UK singles chart entry with All The Way From America, which will peak at No54.
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Peter Tosh plays at The Ritz, New York City, USA.
Top Latin-jazz percussionist Willie Bobo dies in Los Angeles, California, USA. In a forty-year career he worked with George Shearing, Stan Getz, Carlos Santana and many others.
Legendary Bahamian singer/guitarist Joseph Spence dies.
The first fully digital reggae single, (Under Mi) Sleng Teng by Wayne Smith, is recorded at Prince Jammy's studio in Jamaica, West Indies. This is often cited as the beginning of ragga style reggae.
Puerto Rican singer, trovador, and composer Ramito, often described as the king of Jíbaro music, commits suicide by shooting himself in his in-law's house, after learning that a cancer he is suffering has metastasized.
Joan Armatrading releases a new album, Square The Circle on A+M Records in the UK.
During a 22-date tour in support of her album Square The Circle, Joan Armatrading plays at Keele University, Stoke, England, UK, Europe.
During a 22-date tour in support of her album Square The Circle, Joan Armatrading plays at The Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England, UK, Europe.
Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao is born in Cojímar, Eastern Havana, Cuba, Caribbean. She will find success first as a member of all-female singing group Fifth Harmony and then as a solo performer.
Legendary Italian music promoter Franco Mamone dies in hospital in Milan, Italy, Europe, eight days after having collapsed with heart failure. As the head of promoting company Commusications, he was considered the first of the modern generation of Italian rock promoters and managers. From the seventies, he organized concerts by Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen and countless others.
Errol Brown plays at the International Centre, Harrogate, UK.
Soul vocalist Johnny Moore dies of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (He should not be confused with Johnny Moore of The Drifters, trumpeter Johnny Moore of The Skatalites or guitarist Johnny Moore of The Three Blazers).
The three day long Endorse-it In Dorset festival begins at Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, England, UK. Headline act is Desmond Dekker And The Aces, other acts on the bill include Zion Train, Pronghorn, Sub-Giant and The Ukrainians.
Serbian music promoter Rajko Bozic arrives in Cuba, Caribbean, with instructions (allegedly from The U.S. Agency for International Development) to recruit local rapper Aldo Rodriguez of hip-hop/rap duo Los Aldeanos and spark an anti-government youth movement.
Amy Winehouse upsets locals and tourists by running topless through the grounds of the Cotton Bay Village Hotel, St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
Hip-hop/rap duo Los Aldeanos perform to a packed crowd in the town of Candelaria, Cuba, Caribbean. Band-member Aldo Rodriguez spends the night in jail for "disturbing the public."
Rihanna releases her fourth album, Rated R, on Universal Music in Australia, Germany and Poland.
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Rihanna comes to the end of a 13-date UK tour, with a gig at the O2, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Rihanna, Ke$ha and Travie McCoy play at White River Amphitheater, Auburn, Washington, USA.
A wax replica figure of Rihanna is unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Washington D.C., USA.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays at The Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays at The O2 Arena, London, England, UK.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays the first of two nights at The Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France, Europe.
On her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna plays the first of two nights at The Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe.
Rihanna attends the Los Angeles Lakers vs The Cleveland Cavaliers at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Italian-born Venezuelan composer, guitarist, singer and songwriter, Pablo Manavello, dies unexpectedly, aged 65, in Miami, Florida, USA. In his long and respected career, he worked with Shakira, Ricky Martin and many others.
Rihanna releases her eighth album, Anti, as a digital download on Westbury Road/Roc Nation Records.
On her Anti World Tour Rihanna plays at Refshaleoen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe, with The Weeknd and Big Sean.
On their The End World Tour, Black Sabbath play at The Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, USA, supported by Rival Sons.
Metallica begin the Latin American leg of their WorldWired tour, with a show at Coliseo De Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA, supported by Zafakon.
On her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift plays the second of two nights at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California, USA, supported by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.
On her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift plays the second of two nights at The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, supported by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.