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Eugene Joseph White is born in Liverpool, Rngland, UK. He will find success as leader of Jack White And His Band, recording for Parlophone and Regal-Zonophone as well as making frequent live broadcasts on BBC Radio.
Birth of Ewart G. Abner, US record company executive with Chance, Vee-Jay and Motown Records. As well as working with many essential soul acts, Abner was the man who first released The Beatles' material in America. In the seventies he managed Stevie Wonder.
The Supremes release a new single, Up The Ladder To The Roof, in the USA on Motown Records.
Guy Mitchell is playing during a week-long engagement at The Skyway Lounge, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Bill Doggett plays during a ten-day engagement at at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Dinah Washington, backed by Quincy Jones And His Orchestra, records Wee Small Hours, Bewitched, Am I Blue and other tracks for Mercury Records in New York City, USA.
Motown Records girl-group The Marvelettes make their Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA debut with Please, Mr Postman, which will go on to reach No1 in the Billboard R'N'B and popular charts.
Basic tracks for the songs We Shall Overcome and Trouble In This Land are recorded in Hitsville Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Liz Lands and The Voices Of Salvation gospel group will complete their vocal parts at Greystone Ballroom in Detroit four days later.
The Motortown Revue, featuring The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Little Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, and Martha And The Vandellas, opens for seven days at The Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Chuck Berry plays at The Walled Lake Casino, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Motortown Revue, featuring The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Little Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, and Martha And The Vandellas, plays at Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Little Stevie Wonder continues with his Christmas season booking at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
The Temptations record Just Let Me Know for Gordy Records in Hitsville U.S.A. Studio A, Detroit, Mchigan, USA.
The latest Dick Clark Caravan of Stars, featuring The Supremes, The Crystals, Lou Christie, Brian Hyland, Johnny Tillotson, The Velvelettes, and Dee Dee Sharp sets off on a series of one-nighters in the USA.
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The wake for Sam Cooke is held at The Tabernacle Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois, USA, and is attened by Mohammed Ali, Dick Gregory, Major Lance, Smokey Robinson, Marv Johnson, The Soul Stirrers, The Upsetters and more. Mavis Staples cries all the way through when The Staple Singers sing The Old Rugged Cross.
Florence Ballard, a former member of The Supremes, is married to Thomas Chapman in a civil ceremony with no guests in Hawaii, USA.
The tv show soundtrack album, TCB, by Diana Ross And The Supremes With The Temptations, reaches No1 in the Billboard albums chart in the USA.
Rotary Connection, Country Joe And The Fish, The Amboy Dukes, Chuck Berry and The Stooges play at Keil Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Alice Cooper plays in the Open Air Theatre, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA.
The Commodores play at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England, UK, Europe.
On their Some Great Reward Tour, Depeche Mode play at The Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA.
On her very first live tour, The Virgin Tour, Madonna plays the second of three nights at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The other inductees this year are The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson and Jackie Wilson.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at Volkspark Stadium, Hamburg, Germany, Europe, to an audience of 50,000.
Michael Jackson receives a special award from Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe, for setting a new record for playing more dates at the venue than any other artist. His seven sell-out concerts were attended by 504,000 people, earning him another entry in The Guinness Book Of World Records.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, Janet Jackson plays at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
On his Trash tour, Alice Cooper plays at The Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of four nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Black Cat by Janet Jackson enters the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia, Oceania, at No42. It will peak at No6.
While in Japan, Asia, during his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson travels on the Superexpress train to Tokyo from Nagasaki where he has been visiting the Huis Ten Bosch amusement park with his brother Tito Jackson's three children.
At the BRIT Awards ceremony in Earls Court, London, England, UK, Europe, Pete Townshend of The Who presents Oasis with the Best British Group award. They also win Best Album and Best Video. The big event of the night, however, comes when Jarvis Cocker of Pulp takes the stage in the middle of Michael Jackson's messianic performance of Earth Song and performs a parody of Jackson's act.
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Michael Jackson issues a statement to the effect that his recently departed publicist Stuart Backerman was fired from his job, and did not resign.
Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville, presiding over Michael Jackson's child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA, rules that adult material from Internet sites found on Jackson's computers, is not admissible as prosecution evidence because it may have been automatically stored by the computers and because "there wouldn't be any way of knowing if anyone looked at the material."
Eminem, 50 Cent, L'il Jon and others play at White River Amphitheater, Auburn, Washington, USA.
On their Never Gone tour, The Backstreet Boys play at The DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan, USA.
On her Sticky And Sweet Tour, Madonna plays at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
On their Ceremonials tour, Florence And The Machine play at The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Despite having died in 1977, Elvis Presley tops a newly-released chart of the all-time best-selling solo artists in the UK, with combined sales of over 21.7m. The chart, compiled from statistics collected by The Official Charts Company, shows Cliff Richard in second place [21.5m] with Michael Jackson in third place [15.5m].
Opening statements in the lawsuit by Katherine Jackson against concert promoter AEG Live, are made in court in Los Angeles, California, USA. Katherine Jackson is suing AEG claiming that the company's negligent behaviour led to the death of her son Michael Jackson in 2009 from an overdose of Propofol.
Kid Rock releases his tenth LP, First Kiss, on Parlophone Records in the UK.
Protomartyr play at Vera, Groningen, Netherlands, Europe.
Lukas Graham play at The Fillmore, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
On their WorldWired tour, Metallica play the first of three nights at Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico, North America, supported by Iggy Pop.
On her Madame X tour, Madonna plays the first of three shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
On her Madame X tour, Madonna plays the first of seven shows at The Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon, Portugal, Europe.
On her Madame X tour, Madonna plays the sixth of fifteen shows at The London Palladium, London, England, UK, Europe.