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William John Clifton Haley is born in Highland Park, Detroit, Michigan, USA. After a successful career as a country-oriented singer, he will find international fame as Bill Haley, a founding father of rock'n'roll.
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Derek St. Holmes is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will find success as the vocalist and rhythm guitar player for The Ted Nugent Band.
Barbra Streisand continues with a month-long residency at The Caucus Club in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand continues her month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Jackie Wilson spends the day in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, visiting deejays and promoters in an effort to push his latest single I'm Comin' On Back To You. He also finds time to attend a cocktail party held by Decca Records branch manager Vern Cupples at Carlton House.
Jackie Wilson records I'll Be Around and I'll Always Be In Love With You, for Brunswick Records in the USA.
The Four Tops record Ask The Lonely at Hitsville Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Supremes new single, Baby Love, enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA, where it will provide them with their second No1 hit.
The Supremes release a new album, A Bit Of Liverpool, in the USA on Motown Records. All tracks are covers of songs associated with The Beatles and other 'British Invasion' artists. In the UK, the album will be titled With Love From Us To You.
The Temptations spend the last of three days working on the song My Girl at Hitsville Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Top Ten Records played on WABC Radio in New York City, USA, for the week ended on this date, are as follows :

1. Come See About Me - The Supremes [Motown]

2. I Feel Fine - The Beatles (Capitol)

3. Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton (Epic)

4. She's Not There - The Zombies (Parrot)

5. Love Potion No. 9 - The Searchers (Kapp)

6. Goin' Out of My Head - Little Anthony And The Imperials (DCP)

7. She's a Woman - The Beatles (Capitol)

8. Time Is On My Side - The Rolling Stones (London)

9. My Love, Forgive Me - Robert Goulet (Columbia)

10. You Really Got Me - The Kinks (Reprise]

The Velvelettes release a new single, He Was Really Sayin' Somethin', on Motown's V.I.P. label in the USA. The track is produced by Norman Whitfield.
Jr. Walker And The All Stars play at Northside Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Temptations, Martha And The Vandellas, Brenda Holloway, Patti LaBelle And The Bluebelles and The Beau Brummels play the last night of a ten-day season, promoted by top radio DJ Murray The K, at the Brooklyn Fox Theatre, New York City, USA.
The Temptations release a new album, Wish It Would Rain, in the USA on Gordy/Motown Records.
Procol Harum play the second of three nights at The Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Martha Reeves And The Vandellas release a new single, I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playing, in the USA. Because Reeves objects to the lyric, the choruses are all sung by Syreeta Wright, who will later become a successful artist in her own right.
I Want You Back by The Jackson 5, on Tamla Motown Records, enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No2 during a 13-week run.
Joe Cocker and an entourage of 43 crew members and musicians, fly on a Super Constellation from Los Angeles, California, USA, to Detroit, Michigan, where Cocker’s Mad Dogs And Englishmen tour is set to start the next day.
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The Frost play at SUNY, New Paltz, New York State, USA.
David Bowie plays the first of two nights at The Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Marvin Gaye plays at The Apollo, Manchester, UK.
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Bonnie Raitt, Leo Kottke and Sippie Wallace play at Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA.
Michael Jackson rings Paul McCartney and suggests that they should "write some hits" together. The first result of their collaboration will be The Girl Is Mine.
The musical comedy film Roadie, featuring Meat Loaf, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Styx, Blondie and Pat Benatar, opens at cinemas in Mexico, North America.
The Girl Is Mine by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, peaks at No2 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA.
The US Senate passes a bill, inspired by a campaign started by Stevie Wonder, to have civil right campaigner Dr Martin Luther King's birthday recognized as a national holiday in the USA. The bill is passed by a majority of 78 votes to 22.
CBS records reports that the Michael Jackson album Thriller has now sold 19.4m copies in the USA alone, and 30.9m worldwide.
The Commodores play the second of two nights at The Lakeside Country Club, Camberley, Surrey, England, UK, Europe.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays to an audience of 45,000 on the first of two nights at Paramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Oceania. Stevie Wonder makes a surprise guest appearance, singing Just Good Friends with Michael.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays to an audience of 45,000 on the second of two nights at Paramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in Finland, Europe.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Stray Cats and The Joe Ely Band plays at Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, near Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Madonna's Like A Prayer wins the Viewers' Choice Award at the sixth Annual MTV Music Video Awards, in Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California, USA. The Cure and The Cult play live. Orange Crush by R.E.M.wins Best Post-Modern Video.
Michael Jackson wins the Silver Award as Artist of The Decade (80s), at the 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. James Ingram performs live.
On her Compositions World Tour, Anita Baker plays at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Eminem files papers to begin divorce proceedings against his wife Kim Mathers at Macomb County Court, Michigan, USA.
Michael Jackson and his attorney fly by XtraJet from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, to Santa Barbara, California, where Jackson is arrested on child abuse charges, and then freed on $3m bail. He immediately returns to Las Vegas, where he is filming a video. An unauthorised videotape of Jackson speaking with his attorney on this flight will subsequently be offered for sale to the highest bidder.
Alice Cooper plays at The Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania.
On her 47th birthday, Madonna suffers three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand in a horse riding accident at her Ashcombe House estate in Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The White Stripes play at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA.
Dianne Reeves plays at the Congress Centre, Prague, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Janet Jackson begins her Number Ones : Up Close And Personal tour, with a show at PICC Plenary Hall, Pasay, The Philippines, Asia.
Beat Connection play at The Majestic Cafe, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
A posthumous Michael Jackson compilation album, Xscape is released in France and the United Kingdom, Europe. The album consists of recordings made by Jackson before his death, which have been 'contemporised' by several world-renowned producers.
The Temptations and the Four Tops play the fourth of seven nights at The Palace Theatre, Times Square, New York City, USA.
Janet Jackson denies via Twitter that the illness for which she requires surgery is throat cancer. A rumour had surfaced the previous day, claiming that a tumour had been discovered on Jackson's vocal cords, and she had secretly been battling cancer.
Bobby Taylor, leader of Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, dies aged 83 of throat cancer, in hospital in Hong Kong, Asia.