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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.
Derek St. Holmes
is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will find success as the vocalist and rhythm guitar player for The Ted Nugent
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.
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.
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.
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.
play at SUNY, New Paltz, New York State, USA.
plays the first of two nights at The Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
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 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.
play the second of two nights at The Lakeside Country Club, Camberley, Surrey, England, UK, Europe.
'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.
's Bad World Tour plays to an audience of 45,000 on the second of two nights at Paramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Oceania
Stevie Ray Vaughan
, The Stray Cats and The Joe Ely
Band plays at Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, near Detroit, Michigan, USA.
'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.
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.
files papers to begin divorce proceedings against his wife Kim Mathers at Macomb County Court, Michigan, USA.
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.
On her 47th birthday, Madonna
suffers three cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a broken hand in a horse riding accident at her Ashcombe
estate in Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The White Stripes
play at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA.
plays at the Congress Centre, Prague, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
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.
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.