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McKinney's Cotton Pickers (billed as the 'World's Greatest Colored Orchestra') play at Frank Sebastian's New Cotton Club, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Marvin Earl Johnson is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. As Marv Johnson, his song Come To Me will launch Berry Gordy's Tamla Records label, and he will score hits throughout the sixties. Berry Gordy will go on to become the founder of Motown Records
The dystopian sci-fi novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is published in the UK. The book and its sinister character, Big Brother, will inspire numerous songs, including 1984 by Spirit and Big Brother by Stevie Wonder. In September 2009, the English alternative rock band Muse will release The Resistance, which includes songs influenced by 1984.
Varetta Dillard plays during a week at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Four Tunes are playing during a week at Uncle Tom's Plantation, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
24-year-old movie star and rebel without a clue James Dean dies when his Porsche collides with another vehicle at a crossroads on Route 466 in California, USA. His legend will inspire mentions in popular songs by The Eagles, Taylor Swift, Don McLean, Madonna, David Essex, R.E.M. and more.
John Lee Hooker plays at the Northland Music Festival, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Dinah Washington is playing at The Birdhouse, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Eddie 'Bluesman' Kirkland records Man Of Stone, Chill Me Baby and other tracks for Prestige Records in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
The Marvelettes, The Contours, Kim Weston and The Motortown Band play at Carr's Beach, Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
The Beatles play their first hometown gig in a year at The Empire, Liverpool, UK, supported by Mary Wells, Tommy Quickly, and Sounds Incorporated.
Kim Weston records Stop In The Name Of Love for Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The song was originally a hit for The Supremes.
The highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, is Yester-Love by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles.
Pharoah Sanders plays the last of three nights at the King Pleasure Jazz Club, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Steven Morrissey, future leader of The Smiths, goes to see Iggy Pop play at the Apollo, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Say, Say, Say by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA where it will peak at No1 during an 18-week stay.
Stevie Wonder reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart for the first of six weeks with I Just Called To Say I Love You.
Stevie Wonder plays at Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France, Europe.
Like A Virgin by Madonna begins a three week stint at No1 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA.
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The Commodores play at The Southport Theatre, Southport, England, UK, Europe.
The Commodores play at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, England, UK, Europe.
The film Desperately Seeking Susan, featuring Madonna in an early acting role, premieres in the USA.
Under the banner of Hear 'N Aid, a heavy metal supergroup of around forty musicians, led by Ronnie James Dio, spend the first of two days recording the charity fund-raising single Stars at A + M Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The record is intended to raise funds for starving children in Africa, and features contributions from Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tommy Aldridge and members of Dio, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Dokken and Motley Crew.
Michael Jackson sacks Frank Dileo, his manager of the past five years. "I lived before Michael," responds Dileo, "I'll live after Michael."
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the second of two nights at The Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1810 tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of two nights at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the second of two nights at The Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
When Madonna decides to go jogging in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, she finds herself pursued by tabloid journalists.
On her Blonde Ambition tour, Madonna plays at Estadio Municipal de Balaidos, Vigo, Spain, Europe.
Sections of Michael Jackson's Black Or White video, which includes crotch-grabbing and car-smashing scenes, are edited out after protests from tv viewers.
Michael Jackson announces the formation of Kingdom International, a joint venture between Jackson and HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, (nephew of the King of Saudi Arabia, Fahd bin Abdul Aziz), at a press conference in the Palais des Congres in Paris, France, Europe.
A poll conducted by long-established radio station KIIS in Los Angeles, California, USA, finds that Americans believe rapper Eminem to be "more truthful" than U.S. President George W. Bush.
The White Stripes play at Keyspan Park, Brooklyn, New York.
It is reported that Madonna has applied to close the seas around the island of Jatkasaari, Helsinki, Finland, Europe. She has a gig on her Sticky And Sweet world tour planned to take place on the island in August and hopes to prevent fans from seeing her show without paying.
It is announced that an album of previously unheard tracks by Michael Jackson has been scheduled for release in November 2010, possibly including collaborations with Akon, Will.i.am and Ne-Yo.
SEE Virtual Worlds, and the Michael Jackson Estate announce Planet Michael, a massive multi-player game and online virtual world, based around Michael Jackson, set to launch in late 2011.
On her Number Ones : Up Close And Personal tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of two nights at The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA.
It is announced that Ne-Yo has moved from Def Jam to Motown Records for the release of his fifth album, and the singer-songwriter has also been appointed as Motown's senior VP of A+R.
The title track from Michael Jackson's posthumous LP, Xscape, is leaked online in advance of the album, which is set for a May 13 release. However, it is quickly revealed that this is not the version of the track which will appear on the album.
Iggy Pop, with producer Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, begins work on his seventeenth album, Post Pop Depression, at Rancho de la Luna, Joshua Tree, California, USA.
Protomartyr play at Vera, Groningen, Netherlands, Europe.
Forbes Magazine's Annual Rich List shows Taylor Swift as the year's most financially successful musician, with estimated earnings of $170m. One Direction are second with $110m, followed by Adele with $80m. Madonna sits in fourth place with $76.5m, with Rihanna fifth on $75m.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York State, USA, supported by Beck.
On her Madame X tour, Madonna plays the ninth of ten shows at The Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On her Madame X tour, Madonna plays the fifth of six shows at The Fillmore, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
On her Madame X tour, Madonna plays the ninth of fifteen shows at The London Palladium, London, England, UK, Europe.
On her Madame X tour, Madonna plays the fifth of fourteen shows at Le Grand Rex, Paris, France, Europe.
Five Finger Death Punch play at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.