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Canned Heat play at The Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA, supported by The Stooges.
Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the third of six nights at Eastwood Gardens, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
LaVern Baker, Pee Wee Crayton and Billy Wright play at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Betty Jane Watson and Jerry Austen open at The Terrace Room, Hotel Statler, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Steel guitar player Paul Franklin is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will begin his studio career on Gallery's 1972 pop hit It's So Nice To Be With You, and will also play on country hits by George Strait, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Shania Twain and others.
Barbra Streisand continues with a month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand continues with her month-long residency at The Caucus Club , Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand plays the fifth of ten nights at The Caucus Club in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Murray The K's Boss Holiday Show, with Jackie Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Belmonts, The Chantels, Tony Orlando and others, plays the eighth day of two weeks at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Jackie Wilson, Chris Kenner, Jerry Butler, Huey Smith, The Five Satins, Harvey of The Moonglows, The Skyliners, Shep And The Limelites, The Spinners, The Jive Five, Robert And Johnny, Tommy Hunt, The Belmonts, James Ray, The Shells and Little Caesar And The Romans play in the "Groove Spectacular" at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Talkin' About My Baby by The Impressions enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Marvin Gaye records Just Like A Man for Tamla Records, at Hitsville Studios in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Serendipity Singers play at Highland Park College, Ford Auditorium, Detroit,Michigan, USA.
Shotgun by Junior Walker And The All Stars is released in the USA.
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Marvin Gaye begins the first of three days recording Little Darling (I Need You) for Tamla Records, in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Marvin Gaye spends the second of three days recording Little Darling (I Need You) for Tamla Records, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The song is written by the team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.
The Tamla Motown package tour featuring The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Miracles and Martha And The Vandellas, plus UK band Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames plays at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
Martha And The Vandellas release their third LP, Dance Party, on Gordy Records in the USA.
The highest new entry in Cash Box magazine chart of the 100 best-selling singles in the USA is I'll Keep On Holding On by The Marvelettes, entering at No64.
The Beatles are featured on the cover of Jet magazine in the USA, in reference to a feature headlined "What The Beatles Learned From Negroes."
In Detroit, Michigan, USA, The Supremes record Bob Dylan's song Blowin' In the Wind for Motown Records but the track is not released until 1969 on their album Cream Of The Crop.
Mary Wells And The Playboys play at The RamJam Club, Brixton Road, London, England, UK, Europe.
Chuck Jackson releases his first single for Motown, (You Can't Let The Boy Overpower) The Man In You, in the USA.
Keith And Tex, backed by Lynn Taitt And The Crystallites, record Don't Look Back for Move And Groove Records in Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. The song, first recorded by The Temptations, will enjoy wider success when it is covered in 1978 by Peter Tosh and Mick Jagger.
Led Zeppelin begin a tour of North America in Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
During a concert in Spokane, Washington, USA, a member of the audience pulls a .44 Magnum gun on guitarist Ted Nugent. The incident ends without injury when the man is wrestled to the ground by security.
Stevie Wonder makes a speech supporting the Martin Luther King Holiday bill, in Washington DC, USA. Wonder also uses the occasion to premiere his new song, Happy Birthday, written in honour of Dr Kng.
1.5m ticket applications follow immediately after Michael Jackson announces two forthcoming dates at Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe. To accommodate that number, Jackson would need to add a further eighteen dates. He doesn't.
Lavon 'Billie Jean' Muhammed, who had claimed to be the mother of a child by Michael Jackson, pleads guilty to violating a restraining order designed to keep her away from Jackson's home.
In Zales Jewellers, in a Simi Valley, California, USA, shopping mall, Michael Jackson is detained by security guard H.N.Edwards, for "looking suspicious" - he is wearing a wig, false moustache and fake teeth. Later, Jackson signs autographs for the guard and his comrades.
Blues singer and guitarist Little Joe Blue dies of stomach cancer in Reno, Nevada, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the last of three nights at The World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, Illinois, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation tour, Janet Jackson plays the last of three nights at The Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at the Fox Theater, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Savatage play in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
R. Kelly marries 15 year old R'n'B vocalist Aaliyah at the Sheraton Gateway Suites in Rosemont. Believing the ceremony to be joke, Aailiyah plays along until, just a few hours later, she realizes she has been duped into a real, but illegal, marriage, complete with a faked certificate listing her age as 18. With the help of her family, the couple are soon separated and the marriage is annulled a few weeks later in Detroit, Illinois, USA.
A.J. Abdallah, owner of the recording studio on Eight Mile Road, Detroit, Michigan, USA, where Eminem recorded his album Slim Shady, is found shot dead at the studio. The killing is believed to have been associated with a robbery.
A funeral service for Luther Vandross is held at the Riverside Church, New York City, USA. Mourners attending the service include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Usher and Patti LaBelle.
The Stooges' guitarist Ron Asheton, aged 60, is found dead at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Cause of death is thought to have been a heart attack.
The Swarovski-crystal-studded glove worn by Michael Jackson during his 1984 Victory Tour sells for $190,000 [£127,000] in an auction at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Aretha Franklin successfully undergoes surgery for an unspecified condition in hospital in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
La Toya Jackson attends the Jackson Family donation event at the Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, California, USA, along with Michael Jackson's children, Paris, Prince and Blanket.
A posthumous Michael Jackson compilation album, Xscape is released in The USA, Canada and Italy, Europe. The album consists of recordings made by Jackson before his death, which have been 'contemporised' by several world-renowned producers.
Jack White releases his second solo album, Lazaretto, in the UK.
Smokey Robinson plays at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gladys Knight is among the artists attending the Black Girls Rock! event in New York City, USA.