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Robert Colin Stigwood is born in Adelaide, Australia, Oceania
. He will find international success as music business entrepreneur Robert Stigwood
, manager of The Bee Gees
and many others.
Rupert Neville Hine is born in Wimbledon, London, England, UK, Europe. He will achieve success as songwriter, producer and musician Rupert Hine
. He will produce albums for artists including Rush, Kevin Ayers, Tina Turner
, Howard Jones
, Bob Geldof
, The Thompson Twins, Stevie Nicks
, Chris de Burgh
, Suzanne Vega
and many more. As an artist, he will record eleven albums, mostly under his own name, but also as Thinkman, and as a member of Quantum Jump.
The Bee Gees
play live for passengers on the S.S.Fairsky, while emigrating from Australia to the UK.
play at The New Yorker Discotheque, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, with Sac-O-Woe.
The Bee Gees
play at The Adelphi, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
US Congressman Birch Bayh begins a speech in Congress with the words. "Mr President, I desire to pay tribute to a family of five young black musicians and singers from Gary, Indiana." His speech goes on to praise the Jackson 5
's contribution not only to music but to the status of black Americans generally, and ends with the words, "Indiana and the nation are proud of the Jackson Five."
To demonstrate his disgust for the phenomenon of disco music, deejay Steve Dahl
causes a riot by blowing up a huge pile of disco records with dynamite during a White Sox vs Detroit Tigers game at Kamisky Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Fans bringing disco records to burn are given entrance to the game for just $1.
Chris Wright, Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry, predicts that cassettes hold the future for the music industry.
plays at The Derngate Centre, Northampton, England, UK, Europe.
CBS records reports that the Michael Jackson
album Thriller has now sold 19.4m copies in the USA alone, and 30.9m worldwide.
The Three Degrees
play at The New Theatre, Southport, England, UK, Europe.
are the musical guests on tv show Saturday Night Live in the USA.
play at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, England, UK, Europe.
The album Tear Down These Walls by Billy Ocean is certified as a Platinum disc by the R.I.A.A.
in the USA.
While working on his album HIStory
, Michael Jackson
books into a three bedroomed duplex suite in Trump Tower, New York City, USA.
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City, Michael Jackson
, Marlon Brando and, some say, Elizabeth Taylor, make their escape from the city in a rented car
which they themselves drive as far as Ohio, before switching to a plane for the remainder of the trip to Los Angeles, California, USA. (This bizarre road trip will be turned into a movie, Elizabeth, Michael And Marlon
, in 2016.)
launches an attack on the music industry, accusing several music execs of racism and describing Sony boss Tommy Mottola
as "very, very, very devilish."
pleads not guilty in court in California, USA, after his grand jury indictment on charges of child molestation.
In court in Santa Maria, California, USA, during the closing days of the Michael Jackson
child molestation trial, Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen describes the beleaguered superstar as 'a scheming serial paedophile with a drinking problem who should finally be held responsible for sexually abusing young boys.'
’s attorney, Thomas Mesereau, releases a statement to the effect that others claiming to speak for the beleaguered star are not authorised to do so.
and his children arrive in Bahrain, Asia, for a holiday following the star's recent acquittal on child molestation charges.
The Michael Jackson
compilation, The Essential is the highest new entry in the UK albums chart, entering at No2. James Blunt
remains at No1 with Bedlam.
Concert promoters AEG Live confirm that all tickets for Michael Jackson
's 50-night 'This Is It' residency at London's O2 Arena have sold out within hours of going on sale.
When Michael Jackson
's will is made public, it is learned that he has left all of his estate to his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, and his mother Katherine.
play at The Wardrobe, Leeds, England, UK.
plays at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Arriving home in the UK after a South American tour, Elton John
discovers he has contracted a "rare and potentially deadly" bacterial infection, following a tour of South America.
On The Ephorize Tour, CupcakKe plays at Subterranean, Chicago, Illionois, USA.