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Notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone dies aged 48 at his home on Palm Island, Florida, USA. He had long been weak and mentally deficient from the effects of neurosyphilis, and then suffered a stroke, pneumonia and, finally, a cardiac arrest. Capone's life of crime will inspire several songs, including Al Capone [1967] by Prince Buster, Public Enemy No1 [2011] by Megadeth and Al Capone [1987] by Michael Jackson [which later became Smooth Criminal].
Howard Stafford Huntsberry is born in Pacoima, California, USA. He will find success as Howard Huntsberry, lead singer of early 1980s r'n'b trio Klique.
Successful seventies pop vocalist Yvonne Elliman is born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
The Speakeasy Club opens in the basement of 4 Margaret Street, London, W1, England, UK. It will become a favourite haunt of The Beatles, Bee Gees, The Who and others.
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The Symbols play at the Alex Disco in the Alexandra Rooms, New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, with DJ Kazoon.
The front cover of today's edition of UK music weekly NME is dominated by an advert for the new single Everything I Am by Plastic Penny. The paper also features interviews with The Bee Gees, The Walker Brothers and Peter Tork of The Monkees.
Pesky Gee play at The Cellar Disco, Bedford, England, UK, Europe.
Mode's Mode play at the Alex Disco in The Alexandra Rooms, New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Shell Shock Show featuring Ruth and Rudy play at the Alex Disco in the Alexandra Rooms, New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, with DJ Kazoon.
The Bee Gees enter the UK singles chart with I've Gotta Get A Message To You, which will peak at No1.
The Bee Gees record Sound Of Love and Give Your Best in Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City, USA.
Uriah Heep play at Onondaga County War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York State, USA, supported by ZZ Top and Earth, Wind And Fire.
Earth, Wind And Fire reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Shining Star.
The Rolling Stones play the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, supported by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Over the two nights, celebrity audience members include Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Carly Simon, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, Shelley Duval, Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Morgan Fairchild, Ryan O’Neal, Ali McGraw, Bianca Jagger and John McEnroe.
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Guitarist Jimmy Nolen, dies, aged 47, of a heart attack in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Nolen had worked with James Brown from 1965 until his death, and was renowned for his distinctive 'chicken scratch' guitar playing style.
When Sheila E plays at the Agora, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, she is joined onstage by Prince for four songs.
Chaka Khan releases a new single, This Is My Night, in the UK.
Shalamar play at The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
The Three Degrees play at Spectrum Arena, Warrington, England, UK, Europe.
The Three Degrees play at The Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Madonna plays the final night of her very first live tour, The Virgin Tour, with the second of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Sister Sledge play the second of two nights at The Dominion Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
The three surviving members of The Beatles, along with John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, sue Nike for using The Beatles' song Revolution in TV commercials. Nike authorized the song through the group's American label, Capitol, and Michael Jackson, who owns the publishing. Nike doesn't back down and continues running the ads, which angers many Beatles fans but sells a lot of sneakers. The suit is later settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
In the wake of the recent disaster at the UK's Monsters Of Rock Festival, Prince has doubts about the safety of his gig at Hamburg's 65,000 capacity Volksparkstadion. So, instead, he plays two nights at the Wilhelm Koch Arena.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at Linz Stadium, Linz, Austria, Europe.
UK tv show Top Of The Pops bans any record including the word 'acid', and Mecca ballrooms ban acid house parties. Even Smiley t-shirts are banned in some shops.
On their One For All World Tour, The Bee Gees play at the Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, Long Island, New York State, USA.
Diana Ross plays the first of two nights at The Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, USA.
On her Farewell Tour, Tina Turner plays at Valle Hovin, Oslo, Norway, Europe.
On her Farewell Tour, Tina Turner plays at Stade Pratesi, Aix-en-Provence, France, Europe.
While in Japan, Asia, during his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson travels on the Superexpress train to Tokyo from Nagasaki where he has been visiting the Huis Ten Bosch amusement park with his brother Tito Jackson's three children.
Errol Brown plays at The Music Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland.
A jury is sworn in for the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, the prosecution opens its case with accusations that Michael Jackson used wine and pornography to seduce a 13-year-old boy. The defense counters that no DNA from the accuser has been found in Jackson's bedroom.
Errol Brown plays at The Embassy Theatre, Skegness, UK.
The Decemberists play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Odd Men Out, Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright play at The Kool Haus, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Michael Jackson refinances his Neverland ranch in Los Angeles, California, USA, to the tune of $25m, to save it from being auctioned off to pay for his debts.
Sly And Robbie, Grace Jones, Aswad, The I-Threes, Tinchy Stryder and VV Brown take part in the first of a series of concerts to mark the 50th Anniversary of Island Records, at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, England, UK, Europe.
Londell McMillan, lawyer for the Jackson family, refutes actor Mark Lester's claim to be the sperm-donor responsible for the birth of Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. McMillan dismisses Lester's claim as "unproven and meaningless."
The funeral of Robin Gibb, former singer with The Bee Gees, takes place at St. Mary's Church, Thame, Oxfordshire, UK. His family, including brother Barry Gibb, attend the service, and thousands of people line the streets as the horse-drawn glass carriage bearing Robin's coffin passes.
Despite having died in 1977, Elvis Presley tops a newly-released chart of the all-time best-selling solo artists in the UK, with combined sales of over 21.7m. The chart, compiled from statistics collected by The Official Charts Company, shows Cliff Richard in second place [21.5m] with Michael Jackson in third place [15.5m].
It is announced in Los Angeles, California, USA, by insurance broker Lloyds Of London that their $17.5m breach of contract lawsuit against the estate of Michael Jackson has been settled.
On his All The Hits All Night Long tour, Lionel Richie plays at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, Bethel, New York State, USA.
Crazy P play at The Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
Jonathan King is arrested at his home in Bayswater, West London, England, UK, by Surrey Police officers, on suspicion of historical child sex offences linked to the Walton Hop Disco in Walton-on-Thames in the 1970s and 1980s.
The biographical book Seasick Steve - Ramblin' Man by Matthew Wright, is published by John Blake Publishing in the UK. The book focusses in considerable detail on the fact that 'authentic bluesman' Steve's perceived public identity is largely a sham, fancifully invented by Steve. Ten years younger than he claimed to be in media interviews, he was never an itinerant hobo bluesman. In reality, among other things, he played in a San Francisco-based hippy band, Shanti, and also in a disco combo called Crystal Glass. His 'real' name was not, as he said, Steven Gene Wold but Steve Leach.
Former live music entrepreneur John Utsick is sentenced in the Disctrict Court, Miami, Florida, USA, to 18 years in jail for defrauding nearly 3,000 investors out of $200m. Utsick's company, Worldwide Entertainment, had put on concerts by artists including Aerosmith, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John and Britney Spears.