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Katherine Esther Scruse is born. She will marry Joe Jackson, and will be the mother of The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, as well as Janet Jackson and LaToya Jackson.
Dennis Edwards is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will enjoy his greatest success as the lead vocalist of The Temptations from 1968 to 1989.
Edwin Shirley is born in Cranbrook, Kent, England, UK, Europe. He will find success as a rock'n'roll trucking pioneer whose fleet of vehicles will transport equipment for artists including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Abba, Queen and Michael Jackson.
Roland Bautista, who will play rhythm guitar for Earth Wind And Fire, Tom Waits, The Jackson 5, Ramsey Lewis, Randy Crawford and George Duke, is born.
Please, Please, Please, the debut single by James Brown, is reviewed in trade magazine Billboard in the USA with the words, "a dynamic religious fervour runs through the pleading solo here. Brown and The Famous Flames group let off plenty of steam."
James Brown begins a tour of one-nighters in the USA, taking in venues across Texas, Mississippi and Florida.
James Brown records a new version of (Do The) Mashed Potatoes at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, USA.
A teen-oriented music movie The T.A.M.I. Show is released to theatres in the USA, featuring live performances by Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Miracles, The Supremes, Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Barbarians, The Blossoms, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, Jan And Dean, Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas.
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag becomes James Brown's first UK singles chart entry. It will spend seven weeks in the chart, peaking at No25.
The three-day long Texas International Festival gets underway at Dallas Speedway, Lewisville, Texas, USA, attracting 120,000 punters to boogie with Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Canned Heat, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Sly And The Family Stone, Sweetwater, Chicago Transit Authority, The James Cotton Blues Band, Delaney And Bonnie, Space Opera and Ten Years After. The event is kicked off by Grand Funk Railroad.
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The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at The Civic Center, Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Sly and the Family Stone play the third of six nights at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
Two top executives of the Sam Goody record retailing chain in the USA are indicted on charges of selling bootleg records and tapes.
On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays at Macon Coliseum, Macon, Georgia, USA.
Michael Jackson makes a rare appearance in the UK to see his wax effigy being unveiled at Madame Tussaud's Waxworks, London, England, UK, Europe.
Prince is in Los Angeles, California, USA, to make the video for his next single, Alphabet St.
Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder release a new duet single, Get It, in the USA.
Blame It On The Rain by Milli Vanilli is certified as a platinum single by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
On behalf of Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli, the first of 24 lawyers’ letters are sent to their record producer, Frank Farian, asking that the duo be allowed to sing on its next album.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays at The Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1810 Tour, Janet Jackson plays at The ASU Activity Center, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
On his Nude Tour Prince plays the first of three nights at The NEC, Birmingham, England, UK.
On his Nude Tour, Prince plays the last of three nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK.
During his Nude tour, Prince plays the second of two nights at The Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Prince performs Gett Off at the eighth annual MTV Video Music Awards, held at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Cream becomes the fifth Billboard singles chart-topper in the USA for Prince. Simultaneously, his LP Diamonds And Pearls peaks at No3.
The single Diamonds And Pearls by Prince enters the UK singles chart at No25 but will rise no higher.
Michael Jackson's feature length film Moonwalker is broadcast for the first time in the UK by BBC1 tv.
Prince plays the first of three nights to a sellout crowd in Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of five nights at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico, Central America.
America's Boring Institute selects Michael Jackson as America's most boring person for this year.
Michael Jackson takes part in the first of two self-tribute concerts in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, which also feature The Jacksons, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Gladys Knight, Usher, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Al Jarreau, Liza Minelli, 'N Sync and others.
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.
The Black Eyed Peas play at Brixton Academy, Brixton, London, England, UK.
Jazz-funk keyboardist George Duke plays at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK.
Michael Jackson is spotted arriving at Heathrow Airport, London, England, UK, Europe.
CeeLo Green releases a single, Fuck You!, aka Forget You, to YouTube ahead of his planned solo album release, because it has been partly leaked online already. The track will become an instant viral smash, registering over 2m plays in less than a week.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
On his Welcome 2 America tour Prince plays the third show of a 15-night [21 shows] run at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Janet Jackson, Kanye West, Gwen Stefani and Boy George attend the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala in Antibes, France, Europe.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Bruno Mars releases his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox worldwide [except the USA, Japan, Germany and Australia].
Prince plays at The Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The City Funk Orchestra plays at The Borderline, London, UK.
It is announced that Prince has signed a new recording contact with Warner Brothers, eighteen years after he quit the label, protesting that his contract had effectively made him a slave to the company. The new deal sees him regain ownership of his catalogue.
Bruno Mars plays at the Save Mart Center, California State University, Fresno, California, USA.