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Clarence Henry Reid is born in Cochran, Georgia, USA. He will find success as a songwriter and producer, also known by the stage name of his outrageous alternate persona Blowfly. During the 60s and 70s, he will write for and produce artists including Betty Wright, Sam And Dave, Gwen McCrae, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Bobby Byrd and KC And the Sunshine Band.
George Clinton is born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. As a funk originator, he will go on to success with The Parliaments, Funkadelic, P-Funk All Stars and others.
Don Brewer, drummer of Grand Funk Railroad, is born in Flint, Michigan, USA.
The Flip Phillips Quintet records Cheek To Cheek, Funky Blues, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Indiana and Sojoro, for Clef/Mercury Records in New York City, USA.
White doo-wop group The Parliaments (aka The Del Tones) release a new single, My Only Love, on USA Records in the USA. [N.B. This quartet should not be confused with black r'n'b combo, The Parliaments, led by George Clinton, which later evolved into funk pioneers Parliament-Funkadelic.]
James Brown releases a new single, Licking Stick, in the UK on Polydor Records.
The first Jackson 5 record to enter the Billboard Top 100 singles chart in the USA is I Want You Back.
When Sly And The Family Stone fail to turn up promptly for a concert appearance in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA, a riot erupts in which over 100 people are injured. The following year, the band will release the LP There's A Riot Goin' On, whose original cover shows the band-shell in Grant Park overlaid with a photo of a police car. The title track is listed on the cover but does not actually appear on the LP, or anywhere else for that matter. In 1997, Sly Stone revealed that the "track had no running time simply because 'I felt there should be no riots'."
The Wiz, an all-black remake of The Wizard of Oz, starring Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow and Diana Ross as Dorothy, is released in the UK.
Two top executives of the Sam Goody record retailing chain in the USA are indicted on charges of selling bootleg records and tapes.
The Brothers Johnson play in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
After Prince plays the first night on his 31-date Dirty Mind North American tour at Shea's in Buffalo, New York State, USA, his managers tell him he can't wear spandex trousers without any underwear. In response, Prince will switch to performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and bikini brief trunks.
Earth, Wind And Fire play at The Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam, Holland, Europe.
Prince plays in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
The Higsons play at West Hall College, Watford, England, UK, Europe. Vocalist Charlie Higson will find greater success as a comedian, actor and novelist.
When Sheila E plays at The Ritz, New York City, USA, she is joined onstage by Prince for two songs.
On his Bad tour, Michael Jackson returns to play at the Mungersdorfer Stadium, Cologne, Germany, Europe, for the second time in this month.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
At St John's Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA, Michael Jackson is diagnosed as suffering from costochondritis - an inflamation of the cartilage on the front of the rib cage, caused by over-exertion and stress. He had been admitted suffering from severe chest pains several days earlier.
Little Richard Day is declared in Los Angeles, California. The celebration is held in City Hall, with guests including Arnold Schwarzenegger, and telegrams from Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Bon Jovi. In the evening, Little Richard performs live on the Arsenio Hall Show.
Prince plays the eleventh of fourteen (non-consecutive) nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK. (the final three shows will take place in August)
Jane's Addiction release their third album, Ritual de lo Habitual, in the USA. Numerous record stores refuse to stock the LP because the cover art depicts male and female nudes in an intimate setting. As a result, a second cover is created, using only black typography against a white background.
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Thieves In The Temple by Prince enters the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia at No26, where it will peak at No16.
Pepsi cancels its nine-year multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with Michael Jackson. "All links have come to an end," says a spokesperson. Jackson, who has recently cancelled his Dangerous tour, tells the press that he is going to receive treatment for an addiction brought on by the stress of the child sex allegations that have been brought against him.
Come, the fifteenth LP by Prince, is certified by the R.I.A.A. as a gold album in the USA.
Prince begins his month-long The Ultimate Live Experience European tour at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, set to end on the 30th at The Point, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
The Gold Experience by Prince peaks at No88 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA.
Now referring to himself simply as The Artist, Prince performs an outdoor concert at the window of NBC's Manhattan, New York City, USA, studio as part of the Today concert summer series.
Prince attends The Rhythm And Blues Foundation ceremonies in the Ballroom of The Sheraton Hotel, New York City, USA.
Come On by Prince charts at No65 in the UK for just one week.
Steve Fargnoli, former manager of Prince, Sinead O'Connor, Earth Wind And Fire, Sly Stone and others, dies of cancer, aged 52, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Billy Preston plays at The Highway 99 Blues Club, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Michael Jackson’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.
Prince begins a record-breaking run of 21 dates at The O2, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Michael Jackson dies of heart failure in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 50.
eBay bids for tickets to Michael Jackson's upcoming Memorial Event in the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, reach as high as US$3,000. Most offers, however, are in the $100 to $200 range.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at Ubel And Gefahrlich, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Following what appears to have been a suicide attempt, Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of deceased pop star Michael Jackson, is rushed to hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Avant-jazz/funk percussionist and vibraphonist Mike Dillon hosts a post-Bayou Boogaloo party at Chickie Wah Wah, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Daria And The Hip Drops are also on the bill.
The music biopic Get On Up, based on the life of James Brown, opens at cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
Globally-acclaimed Nigerian funk artist William Onyeabor dies aged 70 following a brief illness at his home in Enugu, Nigeria, Africa.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic play at Thalia Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On his 214-date 24k Magic World Tour, Bruno Mars plays the second of two nights at Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania, supported by DJ Leggo My Fueggo.
On his 214-date 24k Magic World Tour, Bruno Mars plays the third of five non-consecutive nights at Qudos Bank Arena, Australia, Oceania, supported by Dua Lipa.
It is reported that a commemorative plate, on sale for £25 on the online marketplace Etsy, features a picture of red-haired pop star Ed Sheeran, instead of Prince Harry, along with Meghan Markle, to mark the royal wedding at Windsor Castle in May. The substitution is assumed to have been a mistake.
On his 214-date 24k Magic World Tour, Bruno Mars plays the second of two nights at The Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore, Asia.
Ed Sheeran performs at the afterparty for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Frogmore House, the 33-room estate on the grounds of Windsor Castle, England, UK, Europe, to an audience of 200 invited guests.