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Felix Headley Bennett is born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, Caribbean. He will find success as ska, rocksteady and reggae saxophonist Headley Bennett, who will perform on hundreds of recordings beginning in the 1950s. Nicknamed Deadly Headley, he will play in the Studio One house band and on recordings featuring Bob Marley, Leslie Kong, The Abyssinians, Alton Ellis, and Prince Far I among many others.
Max Carl Gronenthal is born in Humphrey, Nebraska, USA. He will find success as a rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter, working with Grand Funk Railroad and 38 Special.
James Brown plays the sixth night of a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, supported by Ben E. King, The Spinners and Lee Dorsey.
The Ike And Tina Turner Revue, featuring The Ike-etts, Jimmy Thomas, Vanetta Fields, Vernon Guy, Robbie Montgomery, Bobby John, Flora Williams and Stacy Johnson, plays at Sunset Lake Park, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA.
Fingertips by Little Stevie Wonder begins its second week at No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
Little Stevie Wonder continues with his Christmas season booking at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
James Brown records Maybe The Last Time, in the USA.
An advertisement appears in Melody Maker for the Jimi Hendrix Experience's upcoming Ricki-Tick club gig. Jimi and manager Chas Chandler go to The Cromwellian, London, England, UK, Europe, and see Pretty Things' drummer Viv Prince sitting in with The Shevelles.
James Brown Day is declared in Los Angeles, California, USA, in recognition of his sellout concert at the Great Western Forum.
The Jackson 5 arrive in Detroit, Michigan, USA, to audition for Motown Records.
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Eivets Rednow releases a new single, Alfie, in the USA. The track is a harmonica instrumental version of the popular Burt Bacharach - Hal David composition. (It later transpires that Rednow is, actually, Stevie Wonder].
James Brown records You Know It, Tit For Tat and Believers Shall Enjoy in King Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
ABC, the second album by Jackson 5, featuring Michael Jackson, enters the Billboard Pop Albums Chart in the USA where it will peak at No4. It also enters the Black Albums chart where it will peak at No1, a position it will hold for twelve weeks.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the fourth of seven nights at The Mill Run Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Jacksons release Destiny on Epic Records. It is their first entirely self-produced and almost entirely group-written album.
Prince embarks on a North American tour with Motown funk artist Rick James, setting off from Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Level 42 play the first of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
The film soundtrack album, Purple Rain, produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince And the Revolution, begins a 24-week run atop the Billboard chart in the USA. It will eventually sell over thirteen million copies.
Chaka Khan reaches No1 on the UK singles chart with I Feel For You.
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On the Purple Rain tour, Prince And The Revolution play the fifth of six nights at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Bruce Springsteen and Madonna join Prince onstage for the performance of Baby I'm A Star.
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Morriss ey Mullen play at The Half Moon, Putney, London, England, UK, Europe.
Dante release their debut single, So Long, on Cool Tempo Records in the UK.
George Clinton And The P-Funk All-Stars play the second of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Jazz trumpet player Matt Blistan, known as Atlanta Bliss, joins Prince's backing band, The Revolution.
Michael Jackson holds a preview of his album Bad at his home in Encino, California, USA, to which he invites fifty top record merchandisers.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of two nights at McNichols Sprts Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Gett Off by Prince reaches No33 in the UK singles chart on import sales alone.
Money Don’t Matter 2 Night by Prince peaks at No23 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA. Profits from the single are donated to The United Negro College Fund.
Michael Jackson comes to the end of the 1992 leg of his Dangerous World Tour, with a concert at the Lia Manoliu Stadium, Bucharest, Romania.
The Fred Wesley Sextet plays the second of three nights at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
While staying in Mexico City during his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson has a meeting with the President of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
When Jane's Addiction play at Coachella Festival, Indio, California, USA, their fee is used to help fund a trip to The Sudan, Africa, to free slaves. During their set, former slave Francis Bok is brought out to address the crowd and encourage them to donate money to an anti-slavery organisation.
It is reported that the Nation Of Islam has handled security for a party held today at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch, California, USA. This event will lead to the dismissal of Jackson's publicist, Stuart Backeman.
The body of Rick James lies in state at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
During Michael Jackson's trial on child abuse charges in Santa Maria, California, a former security guard at Jackson's Neverland Ranch gives testimony. The guard states that a notice was once posted in the ranch's guard station stating that Jackson's young accuser should not be allowed to leave the ranch, but adds that such notices were not unusual and meant that the children in question should not be allowed to leave without permission from their parents or supervisors.
George Clinton wins a court case in which he was seeking rights to the master recordings of four Funkadelic albums - Hardcore Jollies, One Nation Under A Groove, Uncle Jam Wants You and The Electric Spanking of War Barbie.
Lawyers acting on behalf of South Korean newspaper the Segye Times, file suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the estate of Michael Jackson, claiming damages of $7.9 million (£5.3 million), relating to a string of Jackson concerts which were allegedly called off.
Fishbone play at The 9:30 Club, Washington DC, USA.
During his 20Ten Tour, Prince plays at The Stade Charles Ehrmann, Nice, France, Europe.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Bruno Mars releases his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox worldwide [except the USA, Japan, Germany and Australia].
Me'shell Ndegeocello plays at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Maurice White, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and founder of Earth, Wind And Fire, dies in his sleep, aged 74, from the effects of Parkinson's disease at his home in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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On his 214-date 24k Magic World Tour, Bruno Mars plays the first of two nights at Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania, supported by DJ Leggo My Fueggo.
During his 214-date 24k Magic World Tour, Bruno Mars plays at the British Summer Time Festival, Hyde Park, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Sister Sledge, DJ Rashida and DNCE.
Peluche release a new LP, Unforgettable, on One Little Indian Records in the UK.
Dustbowl Revival play at Musikfest Cafe, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, with Heather Maloney.
Umphrey's McGee play the last of three nights at Rockjavik, Reykjavik, Icleand, Europe.
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