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George M. Cohan is starring in The Yankee Prince at The Harnois Theater, Missoula, Montana, USA.
Cordell Mosson is born in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. He will find success as bassist Cordell "Boogie" Mosson of Parliament-Funkadelic.
The Kingsmen perform Louie Louie on tv show Shindig! in the USA. This edition also features The Byrds, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, Willie Nelson, Dave Berry, Billy Preston and Jody Miller.
At The Knuckles Club, Carlisle St, London, England, UK, Europe, part-owned by Pretty Things drummer Viv Prince, Jimi Hendrix jams with Deep Feeling, which includes Dave Mason on guitar and Jim Capaldi on drums. Later, at Hyde Park Towers, Jimi writes Stone Free.
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Sly and the Family Stone release the album There's A Riot Going On, in the USA.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, plays at the Houston Astrodrome, Houston, Texas. This is the celebrated Night Of The Hurricane gig to raise funds for Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, and features guest appearances by Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes and Ringo Starr.
Prince makes his second New York City appearance, playing the second of two nights at the Bottom Line.
Ian Dury plays at The Top Rank, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John performs live at a party in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, UK, Europe, to celebrate the 21st birthday of Prince Andrew. [The prince actually turned 21 several months earlier, but the party was delayed]. In the course of the evening, Elton dances with the Queen to the strains of Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley And The Comets.
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On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays at The Capital Center, Landover, Maryland, USA.
For the first time in six years, Aretha Franklin returns to the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Jump To It, which will peak at No1 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart for four consecutive weeks, and No24 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
Prince plays in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Duran Duran headline a Mencap charity concert at The Dominion, London, England, UK, Europe, in the presence of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
The new Billboard R'n'B No1 single in the USA is Cold Blooded by Rick James.
When Sheila E plays at the Agora, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, she is joined onstage by Prince for four songs.
On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the fourth of five nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Vanessa Paradis releases a new single, Joe Le Taxi, in France, Europe. The track is produced by her boyfriend, Lenny Kravitz.
Papa Dee Allen, drummer for 70s funky-rock band War dies of an aneurysm while playing at the Talk Of The Town, Vallejo, California, USA.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in France, Europe.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1810 tour, Janet Jackson plays the second of two nights at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA.
Milli Vanilli play at The Joe Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Lenny Kravitz plays at The International 1, Greater Manchester, England, UK.
During his Nude tour, Prince plays the second of two nights at The Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Midnight Oil and The Dan Reed Network play at The Schuettorf Festival, Germany, Europe.
Michael Jackson attends a 'City Of Hope' Gala honouring Tommy Mottola, President of CBS' Record Division.
Gett Off by Prince reaches No33 in the UK singles chart on import sales alone.
Prince announces that he has changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, apparently as a protest against the unfairness of his record company contract. Before long, he will be commonly referred to as TAFKAP - an acronym standing for The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.
Michael Jackson announces the formation of Kingdom International, a joint venture between Jackson and HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, (nephew of the King of Saudi Arabia, Fahd bin Abdul Aziz), at a press conference in the Palais des Congres in Paris, France, Europe.
The Holy River by Prince peaks at No19 in the UK in its week of entry.
Prince begins a three-week European tour at The Plaza de Toros, Marbella, Spain, set to end on the 28th at Brixton Academy, London, UK.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the second of eight days in the Sudan, North West Africa, as part of a mission, organised by he humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, to free Southern Sudanese slaves from their Northern masters.
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.
Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Mos Def and Anita Baker head the guest list at the Mobo Awards ceremony in The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK. Also in attendance are Jamelia, Brandy, L’il Kim, Mario Winans, Myleene Klass and Lemar.
Michael Jackson fails to appear in court in California, USA, and the judge threatens to issue an arrest warrant for him. Jackson's lawyer tracks him down at a hospital where he has been admitted for back problems. The judge gives him one hour to appear. He does, and the trial continues.
Donald A. Fair is sentenced to life in prison for the fatal stabbing of Terry Knight, former manager of Grand Funk Railroad. Knight had been attempting to prevent an argument between his daughter and her boyfriend, Fair, over his use of methamphetamine. Fair had claimed he was high on the drug when the stabbing took place, in an attempt to mitigate his sentence.
Jury deliberations in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Los Angeles, California, USA, continue into a fifth day.
Thriller 25, a special 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's album Thriller, is released internationally.
Appearing on CNN's Larry King Live, Joe Jackson states that he believes the doctor who attended his son, Michael Jackson, may be to blame for the singer's death. Joe Jackson tells King, "The doctor gave him something to make him rest, and then he don't wake up no more. Something is wrong there."
The John Butler Trio release a new album, April Uprising, in the UK.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play the first of two nights at The O2, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play the second of two nights at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France, Europe.
During his 20Ten Tour, Prince plays at The Stade Charles Ehrmann, Nice, France, Europe.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays the first of two nights at The Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Stevie Wonder performs his classic album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety at TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Stevie Wonder performs his classic album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
The music biopic Get On Up, based on the life of James Brown, opens at cinemas in Denmark, Europe.
It is announced that Rod Temperton, best known as the composer of Thriller for Michael Jackson, has died aged 66, in London, England, UK, after "a brief aggressive battle with cancer", and that his funeral has already taken place. Temperton's other well-known compositions include Boogie Nights, Off The Wall, Rock With You, Give Me The Night, Sweet Freedom and Always and Forever.
Bruno Mars is obliged to temporarily halt his gig at Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe, when a fire breaks out on stage. The fire was caused by a planned fireworks display which went wrong.
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