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Jazz vibraphonist and percussionist John Joseph Brokensha aka Jack Brokensha, is born in Nailsworth, Adelaide, Australia. He will find success with The Australian Jazz Quartet. After meeting Berry Gordy of Motown Records, Brokensha will be hired as a percussionist, becoming one of the few white members of Motown studio's house band, The Funk Brothers.
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.
The James Brown Revue plays at Yankee Stadium, New York City, USA.
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].
Stevie Wonder releases a new LP, Where I'm Coming From, on Motown Records in the USA. It will debut on the Billboard Pop Albums at No62, and on the Billboard R'n'B Albums Chart at No10.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Apollo Stadium, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
Prince makes his second New York City appearance, playing the second of two nights at the Bottom Line.
During a supposedly 'live' gig in Lake Compounce Park, Bristol, Connecticut, USA, the computer controlling manufactured pop duo Milli Vanilli's lip-synch system breaks down. Vocalist Rob Pilatus rushes off stage, ashamed.
The album Controversy by Prince is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Prince plays the second of two nights at The Class of 1964 Skating Rink, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
US President Ronald Reagan presents Michael Jackson with a Special Achievement Award in a ceremony in the Garden of The White House, Washington, DC., USA The award recognises the imporatance of Jackson's participation in an advertising campaign aimed at discouraging the youth of America from drinking.
Prince And The Revolution play the first of six nights at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Commodores play the first of three nights at The Night Out, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Jazz-funk combo Zoot And The Roots play at Band On The Wall, Manchester, England, UK, Europe. The band bills itself as "the hottest coolest sound around".
Janet Jackson becomes the first woman in UK chart history to release six singles from one album, Control.
The first picture CDs are issued by CBS, featuring Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, George Michael and Terence Trent D'Arby.
Janet Jackson begins her Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour at The Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, USA.
At his Paisley Park HQ in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Prince begins rehearsals for his upcoming European tour.
Assemblyman Neil Cohen, vice-chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee in the New Jersey State Legislature – joins with Assemblyman Joseph Mecca to introduce legislation requiring performers to make it clear before concerts whether they'll sing live or lip-sync to recorded music. The two assembleymen want to know whether or not artists including Madonna, New Kids On The Block and Milli Vanilli are lip-synching in concert.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour, Janet Jackson plays the first of two nights at McNichols Sprts Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation World Tour, Janet Jackson plays at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Midnight Oil and The Dan Reed Network play at Ulm Festival, Germany, Europe.
Michael Jackson signs a $60m contract renewal with Sony Music.
It is announced that Prince is retiring from studio recordings to concentrate on theatre, film and other ventures.
The Morning Papers by Prince peaks at No44 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
Prince begins the UK leg of his European summer tour at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
Stevie Wonder joins Prince onstage to perform Maybe Your Baby at The Glam Slam, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Prince's 18th studio album, Chaos And Disorder, enters the Billboard Chart in the USA at No26, which will prove to be its highest position.
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.
Adam Ant is arrested at The Prince Of Wales pub, Kentish Town, London, England, UK, Europe, after he pulls a pistol on the doorman.
Michael Jackson reveals during an interview that he doesn't like pop music. The revelation comes in the wake of Jackson having purchased some classical music CDs during a shopping trip in Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Level 42 play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The prosecution in Michael Jackson’s ongoing child molestation case in Santa Barbara, California, USA, accuses Jackson’s legal team of abusing the judicial process by demanding highly detailed medical records of the alleged victim and his family.
Amerie releases her second studio LP, Touch, on Columbia Records in the UK.
Black Eyed Peas win an IFPI Platinum Europe Award for 3m pan-European sales of their album Elephunk.
The Neville Brothers play in The Canyon Dinner Theater, Agoura Hills, California, USA.
Incognito play the last of four nights at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Speaking at a charity event at the Magic Johnson AMC theatre, Jermaine Jackson states that the recent suicide of Evan Chandler constitutes proof that his brother Michael Jackson was not guilty of child abuse. Evan Chandler, father of Jordan Chandler, and instigator of charges against Michael Jackson of child sex abuse, had been found dead in bed at home earlier in the month, having shot himself in the head.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play the second of two nights at The HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, USA.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play the second of two nights at The O2, Dublin, Ireland.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy, Europe.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.
Earth, Wind And Fire play at The O2 Arena, (Lower Bowl), London, England, UK.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
A judge in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, erases a felony cocaine charge from Bruno Mars' record because the singer has completed 230 hours of community service, paid a $2,000 fine and completed eight hours of drug counseling.
Brad Paisley Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and Jamie Foxx perform live in an inaugural concert for president Barack Obama at the Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, USA.
Clark Vreeland, a pioneering New Orleans-based funk-rock guitarist and songwriter, dies of cancer, aged 62 at a hospice near Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Little Red by Katy B makes its debut at No1 in the Official UK Albums Chart.
Janet Jackson and a bunch of girlfriends attend J Cole's concert at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
DJ Ruckus proposes to Victoria's Secret model Shanina Shaik, on the beach of a private island in The Bahamas owned by his cousin Lenny Kravitz. After Ms Shaik accepts, they pose for photos which include Kravitz and Denzel Washington.