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James Ambrose Johnson Jr. is born in Buffalo, New York State, USA. He will find fame as funk songwriter and performer Rick James, also known by his nickname of Super Freak.
Robert Bell is born in Youngstown, Ohio, USA. He will find fame as Kool of 1970s disco sensations Kool And The Gang.
Jazz organist Perri Lee records the album A Night At Count Basie's - The Funky Jazz of the Perri Lee Trio, for Roulette Records in New York City, USA.
Dan Reed is born in Portland, Oregon, USA. He will find success as leader of The Dan Reed Network.
Sam Cooke records Little Red Rooster for his album Night Beat, in RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Organ on this track is played by Billy Preston.
The Top Ten Singles on WMCA Radio in New York City, USA, on this date is as follows :

1. A TASTE OF HONEY - Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass (A+M)

2. I HEAR A SYMPHONY - The Supremes (Motown)

3. RESCUE ME - Fontella Bass (Checker)

4. 1-2-3 - Len Barry (Decca)

5. I GOT YOU (I Feel Good) - James Brown And The Famous Flames (King)

6. LET’S HANG ON! - The 4 Seasons (Philips)

7. A LOVER’S CONCERTO - The Toys (DynoVoice)

8. YOU’VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY - The Silkie (Fontana)

9. GET OFF OF MY CLOUD - The Rolling Stones (London)

10. HANG ON SLOOPY - The Ramsey Lewis Trio (Cadet)

Prince Buster plays at The Ritz, Bournemouth, England, UK, Europe.
The Jackson 5 (including Michael Jackson) perform I Want You Back on tv's Andy Williams Show in the USA.
James Brown records A Man Has To Go Back To The Crossroads for Bethlehem Records, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the fourth of seven nights at The Mill Run Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Destiny Tour, The Jacksons including Michael Jackson, play the second of two nights at Painter's Mill Star Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Evelyn King (aka Evelyn 'Champagne' King) releases her sixth LP, Face To Face, on RCA Records in the USA.
Culture Club, Rick James, Laura Branigan, Barry Manilow, The Mary Jane Girls and David Frizzell appear in the twelfth annual New Year's Rockin' Eve special on ABC-tv in the USA.
Michael Jackson's album Thriller notches up its second year on the UK album charts, with worldwide sales reportedly now over 35m.
Prince plays the second of two nights at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
On his Sites Of Scottish Cultural Significance tour, Jesse Rae plays at The Ski Centre, Aviemore, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Jazz trumpet player Matt Blistan, known as Atlanta Bliss, joins Prince's backing band, The Revolution.
Joe Le Taxi by Vanessa Paradis reaches No1 in the French pop singles chart. The track, produced by her boyfriend, Lenny Kravitz will go on to become a massive international hit.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays to an audience of 45,000 on the second of two nights at Paramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
The Dan Reed Network plays at Kingswood Music Theatre, Toronto, Canada
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England, U.K., Europe, to an audience of 72,000.
Michael Jackson receives a special award from Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe, for setting a new record for playing more dates at the venue than any other artist. His seven sell-out concerts were attended by 504,000 people, earning him another entry in The Guinness Book Of World Records.
Janet Jackson begins her Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour at The Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, Janet Jackson plays at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, USA.
Michael Jackson undergoes tests St John's Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA, where he has been admitted suffering from severe chest pains.
Sydney Youngblood plays the second of two nights at The Metro, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Prince plays the eleventh of fourteen (non-consecutive) nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK. (the final three shows will take place in August)
Prince plays the last of three nights to a sellout crowd in Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
With Michael Jackson's career in jeopardy, the superstar's lawyer announces that Jackson is under treatment for addiction to painkillers and is "barely able to function adequately on an intellectual level."
Isaac Hayes releases a new LP, Branded, on Pointblank Records, a Virgin subsidiary, in the UK.
Having finally severed all links with Warner Brothers, Prince begins his new alliance (via his own NPG label) with EMI-Capitol Music Group by releasing the 36-song, 3-CD set Emancipation, which charts for one week at UK No18.
Prince, Bo Diddley and The Isley Brothers are among the artists attending The Rhythm And Blues Foundation ceremonies in the Ballroom of The Sheraton Hotel, New York City, USA.
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.
The West Coast funeral of Rick James is attended by over one thousand peoiple including Stevie Wonder and Motown boss Berry Gordy, in Los Angeles, California, USA. His body is then flown to Buffalo, New York State, USA, for a service in his birthplace.
Hayley And The Vibe play at Tongue And Groove, San Francisco, California, USA.
The highest new entry in the UK albums chart is Dynamite by Jamiroquai, entering at No3. Coldplay remain at No1 with XAndY.
It is announced that the estate of Michael Jackson has agreed the biggest recording deal in history, said to be worth more than $200m.
During his 20Ten Tour, Prince plays at Arras Citadel, France, Europe.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at Rohre, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy, Europe.
Stevie Wonder files for divorce in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles, California, USA, ending his 11-year marriage to fashion designer Kai Millard Morris.
Prince declares that he is now based in London, UK, which he regards as his home, and that he has plans to play more 'guerilla' gigs at venues around the city.
Stevie Wonder attends The 45th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California, USA.
The John Butler Trio plays at Huxley's Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
De La Soul, Goldie Lookin' Chain and Roots Manuva play at Brownstock Music Festival, Morris Farm, Chelmsford, England, UK.
A Florida, USA, judge sentences Michael Dunn to life imprisonment for the murder of African-American teenager Jordan Davis. The teenager died when Dunn fired into an SUV in Jacksonville, Florida, during an argument over loud music. The sentence includes an additional ninety years for three convictions of attempted murder and firing a weapon into a vehicle.
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, is declared to have been the most watched video of 2015 on Vevo, with over one billion views. The full Top Ten most watched videos on Vevo are as follows :

1. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk 1,135,011,558

2. Taylor Swift - Blank Space 1,055,708,218

3. Maroon 5 – Sugar (2015 debut) 908,567,807

4. Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do (2015 debut)

5. 842,425,620 Taylor Swift - Shake It Off 762,904,682

6. Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass 692,419,231

7. Taylor Swift - Bad Blood (2015 debut) 656,351,040

8. Adele – Hello (2015 debut) 593,957,168

9. Sia - Chandelier 593,251,569

10. Enrique Iglesias - Bailando (Español) 533,037,712

Stormzy, Flume, A-trak, Schoolboy Q, Golden Features, Princess Nokia and Vince Staples are among the artists appearing at Field Day 2018 in The Domain, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Kamaal Williams plays at The Soundcrash Funk And Soul Weekender, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
Mark Ronson releases a new LP, Late Night Feelings, which features guest appearances by Miley Cyrus, Camila Cabello and Lykke Li.