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Ray Lynam is born in Moate, County Westmeath, Eire. He will establish himself as a popular country music singer.
Them (with Van Morrison on lead vocals) play on the regular weekly r'n'b night at The Maritime Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
Roy Orbison, The Rockin' Berries, Marianne Faithfull, Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers and Jon Mark play at The Adelphi, Dublin, Eire.
Irish blues band Them, featuring vocalist Van Morrison, play in Sheffield, UK.
Guinness heir and socialite Tara Browne, a friend of The Beatles, is killed when his car crashes in West London, UK. The coroner's report of his death, in the Daily Mail on January 17, will inspire John Lennon to begin writing the song A Day In The Life.
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Eric Burdon And The Animals plus Eire Apparent play the third of five nights at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
During their Sounds Of Ireland tour, The Irish Rovers' are playing a week of shows at The Place Des Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Vanilla Fudge, Soft Machine and Eire Apparent play at Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California, USA.
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Fleetwood Mac and Jethro Tull play at The National Stadium, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
Janis Joplin plays at Cole Field House, College Park, Maryland, USA, supported by Van Morrison.
Alone Again Naturally by former Swindon resident Gilbert O'Sullivan is certified as a Gold Disc in America.
Dexys Midnight Runners play at Demelza's, Penzance, England, UK, Europe.
Johnny Logan reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with What's Another Year.
Dexys Midnight Runners play at the Mansion House, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
Def Leppard and Gary Moore play at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin, USA.
Opening a British tour, Elton John plays the first of four nights at RDS, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
Hothouse Flowers play in Rimini, Italy, Europe.
Gavin Rossdale, formerly of Bush, announces that his first new material in four years will be released by his new band, Institute, and will be a 'hardcore' album featuring contributions from his wife Gwen Stefani, and U2-producer Daniel Lanois.
U2 play at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, UK, supported by Snow Patrol.
U2 play at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, UK, supported by Athlete.
The Live8 Concert in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, (and several other cities worldwide), features artists including Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Dido, Keane, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Muse, Razorlight, Scissor Sisters, Paul McCartney, Joss Stone, Stereophonics, Sting, Robbie Williams, U2, Stevie Wonder, R.E.M., The Cure, Velvet Revolver, Bob Geldof, The Killers and Snow Patrol.
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Ronan Keating plays at Bickling Hall, Norfolk, England, UK, supported by Beulah.
The Saw Doctors play at Eastleigh Summer Festival, Fleming Park, Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK.
Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks play at Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Irish/American virtuoso acoustic guitarist and recording artist Eric Roche dies in his sleep, in Haverhill, Suffolk, England, UK, after a year-long battle with cancer.
The Edge of U2 and Mary J. Blige are among the celebrities attending the 'A Night of Humanity' event in aid of Hope Help And Relief Haiti at Urban Zen in New York City, USA.
The BPI announces that more than one in ten people between the ages of 12 and 74 made at least one digital music purchase during 2009. This is the first time this number has risen above the 10% mark.
The DVD/Blu-Ray U2 360 At The Rose Bowl is released in Canada. The release features an October 2009 concert by U2 at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, USA. The concert was filmed using 27 high-definition camera, and was also broadcast live over the internet attracting nearly 10m viewers from 188 countries.
Villagers release a new album, Becoming A Jackal, on Domino Records in the USA.
U2 announce that lead singer Bono is now recovering from his recent back surgery and, as a result, they can now re-schedule the tour dates they had previously cancelled. [Bono had injured his back during rehearsals in Germany].
Spider-Man : Turn Off the Dark, a Broadway musical with songs by U2's Bono and The Edge, faces harsh criticism on its first night of previews at The Foxwoods Theatre, New York City, USA. With production costs estimated at $65m (£42m) it is said to be the most expensive Broadway production in history.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA, supported by Lenny Kravitz.
On their Fallen Empires tour, Snow Patrol play at The Volt Festival, Lover Kempingek, Sopron, Hungary, Europe.
Bono of U2 makes a surprise appearance, singing with Belgian-Congolese artist Baloji, at a ranch in La Quinta, near Indio, California, USA. The occasion is the Rolling Stone Rock Room launch party for Diesel+Edun's Studio Africa, a series of events bringing African and Western musicians together.
A newly-published survey by the ICM Group reveals that one in ten young people in the UK bought a music cassette tape in the last month. This, and other findings, are taken to suggest that that many consumers still prefer physical music formats over downloading their sounds digitally.
After a three-month break from live performances, Bob Dylan resumes touring with a show in The Marquee, Cork, Ireland, Europe.
Paolo Nutini plays at The Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
Madness play at The O2, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
On their On The Road Again tour, One Direction play at The National Stadium, Singapore, Asia.
On the North American leg of their On The Road Again tour, One Direction play at Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, supported by Icona Pop.
Jesse Malin plays at Rosin Dubh, Galway, Eire, Europe.
Forbes Magazine's Annual Rich List shows Katy Perry as the year's most financially successful musician, with estimated earnings of $135m. One Direction are second with $130m, followed by Garth Brooks with $90m, Taylor Swift with $80m and The Eagles with $73.5m.
On her Live 2016 Tour, Adele plays the second of two nights at The 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Highasakite play at Whelan's, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play the second of two nights at Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Ash play a 20th Anniversary Tour show at The Roundhouse, London, England, UK.
Reverend James Leg plays at The Cluny, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Bonnevilles.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at Estadio El Campin, Bogota, Colombia, South America, supported by Noel Gallagher's High FLying Birds
On his ÷ Tour, Ed Sheeran plays the first of three nights at Phoenix Park, Dublin, Republic Of Ireland, Europe, supported by Anne-Marie, Jamie Lawson and Beoga.
Primordial are among the artists playing at The Alcatraz Metal Festival, Kotrijk, Belgium, Europe.