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Innovative tap dancer Bill Robinson, who performed under the name Mr Bojangles, dies of heart disease, aged 71, in New York City, USA. His name and his achievements are immortalised in two popular songs. First is Bojangles Of Harlem, written by Jerome Kern for the 1936 Fred Astaire movie Swing Time. The second song is Mr Bojangles, written by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1968 and recorded by artists including Sammy Davis Jr., Nina Simone and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
The film Ocean's 11, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, opens in Hong Kong.
Chubby Checker, Jan And Dean, Bobby Freeman, Dick And Dee Dee and The Untouchables play in the Twist Party concert at The Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA.
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Elvis Presley leaves Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and drives to Los Angeles, California, where he is shortly to begin making his next movie Girls! Girls! Girls!
Follow That Dream, the 11th Elvis Presley movie, is premiered in the USA.
Barbra Streisand plays the final night of two weeks at The Bon Soir Club, New York City, USA.
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do by Neil Sedaka reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Jack Taylor, guitarist of pioneering 1930s and 40s country string band The Prairie Ramblers, dies.
Nino Tempo And April Stevens play the twelfth of fourteen nights at Eddy's Bar And Grill, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
The Doors play at the Broadmoor Hotel Ballroom, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.
On the third leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play the second of two nights at The Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The CNE Exhibition Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Porte de Pantin, Paris, France, Europe.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Five Flags Civic Center, Dubuque, Iowa, USA.
The Revillos play at The Caledonian Hotel, Inverness, Scotland.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, supported by After The Fire.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Ozzy Osbourne plays the second of two nights at Le Colisee, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada, supported by Motley Crue.
Husker Du, Regressive Aid and Dead Milkmen play at Friendship Station, Washington DC, USA.
When Twisted Sister play in San Antonio, Texas, USA, the city has recently passed an anti-rock music ordinance [in response to pressure from the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), to prevent the appearance of artists who sing about such topics as necrophilia, paedophilia or bestiality. A group of local dignitaries monitor the show but later, in the band's dressing room, they mingle happily with the group.
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Steve Winwood's Higher Love wins Record Of The Year at the Grammy Awards. Robert Palmer is Best Male Vocalist. Jody Watley is best new artist. Janet Jackson performs What Have You Done For Me Lately, but does not win any awards. Michael Jackson and The Beastie Boys are also in attendance.
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Bobby Brown is arrested for violating a Columbus, Georgia, USA, anti-lewdness ordinance. According to the arresting officers, Brown pulled a woman out of the audience and simulated intercourse with her. Arrested in mid-performance, Brown is immediately taken to jail, where he posts a $600 bond, before returning to finish the concert. He is later fined $652.
Wild Thing by Tone Loc becomes the highest-charting rap single to date when it hits No2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA.
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The Sisters of Mercy play the second of two nights at The Warfield Theater, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Danielle Dax.
It is reported that tax authorities in Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA, are in pursuit of Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses who owes $7,095 in property taxes dating back over the past four years, and could lose a 10-acre lot he owns in southern Wisconsin if he doesn't pay up. Tax demands sent by the county treasurer's office to Rose's registered address in Encino, California, have been returned with no forwarding address. Rose has until July 15 to pay the taxes or face foreclosure.
Former Beach Boys' leader Brian Wilson, is sued by his mother Audree over claims in his autobiography, Wouldn't It Be Nice, that she was a drunk and an unfit mother.
On their Hybrid Theory European Tour, Linkin Park play at Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Chicago and Earth, Wind And Fire play the first of two nights at Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Hurricane Katrina makes landfall at Grand Isle, approximately 90km south of New Orleans, Louisana, USA. In the days that follow, New Orleans will be devastated with at least 1,836 people dying in the hurricane and subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since 1928. Total property damage will be estimated at $81bn. The 2006 song Wide Awake by Audioslave will be one of the first musical responses to the disaster, but others include Missin' Mississippi by Van Dyke Parks, Hurricane Katrina [The Ghosts of New Orleans] by Frances Donnelly, Katrina by Anders Osbourne, Hell No, We Ain't Alright by Public Enemy, Gov Did Nothin' by The John Butler Trio and Midnight In The City Of Destruction by The Nightwatchman.
Gone Country, a reality show hosted by John Rich, debuts on CMT, with Bobby Brown, Carnie Wilson, Enrique Iglesias Jr. and Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider attempting switch their musical directions and achieve a country career.
A report from the County Coroner's office of Los Angeles, California, USA, reveals that rap mogul Dr. Dre's son, Andre Young Jr., died from an overdose of heroin and morphine. Andre Young Jr died in August 2008.
Jay-Z premieres a new song, D.O.A. (The Death of Auto-Tune) from his forthcoming album Blueprint 3 on New York City's Hot 97 radio station. The song lambasts rappers for singing too much and exhorts rappers to get back to rapping.
Tinchy Stryder reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart with Never Leave You, a collaboration with Amelle Berrabah.
While on holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Europe, Jay-Z and Beyonce are harassed by paparazzi photographers. One of the pair's bodyguards tussles with photographers who later accuse him of being unduly violent.
Madcon release a new single, Freaky Like Me, in the UK on Columbia Records.
On their Watch The Throne tour, Jay-Z and Kanye West, play at The Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington, USA. During the show, Kanye West has an audience member thrown out for throwing business cards onto the stage.
Madonna releases a new single, Turn Up The Radio, on Interscope.
Brad Paisley and LL Cool J release a new duet, Accidental Racist, on Paisley's latest LP Wheelhouse, in the USA.
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Kenny Rogers plays at The O2, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
On his Magna Carter tour, Jay Z plays at The Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Rapper Lil Jon appears with Martha Stewart during a craft segment on Late Night with Seth Meyers in New York City, USA.
Nicki Minaj picks up the prize for best female hip-hop artist, at the BET Awards at The Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA. Jay-Z is seen to have what appears to be a disagreement with his sister-in-law Solange Knowles just before Beyonce sings Partition.
Snoop Dogg plays at The Lovebox Festival, London, England, UK.
Wiz Khalifa plays live on tv's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in the USA.
Future plays at The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On his Saint Pablo tour, Kanye West plays at The Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
Rapper Ludacris is in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe, where he is taking part in filming of the movie Fast And Furious 9.
On his his H.I.T.H. (Heavy Is The Head) tour, Stormzy plays at The Theatre Of Living Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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