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Boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons records Early Mornin' Blues for Decca Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The film Ocean's 11, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, opens in Hong Kong.
Neil Sedaka plays the eleventh of fifteen nights at The Holiday House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Perry Como, accompanied by the Ray Charles Singers, records Can't Help Falling In Love, What's New? and Somebody Cares in Webster Hall, New York City, USA, for RCA Records.
Brenda Lee begins two weeks of appearances in the musical Bye Bye Birdie at The Starlight Theater, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
The first Motor Town Revue, a two-month long all-Motown package tour featuring The Miracles, The Supremes, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, The Contours, The Marvelettes, Martha And The Vandellas and Little Stevie Wonder, plays a date in The Franklin Theater, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Motor Town Special, a two-month long all-Motown package tour featuring The Miracles, The Supremes, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, The Contours, The Marvelettes, Martha And The Vandellas and Little Stevie Wonder, plays a date in The Capitol Arena, Washington, DC, USA.
Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins records I Woke Up This Morning, I Like To Boogie and other tracks at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Prestige Records.
Lightnin' Hopkins plays the last of thirteen nights at The Ash Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Rising Sons [including Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal].
Moby Grape play at The Armory, San Rafael, California, USA.
Moby Grape record Captain Nemo for their Columbia Records album entitled Moby Grape 69.
B. B. King, Ballin'jack and Christian Rapid play the second of four nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Mahavishnu Orchestra play the second of two nights at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Captain Beefheart.
The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Taj Mahal play at Wildwood Central Center, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Pine Knob Music Center, Clarkston, Michigan, USA, supported by REO Speedwagon. 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.
The Kursaal Flyers play at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, UK, supported by The Clash.
Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Boomtown Rats, Aerosmith and others play in The California Music Festival, Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, USA. Van Halen, who arrive in a fleet of sixteen white limousines, have invited over 300 'personal guests' to the show. A chimpanzee dressed as David Lee Roth and two diminutive bodyguards greet the band's guests at the gate.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the first of two nights at Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon, USA, to an audience of 8,000.
Stephen Paul Manderson is born in Hackney, London, England, UK, Europe. He will find success as crossover rap/pop performer Professor Green.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at Madison Square Gardens, New York City, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Municipal Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
George David Clark III is born in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He will find success as Kidd Flow of the hip hop and record production duo Young Duece.
When Whitney Houston marries Bobby Brown at her mansion in Mendham, New Jersey, USA, Stevie Wonder sings for the happy couple.
Janna Allen, songwriter who provided hit material for Hall And Oates, Cheap Trick, Peter Wolf and others, dies of leukemia, aged 36, in Millbrook, New York State, USA.
Travis release a new album, 12 Memories, in the UK on Epic Records.
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Irv 'Gotti' Lorenzo, boss of American record company The Inc, (formerly Murder Inc) with artists including Ja Rule and Ashanti, pleads not guilty to money laundering charges (relating to drug deals) on which he had been arrested earlier in the week.
Missy Elliott releases a new single, Lose Control, on The Goldmine Inc, in the USA.
Kanye West drops into S.O.B.'s in New York City, USA, to watch a performance by rapper Drake, formerly an actor best known for his role in the tv series Degrassi.
It is announced that the winner of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 is South London, England, UK, rapper Speech Debelle for her album Speech Therapy.
Mr Hudson releases his Kanye West-produced second album, Straight No Chaser, in the UK.
Rapper Waka Flocka is shot in the arm while struggling with robbers at a car wash in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Jay-Z plays at the HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, USA.
Eminem releases his seventh studio album, Recovery, on Interscope Records in Japan, Asia.
Madcon release a new single, Freaky Like Me, in the UK on Columbia Records.
The 31st BRIT Awards event is held at The O2 Arena in London, UK. The big winners are Tinie Tempah and Arcade Fire, with two wins each, and there are live performances by Rihanna, Take That, Mumford And Sons, Arcade Fire and others, but the night belongs to Someone Like You performed by Adele with a simple piano accompaniment. Her performance will rack up over 50m YouTube views and will rocket her to international mega-stardom.
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It is reported that music publisher Bug Music is to be bought by BMG Rights Management for $300m (£204m). Bug Music was started in 1975 to manage publishing for Del Shannon, and has since acquired around 250,000 copyrights including Fever, What a Wonderful World, I Walk The Line, Summer In The City, The Real Slim Shady, Stormy Weather and Under The Boardwalk.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin release Tape Club, a 26-song compilation of unreleased songs, b-sides, and demos, on Polyvinyl Records in the USA.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band plays at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK
Canada's Supreme Court ends the collection [by Canada's performing rights society SOCAN] of fees for music downloaded via the internet. The court rules that downloading is merely a delivery mechanism, much like a courier, and does not justify a performance fee. The court states, however, that music streamed from a website constitutes a performance and therefore fees must continue to be paid.
Teenage rapper Chief Keef is arrested for disorderly conduct after hotel security smell marijuana smoke coming from his room at the LeMeridan Hotel, 111 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, north of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
It is announced that Shakira's music video for La La La (Brazil 2014) has achieved 36.6m video views across Vevo in just five days, making it the second most viewed video on the platform this year in the same time period.
On the Carnivores tour, Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds To Mars and AFI play at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Rapper/entrepreneur Puff Daddy (aka P.Diddy, real name Sean Combs) becomes involved in an altercation in a nightclub in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. A fan in the club, angered that the rapper arrived late and spent very little time on stage, claims to have been punched when he remonstrated with Daddy.
Zendaya, Queen Latifah and MC Lyte are among the performers attending the 2016 Essence Black Women in Music event at Avalon, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actor and singer Woody McClain spends the American Independence Day holiday at the Los Angeles, California, USA, home of Bobby Brown, the singer he portrays in new TV movie The New Edition Story.
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On his 44-show Boy Meets World tour Drake plays the first of two nights at The O2 Arena, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by dvsn and Young Thug.
On his 44-show Boy Meets World tour Drake plays the second of three nights at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
On his his H.I.T.H. (Heavy Is The Head) tour, Stormzy plays at The Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, UK, Europe.
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