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Paul Anka plays the second of seven nights at Blinstrub's , Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Barbra Streisand plays the tenth night of two weeks at The Bon Soir Club, New York City, USA.
Brenda Lee plays the first of seven nights at The Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Brenda Lee plays the seventh night in two weeks of appearances in the musical Bye Bye Birdie at The Starlight Theater, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Riots break out when James Meredith becomes the first black American to be admitted to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, USA. Bob Dylan will write his song Oxford Town about this violent racist action by white residents of the town, in which two people die and over 75 are injured.
Elvis Presley continues recording soundtrack material for his next movie, Fun In Acapulco, at Radio Recorders studio, Hollywood, California, USA.
Joe Brown and his Bruvvers play at the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, UK.
Moby Grape play the third of four consecutive nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Steve Miller Band plays the first of four nights at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA. On the same night, The Grateful Dead play at The Family Dog, San Francisco, and Iron Butterfly play at The Speakeasy, London, UK.
John Lennon of The Beatles and Yoko Ono spend the second of five days being filmed at home in Ascot, UK, and in London, for a BBC tv 24 Hours documentary, The World Of John And Yoko.
Stevie Wonder attends and sings at the funeral of Christopher Cleophus Glover, a ten-year-old black boy who had been shot in the back by a New York City Police officer, Detective Thomas Shea, who claimed he believed that the child was a hold-up suspect and he pulled a gun on him.
Bernie Leadon officially leaves The Eagles and, in due course, will be replaced by Joe Walsh.
After Keith Moon of The Who is discharged from the Hollywood Memorial Hospital (Florida), where he had been confined after collapsing in The Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA, just over a week earlier. On leaving the hospital, he flies to Los Angeles.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia.
Def Leppard play at The City Hall, Sheffield, UK.
The UK Subs play at The Maryatt Hall, Dundee, Scotland.
Laurie Anderson plays the first of two nights at The Kabuki Nightclub, San Francisco, California, USA.
Sparks preview their new album Angst In My Pants at The Keystone, San Francisco, California, USA.
Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Zydeco Band play at The Julia Morgan Theatre, Berkeley, California, USA. Queen Ida was the first female accordion player to lead a zydeco band.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado, Nebraska, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
A report in The Baltimore Sun claims that 1990 has been a near-disastrous summer for live music tours, with MC Hammer, Milli Vanilli, Sweet Sensation and New Kids On The Block all underperforming. Madonna's tour sold out, but high production costs meant that it did not turn a profit.
Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart.
The National Constitution Center releases the results of a telephone survey of 600 teenagers (aged 13-17), which finds that 95 percent can identify Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but only 2 percent can identlfy William Rehnquist - the chief justice of the US Supreme Court.
During a hearing about crack cocaine possession charges at a Criminal Court in Queens, New York, USA, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard makes lewd comments to a female district attorney, asking her if she thinks he is ‘horny’. He also ignores Judge Charles Heffernan and nods off to sleep at one point during the proceedings.
John Entwistle, bassist for The Who, dies of a heart attack in his sleep in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. It is revealed that a stripper was in Entwistle's room that evening. On the same day, Britney Spears opens her own restaurant, a Southern-styled diner called Nyla, in New York City. As well as Britney, first night guests include Debbie Gibson, avid Copperfield, Mayor Rudi Guiliani, rapper Ja Rule and porn star Jenna Jameson.
The Black Eyed Peas, Pink, Franz Ferdinand, The Darkness and Muse play at the T In The Park Festival, Balado, Scotland.
The domain name www.youtube.com is activated, and will become in due course a massively important online outlet for music videos and news.
Brian McKnight, Faith Evans, Common, Fatty Koo and others play on the second day of The 11th Annual Rochester Music Festival at Genesee Valley Park, New York State, USA.
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.
Beck plays at The Echo, Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA. The show is advertised as a benefit for a charity called Educating Children International, which is subsequently revealed to be funded by The Church Of Scientology.
I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas debuts at No2 on the Billboard US Hot 100 singles chart, immediately below Boom Boom Pow, their eleven week chart-topper. This makes them the first duo or group since OutKast to occupy the top two spots on the Hot 100.
Good Times by London garage/grime collective Roll Deep enters the Irish Singles Chart at No42. It will peak at No13 in Ireland.
On his Away From Home tour, Drake plays at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Thornbury Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Sonisphere '10 festival is held at Stora Skuggan, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. Artists appearing include Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Iggy And The Stooges, Slayer, Anthrax and Hammerfall.
The Rock The Bells Festival takes place at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Washington DC, USA. Artists appearing include Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim and KRS-ONE.
Kanye West spends some of Christmas day attending basketball team The Lakers' game in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Wyclef Jean claims that he has been shot in the palm of his right hand in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Caribbean. Local police report otherwise, saying that Wyclef was not wounded by a bullet but was cut by glass.
Cher Lloyd plays at Indigo2, London, 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.
Jess Conrad plays at ​The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK.
International Blue, a project aimed at re-establishing the lost art of pop crooning, is launched at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK. The project features music written by Stephen Emmer with vocals and lyrics by Liam McKahey, Glenn Gregory and Neil Crossley, and production by Tony Visconti.
Naughty Boy releases his debut album Hotel Cabana in three European territories, Germany, Ireland and Spain.
On his Would You Like A Tour? tour, Drake plays at Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
Kanye West plays at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oceania.
Run The Jewels play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Joey Bada$$ releases his debut LP, B4.Da.$$, in the USA and UK.
Ludacris attends the Harley-Davidson Celebrates Black Label Collection With Rolling Stone at Harley-Davidson of New York City, New York City, USA.
On his Saint Pablo tour, Kanye West plays at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Rapper T.I. pays a $300 fine in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, as a result of legal procedings taken against him following an incident in which he was arrested during May 2018 for 'cursing in a public place' after being refused entry to his gated Eagle's Landing community because he had lost his keys.
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