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Paul Anka plays the fifth night of a week at the Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The very first Motor Town Special, a two-month long all-Motown package tour featuring The Miracles, The Supremes, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye and Little Stevie Wonder, plays the fifth night in a week of shows at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, 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 Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
The very first Motor Town Revue, starring The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, Mary Wells, The Marvelettes, Little Stevie Wonder, The Contours, Martha And The Vandellas and plays the fifth of ten nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Teen pop idol Fabian Forte appears as Martin Beldon in Say Goodbye to All That, an episode of the tv western series The Virginian.
The Steve Miller Band, The Doors and The Daily Flash play the second of four nights at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
Massachusetts by The Bee Gees reaches No1 in the pop singles chart, Tio i topp, in Sweden, Europe.
Barbra Streisand goes to see her 18-year-old sister, Roslyn Kind, sing at The Persian Room, New York City, USA.
Get It On by T.Rex hits No1 in the Irish Singles Chart for the first of two weeks.
Electric Warrior by T.Rex, on Fly Records, reaches No1 in the Albums Chart in the UK for the first of six weeks.
On the fourth leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play the second of two nights at The Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, supported by The Yellow Rose Band. 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.
Kenneth Alessio Bianchi and his cousin Angelo Buono, Jr., later to become known as The Hillside Stranglers, commit the first of many murders when they kidnap, sexually abuse and kill 19-year-old prostitute Yolanda Washington in Los Angeles, California, USA. Their crimes will inspire songs including The Hillside Stranglers by Macabre, I Wanna Make You Scream by Battalion Of Saints and Notown Blues by The Black Lips.
The Cold Crush Brothers, Afrika Bambaataa, Jazzy J, Red Alert and Soulsonic Force MCs play at T-Connection in The Bronx, New York City, USA.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The BSU Pavilion, Boise, Idaho, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Quiet Riot play at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.
When Twisted Sister play in El Paso, Texas, USA, the local police sheriff asks if his son can sit behind the band's drummer and watch him play. The band agrees.
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Iron Maiden play at The Sporthalle St. Jakob, Basel, Switzerland, Europe, supported by Motley Crue.
L. L. Cool J plays the last of three nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Eric B. And Rakim.
Law enforcement officials in Texas, USA, call for a ban on rapper Ice-T's album Cop Killer.
The soundtrack album to the movie The Bodyguard is released in the USA. It features six songs by Whitney Houston, plus several by other artists including Kenny G, Lisa Stransfield and Joe Cocker. Most significantly, it includes Houston's cover of the Dolly Parton song I Will Always Love You - an international No1 hit. It will become the first album to sell more than a million copies in a single week, and will go on to score over 42m copies worldwide.
A VH1 channel poll of 700 music industry experts selects Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone as the fourth greatest rock song of all time.
Usher reaches No.1 on the UK albums chart with 8701.
R.E.M. play the second of two nights at Liberty Park, New York City, USA, supported by Sparklehorse.
Master P releases his twelfth album, Ghetto Bill, on Koch Records in the USA.
R. Kelly enters the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA at No1 with TP.3 Reloaded.
Bow Wow, Omarion and Bobby Valentino play in The Scream Tour in Miami, Florida, USA.
A Swedish court jails Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde, the men behind The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world's most high-profile file-sharing website. The four are found guilty of breaking copyright law, sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay $4.5m (£3m) in damages. Record companies welcome the verdict but the men are to appeal and Sunde says they will refuse to pay the fine.
Actress and popular singer Kathryn Grayson dies in her sleep, at home in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 88.
When Alicia Keys' Freedom tour plays at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, she is joined onstage by Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Stereos, Katy Perry, Drake, Adam Lambert and others perform at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The Prudential Centre, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Linkin Park release their fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns, in the UK, Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and most of Europe (excluding Hungary and Poland).
Swagger Jagger by Cher Lloyd debuts at No2 in the Irish Singles Chart. The track is the first single from her debut album Sticks + Stones.
Rihanna releases her new single We Found Love featuring Calvin Harris in the UK. It immediately reaches No1 on iTunes, and will go straight to the top spot on the UK's Official single chart after just four days on sale, giving Rihanna six No1s in five consecutive years, a record unequalled by any other female.
Hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks release their debut album Stereo Typical in Ireland.
Eminem headlines Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
On his 66th birthday, David Bowie releases Where Are We Now?, his first new single in ten years by putting it on sale in the iTunes store in 119 countries.
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Keane play at The Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Neil Diamond song Sweet Caroline is played immediately before the start of the Hamburg Marathon in Hamburg, Germany, Europe, as a gesture of solidarity with victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombings. Diamond's 1969 song has been played at every Boston Red Sox game in Fenway Park since 2002.
Beyonce and Jay Z's co-headlining On The Run Tour plays at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
I Play Chicken With The Train by country rap artist Cowboy Troy is the No. 1 country download at the iTunes Music Store on this day.
Spotify release their annual Year in Music list, showing Ed Sheeran as 2015's most streamed artist, with 3bn streams and 59m listeners. In second place, Drake notched up 1.8bn streams in 2015 and 46m listeners. With over 1bn streams and 57m listeners, Rihanna is the year's most streamed female artist.
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is interviewed by CNN when he is spotted out in the streets of New York City, USA, at the height of winter storm Jonas. He advises fans to stay at home and drink hot chocolate.
Kanye West spends a third day in UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, undergoing psychiatric evaluation, following a week of cancelled shows, onstage outbursts and generally 'erratic behaviour' including physical attacks on colleagues.
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It is announced that Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, USA, has added a new course - OutKast and the Rise of the Hip-Hop South - to its Spring 2017 class list.
On their 113-date Concrete and Gold tour, Foo Fighters play at Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport, Gdynia, Poland, Europe, Supported by G-Easy and The Kills.
Trey Songz plays at a New Year's show in the E11even nighterie in Miami, Florida, USA. He will, in due course, be accused of sexual assault and sued for $10m by a woman who claims the rapper assaulted her at the club.
On their Days of Future Passed 50th Anniversary Tour, The Moody Blues play in The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving, Texas, USA.
Nutritionist Daniel O'Shaughnessy of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine, states on BBC1 tv in the UK that a 22-day diet plan endorsed by Beyoncé "could be dangerous." O'Shaughnessy says the diet could lead to "nutritional deficiencies", and asserts that "It could be dangerous for the average person to follow without a team of nutritionists and trainers like Beyoncé has."
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