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Kevin Donovan, better known as pioneering rap deejay Afrika Bambaataa is born in The Bronx, New York, USA.
Elvis Presley records Something Blue, Night Rider and other tracks at RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Modern Jazz Quartet record a live appearance for tv show Jazz Casual, in KQED Television Studios, San Francisco, California, USA.
Roland And The Upsetters play at Molynes Four Roads, Kingston, Jamaica, as part of the Jamaican Independence Night Celebrations to promote street dancing.
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.
Little Stevie Wonder, just twelve years old, records Thank You For Loving Me All The Way, in his first session for Tamla Records in Detroit, Michigan, 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 fourth of ten nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Todays edition of Broadside, a contemporary folk music magazine published from New York City, USA, includes sheet music for new songs composed by Phil Ochs, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton, Peter La Farge, Malvina Reynolds and others.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, Gene Vincent and Karl Denver play at The South Pier, Blackpool, England, UK.
UK drummer Ginger Baker officially leaves The Graham Bond Organisation, to take up his new role as drummer in The Cream, with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce.
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To Sir With Love by Lulu tops the Billboard magazine single chart in the USA for the first of five weeks.
Psychedelic soul pioneers Rotary Connection play the first of three nights at newly-opened rock venue, The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Hello, I Love You by The Doors reaches No. 1 in the Billbaord Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
San Francisco band Moby Grape files an action with the Labor Commissioner requesting that their contracts with manager Matthew Katz be set aside because of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and violations of the Labor Code.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Broome County Veterans' Memorial Arena, Binghamton, New York State, USA, supported by Jay Boy Adams. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, 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.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Roberts Municipal Stadium, Evansville, Indiana, USA, supported by The Fools. 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.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA, supported by Big Horn.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play in Paris, France, Europe.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the second of two nights at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Jai Alai, Miami, Florida, USA.
The Police and UB40 play in the Rockatta De Bowl concert at Milton Keynes Bowl, Milton Keynes, England, UK, Europe.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play the second of two nights at The Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by After The Fire.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at The Events Center, Casper, Wyoming, USA, supported by After The Fire. [N.B. This concert may have been cancelled].
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at the Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, Alabama, USA, supported by Joe Whiting And The Bandit Band.
Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson appear on popular tv game show $10,000 Pyramid, hosted by Dick Clark, in the USA.
Detroit police stop the performance at an N.W.A show because of the controversy surrounding their latest hit, 'Fuck Tha Police'. Before they can perform the song, the group is removed from the stage and escorted back to their hotel. No charges are filed, and officers tell the rappers that they just "wanted to show the kids that you can't say 'Fuck the police' in Detroit."
Outside the Papal Nuncio's residence in Panama City, Panama, Central America, US military forces begin Operation Nifty Package, a psychological warfare tactic aimed at demoralising besieged General Manuel Noriega until he surrenders to them. The tactic includes playing such tracks as I Fought The Law by The Clash and Panama by Van Halen at extremely high volumes through loudspeakers pointing at the residence.
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Tori Amos releases her debut album, Little Earthquakes, in the UK.
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.
Public Enemy release a new single, He Got Game, taken from the album of the same name, on Mercury Records in the UK.
Songs in A Minor, the debut album by Alicia Keys reaches No1 in the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the USA.
US President George Bush declares Eminem to be 'The biggest threat to American youth since polio'.
Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson and P. Diddy appear in an infomercial about acne which has its first airing in the USA today.
Method Man and Redman play at The Heat Nightclub, Perth, Western Australia, Oceania.
Jay-Z headlines on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK.
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32-year-old Clive O'Connor is shot twice in the abdomen, in the lobby of the Grand 18 cinema, Four Seasons Station, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, at the premiere of the new Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious, in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. O'Connor is rushed to Moses Cone Hospital for treatment.
Hip-hop/rap duo Los Aldeanos perform to a packed crowd in the town of Candelaria, Cuba, Caribbean. Band-member Aldo Rodriguez spends the night in jail for "disturbing the public."
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play the first of two nights in ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, supported by Jay-Z.
After a heated argument with his estranged wife, hip-hop music mogul Chris Lighty commits suicide by shooting himself outside his New York City, USA, apartment. Lighty was the manager of both 50 Cent and P. Diddy.
A new book, WRITTEN! - The lyrics of Grandmaster Caz, is published in the UK, featuring rhymes composed by pioneering rap scribe Grandmaster Caz.
Beyonce is criticised for having possibly lip-synced the American National Anthem during her appearance at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama at The Capitol, Washington, DC, USA. Other musicians involved in the event included Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor.
On his Splinter tour Gary Numan plays at The O2 Academy, Oxford, UK.
Michigan rap group Insane Clown Posse files suit against the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Detroit, saying that the United States government had made an “unwarranted and unlawful decision” to classify fans of the band as criminal gang members, leading to their harassment by law enforcement and causing them “significant harm.”
During his unexpected rap among the audience of the BAFTA Awards in London, UK, rapper Tinie Tempah high-fives Prince William, future king of Great Britain.
Kanye West, Common, De La Soul, MC Lyte, Lupe Fiasco and Lil Herb play in the inaugural Aahh! Fest, Union Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
London-based rapper Banditsu releases a new album, The Miseducation Of Itsu, in the UK.
Rapper Meek Mill performs on The Pinkprint Tour at PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
On his Saint Pablo tour, Kanye West plays at The TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Dub Pistols play at Sound Control, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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