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Don Drummond leaves school in Kingston, Jamaica, in the Caribbean, to join The Colony Club Orchestra, but will find greater acclaim as a founder member and trombone player of The Skatalites.
Clinton Fearon is born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies, Caribbean. He will find success as a reggae vocalist with The Gladiators and, after moving to Seattle, Washington, USA, with Clinton Fearon And The Boogie Brown Band.
Ossie Hibbert is born in Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. He will become an acclaimed reggae pianist contributing to countless hit records but also writing, producing, arranging and engineering many more.
Ansel Cridland, later to perform and record as a vocalist with The Meditations and The Linkers, is born in Westmoreland, Jamaica, Caribbean.
Brinsley Forde is born in Guyana, South America. He will find success as a founding member/vocalist and guitarist with Aswad.
Alan Winstanley is born in Fulham, London, England, UK. He will find success as a record producer and songwriter, usually working in collaboration with Clive Langer. Winstanley's credits include work with Madness, Elvis Costello, Bush, Dexy's Midnight Runners and many others.
Derrick Morgan plays a 'farewell show' at The Palladium Theatre, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean. Also appearing are Jimmy Cliff and Desmond Dekker.
The Migil Five, Sandie Shaw, Kenny Lynch and The Viscounts appear on BBC2 tv show Open House in the UK.
Desmond John Ballentine is born in Annotto Bay, St Mary, Jamaica, Caribbean. He will find huge success as controversial dancehall deejay Ninjaman.
The Animals play at the opening of a new club, Tiles, in London, UK, supported by The Koobas. Resident deejay is Kenny Everett.
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The Skatalites play at The Disco Blue discotheque in Ryde, Isle Of Wight, UK.
The Hot Chocolate Band releases Give Peace A Chance, written by John Lennon of The Beatles, on Apple Records in the UK.
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Prince Buster plays at Lancaster University, UK.
The Pioneers play at Clouds, Derby, England, UK, Europe.
Desmond Dekker leaves the UK to begin a tour of South America.
Reggae Tune by Andy Fairweather Low enters the UK popular singles chart, where it will peak at No10 during a run of eight weeks.
The Police play at The Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Skafish and The Bush Tetras play at The Bottom Line, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The URGH! New Wave festival begins in The Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, USA, featuring The Go-Gos, The Fleshtones, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, XTC, Devo, The Cramps, Oingo Boingo, The Dead Kennedys, Gary Numan, Klaus Nomi, Wall of Voodoo, Pere Ubu, Steel Pulse, Surf Punks, 999, UB40, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Police.
The Specials, The Bodysnatchers and The Swinging Cats play at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe. After Jerry Dammers of The Specials sees elderly women selling their possessions on the Glasgow streets, he is inspired to write the song Ghost Town. "It was unbelievable," he said later. "It was clear that something was very, very wrong."
Reggae superstar Bob Marley, suffering from cancer of the stomach, lungs and brain, plays his final live gig at the Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
On their Zenyatta Mondatta tour, The Police play in the Orpheum, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
On their Zenyatta Mondttta tour, The Police play in the Capitol Theater, Passaic, New Jersey, USA.
The Police play at The Sportatorium, Miami, Florida, USA.
The first ever W.O.M.A.D Festival begins in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England, UK. Over the three days of the event, artists appearing include The Drummers of Burundi, Echo And The Bunnymen, Musicians of the Nile, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, The Beat, Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds and Prince Nico Mbarga. Attendance : 16,000
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The Police play at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
When Twisted Sister play in Midland, Texas, USA, the local police chief warns the band that the local sheriff wants to arrest the band. He advises the group members not to use any bad language onstage because if they do, he will not be able to get the group out of town safely.
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Desmond Dekker plays at The Cricketers, The Oval, London, England, UK, Europe.
Dennis Brown releases a new LP, Spellbound, on Blue Moon Records in the UK.
Sting begins a two month long European tour at Valbyhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sting plays at The Drammenshallen, Oslo, Norway, Europe.
Linton Kwesi Johnson plays a Farewell For Now concert with The Dub Band at The Camden Centre, Camden, London, England, UK, Europe. Johnson, a popular dub poet, is planning a temporary break from making music.
Killamanjaro Hi Fi play at The Kaiser Cafe, Negril, Jamaica, Caribbean.
Following their arrest the previous night in Tokyo, Japan, Asia, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and manager Doc McGhee are freed at 5am after their Japanese promoter Mr Udo convinces the miscreants to sign an apology. The pair had been arrested for violent and abusive behaviour aboard the Osaka to Tokyo Bullet Train.
Patrick Waite, bassist of Musical Youth, dies aged 24, in Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. Waite collapses and expires due to a heart condition while awaiting a court appearance on drugs charges.
The first Sonoria Festival has its last of three days in Parco Aquatica, Milan, Italy, Europe. Artists appearing on this day are Peter Gabriel, Chris Rea, Dwight Yoakam, Remmy Ongala And Orchestre Super Matimila, Ara Ketu, The Archie Shepp Quartet, Juan Formell y Los Van Van, Keziah Jones, Khaled, and Pitura Freska.
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Legendary Italian music promoter Franco Mamone dies in hospital in Milan, Italy, Europe, eight days after having collapsed with heart failure. As the head of promoting company Commusications, he was considered the first of the modern generation of Italian rock promoters and managers. From the seventies, he organized concerts by Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen and countless others.
Mattafix come to the end of their residency at Yo Yo in the Notting Hill Arts Centre, London, England, UK. Talvin Singh turns up to guest with them.
Michael Franti and Spearhead play at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
It is reported that the demos produced by Amy Winehouse during her three month stay on the Caribbean island of St Lucia have been rejected by island Records for being too reggae-influenced.
During a two-hour-long telethon in the USA to raise funds for the Gulf Of Mexico in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill, Sting performs his song Fragile, and dedicates it to: 'All the people in the Gulf who have lost their livelihoods, and all the animals and birds, and to remember our ecology is very fragile.' Manning the phones are celebrities including Ke$ha, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Randy Jackson, Nicole Richie and Kathy Griffin.
The Slackers play at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK.
Ari Up, vocalist with punk band The Slits, dies in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 48, following an unspecified illness.
On The Wall Tour 2013, Roger Waters plays at Puskas Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary, Europe.
Madness play the second of two nights at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK.
On his Jeb's Teetotal Pub Crawl tour, Jeb Loy Nichols plays at The Dundee Arms, Bethnal Green, London, England, UK.
Dub Pistols play at The Boileroom, Guildford, England, UK, Europe.
Bunny Wailer, drummer and songwriter of Bob Marley And The Wailers, dies aged 73 at Andrews Memorial Hospital in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica, West Indies, Caribbean. He had suffered strokes in 2018 and 2020 which had resulted in speech problems.