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Winston Delano Stewart is born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. He will find success as reggae vocalist Delano Stewart, first as a member of The Gaylads and later as a solo artist.
Derek Thompson is born in Trelawny, Jamaica, West Indies. He will find success as reggae dancehall artist Shorty.
My Boy Lollipop by sixteen-year-old singer Millie becomes the first bluebeat single to enter the UK Top 10. The song is arranged by Ernest Ranglin, who also plays guitar on the track.
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The Christmas Pantomime at The Odeon, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, features the My Boy Lollipop girl Millie, Jess Conrad, Jimmy Wheeler and Des Lane.
Jimmy James And The Vagabonds play in The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK.
Rudie and Sam and The Jamaican All Stars play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Bossmen.
The Upsetters play at The Crystal Palace Hotel, Crystal Palace, London, UK.
Dave and Ansell Collins (aka Dave And Ansil Collins) reach No1 in the UK with their single Double Barrel.
Margaret Thatcher is elected leader of the Conservative Party in the UK, making her the first woman to head a major political party in Britain. Her actions as Conservative leader will inspire numerous songs, including I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher [1979] by Notsensibles; Stand Down Margaret [1980] by The Beat; Margaret On The Guillotine [1988] by Morrissey; Tramp The Dirt Down [1989] by Elvis Costello and The Day That Margaret Thatcher Dies [2011] by Pete Wylie.
Patti Smith plays at The Rainbow, Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK, supported by Tapper Zukie and The Subway Sect.
The Police play at The Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
The Police play a second night at The Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
2-Tone band The Beat enter the UK singles chart with Mirror In The Bathroom, which will peak at No4.
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UB40 play at the Music Hall, Shrewsbury, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Marley And The Wailers play in Dijon, France, Europe.
XTC, The Police, The Beat (aka English Beat) Skafish play at the Parc de Sports d’Aguilerra, Biarritz, France, Europe.
XTC, The Police, The Beat (English Beat) and Skafish play at The Theatre Antique, Orange, France, Europe.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe.
On their Zenyatta Mondatta tour, The Police play in the Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Police play at the Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Madness begin making a film, Take It Or Leave It, in Islington, London, England, UK, Europe.
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UB40 play at Unity Hall, Wakefield, England, UK, Europe.
The Police play at The Summit, Houston, Texas, USA.
UK 2-Tone band The Beat play in New York City, USA.
British security services prevent the detonation of an IRA (Irish Republican Army) bomb at a Duran Duran concert in the Dominion Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe. The intended targets are Prince Charles and Princess Diana, but bomber Sean O'Callaghan informs the authorities instead of going through with the plan.
The Police play at The William And Mary Hall, Williamsburg, Maryland, USA.
Steel Pulse, supported by Spartacus, play at The Venue, London, England, UK, Europe.
Rock singer / songwriter Sting and his actress wife, Frances Tomelty, get divorced. Sting will go on to marry actress, film producer and director Trudie Styler.
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BBC tv's Whistle Test transmits a special late night New Year concert in the UK, featuring Madness.
Weekly UK tv show Top Of The Pops features Lulu, Chris De Burgh, Status Quo and The Smiths, along with Boris Gardiner, Gwen Guthrie and Sinitta.
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Paul Simon releases his seventh solo album, Graceland, on Warner Bros in the USA.
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On his Nothing Like The Sun tour, Sting plays at the L.B. Day Amphitheater, Salem, Oregon, USA.
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Reggae Jam '90 featuring Black Uhuru, Yellowman, Sophia George and The Sagitarius Band, takes place at The First Avenue And 7th Street Entry Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Reggae singer Jah Cure is arrested on charges of rape and robbery, after a night out with two tourists in Montego Bay, Jamaica's second largest city.
Linkin Park, No Doubt, Jay-Z, Jurassic 5 and The Crystal Method, appear in the Music For Relief Benefit Concert for Tsunami relief, at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, USA.
Sly And Robbie play at The Jazz Café, Camden Town, London, England, UK.
R. Kelly shoots a video clip for his fourth single, the reggaeton song Burn It Up, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The four day long Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington, ends with performances by Iggy And The Stooges, Michael Franti And Spearhead, The Decemberists, Ted Leo / Pharmacists, Dashboard Confessional, Okkervil River, Aqueduct, Brazilian Girls, Earlimart, Sonny Landreth and Buckwheat Zydeco.
Sean Paul releases his third album, The Trinity, on Atlantic Records in the USA.
No Doubt play their first live show for five years on breakfast tv show Today's 14th annual Toyota Concert Series in Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, USA.
Sting plays at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, Africa.
The English Beat play at The World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Bad Manners.
Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor releases a new album, Last Alaska Moon on Coconut Bay Records in the UK.
The Dave Matthews Band Car avan plays the last of three nights at Lakeside, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The lineup over the course of the three nights also includes Kid Cudi, The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side Of The Moon, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Amos Lee, Emmylou Harris, Ben Folds, G. Love And Special Sauce, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Gomez, Drive-By Truckers, Michael Franti And Spearhead, Daniel Lanois' Black Dub, The Jayhawks, Soja, Soulive, The Wailers, Blind Pilot, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, TR3, Vieux Farka Toure, Alberta Cross, Mariachi El Bronx, Bobby Long, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Jeff Coffin's Mu'tet, Gary Clark Jr.,
The five-day long Byron Bay Bluesfest comes to an end at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, Australia. 104,244 fans havel attended over the five days of the event to see artists including Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite, Santana, Iggy And The Stooges, Wilco, Jason Mraz, The Lumineers, Rodriguez, Ben Howard and more. Artists appearing today include Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Tony Joe White, Zac Brown Band, Ben Howard, The Beards and The Lumineers.
Keyboardist and harmonica player Ray Deville, dies in Russells Hall Hospital, Stourbridge, UK, after suffering a stroke. In the 1960s, Deville toured as organ and harmonica player with Jamaican teenager Millie Small of My Boy Lollipop fame. As part of her backing group, The Five Embers, he shared stages with The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies and Lulu.
Ziggy Marley takes part in motorcycle riding during the Marley Africa Road Trip at Newcomb's Ranch Roadhouse in La Canada-Flintridge, Canada.
Madness play the first of two nights at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK.
On their On Stage Together tour, Paul Simon And Sting play at Mount Duneed Estate, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Oceania.
Dub Pistols play at The Hare And Hounds, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.