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Wilbert Augustus Campbell is born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, Caribbean. After moving to London, England, UK, Europe, in 1952, he will adopt the name Count Suckle. He will become an influential sound system operator and club owner, pioneering the development of ska and reggae music, and African-Caribbean culture, in the United Kingdom.
The dirigible airship, Graf Zeppelin, on its way from South America to Germany, Europe, via the Chicago World’s fair, flies over Trinidad. Large crowds turn out to see the spectacle of this gigantic flying machine, and the incident inspires calypsonian Attila The Hun to write and record his 1934 song Graf Zeppelin.
Winston George Sparkes is born in Jubilee Hospital Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. He will find success as a reggae DJ under the name of King Stitt.
Millie Small, whose biggest hit will be the ska/bluebeat novelty song My Boy Lollipop, is born in Clarendon, Jamaica, Caribbean.
The Migil Five appear on BBC1 tv show Club Night in the UK.
Jepther McClymont is born in Davey Town, Jamaica, Caribbean. He will find success as dancehall reggae star Luciano, nicknamed "the Messenjah" because of his devout Rastafarian beliefs.
The Loose Ends play at El Partido, Lewisham, southeast London, England, UK, Europe, with Blues Roots and Duke Lee
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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Spirit record Straight Arrow, Water Woman and Veruska in Los Angeles, California, USA, during sessions for their Columbia Records debut album.
The Beatles continue working on Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
The controversial and sexually explicit single Wet Dream by Max Romeo enters the UK singles chart. Despite being banned by the BBC, it rises to No10. In his defence, Mr Romeo claimed it was about sleeping in a hut with a leaky roof.
The Specials play the first of two nights at Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry, England, UK, Europe, supported by the Swinging Cats.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe.
At Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Miami, Florida, USA, Bob Marley finally loses his fight against cancer, aged 36.
The Police enter the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.
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The Police begin a North American tour at the Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Police play at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
The Police play at the Mid South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Police play at Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada.
UK 2-Tone band The Beat play in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The Police play at The Aztec Bowl, San Diego, California, USA.
The Police play at the Hollywood Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Police play a gig at The Stokely Athletic Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
Black Roots play at The 100 Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
Los Angeles-based soul/mod revival band The Untouchables play at The 400 Ballroom. Torquay, England, UK, Europe.
Winston Reedy plays at Dingwall's, Camden Lock, Camden, London, England, UK, Europe.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD), Aswad and Working Week play a free concert in Battersea Park, London, England, UK, Europe, as part of the Greater London Council's Jobs For A Change campaign.
Sting plays the second of three nights at Kosenenkin, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Sting plays the fourth of five nights at The Greek Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On his Dream Of The Blue Turtles tour, Sting plays at the Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, Michigan, USA.
The Tearjerkers play at The Cricketers, Kennington, London, England, UK, Europe. The group was founded by Roddy Byers (aka Roddy Radiation), former guitarist of The Specials.
Madness play at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Burning Spear, with The Police Women Of Guinea Les Amazones, plays at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The wife of Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts phones the police from a motel in Saratoga Springs, New York State, USA, saying that Betts has become drunk and abusive. He later gets into a physical confrontation with two police officers and has to be arrested.
At the MOBO Awards in London, Lauryn Hill gets the Best International Act award. Jamaican DJ, Mr Vegas gets the Best Reggae Act award.
The Baha Men release a new album, Who Let The Dogs Out, on S-Curves Records in the UK.
The Police and Friction Plane play the first of two nights at Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe.
Reel Big Fish play at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, California, USA.
The Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute concert is held in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, Europe, to commemorate Nelson Mandela's imminent ninetieth birthday. Performers appearing include Joan Baez, Johnny Clegg, Jerry Dammers, Eddy Grant, Sugababes, Annie Lennox, The Soweto Gospel Choir, Simple Minds, Brian May And Andrea Corr, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, The Who, Queen and Paul Rodgers. Mandela himself makes a brief appearance to give a short speech.
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Reggae singer Jah Cure is arrested at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Caribbean, on charges of failing to pay US$19,993 owed to a local business man. The arrest comes just hours before Jah Cure's scheduled performance in south Trinidad, but he is released in time to play the concert.
Sting begins his Symphonicities tour at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The Sunrise Celebration, a four-day long event described as an exploration of all aspects of the alternative and eccentric, begins in Bruton, Somerset, UK. Artists appearing over the course of the event include Rodney P And Skitz, Tarantism, Dragonsfly, Rory McLeod, Eat Static, Banco De Gaia, Ziontrain and many others.
Reggae innovator Wayne 'Sleng Teng' Smith dies aged 48 at Kingston Public Hospital, Kingston, Jamaica, in the Caribbean. He had complained of severe stomach pains three days earlier and, after showing a slight improvement in hospital, relapsed and died.
Jemma Payne, mother of the two-year-old son of Brinsley Forde, 61-year-old ex-lead singer of Aswad, reports to police that he recently attacked her in her home in South London, England, UK.
Rancid play at The Warfield, San Francisco, California, USA.
Mike Quashie (real name Matthew Michael Quashie), a Trinidadian dancer known as The Limbo King, dies following end of life hospice care in The Bronx, New York City, USA. Quashie popularised the Limbo dance craze in the early 1960s, and was revered by artists including Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed and Led Zeppelin.
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On their 40th Anniversary tour The Specials play at The Dome, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
On their 40th Anniversary tour The Specials play at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England, UK, Europe.
On their 40th Anniversary tour The Specials play the third of four nights at The Old Cathedral, Coventry, England, UK, Europe.