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Don Drummond is born at the Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, in the Caribbean. He will find success as a founder member and trombone player of The Skatalites.
John Lester Nash Jr is born in Houston, Texas, USA. He will find success as reggae singer-songwriter Johnny Nash in the 1960s.
Winston Richards is born in Duckenfield, Jamaica, Caribbean. He will find success as session drummer Winston Grennan, remembered for his work with Toots And The Maytals, Bob Marley, the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff and Desmond Dekker. He is also famed as the inventor of the one drop rhythm in the late 1960s, which places kick/snare emphasis on the third beat within a highly syncopated 4/4 bar.
Blowin' In the Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary peaks at No2 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA. The song is also the first hit for its composer, Bob Dylan.
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 Top Ten records played on WKNR Radio, Detroit, Michigan, USA, for the week ending on this date are as follows :
  1. Memphis Tennessee Johnny Rivers
  2. Love Me With All Your Heart Ray Charles Singers
  3. Any Old Time/Walk On By Dionne Warwick
  4. I Get Around The Beach Boys
  5. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying Gerry And The Pacemakers
  6. A World Without Love Peter And Gordon
  7. My Boy Lollipop Millie Small
  8. She's the One The Chartbusters
  9. No Particular Place to Go Chuck Berry
  10. Just Ain't Enough Love Eddie Holland
Johnnie Ray, Millie and Billie Davis appear on the BBC-2 tv show Open House in the UK.
Don Drummond, saxophonist with influential ska/reggae band The Skatalites, is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, the exotic dancer Marguerita Mahfood, who has been found dead of multiple stab wounds in Drummond's home in Jamaica.
Joni Mitchell plays at Centennial Auditorium, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgoole and John Clutchette, all African-American inmates of Soledad Prison in California, USA, are charged with the murder of white prison guard John V. Mills, in retaliation for the killing of three black prisoners three days earlier. George Jackson will later be shot dead by guards at San Quentin prison. Soledad Brother, a book based on Jackson's latters while in prison, will inspire Bob Dylan to write the song George Jackson. Other songs about Jackson will be recorded by Steel Pulse, The Blue Scholars, The Dicks and others.
Desmond Dekker leaves the UK to begin a tour of South America.
San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane play in the Schaefer Music Festival at Wollman Skating Rink, Central Park, New York City, USA, supported by Bette Midler.
Joe Strummer of The Clash goes to see an all-night reggae show at Hammersmith Palais, London, UK, and is inspired to write the song White Man In Hammersmith Palais.
The Pretenders and UB40 play at Leeds University, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
The Police play the second of four nights at The Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
UB40 play at Newport Village, Essex, England, UK, Europe.
UB40 play at Porterhouse, Retford, England, UK, Europe.
Basement 5 play at the Music Machine, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Soul Boys.
Toots and the Maytals make music business history by playing at the Hammersmith Palais, London, England, UK, Europe, then releasing a live album of the concert less than 24 hours later - making it the fastest concert album in history. Marianne Faithfull is present at the gig.
Embarassment by Madness enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No4.
The Police play at The Variety Arts Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Funboy 3 release their debut single The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum, in the UK.
The Police play at The Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
UK 2-Tone band The Beat play in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
30,000 fans attend the three-day Glastonbury CND Festival at Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, paying £12 each to see a line-up headed by Curtis Mayfield, King Sunny Ade, The Beat, Marillion, UB40 and Fun Boy Three. For the first time, the festival has its own radio station, Radio Avalon.
Three days of riots begin in the Handsworth area of Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. The riots will inspire the songs Handsworth Riot by Pato Banton and Handsworth Revolution by Steel Pulse.

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 Oaska to Tokyo Bullet Train.
The Skatalites play at Fitzgerald's, Houston, Texas, USA.
UB40 and The Smithereens play at Poplar Creek Music Theatre, Hoffman Estates, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Burning Spear, with The Police Women Of Guinea Les Amazones, plays at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Bon Jovi releases a new album, Bounce, in the USA.
Clement Dodd, aka Sir Coxone, one of reggae's most influential producers, dies aged 72, of a heart attack while working in Studio One, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.
The tribute album Is it Rolling Bob?: A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan is released. The album includes cover versions of songs written by Bob Dylan, performed by reggae artists including Toots Hibbert, Gregory Isaacs, Black Uhuru and Sly And Robbie.
Jazz piano star Jamie Cullum plays a live concert at Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas, USA.
Controversial reggae star Sizzla is jailed for two weeks after being convicted of using profane language during a concert in St Thomas, Jamaica, Caribbean, a month earlier.
Sly And Robbie play at The Jazz Café, Camden Town, London, England, UK.
Madness play at The Scala, Kings Cross, London, England, UK.
The Police and Friction Plane play the second of two nights at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England, UK.
Tim McGraw plays at the Qwest Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Sting begins his Symphonicities tour at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Ziggy Marley plays at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Canadian reggae fusion band Magic! release their debut single Rude in the UK.
The four-day long Secret Garden Party, headlined by Fat Freddy's Drop, is under way in Abbots Ripton, Cambridge, UK.
Canadian reggae fusion band Magic! replace Cheryl Cole at the top of the Official UK singles chart with their debut single Rude.
With his $15m musical The Last Ship failing to break even at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, Sting takes over the role of shipyard foreman Jackie White from Jimmy Nail.
Madness play at The BIC, Bournemouth, UK.
On their On Stage Together tour, Paul Simon And Sting play at Cooper's Brewery, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
YolanDa Brown releases a new LP, Love Politics War, on Absolute Records in the UK.