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Michael Campbell is born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He will find success as reggae singer, producer, and broadcaster Mikey Dread.
Mickey Virtue of UB40 is born in Birmingham, UK.
A new teen-oriented movie, State Fair, starring Bobby Darin, Pat Boone, and Ann-Margret, opens in cinemas in the USA.
The Rolling Stones' fourth UK tour continues at Colston Hall, Bristol, supported by Gene Vincent, Millie and The Shouts.
Millie, The Animals, Lulu And The Luvvers and Wayne Gibson And The Dynamic Sounds appear on BBC2 tv show The Beat Room, in the UK.
The Pyramids (aka Symarip) play at The Mistrale Club (formerly Beckenham Ballroom, Beckenham, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
The Police play at the Nashville, Paris, France, Europe. While in the city, the band's leader, Sting, takes a stroll through the red light district and comes up with the idea of writing a song entitled Roxanne, about falling in love with a prostitute.
Patti Smith plays at The Rainbow, Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK, supported by Tapper Zukie and The Subway Sect.
During their On Parole tour, The Clash play the third of four nights at The Music Machine, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Suicide and The Specials.
Hands Off - She's Mine by The Beat enters the UK singles chart at No20.
The Police play at the US University, Cairo, Egypt, Africa.
The Bodysnatchers play at the Russell Club, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Santana play in the Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany, Europe. Guest musicians Al Anderson (electric guitar) and Tyrone Downie (keyboards), who play on this gig, were both members of Bob Marley And The Wailers, who played at Westfalenhalle one day later.
The Police finish recording the album Zenyatta Mondatta at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland, Europe.
UK rock weekly Sounds reports that bassist Charlie Anderson and keyboard player Desmond Brown have quit 2-Tone band Selecter in the middle of recording sessions for their second album.
Madness enter the UK singles chart with Baggy Trousers, which will peak at No3.
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The Police play at Cullen Performance Hall, Houston, Texas, USA.
On their Zenyatta Mondatta tour, The Police play at The Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
The Police play at The Forum, Montreal, Canada.
The Police open a tour of Japan, Asia, by playing a gig in Nagoya.
Dance Craze, a film starring such Two-Tone acts as The Beat, Bad Manners and The Specials, opens in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Police play at The Centreplex, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
UK 2-Tone band The Beat play the first of two nights in New York City, USA.
The Police play at Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Reggae stars including Desmond Dekker, Lee Perry, Smiley Culture and Dennis Brown, stage their own Ethiopian Benefit Concert at Brixton Academy, London, England, UK, Europe.
Jah Warriors, Sus, Desmond Johnson, Young Lion, Keithie Dread, Sister Sonie, Michael Parks, Digo Ranks and Budgie play at Porchester Hall, Queensway, London, England, UK, Europe.
Eek-A-Mouse plays at The Studio, Bristol, England, UK, Europe.
Winston Reedy plays at The Palais, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Los Angeles-based soul/mod revival band The Untouchables play at The Venue, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Los Angeles-based soul/mod revival band The Untouchables play at The Opera House, Scarborough, England, UK, Europe.
Root Jackson plays at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London, England, UK, Europe.
Winston Reedy plays at Dingwall's, Camden Lock, Camden, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Untouchables play at Rock City, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Sting plays at The Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
On his Dream Of The Blue Turtles tour, Sting plays at the Riverbend Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Sting plays at The Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma, USA.
On his Nothing Like the Sun tour, Sting plays at the Great Woods Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA.
Legendary Italian music promoter Franco Mamone, collapses with heart failure in Milan, Italy, Europe. He will die in hospital eight days later. 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.
Reggae star Horace Andy releases a new album, Living In The Flood, his first collection of new material in ten years.
Beyoncé, Johnny Clegg, Jimmy Cliff, The Corrs, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Eurythmics, Queen, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Anastacia, Bob Geldof, Paul Oakenfold with Shifty Shellshock and TC, the Soweto Gospel Choir, the Amampondo Drummers, Baaba Maal, Youssou N'Dour, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens), The Who, Angelique Kidjo, Bono and The Edge of U2, Abdel Wright, Chris Thompson, Zoe Nicholas, Treana Morris, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Bongo Maffin, Danny K, Watershed, Zucchero, Ms. Dynamite and Andrew Bonsu play in the 46664 AIDS benefit concert in honour of Nelson Mandela, in Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa. The event is hosted by Mandela.
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Reggae singer Jah Cure is released from jail after serving seven years on charges of rape and robbery.
Toots And The Maytals play at The O2 Academy, Sheffield, England, UK.
Ossie Hibbert, an acclaimed reggae pianist who contributed to countless hit records and wrote, produced, arranged and engineered many more, dies following a heart attack in New York City, USA, where he was attending Beres Hammond's 'Groovin' In The Park' stage show in Queens.
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.
In Florida, USA, District Judge James Moody throws out a gun possession conviction against reggae star Buju Banton on a technicality involving a juror who had done independent research into the case during the trial.
Paul Simon and Sting play at The Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Californian reggae/rock/rap hybrid band Dirty Heads release their fourth studio album, Sound Of Change, in the USA.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones play at The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA, with The Interupters and Western Standard Time.
Rockabye by Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie is the No1 Single in the UK's Official Singles Chart as the year begins.