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Minimalist composer, pianist, vocalist and dancer Julius Eastman is born in New York City, USA. An African-American, he will become one of the first musicians to combine minimalist processes with elements of pop music, and will give his pieces provocatively socio-political titles, such as Evil Nigger and Gay Guerrilla.
An Essex, UK, teenager claims to have set a World Record by dancing The Twist non-stop for 33 hours.
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Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA reports that Adam Young, Chairman of the Radio Trade Practices Committee, has called for screening of all pop music lyrics by the National Association of Broadcasters Code Committee. It seems that Mr Young is concerned about "the proliferation of songs dealing with raw sex and violence, beamed directly and singularly at children and teenagers." [censorship]
A Silver Disc is awarded to the single The House of The Rising Sun by The Animals in the UK.
House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
The Rolling Stones record an appearance on The Clay Cole Show in New York City, USA. In the course of the day, the band is also involved in a fight with local men who taunt the group by calling t hem faggots.
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Young Girl by The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No2 during a thirteen-week run.
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The Sex Pistols play at The Lyceum, London, UK, supporting The Pretty Things and Supercharge.
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The Knack enter the Billboard Top Ten Singles Chart in the USA at No6 with My Sharona, a song inspired by elements of three previous hits. Knack frontman Doug Fieger acknowledged that Sharona's tom-tom drum rhythm is "just a rewrite" of Going To A Go-Go, a 1965 song by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, while its stuttering vocal effects recall Roger Daltrey's vocals in the 1965 song My Generation by The Who. In addition, My Sharona's main melodic hook is similar to the main riff from the 1967 song Gimme Some Lovin', by the Spencer Davis Group.
Surgical Penis Klinik, aka SPK, release a new single, Factory / Slogan, on Industrial Records in the UK.
Marvin Gaye notches up his thirteenth No1 in the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA with Sexual Healing.
The Anti-Nowhere League, Sex Beat and GeschlechtAKT play at The Savoy At The Junction, Tufnell Park, London, England, UK, Europe.
Elton John celebrates his 40th birthday with a lavish party at Lockwood House, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK. The 350 guests include former Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr, plus Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Bob Geldof, Lionel Richie, Virgin Records founder Richard Branson and producer Mickie Most. His birthday gifts include an £80,000 Ferrari Testarossa from his manager, John Reid, who owns the house. Elton's wife Renate Blauel is noticeably absent.
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Rapper Luther Campbell, whose group 2 Live Crew is facing record store bans because of obscene lyrics, announces that the music industry has failed to come to his aid. He declares, "When the stores say they're going to take my albums out, the record companies should say, ‘OK, then you're not going to get the next Michael Jackson or Madonna record'.
Madonna's Blonde Ambition tour plays the second of three nights at the SkyDome, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Prior to the show, Toronto police threatened to arrest Madonna if she performed her simulated masturbation scene during her performance of Like A Virgin. Madonna refused to change her show, and the authorities decided not to press charges, later denying that they had ever threatened to do so (a claim refuted by footage captured during the filming of Madonna's 1991 documentary Truth or Dare).
Kid Rock releases his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast on Jive Records. The album's first single Yo Da Lin In The Valley will be banned by the FCC for its many references to oral sex, and will result in SUNY Cortland Radio (WSUC-FM) receiving the largest non-commercial radio fine up to this time, $23,750.
In the cover feature in Rolling Stone magazine, Garth Brooks defends his stance on homosexuality and interracial marriage in his song We Shall Be Free. He declares, "I do believe that God exists. I do believe in the Bible. But I can't see that loving somebody is a sin".
Nils Stevenson, road manager for The Sex Pistols and Siouxsie and the Banshees, dies in London. On the same day, The Rolling Stones' Licks World Tour plays at the First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Child sex abuse charges against Michael Jackson are filed in court at Santa Maria, California, a small town not far from Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
Michael Jackson's lawyer Mark Geragos announces that he is pleased that the authorities intend to investigate Jackson's claim that he was man-handled while in police custody following his arrest in November.
Music trade bible Billboard in the USA announces that porn movie star, and heiress to the Hilton family millions, Paris Hilton has signed a worldwide album deal with Warner Bros.
Derrick Mosely appears in Federal Court in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on charges of extortion. It is alleged that Mosely tried to blackmail a sports agent for $20,000 by claiming to have videotapes of Yankees baseball star Gary Sheffield's wife having sex with singer R. Kelly.
During a tv interview in the USA, Michael Jackson claims that his fame has made him a target for those who wish to make money by falsely accusing him of, among other things, molesting small children.
A jury is sworn in for the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA.
Judge Rodney S. Melville, the presiding judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case in California, USA, over-rules a gagging order on Jay Leno, the US tv show host and comedian. Leno, who is expected to give evidence during the case, had been making jokes about Jackson on his show until Jackson's attorney, Robert Sanger, hit him with the gagging order.
UK pop entrepreneur Jonathan King is released from Maidstone Prison, having served half of a seven-year sentence for sexual offences against minors.
Arctic Monkeys release a new single, Fluorescent Adolescent on Domino Records in Japan, Asia.
Total Guitar magazine votes Celine Dion
Total Guitar magazine votes Celine Dion
R. Kelly headlines the ARISE African Fashion Awards, Johannesburg, South Africa. This is the first time he has ever played in Africa.
Singer Beverley Knight launches a campaign on behalf of the Terence Higgins Trust calling for pub and bar staff to make sure their condom machines are fully stocked to help prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Nick Mason of Pink Floyd signs copies of his new book Passion For Speed at the Richmond Lawn Shop, Goodwood Revival, Goodwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex, UK.
Lady Gaga urges the US military to repeal its "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays, at a rally organized by the Legal Defense Network Members of the Armed Forces in Deering Oaks Park, Portland, Maine, USA.
The Advertising Standards Authority in the UK bans daytime screenings of a tv commercial for Beyonce's perfume, Heat, after receiving fourteen viewer complaints.
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins attends the launch party for porn star Sasha Grey's book Neu Sex at the Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles, California, USA.
UK singer Tulisa Contostavlos wins an action in the High Court, London, UK, against her former boyfriend MC Ultra [real name Justin Edwards] and receives a full apology from him for his part in making a six-minute-long sex tape of the couple available on the internet.
Ellie Goulding plays at The Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA, supported by Nessex and St. Lucia.
Jedward play at West Sands-Bunn Liesure, Selsey, West Sussex, England, UK.
On his Black Panties tour, R. Kelly plays in The Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson, Mississippi, USA.
On his Sex And Love tour, Enrique Iglesias plays at The Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile, South America.
A new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring John Lydon (Sex Pistols), Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), is cancelled due to poor advance ticket sales. The show had been set to open in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, in early June.
The Hard‐Ons play at Earthdom, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
British Radio DJ Neil 'Dr' Fox is arrested at Magic FM studios in London, England, Europe, in connection with claims that he sexually assaulted two women.
Disgraced glam-rock singer Gary Glitter appears at Southwark Crown Court, Southwark, London, UK, accused of seven counts of indecent assault, one count of attempted rape, and two other sexual offences, against three girls, between 1975 and 1980
It is announced that John Legend will not be attending the L.A. Confidential magazine party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA, on Thursday, February 5th in light of the horrific anti-women and anti-LGBT policies approved by the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei.
Gary Glitter is found guilty at Southwark Crown Court, London, UK, of a series of child sex offences on three young girls, aged between 8 and 13. His sentence could be up to life imprisonment.
Disgraced glam-rock star Gary Glitter is sentenced to sixteen years in jail, by Southwark Crown Court, London , UK, for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls.
Bruce Springsteen cancels a concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, because of a state law which has invalidated anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people. The law also requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates.
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Bryan Adams cancels tonight's show in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, to protest against the state having passed a bill that discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
It is reported that a video showing Donald Trump making obscene comments about women has emerged on the internet. The video causes public outrage and causes several of his former high-profile supporters to abandon him. It also inspires San Francisco-based songwriter Sylvie Simmons to write her song Song to Trump aka Tangerine Hitler in G.
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