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The Marian McPartland Trio records Gypsy In My Soul, Strike Up The Band, These Foolish Things and Get Happy for Savoy Records during a gig at Storyville, New York City, USA.
The Olympics, Aretha Franklin, The Capris, Johnny Hartman and The Dells play the second of seven nights at the RegalTheater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
James Brown performs Night Train on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles reaches No1 in the Australian Top Twenty singles chart.
A riot breaks out at the City Auditorium, Houston, Texas, USA, when it is announced that Jackie Wilson has not arrived to perform at this evening's show.
The Supremes record their first version of the Holland, Dozier and Holland song Baby Love, at Hitsville Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA, but it is not released.
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The Brian Auger Trinity, with vocalists Julie Driscoll, Long John Baldry and Rod Stewart, play at The Cavern, Liverpool, UK.
While The Isley Brothers are recording in Atlantic Studios, New York City, USA, their guitarist is a young pre-fame Jimi Hendrix.
Simon And Garfunkel, Dusty Springfield and Lou Rawls appear on syndicated tv pop show Shivaree, recorded for KABC in Los Angeles, California, USA.
When black rights crusader Martin Luther King is assassinated, - killed by a sniper's bullet while standing on the balcony in front of his room at The Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, - riots erupt across America. James Brown goes on national tv to try to calm things down. King's life and work will be comemorated in such songs as Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder, MLK by U2, Abraham Martin And John by Dion, Save The Country by Laura Nyro and Begin The Begin by R.E.M.
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The UK And USA International Mojo Festival is held at Queen's Hall, Leeds, England, UK, Europe. Compered by 'King Mojo himself – Peter Stringfellow', the acts appearing include The Small Faces, The Herd, Alan Bown, Bill Haley and His Comets, Edwin Starr and The Fantastics.
The 5th Dimension appear on the Ed Sullivan Show on tv in New York City, USA.
The Drifters record Black Silk, You Got To Pay Your Dues, On My Block and The World Doesn't Matter Anymore, for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
The Temptations finish recording the track Don't let The Jonses Get You Down, at Hitsville Studios, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Joe Cocker releases a new album, Joe Cocker, on Regal Zonophone Records in the UK.
Bobby 'Blue' Bland and Smokestack Lightning play the fourth of five nights at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Tom Jones stars in his own Christmas Day tv special on the ATV network in the UK.
Edwin Starr plays at The Locarno, Basildon, England, UK, Europe.
Soft Cell release a new single, Tainted Love, on Phonogram Records in the UK. The song is a cover of a Gloria Jones single from 1964.
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Diana Ross plays at the Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Soul vocalist Lorraine Ellison dies from ovarian cancer at the age of 51, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Three Degrees play at The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Geno Washington plays at The King's Head, Fulham, London, England, UK, Europe.
Loose Ends appear on the Channel 4 tv show Soul Train in the UK.
Miriam Makeba, Slim Gaillard, Zeke Manyika And Dr. Love, The Ruby Turner Band and others play at The Brighton Centre, brighton, England, UK, Europe.
Mai Tai play at The Powerhouse, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. This show is undertaken using live vocals with a backing track.
Gloria Gaynor plays at The Civic Theatre, Barnsley, England, UK, Europe.
The Temptations play at The Hexagon, Reading, England, UK, Europe.
Jet magazine reports that the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California, USA, has ruled that Stevie Wonder did not steal his hit song I Just Called To Say I Love You from Hello It's Me by Lloyd Chiate.
On her Farewell Tour, Tina Turner plays at Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany, Europe.
The single Diamonds And Pearls by Prince enters the UK singles chart at No25 but will rise no higher.
Prince plays the seventh of eight nights at Earls Court, London, England, UK.
The Love Symbol by Prince enters the UK albums chart at No1, and will earn a platinum disc for 300,000 sales.
Don Myrick, saxophonist with in Earth, Wind And Fire, is shot dead at the age of 52 by a policeman in Santa Monica, California, USA, who mistakes a butane lighter in Myrick's hand for a weapon.
R. Kelly is arrested in Polk County, Florida, USA, on child pornography charges.
Lenny Kravitz plays at Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile, South America.
Judge Larry P Fidler in Los Angeles, California, USA, rules that four women who claim that Phil Spector pulled a gun on them on various occasions will be allowed to testify in his trial for the killing of Lana Clarkson who was found dead in Spector’s home in Feb 2003.
Destiny's Child play at The Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
The White Stripes release a new single, My Doorbell, in the UK on XL Recordings.
On his All The Hits All Night Long tour, Lionel Richie plays at Putra Indoor Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Asia.
Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams and Aloe Blacc play at The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Lenny Kravitz begins a European tour, in support of his album Strut, with a show at Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz attend the 25th Anniversary of the EOS Rebel SLR Camera in New York City, USA.
On their Wheels Of Soul tour, The Tedeschi Trucks Band plays at The Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, supported by Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers.