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Inventor Thomas Edison finishes work on the first phonograph, which records sound onto a tinfoil sheet glued around a fixed cylinder. Although it does record, at this stage of its development the device is little more than a novelty.
The musical comedy The Maid Of The Mountains, with music by Harold Fraser-Simpson and J.W. Tate, is playing at Daly's Theatre, London, England, UK, during a run of 1352 performances.
David Warren Brubeck is born in Concord, California, USA. He will find success as jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and recording artist Dave Brubeck.
Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra are the band in residence at the Million Dollar Golden Gate Ballroom, New York City, USA.
The musical revue Boys And Girls Together, with music by Sammy Fain, is playing at The Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 191 performances.
Pioneering jazz banjo player Charlie Dixon dies in New York City, USA.
Kenneth George King is born in London, UK. He will find success as singer/songwriter/arranger/tv presenter/entrepreneur Jonathan King before a conviction in 2001 for under-age sex offences sends him to jail for seven years.
The Desi Arnaz Orchestra plays at The Rose Room in the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
I'll See You In My Dreams, a movie musical starring Doris Day and Danny Thomas, is released to cinemas in the USA. The film is a fictionalised biography of song lyric writer Gus Kahn.
Frankie Avalon, The Everly Brothers, Connie Francis and The Poni-Tails play at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
While serving with the US Army in Germany, Elvis Presley has his first karate lessons with 'The Father of German Karate' Jurgen Seydel.
The Viscounts release a new single, Harlem Nocturne in the USA on Madison Records.
The musical Irma La Douce is running at The Plymouth Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It runs at The Plymouth for more than a year before transferring to The Alvin Theatre.
The Latin Jazz Quintet records Summertime, Blue Moon and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Connie Francis plays the sixth night of a four-week season at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
Bill Black And His Combo are playing during a three-week engagement at The Roundtable, New York City, USA. They are joined by rockabilly artist Jumping Gene Simmons as an extra vocalist.
David Lovering, drummer of The Pixies is born in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA.
Jazz vocalist Betty Carter records Heart And Soul, Round Midnight and other tracks for her Atco-Atlantic Records album Round Midnight.
The Rat Pack [Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr,] play at The Sands, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Ben Watt, singer, songwriter and member of Everything But The Girl is born in Barnes, London, UK.
Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders play at The Oasis, Manchester, UK.
Phil Ochs plays the last of three nights at Main Point, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Byrds release their second album, Turn! Turn! Turn! In the USA on Columbia Records. The album includes two Bob Dylan songs, The Times they Are A-Changin' and Lay Down Your Weary Tune.
The musical Charlie Girl is performed at The Adephi Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, during a run of over five years.
The stage musical Cabaret is presented at The Palace Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, during a run of 336 performances.
The Moody Blues play at The Odeon, Manchester, UK.
Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band enters the UK album charts at No21, where it will remain for one week before dropping out completely.
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Eric Clapton begins an affair with model Pattie Boyd's sister Paula, as a result of which his current girlfriend Alice Ormsby-Gore moves out of his mansion, Hurtwood Edge, Surrey, UK.
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Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson play at The Town Hall, Cheltenham, UK.
Sugar play at the Stadthalle Mulheim, Cologne, Germany, supported by Uncle Tupelo.
Michael Jackson is taken to hospital after collapsing at the Beacon Theater, during rehearsals for his One Night Only TV special in New York City. The show is cancelled.
Switchblade Symphony and Thanatos play at Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sting appears in an episode of US tv series Friends, called The One With Monica's Boots.
Hawkwind, Arthur Brown and Tim Blake play at The Academy II, Manchester, England, UK.
The Apes and Alta May play at The Pine Lodge, Cork, Southern Ireland, Europe.
In a ceremony held at Elton John's UK mansion, Elvis Costello marries jazz singer-songwriter and pianist Diana Krall. Paul McCartney is among the 150 guests attending the wedding.
Paul Anka releases a new DVD, Rock Swings, in the USA. The DVD features live performances from the album of the same name.
During her The Sun Comes Out World Tour Shakira plays at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France.
Entertainment collectible company Panini America announces the imminent launch of a line of official Justin Bieber trading cards, expected to go on sale in the USA before the end of the week.
Aerosmith play at Osaka Dome, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
The Cure release Bestival Live 2011, a live recording of their two and a half hour set at this year's Bestival, in the USA.
Barbara Orbison, the widow and manager of Roy Orbison, dies aged 60 of pancreatic cancer, in Los Angeles, California, USA, on the 23rd anniversary of her husband's death.
Rise Against play at The 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado, USA.
During a tour of the UK, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of War Of The Worlds plays at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Amy MacDonald plays at The Gasometer, Vienna, Austria, Europe, supported by Andy Burrows.
On his Single Ladies tour, R. Kelly plays at The State Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Touring in support of their fifth album, Moms, Menomena play at The Botanique Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.
Stan Tracey, the jazz pianist and composer sometimes known as "the Godfather of British jazz," dies of cancer at the age of 86.
On his 27-city UR Experience tour Usher plays at The Smoothie King center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Metronomy play at The Albert Hall, Manchester, UK.