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German immigrant Emile Berliner applies for a patent in Washington, D.C. for his new sound-reproduction apparatus, the gramophone.
Joshua Barnes Howell is born in Eatonton, Georgia, USA. He will find fame (after being shot in the leg by a shotgun) as blues guitar pioneer Peg Leg Howell, recording for Columbia Records.
George 'Kid Sheik' Colar is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will make his mark as a jazz and blues pianist, trumpeter and vocalist.
The composition Alexander's Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin, is published in the USA. It will sell over one million copies in sheet music form and go on to become an enduring standard.
Minstrel show musician Emmett Miller accompanied by his Georgia Crackers, records Sweet Mama, Papa's Getting Mad, The Pickaninnies Paradise and The Blues Singer [From Alabam'], for Okeh Records in New York City, USA. The Georgia Crackers include Eddie Lang, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey and Gene Krupa.
Under the name Pinewood Tom, blues singer and guitarist Joshua White [aka The Singing Christian] records Prodigal Son in New York City, USA. White, who used the Pinewood Tom pseudonym for his non-religious blues material, will later find greater fame as Josh White, singing in a folksier idiom.
Nelson Riddle arrives in Los Angeles, California, USA, to begin a job as musical arranger for bandleader Bob Crosby.
Hoagy Carmichael records Stardust, Hong Kong Blues and other tracks in Los Angeles, California, for Decca Records.
Roy Milton and Pee Wee Crayton play the second of three days at The Lincoln Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, with Tiny Grimes and his Rockin' Highlanders records Screamin' The Blues and My Dream in New York City for Atlantic Records. The tracks will remain unreleased.
The Clovers, The Joe Morris Orchestra and Al Savage play the third night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
George Martin becomes the Head of A+R for Parlophone Records, a subsidiary of EMI in London. Martin will, in due course, sign The Beatles to Parlophone.
EMI assumes control of Capitol Records in the UK.
Shirley Bassey is appearing at The Empire, Newcastle, UK.
Package tour the Biggest Show Of Stars for '59, featuring Bo Diddley, Duane Eddy, The Platters, Clyde McPhatter, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Kalin Twins and The Crests, plays in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
John Crawford, songwriter and bassist/synthesiser player for successful 80s Los Angeles-based band Berlin, is born.
Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins play in Topeka, Kansas, USA.
Rockabilly vocalist Wanda Jackson appears on US tv show Jubilee USA, which is broadcast live from Springfield, Missouri, USA.
Bluesman Big Jack Reynolds plays at The Hines Farm Blues Club, Swanton, Ohio, USA.
The Mystics release a new single, White Cliffs Of Dover, on Laurie Records in the USA.
Ella Fitzgerald plays the fourth night of a twelve-night run at The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Reverend Gary Davis records You Got To Move, I'll Fly Away, Crucifixion and other tracks, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, for Bluesville Records.
Ray Charles plays at the Donnelly Memorial Theater, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Neil Sedaka plays at the El San Juan Hotel, Puerto Rico.
The Brian Auger Trinity play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK.
The All-Star 64 package tour plays at The Gaumont, Wolverhampton, UK, featuring Eden Kane (replacing John Leyton] The Rolling Stones, Mike Berry, Jet Harris, Billie Davis, Bern Elliott And The Fenmen, and The Paramounts
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The Moody Blues play in an upstairs room at The Stork Hotel, Walsall, UK.
Manfred Mann and Helen Shapiro are judges in UK tv talent show Ready Steady Win.
The Beatles single, Matchbox, is released in Germany, Europe, on Odeon Records.
John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles go to see Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames at The Flamingo Club, Soho, London, UK.
Atco Records assigns a master number to the King Curtis recording of Spanish Harlem.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band plays at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
Buffalo Springfield play at the Valley Theatre, Tarzana, California, USA, supported by The Illinois Speed Press.
Jimi Hendrix flies to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and appears on a drugs charge before Judge Fred Hayes, who sets a preliminary hearing for 19 June.
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Janis Joplin appears on the cover of the influential Newsweek magazine in the USA.
The Grateful Dead play at Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana, USA.
The Moody Blues play at University of New Orleans Lake Front Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers play at The DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Michigan, supported by The Black Crowes.
Silverchair play at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the first leg of their Unleashed tour, Fleetwood Mac play at the Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, New York State.
The Serpentine Gallery summer party is held in Kensington, London, England, UK. Dizzee Rascal performs live and celebrities attending the event include Grace Jones, former Rolling Stones' bassist Bill Wyman, Myleene Klass, Holly Valance and Beverly Knight.
Al Rubin, nicknamed Mr. Fabulous, dies of lung cancer at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, USA. He had worked for many years as a respected session musician, playing trumpet, flügelhorn and piccolo trumpet, with artists including Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, B.B. King, Sting, The Blues Brothers, Blood, Sweat And Tears, Aerosmith, Miles Davis, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway and Dr. John.
New Kids On The Block and The Backstreet Boys play the second of two nights at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rod Stewart plays at The Plenary Hall, Jakarta Convention Centre, Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia.
The Blues Corporation play at The Brunswick, Brighton, UK.
Blues-rock combo The Matt O'Ree Band plays at Rella's, Brielle, New Jersey, USA.
Hot Tuna perform The Fundamental Hot Tuna Songbook, Fur Peace Ranch, Pomeroy, Ohio, USA.
Hot Tuna play the second of three nights at The Egyptian Theatre, Park City, Utah, USA.