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Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra record Heebie Jeebies and Messin' Around, in New York City, USA, for Brunswick/Vocalion Records.
Fess Williams And His Royal Flush Orchestra record Ozark Blues [In Yale Blues Time] and Alligator Crawl, for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA.
The Trix Sisters record Negro Complaints for Columbia Records in London, UK. At the same session, Helen Trix with The Gilt-Edged Four records Digga Digga Doo, and Josephine Trix with The Gilt-Edged Four records I Must Have That Man. Also The Trix Sisters with The Gilt-Edged Four record Carolina Moon and That's The Good Old Sunny South.
Blues guitarist John Cephas is born in Washington DC, USA. He will become best-known as guitarist in the Piedmont-style blues duo Cephas And Wiggins.
Vincent Lopez And His Orchestra play in The Cooper Club, Henderson, Texas, USA.
Tommy Settles with Ezekiel Lowe and Lee Bunkley, records Pearlie Mae Blues and Don't Want You No More in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA, for Melotone Records.
Billie Holiday and the Count Basie Band open for eight days at the Savoy Ballroom, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Ron Holden is born in Seattle, Washington, USA. His biggest hit will be the million-selling Love You So in 1959.
Son House spends the second of six days recording blues material at Klack's Store, Lake Cormorant, Mississippi, USA, for the Library of Congress Recording initiative. During these sessions, he will record Levee Camp Blues, Government Fleet Blues, Walking Blues, Shetland Pony Blues, Fo' Clock Blues, Camp Hollers and Delta Blues.
Sonny Boy Williamson records Groundhog Blues, Black Panther Blues and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is accompanied on the session by Washboard Sam on washboard.
Johnny Mercer, with The Skylarks and Ben Pollack And His Pick-A-Rib Boys, records Royal Garden Blues and other tracks, for Capitol Records, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Les Dudek is born at the Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, Rhode Island, USA. He will find success as a blues-rock guitarist.
The Orioles play at Pep's Musical Bar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Joe Hill Louis, the first artist to be recorded by Sam Phillips of Sun Records, holds his final session at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
In a package tour called the Lucky Seven Blues Show, Little Willie John, Champion Jack Dupree, Little George Smith and Otis Williams play in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Having been a semi-invalid since falling onto the New York City subway tracks in 1943, American songwriter W.C. Handy, known as 'the father of the blues', dies of pneumonia, aged 84.
Australia's first new No1 single of the new decade is Boom Boom Baby by Billy 'Crash' Craddock.
Dean Martin makes his debut at The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, where he performs with fellow Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop.
Cliff Jackson's Washboard Wanderers record Wolverine Blues and other tracks for Swingville Records in Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
John Lee Hooker is playing two weeks of shows at Gerde's Folk City, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, supported by up-and-coming folkie Bob Dylan.
James Cotton (under the name Jimmy Cotton) records Jimmy's Jump, Decoration Day Blues, Polly Put The Kettle On and Goin' Down Slow for Columbia Records in London, England, UK, Europe. The session also features Chris Barber on bass and Alexis Korner on guitar.
Ray Charles plays at Longshoremen's Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Bobby 'Blue' Bland sings Stormy Monday Blues on popular tv show American Bandstand, recorded at WFIL-tv in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Yardbirds, with Eric Clapton on lead guitar, play at St Peter's Hall, Kingston-Upon-Thames, UK.
UK blues pioneer John Mayall has his first recording session, at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, produced by Ian Samwell. He records Crawling Up A Hill and Mr James.
The Manish Boys, not yet including Davy Jones (later to become David Bowie) on vocals, audition at the BBC in London, UK, for a season at The Star Club.
The Soul Agents play at The Waterfront Club, Cliff Hotel, Woolston, Southampton, Hampshire, UK.
The Rolling Stones, supported by The Shangri-Las, play at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California, USA.
Rick And The Ravens, an r'n'b group including Ray Manzarek, later to play keyboards for The Doors, play the second of two weekend shows at Turkey Joint West, Santa Monica, California, USA.
The Spencer Davis Group play at The Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex, UK.
Nina Simone plays the eleventh night of a two-week season at Annie's Room, London, England, UK.
The Yardbirds play in The Rolling Stone club, New York City, USA.
The Blues Project play the fifth of nine nights at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde by Georgie Fame reaches No1 in the UK Pop Singles Chart.
The Yardbirds play at The Top Rank, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe.
Janis Joplin plays the second of four nights at the Fillmore East, New York City, USA, showcasing her new group, the Kozmic Blues Band. Also on the bill are The Grateful Dead.
Janis Joplin and the Kosmic Blues Band play at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Tanglewood, Massachusetts, USA.
Georgie Fame plays a private party at Annabel's, London, UK.
On the third leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, supported by The Cate Brothers and Jay Boy Adams. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Jazz guitarist Lenny Breaux is found dead in his swimming pool in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 43. His death is believed to be an accident until The Los Angeles Coroner's report reveals that Lenny had been strangled. His murderer is never found.
Aerosmith take part in a 'Wayne's World' sketch on tv show Saturday Night Live in New York City, USA, during which they pertform Monkey On My Back and Janie's Got a Gun.
Blues giant John Lee Hooker receives a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm And Blues Foundation.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion perform their album Orange at Koko, Camden Town, London, England, UK.
Maroon 5 play at the House Of Blues @ Showboat, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
It is reported that that men's urinals shaped like the famous Rolling Stones' lips logo, set to be installed in a soon-to-be-opened Rolling Stones Fan Museum in the town of Luechow, Germany, Europe, are causing controversy because women feel they convey a misogynistic message.
Fleetwood Mac play at The Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Elle King performs live on tv's The Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, south London, England, UK.