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American ragtime composer Charles H. Hunter dies of tuberculosis in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. His best remembered compositions include Tickled to Death, A Tennessee Tantilizer and Possum And Taters.
The Chamber Music Society Of Lower Basin Street radio show on the NBC Blue Network in the USA, broadcasts its final show. Since 1940, from studios in the RCA Building, Radio City, New York City, USA, the show had been presenting live jazz and blues sessions by artists including Leadbelly, Benny Carter, Eddie Condon, Fats Waller, Dinah Shore, Lionel Hampton and Earl Hines.
Pioneering blues man Daddy Stovepipe records Sundown Blues, Stovepipe Blues and Tidewater Blues for Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana, USA. These are thought to have been among the first blues tracks ever recorded.
In his only known recording session, blues guitarist and singer Henry Spaulding records Cairo Blues and Biddle Street Blues for Brunswick Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dick Justice records Cocaine Blues, Henry Lee and Brown Skin Blues in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Brunswick Records.
The Count Basie Octet, with Harry Edison on trumpet, Gene Ammons on tenor sax and Freddie Green on guitar, record Rat Race, Sweets and If You See My Baby, for RCA Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Perez Prado records his original version of Mambo No5 for for RCA Victor Records in the USA. (1950).
The full-length Disney animated film Song Of The South is released to cinemas in Japan. The film includes several memorable songs, notably Zip-a-dee Doo-Dah, sung by James Baskett.
Ronald Horvath is born in Queens, New York City, USA. He will find success as blues guitarist and music instructor Ronnie Earl.
R'n'b combo The Jay McShann Orchestra records Hands Off, with Priscilla Bowman on vocals, for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Herbie Nichols Trio [with Max Roach] on drums, records Wildflower, Mine, Argumentative Variation, The Spinning Song, Riff Primatif and Query for Blue Note Records at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Lita Roza appears on the ITV show Fan Club, in the UK.
The Eddie Duchin Story, a Hollywood movie about the life of jazz bandleader Eddie Duchin, is released to cinemas in Denmark.
Chicano rock'n'roller Ritchie Valens scores his first Billboard singles chart entry in the USA with Come On, Let's Go.
In the wake of a Senate sub-committee investigation into payola, controversial deejay and music business entrepreneur Alan Freed is fired from his WABC radio show in new York City, USA. He leaves the air not just in mid-programme, but in mid-record, replaced by Fred Robbins.
Sunnyland Slim and Little Brother Montgomery record the album Chicago Blues Session in Lasalle Studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Singer-songwriter Joe Henry is born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
James Brown plays the fifth night in a week of dates at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, supported by Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs plus Larry Williams.
Jazz saxophonist George Braith records Slip Slop, The Cooker and other tracks for Savoy Records in New York City, USA, but the tracks are not released.
Jazz guitar virtuoso Wes Montgomery records One For My Baby, Repetition, Twisted Blues, Cotton Tail and Somethin' Like Bags at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, USA,for Riverside Records.
Muddy Waters, The Rev Blind Gary Davis and Sonny Terry And Brownie McGee play in The Folk, Blues And Gospel Caravan at The New Victoria, London, UK.
Manfred Mann begin the first of three days recording Oh No Not My Baby at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
The Rolling Stones play at The Arie Crown Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
When blues and jazz singer Jimmy Witherspoon plays at The Bull
The Moody Blues play at Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Dover, England, UK, Europe.
The Grateful Dead play the second of two nights at 1300 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek, California, USA.
The Steve Miller Band plays the last of three nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Led Zeppelin play at The Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA.
John Lee Hooker spends the first of ten days recording his album Free Beer And Chicken for ABC Records in the USA.
Eric Clapton plays at the Koseinkin Hall, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
Sunnyland Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Louisiana Red, Bowling Green John And Harmonica Phil Wiggins, Lurrie Bell, Carey Bell and Margie Evans play in the American Folk Blues Festival '81 in Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Oliver E. Alcorn, a respected blues clarinettist and saxophonist, dies in New Orleans, Lousiana, USA. He recorded with Celestin's Original Tuxedo Orchestra, Little Brother Montgomery and others.
B.B. King donates his record collection, containing thousands of rare blues recordings, to the University of Minnesota, USA, for their Southern Culture Studies Center.
On their Pump tour, Aerosmith play at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
Compilation The Best Of Van Morrison is certified as a platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Lum Guffin, who enjoyed some success as a blues singer, guitarist and recording artist, dies in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Sleeper play at The Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon.
Rod Stewart plays at Blenheim Palace, Oxford, England, UK.
Hey Negrita play at The Burlingdon Arms, Oxford, England, UK.
Aerosmith play at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
On her Born This Way Ball Tour, Lady Gaga plays the last of five nights at The Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia.
John Fogerty and The Jon Amor Blues Group [from Devizes, Wiltshire, UK] play at The 28th Blues Peer Festival, Deusterstraat, Peer, Belgium, Europe.
The five-day long Byron Bay Bluesfest comes to an end at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, Australia. 104,244 fans havel attended over the five days of the event to see artists including Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite, Santana, Iggy And The Stooges, Wilco, Jason Mraz, The Lumineers, Rodriguez, Ben Howard and more. Artists appearing today include Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Tony Joe White, Zac Brown Band, Ben Howard, The Beards and The Lumineers.
Billy Joel performs his first full concert in over three years at The Stone Music Festival in ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Oceania. Also on the bill are Van Halen and Aerosmith.
The Rolling Stones play at Park Hayarkon, Tel Aviv, Israel, Asia.
Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters play at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, England, UK.