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The town of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, is incorporated as a city. The City of Boston will inspire the numerous songs including Boston by The Byrds, Boston Tea Party by Alex Harvey, Boston Rag by Steely Dan, Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers and Boston (Ladies of Cambridge) by Vampire Weekend.
Pauline Hall, The Great Rauschle, Lizzie Evans And Harry Mills, Sam Marion And The McCoy Sisters, The Automobile Girl and The Lefevre Saxophone Quartette are appearing at The Orpheum Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Pauline Hall, The Great Rauschle, Lizzie Evans And Harry Mills, Sam Marion And The McCoy Sisters, The Automobile Girl and The Lefevre Saxophone Quartette are appearing at The Orpheum Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Rogers And Hammerstein's smash hit Broadway stage musical South Pacific goes on the road, with its opening night at The Public Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Regarded by many as the first rock'n'roll record, Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA.
Fifty-six year old John Axon is driving a train from Buxton, Derbyshire, England, UK, to his home depot at Edgeley, when the automatic steam brake pipe fractures. The cab fills with scalding steam, but after telling his fireman to jump clear, Axon remains aboard to warn signal boxes along the route. Axon is killed when his engine crashes into another freight train, but his courage saves the lives of a train full of children. Folk singer and songwriter Ewan MacColl will immortalise Axon's heroism in his 1958 song The Ballad Of John Axon.
Chuck Berry is fined $30 in St Charles, Missouri, USA, on charges of having an expired driver's licence and of improper registration of his automobile. He is also bailed on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, with a hearing date on this offence set for early June.
Louis Prima, Keely Smith and saxophonist Sam Butera appear on US tv's The Chevy Show.
Elvis Presley buys himself an $18,000 custom-built black Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II from Coventry Motors, Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, California, USA.
It is reported that the Irish Republic's only radio station, Radio Eireann, has banned the song Michael, in versions by The Highwaymen and Lonnie Donegan. Reasons for the band are not available at the time of the announcement.
Don Barbour of jazz vocal group The Four Freshmen dies in an automobile accident in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
According to today's edition of Cashbox magazine in the USA, the Top 10 Best-Selling records of 1961 were as follows :

1. Exodus - Ferrante And Teicher (United Artists)

2. Calcutta - Lawrence Welk (Dot)

3. Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles (Scepter)

4. Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (Beltone)

5. Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert (Decca)

6. Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley (RCA)

7. Travelin' Man - Ricky Nelson (Imperial)

8. Michael - The Highwaymen (United Artists)

9. Runaway - Del Shannon (Big Top)

10. Last Date - Floyd Cramer (RCA)

When The Country Gentlemen play at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA, the gig is recorded and some tracks will appear on their live album, On The Road.
The John Barry Seven play at Matrix Hall, Fletchamstead Highway, Coventry, Warwickshire, UK, supported by The Beatles.
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The City Council of Daly City, California, USA, establishes an architecture committee because, says Mayor Michael DeBernardi, "We don't want the area to develop into a series of boxes." The move is seens by many as a response to the comments made in Malvina Reynolds' popular folk song Little Boxes, which was inspired by the songwriter driving through Daly City and being upset by the suburban domestic architecture.
The Roadrunners, The Notions and The Plebs play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
The Shangri-Las release the single Leader Of The Pack in the USA. Piano player on the session is said to be a fifteen-year-old Billy Joel.
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Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las, written by Shadow Morton, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, reaches No1 in the USA and in Australia.
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Thou Shalt Not Steal by Dick And Dee Dee peaks at No5 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Freddie Garrity of Freddie And The Dreamers is thrown through the windscreen of a Mini in a UK vehicle accident. He is hospitalised briefly, but discharged after five hours.
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Driving home at the end of a day of Filming in Twickenham, near London, England, UK, John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles write Help!, which will become the title track of their next film.
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Bob Dylan continues recording the album Highway 61 Revisited in Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, USA.
Pete Quaife, bassist of The Kinks is injured in a car crash, and taken to hospital in Warrington, UK.
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Elvis Presley holds a New Year's Party at the Thunderbird Lounge in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, with music provided by the Bar Kays.
The Buckaroos record Hello California, Highway Man, I Can't Stop and Chaparral in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Norma Jean, with producer Bob Ferguson, records Promises Promises, You Changed Everything But My Name, Truck Driving Woman and I Threw Away The Rose in Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Musicians on the session include Wayne Moss and Pete Wade [gtrs], Pete Drake (steel guitar), Junior Huskey [bass], Jerry Carrigan [drums], Hargus 'Pig' Robbins [piano] and Shorty Lavender (fiddle).
Jimi Hendrix flies from New York City, USA, to Los Angeles, California, to collect a new Corvette Stingray.
Spirit play at the The Lyceum Ballroom, London, supported by Joe Cocker and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin attends the show and receives head and face injuries when his Jaguar is involved in a crash on the way home.
Paul McCartney And Wings release a new single, Helen Wheels, on Apple Records in the UK.
Michael Jackson's brother Randy Jackson is injured when his Mercedes-Benz crashes at an intersection near the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California. Randy is extricated from the wreckage using the Jaws of Life, but despite fears that one of his legs might need to be amputated, he will make a good recovery.
The Clash's Joe Strummer is banned for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Linda Ronstadt joins Chuck Berry onstage at The Fox Theater in St Louis, Missouri, USA, as part of a concert celebrating Berry's sixtieth birthday. When they perform Back In The USA together, Ronstadt is furious to find that although they had rehearsed it in the key of C, it was now being played in G.
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Stiv Bators of Dead Boys and Lords Of The New Church dies in his sleep in Paris, France, Europe, of internal injuries caused when his motor cycle was hit by a taxi the night before.
Midnight Oil play at The Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with Hunters And Collectors.
Blues singer-guitarist Thunderbird Davis dies aged 52, of a heart attack while playing onstage at The Blues Saloon, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Ian Stuart Donaldson, singer of notoriously racist pro-Nazi UK rock band Skrewdriver, dies in a car crash, aged 36.
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard of The Wu Tang Clan is stopped by police in Queens, New York, USA, for driving through a red light. A search of his vehicle reveals twenty envelopes containing over 500 milligrams of cocaine, and a bag of marijuana. Bastard is arrested on several charges, including possession of a narcotic with intent to sell.
Country music star Glen Campbell begins serving ten nights in jail for a November 2003 drink-driving, hit-and-run collision. The 68 year old entertainer also got 75 hours of community service, two years on probation and a $900 fine.
Static-X guitarist Todd Salvador (aka Tripp Eisen) is arrested in California, USA, after being caught sleeping in a car with an under-age girl. He is released on bail of $100,000.
The 8th Annual Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival comes to an end in Manchester, Tennessee, USA. Headline act on this final day is Phish, who are unexpectedly joined onstage by Bruce Springsteen for three songs - "Mustang Sally, Bobby Jean and Glory Days.
Justin Timberlake is spotted riding his motor bike on the streets of Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, is arrested in Hollywood, California on a traffic warrant relating to his history of driving without a license. He is released shortly after on $15,000 bail.
After pleading guilty to drink-driving and careless driving following a concert in July, Wiltshire-based musician Pete Doherty of Babyshambles is fined £2,050 in Gloucester Crown Court, Gloucester, UK, and given an 18-month driving ban. Shortly after, he is arrested and charged with heroin possession.
Katy Perry performs a free three-song mini-concert in Times Square, New York City, USA, as part of the launch of the new Volkswagen 2011 VW Jetta.
Controversial reggae singer Sizzla is hit by a bus while riding his motorcycle along the Salem main road, near Runaway Bay in St. Ann, Jamaica, Caribbean. Rumours of his death prove unfounded, and he resumes recording early in 2012.
Robert B. Sherman, one half of the award-winning pair of brothers who penned memorable songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - as well as the Disney theme park ride theme It's a Small World [After All]- dies aged 86, in London, UK.
Niall Horan of One Direction passes his driving test.
Shortly after performing live at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, Carrie Underwood is pulled over for speeding at 56 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone.
Selena Gomez is involved in a minor car accident in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, when she backs her SUV into another vehicle while reversing out of a 7/11 parking lot. No-one is injujred in the collision.
Crosby, Stills And Nash play at The Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Garmany, Europe.