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Multi-instrumentalist Will Batts records Highway No61 Blues for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA. Highway 61 is the road taken by impoverished blacks from the southern states to seek work in the industrial north. In 1965, Bob Dylan, well-versed in blues history, will compose Highway 61 Revisited.
Popular vocalist Mindy Carson plays the twelfth night of a two-week season at the Thunderbird Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Hank Williams sets off by car from his home in Alabama, USA, headed for Charleston, West Virginia, where he is due to headline a gala Western Style Revue at Charleston's Municipal Auditorium, performing two shows there on New Year's Eve night, supported by Homer And Jethro, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Autry Inman, The Webb Sisters and others. He will never arrive in Charleston.
Elvis Presley begins working at Crown Electric in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, earning $1 an hour as a truck driver.
Chuck Berry is arrested outside St Charles, Missouri, USA, when a Highway Patrol officer finds a concealed gun in his pink Cadillac.
It is reported that Roger Miller recently spent several days in hospital following "another spill" from his motor scooter.
Having recently been injured in a car crash, Patsy Cline appears at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, in a wheelchair.
Revered rock'n'roll guitarist Hank Garland is admitted to Madison Sanitarium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His wife Evelyn Garland has declared him to be agitated, disoriented and hostile, following a recent car crash. Over the next six weeks, he will be administered twelve shock treatments and a given the drug Thorazine.
The Soul Agents play at The Flamingo Ballroom, Illogan Highway, Pool, between Redruth and Camborne, Cornwall, UK.
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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The Staple Singers perform at their local parish, New Nazareth Church, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The event is a service inspired by the Alabama marches. In a spirit-filled set that runs from Civil Rights anthems (We Shall Overcome) to traditional gospel (When The Saints Go Marching In), The Staple Singers introduce their own original material, including the just-composed Freedom Highway. The concert is recorded and will, eventually, be released as Freedom Highway Complete - Recorded Live at Chicago's New Nazareth Church.
Having just played his final gig with his band The High Flying Birds, Neil Young is headed for Sunbury, Ontario, Canada, when his 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse breaks down in Blind River. The incident will provide Young with the inspiration for his song Long May You Run.
George Jones records Six Days On The Road, Blue Side Of Lonesome, Once A Day, Don't Let Me Cross Over, Strangers and other tracks in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Backing vocals on this session are provided by The Jordanaires.
Charlie Moore and Bill Napier record The Ballad Of Christopher Columbus, Guitar Pickin' Truck Driver, One Broken Home For Sale and other tracks in King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Nat Adderley records By The Time I Get To Phoenix and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for CTI Records.
Boz Scaggs, The Youngbloods, Flash Cadillac AndThe Continental Kids and Tucky Buzzard play the second of two nights at Winterland, San Francisco, california, USA.
Following a party at a local night club, Don Powell, drummer of Slade, is seriously injured in a car crash in Compton Road, Wolverhampton, UK, which kills his 20-year-old girlfriend Angela Morris.
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Having released two well-received albums, singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Sullivan leaves Los Angeles, California, USA, apparently headed for Nashville. Instead, he disappears without trace, aged 34, after abandoning his Volkswagen Beetle in the desert, near Santa Rosa, New Mexico, USA. Largely because his first LP had been entitled U.F.O., much speculation ensues that he was abducted by aliens, but no conclusive evidence of what happened to him is ever uncovered.
Bob Dylan is in the Power Station, New York City, working on tracks for his album Infidels. Mark Knopfler is acting as co-producer. Knopfler also plays guitar on the album, along with former Rolling Stones' axeman Mick Taylor. On this day, Dylan works on the songs How Many Days, Foot Of Pride, Don't Drink No Chevy and others.
The double A-side single, 1999/Little Red Corvette, becomes Prince's most successful UK single so far, peaking at No2 in the UK singles chart. (1985).
Luther Vandross is seriously injured when his Mercedes Benz goes out of control and crashes on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA. Because his passenger is killed in the crash, Vandross is charged with manslaughter.
Midnight Oil play at The Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with Hunters And Collectors.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds play at South Street Seaport, Pier 16, New York City, USA.
Madonna's 1969 Mercedes convertible is sold for $56,350 at a rock memorabilia auction at Sotheby's in New York City. On the same day, American rapper Luther Campbell (of 2 Live Crew fame) files for bankruptcy in Miami, Florida, after losing a $1.6 million court case against fellow rapper MC Shy D for allegedly cheating him out of royalties.
Louise Dean of UK soul/dance trio Shiva is killed by an uninsured drunk driver as she crosses the street near her home in Linthwaite, UK. Her group had entered the UK Top 40 singles chart for the first time a month earlier with the song Working Out.
During the French Truck Drivers' Strike, Genesis play at Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, France, Europe, as part of their Calling All Stations tour.
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A stretch of State Route 19 in Tennessee, USA, is officially named Tina Turner Highway, in honour of Tina Turner, who was born and raised in the nearby little ol' town of Nutbush.
Eric Clapton is suspended from driving in France, Europe, after being caught speeding at 134mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo.
Percy Miller, aka Master P, label boss of No Limit Records, and his younger brother Silkk The Shocker (real name Vyshonn Miller), are arrested on gun charges when their car is pulled over by police outside UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
At 2.15am, when Mariah Carey arrives at Baglione’s Hotel, Kensington, London, UK, she refuses to leave her limo until a red carpet lined with white candles is laid out, enabling her to enter the establishment without walking on pavement.
Ryan Adams releases a new album, Cold Roses on Lost Highway records. On the same day, he plays at The Kool Haus, Toronto, Canada.
A movie re-make of 70s tv show The Dukes Of Hazzard, opens in the USA with pop singer Jessica Simpson in the role of Daisy Duke, and Willie Nelson as Uncle Jesse.
Mindy McCready is found not guilty on a charge of driving under the influence, stemming from an arrest in May 2005. However, the jury finds her guilty of driving on a suspended license.
Rapper DMX is sentenced to ninety days in jail on a reckless driving charge in Los Angeles, California, USA.
At Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London, England, UK, Europe, George Michael is jailed for eight weeks for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. He is also fined £1,250 and given a five-year driving ban.
At Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London, UK, George Michael is jailed for eight weeks for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. He is also fined £1,250 and given a five-year driving ban.
Beyonce Knowles gives her husband Jay-Z the world's fastest road car, a $1.3m Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport vehicle for his 41st birthday.
Christina Aguilera is arrested and charged with public intoxication after her boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, is charged with drunk driving in Los Angeles, California, USA.
A bright red 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0 Turbo, autographed by Justin Bieber, sells for $40,000 on e-Bay. Proceeds of the sale will be used to fix up the skateboard park in Bieber's hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Bobby Brown is arrested on suspicion of Driving Under The Influence after police observe the singer talking on his cell phone while driving in Reseda, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Lumineers attend a meet-and-greet for Yahoo!'s On The Road Music Series at The Revolution Concert House, Boise, Idaho, USA.
Justin Bieber is arrested for driving a rented yellow Lamborghini while under the influence of drink and drugs, resisting arrest without violence, drag racing and driving on an expired license, in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
On his All The Hits All Night Long tour, Lionel Richie plays at The Mercedes Benz Arena, Shanghai, China, Asia.
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In court in Newcastle, Australia, Oceania, former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns is pleads guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Two police officers play the KRS One rap classic Sound of Da Police from the loudspeakers of their marked car during a late night patrol of Chelmsford, Essex, UK. The officers will be disciplined for their 'unsuitable' behaviour, even though 462 responses to an online poll of 500 people state that the officers should not face further disciplinary action.
Country-pop singer Lynn Anderson is arrested after being involved in a minor traffic accident on West End Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She admits to drinking alcohol and taking prescription medication. She is booked on DUI and released on a $5,000 bond. She will subsequently undergo rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Center.
On her Delirium World Tour, Ellie Goulding plays at The Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe.