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Prohibition begins in the USA with the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Taking effect one year later, Prohibition will make it illegal to sell, produce or transport alcohol, and will also inspire numerous songs about how unfair this new law is. Among the most memorable are Alcoholic Blues by Billy Murray, Prohibition Blues by Nora Bayes and Bootlegger's Blues by Jim Jackson.
Blues singer Margaret Johnson, accompanied by guitar, piano and harmonica, records Good Woman Blues, Second-handed Blues and Dead Drunk Blues for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA, with producer Ralph Peer.
Sippie Wallace, aka The Texas Nightingale, records Dead Drunk Blues, Lazy Man Blues, The Flood Blues and Have You Ever Been Down?, for Okeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Cornet on this session is played by Louis Armstrong.
Blues singer and guitarist Tommy Johnson records Cool Drink Of Water Blues and Big Road Blues for Victor Records at Memphis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four, with King Oliver on Cornet and Eddie Lang on guitar, record Jet Black Blues, for Okeh Records in New York City, USA.
Nelson Eddy performs Valencia, Bones Come a 'Knitting, Love Duet from Il Pagliacci (with Francia White), Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes and Song Of The Vagabonds on radio show Vick's Open House in the USA.
The Ink Spots record Java Jive, So Sorry and We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me) for Decca Records in the USA.
Sonny Boy Williamson 1st records Blues That Made Me Drunk in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is accompanied on guitar by Big Bill Broonzy.
Stick McGhee And His Buddies record Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA. The track is a re-make of a song he had previously recorded for a smaller label with no success, but this new version will launch Atlantic Records into the charts for the first time. At the same session, McGhee also records Tall Pretty Woman Blues, Lonesome Road Blues, Blues Mixture, I'll Always Remember and Blues And Broken Hearted. Brownie McGhee plays guitar on the session.
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Ruby Wright records Waltz Of The Wind, You Don't Know What You're Getting and Rummy Dumb Bunny, in King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Les Paul And Mary Ford are doing promotional visits to local radio stations and newspapers in Cincinnati, Ohio, Usa. In the evening a cocktail party is held in their honour, during which they play live for the 200-strong invited crowd.
The Flame Nightclub, owned by Harry Green, in St. Paul, Missouri, USA, has its licence revoked as a result of a recent municipal court conviction for selling liquor to minors.
The Ames Brothers record Rye Whiskey, Home On The Range, Ole Faithful and Strawberry Roan in Decca Recording Studio, Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York City, USA.
Bluegrass star Bill Monroe is seriously injured in a late night car crash when a drunk driver hits the car in which he is travelling on Highway 31-W near White House, north of Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He will spend ninety days in a body cast, recuperating from nineteen broken bones.
Staff Sergeant Matthew McKeon, an instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, USA, marches his platoon into Ribbon Creek, a swampy tidal creek. This action results in the deaths of six US Marine Corps recruits. McKeon will be found guilty of acting while under the influence of alcohol. The action will become known as The Ribbon Creek Incident, and will inspire Pete Seeger to write the song Waist Deep In The Big Muddy in 1967. It will come to be seen as a thinly veiled criticism of American actions during the Vietnam War, and will face censorship as a result.
Pioneering blues vocalist 'Stick' McGhee [aka Sticks McGhee] dies of lung cancer in New York City, USA. His best-remembered song was Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee, in 1949.
The Limeliters meet local radio deejays and trade press at a cocktail evening in The Carousel, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Jesse Valenzuela, guitarist of The Gin Blossoms, is born in the USA.
The Who play at The Lynx Club, Borehamwood, followed by an All-nighter at The Club Noreik, Tottenham, London, England, UK.
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The Beatles release their sixth album, Rubber Soul, in Sweden, Europe. On the same day, The Rising Sons, featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, record If The River Was Whiskey [Divin, Duck Blues], Flyin' So High and .44 Blues, in Hollywood, California, USA.
The Top Ten Singles beging played on WCOL Radio, Columbus, Ohio, USA, for the week beginning on this date are as follows :

1. I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Gladys Knight And The Pips

2. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred And The Playboy Band

3. Soul Struttin' – Jamie Lyons

4. Bottle Of Wine – The Fireballs

5. Soul Coaxin' – Raymond LeFevre

6. Nobody But Me – Human Beinz

7. Bend Me, Shape Me – The American Breed

8. Skinny legs And All – Joe Tex

9. Love Me Two Times – The Doors

10. Darlin' – The Beach Boys

Steppenwolf and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers play the last of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Shiralee play at The Whisky-A-Go-Go, London, England, UK, Europe.
Spirit play the third of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Evergreen Blueshoes.
Albert Collins plays the second of seven nights at The Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Charlie Musselwhite.
Albert Collins plays the fourth of seven nights at The Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Charlie Musselwhite.
Lonnie Mack plays the third of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Eric Mercury.
Emmylou Harris records Making Believe and Two More Bottles Of Wine at the Enactron Truck, Beverly Hills, California, for Warner Brothers Records.
The Runaways play the first of four nights at The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jon Jones is born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. He will find success as bass player and founding member of The Eli Young Band, whose memorable hits include Crazy Girl (2011), Even If It Breaks Your Heart (2012) and Drunk Last Night (2013).
On their second night at The Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London, Pete Townshend of The Who drinks four bottles of brandy onstage and plays badly, initiating a backstage row with the other band members.
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XTC's show at The Rolling Stone, Milan, Italy, Europe, is cancelled when their equipment truck fails to arrive from Germany, Europe. Instead the band goes out and gets very drunk.
Beasts of Bourbon play at Schwimmbad Music Club, Heidelberg, Germany, Europe.
Internationally successful virtuoso guitarist, songwriter and recording artist Baden Powell dies of septicaemia, aggravated by alcoholism and diabetes, in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, South America.
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Whitney Houston and her husband Bobby Brown are banned for life from The Bel Air hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, after wrecking their room. The couple had smashed up a TV and ripped two doors off their hinges. The walls and carpets were said to be stained by alcohol.
When Creed play at The Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA, frontman Scott Stapp, evidently drunk or on drugs, leaves the stage on several occasions mid-song. He is also seen rolling on the stage in apparent pain or distress and appears to pass out at one point during the performance.
To mark the release of the album Motown Remixed, a launch party is held at the Zanzibar club, Santa Monica, California, USA. The event is attended by legendary Motown songwriters and producers including Eddie And Brian Holland, Kenneth Gamble And Leon Huff and Norman Whitfield And Micky Stevenson, plus artists including Otis Williams and Mable John.
On her Living Room tour, Carole King plays at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California, USA.
John Hiatt And The Combo and Los Lobos play at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California, USA.
Amelle Berrabah of The Sugababes is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, in her £300,000 Mercedes in Camden Street, north London, UK.
Gary Moore, the Irish guitarist best-remembered for his membership of Thin Lizzy, is found dead in a hotel room during a holiday in Kempinski, on the Costa del Sol, Spain, Europe, aged 58. Tests subsequently establish that he suffered a heart attack after a massive alcohol binge.
Arcade Fire and The National play at The Pepsi Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is arrested following an allegedly drunken altercation with a flight attendant during a Jet Blue flight from Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, USA. Scantlin's arrest causes the flight to divert and make a landing in Austin, Texas. Scantlin will counter-claim that he was wrongfully arrested, and that police roughed him up in the process.
David Crosby plays at The City Winery, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Bangles play at The City Winery, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Demi Lovato plays at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Gehennah release a new LP, Too Loud To Live, Too Drunk To Die on Metal Blade Records in the UK.
White Wine release the LP Who Cares What The Laser Says, on TCM Records in Germany, Europe.
Hot Tuna play at The Madison Theatre, Covington, Kentucky, USA.