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Louis "Bull" Martin, a white bartender at the Dryades Street Market, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, shoots and kills octoroon prostitute Ella Speed in her room on Customhouse Street, with a .38 pistol. The incident will inspire a popular folk tune, Ella Speed, recorded by Leadbelly, Mance Lipscomb and others.
The Wine, Women And Song Extravaganza is presented at The Dewey Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Wine, Women And Song Extravaganza is presented at The Dewey Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Wine, Women And Song Extravaganza is presented at The Dewey Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Kernan's Theater in Washington DC, USA, is presenting the novelty musical revue Wine, Woman And Song, by Mortimer M. Theise.
The Minster Singers record the sea shanties Blow My Bully Boys and Whiskey Johnny for The Gramophone Company in London, UK.
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.
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.
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band record Don't Drink It In Here and Get The "L" On Down The Road, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Brunswick Records.
Guitarist and singer Clarence 'Tom' Ashley of the Carolina Tar Heels and harmonica player Gwen Foster begin three days of recording sessions for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA. During these three days they will record Ain't No use To High Hat Me, Bay Rum Blues. Down At The Old Man's House, East Virginia Blues, Faded Roses, Frankie Silvers, Go Way And Let Me Sleep, Greenback Dollar, Let Him Go God Bless Him, My North Carolina Home, Old Arm Chair, On Dark And Stormy Night, Sadie Ray, Sideline Blues, Times Ain't Like They Used To Be and Rising Sun Blues. This last will become internationally famed in 1964 when The Animals record it as House Of the Rising Sun.
Guitarist and singer Clarence 'Tom' Ashley of the Carolina Tar Heels and harmonica player Gwen Foster begin three days of recording sessions for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA. During these three days they will record Ain't No use To High Hat Me, Bay Rum Blues. Down At The Old Man's House, East Virginia Blues, Faded Roses, Frankie Silvers, Go Way And Let Me Sleep, Greenback Dollar, Let Him Go God Bless Him, My North Carolina Home, Old Arm Chair, On Dark And Stormy Night, Sadie Ray, Sideline Blues, Times Ain't Like They Used To Be and Rising Sun Blues. This last will become internationally famed in 1964 when The Animals record it as House Of the Rising Sun.
Blues guitarist Black Ace records You Gonna Need My Help Someday, Whiskey And Women, Trifling Woman, Christmas Time Blues, Lowing Heifer and Black Ace, for Decca Records in Dallas, Texas, USA.
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.
The Oklahoma Wranglers (aka The Willis Brothers) record Hoot Owl Boogie, You Don't Want Me, Warm Beer And Cold Cold Women, Country Kisses and other tracks at RCA Victor Studio 1, 155 East 24th Street, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley's first live show since being demobbed from the army is a charity concert in Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The show features guest appearances by Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer and Georgie Jessel. Local authorities declare this to be 'Elvis Presley Day'. Elvis also attends a luncheon in the Clardige Hotel, Memphis.
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Barney Rapp And His Band play in The Rathskeller at The Sheraton-Gibson Hotel, Cincinnati, OHio, USA.
George Jones records Matthew 24, Faded Love, Bubbles In My Beer and other tracks in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Jazz organist Jackie Davis records Round Midnight, Sleepy Time Gal and Lonely Wine for the Warner Bros LP Easy Does It, in the USA.
Virtuoso jazz trombonist Kai Winding records Hey There, How Are Things In Glocka Morra, The Things We Did Last Summer and Days Of Wine And Roses for Verve Records in New York City, USA.
Roger Miller performs Dang Me on weekly tv pop show American Bandstand in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Charlatans continue their two-month long residency at The Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, Nevada, USA.
Guitarist Dave Barbour, who worked with Mildred Bailey, Red Norvo, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and many others, dies aged 53 in Malibu, California, USA. He married Peggy Lee in 1943 but their union ended in 1951 because of his alcoholism.
Merle Haggard records The Bottle Let Me Down at Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The track will peak at No3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart in the USA.
When Eric Burdon and The Blues Image play at The Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, they are joined onstage by Jim Morrison, vocalist of The Doors.
In Stephen Stills' basement wine cellar in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California, USA, The Rolling Stones spend the first of five days rehearsing for their upcoming US tour.
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Black Sabbath play the first of five nights at the Whiskey A Go Go, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Johnny Mercer dies from an inoperable brain tumour in Hollywood, California, USA, USA. As one of America's greatest songwriters, Mercer won four Academy Awards, for On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe, In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening, Moon River and Days Of Wine And Roses. In total, he wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs. Mercer was also a co-founder of Capitol Records.
Queen hold an outrageously decadent press conference to launch their latest album, Jazz, in Brennan's Restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. For the event, they fly in eighty reporters and journalists from around the globe plus 52 EMI company MDs. Entertainment includes The Olympia Brass Band, strippers, jugglers, a girl with a huge boa constrtrictor, a naked dwarf covered in chopped liver and transvestites.
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Jimmy McCulloch, a former guitarist with Paul McCartney's band Wings, is found dead by his brother in his flat in Maida Vale, London, England, UK, Europe. An autopsy will reveal that McCulloch died of heart failure due to morphine and alcohol poisoning.
Blues slide guitar master Tampa Red dies aged 77, alcoholic and destitute, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his bass player Tommy Shannon both enter treatment programs to help them overcome their dependencies on drink and drugs.
Elton John enters rehab in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to combat his bulimia and various drug and alcohol addictions.
Bobby Peterson, keyboard player with The McCoys, dies in Gainesville, Florida, USA, aged 47. For the last few years of his life, he was basically living on the streets, derelict, alcoholic, but still occasionally playing piano in local bars.
TV presenter Paula Yates, (former wife of Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, girlfriend of Michael Hutchence of INXS) is found dead at her home in London, England, UK, after having ingested a lethal overdose of heroin.
Kelly Osbourne releases her second album, Sleeping In The Nothing, which was recorded while she was in rehab.
Following a confrontation in Papa Joe's Texas Saloon, Lorena, Texas, USA, country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver shoots Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun. The incident will inspire Dale Watson to compose his song Where Do You Want It?, based on a remark said to have been made by Shaver prior to shooting Coker.
Police arrest Jani Lane, lead singer of Warrant, on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drink in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
On her Fearless tour, Taylor Swift plays the first of two nights at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Paul Heaton comes to the end of a 16-date UK tour by bicycle, under the banner of the Pedals And Beer Pumps Tour, at The Southern, Chorlton, Greater Manchester, UK.
AC/DC headline the Stuttgart Beer Festival, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe.
When Dropkick Murphys play at a private show for the opening of the Whiskey Republic in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, they are joined onstage by boxer Micky Ward.
Multiple Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse is found dead at her flat in Camden, London, England, UK. The 2012 song Amy by Green Day will be inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong hearing of Winehouse's death.
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The Suntory liquor company makes available a special edition of Rolling Stones blended whiskey to mark the band reaching its 50th anniversary. Limited to just 150 bottles, the whiskey comes in a specially-designed bottle shaped like The Stones' famous tongue-and-lips logo and sells for $6,300.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, former teen pop idol and tv star David Cassidy, is sentenced to three months in rehab and given five years probation as a result of his arrest in January for drunk driving.
Home Alone star Macauley Culkin's comedy covers band The Pizza Underground is booed offstage and drenched in booze thrown by the audience at The Dot To Dot Festival in Rock City, Nottingham, UK.
When Trash Talk play at the Zumiez Best Foot Forward event in the Michigan Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA, bassist Spencer Pollard brings down a drone camera hovering near the stage by throwing beer bottles and cans at it.
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John Carter Cash, songwriter and producer (and son of Johnny Cash) is arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after a drunken incident in Deer Lake Airport, Newfoundland, Canada, during which he removed most of his clothing.
DJ Calvin Harris reportedly earns $1m to play at a private party for Bacardi on Palomino Island, off the coast of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. Ellie Goulding and Kendrick Lamar also perform at the event.
On her 80-date Dangerous Woman tour Ariana Grande plays at The Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, supported by Victoria Monet and Little Mix.
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