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Ralph Emory is born in McEwen, Tennessee, USA. He will find lasting success as a country music radio and tv host, but his encounter with The Byrds will result in Roger McGuinn and Gram Parsons being inspired to write their vitriolic song Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man about his life, personality and career.
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Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann takes LSD intentionally for the first time. Three days earlier, he had accidentally ingested a small amount and experienced strange firghtening delusions and hallucinations. On this day, now known as Bicycle Day, he deliberately takes another dose before cycling home from his lab. The drug will become powerfully associated with the psychedelic music of the 1960s.
Big Bill Broonzy spends the first of two days recording tracks, including Lonesome Road Blues, for Vogue Records in Paris, France, Europe.
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Mary Ann McCall, vocalist with the Woody Herman Band, goes on trial in Hollywood, California, USA, on drugs charges.
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Joe Barry enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with I'm A Fool To Care.
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Respected rock'n'roll guitarist Hank Garland is released from Madison Sanitorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, despite the institution's medical notes having described him the day before as "quite retarded". In recent weeks he has been treated with the drug thorazine and given electro-convulsive shock therapy, because his wife declared him to be agitated, disoriented and hostile, following a recent car crash.
Bill Bullock of RCA Records writes to Col Tom Parker, manager of Elvis Presley, requesting a title for the recently completed Elvis album. On release, it will be called Pot Luck.
Marilyn Monroe is found dead in bed, with an empty bottle of Nembutal sleeping pills by her side, in her home in Los Angeles, California, USA. Bernie Taupin and Elton John will write Candle In The Wind about her life. In 1952, Ray Anthony And His Orchestra recorded the song Marilyn about her for Capitol Records.
Jimmy McCracklin, Bob And Earl, Lonnie Russ, The Four Rivers and Daisy Dial play at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA.
Ray Charles is arrested on drugs charges when he returns to his plane at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to collect the supply of heroin he had left on board. He is in Boston to play at the Back Bay Theatre.
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Time magazine runs an article titled 'An Epidemic of Acid Heads' warning of the dangers of psychedelic drugs and the increasing use of LSD among young people in the USA.
The Grateful Dead and Big Brother And The Holding Compant play in the Aid the End Of Marijuana Prohibition benefit Ball at the California Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
When The Great Society play at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA, they learn that their vocalist Grace Slick is planning to join Jefferson Airplane.
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Having been diagnosed schizophrenic, Roky Erickson, acid-fried leader of Texan psychedelic rock band The 13th Floor Elevators, is committed to the Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Rusk, Texas, USA. He will remain there for three years.
Janis Joplin dies of a heroin overdose in The Landmark Motel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Having just been sacked from Neil Young's band Crazy Horse, songwriter, singer and guitarist Danny Whitten dies of a combination of Valium, which he was taking for severe arthritis, and alcohol, which he was using to try to get over his heroin addiction. Horrified, Neil Young is inspired to write The Needle And The Damage Done, about Whitten's addiction and death.
Willie Nelson is arrested on drug possession charges in Dallas, Texas, USA.
BBC-tv in the UK broadcasts the first annual British Rock & Pop Awards, which will eventually become known as The Brits or the BRIT Awards. This first edition included Dave Dee, Georgie Fame, Mary Hopkin, Hank Marvin and Dusty Springfield.
David Crosby is arrested on drug charges for the second time in three weeks when police catch him preparing cocaine backstage before a show in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Successful New Zealand songwriter Paul Hewson phones Todd Hunter, bassist and vocalist of Dragon, in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, to tell him that he won’t be rejoining the group. That same night, after a wild evening of drinking, 32-year-old Hewson dies in a friend's car, having overdosed on a lethal mix of homebake – a powerful opiate manufactured as a substitute to heroin.
Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy is in East Knoyle Clinic near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, undergoing treatment for drug-related problems.
European singing star Dalida, plagued by depression and a chaotic love life, commits suicide in Paris, France, Europe, with an overdose of barbiturates, leaving a note which reads, "Forgive me, life has become unbearable for me...".
Jane's Addiction play at Brixton Academy, London, England, UK, Europe.
When The Rolling Stones play a second night at The Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, USA, they are joined for one song by Eric Clapton. Earlier in the evening, Axl Rose, singer of support band Guns N' Roses, announces from the stage that the band will be destroyed if certain members of the band can't stop using heroin.
Social Distortion, Wasted Frame, Dead Souls and Drug Prowling Wolves play at The Klub Wiv No Name, Stevenage, UK.
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.
70's teen heart-throb Leif Garrett, in Los Angeles Municipal Court on heroin and cocaine possession charges, is ordered to undergo a "diversion program", or face a jail sentence.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the second of eight days in the Sudan, North West Africa, as part of a mission, organised by he humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, to free Southern Sudanese slaves from their Northern masters.
An arrest warrant is issued for Carlene Carter, who failed to appear for her arraignment in December, relating to heroin possession charges dating back to June of last year.
In an interview on BBC Radio 1, Robbie Williams blames his recent bout of depression on abuse of the drug ecstasy.
Ol' Dirty Bastard, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan and one of the most eccentric personalities in hip-hop, dies after collapsing from an overdose of cocaine and tramadol at the band's studios on West 34th Street, in New York City, USA.
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Casey Calvert, guitarist and vocalist of Hawthorne Heights is found dead of 'combined drug intoxication' in the band's tour bus just prior to the band doing a sound check before a show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC., USA.
The Reverend Tholomew Plague, drummer with Avenged Sevenfold, is found dead of multiple drug intoxication at his home in Huntington Beach, California, USA, aged 28.
Blues-rock guitar virtuoso Eric Gales is arrested on cocaine possession charges while unloading band equipment in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Gales had been released just days earlier after three-years in the Shelby County Correction Center, also on drug charges.
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.
When Alice Cooper plays at the 100 Club in London, England, UK, Europe, he is joined onstage by Johnny Depp.
Coheed And Cambria announce that bassist Michael Todd has left the group after 'mutual discussions'. Todd was arrested the previous month on charges of trying to rob a Walgreens pharmacy for OxyContin pain-killers, in Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA.
During her tour of British cathedrals, Laura Marling plays at York Minster, York, UK.
It is announced that Katy Perry has signed a deal with Electronic Arts for a series of games that will feature the singer within the Sims franchise, including a collector's edition of the upcoming The Sims 3: Showtime.
The Spin Doctors play at Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Feeder release a new single, Borders, on EMI Records in the UK.
Jazz guitarist Billy Bean, working with Charlie Ventura, Paul Horn, Bud Shank and others as well as pursuing an acclaimed solo career, dies after years of substance abuse.
Tony Sly, best known as the front man of the punk rock band No Use For A Name, dies in his sleep, aged 41, in San Jose, California, USA. The cause of his death is not immediately released, but is thought to have been connected with medication he required to deal with extreme chronic back pain.
Green Day announce via their Facebook page that, following his violent onstage outburst at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has checked into rehab to receive treatment for substance abuse.
Sean Combs [aka Puff Daddy and P. Diddy] sustains injuries to his neck, ribs and collarbone in a minor vehicular accident on Sunset Boulevard near the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Frank Ocean is arrested on drugs charges after police stop his black BMW for speeding on highway 395 of Mono County, California, USA.
Peter Murphy of Bauhaus is released after spending the weekend in jail in Glendale, California, USA. He had been arrested following a hit and run incident three days earlier, and charged with possession of methamphetamine and causing injuries while driving under the influence.
Skunk Anansie play at Obihall, Florence, Italy, Europe.
Skunk Anansie play at Stiadio Adriano Flacco, Pescara, Italy, Europe.
A charge of attempting to procure murder, against Phil Rudd, drummer of AC/DC, is dropped by Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones of Tauranga, New Zealand. Charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis remain to be faced.