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The Fralinger String Band is formed by a group of young men playing music on the corner of Second and Sigel Streets in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The group is led by Joseph Ferko and funded by Dr. John J. Fralinger, owner of Fralinger's Drug Store.
Reefer Madness, a propaganda exploitation film revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana, is released to cinemas in the USA. It will inspire a, off-Broadway musical satire version in 2001, and a film based on the musical in 2005.
The movie musical Top Of The Town, with songs written by Jimmy McHiugh and Harold Adamson, is released to cinemas in the USA. The soundtrack will produce two major hits, There Are No Two Ways About It and Where Are You?
Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra play in the Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra are the band in residence at the Million Dollar Golden Gate Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hoffman accidentally absorbs a new substance he has synthesised, LSD, through his fingertips. The powerful hallucinogenic effects of the drug will have bona fide medical applications, but LSD will also inspire and encourage an entire musical movement, psychedelia, in the mid-1960s. Songs inspired by LSD include Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles, White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, Lysergic Bliss by Of Montreal and The Acid Commercial by Country Joe And The Fish.
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Larry Clinton And His Orchestra play at Meadowbrook, Cedar Grove, New Jersey, USA.
Spade Cooley records Chew Tobacco Rag and The Rhumba Boogie for Decca Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Steel guitar on both tracks is by Noel Boggs.
Ray Charles plays in the Town Hall Ballroom, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After the first show, he is arrested on drugs charges.
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday is questioned by Treasury Agents in Customs House in New York City, USA, because her former drug convictions have put her in violation of the 1956 Narcotics Control Act.
Hard bop tenor saxophonist and habitual heroin user Tina Brooks undertakes his last recording session, for Blue Note Records.
Ray Charles, The Coasters and Betty Carter play the second night of a week of shows at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA. On the same day, Ray is arrested in a Southside apartment following a drugs tip-off to police. No drugs are found but he is charged for 'loitering with known narcotics addicts'.
Leif Per Nervik is born in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find fame as 70s teen pop star Leif Garrett, but his life and career will be blighted by heroin addiction.
A scheduled appearance by Ray Charles on tonight's edition of The Ed Sullivan Show in New York City, USA, does not happen. It has been cancelled because of Charles's recent drug bust.
Elvis Presley begins location filming in Hawaii, USA, for his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!
Elvis Presley has a sixteenth day of location filming in Hawaii, USA, for his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!.
Elvis Presley has a seventeenth day of location filming in Hawaii, USA, for his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!.
A package tour featuring Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Jet Harris And The Jetblacks, The Breakaways and Sounds Incorporated plays at The Town Hall, Birmingham, UK. [Other sources indicate, however, that on this date Little Richard, Sam Cooke and Gene Vincent play at The Granada, Mansfield, UK.]
Jazz pianist, band leader and recording artist Sonny Clark dies, aged 31, in New York City, USA. The cause of his death is listed as a heart attack, but it is widely believed to have been caused by a heroin overdose.
Rudy Lewis of The Drifters dies aged 27, of a probable drug overdose, in Harlem, New York City, USA. The group is due to record Under The Boardwalk the next day, and former lead vocalist Johnny Moore will be brought back to perform lead vocals for the recording. The next day, The Drifters will record I Don't Want To Go On Without You, with lead vocals by Charlie Thomas in tribute to Lewis. Charlie Thomas was the one who closed Lewis' eyes when he was found dead.
Acid-guru Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters set off on their momentous psychedelically-painted-bus trip from Kesey's ranch at La Honda, California, USA, to New York City, USA. The destination board on the bus reads 'Furthur' and bands play on the roof when it stops along the way.
Koko Taylor records I Got What It Takes and What Kind Of Man Is This, for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Guitarists on this session are Robert Nighthawk and Buddy Guy, while Big Walter 'Shakey' Horton is playing harmonica. Willie Dixon acts as producer.
The second night of the three day long Trips Festival is held at Longshoremen's Hall in San Francisco, featuring the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Loading Zone, Chinese New Years' Lion Dancers and Drum and Bugle Corps, Stroboscopic Trampoline, and Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.
The Smoke release a new single, My Friend Jack, on Columbia Records in the UK. The song will be withdrawn from sale after it is noticed that the lyric includes the line "My friend Jack eats Sugar Lumps" - a reference to the practice of consuming LSD on cubes of sugar.
Some members of the band Mythology are arrested after a show in Carlisle, UK. Police searched their living quarters at their practice flat and allegedly found marijuana resin. The band members are arrested and will be fined
UK 50s pop idol Dickie Pride is found dead in bed at home. The cause of his death is determined as a combination of heroin and barbiturates.
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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.
After spending a night in jail, Jimi Hendrix goes on trial in Canada, for his 1968 drug possession charges, before Judge Joseph Kelly in Court Room No. 15, Court House, University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
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After spending a night in jail, Jimi Hendrix goes on trial in Canada, for his 1968 drug possession charges, before Judge Joseph Kelly in Court Room No. 15, Court House, University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
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Queen hold perhaps the most debauched rock'n'roll party ever, to launch their album Jazz in the Imperial Ballroom of The Fairmont Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. At a cost of £200,000, they entertain 600 guests. There are tales of free blowjobs for record company execs in the back room, a local strip joint shut for the night because Queen has hired all of its strippers, dwarves, snake charmers, tansvestites and much more. The band, of course, deny that most of it ever happened but contemporary reports of the event are unusually lurid.
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Blues legend Furry Lewis dies at home in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, of natural causes, aged 88.
Suffering from multiple substance abuse issues, Stevie Ray Vaughan enters a detox centre in Marietta, Georgia, USA.
Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet marries former Wham! backing vocalist Shirlie Holliman. George Michael is a guest at the event and the wedding cake is heavily laced with marijuana.
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It is reported that popular folk singer and recording artist Burl Ives has been released from hospital in Anacortes, Washington, USA, after treatment for a high fever that resulted from a foot infection. According to his wife, the 84-year-old singer-actor will continue receiving antibiotics and nursing care at home.
Ol' Dirty Bastard of The Wu-Tang Clan pleads not guilty to crack cocaine and marijuana possession charges in court in New York City, USA. The court is told that when the rapper was arrested in July 99, he tried to get police to overlook the crack. "Can you make the drugs disappear?" asked the rapper, "The marijuana charge, I'll take. Make the rocks disappear - the kids look up to me. I'm a role model. Do the right thing. You're gonna know who I am."
Beatrice Rutman, Bob Dylan's mother, dies at the age of 84, in St Paul, Minnesota.
LSD guru and icon of the hippy generation, Ken Kesey, dies as a result of complications following liver surgery.
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.
A new tv commercial campaign in which Iggy Pop promotes Swiftcover car insurance, begins in the UK.
Jane's Addiction play at The Palace Theatre, Melbourne, Australia.
Mike Starr, the original bassist in Alice In Chains, dies aged 44 of a prescription drug overdose in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Klinik play at Capitol, Hanover, Germany, Europe.
Akira play at The Vibe Bar, London, UK.
Brad Paisley plays at The Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Green Day announce new tour dates in North America, after cancelling gigs because of front man Billie Joe Armstrong's substance abuse problems.
The five-day long Exit Festival 2013 continues at Petrovardin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, Europe. Headliner for today is Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion who, according to Crack Magazine's Billy Black, spends the evening "banging out all his hits and making everyone feel super enthusiastic about his whole vibe:.
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Eric Clapton leaves the stage at The Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, during an encore performance of the song Cocaine. His unplanned departure is explained as a response to technical problems with the onstage sound.
It is reported that Miley Cyrus is in deep conflict with her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, and her godmother, Dolly Parton, following the recent publication of a photograph showing Miley sitting with what appears to be a pile of cannabis, a rolled up bank note and a vial of white powder on a table in front of her. In the light of her recent behaviour, she has been advised to go into rehab, but has refused.
Methyl Ethel play at Boardmasters, Cornwall, England, UK, Europe.