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Guitarist Pillie Bolling and Barefoot Bill [a pseudonym of Ed Bell] record I Don't Like That and She's Got A Nice Line, for Columbia Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Henry Horton is re-elected to a third term as governor of Tennessee, USA. Immediately, Nashville residents begin withdrawing money from Caldwell-affiliated banks en masse, because Horton and the Caldwell Bank had both been involved in a scandal involving awarding contracts without bids. The story of the scandal will inspire the song The Wreck Of The Tennessee Gravy Train by Uncle Dave Macon.
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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Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play the first night of a week of shows at the Palais D'Or, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Singer, songwriter and pianist Frank Luther records I Cried For You for Decca Records in the USA.
The Benny Goodman Trio records Where Or When for Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Jazz trumpet player Sonny Berman dies at the age of 21, reportedly from a drug overdose, in New York City, USA
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone by Elvis Presley on HMV Records enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No21 during a three-week run.
Tennessee Ernie Ford releases a new EP, Spirituals, in the USA.
While under treatment in Madison Sanitorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, highly respected rock'n'roll guitarist Hank Garland is described in the institution's medical notes 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.
Elvis Presley has a sixth day of location filming in Hawaii, USA, for his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!.
Johnny Cash makes his hotly-anticipated New York City, USA, debut at Carnegie Hall. Unfortunately, he is struggling with drug addiction, his voice is hoarse and weak, and he leaves the stage in what he will later describe as a "deep depression." Afterward, he consoles himself with a visit to The Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village, where he sees native American protest balladeer Peter La Farge, performing The Ballad of Ira Hayes. Mightily impressed, Cash will record his own version of the song.
UK tabloid The Sunday Mirror runs a front page story headlined 'Exposing The Drug Menace' which claims that 'nearly 10,000 British teenagers are buying pep pills and narcotics on the black market.' The article also identifies two central London clubs, La Discotheque and The Flamingo, as places where drugs regularly change hands.
Bill Ehlert, manager of The Jabberwock, a music club in Berkeley, California, USA, calls the police to alert them to the fact that three people are smoking marijuana in his club. He is charged with possession, but quickly cleared.
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The Move release a new single, I Can Hear The Grass Grow, in the UK.
William 'Benny' Benjamin, drummer for legendary Motown Records house band The Funk Brothers, dies of a stroke, aged 43, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. In his later years he has suffered serious drug and alcohol problems.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones visit guitarist Brian Jones at his home, Cotchford Farm, and sack him from the band.
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Marianne Faithfull collapses in the Chevron Hotel, Sydney, Australia, having taken an overdose of barbiturates during filming of the movie Ned Kelly, with boyfriend Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. She and Jagger were to star in the film, but she is immediately dropped from the cast.
Eric Clapton and Alice Ormsby Gore announce their engagement. Within a few months, Ormsby Gore will move in with Clapton at his manor house, Hurtwood Edge in Surrey, UK.
Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane is arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, for possession of marijuana.
When Fleetwood Mac appear on UK tv show Top Of The Pops performing Oh Well, it is noticed that guitarist Peter Green is behaving oddly.
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After telling a jury in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that he has 'outgrown drugs', Jimi Hendrix is cleared of drug possession charges.
Jimi Hendrix instructs his lawyer, Henry Steingarten, to re-establish him as half-owner in Electric Lady Recording Studio, New York City, USA. Later, at The Record Plant, Hendrix records Honey Bed and Night Bird Flying.
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In Gothenburg, Sweden, where they are playing a gig at the Scandinavium Hall, Paul McCartney and his wife Linda are arrested on drug possession charges.
After pleading guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh, record company executive Kenneth Moss gets 120 days in jail. McIntosh had died of a heroin overdose at a party thrown by Moss in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young re-unite at The Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, USA, to play the first of two benefit shows for their former drummer, Dallas Taylor, and FREDA (Foundation for Research and education on Drug Abuse).
Steve Clark, guitarist for Def Leppard, dies from a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol, at his London home.
At Kennedy International Airport, a limousine carrying Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown is stopped by nine police officers searching for drug dealers.
Popular vocalist Dinah Shore dies of cancer in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
English-born soul / neo-soul and R&B singer and songwriter Ephraim Lewis dies dies after having apparently jumped from a fourth floor balcony in Los Angeles, California, USA. His death will be ruled as suicide, but some reports say that LAPD officers stunned him with a Taser after a hyperactive exchange, perhaps connected to his use of methamphetamine.
John Cale, Nitin Sawhney and Jane
It is announced that the album Twentysomething by Hullavington-raised jazz star Jamie Cullum has now sold one million copies in the UK alone.
Pete Doherty, troubled former singer with British band The Libertines, is granted reduced bail at Snaresbrook Crown Court, London, UK, in order to enable him to play a concert with his new band Babyshambles.
Acid-folk singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart plays for a small group of fans at an impromptu picnic he has organised at the bandstand in Regent's Park, London, England, UK.
When Furthur play at Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York State, USA, nine individuals are arrested on drugs-related 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.
A 20-year-old male collapses at a Tiesto concert in the University of Illinois, Chicago Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA. He dies shortly after at Rush University Medical Center, and the cause of his death is thought to be a misuse of ecstasy.
Friendly Fires play at Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland.
Half Man Half Biscuit play at The Robin 2, Bilston, UK.
On the North American leg of her World Tour 2012, Madonna plays at Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
According to a lawsuit filed on this day in Los Angeles Superior Court, Universal Music Publishing Group's offices in Santa Monica, California, USA, have become a 'drug hot spot'. The lawsuit, filed by an anonymous security guard, claims that the offices have been "infiltrated with pervasive drug use where you could smell marijuana seeping from various offices and openly used in common areas, and lounges."
Rapper 2 Chainz is found not guilty of possession of marijuana in Easton, Maryland, USA. The presiding judge determines there is insufficient evidence to prove the weed found in his tour van belonged to 2 Chainz.
Billboard magazine reports that drug-related deaths are increasing at Electronic Dance Music events. A total of seventeen people have died at music festivals around the world so far this year. In the past, the majority of deaths at live music events have been related to crowd crushes and similar incidents.
Jane's Addiction play at The O2 Apollo, Manchester, England, UK.
Scott Weiland, vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver dies, aged 48, in his sleep in his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. Weiland's life had been blighted for many years by drug abuse.
The popular and influential Fabric nightclub in Islington, London, England, UK, is closed in the wake of two reportedly drug-related deaths in the club.
While in rehab to deal with "anxiety, panic attacks and depression", Selena Gomez has dinner at The Texas Roadhouse, Alcoa, Tennessee, USA, with her mother and stepfather.
While in rehab to deal with "anxiety, panic attacks and depression", Selena Gomez has breakfast with her grandparents at The Riverstone Restaurant, Townshend, Tennessee, USA.
Undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood, known as the "Fake Sheikh", is jailed by Judge Gerald Gordon at The Old Bailey, London, England, UK, for 15 months for tampering with evidence in a drugs case involving singer Tulisa Contostavlos.
David Peel, a mainstay of the New York City folk scene, dies aged 74 following a massive heart attack in Manhattan, New York City, USA. Peel gained some notoriety as an outspoken proponent of the use of marijuana, and became a good friend of John Lennon of The Beatles.
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