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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.
Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann
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.
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.
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.
, 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.
Having been diagnosed schizophrenic,
is arrested on drug possession charges in Dallas, Texas, USA.
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.
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...".
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.
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.
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.
During her tour of British cathedrals, Laura Marling
plays at York Minster, York, UK.
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.
[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.
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.