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The Elks Band leads a parade through Ouray, Colorado, USA. A novel feature of the band is its new bass drum festooned with eighteen electric lights, of which the local paper declares, "nothing of its size and make up was ever known before." The parade also features two pretty girls dressed in white, each with an electric light on her head.
Avant-garde jazz drummer and recording artist Sunny Murray
is born in Idabel, Oklahoma, USA.
Alan David Blakely is born in Bromley, Kent, UK. He will find success as Alan Blakely, drummer of UK 60s hitmakers Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
Revered jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette
is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will work with Miles Davis
, Charles Lloyd and many others.
, begins a marathon 12-hour broadcasting session at noon with the Sammy Kaye
Orchestra playing live from Fort Monmouth, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA. The show continues [moving progressively westward] until midnight with the Tommy Dorsey
Orchestra at the San Pedro Naval Base, San Pedro, California. Also appearing from locations all over the USA, are forty-three bands, including Benny Goodman
, Louis Armstrong
, Gene Krupa
, Duke Ellington
and Fletcher Henderson
Uncle Sam's Christmas Tree of Spotlight Bands, a one-off radio show sponsored by
is born in Nigeria, Africa. A mutli-instrumentalist playing several styles, he will find acclaim as a percussionist and recording artist, primarily in the genres of traditional African music and world music.
is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will become one of the most in-demand studio drummers in Nashville.
with The Johnny Mann Singers records Angry At The Big Oak Tree, Second Chance and Clown Shoes in United Recording Corporation, Studio A, 6050 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Musicians on the session include Tommy Allsup and Barney Kessel
[gtrs], George Callender [bass gtr], Earl Palmer [drums] and Robert Florence [piano].
Robert Mailhouse, who will play drums for actor Keanu Reeves' band, Dogstar, is born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
plays the sixth night of a thirteen-night booking at Off Broadway
, a night club located at 1024 Kearney Street, San Francisco, California, USA.
and His Buckaroos record Leave Me Something To Remember You By, That's All Right With Me, A Little Longer Please Jesus and You'll Never Miss The Water in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Grateful Dead
play the second of two nights at 1300 Boulevard Way, Walnut Creek, California, USA.
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.
Can play at The Greyhound, Croydon, England, UK, Europe.
, drummer of The Who, visits The Rolling Stones
during their recording sessions for the album Some Girls in Paris, France, Europe. At the Ritz Hotel, Moon is arrested and jailed for rowdy behaviour, but is bailed by The Stones' lawyers the next morning.
of The Who records demos of solo material, including Athena, at Warner Bros Studios, North Hollywood, California, USA.
play at The Civic Center, Springfield, USA.
Vince Neil of Motley Crue
throws a BBQ at his house in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA, to celebrate the group's latest album. The party lasts for several days, and eventually a gin soaked Vince needs to make a booze run. Jumping in his red Pantera, Neil and Hanoi Rocks drummer Nick 'Razzle' Dingly head for the local liquor store. The car slides sideways on a slick spot on the road and Neil looses control. Doing 65 mph in a 25 mph zone, the car collides with oncoming traffic injuring himself, two others and killing Razzle.
and Marilyn Martin reach No1 in the Billboard
Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Separate Lives, the theme from the film White Nights.
A dark day. Legendary American rock guitar virtuoso Roy Buchanan
ties his shirt to a window grating and hangs himself from it in a jail cell at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, Virginia. Just an hour or so earlier, he had been arrested for public drunkenness after a verbal fight with his wife. On the same day, Fred Below
, Chicago-blues drummer for Memphis Slim
, Muddy Waters
, Howlin' Wolf
, Chuck Berry
and others, dies of cancer, in Chicago, Illinois, and Robert Calvert of UK space-rock band Hawkwind
dies of a heart attack.
, owner of a legendary Californian recording studio, dies of lung cancer aged 66, in Santa Clarita, California, USA.
, Elvin Jones
, Tito Puente and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band are among the artists appearing at The JVC Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode island, USA.
Drumming At The Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit
of Percussion, a book by Mickey Hart (drummer of The Grateful Dead
), Jay Stevens, and Fredric Lieberman, is published by Harper San Francisco in the USA.
Nick Mason, drummer of Pink Floyd
, publishes Inside Out
, his exhaustive and intricately detailed personal memoir of working in the band, through Weidenfeld And Nicolson, in the UK.
begin a world tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
It is announced that Mike Myers will play rock wildman Keith Moon
of The Who in an upcoming biopic being produced by The Who's vocalist Roger Daltrey
A Foo Fighters
gig at Western Springs Speedway, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania
, is registered as seismic activity by monitoring service GeoNet, who report that the force of the moshing was detected between 1.5 and 2 kms from the venue.
Concert industry veteran Michael Farrell, the American agent for
Phil Rudd, drummer of AC/DC
, is arrested by police in New Zealand
, following a raid at his home in Tauraunga. He is taken into custody on suspicion of attempting to procure murder, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.