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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.
Uncle Sam's Christmas Tree of Spotlight Bands, a one-off radio show sponsored by Coca Cola, 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.
Leland Bruce Sklar is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. he will find success as bass guitarist Lee Sklar, working with Carole King, Phil Collins, Jimi Hendrix and many others.
Sikiru Adepoju 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.
Terry John Bozzio is born in San Francisco, California, USA. He will find success as rock drummer Terry Bozzio, playing with Frank Zappa and Missing Persons.
Tommy Wells is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will become one of the most in-demand studio drummers in Nashville.
Omar Hakim, drummer in Dire Straits, is born.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers play the sixth night of a week at Abart's, Washington DC, USA.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers play the third of six nights at Abart’s, Washington DC., USA.
Johnny Burnette 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.
Cal Tjader plays the sixth night of a thirteen-night booking at Off Broadway, a night club located at 1024 Kearney Street, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Dave Clark Five play at The Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Can't You See That She's Mine by The Dave Clark Five enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No4.
Jazz drummer Tony Williams records Two Pieces Of One: Green, Two Pieces Of One: Red and Tomorrow Afternoon for Blue Note Records at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
The Who plays another gig in its residency at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK.
Teen movie Get Yourself A College Girl opens at cinemas in Finland, Europe, featuring performances by The Dave Clark Five, The Standells, The Animals, Nancy Sinatra, The Jimmy Smith trio, Stan Getz And Astrud Gilberto and Freddie Bell And The Bell Boys.
Chico Hamilton records Marcheta and Strange for Impulse! Records in New York City, USA.
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers record Double Trouble, in London, UK, for Decca Records. The band includes guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, who will go on to form Fleetwood Mac.
Buck Owens 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.
The Who play at The Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA, supported by Soap.
Ringo Starr, drummer of The Beatles, goes to The Scene club in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, USA, with Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix jams with Jeremy Steig but Ringo declines to play drums.
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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.
Fleetwood Mac and Jethro Tull play at The National Stadium, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
Can play at The Greyhound, Croydon, England, UK, Europe.
Keith Moon, 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.
Pete Townshend of The Who records demos of solo material, including Athena, at Warner Bros Studios, North Hollywood, California, USA.
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The Police play at Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania.
On their Zenyatta Mondatta tour, The Police play in El Hotel de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
The Police 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.
Phil Collins 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.
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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.
Wally Heider, owner of a legendary Californian recording studio, dies of lung cancer aged 66, in Santa Clarita, California, USA.
On their Behind The Mask tour, Fleetwood Mac play at Sea PAC, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA.
B.B. King, 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.
Willie Nelson presents Farm Aid XV in Bristow, Virginia, USA, with a line-up including Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson and Sawyer Brown. Tipper Gore, wife of vice president Al Gore, plays drums during Nelson's set.
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.
British jazz and r'n'b drummer Bill Eyden, a stalwart of Georgie Fame's Blue Flames and other bands, dies. Eyden was also the session man who played drums on A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum.
Motley Crue 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 Genesis and Phil Collins and Pink Floyd, dies of cancer.
Toto play at Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
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.