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The Fifth Annual Convention for the National
Association of Talking Machine Jobbers opens in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.The new Edison Disc Phonograph
is shown for the first time publicly during the Covention, which is a four-day event.
Joseph Carl Breil
, one of the first American composers to compose specific music for motion pictures, dies of heart disease, aged 55, in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is perhaps best-remembered for composing the score to D. W. Griffith's 1915 epic, Birth Of A Nation.
plays the first of six shows at the Palomar Supper Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Guitarist and singer Tommy Ryan, formerly of the Sammy Kaye
Orchestra, plays the first night of five weeks at Melody Mill
, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
At the age of seventeen, Jerry Lee Lewis
marries his first wife, Dorothy Barton, who is the daughter of his preacher. The marriage will last less than two years.
and Pee Wee Crayton play the first of three days at The Lincoln Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The first rock'n'roll instrumental hit arrives when jazz keyboardist Bill Doggett
enters the Billboard
Top Ten Singles Chart in the USA with Honky Tonk
. Doggett's innovation will inspire a wave of rock'n'roll instrumentals that will last well into the mid-60s.
Jazz critic Steve Race
writes a feature in UK pop music weekly Melody Maker
celebrating what he believes to be the demise of rock'n'roll. When teenager Ian Samwell
reads it, he is inspired to write the song Move It
, which will become the first genuine British rock'n'roll hit, sung by Cliff Richard
The first rock'n'roll compilation album is released in the USA under the title Oldies But Goodies In Hi-Fi. It has been put together by deejay Art Laboe
after watching his girlfriend struggle with a stack of 45s and an unco-operative record changer.
begins a week of gigs at the Flame Show Bar
, Detroit, Michigan, USA. On the same day, the first Dick Clark Cara van Of Stars
package tour plays in Charleston, West Virginia, with acts including Paul Anka
, The Drifters
, Duane Eddy
, Lloyd Price
, LaVern Baker
, The Coasters, The Skyliners
and Bobby Rydell
Controversial American deejay Alan Freed
faces the first of two days of being grilled by Senate investigators determined to get to the bottom of his involvement in the music industry's payola
plays the first night of a week at the El Rio Club, Antioch, California, USA.
plays the first
of three days at The World's Fair Of Music And Sound, McCormick
Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Eric And The Norsemen
play their first live gig in Liberty, Missouri, USA. They will go on to be hailed as "The Wildest Show In The Mid West", and will be inducted into the Kansas Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006.
The Five Americans play the first of two nights at The Catacombs, Houston, Texas, USA, supported by The Heard and The Basic Things.
Last Night In Soho
by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No8, giving them
their last Top 10 hit. Young Scottish music fan Mike Scott
buys it as his first single. "From the minute I bought that," he reveals years later, "I knew I had to be in music." Scott went on to form Another Pretty Face and The Waterboys
before embarking on an acclaimed solo career.
spends the first of two days in Sound 80
studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, with his brother David, re-recording parts of Blood On The Tracks which he had been unhappy with.
The three-day long US Festival
, organised by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, opens in Glen Helen Regional Park near Devore, San Bernardino County, California, USA. Acts appearing on this, the first day, include Gang Of Four
, The Ramones
, The English Beat, Oingo Boingo, B-52s
, Talking Heads
and The Police
plays the third date on his first solo tour of the USA, at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The drummer with Plant's band for this tour is Phil Collins
. On the same evening, Collins and Plant go to an exclusive Chicago restaurant, The Pump Room, but are refused admission because Collins is not wearing a jacket. The incident inspires the title of Collins' next album, No Jacket Required.
On his Never-Ending tour schedule, Bob Dylan
plays concert No610, the first of two nights at the State Theatre, Portland, Maine, USA.
becomes the first rock band to play a gig at the newly-opened O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) in London, England, UK, Europe.
All-girl band Care Bears On Fire
release their second LP, Get Over It!, on S-C urve Records in the USA.
Music trade magazine Billboard
reports that sales of digital albums in Germany grew 51% in both unit terms and value terms in first six months of 2010 compared to the same period a year earlier.
The album 21
becomes the first album to sell a million units on iTunes in Europe. The album has achieved the feat in just 11 months.
plays the first of four projected nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe. She will, however, cancel the final two shows on medical grounds.