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At the end of the first English Civil War, influenced by the Puritans, the British Parliament passes a law banning any celebration of Christmas. This new law is much disliked and will cause riots in the streets. The popular ballad The World Is Turned Upside Down will be inspired this law, and is best known in a version by Maddy Prior And The Carnival Band.
Leonard Garfield Spencer is born in Washington DC, USA. He will find fame as Len Spencer, known to millions as America's first recording star. He will also score numerous hits as half of the singing duo of Len Spencer and Ada Jones.
Ishman Bracey (aka Ishmon Bracey) is born in Byram, Mississippi. He will make his first recordings as a blues singer and guitarist for Victor Records in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1928, and will also record for Paramount.
The word jazz is first used in print, by journalist Scoop Gleason in the San Francisco Bulletin. Gleason is, however, not writing about music. He is describing the return home of a baseball team, with the words, "Everybody has come back to the old town, full of the old 'jazz' and they promise to knock the fans off their feet."
Albert Einstein gives the first of four lectures to the Prussian Academy during which he will present his complete General Theory Of Relativity. Einstein's life and achievements will inspire many musicians, including The Beatles who will feature him among the celebrities on the cover of their classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Bob Dylan will devote a verse of his song Desolation Row to Einstein, depicting him as a bum with a glorious past. A verse of James Taylor's song Secret O' Life mentions Einstein and his special theory of relativity. Kerry Livgren of progressive rock band Kansas will write the song Portrait [He Knew] about Einstein. Electro-pop band Landscape will release their hit single Einstein A Go Go in 1981, quoting the E=MC2 equation. Mariah Carey's eleventh studio album will be entitled E=MC2 after Einstein's celebrated equation.
The Crook Brothers make their first appearance on The WSM Barn Dance radio show in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The group will remain with the show after it changes its name to the Grand Ole Opry, performing for the next 62 years.
Ralph Peer of Victor Records spends the first of six days in the McCall Building, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, recording blues vocalists, black jazz bands, preachers and guitar evangelists. On this first day, Peer records The Memphis Jug Band performing Sun Brimmer's Blues and Stingy Woman Blues.
Nat 'King' Cole makes his recording debut as a member of Eddie Cole's Swingsters, in a session for Decca Records.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the first of seven nights with Dinah Shore, Glenn Miller, Tony Pastor, Erskine Hawkins and Ella Fitzgerald, at the Apollo Theatre, New York City, USA.
Singing cowboy Tex Ritter plays the first of eleven nights at The Commercial Hotel, Elko, Nevada, USA.
Controversial deejay Alan Freed stages his first New York City, USA, show, the Rock'n'Roll Jubilee Ball, at St Nicholas Arena, Harlem, starring Fats Domino, The Drifters, The Harptones, Ruth Brown, Joe Turner and The Moonglows.
Julie Andrews and Bing Crosby star in a televised musical adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's play High Tor on CBS tv in the USA. This production is considered to have been the first made-for-TV movie. The broadcast also marks Andrews' American television debut.
Lloyd Price plays the first night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA, supported by Mickey And Sylvia.
Billy Ward And His Dominoes play the first night of a week at Zardi's Jazzland, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Fats Domino holds the first two places in the Billboard US R'n'B charts with Blueberry Hill and Blue Monday.
Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first showing on the US charts when his second release, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, enters the country chart.
Elvis Presley's first live show since being demobbed from the army is a charity concert in Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The show features guest appearances by Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer and Georgie Jessel. Local authorities declare this to be 'Elvis Presley Day'. Elvis also attends a luncheon in the Clardige Hotel, Memphis.
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The Beatles play two shows in one day
Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, listens to an acetate of the song that will become their first single, Love Me Do, in producer George Martin's EMI office, Manchester Square, London, UK.
The Beatles make their London-area tv debut on the childrens' show, Tuesday Rendezvous, hosted by Muriel Young. Among the other guests is British guitar virtuoso Bert Weedon.
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Mississippi John Hurt spends the first of three days recording his LP Worried Blues with producer Pete Kuykendall in Wynwood Recording Studio, Falls Church, Virginia, USA.
Waylon Jennings records his first studio session for RCA Records with Chet Atkins as producer in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
At the age of 19, Liza Minnelli gets her first starring role, in the Broadway musical Flora, the Red Menace, written by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb.
Kaleidoscope play the first of two nights at The Straight Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by James Cotton and It's a Beautiful Day.
Finchley Boys play the first of three nights at The Kinetic Playground [aka The Electric Theater], 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Led Zeppelin, Pacific Gas And Electric and The Illinois Speed Press, play the first of two nights at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Blind Faith release their debut album, Blind Faith, in the UK on Polydor Records. The group includes Eric Clapton on guitar and Steve Winwood on organ.
Led Zeppelin play in Colston Hall, Bristol, UK. Their song Since I've Been Loving You is played on this night for the first time.
Eddie Kendricks, Gladys Knight, The Honey Cone and Bobby Hutton appear on the first nationally-syndicated episode of r'n'b tv show Soul Train. The show is based in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Kiss play the first of three nights at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA, during which they record their album Kiss Alive II.
The Clash spend the first of two days in Pluto Studios, Manchester, UK, recording Bankrobber.
Tito Puente plays the first of thirteen nights at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, California, USA.
Anita Baker begins her Compositions tour with the first of two nights at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
Don Henley of The Eagles marries his first and only wife, model Sharon Summerall, in Malibu, Los Angeles, California, USA. Guests at the wedding include Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow, and others. Live music at the reception is supplied by Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Sting.
The Melksham Rock'n'Roll Club, in Melksham, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, holds its first all-dayer with acts including Crazy Cavan and his Rhythm Rockers, Sandy Ford's Flying Saucers, The Heartbeats, The Rockin' Bandits, The Stargazers and Graham Fenton's Matchbox.
It is announced that Starbucks will not be selling the new Bruce Springsteen album, Devils And Dust, which is the first Springsteen album to be stickered with an advisory label because of erotically-charged lyrics.
Dutch singer-songwriter Stevie Ann releases her debut LP, Away From Here, which will peak at No4 in the Netherlands album chart.
Cass (aka Cass Fox) releases her debut album, Come Here, in the UK on Island Records.
Daniel Powter releases Bad Day, the first single from his self-titled debut album, in the USA.
Pharoah Sanders plays the first of two nights at the Jazz Caf
Ke$ha releases her debut album, Animal in Argentina, South America.
On their Long Road Out Of Eden tour, The Eagles play for the first time at The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Suzan release their debut album, Golden Week For The Poco Poco Beat, in the UK.
Statistics published by the BPI/Official Charts Company reveal that Born To Die by Lana Del Rey on Polydor Records was the UK's biggest-selling digital artist album in the first three months of 2012.
Crosby, Stills And Nash play the first of two nights at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
Annie Eve releases her debut LP, Sunday '91, in the UK.
On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play at The O2 Arena, London, England, UK.
On their 25th Anniversary Of Images And Words tour, Dream Theater play the first of two nights at Olavshallen, Trondheim, Norway, Europe.
On their WorldWired tour, Metallica play the first of three nights at Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico, North America, supported by Iggy Pop.
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