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Guitarist, composer and singer Maria Teresa Vera, who will find fame as 'the first female Cuban troubadour? is born in Guanajay, Cuba.
Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records, Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis Presley made his first recordings, is born in Florence, Alabama, USA.
German MOR bandleader Bert Kaempfert is born in Barmbek, Hamburg, Germany. Among other achievements, Kaempfert will be the first man to professionally record The Beatles.
Massively popular tango vocalist Carlos Gardel makes his first ever radio broadcast, on Radio Gran Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Fiddler Oscar Stone joins Dr. Humphrey Bate's country music group, The Possum Hunters, which will soon become one of the first star acts of the Grand Ole Opry radio show, broadcast by WSM Radio from Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Louis Armstrong becomes the first person to record the song St. James Infirmary Blues, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. [N.B. The song had previously been recorded under the name Gambler's Blues].
The stage musical Paris, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, comes to the end of its first Broadway run, at the Music Box theatre, New York City, USA, after 195 performances. It is perhaps best-remembered for introducing the song, Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love, which was sung by the show's star, Irene Bordoni.
When Louis Armstrong plays his first-ever British show, at The London Palladium, London, England, UK, Europe, a considerable number of audience members walk out. Angered by the insult to Armstrong, a young man, Nat Gonella, attempts to trip up some of the departing crowd as they leave the theatre. Gonella will becomne a jazz star in his own right.
Garth Green And His Orchestra play the first of sixteen nights in The Cooper Club, Henderson, Texas, USA.
A new MGM musical, Broadway Melody Of 1938, is previewed in the USA, with Judy Garland in her first featured movie role.
Louis Jordan plays the first of three nights at the Palace Theatre, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Capitol Records releases its first singles at the newly-introduced speed of 45rpm.
Accordionist Myron Floren joins The Lawrence Welk Orchestra during a gig at The Casa Loma ballroom in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. After being asked to sit in on a few songs in the first set, Welk was so impressed by Floren that he offered him a full-time job during the intermission.
UK pop weekly the New Musical Express (NME) hosts its first Poll Winners concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Winners are Ted Heath, Johnny Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Lita Roza and Dickie Valentine, all of whom play live sets and are presented with specially designed gilt metal crowns.
Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey play the first of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
The Five Pearls play the first of three nights at The Madison Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Billboard magazine announces that, for the first time, sales of seven-inch 45rpm singles have overtaken sales of the old ten-inch 78rpm discs.
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Irish singer Ruby Murray releases a new single, Honestly I Do b/w You Are My First Love from the soundtrack of the teen movie musical It's Great To Be Young, in the UK.
Jamboree, the first movie to star Jerry Lee Lewis, is previewed in Hollywood. Also featured in the movie are Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon and Connie Francis.
In New York City, USA, Harry Belafonte has the first of four recording sessions during which he records tracks for his blues-influenced album Belafonte Sings The Blues.
The successful Broadway musical My Fair Lady opens for its first night at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, UK. The show stars Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins. It will run for 2,281 performances. Stars attending the first night include Ingrid Bergman, Dirk Bogarde, Terence Rattigan and John Strachey.
The Four Freshmen play the first of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
Helen Shapiro scores her first UK hit when Please Don't Treat Me Like A Child enters the Singles Chart at No38.
Down In The Valley by Solomon Burke on Atlantic Records, makes its Billboard R'n'B Chart debut in the USA. It will peak at No20 during a run of seven weeks.
Sam Cooke, The Crystals, The Coasters and King Curtis play the first of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Donovan is the first star guest on a new BBC radio series, Folk Room, recorded in London, England, UK.
The Moody Blues play the first of two nights at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Ten Years After.
On their first national tour, The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Country Joe And The Fish, The Steve Miller Blues Band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Ashton, Gardner And Dyke play the first of two nights at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Knack release their debut album, Get The Knack, in the USA.
Simon And Garfunkel play the first of two nights at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in Austin, Texas, USA, features the first live performance by country supergroup The Highwaymen, feraturing Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Also appearing at the Picnic are Neil Young, Hank Snow and June Carter Cash.
Bob Dylan plays the first of five nights at the Beacon Theatre, New York City, USA.
Backstreet Boys film the video for their debut single, We've Got It Goin' On, in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Daniel Powter releases Bad Day, the first single from his self-titled debut album, in Australia.
Kansas celebrate their 35th anniversary by performing their debut album live with an orchestra, at Washburn University White Concert Hall, Kansas.
Howard Morrison dies from a heart attack in his sleep, aged 74, in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Oceania. He is best-remembered as the founder and leader of New Zealand's first all-Maori pop/rock'n'roll group, The Howard Morrison Quartet.
Fans watching the first episode of series seven of British tv talent show The X Factor are angered to realise that auto-tune is being used to enhance the vocal performance of teenage contestant Gamu Nhengu, during her rendition of the Katrina and the Waves' hit Walking On Sunshine. Many viewers write to complain.
Sam And The Womp release their debut single, Bom Bom, in the UK.
On her MDNA Tour, Madonna plays the first of two nights at Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellin, Colombia, South America.
The Bedlam Crooks play at The Borderline, London, UK. The show is a launch event for their debut album, Stay Curious, released on the same day.
Han Dong Geun releases his first digital single, Making A New Ending For This Story, on Pledis Entertainment in South Korea, Asia.
English jazz clarinettist Acker Bilk dies aged 85 in Bath, Somerset, UK, after years of suffering from cancer. His 1961 hit, Stranger On The Shore, made him the second British artist to reach No1 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA. (Vera Lynn was the first).
Singer and actress Samantha Mumba is seen out in public for the first time with her new baby daughter, Sage, when she takes a stroll in a park near her home in Fontana, California, USA.
Woody Woodgate, best-known as the drummer of Madness, releases his first solo LP, In Your Mind, on DW Records in the UK.
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On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play at The First Direct Arena, Leeds, England, Europe.
Blossoms, the debut album by Blossoms, enters the Official UK Albums Chart at No1.
Psch-Pshit release their debut LP, Parfaite Et Impudique on Feint Records in the UK.
Walter Morrison, aka Junie, dies aged 62 in London, England, UK, Europe. No cause of death is reported. Junie first found success as keyboard player, vocalist, producer and songwriter for the Ohio Players during the early '70s, but later went on to work with Parliament-Funkadelic.
Hajk release their debut LP, Hajk, on Jansen Plateproduksjon Records in the UK, Europe.
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