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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.
A Singing In The Rain sequence is filmed in colour for the MGM movie Hollywood Revue Of 1929 in Hollywood, California, USA. This is the first filmed performance of the song, Singin' in the Rain.
Billie Holiday 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.
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson plays the first night of two weeks at The Blue Note, 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.
Roy Milton 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.
Anne Shelton reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Lay Down Your Arms, for the first of four weeks.
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. K0" allowfullscreen>
Johnnie Ray plays the first of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
The first r'n'b song to include a string section, There Goes My Baby by The Drifters, is released in the USA on Atlantic Records.
The Quarrymen play at the opening night of The Casbah Club in Liverpool, UK. The group includes three future members of The Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. This is also their first meeting with Pete Best, who will become the first drummer for The Beatles.
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.
Sam Cooke 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, Annette, 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 scandal.
Frankie Avalon plays the first night of a week at the El Rio Club, Antioch, California, USA.
Tommy Hunt, The Ronettes, The Vibrations, The Capris, The Flamingos and Bobby Lewis play the first of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Gene Pitney enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with the Burt Bacharach / Hal David song [The Man Who Shot] Liberty Valance. It will become his first Top Five hit, peaking at No4.
Rick Nelson 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.
When Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, the audience is packed with celebrities including The Beatles, Donovan, Paul Jones of Manfred Mann and Eric Burdon of The Animals.
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The Hollies score their first UK No1 single with I'm Alive. It will remain on top for two weeks.
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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.
Eric Burdon plays the first of two nights at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by The Chicago Blues All Stars and It's A Beautiful Day.
Elton John and Bernie Taupin meet up in London, UK, for the first time with producer Gus Dudgeon and arranger Paul Buckmaster to discuss Elton's upcoming second album.
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The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play their first major headlining concert, at The Forum, Los Angeles.
Paranoid by Black Sabbath tops the UK album chart for the first of two weeks.
The album Planet Waves, Bob Dylan's first under his new contract with Asylum Records, is awarded an R.I.A.A. gold disc for sales in the USA.
Bob Dylan 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.
XTC go into EMI's Abbey Road studios, London, UK, with producer John Leckie, at the start of three days of sessions to record their first tracks under a recently signed deal with Virgin Records. Among the songs recorded will be their debut single, Science Friction.
A new music-playing device, a CD (compact disc) player, is demonstrated for the first time in Europe.
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.
Robert Plant 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.
When Bob Dylan plays the first of four nights at Wembley, London, UK, George Harrison is in the audience.
On his Never-Ending tour schedule, Bob Dylan plays concert No610, the first of two nights at the State Theatre, Portland, Maine, USA.
Nate James releases his debut album, Set The Tone, in the UK.
Wirral-based band The Coral play the first of two nights at Liverpool University, Liverpool, UK.
Bon Jovi becomes the first rock band to play a gig at the newly-opened O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) in London, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays the first of three nights at the Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Holland.
All-girl band Care Bears On Fire release their second LP, Get Over It!, on S-C urve Records in the USA.
On her I Am tour, Beyonce plays the first of two nights at Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan.
Noel Gallagher makes his first live first appearance since the collapse of Oasis with the first of a run of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
When Mike Posner holds a release party for his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, in New York City, USA, the guests include Ke$ha.
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.
Bruno Mars releases his debut album, Doo-Wops And Hooligans in the UK as a CD.
The album 21 by Adele becomes the first album to sell a million units on iTunes in Europe. The album has achieved the feat in just 11 months.
Adele 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.
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