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Folk-rock

Thomas Edison makes a sound recording of the nursery rhyme 'Mary Had A Little lamb'. This is the first audio recording of the human voice. Edison's achievements will, of course, pave the way for the modern recorded music industry, but he will also inspire several songs specifically about him. Edison by The Bee Gees will appear on their 1969 album Odessa. Other songs about Edison include The Wizard of Menlo Park [2004] by Chumbawamba and Edison's Medicine [1991] by Tesla.
Lizzie Borden is acquitted of the crime of killing her father and stepmother with an axe in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA. No-one else will ever be arrested or tried for the murders and Borden will remain a notorious figure in American folklore, the subject of such songs as You Can't Chop Your Poppa Up In Massachusetts Lizzie Bordon (1955) by Penny Nicholls And The Canadians, You Can't Chop Your Papa Up In Massachusetts (1961) by The Chad Mitchell Trio, She Took An Axe (1986) by Flotsam and Jetsam, Lizzie Borden by Macabre (2010), and Ballad Of Lizzie Borden (2011) by Rasputina.
Singer, lyricist, composer and arranger Karen Young is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra and The Serendipity Singers play the first night of a week at Freedomland Amusement Park, The Bronx, New York City, USA.
Folk-music duo Ian and Sylvia Tyson appear on The Steve Allen Playhouse on tv in the USA.
Singer-songwriter Jackie De Shannon issues an LP of a dozen demo tracks for Metric Music in the USA. The songs include Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe (later covered by The Byrds on their debut album), With You In Mind (later covered by Marianne Faithfull), and Splendor In The Grass.
While working with Bob Dylan on his new electric music, Columbia Records producer Tom Wilson has some free studio time. Using Dylan's musicians, he overdubs electric guitar and drums onto The Sound Of Silence, a song by acoustic folk duo Simon And Garfunkel, in the hope that it might be a hit during the current folk-rock boom.
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At Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, Cher records Come And Stay With Me, written by Jackie De Shannon, for Imperial Records. At the same session, she records versions of C.C.Rider and Needles And Pins.
John Hammond Jr plays the second of two nights at Club 47, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
When keyboardist Al Kooper and bassist Harvey Brooks decide to quit Bob Dylan's touring band, they are replaced by Garth Hudson, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel - who will become the core of The Band.
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Peter, Paul And Mary begin a British tour with a show at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England, UK.
David Crosby records the songs The Wall Song, Games, Tamalpais High, Laughing, Wooden Ships, and Kids And Dogs, at Hollywood Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Love play the second of five nights at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
As Bob Dylan is about to leave New York aboard the QE2, to headline the Isle Of Wight Festival, his son Jesse injures his head and Dylan rushes to hospital with him.
Joni Mitchell plays at The Shapiro Athletic Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the tenth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Neil Young is sued by Geffen Records for $3m. The label claims that his latest album, Everybody's Rockin’, is "not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums."
Bob Dylan plays at The Club Haus, St. Pauli Stadion, Hamburg, West Germany, Europe. The tour is a double-header with Carlos Santana.
Bob Dylan has a video shoot for his song When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky, at the gymnasium of The First Methodist Church, Hollywood, California, USA.
Richard Thompson plays at Moseley Folk Festival, Tanworth-in-Arden Warwickshire, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at Riverfront Amphitheater, Hannibal, Missouri, USA.
Andrew Bird and Ani DiFranco play at Austin Music Hall, Austin, Texas, USA.
The Dears, supported by The Shout Out Louds, play at The Earl, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Thea Gilmore and Martyn Joseph play at The Songwriters And Publishers Festival, Manchester Academy 2, Manchester, England, UK.
On her Living Room tour, Carole King plays at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
The highest new entry in the UK Albums Chart published today in Music Week is Have A Nice Day by Bon Jovi which enters at No2. Life In Slow Motion by David Gray remains at No1.
The three-day long WOMAD Festival 2007 begins in Charlton Park, Malmesbury, England, UK, Europe. Artists appearing over the three days of the event include Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Calexico, Isaac Hayes, Sheila Chandra, Toots And The Maytals and many others.
It is reported on the ISIS website that Bob Dylan recorded an album of Christmas songs in May, 2009, at Jackson Browne`s Groove Masters studio in Santa Monica, California, USA. It is, however, not known if it will be released.
An All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) festival curated by The Simpsons' creator Matt Groening, comes to an end at Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset, UK. Over the course of the festival's three days, artists appearing have included Iggy And The Stooges, Joanna Newsom, Spiritualized performing Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, The xx, CocoRosie, Built To Spill, She & Him, James Chance And The Contortions, Liars, Boredoms performing 9 Drummer Boadrum, The Raincoats, Toumani Diabate, Danielson, Anni Rossi, James Blackshaw, Viv Albertine's Limerence, Panda Bear, Daniel Johnston, The Residents, Deerhunter, Broadcast, Shonen Knife, Ruins alone (Tatsuya Yoshida), Amadou And Mariam, Ponytail, Konono No1, Thee Oh Sees, Juana Molina, Lightning Dust, Hope Sandoval, The Tiger Lillies, Hello Saferide, The Fresh And Onlys, Cold Cave, Trash Kit and Jill Sobule.
After a seven-month romance, Alanis Morissette secretly marries her rapper boyfriend Souleye [real name Mario Treadway] at her home in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Glastonbury Festival 2010 enters its second day at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, UK. Many thousands of fans have set up camp and, although there are no major acts appearing on this day, there are performances by Aynsley Lister, Curved Air, Scott McKeon and others.
Bob Dylan, Ray Davies, Mumford And Sons, Laura Marling, Seasick Steve, The Magic Numbers, Davendra Banhart and Pete Doherty play on the second day of the Hop Farm Festival, in Paddock Wood, Kent, England, UK.
The Dave Matthews Band, The Steve Miller Band, The Zac Brown Band, Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, The Black Crowes, Kansas, The Avett Brothers, 38 Special, Justin Moore and Taj Mahal are among the acts appearing on the third and final day of the HullabaLou festival at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at The University Of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA.
The album Babel by Mumford And Sons is awarded double-platinum status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Art Garfunkel walks off stage during a show at Great Neck Art Center on Long Island, New York State, USA, after noticing a man in the front row fiddling with his cell phone. The singer returns to the stage ten minutes later after a suitably chastised Jon Kaiman [supervisor of the town of North Hampton] apologises to Garfunkel.
A section of highway in Woodstock, New York State, USA, is renamed Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard. Formerly Route 375, the portion of highway connects Route 28 in West Hurley and Route 212 in Woodstock, where drummer Helm's group The Band lived and worked for many years.
Arcade Fire, Beck, The 1975, Frank Turner, Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Daughter and others play at Coachella Music Festival, Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, California, USA.
Dar Williams plays at The Parish Of The House Of Blues, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Disorderly conduct charges against Paul Simon and Edie Brickell are dropped by the court in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. The couple were arrested in April following a domestic dispute.
Glen Hansard and Iron And Wine play at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Devon Sproule plays in Kaedmon Hall, Newcastle, UK.
It is reported that online music service Apple Music, started just seven months earlier, now has 10m paying subscribers. Apple's main rival, Spotify, took six years to reach the 10m mark.
Singer-songwriter Don McLean posts a statement on Twitter declaring, "This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me. What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30-year relationship." The statement is in response to his recent arrest on charges of domestic violence in Camden, Maine, USA, where he has a home with his wife, Patrisha.
Sierra Hull plays at Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA.
James Bay, Lorde, Ellie Goulding and Karlie Kloss are among the guests attending Universal Music's Brit Awards After-Party in collaboration with Soho House, in London, England, UK, Europe.
Jorma Kaukonen plays at The Rockland-Bergen Music Festival, Tappan, New York State, USA.
Ed Sheeran plays at Palacio De Los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
Nilufer Yanya, Joe Fox and Westerman play at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
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