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The Williams And Walker Company give a Command Performance of their hit African-American musical In Dahomey at Buckingham Palace, London, England, UK, in celebration of the Duke Of Windsor's eighth birthday. This is the first command performance at the Palace by a group of Negro theatrical entertainers.
One of the first recording royalty disputes is settled when Judge Carpenter decides that jazz clarinet player Alcide Nunez is not entitled to copyright on the recording of Livery Stable Blues by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band because, "No living human being could listen to that result on the phonograph and discover anything musical in it." Nunez had claimed that he co-wrote the song before leaving the group.
Frank Zappa appears on the Steve Allen tv show in Los Angeles, California, USA, playing two bicycles - much to his host's bemusement. Zappa is introduced onto the show as "a musical bicyclist". Zappa will find worldwide success some years later after forming his group The Mothers Of Invention
Comedy singer Allan Sherman has lunch with US President Lyndon Johnson. When the president asks about the menu, the corpulent comic jokingly replies that he is on a diet, and can only have iced tea with no sugar.
Elvis Presley's staff – known as the Memphis Mafia – give him a Christmas gift of a specially inscribed bible. The front cover features a "tree of life" illustration with the names of each staff member attached to the branches. Elvis refuses to accept it until the name of his hairdresser (and spiritual advisor) Larry Geller is added.
When popular singer Ed Ames (of The Ames Brothers) appears on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in New York City, USA, he is asked by Carson to demonstate his well-known tomahawk throwing abilities. A wooden panel with an outline of a cowboy is brought onto the stage and, when Ames takes his throw, the tomahawk hits the "cowboy" square in the groin with the handle pointing upward. This leads to a prolongued burst of laughter from the audience, which has been called the longest sustained laugh by a live audience in television history.
Allen Klein, co-manager of The Rolling Stones, announces in weekly UK rock paper the NME that, "I believe the whole group scene is going to disappear in six months with the exception of entertainers like The Beatles, The Stones and The Animals."
While performing live on stage in The Ice House Hockey Arena, London, Ontario, Canada, Johnny Cash proposes to his girlfriend, June Carter. She accepts.
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Paul McCartney announces in a London Evening Standard article that The Beatles now have all the money they will ever need.
When Tom Jones opens at The Copacabana, New York City, USA, a woman throws her panties onto the stage beside him, starting one of popular music's most enduring rituals.
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Journalist Bud Scoppa in Rolling Stone magazine describes Stuck In The Middle With You by Stealers Wheel as, "the single you thought was the best Dylan record since 1966."
During the first of two shows by Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour in Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dylan's mother, Beatrice, is introduced onto the stage.
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After nine days in a Japanese jail, Paul McCartney returns to London, England, UK, Europe, vowing, "I'll never smoke marijuana again."
Modest percussionist Ringo Starr announces, "I am the best rock’n’roll drummer in the land" on NBC-tv's Tomorrow show in the USA.
Ben And Jerry's Ice Cream announces the launch of a new flavour, Cherry Garcia, named in honour of The Grateful Dead's guitarist Jerry Garcia.
When Frank Sinatra plays at The Roman Amphitheatre, Verona, Italy, Europe, a huge thunderstorm erupts, filling the plastic overhead canopy which soon looks set to burst. Just as the Italian crew, by climbing up huge A-frame ladders, manages to dump the water over the front of the canopy, Sinatra walks underneath and is drenched from head to foot. Nevertheless, he continues singing and manages to complete the show.
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The Durutti Column release their new album The Guitar And Other Machines on Digital Audio Tape in the UK, despite the fact that DAT players are not yet being marketed to the British public.
The band advertised tonight as Charlotte And The Harlots at Queen Mary's College, London, England, UK, Europe, is actually Iron Maiden playing a secret gig.
When Prince’s Lovesexy tour arrives at McNicolls Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA, the Denver Post reviewer is surprised when Prince comes over all holy and reveals to the audience that he is in love "not with a girl or boy, but with the heavens above" and goes on to explain that "God is alive inside us. He just wants to come out and play."
A gap between the readers and staff of Rolling Stone Magazine is illustrated when Madonna’s Like A Prayer video is simultaneously chosen Worst Video in the Annual Readers’ Poll and Best Video in the Critics’ Awards. The readers also choose her as Worst Female Singer. Bonnie Raitt is Best Female Singer. New Kids On the Block are Worst Band. Cher is chosen as Worst-Dressed Female. Phil Collins is Best Drummer. Living Colour is Best New American Band. Bono of U2 is Sexiest Male Rock Artist.
Reni of the Stone Roses attends the opening of Central Design Station's exhibition in Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, England, UK, allegedly armed with a chainsaw.
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones becomes (arguably) rock's sexiest grandad when his daughter Jade gives birth to her first daughter, Assissi.
Madonna exposes her breasts in front of 6,000 people during an AIDS benefit show with Jean Paul Gaultier at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. Also appearing as catwalk models in the show are singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Prince announces that he has changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, apparently as a protest against the unfairness of his record company contract. Before long, he will be commonly referred to as TAFKAP - an acronym standing for The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.
Country recording star Faron Young dies, aged 64, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, having attempted suicide by shooting himself the previous day. His ashes are scattered during a ceremony at Johnny Cash's estate, while Cash is away. Unfortunately, a gust of wind blows the ashes onto Cash's car. "When I came home, I found I had Faron on my windshield", remarked Cash later. "I turned the wipers on. There he went, back and forth, back and forth, until he was all gone."
B.B. King plays Merry Christmas Baby for an audience including Pope John Paul II and sundry assembled cardinals during a concert at The Vatican, Rome, Italy, Europe. Before the show King was granted an audience with The Pope, during which he gave one of his treasured 'Lucille' guitars to the pontiff.
After being absent from the music scene for most of the 90s, Terence Trent D'Arby reveals via a web site message board that, 'I am a holographic representation in the third dimension of what was requested by your souls that one of your favourite artists be. I sent a portion of my soul to embody as an artist called TTD to favour that request.'
When The Queen musical We Will Rock You opens at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, the hotel's casino offers $5 Queen gambling chips.
A pizza whose toppings are formed into a likeness of the face of celebrated pizza lover Ozzy Osbourne, is crafted by chefs at Pizza Express, Dean Street, London, England, UK, to mark the chain's 40th birthday.
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New York City's legendary punk rock night club CBGB's (home to The Ramones, Blondie, Television, Talking Heads etc) launches its own commemorative chocolate bar, plus a 16-piece truffle collection – the CBGB's Punk Rock Box.
At a marathon fund-raising event [for the Red Cross hurricane-relief fund] in The Boat, a nightclub in Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a relay of DJs play just one song, Ace Of Spades by Motorhead continuously for six hours, notching up a total of 128 consecutive plays of the same track.
128 musicians gather in the Alexandra Palace Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, to perform Music Pieces, a composition by Jason Pierce [of Spiritualized], Peter Raeburn and Nick Foster, in which each musician plays just one note in each piece of melody, chord or drum pattern. The project is a tv promo for the launch of the latest generation of Walkman digital media players.
State Governor Brad Henry declares today to be Flaming Lips Day in the band's home state of Oklahoma, USA.
80s pop singer Rick Astley, made famous by his hit Never Gonna Give You Up, denies widespread rumours of his death. He was reported dead in a CNN iReport as a result of a prank in the form of a faked press release. Since the death of Michael Jackson, several similar pranks have claimed the deaths of Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears.
A lock of Elvis Presley's hair is sold at an auction by Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, UK, for £1055.00
L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, publishes a tribute to The Beatles on the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup. The article is widely seen as ending a decades-long period in which The Beatles' music was officially disapproved of by the Catholic Church. The feud between the church and the band was triggered in March 1966 when singer John Lennon told a London Evening Standard reporter that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus."
While driving his dog Spartacus to the vet for knee surgery, rapper Ice-T is stopped and arrested by police near West 40th Street and 11th Avenue, New York City, USA, for a traffic violation.
A mere thirty years after their international No1 hit single Video Killed The Radio Star, the original line-up of The Buggles play their first full live gig, a fundraising show at The Supperclub, London W10, England, UK, supported by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark aka OMD.
Country music fan Michael O'Rourke is sentenced to four months in prison by Peterhead Sheriff Court, England, UK, Europe, for having breached an antisocial behaviour order which banned him from playing loud music to the annoyance of his neighbours. He had played songs by Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash so loudly that they woke his neighbour at 1.30am.
It is announced that a new religion, Kopimism, has been officially acknowledged by the Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet. Followers of Kopimism believe that file sharing or copying is a religious activity. The music industry, on the other hand, believes file sharing is a crime and prefers to call it internet piracy.
Country singer Randy Travis is arrested after being found naked at the wheel of his Pontiac Trans Am which has crashed on a road near Tioga, Texas, USA. Travis is charged with driving while intoxicated and threatening law officers.
Bez, real name Mark Berry, best known as the dancer with the band Happy Mondays, launches a bid to become a Member Of Parliament, on behalf of the newly formed Reality Party.
One of Elvis Presley's teeth begins a brief tour of dental surgeries in the UK to promote awareness of mouth cancer.
When Madonna presents 26-year-old dancer Lil Buck with his award at the WSJ Innovator of the Year Awards in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, USA, the audience barely responds. Madonna then instructs the audience to applaud, declaring, 'I'll tell you when there are applause moments. You need help. This is a museum crowd.' Dr. Dre and his Beats Electronics partner Jimmy Iovine are also presented with awards by Eminem.
Robbie Williams reveals, via a press event at Monsieur Bleu, Paris, France, Europe, that he is the new face of Cafe Royal expresso coffee, and will be appearing as a James Bond-type character in a tv commercial for the product.
Brandy takes to the subway in New York City, USA, and sings a few bars of Home from the Broadway musical The Wiz, but she is barely noticed by the passengers.
Laurie Anderson performs a special concert for dogs in Times Square, New York City, USA. The live performance is paired with a viewing of a three-minute version of Anderson's new feature film, Heart Of A Dog. The show is a silent disco, featuring a soundtrack which human attendees can listen to on headphones.
It is announced that Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, USA, has added a new course - OutKast and the Rise of the Hip-Hop South - to its Spring 2017 class list.