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Bertha Lee and Delta blues guitarist Charley Patton record Mind Reader Blues and Yellow Bee for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA.
Blues rock guitar virtuoso Rory Gallagher in Ballyshannon, Donegal, Ireland.
Jeremy Spencer, guitarist with an early line-up of Fleetwood Mac, is born in West Hartlepool, UK.
Dickran Gobalian is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He will find success as ragtime singer, guitarist and songwriter, Leon Redbone.
Eddie Duchin And His Orchestra play the forty-fourth night of a season at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA, that will run until May 10th.
Ray Charles records four songs during his first session for Atlantic Records in the USA.
Chess Records of Chicago, Illinois, USA, continues with the process of moving in to its new office and studio building at 2120 South Michigan Avenue.
The Beatles play at The Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wallasey, England, UK, Europe.
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs (aka Flatt And Scruggs) record Bile Them Cabbage Down, Old Joe Clark, Sally Goodin, Billy In The Low Ground and other tracks in RCA Victor Studio 2, 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session also includes Gordon Terry and Paul Warren [fiddles], Merle Travis [gtr], Buck Graves [dobro], Jake Tullock [bass], Muddy Berry [drums] and Billy Liebert [piano]. Neely Plumb produces the session.
Del Shannon, with producer Harry Balk, records Hey Little Girl and I Don't Care Anymore in Mira Sound Studio, New York City, USA. The band on the session features Al Caiola [gtr], Milt Hinton [bass], Joe Marshall [drums], and Bill Ramal [sax].
The Animals, Jan And Dean, Chuck Berry and Del Shannon play the sixth of ten nights at The Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Brenda Lee records What'd I Say and Is It True, in London, UK, with producer Mickie Most. Guitarist on the session is Jimmy Page, later to play with The Yardbirds and form Led Zeppelin.
Dave Van Ronk plays the first of three nights at Main Point, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, Gene Vincent and Karl Denver continue with a summer season at The South Pier, Blackpool, England, UK.
Ella Fitzgerald releases a new single Sunshine Of Your Love/Hey Jude, in the UK on Polydor Records. (Hey Jude is written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles]
Pink Floyd play at The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, UK.
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After his final gig with Junior's Eyes as his backing group, David Bowie meets guitarist Mick Ronson. Bowie and Ronson will go on to collaborate on the influential album Ziggy Stardust And the Spiders From Mars.
Having just completed a UK tour, Derek And The Dominos, featuring Eric Clapton, fly from London, UK, to Miami, Florida, USA, where they are to begin recording an album in Criteria Studios with producer Tom Dowd.
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Terry Kath, guitarist/vocalist of the group Chicago, kills himself in Woodland Hills, California, USA, by accidentally discharging a pistol he is holding to his head during a mock game of Russian roulette.
The Skatalites, The Mods, Squire, Gangster, Seventeen and The Step play in The First National Eight-hour Mod Festival, Pickets Lock, London, England, UK. (Seventeen will find greater success after changing their name to The Alarm.
Now being managed by notorious rock entrepreneur Don Arden's daughter Sharon, Ozzy Osbourne releases the Blizzard of Ozz album. On the same day, at McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA, Van Halen are horrified to discover that their concert rider has not been met. They have specified that all backstage meals must be accompanied by M+Ms, excluding the brown ones. Naturally, the band trashes the facilities, causing over $10,000 worth of damage.
The Go-Go's appear on tv show Saturday Night Live in the USA.
Accept release their fourth studio LP, Restless And Wild on Brain Records in Germany, Europe.
Glastonbury Festival at Pilton, Somerset, UK, attracts 40,000 fans who pay £16 each to see Echo And The Bunnymen, Aswad, Joe Cocker, Style Council and The Boomtown Rats. A souvenir programme costs a further 90p. By 1985, Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis’s Worthy Farm has become too small to accommodate the festival so the neighbouring Cockmill Farm land is bought, adding 100 acres to the site. £100,000 is raised for CND and local charities.
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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.
65,000 fans make the annual pilgrimage to the three-day-long Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, where a £28 ticket gives them the opportunity to savour the delights of The Wonderstuff, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Pixies and Suzanne Vega (who appears despite a death threat). Those wanting a programme pay a further £2.
Phish play at The Ramskeller, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
John Lee Hooker spends the third of four days working working with producer/composer Jack Nitzsche on the soundtrack to the movie The Hot Spot in Hollywood, California, USA.
Motley Crue play at The Ritz, New York City, USA.
Bowling For Soup play at The University, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
Biffy Clyro play at Kulturfabrik Löseke, Hildesheim, Germany, Europe.
DIR EN GREY play at Yokohama Blitz, Yokohama, Japan, Asia.
Circa Survive, Motion City Soundtrack and Copeland play at The Barfly, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The Messecenter, Herning, Denmark, Europe.
Tom Petty And the Heartbreakers play at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Robert Plant And The Band Of Joy play at The Peterson Events Center [University of Pittsburgh], Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band Caravan plays the second of three nights at Lakeside, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The lineup over the course of the three nights also includes Kid Cudi, The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side Of The Moon, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Amos Lee, Emmylou Harris, Ben Folds, G. Love And Special Sauce, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Gomez, Drive-By Truckers, Michael Franti And Spearhead, Daniel Lanois' Black Dub, The Jayhawks, Soja, Soulive, The Wailers, Blind Pilot, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, TR3, Vieux Farka Toure, Alberta Cross, Mariachi El Bronx, Bobby Long, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Jeff Coffin's Mu'tet, Gary Clark Jr.,
Ty Segall plays at The Star Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Metallica make a surprise appearance in an afternoon slot at The Orion Music And More Festival, Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Michigan, USA. The band listed to appear, Dehaan, did not exist and, instead Metallica treat the assembled throng to a note-for-note rendition of their classic 1983 Kill 'Em All debut album. Other artists appearing on the day include Drop Kick Murphys, Death Grips, Tomahawk and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Wave Pictures play at The Adelphi, Hull, UK.
On their Baptized World Tour, Daughtry play at The O2 Academy, Birmingham, England, UK.
Jeff Beck plays the first of three nights at Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Baden-Baden, Bassekou Kouyate And Ngoni ba, Crystal Fighters, Foals, Linkoban, Partibrejkers, The Fratellis, Ti and Vitalic play on the first day of The INmusic Festival, Jarun, Zagreb, Croatia, Europe.
Queen and Adam Lambert play at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, USA.
On the Mayhem Festival 2014, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Trivium, Darkest Hour and others play at The Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA.
The Avett Brothers, Angaleena Presley, BR5-49, Colin Linden, Greg Garing, Paul Burch, R.B. Morris, Shakey Graves, The Fairfield Four, The Lone Bellow and The McCrary Sisters play on the fifth day of The Americana Fest 2014, in Riverfront Park, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
During the Latin American leg of their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play the second of two nights at Allianz Parque, Sao Paulo, Brazil South America, supported by Piebe Rude. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
Daniele Silvestri plays at Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy, Europe.