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Lord Cardigan leads a suicidal charge of British cavalry against Russian forces at The Battle of Balaclava during The Crimean War. As a result of this futile attack, which will become known as The Charge Of The Light Brigade, 118 men are killed, 127 wounded and about 60 taken prisoner. Cardigan's reckless action will inspire the first verse of the song 5-4-3-2-1 by Manfred Mann. The 1983 song The Trooper by Iron Maiden will also be based on the same suicidal military charge, and the voice of Trumpeter Landfrey, who sounded the charge, will be used as the opening of the 1968 album Balaklava by Pearls Before Swine.
Will Shade, also known as Son Brimmer, is born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Harmonica player and guitarist Shade is best-remembered as the founder of The Memphis Jug Band.
Europe's Society Orchestra, led by ragtime and jazz bandleader, arranger and composer James Reese Europe records Down Home Rag, Too Much Mustard, Amapa - Maxixe Bresilien (Le Vrai) and El Irresistible - Tango Argentine, for Victor Records in New York City, USA.
John Lee Williamson, better known as blues harmonica star Sonny Boy Williamson (No1) is born in Jackson, Tennessee, USA.
Blues vocalist and harmonica player Little Willy Foster is born in Dublin, Mississippi, USA.
Amos Wells is born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He will find fame as blues harmonica master Junior Wells.
Blues harmonica player Jazz Gillum And His Jazz Boys record New "Sail On, Little Girl", Sweet Sweet Woman, Gillum's Windy Blues, Boar Hog Blues, Just Like Jesse James and Reefer Head Woman, for Bluebird Records at The Leland Hotel, Aurora, Illinois, USA. Guitar on this session is played by Big Bill Broonzy.
Robert Lee McCoy (better known as Robert Nighthawk) records Gonna Keep It For My Daddy, Never Leave Me and other tracks for Decca Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His accompanists include Sonny Boy Williamson 1st on harmonica.
Blues guitarist and harmonica player Frank Edwards records We Got To Get Together for OKeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Best-Selling record of 1947 according to the year-end poll in Cashbox Magazine in the USA is Peg O'My Heart by The Harmonicats.
The Nat King Cole Trio perform Mona Lisa on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show [aka Toast Of The Town] in New York City, USA. This is the first of thirteen appearances on the show by Nat King Cole.
A new radio series Crazy People, begins on the BBC Home Srevice in the UK, featuring the comedy talents of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe plus The Ray Ellington Quartet, Max Geldray and The Stargazers. The show will later be re-named The Goon Show, and many of the songs specially written for the show (The Ying Tong Song, I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas etc) will become comedy classics.
Blues harmonica virtuoso Norton Buffalo is born in Oakland, California, USA. He will play with - among many others - The Steve Miller Band for 33 years.
Larry Adler, billed as 'The World's Greatest Harmonica Virtuoso' plays at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player Darrel Nulisch is born in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Joe Hill Louis records Keep Your Arms Around Me, She May Be Yours, Got A New Woman and I'm A Poor Boy for Sun Records at Memphis Recording Service, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Little Richard's audition tape arrives at Specialty Records, Hollywood, California, USA, where it is heard by A + R man Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell.
Decca Records in the USA announce sales of more than three million records for Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets in the thirteen months since he signed to the label.
Blues harmonica star Little Walter Jacobs records Mean Old Frisco in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records, with Willie Dixon on bass and Otis Spann on piano.
Buster Brown plays at Jack's Place, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Brown's backing group is The Straightjackets, including harmonica player >Delbert McClinton, who will find greater success after a name change to The Rondels (aka The Ron-Dels).
Sam Cooke, Ben E. King, The Olympics, Carla Thomas, Ernie K. Doe, The Sheppards and Slim Harpo are playing during a week of shows at The Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
When Bob Dylan makes his first concert hall appearance, promoted by Izzy Young, at Carnegie Chapter Hall, New York City, USA, most of the 52-strong audience are his friends.
Hop Wilson And His Buddies record I Done Got Over for Ivory Records in Houston, Texas, USA.
Red Sovine, with Chet Atkins as producer, records the Cajun Queen and Big Dreams in RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Players on the session include Ray Edenton and Hank Garland [gtrs], Henry Strzelecki [bass], Buddy Harman [drums], Charlie McCoy [harmonica], Floyd Cramer [piano] and The Jordanaires (backing vocals). Cajun Queen is an answer song to the recent hit Big Bad John.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated plays its regular Thursday night residency at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated plays its regular Thursday night residency at The Marquee, London, UK.
Delta blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player J.D. Short dies of a heart attack, aged 60, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
5-4-3-2-1 by Manfred Mann enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No4 during a nine week run.
Manfred Mann and Brian Poole And The Tremeloes appear on UK radio show Music In The Air.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK.
Little Walter plays at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK, supported by Long John Baldry.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK.
Blues star Buddy Guy appears on UK tv show Ready, Steady, Go!. He also plays at The Fender Club, Harrow, London, UK, supported by aspiring vocalist Rod Stewart and The Soul Agents.
On the same day that he achieves his second UK singles chart entry with Colours, Donovan stars on a new BBC Radio show, Folk Room, in London, England, UK.
The Hideaways play a lunchtime gig at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
Manfred Mann records Stay Around at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Hal Willis records North To Alaska, Jack The Lumberjack and Winding Wanabago Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Players on the session include guitarists Grady Martin and Harold Bradley, bassist Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Hargus Robbins, harmonica player Charlie McCoy, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra and The Jordanaires.
The First New York Blues Project, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Hammond Jr. and The Little John Trio play during a week of shows at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich, Village, New York City, USA.
The Lovin' Spoonful release a new single, Summer In The City, for Kama Sutra records in New York City, USA. The song Tales Of Brave Ulysses by Cream on their 1967 LP Disraeli Gears will be inspired by the chord sequence of Summer In The City.
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John Mayall's Bluesbreakers release a new EP, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers With Paul Butterfield, in the UK on Decca Records.
Diana Ross and The Supremes headline the First Annual Motown Sales Convention at The Roostertail nightclub, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Other acts appearing include Stevie Wonder, The Spinners and Gladys Knight And The Pips.
Floyd 'Salty' Holmes, guitar, harmonica and jug player of pioneering country music recording artists The Kentucky Ramblers aka The Prairie Ramblers, dies.
When Victoria Spivey and Muddy Waters play at The Bottom Line, Greenwich Village, New York City, Bob Dylan unexpectedly joins them to play harmonica on several songs.
In the early hours of the morning, the final concert by The Band, comes to an end at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California, USA. Guest performers at the show have included Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles and Neil Young. The entire event is filmed by Martin Scorsese and will be released as the movie The Last Waltz, in cinemas worldwide.
Stevie Wonder plays in his fifth annual Stevie Wonder House Full of Toys benefit show at the E2 nightclub in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Pierce The Veil play at The Bottom Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Buddy Guy, Jimmy Burns and Harmonica Hinds play at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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