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Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni is born in Rock Falls, Illinois, USA. He will find success as jazz drummer, composer, arranger, bandleader and educator Louie Bellson, working with Duke Ellington and also running his own band.
Richard M. Jones' Jazz Wizards record African Hunch in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Little Brother Montgomery records Crescent City Blues and Shreveport Farewell for Bluebird Records in The St. Charles Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The instrumental Crescent City Blues will have lyrics added by Gordon Jenkins (and sung by Beverly Maher) in 1953. This version will inspire Johnny Cash to write his almost identical hit Folsom Prison Blues in 1955. In the early 1970s, Cash will pay Jenkins a compensation settlement of approximately $75,000.
Country music pioneer Uncle Dave Macon dies in hospital, aged 81, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA.
Drummer Carl Allen, who will work with Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, George Coleman, Art Farmer, and Benny Green, is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
The Beatles play the last of their 72 performances at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
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The Donald Byrd Quintet, with Herbie Hancock on keyboards, records Hush, I'm A Fool To Want You and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Pat Boone records Then I'll Hold Tomorrow, Til The End Of Time, Paper Doll and That Old Black Magic in Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. The band on the session features (Billy Vaughn [leader], Bobby Gibbons and Bill Pitman [gtrs], Larry Breen [bass], Nick Fatool [drums], Ernie Hughes [piano] and Maury Ellenhorn [organ].
Time magazine runs a brief item about folk singer Joan Baez, declaring. "The most gifted of the newcomers is New York-born Joan Baez, 21, who has sold more records than any other girl folk singer in history, and who last week had two albums perched high on the pop charts. Songstress Baez boasts a pure, purling soprano voice, an impeccable sense of dynamics and phrasing, and an uncanny ability to dream her way into the emotional heart of a song.".
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In Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, aspiring young guitarist Jimmy Hendrix, later to become Jimi Hendrix, sends a card home to his father.
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Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and saxophonist Jimmy Heath play at The Famous Ballroom, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The show is recorded and will be released as the album Jam Gems - Live At The Left Bank.
Doris Troy releases a new single, Heartaches, on Atlantic Records in the UK.
Jan And Dean appear on tv show The Celebrity Game in the USA.
Avis Connor, the mother of Gram Parsons, dies of cirrhosis of the liver caused by heavy drinking, on the day of her son's graduation from Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Dusty Springfield records Doodlin' and If It Don't Work Out in Philips Studios, Stanhope Place, London, England, UK, for Philips Records.
Frank Sinatra, Joey Heatherton and Diahann Carroll are the guests on tonight's edition of the Dean Martin Sow, recorded in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jimi Hendrix spends much of the day doing foreign press interviews in London, UK.
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Moby Grape record Motorcycle Irene in New York City, USA, for their Columbia Records album Wow!
Howlin' Wolf and Hubert Sumlin record Worried About My Baby, What A Woman, Built For Comfort, Who's Been Talking, The Red Rooster and Killing Floor, during sessions at Olympic Studios, London, UK, which will result in the album The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions. Backing musicians on this session include Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.
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Machine Head, the sixth album by Deep Purple, reaches No1 in the Canadian albums chart.
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Paul McCartney and Wings fly to Lagos, Nigeria, Africa, to begin recording the album Band On the Run at the local EMI studio.
Siren, the fifth LP by Roxy Music enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No4.
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London's first full-time punk venue, The Roxy, opens in Neal St, Covent Garden, London, England, UK. The Clash play at the opening.
Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, vocalist and bandleader Del Porter, dies aged 75 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He found fame working with Glenn Miller, and recorded with Bing Crosby, Dick Powell, Red Nichols and Spike Jones, as well as fronting his own band.
Rolling Stone magazine reports that Fleetwood Mac are negotiating to play three concerts in Moscow, Russia, during July.
Sweet Talkin' Woman by the Electric Light Orchestra (aka ELO) peaks at No17 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA.
Kree Annette Harrison is born in Port Arthur, Texas, USA. She will come to prominence as a singer and musician Kree Harrison - the runner-up on the twelfth season of American Idol.
Untouchable by Above The Law reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot Rap Songs Chart in the USA.
Make It Big by Wham! is certified as a five-times platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Tevin Campbell releases a new single, Round And Round, in the USA. The track is produced and written by Prince
Prince performs Gett Off at the eighth annual MTV Video Music Awards, held at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Brooks And Dunn are awarded their first gold album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA, for their debut, Brand New Man.
The Verve release a new single, Bittersweet Symphony, in the UK. The use of a sample from a track by Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham will involve them in a costly battle with rock entrepreneur Allen Klein.
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Goldie Hill, one of the first female country music performers and recording artists, dies aged 72, in The Baptist Hospital, Nashville, Tennesse, USA, from complications of cancer.
Canadian-born composer, conductor, musical arranger and trumpet player Robert Farnon dies aged 87 at a hospice near his home in Guernsey, UK. As well as composing original works (often in the light music genre, but also for film and television), Farnon was recognised as one of the finest arrangers of his generation, in which capacity he worked with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and many others.
Dave Matthews is awarded an honorary degree at Haverford College, Pennsylvania, USA, in recognition of his humanitarian and environmentalist works.
Marc Cohn, best-known for his hit Walking In Memphis, is shot in the head by a car-jacking suspect fleeing from the police in Denver, Colorado, USA. Fortunately, the injury is minor and Cohn is detained only briefly in hospital. Cohn is in Denver for a concert with Suzanne Vega but the rest of his apperances on her tour have to be cancelled.
Lady Antebellum release the album Need You Now on Capitol Records in the USA.
Alphabeat release a new album, The Beat Is..., in the UK.
Country-rock trio Lady Antebellum release their second studio album, Need You Now, in Japan.
The Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010, organised by Eric Clapton, takes place at Toyota Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. As well as Clapton, the day-long musical celebration features The Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, ZZ Top and more.
Snoop Dogg spends much of the day in a UK recording studio with Gorillaz mainman Damon Albarn making a track for his next album.
Robyn releases a new single, Call Your Girlfriend, on Warner Music International in Germany, Europe.
The Larmer Tree Festival continues at Larmer Tree Gardens, Cranbourne Chase, Wiltshire, UK. Artists appearing on this, the third of five days, include Toots And The Maytals, The Oysterband, Shooglenifty, The Mandibles and Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald.
The Mountain Goats release their thirteenth album, All Eternals Deck, on Merge Records in the USA.
Amnesty International makes 76 newly recorded covers of Bob Dylan songs available for streaming for a 24-hour period to anybody who 'likes' the human rights organization on Facebook.
Tom Jones releases a new single, the Leonard Cohen composition Tower Of Song, on Island Records.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds release their second studio LP, Chasing Yesterday, on Sour Mash Records in Canada and the USA.
Sarah Darling releases a new LP, Dream Country, on Be Darling Records.
While promoting her new album, Witness, Katy Perry acknowledges, in an interview with activist DeRay McKesson on his podcast Pod Save the People, that she has in the past been guilty of acts of cultural mis-appropriation.