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Blues/jazz singer and guitarist Floyd McDaniel is born in Athens, Alabama, USA. He will find enduring success as part of the Chicago blues scene, notably as guitarist for The Four Blazes, aka The Three Blazes and The Five Blazes.
It is reported that guitarist T-Bone Walker has quit the major label, Capitol Records, and signed a new contract with the independent Imperial Records in the USA.
Chicago, Illinois-based indie producer Phil Bonnet is born. In a lengthy career, he will work with Smoking Popes, The Slugs, Fig Dish, Eleventh Dream Day, New Duncan Imperials and others.
The Beach Boys and Lesley Gore play in a live concert at NBC Television Studios, Burbank, Los Angeles, California, USA. The show is broadcast as a closed circuit television transmission to cinemas across the USA to an audience estimated at over 500,000 people. The Beatles first American concert, in Washington DC a month earlier, is also transmitted as part of the broadcast.
The Nashville Teens, The Kingpins and The Iveys play at The Ritz Entertainments Club, Skewen, South Wales, UK. The Iveys will find greater success after changing their name to Badfinger.
Sam Gopal Dream play at The El bow Room, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
When Pink Floyd play at Mother's Club, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe, the show is recorded for use on their forthcoming album Ummagumma. Deejay for the night is John Peel.
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John Fahey plays at Mother's, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. DJ for the evening is John Peel.
Bob Hall and George Green record their live album, Jammin' The Boogie, at the Arts Centre in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, with Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones on drums.
Devont Hynes is born in Houston, Texas, USA. He will move to the UK and find success as composer, songwriter and producer Lightspeed Champion.
On their Urban Jungle tour, The Rolling Stones play at Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria, Europe.
The Pixies play a live show in Milan, Italy, Europe.
The Pixies play a live set in Mc Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands, Europe, for VPRO Radio 3. The recordings will be released as a limited edition EP, Tromple Le Monde, in Belgium only.
The Jesus And Mary Chain release a new album, Honey's Dead, on Blanco Y Negro records in the UK.
Fugazi play at Irving Plaza, New York City, USA.
The album 1999 by Prince is certified for achieving four million sales by The R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Dr Harold Fredrick Shipman, one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history over 250 murders being positively ascribed to him, hangs himself while serving multiple life sentences in Wakefield Prison, West Yorkshire, UK. Songs inspired by Shipman will include What About Us' [2005] by The Fall and the utterly bizarre The True Story Of Harold Shipman [2007] by convicted paedophile Jonathan King, which attempted to invoke sympathy for Shipman on the basis that he was a victim of the media.
Canadian indie band Wintersleep release an untitled LP on Dependent Music.
A surprise party is thrown to celebrate the 40th birthday of Frank Black of Pixies fame, at the El Cid restaurant, Los Angeles, California, USA. Guests include Billy Corgan, Jack Black and P.J.Harvey.
Joanna Newsom plays at The Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Elbow release a new single, Forget Myself, in the UK.
Having been recently diagnosed with enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma, Swindon-born Steven Wells dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, aged 49. Under the name Seething Wells he had been a ranting punk-era poet, often playing as a support act to northern English punk bands, including The Fall, The Mekons and Gang Of Four, along with fellow ranters Attila The Stockbroker, Swift Nick and Porky The Poet. He also carved out a career as an acclaimed writer for the NME [New Musical Express].
U2's 360 tour plays at the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe, supported by Elbow and The Hours.
Joanna Newsom plays at The Town Hall, New York City, USA.
An All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) festival curated by The Simpsons' creator Matt Groening, begins at Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset, UK. The three-day event features 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.
Phosphorescent release a new album, Here's To Taking It Easy, in the UK.
Arcade Fire play a 'secret' show at Hackney Empire, London, England, UK.
The Marin Independent Journal reports that Steven Wiig of Sausalito, California, USA, who worked as a personal assistant to Lars Ulrich, drummer of Metallica, has filed a lawsuit claiming for years of unpaid overtime.
Kodaline release a new single, High Hopes, as a digital download. It will reach number one on the Irish Singles Chart.
Reflektor by Arcade Fire enters the Official UK Albums Chart at No1.
White Lies play the first of two nights at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, UK.
The 1975 play at The Music Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Cibo Matto play at Slim's, San Francisco, California, USA.
Warpaint play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The 7th annual Record Store Day is celebrated in independent record stores around the world, with artists making special appearances and issuing special vinyl and CD releases to encourage people to support local record shops. This year, Haim, Kings of Leon and Bombay Bicycle Club are among the artists taking part, and One Direction release a special version of their single Midnight Memories.
Arctic Monkeys release their second LP, Favourite Worst Nightmare, in the USA, Canada and Israel.
Get Well Soon play at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Pixies headline the second night of The Field Day Festival in Victoria Park, London, UK. Also performing are The Horrors, Temples and Pond.
The Avett Brothers play at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA, supported by Lucero.
Hundred Waters play at The Independent, San Francisco, California, USA.
During their AM Tour, Arctic Monkeys play at Personal Fest, Estadio G.E.B.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
Joanna Newsom plays at The Osaka Club, Osaka, Japan, Oceania.
Bon Iver play at Wanderland Music And Arts Festival, Manila, The Philippines, Asia.
Bon Iver play at Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California, USA, with Julianna Barwick.
Dino Jag releases a new EP, Breakthrough, on Independent Records.
The xx reach No1 in the Official Albums Chart in the UK with their third album I See You.
Bon Iver play the first of two nights at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, England, UK.
Cabbage, The Shimmer Band and April play at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
The Weeknd, The xx, Phoenix, Royal Blood and others play on the first night of the three-day long NOS Alive Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, Europe.