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The stage play R.U.R. [Rossum's Universal Robots], written by Karel Capek, has its first performance, a production by the amateur theatrical society Klicpera in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, Europe. The play is memorable mostly because it marks the first time the word robot is ever used, having been coined by Capek's brother Josef. The word catches on and will inspire others writers, film-makers and song-writers. Memorable songs inspired by robots include Robot Man by Connie Francis [1960], The Robots by Kraftwerk [1978], Are Friends Electric by Gary Numan[1979].
Ray Noble And His Orchestra record Harlem Nocturne for Columbia Records in the USA. Theirs is the first recorded version of the song, which will become a jazz standard.
Peter Zinovieff is born in London, UK. As a pioneer of electronic music, he will found and head Electronic Music Studios [EMS] whose VCS and Synthi A synthesisers will be used by musicians including Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, David Bowie and White Noise.
The Kings Of Surf Music, The Beach Boys record I Get Around at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA. Intriguingly, I Get Around will give the quintet their first Top Ten hit in the UK where surf culture is virtually unheard of but, even more bizzarely, their fascination with cars and driving will inspire Kraftwerk in 1974 to create the first bona fide electronic rock hit, Autobahn, as a German equivalent of Beach Boys pop.
Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter, The Keef Hartley Band, Hardin And York, Marsha Hunt, Little Free Rock, Renaissance, Krokodil, Brainbox, Bobbey's Children, Organisation and Kraftwerk play on the second day of the Pop And Blues Festival in The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, Europe.
The second day of the Pop And Blues Festival in The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, features Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter, The Keef Hartley Band, Hardin And York, Marsha Hunt, Little Free Rock, Renaissance, Krokodil, Brainbox, Bobbey's Children, Organisation and Kraftwerk.
Organisation, a group including two future members of Kraftwerk, Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider, plays at the Pop And Blues Festival in the Grugahalle, Essen, Germany.
Electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play at at Gondel Kino, Bremen, Germany. The group, at this point, includes Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger in its line-up, both of whom will carry on into solo careers.
Kraftwerk play at at Gondel Kino, Bremen, Germany. The group, at this point, includes Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger in its line-up.
Kraftwerk complete recording of the album Kraftwerk 2 at Star Musik Studio, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Comet Kohoutek, sometimes called The Comet Of The Century, is first sighted by Czech astronomer Lobos Kohoutek. It will capture the public imagination and inspire such songs as Kometenmelodie [1973] by Kraftwerk, The Tail Of The Comet Kohoutek [1974] by Burl Ives and Kohoutek [1985] by R.E.M.. It is also thought likely that the Paul Simon song St. Judy's Comet is also about the appearance of Kohoutek.
Kraftwerk release their fourth LP, Autobahn, on Philips/Vertigo Records in Europe.
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Elton John releases a new single, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, in the UK. On the same day, Kraftwerk play at The Roundhouse, London, supported by Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Kraftwerk release their sixth album, Trans-Europe Express.
The Clash release their eponymous debut album in the UK on the same day that Kraftwerk release their sixth album, Trans-Europe Express.
Autobahn by Kraftwerk enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA.
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The world's first luminous vinyl single, Neon Lights, is released by Kraftwerk in the UK.
Kraftwerk play at Teatro Tivoli, Bologna, Italy, Europe.
Kraftwerk play in the Apollo, Manchester, UK.
Kraftwerk play in the Apollo, Manchester, England, UK.
Kraftwerk play in the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
Drummer Steve Adler files suit in Los Angeles, California, against his former band, Guns N' Roses. He claims that band members pressured him to use heroin and then dropped him after he entered a rehabilitation program. On the same day, German electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play the first of two rare London dates at Brixton Academy.
German electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play the first of two rare London, UK, dates at Brixton Academy.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
During their The Mix tour, Kraftwerk play at The Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Kraftwerk play at the Kurhall Oberlaa, Vienna, Austria.
Kraftwerk play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Radiohead begin a South American tour with a gig in Mexico City, supported by Kraftwerk.
Radiohead and Kraftwerk play at Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Kraftwerk headline the second day of the Bestival at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, UK.
Kraftwerk begin an eight-night '3D' residency at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA. Each night of the residency features a different Kraftwerk album played in its entirety, accompanied by a '3D visualization' of the record. This, the first night, features their 1974 breakthrough album Autobahn.
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German electronic rock pioneers Kraftwerk play at The Tate Modern, Camberwell, London, UK.
Kraftwerk play at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kraftwerk play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Kraftwerk play at Pohoda 2014, Letisko, Trencin, Slovakia, Europe.
Kraftwerk play the second of two nights at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Kraftwerk play at The Waterfront Hall, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The New Theatre, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The City Hall, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play the first of three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play the second of three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play the last of three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
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