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Billboard magazine's Top 10 Singles in the USA for the week beginning on this date are as follows :



1. I'll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers

2. Blueberry Hill - Glenn Miller and Ray Eberle

3. I'm Nobody's Baby - Judy Garland

4. Maybe - The Ink Spots

5. Only Forever - Bing Crosby

6. Sierra Sue - Bing Crosby

7. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano - The Ink Spots

8. Trade Winds - Bing Crosby

9. Beat Me Daddy (Eight To The Bar) - Will Bradley And Ray McKinley

10. The Nearness Of You - Glenn Miller And Ray Eberle

Alex Ford, aka Aleck 'Rice' Miller, aka Sonny Boy Williamson II marries Mattie Gordon, who will remain his wife until he dies. The marriage takes place a little over a year after the death of the original Sonny Boy Williamson, but the wedding certificate shows Ford's name as Sonny Boy Williamson.
The Los Angeles Examiner and the Los Angeles Times report that, after a several Los Angeles ministers complained to authorities about widespread bigamy in connection with Nevada divorces, the Nevada Bar Association has agreed to hear a complaint that Frank Sinatra perjured himself to obtain his divorce. Las Vegas attorney William G. Ruymann filed the charge, noting that Sinatra swore under oath on November 1 (when his divorce from Nancy was finalised) that he was a resident of Nevada and the next day, on his Pennsylvania marriage license application, claimed to be a resident of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Edith Piaf marries Jacques Pills at the Mairie, 16th arrondissement, Paris, France.
Maybelline by Chuck Berry peaks at No5 on the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. On the same day, I Hear You Knockin' by Smiley Lewis enters the Billboard R'n'B singles chart. Meanwhile, over in London, rock'n'roll fan Sidney Turner is fined £3 10s for "creating an abominable noise" by blasting out Bill Haley's Shake Rattle And Roll, much to the annoyance of his neighbours, for two and a half hours during an otherwise quiet afternoon.
Four policemen are injured when 500 youths riot during a concert by Bill Haley and His Comets at the Sports Palace, Berlin, Germany.
It is reported that Liberty Records in New York City, USA, has signed Johnnie Ray to an exclusive recording contract
Bo Diddley plays the first of two nights at The Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA. The live album Bo Diddley's Beach Party is recorded during these shows, despite the shows being broken up by local police because black members of Bo's band are seen to be dancing with white teenagers.
Connie Smith signs a recording contract (offered to her by Chet Atkins) with RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Deejay Tony Blackburn makes his debut on the UK pirate station Radio Caroline, moored off Felixstowe, England.
Two members of Country Joe And The Fish's touring band, Mark Ryan and Charles Loring IV, are arrested for possession of marijuana before a show at Franklin Pierce College Field House, Rindge, New Hampshire, USA. Country Joe, Barry Melton and Bill Belmont are charged with being in the vicinity of the others.
John Lennon of The Beatles marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar (near Spain), Europe. Their marriage and the events surrounding it will inspire Lennon to write the song The Ballad Of John And Yoko for The Beatles.
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Rockabilly vocalist Wanda Jackson records Consider The Lilies, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, and other tracks, in the USA.
Having been diagnosed schizophrenic, Roky Erikson, acid-fried leader of Texan psychedelic rock band The 13th Floor Elevators, is committed to the Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Rusk, Texas, USA. He will remain there for three years.
Pink Floyd play the last of five nights at the Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA. Over the five days of show, 511 dope smokers have been arrested by over-zealous LAPD officers.
The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, England, UK, is arrested for displaying the LP Never Mind The Bollocks by The Sex Pistols.
Iron Maiden's van with all of their equipment, is stolen in London, UK.
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The Police play in the Obras Sanitarias, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
The Police begin their Synchronicty tour with the first of two nights at The Nippon Budokan, Toikyo, Japan.
Boney M producer Frank Farian invites breakdancers Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan to his Frankfurt, Germany, studio. They sign a contract, which will result in the creation of a carefully manufactured pop duo - Milli Vanilli.
It is reported that Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays has been found not guilty of cocaine possession by the High Court in Jersey.
Charles Freeman, owner of the E-C Records store in Florida, USA, is jailed for selling the album As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew, which had recently been declared obscene.
Suede enter the UK singles chart with We Are The Pigs, which will peak at No18 during a three-week run.
Police officers in Macon, Georgia, USA, are called out to the home of Ronnie Hammond, lead singer for the southern rock band The Atlanta Rhythm Section. Hammond is threatening to commit suicide and is evidently suffering an emotional breakdown following a broken relationship.
Claiming that his right to free speech has been trampled, rapper Dr. Dre begins $25m worth of legal actions against the City Of Detroit, Michigan, USA, two police officers and the town mayor's secretary. Dre's action relates to a ban on him showing an eight-minute video during his concert at the city's Joe Louis Arena.
Michael Jackson's lawyer Mark Geragos announces that he is pleased that the authorities intend to investigate Jackson's claim that he was man-handled while in police custody following his arrest in November.
Vince Gill sings When Love Finds You during the ceremony when Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts' marries Allison Alderson in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Guests include fellow band members Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney, plus comedian Cledus T. Judd.
The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA, allows the prosecution to introduce previous allegations against Jackson as evidence, even though the singer was never charged with a crime.
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George Clinton wins a court case in which he was seeking rights to the master recordings of four Funkadelic albums - Hardcore Jollies, One Nation Under A Groove, Uncle Jam Wants You and The Electric Spanking of War Barbie.
Jury deliberations in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA, continue into a fourth day.
53-year old Mark McLeod is arrested for stalking by police after he is spotted loitering around the set of Miley Cyrus's new movie The Last Song in Georgia, USA.
Former teen pop idol Leif Garrett is arrested at the Metrolink railway station in downtown Los Angeles, California, USA, having been found in possession of heroin.
Miami Police Department removes anti-gang posters from its website after a blog entry by the Miami News Times points out that not just one but two of the supposed gangsters in the poster are very obviously modelled on music mogul Jay-Z.
Jon Bon Jovi and Jimmy Buffett attend the Police Foundation gala in New York City, USA.
Sir Paul McCartney marries American heiress Nancy Shevell at Marylebone Register Office in London, England, UK. The wedding is attended by thirty guests including Ringo Starr.
Tribes release their debut album, Baby, in the UK.
Whitney Houston is found dead, aged 48, in the bath in a room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. LAPD says that there are no suspicious circumstances.
Police find a veritable arsenal of weapons, including an AK-47, a TEC-9 automatic handgun, a sawed-off shotgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, tactical vests and a laser scope inside the gated mansion owned by Randall Cutler, former lawyer for 50 Cent and Eminem, in Bronxville, New York, USA. Randall is arrested.
Police in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, release a statement saying that recently deceased rapper Chris Kelly of the '90s group Kris Kross died from an overdose of cocaine and heroin.
Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos is arrested on suspicion of acting as a go-between in a drugs deal, involving the handover of
When Tina Turner marries her partner of 27 years, Erwin Bach, on her estate at Lake Zurich, Switzerland, Europe, papparazzi photographer Claudio Meier launches an airborne drone camera in hopes of filming the event, but the attempt is foiled by police. Guests at the wedding include Oprah Winfrey and Bryan Adams.
When Chuck Berry plays at Finlandia-talo, Helsinki, Finland, Europe, his performance is well-below his usual standard because the octogenarian rocker is suffering from a bad cold. He takes the trouble to apologise to the crowd for his singing. The show's promoter will end up regretting having booked Berry when, two years later, he is made to refund 50% of the ticket sales by Finland's Consumer Disputes Board for putting on a concert at which an artist's performance was well below what the audience reasonably expected.
It is reported that Australian biosecurity officers have been directed to inspect imported copies Prism, the fourth studio album by Katy Perry, because the deluxe version of the album includes a small packet of seeds. A departmental offical explains, "Seeds or plant material of international origin may be a weed not present in Australia or the host of a plant pathogen of biosecurity concern."
A group of Iranian youths who posted a video of themselves dancing to the Pharrell Williams hit Happy are arrested by Iranian police.
Nontra Records, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, voluntarily drops its $150,000 copyright infringement lawsuit against Jamie Foxx, over alleged misuse of a J Rand track on the new Foxx single Party Ain't A Party. The case is dismissed.
On the first night of U2's Innocence And Experience tour, guitarist The Edge mis-judges location of, er, the edge of the stage in Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and tumbles into the pit. He escapes with only minor injuries to his arm.
On their Innocence And Experience tour, U2 cancel tonight's gig at Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, after a man claiming to be an off-duty police officer is discovered carrying a gun in the venue.
Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys and his friend Michael Papayans are arrested by police outside the Hogs Breath Saloon in Key West, Florida, USA, following an alleged confrontation between the men and the saloon's security guards.
Madonna loses a legal custody battle in the State Supreme Court, New York City, USA, with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie over which of the pair should look after their son Rocco. It is decided that the boy should continue to live with his father in London, England, UK, Europe. Shortly afterwards, Madonna posts an image of herself in a black hoodie, with an image of a crown over her head and the word "bitch" scrawled across her front, on social media outlets. This is interpreted as a 'defiant' response to the court decision.
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