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King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth wife, Anne of Cleves. Anne will inspire Rick Wakeman to compose a musical portrait of her for his 1973 concept album The Six Wives Of Henry VIII. (1540)
Peter Welin of Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, is granted Patent No. US748126A in respect of his invention of an automatic playing attachment for musical instruments.
Muzak is registered as a trademark by The North American Company, who will use it as the name for a service delivering background music to hotels, restaurants and workplaces.
Fats Waller And His Rhythm record Sweet Sue in Camden, New Jersey.
Singing cowboy Roy Rogers, formerly of The Sons Of The Pioneers, is signed to a movie contract by Republic Pictures.
Actress and popular singer Kathryn Grayson is granted a divorce from her first husband, actor John Shelton, on grounds of mental cruelty.
Savoy Records files a $100,000 legal suit in the US District Court, Newark, New Jersey, USA, alleging that Mercury Records knowingly recorded r'n'b singer Mel Walker while he was still under contract to Savoy.
PC Sidney Miles is shot dead by the sixteen year old Christopher Craig in Croydon, London, England, UK. Tragically, his slow-witted burglary accomplice, Derek Bentley, is wrongly convicted and hanged for the crime. In 1982, Ralph McTell will write the song Bentley And Craig inspired by the incident.
Elvis Presley plays the first of two nights at the Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida. Before he had even hit town, Judge Marion Gooding had prepared an arrest warrant for Presley charging him with impairing the morals of minors ' just in case Elvis swivelled his hips. On the day itself, young people at the Murray Hill Methodist Church heard Elvis denounced in a sermon entitled, "Hotrods, Reefers, and Rock and Roll." Elsewhere in Jacksonville, the Rev. Robert Gray, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, prayed for Presley's salvation after declaring that the singer had "achieved a new low in spiritual degeneracy."
According to her passport, Ella Fitzgerald returned to the USA at New York City on this date.
Roland Aphonso of The Skatalites marries his girlfriend Hermine in Jamaica.
Bob Dylan is recorded while performing Woody Guthrie songs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The recording will, in due course, surface as a bootleg entitled The Minnesota Party Tape.
In his apartment on Fourth Street, New York City, USA, after watching a tv documentary about a convicted murderer, Bob Dylan is inspired to compose the song The Ballad Of Donald White.
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Dennis and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys sign a seven year contract with Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Pirate station Radio Caroline broadcasts the UK's first sponsored radio show – an hour-long programme devoted to releases from US company Roulette Records.
Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr when The Beatles toured Australia, Oceania, is declared bankrupt in court in London, England, UK.
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When The Rolling Stones play at the Waldbuhne Halle, Berlin, Germany, Europe, police are called in to quell a fan riot. Thirty fans and six police officers are taken to hospital and fifty rows of seats are damaged.
MGM extends its existing three film contract with Elvis Presley to include four more movies at a fee of $850,000 each.
The romance between Connie Francis and lawyer Michael J. Capanegro becomes public after his black and grey Cadillac is stolen in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. Investigating police officers discover that two suitcases packed with diamonds, watches, rings and furs belong to Miss Francis.
Country singer and songwriter Faith Hill is born in Ridgeland, Mississippi, USA. She will sell over 40m records worldwide and will marry fellow country star Tim McGraw.
Vivian Cash is granted a divorce from her husband, Johnny Cash.
Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested and charged with public drunkenness, after harassing a security guard at an adult movie theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Beatles' former drummer Pete Best wins a defamation lawsuit arising from remarks Ringo Starr had made in a 1965 Playboy interview.
Bob Dylan turns up at the Other End club in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, to watch singer-songwriter David Blue perform. At the gig, Dylan meets Ronee Blakly, a talented actress/singer who had made such an impression in Robert Altman's three-hour cult classic, Nashville. Blakly joins Dylan on stage for a few duets at the end of Blue's show.
Trans World Airlines Flight TWA847 from Cairo, Africa, to San Diego, California, USA, is hijacked by members of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad shortly after take off. Among the passengers is internationally successful singing star Demis Roussos.
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Mafia-linked record company boss and nightclub owner Morris Levy dies of liver cancer in Ghent, New York Sate, USA. He was the owner of such labels as Roulette, Gee, Rama and Tico.
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Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids On The Block is charged with setting fire to a vodka-soaked hotel carpet in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He is freed on $5,000 bail pending a court appearance on 11 April.
Lloyd's of London file a lawsuit in St. Louis County Circuit Court, St Louis, Missouri, USA, against Axl Rose and his band, Guns N' Roses. The suit arises out of a concert in Riverport Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, St. Louis, a year earlier which ended in a riot. Guns N' Roses then canceled upcoming concerts in Chicago and Kansas City, citing damage to equipment in the Riverport riot. When the band tried to collect on their insurance policy covering the costs of canceled performances, Lloyd's argued that they could have performed. The newly-filed lawsuit contends that Rose and other band members ''incited the crowd to riot against authorities and security and, in the midst of the performance, left the stage after urging the crowd to destroy the stage and equipment."
R. Kelly is arrested in Polk County, Florida, USA, on child pornography charges.
In Chicago, Illinois, USA, Judge Vincent Guaghan orders R'n'B star R. Kelly, who is awaiting trial on child pornography charges, to stay away from Michael Jackson, who is facing child molestation charges, at the Grammy Awards ceremonies next month. This is regarded as odd, because Jackson is not expected to attend the Grammies.
Rapper Nas and singer Kelis are married in a low-key ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Only friends and family are in attendance.
Journalist Martin Bashir, a crucial prosecution witness in the Michael Jackson child molestation case in Santa Maria, California, USA, refuses to answer any questions while in the witness box.
Pete Doherty of Babyshambles is held overnight by police following a drugs sweep after the band's gig at The Music Hall, Shrewsbury, England, UK.
Country singer Mindy McCready testifies in court that she believes police officers who recently pulled her over did it to "give her a hard time" — not because they thought she was driving under the influence. She is in court on charges of DUI and driving on a suspended license.
Rapper DMX is arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges after attempting to barricade himself inside his home in Cave Creek, Arizona, USA.
After attending a Gay Pride march, George Michael is arrested when he loses control of his Range Rover and crashes into the door of photo store Snappy Snaps in Hampsted, London, England, UK.
Retired fire-fighter Robert Linhart is arrested after playing loud music out of his car outside Madonna's apartment in Upper West Side, New York City, USA. He is charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at Estadio Nacional De Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica, Caribbean.
Sinead O'Connor marries [for the fourth time] in the back of a pink Cadillac in a drive-thru ceremony in A Little White Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Her husband is Barry Herridge, who she met after writing on her blog about her need to find a husband.
A judge in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, erases a felony cocaine charge from Bruno Mars' record because the singer has completed 230 hours of community service, paid a $2,000 fine and completed eight hours of drug counseling.
Rapper Ja Rule is released from Ray Brook Federal Prison in New York State, USA, after having served nearly two years on gun and tax evasion charges. He will, however, remain under house arrest until 28 July.
British hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks release a new single, Lost Generation, in the UK.
A jury is chosen in the Manhattan Federal Court case to decide if the rapper Lil’ Kim lied to a federal grand jury investigating a 2001 shoot-out outside a Manhattan radio station.
Paul Weller puts a post on his website stating that he will not be involved in future Record Store Days because his recent limited edition Record Store Day vinyl single, Flame Out, was immediately auctioned for high prices on eBay.
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Police in Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA, announce that they have charged a young man, Sean Murphy, with raping a girl on the lawn in front of the Xfinity Center four days earlier during a concert by country-rocker Keith Urban. During the same concert, there were also reportedly 46 medical incidents, 50 people taken into protective custody and numerous fans arrested on alcohol charges.
When rapper Wiz Khalifa fails to appear in court in El Paso, Texas, USA, to answer drug charges, a warrant is issued for his arrest.
Brooklyn prosecutors announce that Noel Muir, a general contractor from Uniondale, New York State, USA, has been charged with swindling famed jazz pianist Cecil Taylor out of nearly a half-million dollars from the 2013 Kyoto Prize, won by Taylor.
Benji Madden of Good Charlotte marries actress Cameron Diaz after having been engaged for seventeen days and acquainted for seven months.
Country music star Scotty McCreery receives a misdemeanor violation for attempting to carry a loaded gun - a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun - through airport security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, North Carolina, USA.
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