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Alonzo Johnson is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find fame as urban blues and jazz guitarist Lonnie Johnson, credited with being the first musician to play a guitar solo note for note with a pick, which subsequently became an integral element in blues and rock. Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian, T-Bone Walker and B.B. King are all said to have been influenced by Johnson's style.
Charles Isiah Ross is born in Tunica, Mississippi, USA. He will grow up to record for Sun Records and others as a harmonica player under the name Dr Ross.
Furry Lewis records I Will Turn Your Money Green, Judge Harsh Blues and other tracks in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, for Victor Records. The first of those two songs includes the line "I been down so long, it seem like up to me" which, in 1966, will be adapted by Richard Farina as the title of his book Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me. Then, in 1971, Jim Morrison of The Doors will record the song Been Down So Long on the album L.A. Woman, which borrows the 1966 Farina version of Furry Lewis's 1928 lyric as its opening line.
Grady Martin, is born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, USA. He will find international acclaim as a guitarist in the Nashville, Tennessee, USA, session crew known as The A Team. In a long and distinguished career, he will play with Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley, Merle Travis and Willie Nelson. Martin's guitar is heard prominently on hits including El Paso and Oh, Pretty Woman.
Elvis Presley makes his public debut as a singer by winning second prize at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair And Dairy Show in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, with his rendition of Old Shep. Mrs Oleta Bean Grimes, a teacher at Lawhon Grammar School, recommends young Presley's singing to principal J.D.Cole.
Jazz-blues-hump group The Memphis Seven record Grunt Meat Blues for Columbia Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Wild Bill Davison Sextet records At The Jazz Band Ball, Memphis Blues, Beale Street Blues, Sweet Georgia Brown, Struttin' With Some Barbecue, S'Wonderful and other tracks for Savoy/Regent Records at Storyville, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Fiddler Will Batts, who found fame as co-leader of The Memphis Jug Band, dies in the USA.
Elvis Presley begins filming his next movie, Blue Hawaii, at locations in Hawaii, USA, including Waikiki Beach and the Honolulu Police Department jail.
Location filming for the next Elvis Presley film, Blue Hawaii, continues in Hawaii, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with location filming for his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Crystal River, Florida, USA.
Elvis Presley continues filming studio-based scenes for his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley continues filming studio-based scenes for his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Murray The K's Boss Holiday Show, with Jackie Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Belmonts, The Chantels, Tony Orlando and others, plays the thirteenth day of two weeks at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Jerry Kennedy's Dancing Guitars (including Boots Randolph on sax) record His Latest Flame, Little Sister, Heartbreak Hotel and other Elvis Presley covers at Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
LaVern Baker, The Mar-Keys, The Halos, Little Caesar And The Romans, The Sims Twins, Johnnie And Joe, Wade Flemons, Rickey Allen and The Starlets are playing during a week-long engagement at The Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ray Charles plays in The City Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The American Negro Blues Festival plays the second of two dates at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK, featuring Big Joe Williams, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Matt Murphy, Otis Spann, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson, Victoria Spivey and Muddy Waters.
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Otis Redding records Security for Volt Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Otis Redding records Come To Me for Volt Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Chuck Berry (backed by The Nashville Teens) plays at the Matrix Hall, Coventry, UK, supported by Carl Perkins (also backed by The Nashville Teens) and The Animals, Kingsize Taylor and The Dominoes, and The Swinging Blue Jeans.
Little Stevie Wonder plays at The Mocambo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
As Love Me Do by The Beatles hits No1 in the USA, fifties rocker Carl Perkins is invited to a party in London, UK.
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Elvis Presley continues filming studio-based scenes for his seventeenth movie, Girl Happy, at MGM Studios, Culver City, California, USA.
Elvis Presley continues filming studio-based scenes for his seventeenth movie, Girl Happy, at MGM Studios, Culver City, California, USA.
Elvis Presley continues filming studio-based scenes for his seventeenth movie, Girl Happy, at MGM Studios, Culver City, California, USA.
Elvis Presley records his version of the Ray Charles song What
Elvis Presley continues with filming of studio scenes for his eighteenth film, Tickle Me, at Allied Artists studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Mar-Keys release the single Banana Juice on Stax Records in the USA.
Isaac Hayes plays as an in-house keyboardist for Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, during an Otis Redding session.
Tom Jones meets Elvis Presley on the set of the movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Elvis Presley releases a new single, Spinout, in the USA on RCA Records.
Aretha Franklin and Tony Bennett are the guests on tonight's edition of The Jonathan Winters Show on CBS-tv in the USA.
Otis Redding And Carla Thomas release a new single, Lovey Dovey on Stax Records in the USA.
Elvis Presley gives power of attorney to his father, Vernon Presley, and puts him officially in charge of all of Elvis's business activities.
Elvis Presley pays $2,250 to The Thunderbird Club in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, to cover the cost of a New Year's Eve party.
James Brown announces that he is to retire from live performances following a show at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Mississippi Fred McDowell plays at The Blues Loft, High Wycombe, England, UK, Europe.
B.B. King's nineteenth studio LP, B.B.King In London, is released on Probe Records in the USA. Contributors to the album include Ringo Starr, Steve Winwood, Peter Green, Dr. John, Steve Marriott, Duster Bennett, Jerry Ragovoy and Pete Wingfield.
The collaborative album B.B. King In London, featuring contributions by Peter Green, Duster Bennett, Alexis Korner, Steve Marriott, Dr. John, Pete Wingfield, Klaus Voorman and others, is released by ABC Records in the USA.
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Jerry Lee Lewis plays at The Bachelors III Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Following a gig in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Bruce Springsteen goes to Elvis Presley's Graceland home and climbs over the wall. A guard, assuming him to be a crank fan, apprehends him.
When Jerry Lee Lewis plays live at The Ritz, New York City, USA, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards attends the show.
R'n'b vocalist and recording artist Lee Rogers dies in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Roseanne Cash is admitted to The Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, USA, for a 'rare but benign condition' called a Chiari Malformation. The operation will prove successful.
A rotten tooth extracted from the mouth of John Lennon of The Beatles in the mid-60s is sold to Canadian dentist Michael Zuk for £19,500 [$31,000] at Omega Auctions, Stockport, England, UK, Europe.
The Wailers play at The B.B. King Blues Club And Grill, New York City, USA.
Johnny Otis dies aged 90 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Johnny Otis is perhaps best-remembered for his 1958 hit song, Willie And The Hand Jive, but he also helped launch the careers of dozens of other R'n'B performers, including 'Big Mama' Thornton, Etta James, Hank Ballard, Johnny Ace and Little Richard.
B.B. King and Loretta Lynn are both honored with the Governor's Arts Award at the Tennessee Governor's Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.