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Mississippi

A slave since birth, Harriet Tubman escapes slavery for the first time from a plantation in Poplar Neck, Caroline County, Maryland, USA. She will be recaptured but will escape again making use of a secret network known as The Underground Railroad or The Freedom Train, which helped slaves escape to the Northern states. Harriet Tubman would make over 19 trips back South to help others escape and her 1987 biography was titled Freedom Train. The hope and succour provided by the Underground Railway will inspire the musical Freedom Train, and numerous songs, including The Ballad Of The Underground Railroad, by Charles L. Blockson, best-known in a version peformed by the actor Danny Glover. The metaphor of the Freedom Train will also be widely adapted and adopted during in the civil rights stuggle of the 1960s, in such songs as People Get Ready [1965] by Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions and Freedom Train [1969] by James Carr. There is also a compilation LP, Steal Away : Songs of the Underground Railroad by Kim and Reggie Harris.
Walter Vincson [also known as Walter Vinson, Walter Vincent and Walter Jacobs] is born in Bolton, Mississippi, USA. He is best-remembered as guitarist of the black country-blues string band The Mississippi Sheiks.
Delta blues singer and guitarist Jack Owens is born in Bentonia, Mississippi, USA.
Hillbilly and honky-tonk singer, bandleader and recording artist Jimmy Swan is born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Joe Willie Wilkins is born in Davenport, Coahoma County, Mississippi, USA. He will achieve success as a blues guitarist singer and songwriter after moving to Memphis, Tennessee. No less an authority than Muddy Waters has described Wilkins as "stone great. For blues, like I say, he's the best."
James Crawford records Flood And Thunder Blues for Gennett Records in New York City, USA. The song is inspired by the 1927 floods along the Mississippi River.
Risque country blues singer and guitarist Bo Carter, who is also a member of The Mississippi Sheiks, records West Jackson Blues for OKeh Records in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
James Johnson is born in Darling, Mississippi, USA. He will achieve success as blues guitarist and recording artist Super Chikan.
Elvis Presley's debut single, Blue Moon Of Kentucky, enters the regional singles chart in Richmond, Virginia, USA, at No4.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, Jailhouse Rock on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Having run for 24 years on radio and nine years on tv, the final installment of the Saturday night musical countdown show Your Hit Parade airs on NBC in the USA. The final Top Five are 1. The Fleetwoods - Come Softly To Me; 2. Dodie Stevens - Pink Shoe Laces; 3. Ricky Nelson - Never Be Anyone Else But You; 4. Brook Benton - It's Just A Matter Of Time; 5. Elvis Presley - I Need Your Love Tonight.
Jerry Butler performs Find Another Girl on tv show American Bandstand in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in Napolean, Ohio, USA.
Location filming for the next Elvis Presley film, Blue Hawaii, continues in Hawaii, USA.
Location filming for the next Elvis Presley film, Blue Hawaii, continues in Hawaii, USA.
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in South Bend, Indiana, USA.
The Marcels, Jerry Butler, Dee Clark and Maxine Brown play the fourth night of a week at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The soundtrack album G.I. Blues by Elvis Presley rises from No2 to No1 in the Billboard 150 Best-Selling Monaural LPs chart in the USA.
UK weekly pop newspaper the NME [New Musical Express] publishes its chart points table for the first six months of the year, showing Elvis Presley in first place on 916 points, while Cliff Richard runs a poor second at 581 points.
Elvis Presley continues with location filming his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Crystal River, Florida, USA.
Cupid by Sam Cooke enters the popular singles chart in the UK, where it will peak at No7.
Elvis Presley continues with location filming for his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Crystal River, Florida, USA.
Elvis Presley completes location filming for his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Crystal River, Florida, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Monroe, Louisiana, USA.
After receiving death-threats, revered Nashville session guitarist Hank Garland is seriously injured when he crashes his 1959 Chevy Nomad station wagon on Route 41 near Springfield, Tennessee, USA. Two local residents claim to have heard gunfire immediately before the crash, and bullet-like holes were later seen on the vehicle. The man whose guitar can be heard on hits by Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers and Patsy Cline, will never work again.
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Conway Twitty plays the first of three nights at The Winter Garden, Elizabeth City, Ohio, USA.
Sam Cooke releases a new single, Just For You, on SAR Records in the USA.
Production begins on the new Elvis Presley movie, Fun In Acapulco, in Hollywood, California, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays the third of five days at The Fair, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.
Jimmy Reed plays at The Flamingo Club, London, UK.
Principal photography on the next Elvis Presley movie, Frankie And Johnny, continues at Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck and other celebrities attend a ceremony at Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, to thank Elvis Presley for donating $50,000 to the Motion Picture Relief Fund.
Elvis Presley is filming his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bo Diddley begins a 21-date UK tour at The Imperial Theatre, Nelson, Lancashire, England, UK.
Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson makes a rare live appearance with the band on the second night of the band's Summer Spectacular show in the HIC Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Also on the bill are Paul Revere And The Raiders, Bobbie Gentry and Dino, Desi And Billy.
Gladys Knight And The Pips, Stevie Wonder, Deon Jackson, Robert Knight, Bobbie Gentry and The Cowsills appear on Robin Seymour's New Year's Eve Show on KKLW-TV 9 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Jimmy Buffett plays at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
Jimmy Buffett plays at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Uncle Tupelo play at Mississippi Nights, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Britney Spears is photographed in public wearing a t-shirt bearing the slogan MILF In Training. In recent days she has also been seen out and about wearing such slogans as I'm A Virgin (but this is an old t-shirt), How Could I Say No? and Shut Up And Do Me. Speculation mounts about why she has chosen to present such messages to the watching world.
Mose Allison plays the second of three nights at Yoshi's, Oakland, California, USA.
Soul vocalist Johnny Moore dies of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (He should not be confused with Johnny Moore of The Drifters, trumpeter Johnny Moore of The Skatalites or guitarist Johnny Moore of The Three Blazers).
B.B.King plays the second of two nights in Pickens, Mississippi, USA.
78-year-old rock'n'roll pioneer Bo Diddley is hospitalised in Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, after suffering a stroke while performing onstage in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
David Bowie, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan are named among the 50 Most Stylish Men of the Past 50 Years by men's magazine GQ.
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