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Albert 'Abbie' Brunes is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The son of a celebrated New Orleans musical family, cornettist Brunies will become the leader of the Halfway House Orchestra at the Halfway House Club in New Orleans, from 1919 to 1927. The Orchestra will record for Okeh Records in 1925.
Ransom Knowling is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a blues bass player in New Orleans and Chicago, but is best-remembered for having played on on Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's classic That's All Right.
At the age of twelve, Louis Armstrong is arrested for disturbing the peace by firing off a pistol while busking on the corner of Rampart and Perdido in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will spend several months in the Colored Waif's Home where he will become leader of the prison's marching band.
Brown's Band From Dixieland, an all-white jazz quintet from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, begins a six-week engagement at Lamb's Cafe, at Randolph and Clark in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jelly Roll Morton records King Porter Stomp, Sweetheart Of Mine plus Fat Meat And Greens for Vocalion Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Margaret Louise Ebey is born in Coushatta, Louisiana, USA. In the 1960s, under the name Margie Singleton, she will become a popular country music duet and solo recording artist, working with George Jones and Faron Young. Her biggest hit will be Keeping Up With The Joneses, with Faron Young, in 1964.
Jazz clarinetist Jimmie Noone And His New Orleans Band record Way Down Yonder In New Orleans for Decca Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Little Brother Montgomery records Crescent City Blues and Shreveport Farewell for Bluebird Records in The St. Charles Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The instrumental Crescent City Blues will have lyrics added by Gordon Jenkins (and sung by Beverly Maher) in 1953. This version will inspire Johnny Cash to write his almost identical hit Folsom Prison Blues in 1955. In the early 1970s, Cash will pay Jenkins a compensation settlement of approximately $75,000.
Kitty Carlisle is the headline act at Chez Paree, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with orchestral accompaniment by Emil Coleman.
Jazz piano great Jelly Roll Morton dies in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 50, from respiratory problems, after an eleven-day stay in Los Angeles County General Hospital.
Pioneering funk-rock guitarist and songwriter Clark Vreeland is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Lloyd Price records Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Mailman Blues, Chee Koo Baby and Oo-ee Baby at J+M Music Shop, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with Fats Domino on piano and Dave Bartholomew leading the band.
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Sidney Bechet with Claude Luter And His Orchestra, records, Twelfth Street Rag, Au Clair De La Lune, Porter's Love Song, Embraceable You, Ol' Man River and other tracks for Disques Vogue in Paris, France, Europe.
Joe Turner records Honey Hush in New York City, USA, with Fats Domino on piano.
Ain't That A Shame, a cover of a Fats Domino hit, by Pat Boone peaks at No2 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Fats Domino plays at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
Johnny Horton records the Jimmy Driftwood song The Battle Of New Orleans in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It will peak at No1 in the Billboard singles chart.
Johnny Kidd And The Pirates play at The Majestic Ballroom, Bradford, UK, supported by The Dingos and The Crescent City Jazz Band.
Jazz cornettist Nick La Rocca dies of a heart ailment in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He had been a member of The Original Dixieland Jass Band, when it made the first commercially issued recordings of jazz music in 1917.
Faron Young performs Hello Walls on the Dick Clark Tv Show in the USA.
The Biggest Show Of Stars Of 1961, featuring Fats Domino, The Drifters, Bo Diddley, The Shirelles, Chubby Checker and Paul Willians, plays in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Mother-In-Law by Ernie K-Doe returns to No1 in the CashBox magazine chart of the best-selling pop singles in the USA, having briefly been ousted by Del Shannon with Runaway.
Sam Cooke, Ben E. King, The Olympics, Carla Thomas, Ernie K. Doe, The Sheppards and Slim Harpo are playing during a week of shows at The Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
It is reported that Little Richard, who quit music in 1959 to become a preacher, has returned to recording with an album of gospel songs, King Of The Gospel Singers, arranged by Quincy Jones.
Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Paul Anka appear on tv's Ed Sullivan Show, in New York City, USA.
Louis Armstrong And The All Stars play in Lucerna Hall, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.
Helen Darling is born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. She will score one chart single with Decca in the 1990s, but will also do well as a songwriter by co-writing Jo Dee Messina's hit Bring On The Rain.
John Fred and His Playboy Band hit the Billboard Singles Chart No1 slot in the USA with Judy In Disguise (With Glasses).
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Little Richard is charged with "larceny by trick" in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Local black self-help group, Blacks Inc, claims the singer has kept $250 which he raised on their behalf. He counters that he is prepared to give them the money if they will give him a receipt. A week later the charges are dropped.
On the Purple Rain Tour, Prince And The Revolution play at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. After the show, he records 4 The Tears In Your Eyes, as his contribution to the USA For Africa album.
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Bob Dylan plays at Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Buckwheat Zydeco plays at The Vogue, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Acclaimed jazz double-bass player Chester Zardis dies aged 90 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. In a long career he worked with Buddy Petit, Chris Kelly, Kid Rena, Kid Howard and, briefly, Count Basie. In his later years he became a fixture at the Preservation Jazz Hall in New Orleans.
Blues and R'n'B guitarist, singer and songwriter Boogie Bill Webb, dies aged 66 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Fats Domino plays at The Nice Jazz Festival, Nice, France, Europe.
Country music star Tim McGraw receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in the USA.
The W.C.Handy Awards are held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, with results as follows :

Acoustic blues album: Double Take Kenny Neal and Billy Branch

Acoustic blues artist: David "Honeyboy" Edwards

New artist debut: Blues With a Vengeance, John Lee Hooker Jr.

Blues album: Have a Little Faith, Mavis Staples

Blues band:Tthe Holmes Brothers

Blues bass: Willie Kent

Blues drums: Willie "Big Eyes" Smith

Blues entertainer: B.B. King

Blues guitar: Bob Margolin

Blues harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite

Blues horns: Roomful Of Blues Horns

Blues instrumentalist: Robert Randolph

Blues keyboards: Marcia Ball

Blues song: Have a Little Faith, Jim Tullio and Jim Weider

Comeback blues album: Back in 20, Gary U.S. Bonds

Contemporary blues album: Sanctuary, Charlie Musselwhite

Contemporary blues artist: Charlie Musselwhite

Contemporary blues artist: Shemekia Copeland

Historical blues album: Release the Hound, Hound Dog Taylor

Soul blues album: Have a Little Faith, Mavis Staples

Soul blues artist: Mavis Staples

Soul blues artist: Bobby Rush

Traditional blues album: Ladies Man, Pinetop Perkins

Traditional blues artist: Koko Taylor

Traditional blues artist: Pinetop Perkins

The Decemberists play at TwiRoPa, New orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Branford Marsalis plays at Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Barry Cowsill, formerly of late 60s pop group The Cowsills, phones his sister Susan from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, saying, "I don’t know how to get out of town … I’ve been so fucking lonely." It will be their last communication, because he will be found drowned in December.
Blues guitarist, harmonica player, and singer Louisiana Red, who recorded more than fifty albums, dies aged 79, following a stroke, in Hanover, Germany, Europe.
Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis celebrates his new CD, On the Second Occasion, with two shows at Snug Harbor, New Orleans, USA.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo play at Tipitina's, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Flamin' Groovies play at One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Lucinda Williams plays at The House Of Blues, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and his Uptown Jazz Orchestra play at Snug Harbor, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Steve Riley And The Mamou Playboys and Dale Watson play at Rock 'n' Bowl, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
One Direction play at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
On her Gimmie Love tour, Carly Rae Jepsen plays at The Plaza Live, Orlando, Florida, USA.
The Cure play at UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.