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The Morning Oregonian newspaper reports that Fred Fritz's Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon, USA, has acquired "a magnificent orchestrion", imported direct from Germany, Europe, which plays "all of the latest classical and popular music". The paper urges its readers to go and see this mechanical instrument, which is "run by electricity and contains 164 pipes with a blending of sixteen instruments. It is said to be only one of six such instruments in the USA.
An advertisement in today's edition of The Indiana Progress newspaper of Indiana, Philadelphia, USA, declares Edison's Phonograph (gramophone) to be "better than a piano, organ or music box, for it sings and talks as well as plays and don't cost as much. It reporoduces the music of any instrument - band or orchestra - tells stories and sings - the old familiar hymns as well as the popular songs."
The musical comedy Foxy Grandpa, based on a popular newspaper cartoon strip, is playing at Haverley's 14th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 125 performances.
The Atlanta (Georgia) Constitution newspaper runs a feature headlined Down In The Dancehalls Of Decatur Street, which declares that, "It is at night, when the work of the day is done and cares and troubles are thrust away, that the darkey finds his true enjoyment, and nothing gives him more pleasure than a dance. Next to the dance comes the pool table with the city negro. It is said that those who have conducted dance halls and run pool halls in the city for the negroes have laid aside considerable fortunes".
It is reported in The New York Times that a certain Saul Birns (aka Saul Birnzweig) has been arrested on charges of selling talking machines to immigrants through the use of misleading newspaper advertisements. Sixty-five complaints were lodged against Birns, whose fraudulent transactions allegedly netted him about $125,000 per year.
Tiptoe Through The Tulips by The Don Voorhees Orchestra is released as the Durium Hit Of The Week on newspaper stands in New York City, USA at a cost of 15c, twenty percent of the price of an ordinary shellac record.
My Fate Is In Your Hands by The Vincent Lopez Orchestra is released as the Durium Hit Of The Week on newspaper stands in New York City, USA at a cost of 15c, twenty percent of the price of an ordinary shellac record.
The University Of Maine Stein Song by The Hotel Pennsylvania Music directed by Phil Spitalny is released as the Durium Hit Of The Week on newspaper stands in New York City, USA at a cost of 15c, twenty percent of the price of an ordinary shellac record.
Lazy Lou'siana Moon by Jan Garber is released as the Durium Hit Of The Week on newspaper stands in New York City, USA at a cost of 15c, twenty percent of the price of an ordinary shellac record.
Stephen Friedland is born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He will find some success and notoriety as singer and songwriter Brute Force, whose best-known composition The King Of Fuh prominently includes a double entendre, referring repeatedly to the "Fuh King", i.e. a King in the Land of Fuh. George Harrison of The Beatles will acquire the track, produced by The Tokens in New York City, and will overdub 11 strings of the London Phiharmonic Orchestra. However, after learning that neither EMI in the UK or Capitol Records in the USA would distribute the single, Apple Records will press and distribute a limited edition of 1,000 copies in 1969.
Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck is featured on the cover of the influential Time magazine in the USA.
In the USA, trade magazine Billboard publishes a Disc Jockey Popularity Chart in which deejays chose their favourite artists. Frank Sinatra and Doris Day come tops, with Elvis Presley showing up at No8 in the 'Most Promising Country And Western Artist' category.
UK bandleader Humphrey Lyttelton raves about little-known American bluesman Muddy Waters in pop music newspaper the NME.
Ella Fitzgerald’s manager, Norman Granz, holds a press conference in Houston, Texas, declaring that the previous night’s arrest of Ella Fitzgerald,  Dizzy Gillespie and Illinois Jacquet, on gambling charges was racially motivated, because local police did not want mixed audiences at concerts in the city.
Pop newspaper Melody Maker's Night Out With The Stars Ball at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe, features artists including Ruby Murray and Eddie Calvert.
EMI in the UK runs press ads for Heartbreak Hotel, billing Elvis Presley as 'the King of Western Bop?.
The Ink Spots appear on UK tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium, but are criticised in the music press for relying entirely on old hits.
Downbeat magazine hails 'reincarnated troubadour' Pete Seeger for his work in restoring the glories of American folk music.
UK pop newspaper the NME [New Musical Express] runs a feature entitled 'What Makes Them Do This' - A Psychologist Reports on Rock 'N' Roll.'
An article in UK pop paper the New Musical Express reports that "it looks like rock'n'roll is on the way out."
It is reported in the press in the USA that Jerry Lee Lewis has come to an agreement with the American Federation Of Musicians, to which he owes $10,000. The agreement will enable him to play in many union-controlled venues from which he had been banned because of his debt.
New singles reviewed in today's edition of UK pop weekly newspaper the NME [New Musical Express] include You Can't Sit Down by Bill Doggett, The Story Behind My Tears by Kenny Lynch, and How Many Tears? by Bobby Vee.
A feature about the censorship of pop singles runs in UK pop weekly newspaper the NME [New Musical Express] under the headline 'Does Banning Death Pop Songs Make t hem Too Important?'
Eden Kane appears on the cover of UK pop music newspaper the NME (New Musical Express) in an advert for his single Get Lost.
Pierre Salinger, the US Presidential Press Secretary, officially denies that anyone danced The Twist in The White House, Washington DC, USA, during a party there on the previous Saturday night.
Mahalia Jackson headlines The National Press Club's Black Tie Ball in Washington DC, USA. Also on the bill are Sammy Kaye's Swing And Sway Band and torch singer Elvira Rios.
UK pop star Mike Sarne is reported in the press as stating that, "The pop scene is disgusting. The hypocrisy is incredible and the entire showbiz scene seems to be controlled by rank amateurs."
A feature headlined 'Presley As Top Money Star' in Variety magazine in the USA estimates Elvis Presley's income from motion pictures this year at $2.7m, easily surpassing the earnings of such established Hollywood heavyweights as Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.
British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mirror reports that Liverpudlian pop vocalist Tommy Quickly, The Rustiks and Michael Haslam have not had their contracts renewed by manager Brian Epstein (best-known as the manager of The Beatles.
The front cover of today's edition of UK music paper the N.M.E. (New Musical Express) is adorned by a full-page ad for the new single (If You Think You're) Groovy by P.P. Arnold.
Rolling Stone magazine runs a feature which is heavily critical of UK power-trio Cream, describing Eric Clapton as "the master of the blues cliché" and, unwittingly, contributing to the demise of the band.
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Paul Zimmerman of Newsweek interviews Jimi Hendrix in New York City, USA.
Today's edition of The Beatles Book monthly magazine in the UK, includes a record collecting supplement. Response from readers will prove positive enough to launch the supplement separately as Record Collector magazine in March 1980.
Tim Harper, in the Drake University, Iowa, USA, newspaper, the Times-Delphic, writes a feature entitled 'Is Paul McCartney Dead' which reports Californian college gossip that Paul McCartney of The Beatles had died in a car crash in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike. This is the first published account of what will become known as the 'Paul Is Dead' myth.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference in New York City, USA, at which they announce the creation of Nutopia, a 'conceptual' country governed by 'cosmic' laws and whose national anthem is three seconds of silence.
Bob Dylan holds a press conference to promote the film Hearts Of Fire, at the National Film Theatre, London, UK.
The Rolling Stones hold a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Asia, to announce their upcoming tour. They also continue rehearsing in Tokyo.
Michael Jackson formally opens a playground which he has funded at Leaganul Pentru Copii Sfinta Ecaterina orphanage in Bucharest, Romania. Later in the day, Jackson officially launches his charitable project The Heal The World Foundation at a press conference in the Casino Theatre.
A report from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic party (PAS) declares that Rihanna's sexy onstage performance would be an insult to Asian values. As a result, Islamic leaders in Malaysia press ahead with calls to ban Rihanna from performing in Kuala Lumpur on 13 February.
Obeying his GPS navigation device without question, a Bavarian driver does a U-turn on a motorway and drives against the flow of traffic. As a result, he crashes into another car and injures an 11-year-old boy. Reading of this incident in a newspaper, Duran Duran will write the song Blame The Machines.
Lady Gaga takes part in a press conference for MTV Video Music Aid Japan in Chiba, Japan, Asia.
Laura Marling begins a tour of cathedrals with a show at Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, UK. Matt Woolliscroft [promoter, SJM Concerts] : Laura's agent Lucy Dickins and her manager, Adam Tudhope, said 'We want to play cathedrals, can you sort it out?' It was difficult to put together, but well worth it. I had to convince cathedrals that we were doing something special. If I phoned up and said, 'I'm from SJM' and they
At a hastily convened press conference outside his home in north London, UK, George Michael describes his recent hospitalisation with pneumonia in Austria as 'touch and go' and 'by far the worst month of my life'.
The Flaming Lips play at The Free Press Summer Festival, Houston, Texas, USA.
During the SXSW Festival, Blondie are interviewed at Room 18ABC in the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
On the Carnivores tour, Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds To Mars and AFI play at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Katy Perry is harassed by Australian papparazzi while taking a walk on Obelisk Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Kanye West is spotted walking though LAX, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen arrive at JFK Airport, New York City, USA, a papparazzi photographer asks them racist questions about their roots.
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Time magazine's prestigious Most Influential People In The World list is published, featuring musicians including Ed Sheeran, Chance The Rapper, Alicia Keys and Demi Lovato, alongside top politicians, sports star, business leaders, scientists and activists.
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