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The musical comedy Foxy Grandpa, based on a popular newspaper cartoon strip, plays at Haverley's 14th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 125 performances.
Cryin' For The Carolines by The Ben Pollack 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.
Twenty-eight migrant farm workers die when the plane in which they are being deported back to Mexico, crashes at Los Gatos Canyon, 20 miles west of Coalinga, California, USA. When Woody Guthrie reads a newspaper report of their deaths, he will be struck by the fact that none of the Mexicans are named, although the crew of the plane are. Guthrie is then inspired to write his song Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos).
Academic Professor Carl Sauer, founder of the New South Wales Junior Orchestra And Choir, is reported in Australia's Barrier Miner newspaper as stating that jazz and swing music are on the way out. "These kinds of music certainly are not taking Sydeney's youth away from serous musical work." Professor Sauer's opinion is said to be based on sales figures given to him by music warehouses.
Spike Jones And His Musical Depreciation Revue appear on the cover of Billboard Magazine in the USA.
Eddie Fisher features on the cover of jazz magazine Downbeat in the USA.
It is reported in the trade press in the USA that the song Sh-Boom has been bought from publishers Progressive Music by Hill And Range Music during the past week, "for a substantial sum of money". The song was first recorded by The Chords on Cat Records, and had then been covered by The Crewcuts for Mercury Records.
Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck is featured on the cover of the influential Time magazine in the USA.
UK bandleader Humphrey Lyttelton raves about little-known American bluesman Muddy Waters in pop music newspaper the NME.
The first edition of The Village Voice, a new newspaper for Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, reports that the increasingly popular Sunday gatherings of folk musicians in Washington Square are under threat because their performance permits have expired and cannot be renewed until the following spring.
EMI in the UK runs press ads for Heartbreak Hotel, billing Elvis Presley as 'the King of Western Bop?.
TV pop show producer Jack Good sparks off a UK controversy when he is reported in a newspaper feature stating that, "I don't think Cliff Richard would have existed at all as a singer without Elvis Presley."
Noel Stookey (later to become Paul of folk trio Peter, Paul And Mary) reads a New York Herald Tribune newspaper story in The Gaslight Cafe, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, about a Father's Day boat cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain. The trip had gone awry due to counterfeit tickets and overcrowding. Stookey shows the story to his young acquaintance Bob Dylan who had arrived in New York from Minnesota the previous winter. Inspired by the story, Dylan returns the next day with Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Disaster Blues, composed in the style of his idol, Woody Guthrie.
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The Harvard Crimson of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, runs a feature by Merry Maisel, Folk Music Director of WHRB Radio, about the folk-music boom, complaining, among other things, that "folk music suffers from renaissance - the trios and quartets (which shall be nameless) begin turning out corrupt, oompah versions of perfectly good folk songs; no lover of folk musics enjoys hearing the lush, superfatted, slick results."
Russian newspaper Komsomolskaia Pravda reports that, "Dozens of cases are known in which possessed dancers of rock'n'roll and The Twist, obsessed and infuriated, have demolished the buildings where they were gathered, have broken windows and chairs and, out in the streets, have staged riots."
It is reported in the Providence Evening Bulletin that Frank SInatra and Dean Martin are friends of notorious Mafioso boss Salvatore Rizzo.
The Beatles begin their first foreign tour with a week of dates in Sweden. The opening night, after a press call at the Hotel Continental, is at Karlaplanstudion, Karlaplan, Stockholm, where they make a live recording for Swedish Radio.
Fabulous magazine runs a special edition dedicated to Liverpool music, featuring The Searchers on the front cover and features about The Beatles, The Mojos, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Billy Fury, The Merseybeats, The Spinners and Tommy Quickly.
It is reported in the UK music press that The Animals have left EMI and signed to Decca Records in the UK. They will begin recording for Decca in the spring of 1966 - when their contract with independent record producer Mickie Most runs out.
Bob Dylan is backed on a live gig by Levon And The Hawks for the first time at the Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas, USA. When questioned about God during a press conference before the gig Dylan retorts, "God is a woman ... you take it from there."
Dylan holds a press conference in the King’s Cross Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales, on the eve of his first tour of Australia.
Bob Dylan holds a press conference in the Mayfair Hotel, London, England, UK, Europe. In the evening Dylan takes British singer Dana Gillespie to see John Lee Hooker at Blaises.
Weekly pop newspaper Record Mirror publishes the first British newspaper interview with Jimi Hendrix.
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A full-page advertisement, part-funded by Paul McCartney of The Beatles, appears in The Times newspaper in London, UK, describing the existing marijuana law as "immoral in principle and unworkable in practice". The advert is signed by Francis Crick, George Melly, Jonathan Miller and The Beatles.
UK pop weekly Record Mirror reveals that guitarist Peter Green, formerly of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, has formed a new group called Fleetwood Wing. Close, but no coconut. The group is, of course, Fleetwood Mac.
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The front cover of today's edition of UK music weekly NME is dominated by an advert for the new single Everything I Am by Plastic Penny. The paper also features interviews with The Bee Gees, The Walker Brothers and Peter Tork of The Monkees.
When The Jimi Hendrix Experience fly to New York City, USA, the whole band is strip-searched for drugs as they go through customs.
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Jim Morrison of The Doors is interviewed for The Village Voice underground newspaper at the band's office on Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA.
A sneering review in the New York Times is heavily critical of the debut performance by opera singer Martin Tubridy. When Harry Chapin reads the review he is inspired to write his song Mr. Tanner.
In a New York City, USA, court, former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is charged with murdering his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Newspaper reports describe him as seeming to be in a trance. Bail is set at $50,000. He is admitted to the Detox Unit at Riker's Island prison.
While on tour in Spain, Europe, Bob Dylan is interviewed in a cafe in Madrid, by Mick Brown of UK daily newspaper The Times.
A report in the newspaper USA Today states that album sales in the USA have increased by between 20% and 100% for artists who performed in the Live Aid Concerts on July 13. Examples include the first four Led Zeppelin albums, reportedly selling double and triple their normal volume, albums by Black Sabbath, Crosby Stills And Nash and The Who all selling 50% more than usual. Phil Collins' albums are said to have sold out on the weekend of Live Aid, according to some retailers.
The Stone Roses begin two days of international press/tv and radio interviews at The Tara Hotel, London, UK.
Madonna is featured on the cover of Interview magazine in the USA, posed controversially with one hand between her thighs and the other on her breast.
Ray Davies of The Kinks publishes his pseudo-autobiographical book X-Ray, via Viking Publishers in the UK. In the evening, when the book is launched with a press event at Ronnie Scott's Club in London, Davies plays an acoustic set for the assembled media throng.
The John Lennon Museum is opened in the Saitama Super Arena, Japan. On the same day, Bono of U2 guest-edits the French newspaper Liberation.
Michelle McManus is declared the winner of British reality tv show Pop Idol. The way in which McManus is at first celebrated and then, within weeks, ridiculed in the media for being overweight, inspires Just Jack to write the 2007 song Starz In Their Eyes about the cynicism of this sort of media manipulation.
Cher speaks in a City Hall protest in Los Angeles to try to convince officials to cancel plans to build a new habitat for LA Zoo's much-loved elephant, Billy. Cher believes Billy should, instead, be moved to a new home. This puts her directly in opposition to Slash of Guns 'n Roses who favours the new elephant house. The council decides to press ahead with the new habitat.
A report in the Sunday Times newspaper states that British private equity firm Terra Firma has asked Citigroup to inject up to £300m ($486.1m) into its debt-laden music group EMI.
Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page delivers a speech during a press conference in Beijing, China, Asia, to announce the Show Of Peace Concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
Boy band Shinee hold a press conference before playing the second of two shows at Olympic Park Stadium, Seoul, South Korea.
At a press conference in Los Angeles, California, USA, Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance announce their upcoming 2011 Honda Civic Tour.
UK newspaper the Daily Mail reports that Madonna's brother, Anthony Ciccone, lives under a bridge in Traverse City, Michigan, USA, and depends on a local soup kitchen for food.
On her California Dreams tour Katy Perry plays at The Press And Journal Arena, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, Europe.
British national tabloid newspaper The Sun runs the headline "Ramadan A Ding Dong" after tv station Channel 4 broadcasts a controversial Muslim call to prayer. The headline is a reference to the 1961 hit single Rama Lama Ding Dong by The Edsels.
The first Alternative Press Music Awards, hosted by Mark Hoppus of Blink 182, are held at Voinovich Park, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Jennifer Lopez attends the NBC Universal Press Day at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, California, USA.
Sam Smith plays live at The Hollywood Reporter's 4th Annual Nominees Night at Spago, Beverly Hills, 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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