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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, opens at Haverley's 14th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 125 performances.
A newspaper advertisement for a novel instrument, the ukulele harp, appears in the USA, with prices ranging from $21.25 to $32.50, depending on which model is bought.
Chu Chin Chow, billed as 'a musical extravaganza of the Orient', is being presented at The Poli Theatre, Washington, CD, USA. According to the newspaper ads, with a company of 300 people, it is 'positively the biggest and most expensive show ever brought to Washington.'
The Abilene Daily Reporter carries an advertisement by the Hall Music Company announcing, "Shake hands with Jimmie Rodgers at our store Monday morning from 11 to 11:45. He will personally autograph any of his Victor Records purchased from us at this time. You have heard his Records now we invite you to see Jimmie in person."
I'm Following You 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.
Maybe It's Love by The Sam Lanins Dance 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 Peekskill Evening Star newspaper in New York State, USA, runs two unrelated stories on the front page. One is about a man being put to death in the electric chair, while the other is about a wealthy man who had died. By a curious coincidence, both men are named Hamilton Fish. In 2010, the two items will inspire Rachel Mason to create a song cycle, an art installation and a film series entitled The Deaths of Hamilton Fish.
Anthony F.J. Barrow is born in Crosby, Merseyside, England, UK. He will find success as Tony Barrow, working as The Beatles' press officer from 1962-68. He is perhaps best-remembered as the man who coined the term 'The Fab Four'.
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.
UK popular music newspaper Melody Maker reports that American bandleader and recording artist Earl Bostic has recovered from his recent heart attack.
UK pop newspaper the NME reports that because the performers are having difficulty finding suitable material to record, the rock'n'roll fad will soon be over.
Flamboyant US pianist Liberace wins '8,000 damages in the High Court, London, against UK newspaper the Daily Mirror, which had published an article implying that he was homosexual.
Flamboyant American pianist Liberace wins '8,000 damages in the High Court, London, UK, against British newspaper the Daily Mirror, which had published an article implying that he was homosexual.
As she launches her solo career, Sylvia Robinson of Mickey And Sylvia features on the cover of Jet magazine in the USA.
Jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd predicts, during a press conference in New York City, USA, that an emerging Brazilian dance rhythm The Bossa Nova could become the next craze to sweep the Western world. Byrd has recently returned from a tour of sixteen South American countries.
Billboard magazine reviews the new Roy Orbison single, Candy Man, with the words, 'Orbison has sock sides here - a fine follow-up to his recent smash hit Running Scared, Crying features an expressive reading on a moving country-flavored ballad. Flip is an effective folk blues with standout delivery by Orbison.'
The Flares [aka The Flairs] release a new dance-craze single, Doing The Hully Gully, on Press Records in the USA.
The brand-new Telstar 1 communications satellite [launched on 10 July] carries its first transatlantic programming - excerpts of a baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA, a live press conference by President Kennedy, and a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Inspired by the broadcast, British record producer Joe Meek composes the futuristic instrumental Telstar, which is recorded later in the week by The Tornados.
Liverpool, UK's Merseybeat newspaper publishes a humourous feature by John Lennon of The Beatles, entitled On Safairy With Whide Hunter.
Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, pop newspaper Merseybeat reveals a new Tricel pleated 'Beatles dress', manufactured exclusively for Littlewoods stores, which has been launched at The Cavern Club.
Reports in the UK press claim that the 'romance' between Cliff Richard and dancer Jackie Irving is now over.
UK newspaper The Evening Standard reveals that Bill Wyman, bassist of The Rolling Stones, is a married man!
Brian Epstein-protege Tommy Quickly attends a press conference to help launch him in America at The Cinnamon Cinder club, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Nancy Lewis of Fabulous magazine interviews The Who during a gig at Goldhawk Road Social Club, Shepherd's Bush, London, UK.
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The Walker Brothers get their first UK press coverage in the form of a brief interview with journalist Chris Welch in Melody Maker, partly about their connections to P.J. Proby.
The Vatican's weekly magazine compliments MOR crooner Pat Boone on the dignity of his private life, and adds, "It even pleased us, the way you sing. No shouting, no facial gestures, no contortions…"
Jack L. Gritz, editor of The Baptist Messenger newspaper in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, writes in praise of Eartha Kitt, in an editorial about her recent critical comments on the Vietnam War during a visit to The White House. "She stated what she thinks on an important subject with conviction and feeling ... it took courage to do so."
UK rock weekly newspaper the NME [New Musical Express] announces that Kiki Dee has become the first British female to be signed by Motown Records in the USA.
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.
Rickie Lee Jones appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in the USA.
UK pop paper Melody Maker reports that the inquest into the death of Wings' guitarist Jimmy McCulloch has ended with an open verdict. The coroner's report stated that McCulloch died of morphine poisoning, but he also had alcohol and cannabis in his system.
Amid rumours that Blondie is to split, UK rock newspaper NME (New Musical Express) reports that the band's upcoming UK tour has been cancelled.
UK tabloid newspaper The Sun reports that Elton John has cancelled a charity show in Hollywood because he is seriously ill with glandular fever.
Suggs of UK hitmaking 2-Tone band Madness denies allegations (in The Sun newspaper a week earlier) that he has racist sympathies.
Bob Dylan starts the new decade with a small club date at Toads, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He plays a four hour long set.
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St. Charles County, Missouri, USA, police hold a press conference to announce that their drug agents recently found and seized several plastic bags of marijuana, an unspecified quantity of hashish, two rifles, a shotgun, $122,000, and pornographic videotapes, slides and books, at Berry Park, a liesure complex owned by Chuck Berry. Unexpectedly, Berry himself turns up at the press conference and denies ever having used cocaine (none of which had been found at Berry Park, although that was what the Drug Agents had been searching for).
Michael Jackson's parents are hit with a $4 million legal judgement after failing to honour an agreement with a South Korean newspaper for their son to perform in Korea.
A British tabloid newspaper announces that Victoria Beckham (formerly Posh Spice) and her footballer husband David Beckham are to market a new range of perfumes.
Legendary heavy metal band Anthrax holds a press conference at Sirius Satellite Radio in New York City, USA, to announce the reformation of its classic 'Among The Living' line-up.
Robbie Williams is awarded substantial libel damages over claims published in The People newspaper, Star and Hot Stars, that he was secretly homosexual. Tom Shields QC, told the court, "Mr Williams is not, and has never been, homosexual."
At a press conference in London, Annie Lennox speaks out against Israeli bomb strikes on Gaza - calling for an end to the "slaughter and systematic murder" of Arabs living in the area. Supporting Lennox at the press conference are Bianca Jagger and Alexei Sayle.
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.
Bob Dylan announces, via a press release, that his next album will be called Together Through Life and will be released on April 28. As rumoured, the album was recorded under Dylan's studio pseudonym Jack Frost.
At a press conference on board the HMS Belfast in London, Spandau Ballet officially announce that they have reformed and will tour in the coming Autumn.
Boy band Shinee hold a press conference before playing the second of two shows at Olympic Park Stadium, Seoul, South Korea.
Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are seen together at Beacher's Madhouse, a club in The Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA. Observers describe them as 'flirting'.
One of Justin Bieber's security guards is arrested for theft in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for having taken a paparazzo's camera.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Kanye West has begun a $10m legal suit against various syndicates of insurer Lloyd's of London, including Cathedral Syndicate, alleging that they are stalling on paying out claims emanating from his recent canceled tour dates. It is thought that the insurers believe Kanye’s use of marijuana may provide them with a basis on which to deny the claim.
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