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Merritt Gally of Brooklyn, New York City, USA files patent application No US713870A for a new type of music roll and spool for operating automatic or mechanical musical instruments.
Helen Barbara Kruger, aka Bobbie Nudie, is born in Mankato, Minnesota. She and her husband Nudie Cohn will find fame as designers of extraordinary rhinestone apparel for country music stars including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers and Gram Parsons. They will also make Elvis Presley's famed $10,000 gold lame suit, as well as outfits for John Lennon and Elton John.
The Washingtonians, led by Duke Ellington, record Saratoga Swing and Who Said 'It's Tight Like That'? for Cameo Records in New York City, USA.
Blues-jazz vocalist Margaret Webster records You've Got To Give Me Some, for Okeh Records in New York City, USA, with Charlie Green on trumpet, Clarence Williams on piano and Floyd Casey on washboard.
Popular pianist and bandleader Charlie Kunz plays the sixth of seven nights at The Hippodrome, Lewisham, London, UK.
British jazz pianist and recording artist Neville Dickie is born in County Durham, UK.
Jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams records Tea For Two and Zonky in New York City, USA, for Varsity Records.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt, trombonist J.J. Johnson and pianist Bud Powell record Strike Up The Band, Taking A Chance On Love, Fine And Dandy and I Want To Be Happy, for Prestige Records in New York City, USA.
Eddie Duchin, society pianist and bandleader [The Eddie Duchin Orchestra], dies of acute myelogenous leukemia, aged 41, in New York City, USA.
Jazz pianist Eubie Blake records Charleston Rag, Dicties On Parade, Lovie Joe, Maryland My Maryland, Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown and other songs in the USA.
Smooth r'n'b pianist Sonny Thompson records Gone Again Blues, Uncle Sam Blues and Smoke Stack Blues for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The Lou Donaldson Quartet/Quintet/Sextet, with Horace Silver on piano, record Sweet Juice, Down Home, The Best Things In Life Are Free and If I Love Again, for Blue Note Records in WOR Studios, New York City, USA.
The front page headline in Melody Maker music weekly is that Stan Kenton might tour Britain as a solo pianist.
Freddy Cole (brother of Nat King Cole) is playing at The Regal, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
R'n'b pianist Bill Doggett records Wild Oats for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (Chris Griffin, Ruby Braff, Bernie Privin, and Carl Poole on trumpet; Will Bradley, Cutty Cutshall, and Vernon Brown on trombone; Hymie Schertzer and Paul Ricci on alto saxophone; Boomie Richman and Al Klink on tenor saxophone; Sol Schlinger on baritone saxophone; Mel Powell on piano; Steve Jordan on guitar; George Duvivier on bass; and Bobby Donaldson on drums) record Jersey Bounce, When I Grow Too Old To Dream, You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me, Blue Lou, Jumping At The Woodside, Stompin' At The Savoy, and Sent For You Yesterday in New York City, USA. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Goodman's album B.G. In Hi-Fi.
Fats Domino begins a week of dates at Club Bolero, Wildwood-by-the- Sea, New Jersey, USA.
Belle Barth is playing at The Roundtable, New York City, USA.
The Gene Casey Quartet records Close Your Eyes, Blue Lou and other tracks for Prestige Records at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Count Basie And His Orchestra play the first night of a week at The Tivoli Theater, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Their current vocalist, Ocie Smith, will later find greater success as solo performer O.C. Smith.
Little Devil by Neil Sedaka reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart.
Ray Charles plays to a segregated audience at Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Hank Locklin records Happy Journey and I Need You Now with producer Chet Atkins at RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Musicians playing on the session are pianist Floyd Cramer, backing vocalists The Jordanaires, guitarists Ray Edenton and Grady Martin, bassist Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman and accordionist Anita Kerr.
The front page headline story in today's edition of UK music weekly Melody Maker is that Dave Brubeck's Take Five has entered the British Top Twenty Singles Chart on the eve of his 16-day UK tour.
The highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA is Tonight by Ferrante And Teicher, entering at No74.
Ricky Nelson (aka Rick Nelson) records Poor Loser and Congratulations in Master Recorders, 533 North Fairfax Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session features James Burton, Glen Campbell and Jerry Puckett [gtrs], Joe Osborn [bass], Richie Frost [drums] and Ray Johnson [piano].
Country singer Jimmy Dean records Steel Men and Little Black Book, with producer Don Law, at Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Personnel on the session are Grady Martin, Billy Bird and Ray Edenton on guitars, Joe Zinkan on bass, Floyd Cramer on piano, Buddy Harman on drums and Jimmy Riddle on harmonica.
Vonda Shepard is born in New York City, USA. She will find success as a singer and songwriter after appearing regularly in the popular late 90s tv series Ally McBeal as a resident pianist in a bar near McBeal's office.
The Thelonious Monk Quartet records Nice Work If You Can Get It for CBS Records in New York City, USA.
Jackie De Shannon records It's Love Baby and He's Got The Whole World In His Hands in United Recorders Studios, 6050 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Jack Nitzsche arranges the session, and backing musicians include Glen Campbell on guitar and Leon Russell on piano.
Johnny Cash records the Bob Dylan composition It Ain't Me Babe, at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Sessioneers include Charlie McCoy on harmonica and Norman Blake on guitar, with The Carter Family supplying harmony vocals.
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Jerry Lee Lewis plays at The Gaumont, Chester, UK.
The Ramsey Lewis Trio play the last of three nights at Bohemian Caverns, Washington DC, USA.
Waylon Jennings, with Chet Atkins as producer, records What Makes A Man Wander, Look Into My Teardrops and I Don't Mind in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Musicians on the session include guitarists Gerald Gropp and Jerry Reed, pianist Floyd Cramer, bassist Henry Strzelecki, drummer Kenneth Buttrey, Ray Stevens on vibes and The Anita Kerr Singers.
Jazz pianist Steve Kuhn records The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Baubles Bangles And Beads, and other tracks in Paris, France, for his album Childhood Is Forever.
When Tom Waits plays at Ebbet's Field, Denver, Colorado, USA, he meets local hipster/dj/musician Chuck E. Weiss. A friendship and a business relationship will blossom, and Weiss will inspire several songs by Waits, including Jitterbug Boy, and one by Rickie Lee Jones, Chuck E's In Love.
On his Storm Front tour, Billy Joel plays at The Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, USA.
The Moody Blues play at The Aladdin Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
In court in London, UK, Elton John apologises to his former lover and business manager, John Reid, for dragging up details of a criminal conviction during testimony. In the witness box for the third day running, Sir Elton tells a packed court that he regretted making a "very irresponsible remark" about Reid. [Sir Elton had said that Mr Reid had been jailed for punching a woman.]
Jazz piano star Jamie Cullum performs live on tv series Dancing With The Stars in the USA.
Grammy-winning jazz singer, pianist and composer Diana Krall plays in The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Oregon, USA.
The Keith Jarrett Trio play at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA.
The fourth day of The 25th Wigan International Jazz Festival features a concert by the Monty Alexander Trio, at The Lowri Beck Celebration Hall, Wigan, UK.
Tori Amos plays at The Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Beautiful - a musical based on the songs of Carole King, opens at The Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
As part of The Hoping Foundation's Starry Starry Night, Elton John plays a brief live set at The Cafe De Paris, London, UK. Also taking part is Jools Holland
On his Follow The Yellow Brick Road Tour, Elton John plays at Warsteiner HockeyPark, Mönchengladbach, Germany, Europe.
When Stevie Wonder appears on The Tonight Show on tv in the USA, he uses the occasion to perform his classic songs Isn't She Lovely and My Cherie Amour, in honour of Michelle Obama, who is present in the studio. At the end of the songs, Wonder says, "We love you, we love you! And your husband too, of course."
Postmodern Juke box play at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northen Ireland, UK, Europe.