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Chester Zardis is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will become an acclaimed jazz double-bass player, working with Buddy Petit, Chris Kelly, Kid Rena, Kid Howard and, briefly, Count Basie. In his later years he will be a fixture at the Preservation Jazz Hall in New Orleans.
The Haydn Quartet, a male vocal group with piano, records A Soldier's Farewell for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
A Patent Application is filed in New York City, USA for a new and improved type of music-roll for mechanical musical instruments. It will not be granted until 1916.
Inventor Joshua C. Stoddard dies in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. He was the inventor of the steam calliope or steam piano, used on Mississippi steamerboats. He also founded The American Steam Piano Company. His first instrument, consisting of a steam boiler, a set of valves, and fifteen graded steam whistles played from a pinned cylinder, reportedly could be heard for a range of five miles. Worcester City Council banned him from playing it within the city limits because it was so loud.
David Sarnoff, manager of the Wireless Station of the Wanamaker Department Store in New York City, USA, writes to Edward J. Nally, general manager of the American Marconi company, telling him, "I have in mind a plan of development that would make radio a 'household utility' in the same sense as the piano or phonograph. The idea is to bring music into the house by wireless." It would be another six years before Sarnoff would see his vision begin to be realised.
The Wichita Eagle of Wichita, Kansas, USA, roports that the Adams Music Company is enlarging its department for selling of player piano rolls and will now carry a stock of 15,000 rolls.
Self-taught blues pianist and singer, Leroy Carr dies of alcoholism in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Boogie woogie piano masters Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis record several solo piano pieces and several duets in New York City, USA, which will become the first recordings for Blue Note Records.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA.
Carlo Krahmer's Chicagoans - an English band devoted to Chicago jazz and blues - record Wolverine Blues, Tin Roof Blues, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, Clarinet Marmalade, At A Georgia Camp Meeting and Riverboat Shuffle in London, UK. The band includes Humphrey Lyttelton on cornet, Dill Jones on piano and Vic Lewis on guitar and vocals.
Albert Ammons, an outstanding Chicago-based blues and boogie pianist and recording artist, dies aged 42 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His son, Gene Ammons, will go on to be a highly respected saxophone player.
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson plays the eleventh night of two weeks at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Billy Taylor Trio plays at Storyville, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Taylor's band at this gig includes Charles Mingus on bass.
Little Willie Littlefield and Joe Houston play at The Elks Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Nat King Cole, with arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle, records Pretend, Mother Nature And Father Time, When I'm Alone and A Fool Was I, for Capitol Records in Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Tom McDermott and Carlos Vaccaro are playing at The Cloverleaf Club, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
Smooth r'n'b pianist Sonny Thompson records Gum Shoe for King Records in New York City, USA, with King Curtis on saxophone.
Aretha Franklin plays the twentieth night in a three week season at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra are playing during a six-night engagement at New Fack's Club, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Top Ten singles being played on WABC Radio in New York City, USA, for the week beginning on this date are as follows:
  1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens (RCA)
  2. The Twist - Chubby Checker (Parkway)
  3. Peppermint Twist, Part 1 - Joey Dee And The Starliters (Roulette)
  4. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes (Tamla)
  5. Run To Him - Bobby Vee (Liberty)
  6. Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren (Colpix)
  7. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) - Barbara George (AFO)
  8. Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen - Neil Sedaka (RCA)
  9. Walk On By - Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury)
  10. Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley (RCA)
Bob Moore records Streets Of Paris and Antonella in RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Personnel on the session include such legendary players as saxophonist Boots Randolph, pianist Floyd Cramer and guitarist Grady Martin.
Ernest Tubb And The Texas Troubadours record The Women Make A Fool Out Of Me, Drivin' Nails In My Coffin and Introduction To E.T. [Walking The Floor], with producer Owen Bradley in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Session players on these tracks include Grady Martin, Buddy Charleton, Jack Drake, Jan Kurtis and Floyd Cramer.
The American Folk, Blues And Gospel Caravan featuring Sonny Terry And Brownie McGee, Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davies, Cousin Joe Pleasants and Otis Spann plays at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, UK.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the third of five nights at Tin Pan Alley, Redwood City, California, USA.
Fats Domino records Kansas City and Heartbreak Hill for ABC Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Zombies release a new single, Tell Her No, in the UK on Decca Records.
The Jazz Crusaders record The Thing, White Cobra and New Time Shuffle at Pacific Jazz studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz pianist Hampton Hawes and his trio record the album Here And Now, at Contemporary Records studio, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When Count Basie and Joe Williams play a re-union concert at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA, gross receipts are recorded as $21,419.
Victor Borge plays at St. John Terrell's Music Circus, Lambertville, New Jersey, USA.
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Jim Kweskin And The Jug Band and Memphis Slim play the first of ten nights at The Ash Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra premiere Ellington's Second Sacred Concert in a performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, USA, to an audience of six thousand people.
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Elton John releases his fifth album, Honky Chateau, on Uni Records in the USA.
The musical comedy film Roadie, featuring Meat Loaf, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Styx, Blondie and Pat Benatar, opens in cinemas in the USA.
Jazz and stride pianist Johnny Guarnieri, best-known for his tenure in the big bands of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, dies aged 67, of a heart attack while onstage during a performance with Dick Sudhalter, in Livingston, New Jersey, USA .
B.B. King and Dr. John play at The Royal Festival Hall, London, England, UK.
Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis plays at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Terminally ill with cancer, Warren Zevon is recording material for his final album, The Wind, in his home studio.
Elton John plays at Easter Road Football Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
We Belong Together by Mariah Carey enters the UK Top 75 singles chart at No2. Ghetto Gospel by 2Pac featuring Elton John remains at No1.
Blues pianist/vocalist Detroit Junior dies aged 73 of heart failure at his home in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Revered jazz composer and pianist George Russell dies aged 86 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, of complications from Alzheimer's.
Tori Amos plays at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Elton John and Lady Gaga are among the artists performing at The Rainforest Fund's annual benefit at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA.
At a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles, California, USA, Pete McNeal, a drummer known for his work with several well known artists including Cake and Norah Jones is facing a single felony count for oral copulation and sexual penetration with a child under the age of ten.
Revered blues singer and pianist Jimmy McCracklin dies aged 91 after a long illness in San Pablo, California, USA.
Tori Amos plays at The Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, Europe.
On his Follow The Yellow Brick Road Tour, Elton John plays at Les Vieilles Charrues 2014, La Prairie de Kerampuilh, Carhaix-Plouguer, France, Europe.
On their A Head Full Of Dreams tour, Coldplay play at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania.
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