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Theodore P. Brown of Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, applies for a patent in respect of his invention of an automatic playing attachment for pneumatically-operated pianos.
An interview with pioneering ragtime blues musician Antonio Maggio appears in the Times-Picayune Newspaper of New orleans, Louisiana, USA. In the interview Maggio asserts that he is an anarchist but denies that he supports the idea of assassination being used to achieve anarchist goals. (Maggio's song I Got The Blues is sometimes credited as being the first blues song ever composed)
Jazz bassist, pianist and composer Charles Mingus is born in Nogales, Arizona, USA.
Jazz saxophonist, pianist and arranger Gerry Mulligan is born in New York City.
Boogie-woogie pianist Cow Cow Davenport records Mama Don't Allow No easy Riders Around Here and Slum Gullion Stomp , in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vocalion Records.
Emery Williams Jr is born in Haynes, Arkansas, USA. He will find success as blues pianist/vocalist Detroit Junior.
Violinist Albert Sandler and pianist Jean Melville, with vocalist Olive Groves, record An Old Violin and Looking At You for Columbia Records in London, UK.
Boogie woogie piano masters Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis record several solo piano pieces and several duets in new York City which will become the first recordings for Blue Note Records.
Cow Cow Boogie by Ella Mae Morse and The Freddie Slack Orchestra reaches No1 in the singles chart in the USA. The song is written by blues piano pioneer Cow Cow Davenport.
Popular jazz singer, pianist and songwriter Una Mae Carlisle lays down her last Columbia Records studio recording session, in New York City, USA.
R'n'b pianist Ivory Joe Hunter plays the second night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Charlie Kunz, billed as 'Radio's wizard of the piano', plays the second night of a week at The Regal Theatre, St Leonards, UK.
When Marian Anderson plays a concert in Richmond, Virginia, USA, the event is picketed by the NAACP (National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People) because it is taking place in a segregated theater. Duke Ellington, due to play the same venue shortly after, cancels his concert rather than be picketed. In a letter to DownBeat magazine, he angrily states, "Nobody wants to cross a picket line and get hurt; it just isn
The Biggest Show Of 1951, a package tour starring Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Marie Bryant, Peg Leg Bates, Stump And Stumpy, Timmie Rodgers and others begins at Boston Gardens, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Eddie Heywood Trio play at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
The Marian McPartland Trio records Moonlight In Vermont, Love For Sale, Yesterdays and All The Things You Are for Savoy Records in New York City, USA.
Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Axel Zwingenberger is born in Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Billboard magazine reports that singer Julie Andrews and jazz pianist Eddy Haywood have been signed to RCA Victor Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
I'm Walkin' by Fats Domino on Imperial Records peaks at No4 on the Billboard popular singles chart in the USA.
Jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi records the album Toshiko Akiyoshi Meets Her Old Pals, live in Bunkyo Public Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Asia, for King Records.
The highest new entry in this week's Cashbox magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, is Your Last Goodbye by Floyd Cramer, entering at No74.
The Rabin Band, Barbara Kay, Colin Day, Ray Pilgrim, The Hound Dogs, Arthur Greenslade and his swingin' piano, Groovin' Don Sanford, Rockin' Rex Morris, The Razz-Ma-Tazzers and George Chisholm perform live on the BBC Light Programme radio show Go Man Go in London, England, UK, Europe.
Jazz pianist Horace Silver is recording tracks for his album Song For My Father at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Record producer George Martin overdubs a piano track to Take 9 of The Beatles' recording of You Can't Do That, in Abbey Road studios, London, UK. It is intendes for the album version of this song, but it will not be used.
The Moody Blues play at The Community Centre, Ayr, Scotland, UK.
Anita Carter, with Chet Atkins as producer, records Twelve O'Clock High, I'm Counting On You and other tracks in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Musicians on the session are pianist Floyd Cramer, guitarists Grady Martin, James Wilkerson and Ray Edenton, steel guitarist Pete Drake , bassist Henry Strzelecki and drummer Jerry Carrigan [drums].
The Zombies play at Bingley Teachers' College, Bingley, England, UK, Europe.
The Hassles release a new single, Every Step I Take (Every Move I Make), in the USA on United Artists Records. Billy Joel is the pianist/vocalist in the band.
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra play a Concert of Sacred Music at the Enon Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bojan Zulfikarpašić is born in Belgrade, Serbia, Europe. He will find success a jazz pianist Bojan Z.
The Everly Brothers, with producer Lenny Waronker, record Portugese Bend and Carolyn Walking Away at Gold Star Recording Studios, 6252 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on this session features Sonny Curtis and James Burton [gtrs], Terry Slater [bass], Jerry Allison [drums] and Billy Preston [keyboards]. Neither of the tracks recorded at this session will be released.
The Amherst Student magazine of Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA, gives a favourable review to rock musical The Dream Engine, which has recently opened at the Kirby Theater in Amherst. The production is written by and stars Jim Steinman, who will find greater fame as the composer of Meatloaf's best-remembered early hits.
Newly emerging singer-songwriter Elton John plays the first of two nights at The Fillmore East, New York City, USA.
When Yes begin a UK tour at De Montford Hall, Leicester, they have a new keyboard player
Lanchester Arts Festival in Coventry, UK, stages a jam session which features Tony Iommi, Rick Wakeman, Ric Lee, Chris Squire and others.
Paul Simon and Peter Frampton are in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, to watch the opening game of the season for The Philadelphia Fury, a soccer team which they co-own with Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Peter Wolf and James Taylor.
To celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary, John Lennon buys a heart-shaped diamond and 5000 gardenias for Yoko Ono. She buys him a Rolls Royce.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, Karen Carpenter of The Carpenters dies of complications arising from anorexia nervosa, aged 32.
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The USA For Africa single We Are The World is being recorded at A+M Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, with Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles and Diana Ross.
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On her Compositions tour, Anita Baker plays at The World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Moody Blues play the last of three nights at Universal Amphitheater, Universal City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Coldplay play at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
Astrid Williamson releases a new album, Day Of The Lone Wolf, on One Little Indian Records in the UK.
Billy Joel and Elton John postpone their imminent concert at The Times Union Center, Albany, New York State, USA, after Joel's doctors advise him not to perform for 72 hours because of his "extreme fatigue." This is the second concert in the pair's Face 2 Face tour to be cancelled in recent days.
Yes play at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A farewell bash is held at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, London, UK, for Lucian Grainge of Universal Music, who is about to move to New York to become Universal Group CEO. The gathering is attended by Bob Geldof, Amy Winehouse, Ronan Keating and Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh. The event also features live performances from Scissor Sisters, Enrique Iglesias and Jamie Cullum.
Mose Allison plays at Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Billy Joel plays at Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California, USA.
Agnes Obel plays at The Bowery Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Prince plays a solo piano concert at at Paisley Park, Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA.