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Politics

Al Jolson performs with The Ray Miller Orchestra for President Calvin Coolidge at The White House, Washington DC, USA.
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play during the sixth month of a seven-month long residency in The Joseph Urban Room of the The Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA. In the course of the residency, Goodman will establish a popular new style of big-band music - swing.
Anselmo Sacasas And His Royal Havana Orchestra are playing at The Colony Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with The Four Senators.
Singer and songwriter Edna Heard performs live in a benefit for British War Relief, at The Kettle Drum Club, Huntington Palisades, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Revered politically-active folk singer and songwriter Pete Seeger marries his girlfriend Toshi Aline Ohta. The couple will remain together until her death at the age of 91.
The Slim Gaillard Quartet records Atomic Cocktail for Atomic Inc Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
An article about Paul Robeson in the New York Age describes him as "A Great Fighter for His People."
The musical comedy, Call Me Madam, with music by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, is playing at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 644 performances.
A feature about singing star Jo Stafford appears in Collier's Magazine in the USA, stating the Miss Stafford's patriotically-inclined broadcasts on the Voice Of America radio service in Europe, have "upset Joe Stalin". Communist newspaper The Daily Worker will take issue with the feature and argue that Stafford "delivers commercials for democracy the same way toothpaste companies deliver commercials for their product".
The musical comedy, Call Me Madam, with music by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, closes at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 644 performances.
Bob Dylan takes part with other musicians in a demonstration in Washington Square, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, against attempts to ban their Sunday afternoon get-togethers and music sessions. In due course, he will write the song Down At Washington Square about this day - but it will never be published or recorded.
Gene McDaniels is playing during a ten day residency at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Stand-up comedian and recording artist Lenny Bruce is arrested for obscenity during a performance at the Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, California, USA.
The first Lucie E. Campbell Appreciation Day is celebrated by The National Sunday School and the Baptist Training Union Congress of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. Gospel singer, songwriter Campbell is regarded as the "first lady of music" in church circles.
Folk music's elder statesman Pete Seeger writes a note to young singer-songwriter Phil Ochs, criticising one of his songs, about the John Birch Society, as being 'sophomoric'.
The Everly Brothers record The Drop Out and I Think Of Me for Warner Brothers Records in the USA.
Paul Simon writes to Swindon Folk Singers Club, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, to ask if they can give him any gigs, for his usual fee of
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Phil Ochs plays the first of three nights at Main Point, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Hollies record Too Many People and I've Been Wrong at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England, UK.
Despite having been drafted, Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys refuses to join the US Army.
The British Government moves the second reading of the Marine Broadcasting (Offences) Bill, designed to eliminate pirate radio broadcasts in the UK.
Country Joe McDonald (without his Fish) plays the first of two nights at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Oregon, USA.
A group of seventeen young demonstrators are ejected from the National City Christian church, frequented by US President Lyndon Johnson in Washington DC, USA, after they protest about the treatment of singer Eartha Kitt, who had spoken out during a recent function at The White House against the war in Vietnam.
While in the town of Appleton, Wisconsin, USA, for a concert, The Fugs perform an exorcism on the grave of Senator Robert McCarthy, leader of the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s.
Country Joe And The Fish play an afternoon show at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA, followed by an evening show at the Strawberry Mountain Fair, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Following the death of Elvis Presley, US President Jimmy Carter issues a statement, calling Elvis, "unique, irreplaceable."
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Funboy 3 release their debut single The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum, in the UK.
Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof asks the US Congress in Washington DC, USA, to help distribute food to victims of the famine in Africa.
It is reported that US civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks has won the right in court to proceed with her case against rap duo OutKast for using her name as the title of a hit song.
It is reported that the Nation Of Islam has handled security for a party held today at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch, California, USA. This event will lead to the dismissal of Jackson's publicist, Stuart Backeman.
During a radio interview, Bono of U2 gives out the phone number of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and urges the public to call him to protest against his failure to implement his promises about boosting foreign aid.
Peggy Seeger's 70th Birthday Concert is held at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England, UK. During the concert, Peggy Seeger is joined by Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy.
The Ejekt Festival at The Olympic Training Ground, Athens, Greece, Europe, starring The Beastie Boys and Madness, has to be abandoned because of violent anarchist riots. Rick Smith from British electronic outfit Underworld is hospitalized after reportedly being hit with a brick.
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The Peace Without Borders benefit concert is held in Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba, Caribbean. Over one million people turn up to see artists including Juanes (Colombia), Amaury Pérez (Cuba), Danny Rivera (Puerto Rico), Juan Fernando Velasco (Ecuador), Jovanotti (Italy), Luis Eduardo Auté (Spain), Miguel Bosé (Spain), Olga Tañón (Puerto Rico), Orishas (Cuba), Silvio Rodríguez (Cuba), Los Van Van (Cuba), Carlos Varela (Cuba), Víctor Manuel (Spain), CuCu Diamantes y Yerba Buena (Venezuela / Cuba) and X Alfonso (Cuba). The stated aim of the event is to help bring peace and unity to the region, but some critics perceive it as servicing the PR aims of Fidel Castro's government.
Russian rocker Yury Shevchuk, leader of Russian band DDT, clashes openly with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a charity literary-musical evening for children with cancer and leukemia in St. Petersburg, Russia, Europe.
Beirut and Laetitia Sadier play at The Congress Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees, suffering from an inflammation of the colon, cancels a meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street, London, UK, at which he was to launch the official Poppy Appeal song.
Lady Gaga visits the White House in Washington, DC, USA, to offer assistance to the Obama administration's anti-bullying campaign. Gaga meets with administration staffers, but is unable to speak with the president, who is in Kansas.
Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, The Band Perry and Victoria Justice perform for US President Obama and his family at the 30th annual Christmas in Washington concert, in the National Building Museum, Washington DC, USA.
Rusko play at The Congress theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Wu‐Tang Clan play at The Congress Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Feminist punk band Pussy Riot, being held in jail in Moscow, Russia, Europe because of their recent protest gig against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at Moscow's Christ The Savior Cathedral, are told they must finish preparing their defense by July 9. In response, they announced a hunger strike, arguing that there is not enough time for such preparations.
At the suggestion of the United Nations, Stevie Wonder [currently the United Nations Messenger of Peace] pulls out of an imminent fundraising show for the Israeli military. Wonder was scheduled to perform for the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces, in Los Angeles, California, USA, on December 6, 2012, with proceeds to go to Israeli soldiers and their families. In a statement, Wonder explains, 'Given the current and very delicate situation in the Middle East, and with a heart that has always cried out for world unity, I will not be performing at the FIDF Gala.' He also adds, 'I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere'.
At The National Music Publishers Association's "Celebration of the American Songwriter" event in Washington DC, USA, Aerosmith frontman (and multi-millionaire) Steven Tyler expresses his disdain for current digital royalty rates, stating. "If the laws continue going the way they are,[songwriters] will never be paid fairly for [their] own participation. So people, forgive me for being a little jaded about the state of copyright." He is referring mainly to the rates paid by streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify.
Peter Gabriel cancels tonight's planned concert in Kiev, Ukraine, Europe, due to security concerns as violence continues to sweep the country. Depeche Mode, Aerosmith and Motorhead have all recently cancelled shows in Ukraine.
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Rude Music Inc files a lawsuit against US Presidential candidate Mick Huckabee for alleged copyright infringement of the Survivor song, Eye Of The Tiger, during a recent religious assembly which he attended.
It is reported that terrorist organisation Islamic State (ISIS) has used Justin Bieber's hashtag to post a 15 minute video with horrific and graphic images, with the intention of bringing its message to the attention of at least some of Bieber's 74m Twitter followers.
The Dixie Chicks come to the end of a North American tour with a show at The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Manchester, UK, band Cabbage post a blistering Twitter attack against The Sun newspaper which recently proclaimed them as one of seven artists "likely to make their musical breakthrough" in the coming year.
A celebration of 300 years since the formation of the first Grand Lodge Of England is held at The Palladium, London, England, UK, Europe, featuring Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, Rick Wakeman, Nick Heyward, Joe Pasquale and others.
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