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Simon Aleyn, Vicar of St Michael's Church, Bray, Berkshire, England, UK, Europe, dies. In his lifetime, he became notorious for having changed his religious beliefs from Catholic to Protestant and back again in order to match the beliefs of whichever king or queen was on the throne of England. This ploy helped him retain his valued position as Vicar Of Bray. His devious ways inspired the 17th century ballad The Vicar Of Bray which can still be heard today, as performed by folk artists including The Broadside Band and Dick Gaughan.
Georgia Brown, the daughter of Georgia State House of Representatives member Dr George Thaddeus Brown, is born in Georgia, USA. Some time later, Dr. Brown will meet bandleader Ben Bernie and will tell him that subsequent to the baby girl's birth, the Georgia General Assembly had issued a declaration that she was to be named Georgia after the state. Bennie then had the idea for the song Sweet Georgia Brown which includes the lyric lyric - "Georgia claimed her - Georgia named her." The song is usually listed as having been written in 1925 by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics).
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra begin the second 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.
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra begin the third 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.
Bruce Langhorne is born in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. In a long and acclaimed career as a folk-oriented guitarist, Langhorne will work with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Odetta, Tom Rush, Richie Havens and Richard And Mimi Farina. He will become particularly known as the man who partly-inspired the Bob Dylan song Mr. Tambourine Man.
Artie Shaw and his Orchestra play at the Mayor Of Bronzeville Ball, in the Savoy Theatre, Chicago, Illinois.
Public and private dance events featuring jazz and swing music are prohibited by the Nazi government in Germany, Europe.
US Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 is cut in half in a collision with the Japanese destroyer Amagiri, off Kolombangara, Solomon Islands, East of Papua, New Guinea, Oceania. The commander of the PT-109, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, will be awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his bravery in this action. Kennedy is also awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in the collision. He will, in due course, become the President of the United States Of America. The tale of PT-109 will inspire the 1961 country song PT-109 by Jimmy Dean, which will reach No8 on the Billboard pop music chart in the USA, and No3 on the country music chart.
Country music singer and fiddle player Shorty Long records No Wars In Heaven, Don't Tell Mommy, Blinding Tears and Mama for Syd Nathan's King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Bandleader Karl King is honoured with a surprise testimonial dinner held in the Savory Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, with congressman James Dolliver presiding. Two hundred and fifty guests attend, including Paul Yoder, Glenn Cliff Bainum, and A.A. Harding. Governor William Beardsley presents a plaque declaring King to be the foremost composer of band music and an inspiration to millions of young musicians.
Paul Robeson addresses the World Peace Rally, sponsored by The National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, in New York City, USA.
Harry Belafonte is appearing live at Ciro's, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
US Congressman Winstead places into the Congressional Record Roy Acuff's statements that May 26 of every year should be named Hill Billy Music Day, as a celebration of country music.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows play to an all-white audience at The Colosseum, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Frank Sinatra attends a luncheon at The White House, Washington DC, USA.
After seeing The Twist danced at The Peppermint Lounge, influential New York Journal columnist Cholly Knickerbocker (real name Igor Cassini) writes that you don't have to be a teenager to enjoy doing this new dance.
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Bob Dylan plays a benefit show for CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality) at the City College Of New York, New York City.
When Bob Dylan attends a Civil Rights Voters' registration rally on Silas McGee's farm in Greenwood, Mississippi, USA, he performs a previously unheard song, Only A Pawn In Their Game. Pete Seeger and Theodore Bikel also perform at this event.
The New Christy Minstrels play at The White House, Washington DC, USA, for President Lyndon Johnson. One of those Minstrels is Gene Clark , later to become a founder member of The Byrds.
The City Council of Daly City, California, USA, establishes an architecture committee because, says Mayor Michael DeBernardi, "We don't want the area to develop into a series of boxes." The move is seens by many as a response to the comments made in Malvina Reynolds' popular folk song Little Boxes, which was inspired by the songwriter driving through Daly City and being upset by the suburban domestic architecture.
The Four Seasons are invited by President Lyndon B. Johnson to perform at The Democratic Party National Convention in the USA.
Shake/A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
British pop weekly Melody Maker runs a front page article headlined 'Pop Protest Songs Soar'. Universal Soldier by Donovan is cited as one significant example.
Country Joe McDonald (without his Fish) plays the first of two nights at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Pete Seeger plays at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA.
Love, Congress of Wonders, and Sons of Champlin play the second of three nights at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
John Lennon (of The Beatles] and Yoko Ono pay for Billboards to go up in eleven cities around the world, declaring, "War Is Over! If You Want It!"
Bob Dylan is in Columbia Recording Studio E, New York City, USA, working on a new version of Blowin' In the Wind.
Ghetto Child by The Detroit Spinners enters the UK Popular Singles Chart, where it will peak at No7 during a ten-week run on the chart. The musical feel and structure of this song will inspire Elvis Costello to write his second single, Alison, in 1977.
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The song Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen is named as the "Unofficial Youth Rock Anthem" of New Jersey, USA, by the New Jersey State Assembly. Springsteen found this accolade somewhat ironic because the song was "about leaving Jersey."
Jello Biafra of anarcho-punk-rock band The Dead Kennedys suffers defeat in the attempt to be elected as Mayor Of San Francisco, California, USA. Dianne Feinstein, chair of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors gets 46.63% of the vote, while Senator Quentin Kopp gets 44.72%.
Doc Dart, anarchist punk rock vocalist with The Crucifucks, finishes last of three candidates in the city primary election for mayor of Lansing, Michigan, USA. Dart manages to secure 5% of the vote.
Public Enemy, Queen Latifah and Biz Markie play at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Sizzling Summer Tour '90, featuring Public Enemy, The Afros, Queen Latifah, Kid 'N Play, Digital Underground and Big Daddy Kane, comes to an end at The Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA.
B.B. King plays Merry Christmas Baby for an audience including Pope John Paul II and sundry assembled cardinals during a concert at The Vatican, Rome, Italy, Europe. Before the show King was granted an audience with The Pope, during which he gave one of his treasured 'Lucille' guitars to the pontiff.
US radio network Clear Channel Communications fires controversial hip-hop journalist Davey D from his post as Community Affairs Director at KMEL/San Francisco. The move is widely interpreted as an attempt to silence any voice which airs views at odds with the official US government stance on the World Trade Center attack.
R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and Bright Eyes play a concert in support of US Presidential candidate John Kerry at The Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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U2 frontman Bono holds discussions in Brussels, Belgium, Europe, with European Commission leader Jose Manuel Barroso and other world leaders, asking them to support Africa and the momentum gained by the Live8 concerts. "Put down your national flags," he tells them. "Look up from the numbers and look to the future. People are dying for the most stupid reasons."
It is announced that Pink Floyd is to re-unite to play at the upcoming London Live8 concert.
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Jason Mraz plays at The Congress Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Robyn and Barry Manilow are among the artists performing at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, Europe.
Rihanna is named by The Barbados Tourism Authority as the new official international ambassador for her home country of Barbados, Caribbean.
Former US President Bill Clinton joins the band Chicago on stage in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, on the 20th Anniversary of his 1991 presidential bid announcement.
Madonna announces plans to build ten new schools in Malawi, Africa, in a joint project involving her Raising Malawi charity and the non-profit group buildOn.
In a letter published in The Times, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys, Pete Townshend of The Who and other British music stars call for the release of the three members of Russian band Pussy Riot who have been in jail since March for staging a protest gig against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Christ The Savior Cathedral, Moscow, Russia, Europe. The letter is timed to coincide with a visit to London by Putin.
Bez, real name Mark Berry, best known as the dancer with the band Happy Mondays, launches a bid to become a Member Of Parliament, on behalf of the newly formed Reality Party.
Neil Young calls for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee shop chain, because it has teamed with biotechnology company Monsanto to sue the state of Vermont for trying to introduce mandatory labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in foodstuffs.
When U2 begin the European leg of their Innocence And Experience world tour in Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy, Europe, singer Bono changes the lyrics of their song Pride (In The Name Of Love) to "One boy washed up on an empty beach", a reference to Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach earlier in the week.
The Dixie Chicks play at The Toyota Amphitheater, Sacramento, California, USA.
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