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Ten days after arriving in the UK, American bandleader Paul Specht
and his band are granted work permits enabling them
to perform in Britain. They had been refused work permits, but US Secretary of State, Charles Hughes, who had travelled on the same ship, used his influence with the British Government to have the permits granted.
spends the third of six days recording blues material at Klack's Store, Lake Cormorant, Mississippi, USA, for the Library of Congress Recording initiative. During these sessions, he will record Levee Camp Blues, Government Fleet Blues, Walking Blues, Shetland Pony Blues, Fo' Clock Blues, Camp Hollers and Delta Blues.
The dystopian sci-fi novel Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell is published in the UK. The book and its sinister character, Big Brother
, will inspire numerous songs, including 1984
and Big Brother
by Stevie Wonder
. In September 2009, the English alternative rock band Muse will release The Resistance, which includes songs influenced by 1984.
The Korean War
, between South and North Korea, begins and will continue for three years. This horrific conflict will inspire the ultra-patriotic song The Voice Of Free America by country singer Jimmie Osborne
Controversial American deejay Alan Freed
faces the first of two days of being grilled by Senate investigators determined to get to the bottom of his involvement in the music industry's payola
performs in a private concert for U.S. President John F. Kennedy and French President Charles de Gaulle at The Palais de Chaillot, France, Europe.
Seeking to overcome the problems posed by the Government of the USA refusing to grant work permits to UK bands, British MP Kenneth Lomas, asks the UK Ministry
of Labour to refuse permits to American artists, but his suggestion is turned down.
arrives in the UK for radio and tv dates, but is refused a work permit. This act is seen as retaliation for similar problems faced by British artists in America.
continues recording the album Highway 61 Revisited
in Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, USA. He works on songs including Highway 61 Revisited, Desolation Row and Ballad Of A Thin Man.
The first of two nights by The Doors
at the H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, is cancelled by the auditorium officials who claim that the show is not 'in the best interest of the people of Hawaii, USA.' The mayor adds, 'They can keep their dirty habits to themselves.'
Dance band leader and recording artist Ted Heath
dies aged 67 in Virginia Water, Surrey, UK. (N.B. He should not be confused with Edward Heath the Conservative politician, who also had musical leanings.)
Eleven guards and 31 prisoners die in riots at Attica State Prison
, New York State, USA. Just a few weeks later, John Lennon
will write the song Attica State
, lamenting the deaths but also commenting on the poor living conditions and human rights violations in the prison which had led to the riot.
announces his intention to run for the position of Mayor Of Detroit, Michigan, USA in 1992.
Martie Erwin of The Dixie Chicks
marries pharmaceutical representative Ted Seidel in the USA.
"shock and awe" bombing campaign
hits Baghdad, Iraq, Western Asia, and the northern Iraqi cities of Mosul and Kirkuk. Pentagon officials stated that the campaign would send 1,500 bombs and missiles over Iraq in the first 24 hours. Deaths are estimated at 6,616. Shock And Awe
by Neil Young
, Shock And Awe by Teenage Fanclub
and Dreaming Of Paris by Van Dyke Parks are among the many songs reflecting on the shock and awe campaign.
The first wave of America's
The US Department of Homeland Security announces that Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens
) has been placed on a government ‘no-fly’ list, and is not allowed to enter the USA.
meets with US President George Bush over lunch at The White House
, Washington, DC, to petition the President about the plight of the poor of the world.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange voluntarily attends a police station in England in response to a Swedish police request for questioning in relation to a sexual assault investigation. He is arrested and taken into custody, thus beginning a lengthy fight against extradition to Sweden. Folk band The Portraits
will be inspired to write their 2012 song Backyard about the way in which the British Government treated Assange.
The New Deal play at The Congress Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
It is reported that Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, is now offering a course entitled Politicizing Beyonce
, in its Women And Gender Studies syllabus. Beyonce
's husband, Jay-Z
is already the subject of a course at Georgetown University, Washington DC.
plays at The Conexus Arts Centre, Regina, Canada, during his four-city series of Honor The Treaties
concerts, aimed at raising money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund. Support act on these shows is Diana Krall
Mayor of London Boris Johnson performs a spoken version of Jessie J's Bang Bang
live on the Capital Breakfast show in London, UK, to promote the New Year's Eve 2014 fireworks display in central London.
Electronic musician Moby reveals on Instagram
that he has rejected an offer to provide music Donald Trump's inauguration ball. Well known to be a supporter of the Democrats, he once described Trump as an "actual sociopath" in a feature he wrote for Rolling Stone magazine.
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."