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22-year-old Frankie Baker shoots her lover, Allen Britt [aka Albert Britt] in an apartment at 212 Targee Street, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for cheating on her with another woman, Nellie Bly [aka Alice Pryor]. Britt will die four days later and the incident will become the basis of the song Frankie And Johnny, which has been recorded in over 250 versions by artists including Jimmie Rodgers (The Singing Brakeman), Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Patton, Taj Mahal, Sam Cooke, Lena Horne, Lonnie Donegan, Bob Dylan, Brook Benton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Fats Waller, Van Morrison, Brook Benton, Lindsay Lohan, Jack Johnson and Stevie Wonder.
Popular Chicago-based singer Tom Mack plays at The Imperial Cafe, Los Angeles, California, USA, performing "The songs that are hypnotizing the east - What The German Sang and Everyone Had A Whistle Like Me".
Williams And Walker are starring in their musical show Sons Of Ham at The California Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. (A popular song and dance duo, Bert Williams and George Walker are often cited as the first African-American superstars.)
Musical comedy The Show Girl is presented at Wallack's Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 64 performances.
Musical comedy The Storks is playing at The Dearborn Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is advertised as, "A fest of fun, delightful music, pretty girls."
Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra, with vocalist Frank Sinatra, play at the Astor Hotel, New York City, USA, during a fourteen-week engagement.
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows by Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes enters the Billboard Magazine Best Sellers Chart in the USA, at No10 a position it will maintain for just one week.
Judy Garland plays the sixth of seven nights at The Empire Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
Debravon Lewis is born in Solano County, California, USA. She will achieve success as a singer and songwriter in various styles, under the name Fizzy Qwick.
Hats Off To Larry by Del Shannon reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Clarence 'Frogman' Henry plays the fifth night of a week at The Beachcomber Bar, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
The String-a-Longs play the first night of a week at The Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Let's Get Together by Hayley Mills enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No8.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles are on holiday in Paris, France, Europe.
Betty Hutton is the musical guest star on The Kraft Music Hall, starring Perry Como on tv in the USA.
Johnny Cash, The Tennessee Three, June Carter, Roger Miller, Gordon Terry and Johnny Western play in The Municipal Auditorium, Topeka, Kansas, USA.
Sam Cooke records Twistin' The Night Away at RCA Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session features Earl Palmer (drums), Tommy Tedesco, Clifton White (guitar), Red Callender (bass), Ed Beal (piano), Jackie Kelso, John Ewing, Jewell Grant (saxophones) and Stuart Williamson (trumpet), most of whom were Wrecking Crew stalwarts.
Bill Haley And His Cometscontinue with a lengthy season at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Nat King Cole plays during a two-week season at Harrah's, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA.
Roy Orbison, Freddie And The Dreamers and Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders play at The Odeon, Glasgow, Scotland.
The Beatles play at The Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Support acts on this show are The Righteous Brothers, The Exciters, Jackie De Shannon, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, and the Bill Black Combo.
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The Who, billed as The High Numbers, play at The Railway Hotel, Harrow And Wealdstone, UK.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Always Something There To Remind Me by Sandie Shaw, composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
A UK package tour featuring Gerry And The Pacemakers, Gene Pitney, The Kinks and Marianne Faithfull arrives at The Futurist Theatre, Foreshore Road, South Bay, Scarborough. Also on the bill are The Manish Boys, with Davie Jones (David Bowie) on vocals.
Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames play at The Central School Of Art, Holborn, London, UK.
The Moody Blues play at Leeds University, Leeds, UK.
The Crystals, The Bobby Fuller Four, Dobie Gray, Bobby Rydell and Ian Whitcomb appear on syndicated tv pop show Shivaree, recorded for KABC in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Beau Brummels play at Berkshire Music School, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA.
Jefferson Airplane play at Harmon Gymnasium, University Of California, Berkeley, California, USA.
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When Rod McKuen plays 'His Birthday Concert' at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA, the show is recorded and eventually released as the album Rod McKuen At Carnegie Hall.
Got To Be There, the first solo hit single by Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the Canadian Pop Singles chart.
On their European Tour 1973, The Rolling Stones play the last of three nights at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play the second of two nights at The Civic Hall, Newcastle, England, UK.
Stevie Wonder makes a speech supporting the Martin Luther King Holiday bill, in Washington DC, USA. Wonder also uses the occasion to premiere his new song, Happy Birthday, written in honour of Dr Kng.
Chicago play in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.
Guitarist Jimmy Nolen, dies, aged 47, of a heart attack in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Nolen had worked with James Brown from 1965 until his death, and was renowned for his distinctive 'chicken scratch' guitar playing style.
A jury at The Old Bailey, London, UK, finds controversial music business manager/entrepreneur Don Arden not guilty on all charges relating to false imprisonment and blackmail of Harshad Patel, the former book-keeper/accountant of Arden's company Jet Records.
In a statement posted at her website, Madonna launches an attack on President George Bush of the USA, saying, “Our greatest risk is not terrorism and it's not Iraq or the ‘Axis of Evil.’ Our greatest risk is a lack of leadership, a lack of honesty and a complete lack of consciousness."
Coldplay play at Woodlands Pavilion, Spring, Texas, USA.
It is reported that German spider specialist Peter Jäger has named a newly-discovered hairy, yellow giant Malaysian spider Heteropoda davidbowie, in honour of rock star David Bowie. (One of Bowie's best-known albums was entitled The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.)
Justin Bieber plays at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
On his My World tour, Justin Bieber plays at The Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy, Europe.
Lights by Ellie Goulding enters the Billboard Top 10 Singles chart in the USA, making her the fourth British act to enter the Billboard Top Ten in this year.
Elvis Costello plays at Grobe Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Stevie Wonder performs his classic album Songs In The Key Of Life in its entirety at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the European leg of his All The Hits All Night Long tour, Lionel Richie plays at KoPi Arena, Oberhausen, Germany.
Manic Street Preachers play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Joe Fox plays at The Hare And Hounds, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.