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Frederick Wilmoth Hendricks is born in Port Of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago, Caribbean. He will find international fame as calypsonian Wilmoth Houdini.
Albert Leech of Arlington, New Jersey, USA, files a patent application for his invention of an improved type of whistle which, he claims, will "improve the tone quality and convert a single-tone whistle into an instrument having a range of two or more octaves, and, furthermore, to construct the same so that it may be mastered by unskilled persons, without practice, to reproduce any familiar air or melody".
J.M. Busby's Colored Minstrel Show is performing in Lordsburg, New Mexico, USA.
Alfred Apaka records Hawaii's Charm for Decca Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Clarence Profit's Trio and The Calypso Recorders are playing at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Hawaiian vocalist Alfred Apaka, with Tommy Castro on steel guitar, records Uhe`uhene in Victor Studios, New York City, USA.
The Bill Bailey Minstrel Show, described as "a blackface opera", opens at Fort Myers, Florida, USA. The show has a company of fifty, including Brother Slim Williams, Danny Evans and Possum Gill.
Adrian Sherwood is born in London, England, UK, Europe. He will find success and acclaim as a record producer and re-mixer with a distinctive style based on applying dub effects and dub mixing techniques to EDM tracks as well as mainstream songs.
John Coltrane, Miriam Makeba, Oscar Brown Jr., and Machito's Band play the third night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
John Coltrane, Miriam Makeba, Oscar Brown Jr., and Machito's Band play the last night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Mexico by famed Nashville session-bassist Bob Moore reaches No1 in the Australian singles chart.
The Tokens relinquish their copyright in their hit song The Lion Sleeps Tonight, to Folkways Records, owners of the song Wimoweh, on which The Lion Sleeps Tonight is based.
The LP Another Black And White Minstrel Show by The George Mitchell Minstrels reaches No1 in the UK's NME Popular Albums chart. It will remain at No1 for a total of eight weeks. The show has since become regarded as perhaps the most blatantly racist television programme ever broadcast.
Ravi Shankar is playing at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ravi Shankar plays at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rosko records At The Door Of The Temple and A Glance At The Future for Verve-Forecast Records in New York City, USA.
International famed calypsonian Wilmoth Houdini dies in New York City, USA.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe.
Fela Kuti, having been arrested for robbing the 7-Up bottling company in Nigeria, Africa, is released on bail.
Philip Tabane's Malombo play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe, with Didi and Juba.
Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
Bill Gavin, founder of The Gavin Report, an influential weekly publication which monitored air play for records in the USA, dies of cancer at his home in Mill Valley, California, USA, aged 77.
Kim Wilde, Sinitta, Sonia, Aswad and members of Beats International play in the Radio 1 Sega Splash for Starlight event, Princes Club, Middlesex, England, UK.
Black Uhuru play at The Starlight Bowl, Balboa Park, San Diego, California, USA.
Paloma Ayana Stoecker is born in Paris, France, Europe. She will find success as singer-songwriter Delilah, based in London, England, UK.
The tribute album Is it Rolling Bob?: A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan is released. The album includes cover versions of songs written by Bob Dylan, performed by reggae artists including Toots Hibbert, Gregory Isaacs, Black Uhuru and Sly And Robbie.
Alabama 3, The Bees, Jah Wobble, Emiliana Torrini, El Presidente, Black Velvets, Editors, and Exist play on the first day of The Belladrum Highlands Summer Festival in the Italian Gardens, Belladrum Estate, by Beauly, Scotland, UK.
The three day long Endorse-it In Dorset festival begins at Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, England, UK. Headline act is Desmond Dekker And The Aces, other acts on the bill include Zion Train, Pronghorn, Sub-Giant and The Ukrainians.
Cuban trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, of Buena Vista Social Club fame, plays at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
Amy Wadge, The Crane River Cajuns and others play at the Folk And Roots Festival, Southsea, England, UK.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre-TX, Schertz, Texas, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
The three-day-long Second Vancouver Steel Guitar Festival continues at Rime, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, featuring Steve Dawson, Michael Dunn, Lorene and Art Ruymar, Blind God, Michael Flunkert, Kamoe, The Outriggers, Tim Tweedale, Alexander Varty, Scott Smith and Aaron Joyce.
The three-day-long Second Vancouver Steel Guitar Festival comes to an end at Rime, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, featuring Steve Dawson, Michael Dunn, Lorene and Art Ruymar, Blind God, Michael Flunkert, Kamoe, The Outriggers, Tim Tweedale, Alexander Varty, Scott Smith and Aaron Joyce.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at The Livery, Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA.
The Blasters play at Commons Beach, Tahoe City, California, USA.
David Fanshawe, a composer and pioneer of what later became known as world music, dies aged 68, following a stroke at his home near Ramsbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. His best-known work is African Sanctus, which mixes live field recordings made in Africa with composed choral and orchestral sections written by Fanshawe.
Little Feat play at The IndigO2, Greenwich, England, UK.
Little Feat play at The Bottle And Cork in Dewey Beach, Delaware, USA, supported by Amy Lennard.
De La Soul, Goldie Lookin' Chain and Roots Manuva play at Brownstock Music Festival, Morris Farm, Chelmsford, England, UK.
The Sixth Annual No Music Day takes place in Nigeria, Africa. The event, organised by the Nigerian Music Industry Coalition, is designed to focus attention on the widespread infringement of the rights of composers, song writers, performers, music publishers and other stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry. As part of activities of No Music Day 2014, the coalition requests all broadcast stations and major users of music across the country not to broadcast music between the hours of 9am-10am on the day as a mark of solidarity with the nation’s creative industry which is being devastated by massive copyright infringement.
Talisco plays at The Crown, Merthyr, Wales, UK.
Talisco plays at Lady Luck, Canterbury, England, UK.
The Living Gods of Haiti release their debut LP, Bone Dry, on Kwaidan Records in the UK.
Stanley Brinks (formerly known as Herman Dune) and Freschard play at New Zitrone, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Maggie Roche of The Roches dies aged 65 of complications from breast cancer, in the USA.
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