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Peter H. Foley of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, files a US patent application for his invention of a new type of banjo leg rest, intended to free the performer from having to use both arms to support the instrument while playing.
The ukulele is patented by the Honolulu Ad Club, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, in an attempt to stop copies being made outside of Hawaii.
Rod Bernard is born in Opelousas, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a pioneering swamp-pop singer, scoring hits including This Should Go On Forever, Colinda, One More Chance and Pardon Mr. Gordon.
Alfred Apaka records the traditional Hawaiian hula song “Kane`ohe Hula at Victor Studios, New York City, USA.
Legendary calypsonian Lord Kitchener with Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders record The Underground Train and Nora, for Parlophone Records in Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
John Coltrane, Miriam Makeba, Oscar Brown Jr., and Machito's Band play the fifth night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Blues guitarist and singer Herman E. Johnson is recording tracks for his Arhoolie Records' LP Louisiana Country Blues, in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, USA.
Judy Garland, Duke Ellington, Miriam Makeba, Slide Hampton, Cal Tjader, Quincy Jones and mel Torme are among the artists appearing live today at The Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
Mexico by famed Nashville session-bassist Bob Moore reaches No1 in the Australian singles chart.
When sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar plays at Royce Hall, University Of California, Los Angeles, California, USA, the concert is recorded, and will be released by World Pacific music as Ravi Shankar - In Concert.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Bob Dylan is at The Friars nightclub in Toronto, Canada, rehearsing with a group called The Hawks who will, in due course, evolve into The Band.
Virtuoso acoustic guitarist and recording artist Eric Roche is born in New York City, USA. He will find success after moving to Ireland, Europe.
Ravi Shankar plays at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The two-day long Boston Globe Jazz festival begins at The War memprial Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Artists appearing over the two days of the event include Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mongo Santamaria, Herbie Mann, Miriam Makeba, Wes Montgomery, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Gary Burton.
Ravi Shankar plays the first of two nights at The HemisFair, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
At The Record Plant, New York City, USA, Jimi Hendrix is recording Message From Nine To The Universe.
Michael Lang, producer of the Woodstock Festival, confirms that The Incredible String Band and Ravi Shankar have been added to the bill.
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. He will remain at the clinic until May 1981.
Richie Havens plays the second of two nights at the Bottom Line, New York City, USA, supported by Gary Yudman.
King Sunny Ade plays at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, UK, Europe.
Philip Tabane's Malombo play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe, with Didi and Juba.
Paul Simon begins two weeks of working in South Africa with local musicians, to create tracks for his forthcoming album Graceland.
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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.
The second day of the Navasota BluesFest (in memory of Mance Lipscombe) is held at Grimes County Fairgrounds, Navasota, Texas, USA.
Cuban trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, of Buena Vista Social Club fame, plays at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Sleeptrain Amphitheater, Marysville, California, USA.
Final day of the Beautiful Days Festival at Escot Park, Devon, England, UK. Sixty bands, including Michael Franti And Spearhead, The Levellers, Wonderstuff, Billy Bragg, Jill Sobule, Oyster Band, I Am Kloot and Glen Tilbrook on four stages over three days.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Gorge, George, Washington, USA.
Amy Wadge, The Crane River Cajuns and others play at the Folk And Roots Festival, Southsea, England, UK.
Richie Havens plays the last of three nights at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Faith Petric is among the artists appearing at a Family Concert at the SF Free Folk Festival, San Francisco, California, USA.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, Illinois, USA.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at The Highline Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at The Regatta Bar, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band play at the Lotto Arena, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe.
A new museum to honour the memory of anti-establishment musician Fela Kuti, known as The King of Afrobeat, is opened in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa.
Ukulele master and teacher Hiram Kaailau Bell performs live at The Ukethon in The Palace Of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California, USA. The event is being held in celebration of the fact that the Ukulele was introduced to San Francisco during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915.
The Dead Daisies play at The Garage, London, England, UK, Europe.
Dori Freeman releases her debut LP, Dori Freeman, on Free Dirt Records in the UK.
Talisco plays at The Winchester, Bournemouth, England, UK.
Talisco plays at The Rabbit Saloon, Bolton, England, UK.
Talisco plays at Cafe Indiependent, Scunthorpe, England, UK.
Nitin Sawhney plays the last of three nights at Ronnie Scott's club, Soho, London, England, UK.
On their 19-date Rock Paper Scissors tour Sting and Peter Gabriel play at Quebec City Summer Festival, The Plains Of Abraham, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
On their 19-date Rock Paper Scissors tour Sting and Peter Gabriel play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sting and Peter Gabriel come to the end of their 19-date Rock Paper Scissors tour with a show at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Living Gods of Haiti release their debut LP, Bone Dry, on Kwaidan Records in the UK.
Jarrod Dickenson releases the album Ready The Horses.
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