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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.
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.
records the traditional Hawaiian hula song “Kane`ohe Hula at Victor Studios, New York City, USA.
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
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.
plays the first of two nights at The HemisFair, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
dies in New York City, USA.
International famed calypsonian
, 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.
begins two weeks of working in South Africa with local musicians, to create tracks for his forthcoming album Graceland.
The second day of the Navasota BluesFest (in memory of Mance Lipscombe) is held at Grimes
County Fairgrounds, Navasota, Texas, USA.
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.
, The Crane River Cajuns and others play at the Folk And Roots Festival, Southsea, England, UK.
is among the artists appearing at a Family Concert at the SF Free Folk Festival, San Francisco, California, USA.
And The Guilty Women play at Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, Illinois, USA.
And The Guilty Women play at The Highline Ballroom, New York City, USA.
And The Guilty Women play at The Regatta Bar, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
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.
releases her debut LP, Dori Freeman, on Free Dirt Records in the UK.
plays at The Winchester, Bournemouth, England, UK.
plays at The Rabbit Saloon, Bolton, England, UK.
plays at Cafe Indiependent, Scunthorpe, England, UK.
Nitin Sawhney plays the last of three nights at Ronnie Scott's club, Soho, London, England, UK.
Jarrod Dickenson releases the album Ready The Horses.