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Spiritual group the Dinwiddie Quartet put black music on record for the first time, when they record five spirituals and one popular song for The Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, New Jersey, USA.
J.M. Busby's Colored Minstrel Show is performing in Lordsburg, New Mexico, USA.
Joseph Barrios is born in Cut Off, Louisiana, USA. He will find success in the early 1960s as cajun vocalist Joe Barry.
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.
Fernest Arceneaux is born in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. He will become a versatile accordion player, guitarist and singer leading Fernest And The Thunders on the Blues Unlimited label in the 1970s.
Wilmoth Houdini And His Royal Calypso Orchestra record the LP Harlem Seen Through Calypso Eyes for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
The LP Belafonte Sings Of The Caribbean by Harry Belafonte enters the Billboard Top 40 Albums Chart in the USA where it will peak at No3 during a sixteen-week stay on the chart.
John Coltrane, Miriam Makeba, Oscar Brown Jr., and Machito's Band play the first 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 fifth 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 sixth night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The Tokens release a new single, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, on RCA Victor Records in the USA with top production team Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore. The song is a re-written version of the Zulu folk song Wimoweh.
The Christmas No1 single in the USA and Canada is The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens.
Martin Glover is born in Africa. He will find success as Youth, bass player of UK bands Killing Joke and Brilliant. He will also find considerable success as a record producer.
Cher releases a new single, The Click Song Number One, in the USA on Imperial Records. It will fail to chart, stalling her career until her comeback four years later with Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves. The song is a cover version of a South African folk song, previously recorded by Miriam Makeba.
Ravi Shankar plays at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
At The Record Plant, New York City, USA, Jimi Hendrix is recording Message From Nine To The Universe.
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.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe.
Black Uhuru, Yellowman and Sophia George play at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Contemporary Flamenco guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela release the album Live – Manchester And Dublin, in the UK on Rubyworks Records.
Mattafix come to the end of their residency at Yo Yo in the Notting Hill Arts Centre, London, England, UK. Talvin Singh turns up to guest with them.
The third and last day of Fairport Convention’s annual Cropredy Festival held near Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, UK, features Richard Digance, Beth Neilsen Chapman, The Hamsters and Fairport Convention.
The Duhks play at The Soul Cafe, Maidstone, England, UK.
Players play at Too2Much, Soho, London, England, UK.
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 Notting Hill Carnival sets West London, England, UK, alight with the very best in West Indian music, dance, food and culture, drawing in a crowd of 750,000 people.
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 Woodlands Pavilion, Spring, Texas, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre-KS, Bonner Springs, Kansas, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
Big Star release a new album, In Space, in the UK on Ryko Records.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at Fitzgerald's, Berwyn, Illinois, USA.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at The Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at The Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, New York State, USA.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at The Regatta Bar, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 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.
Alex Clare, All Saints, Bastille, Blondie, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, George Ezra, James Arthur, Janelle Monáe, John Newman, Justin Timberlake, Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, Miles Kane, Pixie Lott, Starsailor, The Human League, The Stranglers, The Strypes, The Wailers Band, To Kill A King and Tom Odell play at the V2014 festival, Weston Park, Stafford, England, UK.
Damon Albarn, Songhoy Blues and Nahawa Doumbia play at Festival Acoustik in the Institut Francais, Bamako, Mali, Africa. The event has gone ahead despite recent ISIS bombings in Mali, and is seen as a celebration of the country's rich musical heritage in defiance of extremist groups and a state of emergency.
Talisco plays at Cafe Indiependent, Scunthorpe, England, UK.
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.
Stanley Brinks (formerly known as Herman Dune) and Freschard play at Le Magasin De Jouets, Arles, France, Europe.
Stanley Brinks (formerly known as Herman Dune) and Freschard play at New Zitrone, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Stanley Brinks (formerly known as Herman Dune) and Freschard play at White Rabbit, Freiburg, Germany, Europe.
Otis Taylor releases a new LP, Fantasizing About Being Black, on Inakustic Records in the UK and Ireland.
Jarrod Dickenson releases the album Ready The Horses.
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