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Pharmacist Dr. John Pemberton of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, begins selling a carbonated drink of his own devising as a patent medicine. He will go on to found The Pemberton Medicine Company, which will find global success after a name change to The Coca-Cola Company. This universally-available fizzy drink will inspire several songs including Rum And Coca Cola by The Andrews Sisters and and the somewhat more salacious Coca Cola Douche by The Fugs. It's also worth noting that the hit single I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing by The New Seekers, was based on a 1971 Coca Cola advertising jingle - I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke.
Jack The Ripper claims his first [documented] victim, a prostitute called Mary Ann Nicholls in Whitechapel, London, UK. Although the full total of his victims is unknown, he will slaughter at least four more ladies of the night, [Annie Chapman, then Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Kelly]. The Ripper's horrific crimes will inspire the comedy-rock'n'roll song Jack The Ripper in 1963 by Screaming Lord Sutch. Melodically, Jack The Ripper takes its inspiration directly from the 1960 hit Alley Oop by The Hollywood Argyles.
Armenter Chatmon is born in Bolton, Mississippi, USA. He will find fame as blues vocalist/guitarist Bo Carter. A member of the Mississippi Sheiks, he will also pursue a solo career best-remembered for his bawdy 1920s and 30s recording successes, including Please Warm My Weiner, Ramrod Daddy, Banana In Your Fruit Basket and My Pencil Don't Write.
The Moonlight Maids Burlesquers are playing at The Dewey Theatre, New York City, USA.
Ronnie Biggs is born in Lambeth, London, UK. He will find notoriety in 1963 as a member of the infamous Great Train Robbery gang, and will later record tracks with The Sex Pistols, Die Toten Hosen and others.
Minimalist composer, pianist, vocalist and dancer Julius Eastman is born in New York City, USA. An African-American, he will become one of the first musicians to combine minimalist processes with elements of pop music, and will give his pieces provocatively socio-political titles, such as Evil Nigger and Gay Guerrilla.
James Patrick Page, better known as Jimmy Page, guitarist of The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, is born in Heston, Middlesex, UK.
Foster MacKenzie III is born in Asheville, North Carolina. In the late 1970s, he will find a measure of notoriety as Root Boy Slim, leader of the Washington D.C.-based Sex Change Band.
With a record advance sale of $2m, the Irving Berlin musical comedy Call Me Madam opens on Broadway at The Imperial Theatre, New York City, USA, where it will run for 644 performances, grossing over $4m.
Trinidadian singer Young Tiger appears on British television singing a calypso-style song, I Was There (at the Coronation), which described in great detail the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which had taken place earlier in the day. Young Tiger had in fact recorded the song two months earlier based on advance information he had been given about the Coronation. Other songs inspired by Queen Elizabeth II include God Save The Queen (1977) by The Sex Pistols and Her Majesty (1969) by The Beatles.
A package tour, The Fantabulous Rock'n'Roll Show of '57, arrives at the Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, West Virginia, USA. Headliners are Ruth Brown, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bo Diddley, Smiley Lewis, The Five Satins and Paul 'Hucklebuck' Williams. When a female Bump'n'Grind duo called The Spence Twins take to the stage in flimsy negligee-like outfits, the place erupts and police have to be called in to stop the show. On the same day, amateur skiffle group The Quarrymen perform from the back of a lorry in Roseberry St, Liverpool, UK. Their guitarist is John Lennon, later to form The Beatles.
James Morrison is born in London, UK. He will find fame as Jimbob, half of the 90s UK hitmaking duo of Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine. [aka Carter USM]
Belle Barth is playing at The Roundtable, New York City, USA.
Rusty Warren opens at The Roundtable, New York City, USA.
US music trade magazine Billboard reports that Adam Young, Chairman of the Radio Trade Practices Committee, has called for screening of all pop music lyrics by the National Association of Broadcasters Code Committee. It seems that Mr Young is concerned about "the proliferation of songs dealing with raw sex and violence, beamed directly and singularly at children and teenagers." [censorship]
The Bachelors play at the first 'Rock'n'Twist' event at The Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex, UK, supported by Dave Martin And The Martells.
The Melodons, The Belcastro Trio, The Jazz Interpreters, The Denver University Stage Band, The Billy Harper Sextet, The Henderson Collegians, The Mitch Farber Sextet, The Dick Sisto Quartet, The peabody Jazz Quintet, The Ed Fritz Trio, The Notre Dame Jazz Quartet and others play at The 1964 Collegiate Jazz Festival, University Of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA.
The Beatles play at The Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
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As a result of his recent trouser-splitting antics onstage in Croydon, P.J.Proby is banned from performing in all ABC Theatres in the UK.
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Anarchic folk group The Fugs perform at the opening of the Peace Eye bookstore in New York City, USA.
An internal FBI memo declares that a woman named Jacqueline Hammond "has considerable information concerning sex parties" at The Carlyle Hotel, Manhattan, New York City, USA, involving Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., the three Kennedy brothers, plus Kennedy brother-in-law and actor Peter Lawford and his wife.
Sex Pistols record demos at Majestic Studios, Clapham, London, with Chris Spedding, followed by gig at the 100 Club, with The 101ers supporting. This gig is the first time The Pistols are seen by Shane MacGowan, later to form The Pogues.
The Sex Pistols are in Wessex Studio, London, UK, recording the single version of Anarchy In the UK with Pink Floyd/Roxy Music producer Chris Thomas
The Sex Pistols release a new single, God Save The Queen, in the UK. On the same day, Elvis Costello plays his first gig under that name at The Nashville pub in West London.
The Sex Pistols start another UK Tour at The Lafayette, Wolverhampton, under the pseudonym The Spots, hoping to avoid council censorship.
Johnny Thunders Allstars, featuring Steve Jones and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols, play at The Speakeasy, London, UK.
Notorious serial killer, rapist, kidnapper and necrophiliac Ted Bundy dies in the electric chair at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida, USA. Bundy's grim exploits will become the subject of such songs as The Drifter by Green On Red, Blackest Eyes by Porcupine Tree, and Ted, Just Admit It by Jane's Addiction.
Chad Smith and Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers are arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, and charged with sexually harassing a woman. They plead guilty.
In Miami, Florida, USA, the trial of 2 Live Crew and the distributor of its LP As Nasty As They Wanna Be vs Sheriff Nick Navarro begins. Navarro had recently succeeded in having the LP declared obscene, largely based on a recent Mimai Herald newspaper review which states that, "Many of 2 Live Crew's lyrics are so filled with hard-core sexual, sadistic and masochistic material that they could not be printed here, even in censored form."
Madonna is featured on the cover of Interview magazine in the USA, posed controversially with one hand between her thighs and the other on her breast.
The second Oasis album, (What's The Story) Morning Glory enters the UK chart at No1. On the same day, rapper Tupac Shakur is released from prison on $1.4m (?930,000) bail to appeal against his four-and-a-half year jail sentence for sexual assault.
Nils Stevenson, road manager for The Sex Pistols and Siouxsie and the Banshees, dies in London. On the same day, The Rolling Stones' Licks World Tour plays at the First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Michael Jackson fans turn out in cities across the world including London, Paris, Rome, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York to hold candlelit vigils in support of their beleaguered idol, currently facing child molestation charges in California, USA.
Static-X guitarist Todd Salvador (aka Tripp Eisen) is charged in New Jersey, USA, with aggravated sexual assault, child endangerment and kidnapping of a 14 year old girl who he had met on the internet. This charge comes just two weeks after a previous arrest, in California, on charges of committing a lewd act with a child.
Michael Jackson arrives forty minutes late at his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA, claiming that back pain has delayed him.
Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville, presiding over Michael Jackson's child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA, rules that adult material from Internet sites found on Jackson's computers, is not admissible as prosecution evidence because it may have been automatically stored by the computers and because "there wouldn't be any way of knowing if anyone looked at the material."
Babyface releases his sixth LP, Grown And Sexy, on Arista Records in the USA.
R. Kelly shoots a video clip for his fourth single, the reggaeton song Burn It Up, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Arctic Monkeys release their second single, When The Sun Goes Down, on Domino Records in the UK. It will provide them with their second UK No1 hit.
Speaking at a charity event at the Magic Johnson AMC theatre, Jermaine Jackson states that the recent suicide of Evan Chandler constitutes proof that his brother Michael Jackson was not guilty of child abuse. Evan Chandler, father of Jordan Chandler, and instigator of charges against Michael Jackson of child sex abuse, had been found dead in bed at home earlier in the month, having shot himself in the head.
When UK pop star Cheryl Cole leaves London to fly to Los Angeles, California, it is noticed that she is not wearing her wedding ring. In recent days, four women had claimed to have had sex with her footballer husband Ashley Cole.
It is reported that Britney Spears bodyguard, 29-year-old former police officer Fernando Flores, has resigned after accusing the singer of sexually harassing him. Flores is also reportedly considering a sexual harassment lawsuit against Spears.
S And M by Rihanna returns to No1 in the Australian singles chart, for the first of three weeks. The track is drawn from her album Loud.
The three-day-long All Tomorrow's Parties festival, curated by The National, begins at Camber Sands Holiday Centre, East Sussex, UK. Artists appearing over the three days of festival include The Kronos Quartet, The Antlers, Deerhoof, Owen Pallett, Michael Rother presents the music of Neu! And Harmonia, Menomena, Local Natives, Boris, Kurt Vile And The Violators, Nico Muhly, Stars Of The Lid, Tim Hecker, Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten, Bear In Heaven, Youth Lagoon, Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Kathleen Edwards, Lower Dens, Wild Beasts, The Philistines JR, Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus, Ethan Lipton, Hauschka, Richard Reed Parry [Arcade Fire], Megafaun, Suuns, Dark Dark Dark, Buke and Gase, This Is The Kit, So Percussion, and Hayden.
Ian Watkins, singer of Welsh band Lostprophets, is sentenced to 29 years in jail for a string of child-related sex offences, by Mr. Justice Royce at Cardiff Crown Court, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe. Watkins' two co-defendants, the mothers of children he abused, known only as "Woman A" and "Woman B", are jailed for 14 and 17 years.
Rapper Christ Bearer, aka Andre Johnson, of the group Northstar is found seriously injured on the sidewalk outside his apartment in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. He is rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital where it is learned that, while under the influence of PCP, he had cut off his own penis before jumping from the balcony of his apartment.
Pornographic Performances, a study of sexism and racism in music videos, is published by the End Violence Against Women Coalition. The report states that videos such as Summer by Calvin Harris and Never Say Never by Basement Jaxx portray women as sex objects, and that black women in particular are portrayed as ‘endlessly sexually available’ objects.
Disgraced glam-rock singer Gary Glitter appears at Southwark Crown Court, Southwark, London, UK, accused of seven counts of indecent assault, one count of attempted rape, and two other sexual offences, against three girls, between 1975 and 1980
It is announced in Southwark Crown Court, London, England, UK, Europe, that entertainer and hit-maker Rolf Harris will not give evidence at his second trial for sex offences as he would only be able to tell jurors that he "cannot remember" being at the places where he is alleged to have carried out those offences. Harris is following proceedings at the court via video-link from prison.