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George D. Smith of Buffalo, New York State, USA, applies for a patent in respect of his invention of an improved type of kazoo.This is the first submarine-shaped kazoo and also the first metal kazoo.
Popular English singer Isabel Jay gives birth to her second daughter, Pamela Stephanie.
Henry Franklin is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. Nicknamed The Skipper, he will find success as a jazz double-bass player, working with Hugh Masekela, Count Basie, Stevie Wonder and many others.
Acoustic blues guitarist and vocalist Blind Boy Fuller dies at home in Durham, North Carolina, USA, as a result of an infected bladder and kidney failure, probably caused by excessive drinking. After his death, his protégé Brownie McGhee will record The Death of Blind Boy Fuller for Okeh Records, and then will reluctantly undertake a short-lived career as Blind Boy Fuller No. 2 so that Columbia Records can cash in on his popularity.
The Empire Windrush arrives at Tilbury docks, London, England, UK, bringing with it almost 500 Jamaicans, along with a handful of Trinidadians, including the Trinidadian calypsonians Lord Kitchener and Lord Beginner. Calypso had arrived in the UK.
Frank Sinatra records The Birth Of The Blues, Azure-Te (Paris Blues), Luna Rossa, Tennessee Newsboy and Bim Bam Baby for Columbia Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Singer Jo Stafford gives birth to a baby boy weighing six pounds and nine ounces in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader Hot Lips Page dies aged 46 in New York City, USA. He had suffered a heart attack seven days earlier, but his death was caused by complications from pneumonia.
Folk musician Pete Seeger, under indictment for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, states to a press conference in New York City, USA, that he will continue to refuse "to answer questions as to my associations, my philosophy or religious beliefs, or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs."
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Lee De Forest who, in 1915, invented an electronic instrument called The Audion Piano, the first musical instrument to use a vacuum tube, dies in Hollywood, California, USA. At the time of his death, De Forest has just $1,250 in his bank account.
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Death disc Johnny Remember Me by John Leyton is awarded a Silver Disc in the UK.
Nina Simone, Odetta, Lionel Hampton, Brock Peters, local Atilogu dancers and Natalie Hinderas perform at the American Society of African Culture (AMSAC) Festival in the King George V Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa. This is the first AMSAC event to be held on African soil.
World Welterweight Boxing Champion Benny 'Kid' Paret is so seriously injured in a championship fight in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, against challenger Emile Griffith III that he is taken to hospital. He will die ten days later at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan from massive brain hemorrhaging. The grim circumstances of his death will inspire folk singer Gil Turner to record the song Benny 'Kid' Paret, which he will record later in the year.
The Case Of The Lover's Leap, an episode of the tv detective series Perry Mason, airs for the first time in the USA. The show centres on a murderer who fakes his own suicide in order to escape justice and, years later, it will inspire Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy to write the song Suicide.
William Zantzinger, the rich and murderous Maryland farmer castigated in Bob Dylan's song The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll, is sentenced to a mere six months in prison for the murder of Hattie Carroll.
Folksinger and folklorist Paul Clayton commits suicide, aged 36, by taking an electric heater into his bathtub with him in New York City, USA. It is said that the 1965 Bob Dylan song It's All Over Now Baby Blue and the 1970 Joni Mitchell song Blue are both said to have been inspired by Clayton.
Jimmy Mack by Martha And The Vandellas reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA. The song was inspired by the recent death of songwriter Ronnie Mack, best known for his song He's So Fine, a huge hit for The Chiffons in 1963, and later the subject of a celebrated plagiarism lawsuit in which it was ruled that George Harrison of The Beatles had unconsciously used Ronnie Mack's melody for his 1971 song My Sweet Lord.
Legendary bluesman Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup plays his final live concert, at Hunter College, New York City, USA.
Aspiring rock star Mike Peters plays his first gig at his sister Susan's 21st Birthday Party. Peters will go on to found and lead The Alarm.
Jackson Browne begins recording sessions for his fourth album, The Pretender, with producer Jon Landau. The sessions will, however, be abandoned on the 25th when Browne's wife Phyllis Major commits suicide.
New York’s Talking Heads release their classic single, Psycho Killer, which had been written by frontman David Byrne while at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
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The Ramones play at The State Cinema, Dublin, Ireland, Europe. All four members of future megaband U2 go to see them. In 2014, after the death of Joey Ramone, Bono of U2 will be inspired to acknowledge the influence of The Ramones in the single The Miracle Of Joey Ramone.
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Phenomenally successful Japanese rock guitarist Hideto Matsumoto hangs himself in Tokyo, aged 33. 25,000 fans will attend his funeral, and three will commit suicide within days, believing life to be unbearable without him. He was best known under his stage name of Hide, as lead guitarist for X Japan.
Hugh Cornwell plays his last gig with The Stranglers at Alexandra Palace, London, England, UK.
Soul star Curtis Mayfield is paralysed from the neck down when a lighting rig collapses on him at an outdoor show at Wingate High School, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Slaughter Shack, Hull abaloo, Candy Striper, Death Orgy, Temporary Insanity and Imetapsyche play at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Popular singer Wim De Craene commits suicide, aged 40, by taking an overdose of medication in Ghent, Belgium, Europe.
In Simi Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA, after seven days of jury deliberations, all five officers accused of the brutal battery of speeding suspect Rodney King are aquitted of assault and three of the five are aquitted of using excessive force. This is despite the existence of video footage clearing showing the battering. The jury's decision sparks off several days of rioting in Los Angeles. The attack on King and the subsequent riots will inspire several songs including We Had to Tear This Motherfucka Up by Ice Cube, April 29, 1992 [Miami] by Sublime, L.A.P.D. by The Offspring, The Day Tha Niggaz Took Over by Dr Dre, Livin' On The Edge by Aerosmith, We Shall Be Free by Garth Brooks, Like A King by Ben Harper, Rodney King by The Boo Radleys and Burn by Jughead's Revenge.
Country recording star Faron Young attempts suicide by shooting himself in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Alan Caddy, guitarist with UK instrumental hitmakers The Tornados, dies aged 60 in London, England, UK, Europe. The cause of his death is not released, but he was known to have been an alcoholic for much of his life. The band is best-remembered for their international hit single Telstar, written and produced by the controversial Joe Meek.
Innovative rock guitarist Robert Quine dies aged 61 in New York City, USA. Depressed by the death of his wife, Alice, he deliberately takes an overdose of heroin at his New York City apartment. Quine worked with Richard Hell, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and many others.
Rap record company boss Marion "Suge" Knight is ordered to pay $107m (£57m) to Lydia Harris who helped found Knight's Death Row record label in 1989. She claimed she had invested in the label but was ousted by Knight.
Wealthy Maryland landowner William Zantzinger, the subject of Bob Dylan's 1963 protest song The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, dies, aged 69. In 1963, a 24-year-old Zantzinger struck and killed Hattie Carroll - a 51-year-old black barmaid - at a Baltimore hotel.
Rumours hit the internet claiming that 80s pop singer Rick Astley, made famous by his hit Never Gonna Give You Up, has been found dead in his hotel room in Berlin, Germany, Europe. Since the death of Michael Jackson, similar rumours have claimed the deaths of Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears.
Londell McMillan, lawyer for the Jackson family, refutes actor Mark Lester's claim to be the sperm-donor responsible for the birth of Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. McMillan dismisses Lester's claim as "unproven and meaningless."
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.
An announcement on Van Morrison's website states, "Gigi and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III. 'Little Van' born Dec 28, 2009 - the spitting image of his daddy. Shortly after, Morrison shuts down the site and claims that the announcement was posted by a hacker.
Peter Lopez, the lawyer who represented music business clients including Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble, is found dead at his home in Encino, California, USA, apparently having committed suicide by shooting himself. Lopez was married to the actress Catherine Bach.
Ken Schoppmeyer an acclaimed blues harmonica player who led the King Biscuit Blues band for over ten years, commits suicide in a hotel room in Oceanside, San Diego, California, USA, aged 60.
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett joins members of his former band, Exodus, on stage at Oakland Metro, Oakland, California, USA, during a memorial concert to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Exodus's former singer Paul Baloff. The concert, titled 'Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance', also features performances from Possessed, Forbidden, Heathen and others.
Country singer Mindy McCready gives birth to her second son, Zayne, in the USA.
Rapper Tim Dog dies aged 46 of complications caused by diabetes in Dekalb County, Georgia, USA. In a bizarre twist, he will be accused of faking his own death to avoid charges of grand larceny but, eventually, his death will be confirmed by his death certificate.
Taylor Swift releases a new 'single' entitled Track 3 in Canada. The track consists of eight seconds of white noise, despite which it goes immediately to No1 in the Canadian iTunes chart.
When The Eagles Of Death Metal play at The Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA, they perform their version of Duran Duran's Save A Prayer live for the first time.
Taylor Swift’s album 1989 notches up an entire year in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA. It is currently at No9.
Briana Jungwirth, girlfriend of Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, gives birth to a baby boy. Shortly after, Tomlinson posts a Tweet saying, "Daddy daddy cool".
Signe Toly Anderson, the original vocalist for Jefferson Airplane, dies at her home in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, aged 74, having suffered chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for some while. Her death comes on the same day as former bandmate Paul Kantner.
73-year-old Rolling Stones' singer Mick Jagger becomes a great grandfather when his 21-year-old granddaughter Assisi gives birth to a baby boy.
73-year-old Rolling Stones' singer Mick Jagger becomes a father for the eighth time when 29-year-old Melani e Hamrick, give birth to a baby boy. Jagger is at the hospital for the birth in New York City, USA.