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Mamie Smith records Crazy Blues and It's Right Here For You, If You Don't Get It, 'Tain't No Fault of Mine, for Okeh Records in New York City, USA. These are the first recordings of vocal blues by an African American singer - arguably the first blues recordings - and Crazy Blues will become an explosive best seller, selling a million copies in one year.
Popular English singer Isabel Jay gives birth to her second daughter, Pamela Stephanie.
Elvis Presley is born as Elvis Aaron Presley in a house built by his father Vernon, on North Saltillo Road, East Tupelo, Mississippi, USA. His twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, dies at birth.
Popular actress Marie Prevost dies of acute alcoholism in Los Angeles, California, USA, at the age of 38. Her body will not be discovered until January 23, after neighbors complain about her dog's incessant barking. In her room, police will find several empty liquor bottles and a promissory note to Joan Crawford for $110. Nick Lowe will be inspired to chronicle Prevost's life and death in his song Marie Provost in 1978.
Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter Guy Clark, is born in Monahans, Texas, USA.
Singer Jo Stafford gives birth to a baby boy weighing six pounds and nine ounces in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Movie musical The Girl Can't Help It, starring Jayne Mansfield, and with music by Little Richard, Fats Domino, Eddie Cochran, The Platters, Gene Vincent and others, goes on general release in the USA.
Ricky Valance's death disc, Tell Laura I Love Her, reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart, making Valance the first Welsh male vocalist to reach No1 in the UK. The song is a cover version of an American hit by Ray Peterson.
Famed jazz clarinet player Alphonse Picou dies aged 82 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Many commentators observe that his death marks the end of an era, because he was the last prominent musician who had worked from the very birth of jazz music.
Ida Cox, accompanied by the Coleman Hawkins Quintet records Death Letter Blues, Hard Times Blues, St Louis Blues and other tracks for her Riverside Records album Blues For Rampart Street, in New York City, USA. This will prove to be her final recording session.
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.
Jazz pianist, band leader and recording artist Sonny Clark dies, aged 31, in New York City, USA. The cause of his death is listed as a heart attack, but it is widely believed to have been caused by a heroin overdose.
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.
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.
Rezso Seress, composer of Gloomy Sunday, a song with a reputation for causing listeners to commit suicide, kills himself in Budapest, Hungary, Europe.
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Don Drummond, saxophonist with influential ska/reggae band The Skatalites, dies in Bellevue Hospital, Jamaica, Caribbean, aged 37. He had been committed to the hospital as insane, and his death (controversially) will be listed as a suicide.
Anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko dies shortly after arrival at Pretoria prison, Pretoria, South Africa. Police claim his death was caused by an extended hunger strike, but the autopsy will reveal that he died because of a brain hemorrhage resulting from massive injuries to the head while in police custody. Peter Gabriel and the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest will each write songs inspired by Biko's life and death.
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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Bob Dylan's close longtime friend Howard Alk is found dead at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA. Alk's death is ruled a suicide.
Guitarist Jimmy Nolen, dies, aged 47, of a heart attack in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Nolen had worked with James Brown from 1965 until his death, and was renowned for his distinctive 'chicken scratch' guitar playing style.
65,000 fans make the annual pilgrimage to the three-day-long Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, where a £28 ticket gives them the opportunity to savour the delights of The Wonderstuff, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Pixies and Suzanne Vega (who appears despite a death threat). Those wanting a programme pay a further £2.
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.
Iron Maiden release a new live DVD, Death On The Road, in the UK.
Britney Spears, 23 years old, becomes a mum, giving birth to a baby boy, Preston, by Caesarean Section in UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, California, USA.
Celebrated record producer Hugh Mendl dies aged 88 in Torbay, Devon, UK, Europe. Mendl was responsible for Lonnie Donegan's first recordings, which launched the skiffle craze and led to the birth of British rock'n'roll. In the 1960s he was instrumental in bringing David Bowie and Genesis to Decca and produced The Moody Blues' album Days of Future Passed.
Los Angeles police take into custody a car belonging to Dr Conrad Murray, the physician who had been with Michael Jackson when he died. Police believe the vehicle may contain evidence pertaining to Jackson's death.
Thirty-seven year old Leon Desmond Barrett is charged in Detroit, Michigan, USA, with mailing threatening communications, including death threats, to celebrities including Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Charlie Louvin, of country music singing duo The Louvin Brothers undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer. He will die six months later.
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.
Boney M's frontman Bobby Farrell is found dead in his hotel room in St. Petersburg, Russia, Europe. By a curious coincidence, Farrell's death falls on same date and in the same town as mad Russian monk Rasputin - who was the subject of the band's 1978 top three single.
Country singer Mindy McCready gives birth to her second son, Zayne, in the USA.
After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Jon Lord, organist and co-founder of Deep Purple, dies aged 71 from a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic, London, UK. The song Above And Beyond will be inspired by the band hearing about Lord's death.
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Tony Sly, best known as the front man of the punk rock band No Use For A Name, dies in his sleep, aged 41, in San Jose, California, USA. The cause of his death is not immediately released, but is thought to have been connected with medication he required to deal with extreme chronic back pain.
Rise Against, Rob Zombie, Atreyu, Black Stone Cherry, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Lacuna Coil, Mastodon, Seether, Theory Of A Deadman and others play on the second day of the Aftershock 2014 Festival, Discovery Park, Sacramento, California, USA.
Rock saxophonist Raf Ravenscroft dies at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Devon, UK, aged sixty following a heart attack. He was best-known for playing the sax break in Gerry Rafferty's 1978 hit Baker Street, but also worked with many other top-flight musicians including Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, Pink Floyd and Abba.
Jack Bruce, songwriter, singer and bassist, best-known for his work with prog-blues supergroup Cream in the 1960s, dies aged 71 of liver disease at his home in Suffolk, UK.
Symphonic metal band Beyond The Black release their debut LP, Songs Of Love And Death, on Airforce 1 Records in Germany, Europe.
Legendary Jamaican trombonist Rico Rodriguez dies aged 80, following a short illness in hospital, in London, England, UK. He is perhaps best-known to pop music fans as the trombone player for The Specials.
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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.
The Eagles Of Death Metal return to lay memorial wreaths outside The Bataclan theatre in Paris, France, Europe, following the terrorist attack at which ninety fans were killed.
David Bowie dies of liver cancer, two days after his 69th birthday, in Manhattan, New York City, USA. He had been diagnosed with the illness eighteen months earlier.
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Daniel Dion, the 59-year-old brother of Celine Dion, dies of brain, tongue and throat cancer in hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Daniel's death follows just two days after Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil also died from cancer.
Serve The People! Serve The Rock! China's Post-Cultural Revolution Yaogun, is held in New York City, USA. The event is an exhibition celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the birth of Chinese rock music.
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.
Influental r'n'b/dance singer Colonel Abrams dies aged 67 in New York City, USA. In the year before his death, Abrams was reportedly homeless and suffering from diabetes. A crowd-funding effort by fans and friends was launched to get him back on his feet but did not succeed.
During an interview on the SDS Show (a podcast), Gene Simmons of Kiss states that Kiss will not release any more albums until the way the music industry operates provides "a financial model that works."
At least 22 people are killed and over 50 injured when a bomb is exploded at a concert by Ariane Grande in Manchester Arena, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
During the changeover period between the performances of Alt-J and Green Day at The Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain, Europe, acrobat Pedro Aunion Monroy falls to his death from 30m above the stage.