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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.
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.
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.
Acoustic blues guitarist and vocalist
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
had arrived in the UK.
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."
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.
, 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
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
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.
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 The Offspring
, The Day Tha Niggaz Took Over
by Dr Dre
, Livin' On The Edge
, We Shall Be Free by Garth Brooks
, Like A King
by Ben Harper
, Rodney King
by The Boo Radleys
by Jughead's Revenge
, 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
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.
Innovative rock guitarist
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.
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.
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.
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.
’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".
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.