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Musical extravaganza, The Defender, is playing at The Herald Square Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of sixty performances. The show is best remembered for introducing the song In The Good Old Summer Time, which will become a popular standard.
Edith Chapman and Edgar Stoddard (aka Andrea Sarto) record The Wedding Of The Sunshine And The Rose for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
The Red Heads record Alabama Stomp, Brown Sugar and The Hurricane for Pathe Actuelle Records in New York City, USA.
A devastating cyclone hits St. Louis, Missouri, USA, killing 79 people, injuring over 500 and causing millions of dollars in damage. It will be rated as the second-costliest and 25th deadliest tornado in the history of the USA.The incident will inspire blues guitarist and singer Lonnie Johnson, just four days later, to record the song St. Louis Cyclone Blues. In addition, Luella Miller will record Tornado Groan, and the Rev. J.M. Gates will record a sermon titled "God's Wrath In The St. Louis Cyclone".
James Crawford records Flood And Thunder Blues for Gennett Records in New York City, USA. The song is inspired by the 1927 floods along the Mississippi River.
Big Bill Broonzy, with Black Bob on piano, records Detroit Special and Falling Rain for ARC in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Trade Winds by Bing Crosby enters the Billboard Top 10 Singles chart in the USA at No9. Another version of the same song, by Frank Sinatra And The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, enters at No10. Remaining at No1 for the ninth consecutive week is I'll Never Smile Again by Sinatra, Dorsey and The Pied Pipers.
Frank Sinatra is heard performing the songs On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Begin The Beguine and God's Country on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA.
Clyde Moody records Some Day You'll Remember and The Blues Came Pouring Down, with producer Syd Nathan, in King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Mary Lou Williams records Walking, De Function, Cloudy and I Won't Let It Bother Me for Circle Records in New York City, USA.
Hank Snow records My Mother, I'm Movin' On To Glory, These Things Shall Pass and Pray, at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Despite heavy rain, Ralph Flanagan And His Orchestra play to 1800 people at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Tropical cyclone Hurricane Janet attains Category 3 status as it passes Barbados. It will go on to kill 500 people across the Caribbean. Calypso artist Lord Melody will be inspired by this disaster to write his song Hurricane Janet, which will also be recorded by Lord Christo.
Rockabilly artist Glen Glenn records No-One Dear But You, It Rains Rain and A Hundred Years From Now, at the Garrison Recording Studio, Long Beach, California, USA.
UK pop paper Record And Show Mirror reviews a new Ray Charles single, Come Rain Or Come Shine, with the words "not a trace of rock and roll in this, yet it's moving up the US best-sellers ' another step in the return of pop discs to quality material."
Ella Fitzgerald records Let's Fall In Love, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea and other tracks at Radio Recorders Annexe, Los Angeles, California, USA, for Verve Records.
Dee Clark performs Raindrops on tv show American Bandstand on WFIL-tv in Pennsylvania, USA. Also on the show is country singer Bobby Bare.
The Wynton Kelly Trio record Surrey With The Fringe On Top, Gone With The Wind and other tracks for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Johnnie And Jack, Kitty Wells and Jimmy Newman play a concert in St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA.
Marty Robbins records September In The Rain at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Session players on this track include guitarist Grady Martin.
The Stan Getz Quartet records Summertime, What Is This Thing Called Love and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
The Joe Pass Quartet records I Believe In You, It's A Wonderful World, Hello Dolly, Summer Night and The Sweetest Sound at Pacific Jazz Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ella Fitzgerald with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra, records Too Marvellous For Words, Travelin' Light, Early Autumn, Day In Day Out and other songs for Verve Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Donovan releases an EP, Catch The Wind, in France, Europe.
The Lee Morgan Sextet records Cornbread, Ill Wind, Most Like Lee, Ceora and Our Man Higgins for Blue Note Records at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Dion And The Wanderers record Tomorrow Won't Bring The Rain, Knowing I Won't Go Back There and other tracks in Columbia Studio A, New York City, USA. Producer on the session is Tom Wilson.
The Top Ten Singles being played on WKNR Radio, Detroit, Michigan, USA, for the week ended on this date are as follows :

1. Green Tambourine The Lemon Pipers

2. Itchycoo Park The Small Faces

3. Baby Now That I Found You The Foundations

4. Nobody But Me The Human Beinz

5. Love Power The Sand Pebbles

6. I Wish It Would Rain The Temptations

7. Judy in Disguise John Fred And His Playboy Band

8. Tomorrow Strawberry Alarm Clock

9. We're a Winner The Impressions

10. I Cant Stand Myself/Was A Time James Brown

Merle Haggard records This Is The Beginning Of The End and The Sunny Side Of My Life, in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session includes Glen Campbell, Billy Mize and Lewis Talley [gtrs], Roy Nichols [steel], Howard Lowe [bass], Eddie Burris [drums], George French [piano] and Bonnie Owens [harmony vocal].
Beat Generation icon Neal Cassady, an associate of The Grateful Dead, is found in a coma on the railroad tracks between San Miguel de Allende and Celaya in Mexico. He dies later in the day. The previous day, having consumed some seconals and alcohol, he had set out to walk along the railroad in driving rain. His life and death will inspire several songs including Jack And Neal (1977) by Tom Waits, Styrofoam Plates (2001) by Death Cab For Cutie, Neal Cassady Drops Dead (2014) by Morrissey, Neal Cassady (1989) by The Washington Squares.
Tony Bennett records Sweet Georgie Fame and Yesterday I Heard The Rain for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
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Hour Glass and The Sunshine Company play the second of three nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA. Hour Glass, features Gregg and Duane Allman, later to form The Allman Brothers Band.
Bob Dylan's live album Hard Rain enters the UK albums chart, where it will peak at No3 during a 7-week run.
Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band release their eleventh studio LP, Against The Wind, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Harry Wayne Casey of K.C. and the Sunshine Band is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida, USA.
R.E.M. open for The Human League at The Palace Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA. When they hear of torrential downpours in the South Central region of Georgia - their home territory - they try to call their families and friends to make sure they are OK, but the phone lines are down because of the weather. The band will be inspired by this incident to write the song So. Central Rain [I'm Sorry].
Prince releases the film soundtrack album Purple Rain in the USA, which sells 1.3m copies on its first day.
On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the last of five nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
A-Ha release a new single, Crying In The Rain, in the UK. It will peak at No13 in the UK Singles chart. the song is a cover of an Everley Brothers original from 1962.
When Bob Dylan plays at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA, Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead joins him for two songs, Cat's In The Well and Idiot Wind.
Thunder release The Thrill Of It All on JVC Records in Japan, Asia.
Steve Fargnoli, former manager of Prince, Sinead O'Connor, Earth Wind And Fire, Sly Stone and others, dies of cancer, aged 52, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Meat Loaf announces he will donate all proceeds form his upcoming benefit show at The Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, Georgia, USA, to Red Cross Hurricane Relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Pearl Jam and Robert Plant play in a Hurricane Katrina benefit show, with tickets costing $1,000 each, at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A badly decomposed body recovered recently from the Chartres Street Wharf in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, is identified as Barry Cowsill of family-oriented pop band The Cowsills. The coroner rules that he died of drowning during Hurricane Katrina.
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie by The Red Hot Chili Peppers reaches number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart giving them their 12th No1 single.
Charli XCX releases a new single, Nuclear Seasons, on This Is Music Records.
Little Hurricane play at The House Of Blues, San Diego, California, USA.
Alb, Cheveu, Clean Bandit, Dorian Pimpernel, Flume, François And the Atlas Mountains, Giana Factory, Jean Jean, Joey Bada$$, Junip, Portishead, St. Paul And The Broken Bones, St. Vincent, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, The Horrors, The Prodigy, Thee Oh Sees and Émilie Simon play on the second day of The Rock En Seine Festival, Saint-Cloud, France, Europe.
During their Mechanical Bull Tour, Kings Of Leon play at Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, California, USA.
On her Formation World Tour, Beyonce's concert at Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, is briefly halted and the venue evacuated because of a major lightning storm. Beyonce returns to the stage after the lightning has passed and completes the show in the rain.