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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.
Alton Ellis plays at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
The body of Alex St Claire, guitarist-founder of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, is discovered at his apartment. The circumstances of his death are unclear.
Malmesbury-raised jazz star Jamie Cullum plays at the Colston Hall, Bristol.
The film North Country, starring Charlize Theron, is released in Japan. The movie features several Dylan songs, including the newly-recorded Tell 'Ol Bill.
Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood reaches No1 in the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA for the first of six weeks.
Sherman Ferguson, celebrated Philadelphian jazz drummer who worked with Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing, Horace Silver and mony others, dies at home in La Crescenta, California, USA, of complications arising from diabetes.
The Times They Are A-Changin', a new musical based on Bob Dylan's songs, premieres at The Old Globe Theater, San Diego, California, USA.
Time Well Wasted by Brad Paisley is awarded platinum album status by the R.I.A.A. i9n the USA.
The Arctic Monkeys reach No1 in the Official UK Albums chart with their debut LP, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. The album will remain at No1 for four consecutuve weeks.
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Fairport Convention play at the The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Destiny's Child perform their last ever show together at the NBA All-Star Game in Houston. Texas.
Jamie-T plays at The 12-Bar Club, London, UK, supported by Laura Marling, whose backing group will later find fame as Mumford And Sons. (2006))
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Photographs of the private parts of Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy are leaked to the internet. Suitably embarrassed, he will make a full public apology within days.
The film North Country, starring Charlize Theron, is released in Norway. The movie features several Dylan songs, including the newly-recorded Tell 'Ol Bill.
The three impoverished daughters of South African songwriter Solomon Linda, who composed the song variously known as Mbube, Wimoweh or The Lion Sleeps Tonight, in 1939, win a lengthy court battle which secures them 25% of all past and future royalties from the song. Linda was a cleaner at a Johannesburg record company when he wrote the song, but he received virtually nothing for his work, dying with just $25 in his bank account in 1962. The song has been recorded by, to name but a few, Pete Seeger [as Wimoweh], The Kingston Trio, The Tokens, Karl Denver [as Wimoweh], Robert John, Tight Fit, Brian Eno and R.E.M. It was also prominently featured in the Disney film The Lion King, from which usage alone it was estimated to have earned $15m.
Feeling unwell, Patti LaBelle struggles through Lady Marmalade, On My Own and a handful of gospel tunes before leaving the stage abruptly after just 45 minutes at the Riviera Beach Jazz And Blues Festival, Riviera Beach, Florida, USA. She later calls it the "worst show I've ever done."
Incognito play the last of four nights at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play the second of two nights at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
In Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a group of top Canadian artists including Avril Lavigne Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan, and Sum 41 announce the formation of a new pressure group, the Canadian Music Creators Coalition, which plans to oppose file-sharing lawsuits against individuals,and the use of copy-protection technologies by record labels.
Snow Patrol release their fourth album Eyes Open in the UK.
The Black Keys release a new EP, Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough, on Fat Possum Records in the USA.
The Black Keys release the 'official electronic bootleg' Live In Austin TX, on Jumper productions in the USA. it was recorded during a gig at Emo's, Austin, Texas, USA, three years earlier.
Billy Joel is the keynote speaker at Syracuse University's commencement ceremony, in Syracuse, New York State, USA.
Hot Chip play at The Academy 2, Newcastle, UK.
Hot Chip play at King Tut's, Glasgow, Scotland.
Popular country music songwriter Cy Coben dies aged 87 after suffering a heart attack at a hospital near his home in Atherton, Calfornia, USA.
The Neil Cowley Trio release their debut album Displaced in the UK.
Roger Waters begins his Dark Side Of Moon Live tour at the Rock In Rio Festival, Rio De Janiero, Brazil, South America.
The Dragonfly Ball at The Town Gardens Bowl in Swindon Old Town, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, features local bands Belarus, Captain Mandate, Buswsell and Beatbullyz, plus several Swindon DJs, including Elwyn Lloyd and Baila.
Country star Keith Urban marries Australian actress Nicole Kidman at Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick's Estate, Manly, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Country-rock singer and songwriter Eric Church releases his debut album, Sinners Like Me, in the USA.
Pharoah Sanders plays the first of two nights at the Jazz Caf
Tom Petty releases his third solo LP, Highway Companion, on American Recordings in the USA.
Arctic Monkeys play at The Palace Complex, Melbourne, Australia.
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A three-day long Academic Conference focussing on Bob Dylan's Lrical Works begins at Dartmouth College, Bournemouth, England, UK.
A three-day long Academic Conference focussing on Bob Dylan's Lrical Works comes to an end at Dartmouth College, Bournemouth, England, UK.
JTQ (The James Taylor Quartet) play the last of three nights at the Jazz Caf
Orenda Fink plays at Mohawk Place, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
UK concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith CBE is honoured with the Music Industry Trusts' Award in a ceremony held at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London, UK. Goldsmith is best-known for his involvement with Live Aid, Live 8 and artists including Pavarotti, Queen, The Who, Madonna and Eric Clapton.
Eric Clapton plays at Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Japan, Asia.
Morrissey plays at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Popular vocalist Georgia Gibbs dies aged 87 in New York City, USA, after a long battle with leukaemia. Among her fifteen US Top 40 hits were If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked A Cake and The Hula Hoop Song.
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