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Thomas Edison makes the first public demonstration of sound recording at his laboratory in Menlo Park, California. He recites 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' into a large horn which transmits vibrations to a needle which transfers a recording of his voice onto a cylinder rotated by hand.
Inventor Thomas Edison finishes work on the first phonograph, which records sound onto a tinfoil sheet glued around a fixed cylinder. Although it does record, at this stage of its development the device is little more than a novelty.
The musical farce Star And Garter plays at The Victoria Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 22 performances.
The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra records Hot Mustard for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA.
Whistlin' Alex Moore records Blue Bloomer Blues and It Wouldn't Be So Hard for Columbia Records in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Nelson Eddy performs Drums in My Heart, aria from Rigoletto, Lord Chancellor's Nightmare, We Will Always Be Sweethearts [duet with Francia White] and The Rosary [accompanied by Ted Paxson] on radio show Vick's Open House in the USA.
Eddie Gladden is born in Newark, New Jersey, USA. He will become an acclaimed virtuoso jazz drummer, performing and/or recording with jazz legends including saxophonists Dexter Gordon and James Moody, trumpeters Woody Shaw and Chet Baker, and organist Larry Young.
The Irving Berlin musical and political satire Call Me Madam is playing at The Coliseum, London, England, UK, during a run of 485 performances. Main cast members are Billie Worth (Sally Adams), Anton Walbrook (Cosmo), Jeff Warren (Ken Gibson) and Shani Wallis (Princess Maria). Songs include The Hostess with the Mostes', It's a Lovely Day Today, The Ocarina, They Like Ike and You're Just in Love.
The musical revue New Faces Of 1952, is presented at The Royale Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 365 performances. The revue is perhaps best remembered because it features Eartha Kitt making her Broadway debut with the spectacular song, Monotonous, based on real events in her life.
Sonny Thompson And His Orchestra are playing during a string of dates in Dayton, Ohio, USA.
Country star Roy Acuff ends his twenty-year association with Columbia Records in the USA.
Ben Yost and The Royal Guards are playing at Amato's Supper Club, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
Frankie Avalon, The Everly Brothers, Connie Francis and The Poni-Tails play at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Latin Jazz Quintet records Summertime, Blue Moon and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Jazz vibes virtuoso John Rae releases the album Opus De Jazz in the USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra are playing during a 17-night engagement at Basin Street East, New York City, USA. Also on the bill is Gloria Lynne, with her trio led by Earl May.
At a second meeting with The Beatles, in Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, Brian Epstein offers to become their manager. John Lennon accepts on behalf of the group.
When The Kingston Trio play the first of two nights at The Student Union Building, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA, the show is recorded and tracks will be included on the live album College Concert.
Henry Mancini records Night Side and The Soft Touch for RCA Victor Records in the USA. The tracks will appear on the soundtrack of the film Hatari.
Johnny Western records Lonely Man, Hannah Lee and Streets Of Laredo in CBS Recording Studio, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Dion records Will Love Ever Come My Way?, in Columbia Studio A, New York City, USA. He also records an early version of Ruby Baby, which will not be released.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the last night of a week-long engagement at Le Jazz Hot, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, USA.
San Francisco band Moby Grape play the second of three nights at the 2nd Fret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Jimi Hendrix attends a party for The Foundations at The Speakeasy, London, UK.
Jethro Tull, Grand Funk Railroad and Fat Mattress play the second of two nights at the Fillmore East, New York City, USA.
The new No1 single in the USA is Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam on the Billboard Top 40 chart.
The Box Tops play at Leyton Baths, Leyton, UK.
During a concert by The Rolling Stones, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, and Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young, at Altamont Speedway, Livermore, California, USA, audience member Meredith Hunter is beaten to death by Hells Angels in front of the stage. The Grateful Dead also attend the concert but refuse to play shortly before their scheduled appearance due to the increasing violence at the venue. The Dead's song New Speedway Boogie is inspired by the media response to Altamont. The fifth verse of Don Mclean's American Pie is widely regarded as a reference to The Stones at Altamont. Blue Oyster Cult's Transmaniacon MC makes several direct references to Altamont.
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The Flying Burrito Brothers, Hard Meat and the Climax Chicago Blues Band play at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK.
Edgar Winter plays at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Barron Knights enter the pop singles chart with Never Mind The Presents, which will peak at No17. The single's B-Side, The Swindon Cowboy, written after the band played a gig in the town, gently mocks the Swindon accent.
Nirvana appear on UK tv show Tonight With Jonathan Ross. Their host announces that they will play Lithium, but they launch into the rather less viewer-friendly Territorial Pissings instead, then trash their gear.
Idlewild and The Star Spangles play at The Academy, Birmingham, England, UK.
Murderdolls and The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster play at The Leadmill, Sheffield, England, UK.
[spunge], Farse and Spankboy play at The Reading Rooms, Dundee, Scotland, UK.
Robbie Williams releases a new single, Misunderstood, in the UK on Chrysalis Records.
Janelle Monae plays at The Academy, Manchester, UK.
Bon Iver plays at Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Rise Against play at The 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado, USA.
Amy Winehouse releases the posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, in the USA. The album, which features unreleased tracks and demos, is released in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Katy Perry releases a new single, The One That Got Away, in the USA.
The Cure release Bestival Live 2011, a live recording of their two and a half hour set at this year's Bestival, in the USA.
On their Closer To The Edge tour, 30 Seconds To Mars play the first of two nights at The Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, USA.
My Morning Jacket play at The Brady Theatre, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, supported by Delta Spirit.
A Waylon Jennings Tribute Show is held at satellite radio channel SiriusXm's Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with perfomers including Shooter Jennings, Hank Williams Jr, Jamey Johnson, Jessi Colter and Josh Thompson.
Dobie Gray, best-remembered for his enduring 1973 hit, Drift Away, dies aged 71, of complication from cancer surgery in Nashville, Tennessee, USA..
Take That, One Republic, The Script, The Vamps, Ella Henderson, Union J, Olly Murs, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne play in the first night of Capital's Jingle Bell Ball at The O2 Arena, London, UK.
Status Quo play at Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK, supported by Chas And Dave.