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Samuel Collins is born in Lousiana, USA. He will find success as blues singer and guitarist Crying Sam Collins, and will also record under the names Jim Foster, Jelly Roll Hunter, Big Boy Woods, Bunny Carter and Salty Dog Sam.
Fantasy musical The Wizard Of Oz is being presented at The Grand Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Musical The Blue Paradise is playing at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. A review in The Evening Journal hails it as "Replete with good music and excellent songs." The show will run on Broadway for 356 performances.
The musical comedy The Maid Of The Mountains, with music by Harold Fraser-Simpson and J.W. Tate, is playing at Daly's Theatre, London, England, UK, during a run of 1352 performances.
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.
Joe Turner is playing during three weeks at The Dew Drop Inn, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Dean Martin And Jerry Lewis are playing at Chez Paree, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Kitty Kallen. Dick Stabile And His Orchestra provide the accomanying music.
Ralph Flanagan And His Orchestra are playing at The Beach Walk, Edgewater Beach, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Wayne Muir And His Glass Hatters are providing "music for dancing and dining" in The Glass Hat, Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The musical Love From Judy is playing at The Saville Theatre, London, England, UK, during a run of 594 performances. The cast includes Jean Carson (Judy), Linda Gray (Grace), Bill O'Connor (Jervis) and Adelaide Hall (Butterfly) and songs including I Never Dream When I'm Asleep, Dear Daddy Long-Legs, Here We Are and A Touch of Voodoo.
The Steven Sondheim musical Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman, is performed on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 702 performances.
Mance Lipscomb records the album Texas Sharecropper And Songster for roots music specialist label Arhoolie Records in Navasota, Texas, USA.
Johnny Nash begins a two week season at Basin Street East, New York City, USA.
Having been deposed for one week by Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Cliff Richard returns to No1 in the UK pop singles chart with Please Don't Tease.
Jimmy Reed releases a new single, Bright Lights Big City, on Vee-Jay Records in the USA.
US Army private James Marshall Hendrix [later to find fame as Jimi Hendrix] writes home from Fort Ord, California, USA.
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Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, Dodie Stevens and Freddy Cannon play at Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California, USA, as part of the Dick Clark C aravan Of Stars.
Duke Ellington and Odetta play an open-air concert at Ravinia, Highland Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The stage musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, starring Rudy Vallee, is playing at the 46th Street Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1,417 performances.
Nino Tempo And April Stevens play the ninth of fourteen nights at Eddy's Bar And Grill, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Popular Australian duo Bobby And Laurie release a new single, I Belong With You, in Australia.
Work starts on another album by The Beatles at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK. As yet un-named, it will be released as Beatles For Sale. On this day they record Baby's In Black.
Dave Brubeck records Spring In Central Park and Sixth Sense in New York City, USA, for the Columbia Records album Jazz Impressions Of New York.
The Moody Blues play in The Winter Garden Pavilion, Weston Super Mare, England, UK.
Six-year-old Elian Gonzalez leaves Cuba in a boat with his mother and twelve others to seek asylum in the USA. The boat does not make it and his mother dies, but Elian is rescued by fishermen and taken to live with relatives in Miami, Florida. He later became the subject of a major news story when he was ordered back to Cuba to live with his father. US marshals had to seize Elian and send him back to Cuba against the wishes of his relatives. The incident will inspire Manic Street Preachers to write their song Baby Elian.
The Who play at The Blue Moon, Cheltenham, England, UK, supported by The Silence, whose members include Dale Griffin and Pete 'Overend' Watts, both of whom will go on to play with Mott The Hoople.
The Kinks release a new album, Kinda Kinks, in the USA on Reprise Records.
Elvis Presley is filming scenes for his latest movie, Charro, near Apache Junction, Arizona, USA.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays at The Colonial Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa, USA, supported by The Soft Machine.
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Marmalade play at The Byron Hotel, Greenford, England, UK, Europe.
Nova Express play the last of three nights at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Little Boy Blues.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Municipal Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Convention Hall, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA.
Sugar Babies - The Burlesque Musical, starring Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney, is presented at The Mark Hellinger Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1208 performances.
Dexys Midnight Runners, Suzi Quatro and Showaddywaddy appear on the BBC-1 tv show Cheggers Plays Pop, which is recorded in Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Pat Benatar plays at The Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Johnny Cash performs Orange Blossom Special and Jackson as a duet with Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show.
Three years after release, The Pretenders eponymous debut album is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Big River, based on the Mark Twain novel The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, is playing at the Eugene O'Neill Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1005 performances. Featuring music written by country-pop singer-songwriter Roger Miller, the play wins seven Tony awards, including Best Score.
Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon nearly drowns when his boat, Drum England, sinks two miles off the Cornish coast in the UK.
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Duran Duran play at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead is buried at St Steven's Church, Belvedere, California, USA. Guests at the service include the other members of the band and Bob Dylan.
Michael Franti And Spearhead play at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, England, UK.
U2 play at Calderon, Madrid, Spain, Europe, supported by Franz Ferdinand and The Kaiser Chiefs.
Between gigs in Baltimore and New York City Bob Dylan has a day off from his hectic 2008 US tour schedule.
Britney Spears is spotted shopping in West Hollywood, California.
Bob Dylan's show on this night at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, is cancelled as the temperature is expected to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit, said to be too hot to stage the event.
When Lady Antebellum play their first UK headlining gig at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, England, the show is a sell-out.
On their I'm With You tour, The Red Hot Chili Peppers play the first of two nights at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
During their AM Tour, Arctic Monkeys play the first of two nights at The Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA.