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Reuben Ernest Crowdus is born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. He will find success as Ernest Hogan, the first African-American entertainer to produce and star in a Broadway show (The Oyster Man in 1907). Hogan will also help to popularize the musical genre of ragtime. Perhaps his most famous composition is the controversial ragtime hit All Coons Look Alike To Me.
Musical comedy The Casino Girl is playing at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 105 performances.
The comic opera Merrie England is playing at The Savoy Theatre, London, England, UK, during a run of 120 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.
UK jazz trombonist, bandleader and recording artist Chris Barber is born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK.
Blues singer and pianist Jimmie Gordon records Big Four Whistle Blues and Drunken Woman Blues, for Decca Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Gertrude Lawrence, Yul Brynner and others spend the second of two days recording the original cast soundtrack to Rodgers and Hammerstein's fifth musical, The King and I, for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Lenny Herman And His Orchestra play during a six-week engagement at The Baker Hotel, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Bassist and guitarist Theo Hurts, of the band Earth And Fire, is born in Huissen, Netherlands, Europe.
Jerry Knight, singer, bass player and founding member of Raydio, is born in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Cliffie Stone and His Square Dance Band record Virginia Reel, American Patrol, Shot Gun Boogie and Moonwinks in Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The revue An Evening With Beatrice Lillie is presented at The Booth Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 276 performances. As well as its actress-singer star, the show features piano duettists Eddie And Rack.
Dreaming Of The Ladies In The Moon by The Jubilaires on Crown Records is reviewed by Billboard magazine with the words, "The boys here come thru with a strong reading here on a bright ballad with an evocative flavor".
Papa George Lightfoot records Wine, Women, Whiskey, When The Saints Go Marching In, Jump The Boogie and Mean Ol' Train in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, for Imperial Records.
Ricky Nelson records Poor Little Fool in the USA.
The Biggest Show Of Stars For 60, featuring Lloyd Price, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Sammy Turner, Jimmy Jones, Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker and Jimmy Reed, plays at the Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
The Marcels, Jerry Butler, Dee Clark and Maxine Brown play the fourth night of a week at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
The musical Milk And Honey, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, is playing at The Martin Beck Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 543 performances.
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.
Gary U.S. Bonds flies into the UK to begin a tour. Later that day he meets up with his touring partners, Johnny Burnette and Gene McDaniels at EMI Records' offices in London, UK.
Mississippi Fred McDowell is recorded performing various songs at his home in Como, Mississippi, USA.
Dion records Too Much Monkey Business (written by Chuck Berry) and Chicago Blues in Columbia Studios, New York City, USA.
The Swinging Blue Jeans fly to Israel, Asia, for live dates.
The Yardbirds play at The Plaza Ballroom, Oswestry, UK.
The Dave Martin Group auditions at The Whisky A Go Go, London, England, UK, Europe.
The UFO's play in the Charade A Go Go discotheque, in Palmer House, Chixago, Illinois, USA.
John Davidson is playing during a month of shows at The Plaza Hotel, New York City, USA.
Johnny Cash performs for US President Richard Nixon in the East Room of The White House, Washington DC, USA. Cash sings three songs specially requested by the President - A Boy Named Sue, Okie From Muskogee and Welfare Cadillac, the last of which castigates black people on welfare who drive Cadillacs while other working people struggle to get by. (N.B. Other reports say that Cash did not sing Okie or Cadillac, substituting those songs with Man In Black and What Is Truth)
First generation San Francisco hippy band Jefferson Airplane play at The Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Led Zeppelin play at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.
Johnny Cash performs live for US President Richard Nixon in the East Room of The White House, Washington, DC, USA.
Buddy Morrow And His Orchestra play at The Riverboat, New York City, USA.
Over five hundred fans waiting to buy tickets for an upcoming Led Zeppelin gig in Miami, Florida, break ranks and storm the gates of the Orange Bowl Stadium, vandalising the property. Police use tear gas to quell the violence.
Bob Marley And The Wailers perform as official guests at The State at Zimbabwe's Independence festival in Zimbabwe, Africa.
Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty is certified as a 5x platinum album in Canada.
Stevie Ray Vaughan plays at The Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, Indiana, USA.
Nirvana perform the song Smells Like Teen Spirit live for the first time during a gig at the OK Hotel, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Gloria Gaynor guest stars as herself on tonight's episode of US tv series Ally McBeal, which is entitled I Will Survive.
James Al Hendrix, father of Jimi Hendrix, dies of congestive heart failure, in Seattle, Washington, aged 82.
On their Circle Tour, Bon Jovi play at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, USA.
The third international Record Store Day is held at hundreds of record stores around the world.
The three-day-long Coachella Music and Arts Festival continues at the Empire Polo Field, Indio, California. Artists appearing on this, the second, day include Muse, Faith No More, DJ Tiesto, The Dead Weather, The Raveonettes, MGMT, Coheed And Canbria and Cironne Bailey Rae.
Jason Mraz releases a new album Love Is A Four Letter Word in the USA.
After a break of several months, Coldplay resume their Mylo Xyloto tour, with a gig at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
On her The Mrs Carter Show World Tour Beyonce plays at Arena Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, Europe.
It is announced that research by Kaplan International Colleges, a leading provider of English courses, reveals that 40% of surveyed ESL [English As A Second Language] teachers play songs by The Beatles to help their students learn English. It also shows that 86% of ESL teachers play music during class to enhance lessons and help students improve their understanding of the English language.
Reggae-dub four-piece The Skints play at Gorilla, Manchester, UK.
Hot Tuna play at The Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Cleopatra, the second LP by The Lumineers, enters the Billboard 200 Albums Chart at No1.