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Ferdinand Joseph Lamott (Lamothe or even La Menthe) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He will find fame as the blues pianist and arranger Jelly Roll Morton.
Maggie Cline, Truly Shattuck, Carrie Graham, Fields And Ward and John W. Ransome play at Hashim's Academy Of Music, Washington DC, USA.
Jessie Bartlett Davis, The Young America Quintette, Johnson And Dean [billed as 'Originators of The Kinetoscope Rag Dance'], and others play at The Orpheum, San Francisco, California, USA.
Musical comedy The Toreador is presented at The Gaiety Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, during a run of 675 performances.
Popular English singer Isabel Jay gives birth to her second daughter, Pamela Stephanie.
The movie King Of Jazz, starring Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby and others, opens in theatres in Argentina, South America.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play in The Panther Room at The Hotel Sherman, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show is broadcast live on radio.
Tower Records singer and songwriter Jack Owens begins his own tv show on WENR-tv in the USA. The show features Owens with guests and a studio orchestra.
The Irving Berlin musical Louisiana Purchase is presented at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 444 performances.
The Beatles are (allegedly) overheard in The Grapes, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, discussing how they'd like to get drummer Pete Best out of the band. John Lennon dislikes his haircut, Paul McCartney hates how he’s getting all the girls and George Harrison states that he's glad they want to get rid of someone other than himself.
Big Bill Campbell, The Ken-Dorvilles, Syd Makin, The Accordeon Girls and others play at The Palace, Leicester, UK.
A two-day festival is held in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, to pay tribute to Hank Williams. Artists performing include The Carter Family, Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb and Ray Price.
T-Bone Walker plays the fourth night of a two-week stay at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Lovett Sisters record Little Dirty Face, Bacon And Eggs, Come Home To Me and Mexican Polka, at Jim Beck Studio, 1914 Forest Avenue, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Steve Coleman is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find acclaim as a jazz saxophone player, spontaneous composer, composer, band leader.
The Coasters play the second night of a week at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, with The Spaniels, The Danleers, The Olympics, Bobby Hendricks, The Quintones, and Sil Austin's Combo.
A hearing is held in the Chancery Court, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, to examine a breach of contract suit filed by publisher Weslkey Rose against The Everly Brothers. Rose claims that the duo have broken a five year contract with him which was designed to run from 1957 until 1962.
Tex Wayne records Where The Honky Tonk Fiddles Play and My Empty Arms, at Gold Star Recording Studio, 5626 Brock Street, Houston, Texas, USA.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows, Ivor Emmanuel, Richard Hearne (Mr. Pastry), Harry Smith-Hampshire and Doreen Casey, The Lucky Latinos, The Clark Brothers, Tommy Fields, The George Mitchell Singers, The Malcolm Goddard Dancers and The Tyldesley Girls' Choir are playing in the Big Show Of 1961 at The Opera House, Blackpool, England, UK, Europe.
Judy Garland plays at The Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, USA.
The Beatles play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, supported by by The Zombies (not the group which later became famous under the same name).
Connie Francis sets off on a three-week long tour of Europe.
Art Farmer And The Orchestra record Fly Me To The Moon, The Sweetest Sounds and other tracks at Webster Hall, New York City, USA, for Mercury Records.
Neil Young, guitarist with little-known band The Squires, in Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada, buys himself a Gretsch guitar.
Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas, Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, The Nashville Teens and The Yardbirds (featuring Eric Clapton on guitar) plays in The Odeon, Lewisham, London, UK.
In New York City, at the end of a tour of the USA, The Beatles' PR man, Derek Taylor, quits his job because he is finding it difficult to work with their manager, Brian Epstein.
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Eve Of Destruction by Barry McGuire peaks at No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Jackie Wilson, Chuck Jackson, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, The Temptations, The Drifters, Maxine Brown, Yvonne Fair, Al 'TNT' Braggs, Eloise Hester, The Bobby Scott Band and The Joe Scott Band, play at The Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. MC for the night is Gorgeous George.
The controversial hippy musical, Hair is playing at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1750 performances.
Ravi Shankar plays the first of two nights at The HemisFair, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
In UK music weekly Melody Maker's Pop Poll, Bob Dylan is voted Top Male Singer in the International Section, while his album Nashville Skyline wins in the Best Album category. Other winners include The Beatles (Group), Eric Clapton (Musician), Janis Joplin (Girl Singer), Blind Faith (Brightest Hope), Simon And Garfunkel's The Boxer (Single) and Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline (Album).
A coffin containing the body of country-rock star Gram Parsons is stolen from LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA, by his road manager, Phil Kaufman, who drives it out to the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Navajo Desert and sets fire to the corpse, in accordance with a request made by Parsons before his death. The incident is immortalised in the song Fast Cars And Rented Beds by Julian Dawson on his 2004 album Bedroom Suite. The 2003 movie Grand Theft Parsons is about the same incident. Another song inspired by the life [and death] of Gram Parsons is My Man by The Eagles.
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On his The Concert tour, Mike Oldfield plays at The Velodromo de Anoeta, San Sebastian, Spain, Europe.
The Models play in The Crystal Ballroom, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft) by Jerry Reed reaches No1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart in the USA. Written by Tim DuBois the song is a wry observation about divorce from a male perspective.
On her Wild Heart tour, Stevie Nicks plays at Casper Events Center, Casper, Wyoming, USA.
Queen play in Amsterdam, Holland, Europe.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the second of three nights at Nishinomiya Stadium, Hyogo, near Osaka, Japan.
The Grateful Dead play at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Phillip Phillips is born in Albany, Georgia, USA. He will achieve success as a singer-songwriter when he wins the eleventh season of the tv show American Idol in 2012.
T.H. And The Wreckage, Subterraneans, Entourage, Two Back Yards and The Still play at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Iron Maiden play in Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
The B.B. King Museum Foundation hosts the blues star's 80th birthday celebration at a private estate in Encino, California, USA.
Efterklang, Buke And Glass and Silian Rail play at The Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco, California, USA.
Carlos Santana releases his 18th studio album, Guitar Heaven in the UK.
Robbie Williams publishes a new autobiographical book, You Know Me, in the UK. The book is co-written with journalist/author Chris Heath.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah release Hysterical, their first album in more than four years, in the USA.
Carly Rae Jepsen releases a new single, Call Me Maybe, in Canada.
The Young Sinclairs play at The Well, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Me'shell Ndegeocello plays at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.