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Alonzo Johnson is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find fame as urban blues and jazz guitarist Lonnie Johnson, credited with being the first musician to play a guitar solo note for note with a pick, which subsequently became an integral element in blues and rock. Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian, T-Bone Walker and B.B. King are all said to have been influenced by Johnson's style.
George Washington Jr, starring George M. Cohan, is playing at The Colonial, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Pioneering blues vocalist and recording artist Lucille Hegamin records Jazz Me Blues for Arto Records.
The Red Heads record Black Bottom Stomp, That's No Bargain and Heebie Jeebies, for Pathe Actuelle Records in New York City, USA.
Fiddle and guitar duo Andrew and Jim Baxter record Georgia Stomp in Atlanta, Georgia, for Victor Records.
Arnold Johnson And His Orchestra, with vocal by Scrappy Lambert record Big City Blues for Brunswick Records in New York City, USA.
Sidney Bechet and His Trio record Blues In Thirds in Chicago, Illinois, USA. At the same session, Sidney Bechet and His New Orleans Feetwarmers record Blue for You Johnny, Ain't Misbehavin', Save It Pretty Mama and Stompy Jones.
Vocal duettists Bill Cox and Cliff Hobbs record My Tootsie Wootsie Gal, Liquor Bowl Blues, Can't We Make Up Again and other tracks for OKeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bobby Sherwood And His Orchestra play at Casino Gardens, Ocean Park, California, USA.
Merle Travis begins work on the movie From Here To Eternity, which features his performance of Re-Enlistment Blues.
The Spaniels enter the Billboard R'n'B Top Ten singles chart in the USA with Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite.
Lefty Frizzell plays in Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Jazz drummer Cozy Cole, reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart in the USA with Topsy Pt2, a new version of a former hit for Benny Goodman.
The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra records Bye Bye Blackbird, Tenderly and Don’cha Go ‘way Mad, at Capitol Records Studio, New York City.
When Poor Me, reaches No1 in the UK, Adam Faith becomes the first British artist to have his first two chart entries hit the top.
Fats Domino, The Shirelles, Chubby Checker, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Ben E.King and Chuck Jackson play at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, in The Biggest Show Of Stars For '61.
The Beaulieu Jazz Festival, Hampshire, England, UK, Europe, featuring Johnny Dankworth, James Cotton, Kenny Ball's Jazzmen, Chris Barber's Jazzband with Ottilie Patterson, Terry Lightfoot and others, ends in riots when members of the crowd begin to climb the scaffolding which supports the lighting rigs being used for the tv broadcast. Among the audience is a young Rod Stewart.
Betty Carter and The Roger Kellaway Trio play at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Chester Arthur Burnett, better known as Howlin' Wolf, marries Lillie Handley Jones from Alabama, USA. She is a property owner and a smart money manager, and the couple will settle in south Chicago. They will remain together until his death.
A full-page advertisment runs in six music trade magazines in the USA, bearing the strapline, "in the public interest, watch The Rolling Stones crush The Beatles!"
Manfred Mann and Bill Haley And His Comets play at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK.
The Animals appear on UK tv pop show Scene At 6.30.
The Yardbirds play at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, London, UK.
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The Moody Blues play at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK.
The Alex Harvey Soul Band play at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK.
Hoyt Axton, The Young Folks, Stewart Clay and The Yachtsmen Quartet play in The Disneyland After Dark Hootenanny, Disneyland, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Jefferson Airplane play at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA.
B.B. King plays at Die Glocke, Bremen, Germany, Europe.
At the office of ANIM management in London, England, UK, Europe, Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Alan Walsh of Melody Maker.
Spooky Tooth play the second of three nights at The Cheetah Club, Venice, California, USA.
Howlin' Wolf plays at The Blues Loft, Nag's Head, High Wycombe, England, UK, Europe.
Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera and others play at the Croeso '69 Blues Festival, Grosmont Wood Barn, Abergavenny, Wales, UK, Europe.
The Equals, Status Quo and The Nite People play at John Street Mutli-Storey Car Park, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, replacing Chicken Shack.
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John Mayall plays at The Civic Hall, Guildford, UK.
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play the first of four nights at Charlie's Place, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, supported by Mighty Joe Young.
Influential Piedmont-style blues guitarist, mandolin player, and singer Floyd Council dies of a heart attack in Sanford, North Carolina, USA. He is known to an audience outside of the blues genre because his name was half of the inspiration for the name of rock band Pink Floyd. [The other half was Pink Anderson].
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Capital Center, Landover, Maryland, USA, supported by Elvin Bishop and Styx. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
The blues musical Blues In The Night, opens at Playhouse 46, New York City, USA, where it will run for 51 performances.
The Jacksons enter the UK singles chart with State Of Shock, which will peak at No14, despite featuring vocals by both Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.
The Black Crowes play at Airport Road Music Hall, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA.
Doctor John delivers the eulogy at a memorial service for blues songwriter, singer and guitarist John Campbell. The urn containing Campbell's ashes is then escorted home on a motorcycle by a procession of Hells Angels, in the manner that his wife said would be just as he wanted it.
Wiltshire's most successful-ever blues band, The Hoax, play at The Arts Centre, Salisbury, UK.
The Black Crowes re-union tour plays the last of three nights at The Tabernacle, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Aerosmith play on the last day of the Download Festival, Donington Park, Donington, UK. The three day long event also features AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones, Bullet for My Valentine, Billy Idol, Megadeth, Them Crooked Vultures, and more.
C.W.Stoneking And His Primitive Horn Orchestra play at The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, UK.
Paolo Nutini plays at The LG Arena, Birmingham, UK.
On their Acoustic Tour, Nine Below Zero play at The Crown, Stevenage, UK.