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David P. Boyd and Leander F. Boyd of Toledo, Ohio, USA, are granted Patent No. US719641A for their invention of improvements to the action of stringed musical instruments.
Piron's New Orleans Orchestra records Ghost Of The Blues and Bright Star Blues in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records.
Johnnie Ray, popular singer known as the Nabob of Sob, is born in Dallas, Oregon, USA.
Frank Hutchison, vocal, guitar and harmonica, records Stackalee, aka Stagger Lee, Logan County Blues and other tracks in New York City, USA, for OKeh Records.
Herman Parker Jr is born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. He will find success as blues vocalist and harmonica virtuoso Little Junior Parker
Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra records St. Louis Blues and Chicago Rhythm, for Vocalion Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Robert Joseph Sheen is born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. he will find success as rhythm and blues singer Bobby Sheen, best-known for his work with Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans, The Robins and The Coasters.
Dinah Washington, Earl Bostic, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Ray Charles, Melvin Smith, Lowell Fulson, Dr. Willie Jones, Tommy Brown, Titus Turner, Ray Sneed and Billie Wright and his Floor Show play at The City Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The Thelonious Monk Septet records Blues For Tomorrow and Crepuscule With Nellie at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City, USA. The band includes John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins and Art Blakey.
Young performer Stephen Marriott wins a talent competition in the Uncle Ken Show at Jaywick Sands in the UK. He will go on to find fame as Steve Marriott of the Small Faces and Humble Pie.
Package tour the Biggest Show Of Stars for '59, featuring Bo Diddley, Duane Eddy, The Platters, Clyde McPhatter, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Kalin Twins and The Crests, plays in Charlotte, Carolina, USA.
Miriam Makeba plays the sixth night of a four week season at the Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Clyde McPhatter, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Ben E. King and Tarheel Slim, play at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
The Beatles play at St. John's Hall, Tuebrook, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Beach Boys make their first impact on the Billboard charts in the USA when their debut single, Surfin', enters at No118.
Duke Ellington [piano], Charles Mingus [bass] and Max Roach (drums) record Backward Country Boy Blues for Blue Note Records at Sound Makers Studio in New York City, USA.
The Yardbirds, with Eric Clapton on lead guitar, play at Coronation Hall, Kingston, UK.
Stand-up comedian Professor Irwin Corey comes to the end of a brief season at the recently-opened new coffeehouse venue, The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA. The Au Go Go will become a vitally important venue for folk, folk-rock, blues and other musicians.
Ain't Nothing You Can Do by Bobby Bland enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No20.
The Rolling Stones' fourth UK tour continues at The Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, supported by Peter And Gordon, The Overlanders, The Barron Knights, David John And The Mood, Julie Grant and Tony Marsh.
The Swallows (not the identically-named doo-wop r'n'b group of the 1950s) record I Wanna be Your Man, She Loves You, How Do You Do It, Please Please Me, I'll Keep You Satisfied, I'm Telling You Now, I Want To Hold Your Hand and From Me To You, for Atco Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. The tracks are for a cash-in album, The Amazing Beatles And Other Great English Group Sounds, featuring songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles, and songs relating to The British Invasion.
Jazz flute player Esa Pethman records Blues Fantasie and Blues For Duke, for RCA Records in Helsinki, Finland, Europe.
The Who play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK, and are also heard on the radio show Ready, Steady, Radio!.
Bob Dylan releases the single Subterranean Homesick Blues/The Times They Are A-Changin' in Germany and The Netherlands, Europe.
Eric Burdon and Chas Chandler of The Animals both collapse while performing at The Flamingo Club, Soho, London, England, UK.
The Rolling Stones release a new album, Aftermath, in the UK. It is their first to include only songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
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When Fairport Convention play at The Speakeasy, London, England, UK, Europe, they are joined on stage by Jimi Hendrix.
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers begin a tour of the USA with a show at New York City's Café Au Go Go in Greenwich Village.
B.B. King plays at The Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the James Cotton Blues Band and Albert King play at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA.
Quicksilver Messenger Service play the fifth of six nights at The Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, California, USA.
Big Brother And The Holding Company, B.B.King and Jimi Hendrix play the first of six nights at The Generation Club, New York City, USA.
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Jimmy Powell And The Dimensions play at The Technical College, Peterborough, England, UK, Europe.
Ten Years After finish a North American tour at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
Van Morrison plays at The Catacombs, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Eric Clapton plays at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Fleetwood Mac release a new single, Over My Head,on Reprise Records in the USA.
Johnny 'Guitar' Watson plays at Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall, Hamburg, Germany, Europe. The concert is taped and will, in due course, be released as an album.
Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA publishes its Top 100 Pop Albums of the year, with the Top 10 as follows :

1. SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER - Bee Gees/Various Artists/Soundtrack (RSO)

2. GREASE - John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John/Soundtrack (RSO)

3. RUMOURS - Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros.)

4. THE STRANGER - Billy Joel (Columbia)

5. AJA - Steely Dan (ABC)

6. FEELS SO GOOD - Chuck Mangione (A&M)


8. SIMPLE DREAMS - Linda Ronstadt (Asylum)

9. POINT OF KNOW RETURN - Kansas (Kirshner)

10. SLOWHAND - Eric Clapton (RSO)

Leon Russell and The New Grass Revival play at Perkins Palace Pasadena, California, USA.
Samson, supported by Gary Moore, play a gig in Ipswich, England, UK, Europe.
On their Pump Tour, Aerosmith play at The Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones leaves New York City, USA, to begin a lengthy stay in Jamaica, Caribbean.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Sleeptrain Amphitheater, Marysville, California, USA.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays at B.B.King's Blues Club, New York City, USA.
Wilko Johnson plays at Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland, Europe.
It is reported that former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has been diagnosed as suffering from terminal cancer of the pancreas.
On their America Latina Ole Tour, The Rolling Stones play the second of two nights at Estádio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America, supported by Titas.