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Children's fantasy novel Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll is published by MacMillan in the UK. Inspired by the book, Boeing Duveen And The Beautiful Soup will release a new single, Jabberwock / Which Dreamed It on Parlophone Records in the UK in May 1968. (Boeing Duveen is in fact Sam Hutt, who will move into country music, adopting the pseudonym Hank Wangford.)
Bing Crosby and Chicago-born composer Victor Young record For Love Alone and I Never Realized for Decca Records.
Billie Holiday and The Count Basie Band play at The Grand Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Big Bill Broonzy And His Memphis Five record Medicine Man Blues, Looking Up And Down, Midnight Steppers and Lone Wolf Blues and other tracks for OKeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Washboard Sam plays washboard on these cuts.
The Eddie Duchin Orchestra plays at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA.
Washington DC-based r'n'b group The Cap-Tans sign an exclusive one-year recording contract with management duo Lillian Claiborne and Winfield Adams, whereby the managers could lease or sell the results to whichever record company they chose.
Tommy Brown records Double-Faced Deacon, V-8 Baby, The House Near The Railroad Track and Atlanta Boogie for Savoy/Regent Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Unchained Melody by Roy Hamilton reaches No1 on the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA. On the same day, Unchained Melody by Al Hibbler reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart compiled by music weekly Record Mirror.
Memories Are Made Of This by Dean Martin reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack buddies come to the end of their Summit At The Sands season at The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, The Shirelles,The Drifters, Bo Diddley, Ben E. King and Chuck Jackson set off on a new package tour, The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1961, with its first show at the Uline Arena, Washington DC, USA.
Jazz and blues vocalist Alberta Hunter records the album Alberta Hunter With Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders for Riverside Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Lonnie Johnson and Victoria Spivey play the tenth of thirteen nights at Gerde's Folk City, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
John Steel of Newcastle, England, UK, Europe, band The Kansas City Five gets enough 21st birthday cash to be able to buy himself a black pearl Premier drum kit with Zildjian cymbols. The group will eventually become The Animals.
Little Stevie Wonder releases his debut single, I Call It Pretty Music But The Old People Call It The Blues, on Tamla Records in the USA.
The Rolling Stones spend a second day of recording in IBC Studio, Portland Place, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Nashville Men play at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
The Soul Agents play in The Mecca Ballroom, Southampton Pier, Southampton, Hampshire, UK.
The Yardbirds, with Eric Clapton on lead guitar, play in The Olympia Ballroom, Reading, UK.
The Soul Agents play at The Gateway Club, Northampton, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, UK.
Manfred Mann and Bill Haley And His Comets play at The Globe, Stockton, UK.
The Rolling Stones, supported by The Shangri-Las, play at Memorial Auditorium, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Brian Jones, hospitalised with 'a fever' according to the official version, misses the show.
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Country music guitarist and singer/songwriter Elton Britt records Heart Of A Clown, Bluebird Yodel, New Freight Train Blues, The Singing Hills and other tracks in Bell Sound Studios, 237 West 54th Street,New York City, USA.
The Moody Blues release a new single, From The Bottom Of My Heart, on Decca Records in the UK. They also perform it live on popular tv show Ready Steady Go! Also appearing on today's edition are Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas and The Soul Sisters.
The Steam Packet (including Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll) play at King's Halls, Ilkley, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, UK, with The Boston Dexters.
The Moody Blues record a live appearance for the BBC radio show Saturday Club, in London, England, UK.
Andrew Oldham, manager of The Rolling Stones, announces that the group will be making a feature film, entitled Back, Behind And Front, with a budget of $1,250.000. The film will never be made.
The Blues Project play at the Café Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter J.B. Lenoir dies in Urbana, Illinois, USA, aged 38, from a heart attack following injuries suffered in a car accident three weeks earlier. His death will inspire John Mayall to write the song The Death Of J.B.Lenoir which will appear on the album Crusade by John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers.
Herman's Hermits are filmed for an NBC-tv special at Ohio State Fair, Ohio, USA. Support acts for The Hermits are Blues Magoos and The Who.
Fleetwood Mac, Ten Years After, The Fugs and The Nice play at the Ekstra Bladett Poll Concert in the Falkoner Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
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In an early morning studio session at his Record Plant studios, New York City, USA, engineer Gary Kellgren works on a mix of the Jimi Hendrix Experience track Long Hot Summer Night.
Procol Harum, The Peddlers and Juicy Lucy appear in the UK tv show, Disco 2, on BBC-2 tv.
Jimi Hendrix is in the Record Plant, New York City, USA, recording an untitled instrumental and experimenting with backwards tapes on Burning Desire.
The album Weekend In LA by jazz and r'n'b guitarist George Benson is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Sarah Vaughan plays at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Legendary blues guitarist Albert King and his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan perform together on a Canadian sound stage for the live music television series In Session. The performance will, in due course, be released as an LP and as a DVD.
Eric Clapton plays at The Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
On his In Step tour, Stevie Ray Vaughan plays at Champlain Valley Fair, Essex Junction, Vermont, USA.
On their Pump tour, Aerosmith play at Maimarkt-Gelände, Mannheim, Germany, Europe.
Jimmy Bowskill is born in Bailieboro, Ontario, Canada. he will find success as leader of The Jimmy Bowskill Band.
On the Pump tour, Aerosmith play the last of three nights at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, Asia. On the same day, MTV Unplugged in the USA features a live acoustic performance by Aerosmith.
The four day long Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington, ends with performances by Iggy And The Stooges, Michael Franti And Spearhead, The Decemberists, Ted Leo / Pharmacists, Dashboard Confessional, Okkervil River, Aqueduct, Brazilian Girls, Earlimart, Sonny Landreth and Buckwheat Zydeco.
Grinderman, a Nick Cave side-project band, plays at The Riviera Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Warren Hayes releases his second solo album, Man In Motion, via the Concord Music Group in the USA.
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The Black Keys play at The Zenith Arena, Lille, France, Europe.
Buddy Guy, Dietra Farr and Jimmy Burns play at Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Taj Mahal plays at The State Theatre, Ithaca, New York State, USA.
Jorma Kaukonen, David Lindley and G.E.Smith play at Fur Peace Station Guitar Summit, Fur Peace Ranch, Pomeroy, Ohio, USA.