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Henry Price Ball of New York City, USA, applies for a US Patent for his invention of an improved type of music-roll for mechanical musical instruments.
Songwriter Bill Munro registers copyright of his song When My Baby Smiles At Me with the Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Company of New York City, USA.
Ella Fitzgerald's manager, Norman Granz, holds a press conference in Houston, Texas, USA, declaring that the previous night's arrest of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Illinois Jacquet, on gambling charges was racially motivated, because local police did not want mixed audiences at concerts in the city.
Buddy Holly receives a new recording contract from Decca Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, but he does not sign it. He is keen to break free from the company.
Chubby Checker releases a new 4-track "compact double 33", featuring four songs - The Mess Around, The Ray Charles-ton, The Jet and The Continental Walk. The release is a marketing ploy by RCA Victor Records to test whether the youth audience will buy 33rpm discs as readily as they do 45rpm items.
Billboard magazine in the USA reports that singles sales have received a marked boost nationwide, which is attributed to The Twist craze.
During his Sink Or Swim With Swingin' Slim radio show on WBNX Radio in New York City, USA, deejay Irving 'Slim' Rose offers a cash reward for the first listener to bring him a copy of the song Stormy Weather by The Five Sharps, which he loves but has broken his copy. The request will create so much interest that Jubilee Records will eventually re-record the song with a different group [still using the name The Five Sharps] and release it in 1964.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the hit single The Wayward Wind by Frank Ifield.
To promote the career of Tommy Good, a white singer recently signed to Motown Records, the company's publicist Al Abrams stages a 'protest march' by white teenagers to Motown's Hitsville U.S.A. offices in Detroit, Michigan, USA. In fact, Good is conveniently in the offices and comes out to perform his single, Baby I Miss You, for the assembled crowd. The event is a parody of recent civil rights marches, and the teenagers have been specially bussed-in by Motown.
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Keith Relf, singer of The Yardbirds, is hospitalised in London, UK, suffering from a collapsed lung. He will not be able to return to the band until September 21st, so Mick O'Neil will be drafted in to stand in for him temporarily.
John Lennon of The Beatles appears on UK tv current affairs show Tonight to promote his upcoming book, A Spaniard In The Works.
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Larry Page, manager of The Kinks, is arrested in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, after refusing to pay a special tax relating to the group's live appearance in the city.
A new rock music venue, The Boston Tea Party, opens in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Creedence Clearwater Revival is formed in El Cerrito, near Berkeley, California, USA.
Lazy Sunday by The Small Faces is released as a single on Immediate Records, against the wishes of the group.
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Michael Jackson signs a Musicians' Guild contract agreeing that he and The Jackson Five will play at an after-prom banquet for Thomas Edison Junior-Senior High School in East Gary, Indiana, USA on Apr 26. The group is to be paid $150 for their performance.
As subsequently documented in The Beatles single The Ballad Of John And Yoko, the not so happy couple, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, are prevented, because of passport problems, from boarding a ferry to France, Europe, at the Thorensen Passenger Terminal, Southampton, England, UK, Europe
While being interviewed by John Burks of Rolling Stone magazine in New York City, USA, Jimi Hendrix states that The Experience is re-forming.
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A new music venue, The Brunel Rooms, opens in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, with a gig by Cockney Rebel. Bands including Talking Heads, The Ramones, XTC and Marillion will play there over the years.
The Rolling Stones album Some Girls is certified as a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
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Drummer Aynsley Dunbar, currently with Jefferson Starship, begins a $3.25m unfair dismissal legal action against his former band, Journey.
Roger Troutman of funk band Zapp earns a gold disc from the R.I.A.A. in the USA for his solo album The Many Facets of Roger.
Music trade business magazine Record World files for bankruptcy in the USA.
The album Rio by Duran Duran is awarded a UK gold disc.
Bassist, guitarist and singer Greg Lake quits Asia, and is replaced by John Wetton.
The San Francisco headquarters office of rock promoter Bill Graham burns down in what looks suspiciously like an arson attack. Fire brigade investigators discover the remains of two gallon jugs of gasoline which they suspect were used as Molotov cocktails.
Debbie Harry of Blondie and famed pop artist Andy Warhol take part in a promotional stunt to launch the new Commodore Amiga 1000 computer at the Lincoln Center, New York City, USA. To demonstrate the capabilities of the computer, Warhol paints a portrait of Debbie using a computer program called Graphicraft.
Rock Wit’ Cha by Bobby Brown is certified as a gold single by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The album Hymns To The Silence by Van Morrison is certified as a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Soul and r'n'b singer Percy Sledge pleads guilty to tax evasion in the USA.
During the Monsters Of Rock Festival, Iron Maiden play at V
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A Jeff Koons sculpture, entitled Michael Jackson And Bubbles, is sold for $5.6m at Sotheby's Auction House, New York City, USA. The porcelain statue of Michael Jackson and his pet chimpanzee is life size and was created by Koons in 1988 as part of his Banality series.
According to year-end figures published by Neilsen Soundscan, Universal Music was America’s biggest music company of 2003, with a market share of 28.08% of the world's biggest music market. The No1 album of the year was 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin – on Universal - which sold 6,535,809 units.
For the fiscal quarter ending on this day, Warner Music Group reports a net income of $4m, a sizable improvement over the previous year's same period loss of $48m.
It is reported that Amy Winehouse's album Back To Black has now sold 5.1 million copies worldwide.
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Kylie Minogue receives the first-ever 25th Anniversary O2 Silver Clef Award, Fatboy Slim is presented with the Ivestec Icon Award and Manic Street Preachers are presented with the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassadors of Rock Award at the annual Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award event in The Hilton, Park Lane, London, England, UK, Europe. Other awards are lavished on Jessie J, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Emeli Sande, Conor Maynard, Tinie Tempah, Tom Jones, Michael Buble and Laura Wright. A Hofner fiddle bass guitar donated by Sir Paul McCartney is auctioned for the charity.
Howard H. Scott, a member of the Columbia Records team that introduced the long-playing vinyl record in 1948, dies aged 92 of cancer in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA.
After learning that sales of his song Sweet Caroline have surged by 600% since the recent Boston Marathon bombings, Neil Diamond tweets that he will be donating these royalties to One Fund Boston, a charity aiding victims of the bombings. Diamond's 1969 song has been played at every Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park since 2002.
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS attend the opening of Rock And Brews at LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA. Rock And Brews is a restaurant franchise owned by Stanley and Simmons.
Artpop by Lady Gaga enters the UK Official Albums Chart at No1 on sales of just 65,000 copies.
Roseanne Cash testifies before the Congressional House Judiciary Committee in Washington DC, USA, on the matter of music licensing and illegal downloading.
On Leon Redbone's web site, his publicist announces that the ragtime, jazz and blues singer-guitarist is retiring from performing and recording, because of health problems.
Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes, Lady Gaga are among those attending the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ciara attends the Keds Centennial Celebration at Center548, New York City, USA.
Ed Sheeran makes his return to social media after a year away by tweeting a plain blue square, with no text. The colour is later revealed to be the colour theme of his upcoming singles and album.
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The Church Studio at 304 South Trenton Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its significance to American music culture and, in particular, The Tulsa Sound. The studio was owned by musician Leon Russell, and used by artists including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Twilley, Dr. John, JJ Cale, The Gap Band, Freddie King, Phoebe Snow, Peter Tosh and Tom Petty.
Ozzy Osbourne announces, during a press conference at his home in Los Angeles, California, USA, that his next tour will be his last. The tour, whimsically titled No More Tours 2, is set to last for two years, and will begin in May 2018 with shows in South America.
One Direction, according to Companies House in London, England, UK, Europe, shuts down Rollcall Touring Ltd., the company which handled their concert income. This is seen as further proof that the band has no plans to re-unite.
Highly respected music journalist Roy Carr, who edited NME, Vox and Melody Maker magazines, dies in hospital, aged 73, of a heart attack.