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The Baltimore American runs a feature about the life and work of Silas Leachman, a Chicago man who makes a good living - around $50 a day - by recording songs on wax cylinders at home for the phonograph. The article reveals that, "He prepares three 'records', as the wax cylinders are called, at one time," by using three recording machines simultaneously. His repertoire includes ballads, negro melodies [aka coon songs], irish, Chinese and Dutch dialect songs.
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Eugene B. Brandon of Elkins, West Virginia, USA, patents a new device for the tuning of stringed musical instruments.
The ukulele is patented by the Honolulu Ad Club, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, in an attempt to stop copies being made outside of Hawaii.
Don Randall, manager of the Radio And Television Equipment Company in Santa Ana, California, USA, which distributes Fender Broadcaster guitars, announces that the instrument has been re-named The Telecaster. The change has been brought about because of a possible lawsuit based on an infringement of the Gretsch company's Broadkaster drum kits.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are fined $1,000 in their absence by The American Guild Of Variety Artists in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, for having made a non-authorised appearance at Miami's Vagabonds Club six months earlier.
In manager Allan Williams' Austin van, The Beatles set off from Liverpool, UK, for Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Impresario Larry Parnes' package tour, Star Spangled Nights, plays at The Ritz, Romford, England, UK, Europe. Featured artists include Billy Fury, Eden Kane, Joe Brown, Tommy Bruce, The Allisons, The Viscounts, The Karl Denver Trio, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Terry Hale and newcomer Georgie Fame.
UK folk trio The Springfields, featuring Dusty Springfield, spend the first of two days carrying out promotional appearances in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
A new production company, Gerry And The Pacemakers Limited, is incorporated, with their manager Brian Epstein as one of its directors.
The New York Times reports that folk singer Pete Seeger has refused to sign a contract to appear on the tv show Hootenanny, because it includes a clause which requires him to furnish "a sworn affidavit as to his past and present affiliations, if any, with the Communist Party, and/or with the Communist front organizations".
Massively popular UK singing trio The Springfields announce that they will shortly be going their separate ways. Vocalist Dusty Springfield will go on to become one of the UK's best-loved solo vocalists.
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Elvis Presley's manager Col. Tom Parker concludes a deal to make two more Presley movies - Clambake and Frankie And Johnny - for United Artists.
An end of year survey of the UK Singles Chart reveals that the top act of the year was recently deceased country star Jim Reeves, who outsold even The Beatles.
The Everly Brothers arrive at London Airport, London, England, UK, Europe, on KLM Flight 133 to begin the Star Scene 65 UK tour with Cilla Black and Billy J. Kramer.
Harry Vanda, guitarist of The Easybeats, marries Pamela Joyce Higgins in Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia. In the evening The Easybeats meet their future manager Mike Vaughan at a dance in the suburb of Hornsby, Sydney, Australia.
Decca Records in America, is merged with its parent corporation, MCA, thus becoming a division of MCA Records.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience are in Olympic Studios, London, England, UK, Europe, doing more recording on She's So Fine. Later in the day, Hendrix manages to leave the finished masters of his album Axis : Bold As Love in a taxi, obliging engineer Eddie Kramer to re-mix the whole album again.
Led Zeppelin play at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Audience. As a result of the gig, Audience are later signed to Charisma Records.
Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla are staying at a rented house in Camino Del Norte, Palm Springs, California, USA, while looking for a new home to buy.
10cc reach No1 in the UK singles chart with I'm Not In Love. On the same day, Jive Talkin' by The Bee Gees enters the UK singles chart.
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During a flight from New York City, USA, to Boston, Massachusetts, the plane carrying Abba is subjected to extreme weather conditions and is unable to land for an extended period. Abba's Agnetha Faltskog is so distressed by this experience that the band decides to cancel its final American concert, which had been scheduled for Washington DC.
Kate Bush visits EMI's Abbey Road studios in London, England, UK, Europe, where her next single is being cut.
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It is officially revealed that The Eagles have split up.
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A new AC cable station, VH-1, is inaugurated in the USA with a clip of Marvin Gaye’s version of The Star-Spangled Banner.
It is reported that Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, who lost his left arm in a car crash the previous December, is planning to return to playing with the band. He is rehearsing with a second drummer, Jeff Rich, who will play more complicated parts while Allen keeps the beat.
The album Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me by The Cure is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The album Document by R.E.M.is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Time And Tide by Basia is certified as a platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue is certified as a triple platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett is inteviewed by jazz historian Evan Spring at his home in New Jersey, USA. The interview will be broadcast on WKCR-FM to promote Jarrett's upcoming concert at The Town Hall, New York City, with his 'Standards Trio'.
It is reported that Prince plans to launch his own fashion line, and a retail shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Robert Holmes à Court, the Australian billionaire who once owned ATV Music (which controlled the early song catalogue of The Beatles), dies aged 53 of a heart attack, at Heytesbury Stud, Keysbrook, Western Australia, Oceania.
It is announced that all 72,000 tickets for the upcoming Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, have sold out within six hours of the announcement that they had gone on sale. Roger Taylor of Queen states, "Thanks to everyone for the marvellous reflection of the depth of feeling for Freddie throughout the country."
Internationally known singing star Rosemary Squires, who grew up in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, is awarded an MBE for her services to music and charity, in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
After photographs are published showing bassist Jeordie White (a.k.a. Twiggy Ramirez) of A Perfect Circle in a recording studio with Nine Inch Nails, rumours begin circulating that he is about to join that band.
Emmylou Harris, Wynonna Judd, The Crickets and John Hiatt are among the second batch of country artists inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
John Weller, father and manager of Paul Weller, dies aged 77.
It is announced by PPL that Mercy by Duffy was the most played song of the past year in the UK.
A hacker illegally inserts a message championing the effects of a diet product and providing followers with a link to the product into the twitter account of R'n'B singer Solange. The singer quickly takes action to warn readers that the message is a fake.
BBC Radio 2 show The People's Artist Chart reveals that Madonna is the UK's most played artist of the past decade, with The Beatles dropping into second place, followed by Robbie Williams, Queen and Take That. Statistics for the show were compiled by royalties body PPL.
The Beatles' back catalogue finally goes on sale via iTunes.
Madonna announces plans to build ten new schools in Malawi, Africa, in a joint project involving her Raising Malawi charity and the non-profit group buildOn.
Two men, James Marks of Daventry, Northamptonshire, UK, and James McCormick, of Blackpool, UK, appear in Leicester Crown Court, Leicester, UK, charged with having stolen Michael Jackson's entire music catalogue from Sony Music. Jackson's estate had signed the biggest recording deal in history, worth $250m.
Swedish House Mafia announce via their website that they will split up after embarking on "One Last Tour" later in the year.
Pornographic Performances, a study of sexism and racism in music videos, is published by the End Violence Against Women Coalition. The report states that videos such as Summer by Calvin Harris and Never Say Never by Basement Jaxx portray women as sex objects, and that black women in particular are portrayed as ‘endlessly sexually available’ objects.
Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and Jim Lauderdale are all decorated by The National Music Council, during the 32nd Annual American Eagle Awards at a gathering of The National Association of Music Merchants.
It is announced at a press event in Zurich, Switzerland, Europe, that Brian Eno has been chosen to receive the 2019 Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, alongside Elon Musk and the Apollo 11 documentary.
It is announced that Taylor Swift's new album, Folklore, has sold over 1.3m copies worldwide in its first 24 hours on sale. It has also shattered "the global record for first-day album streams on Spotify by a female artist" with 80.6m streams, and has become "the most-streamed album on Apple Music in 24 hours" with 35.47m streams.
The fourth National Album Day is held in the UK, with the theme of Celebrating Women in Music.
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