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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.
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.
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.
, 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.
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.
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.
quits Asia, and is replaced by John Wetton.
Bassist, guitarist and singer
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.
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.
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.
It is reported that Amy Winehouse's album Back To Black has now sold 5.1 million copies worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
attends the Keds Centennial Celebration at Center548, New York City, USA.
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.
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
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.
, 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.