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The town of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, is incorporated as a city. The City of Boston will inspire the numerous songs including Boston by The Byrds, Boston Tea Party by Alex Harvey, Boston Rag by Steely Dan, Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers and Boston (Ladies of Cambridge) by Vampire Weekend.
U.S. Highway System Route 66 is established, running from Chicago, Illinois, USA, to Los Angeles, California - a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). The road will be immortalised in the song Route 66, written by Bobby Troup and first recorded by The Nat King Cole Trio. Later versions will be recorded by Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, The Manhattan Transfer and Depeche Mode to name but a few. The road will also become the subject of the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.
Jackie Brenston is born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. His 1958 r'n'b chart topper, Rocket 88, is regarded by many as the first rock'n'roll record.
The Ford Motor Company, owned by Henry Ford, launches its newest vehicle, The Model A in the USA. The Model A will be widely regarded as much more sophisticated improvement on the old Model T, which had earned the nickname The Tin Lizzie. The launch of the new vehicle will inspire songwriter Walter O'Keefe to write the humourous song Henry's Made A Lady Out Of Lizzie, which will be recorded by Irving Kaufman, The Happiness Boys, The Cliquot Club Eskimos and others.
Popular vocalist Jan Peerce sings On The Road To Mandalay on radio show The Chevrolet Hour in the USA.
While driving in her powder blue convertible to New York City, USA, to make her first appearance at The Harlem Apollo Theatre, 20 year old singer Ruth Brown is seriously injured in a car crash near Chester, Pennsylvania. Suffering severe internal injuries and two broken legs, she is rushed to hospital where she will spend three months.
Popular vocalist Mindy Carson plays the third night of a two-week season at the Thunderbird Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
June Christy, accompanied by Shorty Rogers and His Giants, records A Mile Down The Highway, Do It Again and He Can Come Back Any Time He Wants To for Capitol Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Betty Jack Davis of country music singing duo The Davis Sisters is buried in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, USA. She had been killed days earlier in a car crash. The other member of the duo, Skeeter Davis, will go on to achieve success as a solo artist.
It's indicative of the upheaval in popular music when 11 of the 23 awards at the BMI Annual Awards Dinner in New York City, USA, go to r'n'b songs, including Maybelline by Chuck Berry, and Pledging My Love by Johnny Ace and I Hear You Knockin' by Smiley Lewis.
Having been stolen in Derby, England, UK, Europe, the day before, a Sunbeam Alpine motor car, owned by UK pop idol Cliff Richard, is recovered 300 miles away in Dundee, Scotland.
Count Basie And His Orchestra record Lyin' Woman and Key To The Highway, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Billy Fury and Dickie Pride are involved in a serious car crash on the M1 motorway in the UK. Fury is taken to hospital suffering from concussion, but Pride is uninjured.
The album Little Deuce Coupe by The Beach Boys peaks at No4 in the Billboard album chart in the USA.
The Beach Boys have a recording session in Los Angeles, California, USA, working on the track Little Honda, and further material for their Christmas Album.
The Top Ten Records played on K-BOX Radio, Dallas, Texas, USA, for the week beginning on this date are as follows :
1. Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes.
2. G.T.O. - Ronnie And The Daytonas
3. Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
4. A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
5. House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
6. I'm Into Something Good - Earl Jean
7. Rag Doll - The Four Seasons
8. C'Mon And Swim - Bobby Freeman
9. Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl - Patty And The Emblems
10. She's The One - The Chartbusters.
Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las, written by Shadow Morton, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, reaches No1 in the USA and in Australia.
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The Beatles continue filming battlefield scenes for their second feature film, Help!, at Knighton Down, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, UK. During filming, someone breaks into John Lennon's car and steals some clothing.
The GPO sends a bill to John Lennon of The Beatles demanding an overdue payment of £12 and 3/- in respect of his car radiophone. Lennon uses the back of the bill to scrawl the lyrics for a new song, I'm Only Sleeping, which will be recorded soon after for the album Revolver.
In London, UK, for two Royal Albert Hall gigs, Bob Dylan is filmed by D. A. Pennebaker during an early morning limo cruise around Hyde Park with John Lennon.
Bassist Pete Quaife is reported to be quitting The Kinks after injuries suffered in a road accident have left him unable to perform for three months.
Guinness heir and socialite Tara Browne, a friend of The Beatles, is killed when his car crashes in West London, UK. The coroner's report of his death, in the Daily Mail on January 17, will inspire John Lennon to begin writing the song A Day In The Life.
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Del Reeves, with Bob Montgomery as producer, records Lookin' At The World Through A Windshield, Pretty Woman It Is and Lest We Forget, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Who, Small Faces and Paul Jones kick off a tour of Australia and New Zealand with a concert in The Royal Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania. After the gig, Keith Moon of The Who drives off in a rental car, which he later parks in front of a motel's reception desk.
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The Velvet Underground play the first of three nights at the Family Dog, Playland-On-The-Beach, Great Highway, San Francisco, California, USA.
Johnny Cash performs for US President Richard Nixon in the East Room of The White House, Washington DC, USA. Cash sings three songs specially requested by the President - A Boy Named Sue, Okie From Muskogee and Welfare Cadillac, the last of which castigates black people on welfare who drive Cadillacs while other working people struggle to get by. (N.B. Other reports say that Cash did not sing Okie or Cadillac, substituting those songs with Man In Black and What Is Truth)
Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer [Emerson, Lake And Palmer], Labi Siffre, Ronnie Scott, Jim Cregan [Family], Brian Gibson [Geordie] and Tony Norton [Jigsaw] take part in a Pop Star Celebrity Race at Brands Hatch, near Swanley, Kent, UK. Jazzman Ronnie Scott wins the race. Also in attendance are Suzi Quatro and Don Powell [Slade].
Mike Bloomfield, lead guitarist on Bob Dylan's album Highway 61 Revisited, is found dead of a heroin overdose in a parked car in San Francisco, California, USA.
Blind Joe Hill, billed as The One-Man-Blues-Band, records his album First Chance, in Hollywood, California, USA. The LP includes the tracks Big Butt Woman, Lickin' Gravy Baby, Wake Me Up In The Morning, Highway 13, Darling, I Love You, Blind Joe Special, First Change, P. D. Blues, I Can't Do What I Used To Do, You Got Me Dizzy and I'm Travellin'.
Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue are partying at the home of record producer Roy Thomas Baker in Los Angeles, California, USA. Sixx sets off in his Porsche to rendezvous with Lita Ford at her house. Reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph, he wraps the German sports car around a telephone pole. A couple driving by pull Sixx into their car and take him to the hospital, where he is treated for a separated shoulder.
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.
Record Producer Alex Sadkin (Simply Red, Bob Marley, Duran Duran) dies in a Miami, Florida hospital, from injuries sustained in a car crash in the Bahamas.
The Cars release the album Door To Door in the UK.
James Brown pleads guilty in Aiken Circuit Court in South Carolina, USA, to charges of gun possession and resisting arrest. Brown was arrested in May after leading police on a car chase.
On their Renegades in the Fast Lane tour, Styx play at The Venetian Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
New Age guitarist and songwriter Michael Hedges dies aged 43 in a car accident in Mendocino County, California, USA.
Natasha Antoinette Anastasiades, a promising young singer-songwriter, dies in a car crash in Whetstone, UK.
Destiny's Child play at The Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
It is reported that Tom Waits has filed a lawsuit against the Scandinavian division of General Motors for using a Waits' soundalike in one of its tv commercials.
R'n'b vocalist D'Angelo is hospitalised with damaged ribs after a car crash on State Route 711, Virginia, USA.
Troubled former 60s pop idol Wayne Fontana sets fire to a debt collector's car while the man is still inside the vehicle. The debt collector had arrived at Fontana's home in Glossop, Derbyshire, UK, to collect £527.12 relating to a disputed parking fine.
The 38th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction begins in Scottsdale, Arizona. Among the vehicles being offered at auction are a pair of classic 1956 Chevys - a Chevrolet 210 and a Chevrolet Nomad station wagon - both owned by Van Halen.
R'n'b singer Rihanna is punched in the face by her boyfriend Chris Brown, while in his car in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kanye West's Porsche Panamera crashes into an unoccupied house near Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Soon after, the car is reported stolen. Kanye West was not on the island at the time of the crash.
James Blunt plays at Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, South America.
Slipknot release their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter on Roadrunner Records in Belgium and The Netherlands, Europe, and in Australia, Oceania.
On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play at Genting Arena (NEC), Birmingham, England, UK.
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Toseland release a new album, Cradle the Rage, on CD52 Records.
On their The Getaway World Tour The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA.