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Officials in Springfield, Missouri, USA, propose Route 66 as the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway. Opened later in the same year, 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.
John Lee Hooker records Alberta, Canal Street Blues, Huckle Up Baby, Goin' Down Highway 51 and Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, for Specialty Records.
Maybellene by Chuck Berry peaks at No5 on the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. On the same day, I Hear You Knockin' by Smiley Lewis enters the Billboard R'n'B singles chart. Meanwhile, over in London, rock'n'roll fan Sidney Turner is fined £3 10s for 'creating an abominable noise' by blasting out Bill Haley's Shake Rattle And Roll, much to the annoyance of his neighbours, for two and a half hours during an otherwise quiet afternoon.
The Edsels perform Rama Lama Ding Dong on popular tv show American Bandstand in W-Fil Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Rock'n'roll guitarist Hank Garland is released from Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, where he has been in a coma following a recent serious car crash.
Brilliant young jazz bassist Doug Watkins, who played with Kenny Dorham, Horace Silver, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Hank Mobley, falls asleep at the wheel and dies in a car crash near Holbrook, Arizona, USA, while en route to San Francisco to meet drummer Philly Joe Jones for a gig.
The Top Ten Singles in the UK on this date are :
2. Juliet - The Four Pennies
3. My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
4. It's Over - Roy Orbison
5. Constantly (L'Edera) - Cliff Richard And The Shadows
6. A Little Loving - The Fourmost
7. The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt - The Shadows
8. Don't Throw Your Love Away - The Searchers
9. I Believe - The Bachelors
10. No Particular Place To Go - Chuck Berry
Last Kiss by J. Frank Wilson And The Cavaliers reaches No1 in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
Ray Pillow records Six Days On The Road, Sorrow Tearing Me Apart and other tracks in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Jazz trombonist Willie Dennis, best-known as a big band musician but also an influential bebop soloist, dies aged 39 in a car crash in Central Park, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan resumes recording of his sixth album Highway 61 Revisited in Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, USA.
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John Lennon of The Beatles commissions J.P.Fallon Ltd, a coachworks company in Chertsey, Surrey, UK, to repaint his Rolls-Royce in a psychedelic style.
Buffalo Springfield play the second of three nights at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by The Steve Miller Blues Band and Freedom Highway.
Elvis Presley's gold Cadillac leaves the USA, heading for Sydney, Australia, Oceania, where it is due to go on a promotional tour..
The Jimi Hendrix Experience fly from London, England, UK, Europe, to Landvetter Airport, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe, followed by 25km drive to Hotel Opalen.
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Gus Van of the Vaudeville duo Van And Schenk dies in Mount Sinai Hospital, Miami Beach, Florida, USA, as a result of having been hit by a car a week earlier. In a long and successful career, the pair recorded for the Emerson, Victor and Columbia labels.
After creating a disturbance in a Detroit, Michigan, USA, parking lot, Aretha Franklin is arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. Released on bail of $50, she crashes her car into a street sign on leaving the police station.
Popular easy-listening pianist/organist and singer Earl Grant, dies from injuries incurred in a car crash in Lordsburg, New Mexico, USA, on his way back from a performance in Juarez, Mexico. .
Janet Vogel of hit-making 60s vocal group The Skyliners commits suicide in her car in her garage at home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Wishbone Ash play at Palalido, Milan, Italy, Europe, supported by Headboys.
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Iron Maiden play at Goldiggers, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, during their Beast On The Road tour.
The Smiths' UK tour plays at Brighton Polytechnic. En route, Morrissey and Marr demand that their driver be replaced because they feel he is being over-familiar.
Annihilator release their second LP, Never Neverland, on Roadrunner Records.
The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, play in Central Park, New York City, USA, during the Country Takes Manhattan Extravaganza.
After driving home from a gig in Great Yarmouth, jazz pianist and in-demand session player Mick Pyne dies of an unexpected internal haemorrhage in London, England, UK.
Percy Miller, aka Master P, label boss of No Limit Records, and his younger brother Silkk The Shocker (real name Vyshonn Miller), are arrested on gun charges when their car is pulled over by police outside UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
In the Superior Court, Long Beach, California, USA, Rapper Tray Deee, founder of Tha Eastsidaz with rappers Snoop Dogg and Goldie Loc, is sentenced to twelve years in prison after pleading no contest to charges arising from a 2003 shooting incident during which he fired at an occupied vehicle.
Tom Petty releases his third solo LP, Highway Companion, on American Recordings in the UK.
Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is arrested on drugs charges after police stop him west of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, for speeding. Officers find what they believe to be bags of marijuana and methamphetamine plus drug paraphernalia and an open container of beer in Rodriguez's pickup truck. He is released on $6,500 bail.
The album 5th Gear by Brad Paisley is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founder member of the Dave Matthews Band, suffers a punctured lung and broken ribs in a vehicular accident at his farm near the band's home base of Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
Andre 3000 of Outkast is arrested near Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for speeding in his Porsche Carrera. He is released after posting $1,200 bail.
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy is arrested in Hollywood, California, USA, on a traffic warrant relating to his history of driving without a license. He is released shortly after on $15,000 bail.
After attending a Gay Pride march, George Michael is arrested when he loses control of his Range Rover and crashes into the door of photo store Snappy Snaps in Hampsted, London, England, UK.
At Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London, England, UK, Europe, George Michael is jailed for eight weeks for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. He is also fined £1,250 and given a five-year driving ban.
Christina Aguilera is arrested and charged with public intoxication after her boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, is charged with drunk driving in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rapper Flo Rida is arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, and charged with driving under the influence while on a suspended license.
After night club patron Mark Williams admonishes Johnny Jackson III, aka 'DJ Outlaw,' for not playing his CD during a DJ set at Rockafella's Nightclub, Old National Highway, South Fulton County, Georgia, USA, Jackson shoots him dead in the parking lot with a shotgun.
It is reported that The SunTrust Bank is suing rapper Bow Wow for $25,000 worth of "reposession expenses" incurred when the bank had to re-posesses the rapper's Lamborghini because he failed to meet the payments on the $300,000 business loan he had taken out to buy the vehicle.
On her Bangerz Tour, Miley Cyrus plays at The Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
Alan Wills, the Shack drummer who also founded the Liverpudlian record label Deltasonic, is admitted, critically ill, to University Hospital Aintree, following a road accident. Wills suffered serious head injuries while on his bicycle on East Prescot Road in the Page Moss area of Liverpool, UK.
Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns is arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Morgan Street, Merewether, Newcastle, Australia.
The Classic Rock Awards are held at The Avalon Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA. The full list of winners is as follows :

Living Legend: Gregg Allman

Inspiration: The Doors

Band of the Year: Queen + Adam Lambert

Film of the Year: Through the Never - Metallica

Album of the Year: Going Back Home - Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey

Classic Album: Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne

Outstanding Contribution: Jeff Lynne

Reissue of the Year: Led Zeppelin I: Deluxe Edition, Led Zeppelin II: Deluxe Edition, Led Zeppelin III: Deluxe Edition - Led Zeppelin

Maestro: Joe Perry

Metal Guru: Dave Mustaine

The Bluesman: Eric Burdon

The VIP: Sharon Osbourne

Best New Band: The Cadillac Three
On her Delirium World Tour, Ellie Goulding plays at The Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe.
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 the third leg of their 100-date Global Spirit Tour, Depeche Mode play the first of two nights at The Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Russian rapper Husky stages an unscheduled gig from the roof of a car on the streets of southern city of Krasnodar, Russia, Europe, after his official concert is cancelled under pressure from the authorities. As a result, he is arrested and jailed for twelve days.