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The first stage production of The Wizard Of Oz is playing at The Grand Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
John Jones is born in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He will find success as blues pianist, singer and recording artist Little Johnny Jones, working with Tampa Red, Muddy Waters and Elmore James.
Big band singer Bob Grabeau is born in Pittsburg, California, USA. He will become successful as a teenager in the San Francisco area, and will be signed by Capitol Records at 19, before going on to sing with Jan Garber and His Orchestra and others.
Thurston Harris is born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He will find major success in 1957 with the hit single Little Bitty Pretty One,
Popular vocalist Leslie Hutchinson records the Cole Porter song Two Little Babes In The Woods, in London, UK.
Blues vocalist Bumble Bee Slim records Ramblin' With That Woman in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jazz drummer Stu Martin is born in Liberty, New York State, USA. He will play with artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, John McLaughlin and Charles Mingus.
Ray Jennings And His Talented Musicians play in a New Year's Dance at The Rocking Chair Ballroom, Kimberly, Idaho, USA.
The Three Deuces Club, a popular jazz venue, burns down in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The club was a speakeasy located at 222 North State Street. Its name was inspired by a well known mob-run brothel at 2222 South Wabash Avenue, known as The Four Deuces.
Baron Elliott And His Matchless Music play at The Trianon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra, featuring Frank Sinatra, play on the opening night of the The Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra opens for a week at The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Janis Lyn Joplin is born at St. Mary's Hospital, Port Arthur, Texas, USA. She will find success as rock-blues vocalist Janis Joplin of San Francisco band Big Brother And The Holding Company, before going on to a solo career.
The Frankie Masters Orchestra plays in Herrington, Kansas, USA.
Adaline Shepherd dies aged 76 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. She is perhaps best-remembered as the composer of the ragtime piano favourites Pickles And Peppers and Wireless Rag.
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker plays the fifth night of a two-week engagement at The Blue Note Club in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bill Evans opens at The Sutherland Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Grant Green Sextet record Besame Mucho, Brazil [originally titled Aquarela do Brasil], Blues For Juanita and other tracks for Blue Note Records at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
At EMI headquarters in Manchester Square, London, UK, The Beatles record their first appearance on the influential European radio station Radio Luxembourg.
Controversial stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce is arrested at The Gate Of Horn, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for performing an obscene show. Also on the bill is folk singer and songwriter Fred Neil.
Benny Carter And His Orchestra, featuring no less than eleven saxophones, spends the first of two days recording tracks for the Vee-Jay Records LP Tickle Toe in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Lalo Schifrin contributes to the musical arrangements.
The Animals, Jan And Dean, Chuck Berry and Del Shannon play the last of ten nights at The Paramount Theater, New York City, USA.
The Rolling Stones continue recording tracks at Chess Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA, before boarding an evening flight to Los Angeles, California.
Frank Sinatra sets a new sales record when he plays at The Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, with Count Basie, Quincy Jones and The Oscar Peterson Trio. During Sinatra's performance of I've Got You Under My Skin, the screaming of women in the audience becomes so loud that the show has to be temporarily halted.
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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Gibson, Barbara Dane and The Chambers Brothers play the last of six nights at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Fats Domino is playing the second of five nights at Club Laurel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Otis Redding and Carla Thomas appear as the King And Queen of The 37th Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Buddy Guy plays the second of three nights at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, supported by Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band plus Blue Cheer.
The James Cotton Blues Band plays the first of two nights at The Kinetic Playground [aka The Electric Theater], 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Holy Om.
Underground press rumours of the death of Paul McCartney of The Beatles go overground. Today, in the wake of a report on New York radio station WABC, the Chicago Sun-Times carries a story headlined Is Paul Dead?
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The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Charlie Musselwhite and Mickey Hart And His Heartbreakers play the last of three nights at the Family Dog, San Francisco, Cal;ifornia, USA.
Jazz musician, composer and record producer Quincy Jones is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Echo and the Bunnymen appear live in concert from Sefton Park, Liverpool, UK, on the BBC2 tv show Pop Carnival in the UK.
The new Billboard No1 R'n'B single in the USA is Ain't Nobody by Rufus with Chaka Khan.
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You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Liverpool band Dead Or Alive enters the UK pop singles chart at No79. It will peak at No1.
When Uncle Tupelo play at The 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia, USA, members of R.E.M. attend the show.
The U.S. Postal Service issues a Josh White 32c Stamp, followed by a Smithsonian Institution Tribute Concert on the National Mall in Washington, DC, USA.
Weezer play at The Allstate Arena, Rosemont, near Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Time Machine tour, Rush play at The Charter One Pavilion, Northerly Island, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
During her Last Girl On Earth tour, Rihanna plays at GCCEC Arena, Gold Coast, Australia, Oceania.
Swedish singer and songwriter Lykke Li plays at The Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Karl Demata Band releases a new album, Cross The Mountain, on Green Lizard Records in the UK.
Sir Paul McCartney launches his first cookbook, The Meat Free Monday Cookbook, published by Kyle Books.
Murs plays at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
Wilco play at The Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, USA.
Popular big band singer Fran Warren dies on her 87th birthday of natural causes at her home in Brookfield, Connecticut, USA.
Multiple Grammy winner Michael Buble releases his sixth studio album, Kanye West spends a third day in UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, undergoing psychiatric evaluation, following a week of cancelled shows, onstage outbursts and generally 'erratic behaviour' including physical attacks on colleagues.
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