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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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The popular musical comedy The Belle Of New York, with music by Gustave Kerker and book by Hugh Morton, is presented at The Great Northern Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Harold West is born in Wolford, North Dakota, USA. he will find success as jazz drummer Harold 'Doc' West, working with Billie Holiday, Jay McShann, Erroll Garner, Joe Turner and Charlie Parker, among others.
Sonny Clay's Plantation Orchestra records Bogloosa Blues and Jambled Blues for Vocalion Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Singing trio The Gumm Sisters play at The Empire Theatre, Yakima, Washington, USA. One of the sisters, Frances Gumm, will find stardom after a name change to Judy Garland.
Blues vocalist and guitarist Johnnie Temple, with The Harlem Hamfats, records Mean Baby Blues for Decca Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Monchito And His Orchestra are appearing nightly at The Colony Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Dick Cisne's Band and The La Bomba Dancers.
Dinah Shore and The Gene Krupa Band are playing at The Paramount Theatre, Times Square, New York City, USA.
Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra perform live on the The Radio Hall Of Fame on the Blue Network in the USA.
Art Tatum is playing at The Downbeat Club, New York City, USA.
John Brim Jr is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The son of blues guitarist John brim and drummer Grace Brim, he will become a respected blues player in his own right.
The short animated film, Three Little Bops, is released in the USA, featuring a soundtrack performed by a jazz group headed by Shorty Rogers, and narration by Stan Freberg. The three little bops by PANZERDRAKO
Bill Haley And His Comets play in East Liberty, Pennsylvania, USA.
During a tour of the mid-West, Ray Charles and Betty Carter play the first of two nights at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Louis Armstrong And The All Stars record Good Reviews, Nomad, Lonesome and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records. Piano player on the session is Dave Brubeck, and vocalist is Carmen McRae.
T-Bone Walker, The Sims Twins, The Falcons, Lonnie Sattin and Nichelle Nichols play at The Tivoli Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Nichols will find considerably greater fame as Lt. Uhura in the tv series Star Trek.
Popular German singer Ralf Bendix releases a new single, Babysitter-Boogie, on ABC-Paramount Records in the USA.
The Merseybeats play a lunchtime session at The Cavern, Liverpool, UK.
Brook Benton, Mary Wells, The Vibrations and The Impressions play the sixth night of a week at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, Julie Grant, The Flintstones and The Rolling Stones play at The Gaumont, Hanley, Staffordshire, England, UK, Europe.
Rosetta Hightower, lead singer of The Orlons, writes to music fan Diane McBride McLean of Champaign County, Illinois, USA. Hi Diane, I
Blues slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk plays at Diz's Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman begin a season at Melodyland, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Gentrys are playing at The Whisky A-GoGo, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Gene Krupa Quartet takes part in the radio broacast Metropole, in New York City, USA.
Gary Puckett and the Union Gap finish recording their first hit single, Woman Woman, for CBS Records in Los Angeles, California.
In New York City, USA, Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by the East Village Other, then jams at The Scene Club with The Electric Flag, Soft Machine and The Tremeloes.
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Boston-based band Earth Opera play the first of three nights at The Kinetic Playground [aka The Electric Theater], 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Sunshine Company.
Trombonist Mike Barone And His Big Band play at Donte's, Los Angeles, California, USA. Recordings of music from this evening will eventually be released on the LP Live At Donte's, 1968.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the first of two nights at Chicago Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Nirvana play at Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL, USA
The studios and offices of Chess Records at 2120 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, are designated an official Chicago Landmark. Chess was the home of many of the most influential blues and rock'n'roll artists of the 50s and 60s including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Etta James and Howlin’ Wolf.
On their Renegades in the Fast Lane tour, Styx play at The Venetian Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Lawrence Arms, Joe 90 and Red Lights Flash play at Joseph's Well, Leeds, England, UK.
In their ongoing $75m court battle arising out of their disagreements on a recent tour, rapper Jay-Z files a countersuit against singer R. Kelly.
Alexisonfire, Rise Against and The Fullblast play at The Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
B.B. King plays at The NIU Convocation Center, Dekalb, Illinois, USA.
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys enters the UK Singles Chart where it will peak at No1.
Tori Amos plays at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Wilco play at The National, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Rufus Wainwright plays at The Bank of America Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Black Cards, a new band formed by Pete Wentz, of Fall Out Boy fame, play at The Roadhouse, Manchester, UK.
My Morning Jacket play at The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Demi Lovato plays at The Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sharon Corr plays at The City Winery, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Interpol play at The House of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
David Garrett plays at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Tortoise release a new LP, The Catastrophist, in the USA.