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The play Green Grow The Lilacs, which features several folk songs performed by future singing cowboy Tex Ritter, plays the first of six days at The National Theatre, Washington DC, USA. The play will subsequently provide the plot for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma.
Johnny Horton records The Battle Of New Orleans during an evening session at the Bradley Film And Recording Studio, Music Row, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Bobby Lord plays at the Grand Opening Show at Karbe's, Harrison, Arkansas, USA.
Hank Snow And His Rainbow Ranch Boys are playing during a six-day engagement at The Flame Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Flatt And Scruggs play a live show in Berryville, Virginia, USA.
Martha Carson, with producer Wink Martindale, records Can't You Love Me?, Everything Happens For The Best and other songs for Dot Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calornia, USA.
Connie Francis plays the second night in a week of shows at The Holiday House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ray Charles releases a new single, Unchain My Heart, on ABC-Paramount Records in the USA.
Glen Campbell appears on tv show Dick Clark's American Bandstand in the USA, singing his debut single, Turn Around Look At Me.
Claude King records Pistol Packin' Papa and Give Me Your Love And I'll Give You Mine, in Bradley Film and Recording Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Notable players on the session include guitarists Grady Martin, Harold Bradley and Gerald Tomlinson, Mother Maybelle Carter on autoharp, Buddy Harman on drums and Floyd Cramer on piano.
Bust ed by Johnny Cash peaks at No13 on the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA. The song is composed by Harlan Howard.
Brenda Lee opens as Dorothy in a production of The Wizard Of Oz in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Johnnie Wright and Kitty Wells play in Greenville, Illinois, USA.
Roy Orbison plays at The Gaumont, Southampton, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Searchers, Bob Luman, Freddie And The Dreamers, Brian Poole And The Tremeloes, The Sons Of The Piltdown Men, Cherry Roland and Gary And Lee.
Leon McAuliffe and His Swingin‘ Western Band play at The Cimarron Ballroom, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Homer and Jethro, Pete Fountain, Joan Toliver, Doc Watson, The Geezinslaw Brothers, Bill Monroe, The Cumberland Trio, The Serendipity Singers and The Goldebriars appear on ABC-TV's Hootenanny show, recorded on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Tennessee, USA. For upcoming young folk group The Goldebriars it's a distressing experience, as their song, Saro Jane, is repeatedly reduced in length by the show's producers.
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Loretta Lynn releases a new album, Blue Kentucky Girl, in the USA on Decca Records.
Country music singers Sue York and Johnny Seay open for two weeks at The Bitter End Club, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Kingsmen appear on tv show Shindig in the USA performing their controversial hit from two years earlier, Louie Louie. Also appearing are Joe Tex, The Dave Clark Five, Brenda Holloway and Eddie Rambeau.
Red Simpson records Jeannie With The Light Brown Cadillac, George For A Day, I've Just Lost You and Ukulele Bailey in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Eddy Arnold reaches No1 the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA with Make The World Go Away.
Frank Ifield opens in the pantomime Babes In The Wood, at The Palladium Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
Loretta Lynn releasesa new single, Dear Uncle Sam, on Decca Records in the USA.
The Byrds, supported by The Candymen, play in Corpus Christi Hall, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, USA.
The Grateful Dead and Chuck Berry play the first of two nights at The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
Buffalo Springfield play at The Moody Civic Center, Galveston, Texas, and also at the Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA.
A newly-recorded live version of Fulsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, but sales will fall away sharply two weeks later, after the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy causes radio stations to drop the single from playlists because of the line, "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die."
The first "electric Western" movie musical Zachariah is released to cinemas in Denmark, Europe. The film stars John Rubenstein, Patricia Quinn and Don Johnson, but is perhaps best-remembered for its cameo appearances by Country Joe And The Fish, Elvin Jones, Doug Kershaw, The James Gang, White Lightning and The New York Rock Ensemble. It will lose almost $1.5m.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Lowell George, formerly of Little Feat, dies aged 34 in the Twin Bridges Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Virgina, USA, from a heart attack brought on by drugs and obesity.
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Country singer Miranda Lambert is born in Longview, Texas, USA.
The Hank Wangford Band plays at The Half Moon, Putney, London, England, UK, Europe.
Snakefinger (Phillip Lithman), guitarist with UK band Chilli Willi And The Red Hot Peppers and San Francisco-based avant-gardists The Residents, dies as a result of a heart problem.
The Neville Brothers play at The Town And Country Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
The album The Caution Horses by Cowboy Junkies is awarded platinum status in Canada.
Elected to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, on this day are Jimi Hendrix, Booker T And The MGs, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash, Sam And Dave, The Yardbirds and Bobby "Blue" Bland.
Nanci Griffith plays at Colston Hall, Bristol, UK.
Willie Nelson plays at Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Michelle Shocked plays at @ Newtown, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Troubled country music star Mindy McCready is arrested for misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest after a drunken, violent fight with her mother. The singer is also charged with having violated her probation.
Brad Paisley is voted America's favourite country star in a survey conducted by the Country Radio Broadcasters Inc. and Edison Research. Over 13,000 country music radio listeners were polled - and chose Paisley ahead of Brooks And Dunn, George Strait, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and Tim MCGraw.
Lady Antebellum release their fourth single, Need You Now, in Germany and Italy, Europe.
Teenage Fanclub come to the end of a UK tour with a gig at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, Rngland, UK.
American financial magazine Forbes announces that Lady Gaga has replaced Oprah Winfrey as the most influential celebrity in the world. Gaga is thus ahead of other influential music biz stars on the Forbes list, including Justin Bieber, U2, Sir Elton John, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Simon Cowell, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas and Sir Paul McCartney.
Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Easton Corbin and The Zac Brown Band play at The CMA Music Festival in LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Alabama provide a welcome surprise when they are unexpectedly joined by Brad Paisley for their set.
Brantley Gilbert releases his third LP, Just As I Am, on Valory Music Group, in the USA.
Neil Young And Crazy Horse play at Munsterplatz, Ulm, Germany, Europe.
On her 1989 World Tour, Taylor Swift plays the first of two nights at The Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, supported by Vance Joy and HAIM.
Singer-songwriter Ben Bedford spends the last of five days recording his fourth album, The Pilot And The Flying Machine, in Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, Springfield, Illinois, USA.
On her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift plays the first of two nights at FedExField, Landover, Maryland, USA, supported by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.
On her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift plays the second of two nights at The Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, supported by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.
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