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22-year-old Frankie Baker shoots her lover, Allen Britt [aka Albert Britt] in an apartment at 212 Targee Street, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for cheating on her with another woman, Nellie Bly [aka Alice Pryor]. Britt will die four days later and the incident will become the basis of the song Frankie And Johnny, which has been recorded in over 250 versions by artists including Jimmie Rodgers (The Singing Brakeman), Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Patton, Taj Mahal, Sam Cooke, Lena Horne, Lonnie Donegan, Bob Dylan, Brook Benton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Fats Waller, Van Morrison, Brook Benton, Lindsay Lohan, Jack Johnson and Stevie Wonder.
Kernan's Theater in Washington DC, USA, is presenting the novelty musical revue Wine, Woman And Song, by Mortimer M. Theise.
Big Bill Broonzy records Rukus Juice Blues for ARC in New York City, USA.
Franklin D. Roosevelt wins re-election as President of The USA by a landslide, carrying 46 of the 48 states. Hillbilly musicians Bill Cox and Cliff Hobbs will be inspired to compose the song Roosevelt's Back Again for Melotone Records in the USA, praising Roosevelt for his stand against prohibition.
The Leo Reisman Orchestra performs Pennies From Heaven, The Goona Goo, Where Or When, Swing For Sale and other songs on radio show The Schaefer Beer Nine O'clock Revue, on the Mutual Broadcasting System in the USA.
Leo Reisman And His Orchestra perform songs including St. Louis Blues, Little Mother Of mine, Night Ride, The Love Bug Will Bite You and Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider on radio programme The Schaefer Beer Nine O'clock Revue in the USA.
Kay Kyser And His Orchestra, with vocalist Ginny Simms, record The Bad Humor Man (Ting-a-ling) for Columbia Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sonny Boy Williamson 1st records Blues That Made Me Drunk in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is accompanied on guitar by Big Bill Broonzy.
Lord Invader performs his composition Rum And Coca Cola for the first time in front of a paying audience in the Victory Calypso Tent [an informal music venue set up for the carnival season] in Port of Spain, Trindidad, West Indies. Six months later, visiting US radio comedian Morey Amsterdam will hear the song, take it back to the USA, sanitise its saucy lyric and copyright it in his own name. Rum And Coca Cola will be a huge hit for The Andrews Sisters but Lord Invader will have to go to court to win his royalties.
Hank Williams, hoping to restore some credibility to his drink and drugs damaged career, begins the first of a weekly series of Saturday night tv appearances on the Louisiana Hayride, recorded at the Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, earning $250 a show.
The highest new entry in the Cashbox magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA is Frankie And Johnny by Brook Benton, entering at No62.
Fred Astaire writes to A.C. Spectorsky, Editorial Director of Playboy magazine, stating his objection to a picture of him in the latest edition of the magazine which shows him toasting the New Year with a glass of champagne in his hand. Astaire had been approached several times by Playboy to pose for such a photograph but declined each time. In the end, Playboy used a still from one of Astaire's movies, The Pleasure Of His Comapny, showing him with a glass in his hand. Astaire's objection, as he makes clear in his letter, is that, "I really do not happen to like champagne."
Virtuoso jazz trombonist Kai Winding records Hey There, How Are Things In Glocka Morra, The Things We Did Last Summer and Days Of Wine And Roses for Verve Records in New York City, USA.
Ira Louvin, formerly of influential country-gospel duo The Louvin Brothers, is killed in a car crash in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA, aged 41.
The Charlatans continue their two month long residency at The Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, Nevada, USA.
Buck Owens And His Buckaroos record Sam's Place, A Heart Of Glass, I'll Love You Forever And Ever and I'm Layin' It On The Line, in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Rising Sons, featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, record If The River Was Whiskey (Divin' Duck Blues), Flyin' So High and .44 Blues, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Traffic play the second of four nights at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Nazz play the first of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA. The group includes future solo star Todd Rundgren.
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Spirit and The Illinois Speed Press play the first of five nights at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Spirit and The Illinois Speed Press play the second of five nights at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Three Dog Night and Smokestack Lightning play the first of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Monkees release a new single, D.W. Washburn, in the UK, Europe. The song is composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
Tim Buckley and The Illinois Speed Press play the first of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Charlie Musselwhite plays the last of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Spooky Tooth play the first of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Kensington Market.
The United States of America play the last of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Rockets.
Count Basie plays the first of two nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Pablo Picasso, perhaps the most influential artist of the 20th century, dies of a heart attack in Mougins, France, Europe, while he and his wife Jacqueline are entertaining friends for dinner. His final words are "Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink any more." which will, later the same year, inspire the song Picasso's Last Words by Paul McCartney And Wings. Another celebrated - although somewhat fanciful - song about Picasso is Pablo Picasso by Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers.
The Runaways play the third of four nights at The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Runaways play the last of four nights at The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On the Bomber Tour, Motorhead and Saxon play at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
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XTC's show at The Rolling Stone, Milan, Italy, Europe, is cancelled when their equipment truck fails to arrive from Germany, Europe. Instead the band goes out and gets very drunk.
On their World Slavery tour, Iron Maiden play at Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, supported by W.A.S.P.
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The Clash's Joe Strummer is banned for driving under the influence of alcohol.
When The Cure open a North American tour at Great Woods Amphitheater, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA, keyboardist Lol Tolhurst becomes so drunk he has to be wheeled back to the hotel on a trolley.
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John Denver's 1963 Porsche is stopped by police in Aspen, Colorado, USA, after it is seen weaving erratically along a city street. Denver tells arresting officers that he drank two glasses of wine while dining with friends at a local restaurant but, with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.14, he is charged with driving under the influence.
After he pleads guilty in Aspen, Colorado, USA, to driving while his ability was impaired, John Denver is sentenced to sing at a benefit concert during 28 hours of public service. He is also fined $50.
When Creed play at The Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA, frontman Scott Stapp, evidently drunk or on drugs, leaves the stage on several occasions mid-song. He is also seen rolling on the stage in apparent pain or distress and appears to pass out at one point during the performance.
Toby Keith scoops four trophies at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Keith's awards are Entertainer of the Year; Top Male Vocalist; Album, for Shock'n Y'all; and Video for the Willie Nelson duet Beer For My Horses.
It is announced that Status Quo are to perform live on long-running UK tv soap Coronation Street. They will be seen playing in the show’s pub, The Rovers Return, for the wedding of two of the soap’s characters, Cilla Brown and Les Battersby.
David Byrne, with the Tosca Strings, plays at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California, USA.
50 Cent earns an estimated $400m, when The Coca-Cola Company spends $4.1bn to buy Glaceau - the maker of Vitaminwater, in which the rapper holds a 10% stake. Glaceau also markets Formula 50, a grape-flavoured energy drink inspired by the hip-hop star.
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.
During a show by Toby Keith at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center, Pikeville, Kentucky, USA, a concert-goer throws a beer at the stage. Keith jumps off the stage and confronts the offender, who is evicted from the venue shortly after.
John Hiatt And The Combo and Los Lobos play at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California, USA.
Brian Wright and Joe Purdy play at The City Winery, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The London Quireboys play at The Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Glenn Tilbrook plays at The City Winery, New York City, USA.
It is announced that Iron Maiden are preparing to launch a new limited edition beer. Their first beer, Trooper, has sold 10.4m pints since its launch two and a half years ago.
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