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Burlesque troupe The Wine, Women And Song Company play during a week at The Star Theatre, Scranton, New Jersey, USA. Heading the bill are Bonita And Company "well-known for their abilities in the creation of Coon songs and dances"
The Wine, Women And Song Extravaganza is presented at The Dewey Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Blues singer Margaret Johnson, accompanied by guitar, piano and harmonica, records Good Woman Blues, Second-handed Blues and Dead Drunk Blues for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA, with producer Ralph Peer.
Blind Willie Dunn's Gin Bottle Four, with King Oliver on Cornet and Eddie Lang on guitar, record Bull Frog Moan, for Okeh Records in New York City, USA.
Blues singer and guitarist Robert Johnson dies, aged 27, in a shack on the Star Of The West Plantation, Greenwood, Mississippi, USA. His death is thought to have been caused by drinking strychnine-laced whiskey during an evening with Sonny Boy Williamson I. The drink damaged Johnson's immune system, so when he caught pneumonia, he died.
Johnnie Ray with The Four Lads records Give Me Time, The Little White Cloud That Cried, Coffee And Cigarettes and The Lady Drinks Champagne, at Columbia Recording Studio A, 49 52nd Street, New York City, USA.
Hot Lips Page with Andre Rewellioty's Orchestra, records Last Call For Alcohol, Ruby, Old Paree and I Bongo You, for King Records in Paris, France, Europe.
Hank Williams is admitted to hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, suffering acute alcohol intoxication. On the same day, Bernard Edwards, bassist with Chic, is born in Greensville, North Carolina.
The first rock'n'roll instrumental hit arrives when jazz keyboardist Bill Doggett enters the Billboard Top Ten Singles Chart in the USA with Honky Tonk. Doggett's innovation will inspire a wave of rock'n'roll instrumentals that will last well into the mid-60s.
The Whisky A Go Go is opened by a business partnership consisting of Elmer Valentine, Phil Tanzini, Shelly Davis, and attorney Theodore Flier, on Sunset Strip, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Live music on opening night is supplied by Johnny Rivers. Although essentially just another in the chain of Whisky A Go Go establishments, this one will become the global flagship of the brand.
The Animals begin their first tour of North America at The Norfolk City Arena, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, with Gene Vincent. During the day, The Animals hold a press conference at The Golden Triangle hotel.
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Country music singer Faron Young is arrested for assault after throwing his drink in the face of a policeman at The Music City Club, 16th Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Beatles begin three days of filming a battlefield sequence for their second feature film, Help!, at Knighton Down, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, UK.
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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 Gentrys are playing at The Whisky A-GoGo, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Gladys Knight And The Pips play the fifth of eleven nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Shiralee play at The Whisky-A-Go-Go, London, England, UK, Europe.
Mount Rushmore, supported by Rain, play the second of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Who play at Miami Marine Stadium, Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida, USA. The venue is remarkable in that it floats on the waters of Biscayne Bay. The show is opened with a reading by beat guru Allen Ginsberg.
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Taj Mahal and The Youngbloods play the fourth of seven nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Taj Mahal and The Youngbloods play the last of seven nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Eric Burdon And The Animals play the second of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by A.B. Skhy.
The Turtles play the second of two nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Love play the second of five nights at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Steve Miller Band plays the first of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Chicago Transit Authority.
Albert Collins plays the second of seven nights at The Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Charlie Musselwhite.
UK folk-rock group Matthews Southern Comfort, formed by Ian Matthews formerly of Fairport Convention, releases its debut single, Colorado Springs Eternal on Uni Records in the UK.
Arlester Christian, vocalist and leader of influential funk band Dyke And The Blazers, is shot dead at the age of 27 on a street in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. It is widely-believed that that drug-dealing played a part in the killing, but the coroner's report showed no alcohol or narcotics in Christian's system. The case against his alleged killer, Clarence Daniels, will be dismissed because of "evidence indicating self-defense."
When The Everly Brothers appear at The John Wayne Theatre, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, USA, Don Everly is so drunk on tequila that he repeatedly forgets the lyrics he is supposed to sing. Furious, Phil Everly smashes his guitar and storms off stage. Don plays the final set of the day alone. The duo breaks up immediately after.
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John Lee Hooker records Five Long Years, Bluebird and The Scratch at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California, USA, for his album Free Beer And Chicken.
UK pop paper Melody Maker reports that the inquest into the death of Wings' guitarist Jimmy McCulloch has ended with an open verdict. The coroner's report stated that McCulloch died of morphine poisoning, but he also had alcohol and cannabis in his system.
Steve Peregrin Took, a former member of Tyrannosaurus Rex (aka T.Rex) dies aged 31 from asphyxiation after choking on a cocktail cherry at his apartment in North Kensington, London, England, UK, Europe. Although Took and his girlfriend, Valerie Billiet, had ingested morphine and hallucinogens the night before, authorities ruled that neither contributed to his death.
The Cure release a new single, The Walk, in the UK on Fiction Records.
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Former Staff Sgt Barry Sadler, best known for his militaristic right wing 1966 hit, The Ballad of the Green Berets, is injured by a bullet to the head in a taxi cab in Guatemala City, South America. The authorities conclude he was drunk and accidently shot himself. Friends and family say he was the victim of a robbery or an assassination attempt.
Elton John is undergoing six weeks of rehab treatment for bulimia and also for his drug and alcohol addictions, in the Parkside Lutheran Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Michael Jackson album Dangerous is launched in the UK with a lavish invitation-only party for 400 media folks in the Lancaster Room of the Savoy Hotel, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Gloria Estefan turns down a lucrative $5m soft drinks sponsorship deal for her forthcoming tour. Later, she observes, "It was only money."
Bianca Butthole, who had found acclaim as the singer and bassist for two hard rock bands, Betty Blowtorch and Butt Trumpet, dies in a car crash after accepting a lift from a drunk driver in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Freddie Hansson, who had found success as the pianist and songwriter of the band Noice, dies aged 38 in Gustavsberg, Sweden, Europe, after a life of heavy involvement with drugs and drink.
Country-pop singer Lynn Anderson is arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated in Denton, Texas, USA.
Godhead play at The Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is indicted on felony charges by a grand jury in McLennan County, Texas, USA. The indictment relates to a 2007 charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after Shaver had shot Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun, during a confrontation outside Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in Lorena.
Robbie Williams, with his girlfriend and his dog, is spotted sitting on a wall outside Devizes library in Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. He later buys a drink in Costa Coffee in nearby shopping precinct The Brittox.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer by Billy Currington reaches No1 in the Billboard country singles chart in the USA.
The Suntory liquor company makes available a special edition of Rolling Stones blended whiskey to mark the band reaching its 50th anniversary. Limited to just 150 bottles, the whiskey comes in a specially-designed bottle shaped like The Stones' famous tongue-and-lips logo and sells for, er, $6,300.
Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys and his friend Michael Papayans are arrested by police outside the Hogs Breath Saloon in Key West, Florida, USA, following an alleged confrontation between the men and the saloon's security guards.
The book I Read The News Today, Oh Boy by Paul Howard is published by Picador. The title of the book is taken from the first line of The Beatles' song A Day In The Life. The subject of the book is Tara Browne, an heir to the Guinness fortune, whose death was reported in the UK press, and inspired John Lennon of The Beatles to write the song.
Protomartyr and The Gotobeds play at The Bunkhouse Saloon, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
On his Ultimate tour, Bryan Adams plays at Mitchelton Wines, Nagambie, Australia, Oceania. Also on the bill are Daryl Braithwaite and Thirsty Merc.