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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
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.
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.
And His Orchestra, with vocalist Ginny Simms, record The Bad Humor Man (Ting-a-ling) for Columbia Records
in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
, 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.
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
continue their two month long residency at The Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, Nevada, USA.
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.
release a new single, D.W. Washburn
, in the UK, Europe. The song is composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
Charlie Musselwhite plays the last of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go
, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
'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.
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.
'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.
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.
, with the Tosca Strings, plays at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California, USA.
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.
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.