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It is said that on this day, Bendictine monk Dom Perignon was making wine and could not rid it of bubbles. He tasted his accidental creation and exclaimed, "Come quickly! I am drinking the stars!" Thus, according to legend, champagne was invented. This moment was the inspiration for the Fredericke Loew song The Night They Invented Champagne which was introduced to the world at large via the movie musical Gigi in 1958, sung by Gigi (Leslie Caron), her grandmother, Mamita (Hermione Gingold) and Gaston (Louis Jourdan)
The burlesque show Wine Women And Song by M.M. Theise is playing twice daily at Kernan's, Washington DC, USA.
The Wine, Women And Song Extravaganza is presented at The Dewey Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Beverley Kenney is born in Harrison, New Jersey, USA. She will become an acclaimed jazz singer but will commit suicide at the age of 28 by consuming a lethal overdose of alcohol and Seconal in her Greenwich Village apartment in New York City, USA.
Guitarist and singer Clarence 'Tom' Ashley of the Carolina Tar Heels and harmonica player Gwen Foster begin three days of recording sessions for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA. During these three days they will record Ain't No use To High Hat Me, Bay Rum Blues. Down At The Old Man's House, East Virginia Blues, Faded Roses, Frankie Silvers, Go Way And Let Me Sleep, Greenback Dollar, Let Him Go God Bless Him, My North Carolina Home, Old Arm Chair, On Dark And Stormy Night, Sadie Ray, Sideline Blues, Times Ain't Like They Used To Be and Rising Sun Blues. This last will become internationally famed in 1964 when The Animals record it as House Of The Rising Sun.
Ambrose And His Orchestra record Tarantula and Champagne Cocktail in London, UK, for Decca Records.
Leo Reisman and his Orchestra perform songs including I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, Did Your Mother Come From Ireland?, Stormy Weather, Lady, Be Good!, When My Dream Boat Comes Home, Slumming On Park Avenue and Too Marvelous on radio programme The Schaefer Beer Nine O'clock Revue in the USA.
Banjo player, jazz guitarist and composer Dick McDonough, who worked with Red Nicholls, Tommy Dorsey and Carl Kress, as well as leading his own orchestra, dies aged 38 of pneumonia - not helped by his alcoholism - in hospital in New York City, USA.
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.
The Andrews Sisters record Rum And Coca Cola for Decca Records in the USA. The song will become a huge hit but its composer, calypso star Lord Invader, will have to go to court to win his royalties.
Hank Williams records his original demo of There's A Tear In My Beer, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, but his record company, Mercury Records, refuses to let him release the song because of his already tarnished image as an alcoholic.
Hank Williams releases a new single Honky Tonk Blues, on MGM Records, in the USA.
Amos Milburn records Three Times A Fool, Why Don't You Do Right, Let Me Go Home Whiskey and Please Mr. Johnson for Aladdin Records in Radio Recorders studio, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Staff Sergeant Matthew McKeon, an instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, USA, marches his platoon into Ribbon Creek, a swampy tidal creek. This action results in the deaths of six US Marine Corps recruits. McKeon will be found guilty of acting while under the influence of alcohol. The action will become known as The Ribbon Creek Incident, and will inspire Pete Seeger to write the song Waist Deep In The Big Muddy in 1967. It will come to be seen as a thinly veiled criticism of American actions during the Vietnam War, and will face censorship as a result.
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra record Dance Of The Floreadores and Sugar Rum Cherry at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, LosAngeles, California, USA.
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.
The Limeliters meet local radio deejays and trade press at a cocktail evening in The Carousel, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
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."
Silver Threads And Golden Needles by The Springfields reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart.
Roger Miller performs Dang Me on weekly tv pop show American Bandstand in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Billy Taylor Trio, with orchestra conducted by Oliver Nelson, record This Is All I Ask, Days Of Wine And Roses, My Romance and Just The Thought Of You for Capitol Records in New York City, USA.
The Charlatans continue their two month long residency at The Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, Nevada, USA.
The Charlatans continue their two month long residency at The Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, Nevada, USA.
The Charlatans continue their two-month-long residency at The Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, Nevada, USA.
Elvis Presley continues location filming for the movie Paradise Hawaiian Style, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. During the day, he receives a telegram from the president of Capitol Records inviting him to a cocktail party with The Beatles in Los Angeles when filming is completed.
The Gentrys are playing at The Whisky A-GoGo, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Great Society perform at the opening of the Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA. Band members include Darby, Jerry and Grace Slick, the last of whom will become the vocalist for Jefferson Airplane.
Blood, Sweat And Tears play the second of three nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Herd play at The Whisky A'Go Go, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
William 'Benny' Benjamin, drummer for legendary Motown Records house band The Funk Brothers, dies of a stroke, aged 43, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. In his later years he has suffered serious drug and alcohol problems.
Shiva's Head Band play the second of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Blues Image.
The R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association Of America) awards a gold disc to the hit single Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones.
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.
The Runaways play the first of four nights at The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On their second night at The Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London, Pete Townshend of The Who drinks four bottles of brandy onstage and plays badly, initiating a backstage row with the other band members.
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Krzysztof Klenczon, singer, songwriter and bass player for Czerwone Gitary (The Red Guitars), widely regarded as The Polish Beatles, is seriously injured by a drunk driver in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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.
Marty Stuart and Tanya Tucker perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Restless Heart performs live. Among the acts that will subseuqntls become the house band at the venue are Lonestar, Ricochet and Sons Of The Desert.
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.
Lyle Lovett plays at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California, USA.
After 45 minutes on stage in The Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Texas, USA, Caleb Followill, frontman of Kings Of Leon, leaves the stage. The show, and the remaining 26 American dates on their tour are then cancelled for reasons described as Caleb's "vocal issues and exhaustion".
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Delta Spirit go on a pub crawl in Brooklyn, New York, USA, in support of their forthcoming self-titled album. Beginning at 3pm, Delta Spirit visit 3 bars in Williamsburg and Greenpoint to play tracks from their new album, Delta Spirit, on Rounder Records.
In the early hours of the morning, Bobby Brown is arrested for Driving Under The Influence after police observe the singer driving erratically in Los Angeles, California, USA. This is Brown's second DUI charge of the year.
Rapper Mazaradi Fox, a close associate of 50 Cent, is shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York City, USA.
Iron Maiden's Trooper beer is announced as being the Official Ale of the upcoming Sonisphere Festival! The beer is a special batch brewed specifically for the festival.
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Jolie Holland releases her sixth solo LP, Wine Dark Sea, on ANTI-Records in the USA.
Taylor Swift holds a 4th July party with guests including Ed Sheeran.
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.
On her Rebel Heart tour, Madonna plays at The KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, supported by Mary Mac. Madonna arrives on stage almost three hours later than the advertised start time of the show, and numerous fans feel that her onstage behaviour suggests she is drunk.
Hot Tuna play at The City Winery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.