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A licence is granted to Mr. Barnett Levey to begin staging plays in the saloon of the Hotel Royal, Sydney, Australia, from 26 December,1832, until the end of May 1833. This is generally regarded as the beginning of the legitimate theatre in Australia.
'Stag' Lee Shelton, a black pimp, shoots William 'Billy' Lyons dead in Bill Curtis Saloon, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, allegedly in a dispute over Stag's stetson hat. The incident will be enshrined in the blues song Stagger Lee aka Stack-A-Lee, or Stagolee, which will be recorded by over 400 singers.
David Michael Barbour is born in New York City, USA. He will find acclaim as guitarist Dave Barbour, working with Mildred Bailey, Red Norvo, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and many others. He will also marry Peggy Lee in 1943 but their union will end because of his alcoholism in 1951.
Cindy Walker is born near Mexia, east of Waco, Texas, USA. She will become a prolific country music songwriter and singer, composing hits including Distant Drums, Bubbles in My Beer, Cherokee Maiden and You Don't Know Me.
Guiraist and singer Tommy Johnson records Cool Drink Of Water Blues and Big Road Blues at Memphis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Big Road Blues will inspire Chicago bluesman Floyd Jones to record Dark Road (aka On The Road Again) in 1951. This will, in turn, inspire Canned Heat to record their 1967 song, On The Road Again, which is almost identical apart from a couple of new lyric lines and the addition of an Eastern instrument called a tamboura to give the song a psychedelic feel.
Blues vocalist Black Bottom McPhail, with Scrapper Blackwell on guitar, records My Dream Blues, Mix That Thing, Down In Black Bottom and Whiskey Man Blues for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA.
Bob Crosby And His Orchestra record Gin Mill Blues, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Old Spinning Wheel and If I Had You for Decca Records in the USA.
Leo Reisman And his Orchestra perform songs including They Can't Take That Away From Me, The Way You Look Tonight, Twilight In Turkey, Wien, Wien, There's A Lull In My Life and Shall We Dance? on radio programme The Schaefer Beer Nine O'clock Revue in the USA.
Leo Reisman And His Orchestra perform songs including Jamboree, Dancing In The Dark, Johnny One-Note, Aunt Hagar's Blues and Easy To Love on radio programme The Schaefer Beer Nine O'clock Revue in the USA.
Singer Jeri Sullavan performs the song Rum And Coca Cola for an American audience for the first time, during an engagement at the Versailles Restaurant, Manhattan, New York City, USA. The song, written by calypso star Lord Invader has been given to her by comedian Morey Amsterdam who heard it while working in Trinidad. Rum And Coca Cola will later become a huge hit for The Andrews Sisters but Lord Invader will have to go to court to win his royalties.
Calypso star Lord Invader flies out of Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean, aboard a Pan Am clipper bound for New York City, USA. While there, he intends to pursue a legal action against comedian Morey Amsterdam who has falsely copyrighted his hugely successful song Rum And Coca Cola. When Lord Invader arrives at LaGuardia airport he is greeted by thirty members of the press waiting to interview and photograph him.
Ruby Wright records Waltz Of The Wind, You Don't Know What You're Getting and Rummy Dumb Bunny, in King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The Jerry Wald Orchestra with vocalist Chris Connor records You're The Cream In My Coffee, The Thrill Is Gone, Cherokkee, Pennies From Heaven, Raisins And Almonds and Terremoto for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Big Bill Lister records Haunted Hungry Heart, In The Shadow Of The Pine, Another Night To Wonder and Blowing The Suds Off My Beer in the studio of KCOR Radio, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Standing over 6' 7" without his cowboy boots and hat, Lister was nicknamed "Radio's Tallest Singing Cowboy".
Jerry Lee Lewis records Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-o-Dee, It Hurts Me So, You're The Only Star (In My Blue Heaven) and I'll Sail My Ship Alone, for Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Bob Scobey And His Frisco Band are playing at Bourbon Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Tides record Limbo Rock, Midnight Limbo, Day-O, La Paloma, Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White, Jamaica Farewell, Tequila, Caravan, Rum And Coca Cola and other tracks at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The group includes guitarists Jerry Kennedy, Harold Bradley and, Kelton D 'Kelso' Herston, Boots Randolph on saxophone, Bob Moore on bass, Buddy Harman on drums, Hargus 'Pig' Robbins on piano and Ray Stevens on organ and piano.
CBS Records, the UK arm of America's Columbia Records, is launched in the UK with a cocktail party hosted by Philips Records in London, UK. The 400 guests include Percy Faith and Anita Bryant.
Applejack, the new single by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan, an instrumental duo formed by ex-members of The Shadows, enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No4.
Seriously drunk blues musician and recording artist Pat Hare is arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, for the murders by shooting of his married girlfriend and an attending police officer. He will be sentenced to life imprisonment. Throughout the 1940s and '50s Hare had been an in-demand accompanist to a roster of blues greats including Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Bobby 'Blue' Bland and Junior Parker.
The Charlatans continue their two month long residency at The Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, Nevada, USA.
Avis Connor, the mother of Gram Parsons, dies of cirrhosis of the liver caused by heavy drinking, on the day of her son's graduation from Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Ray Pillow records Common Colds And Broken Hearts, You've Got A Good Thing Going, Even When It's Bad It's Good and Coffee Cup in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Cortinas play at The Whisky A Go-Go, London, England, UK, Europe.
H.P. Lovecraft play the second of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Colors.
The Lemon Pipers play the first of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Nazz play the third of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA. The group includes future solo star Todd Rundgren.
Iron Butterfly's psychedelic classic In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, produced by Shadow Morton, enters Billboard's Hot 100 chart in the USA at 117. (The song was originally entitled In The Garden Of Eden, but singer Doug Ingle was so drunk when he told the lyric to drummer Ron Bushy that Bushy wrote the words down incorrectly.)
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The Barry Goldberg Reunion plays the second of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Rockets.
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."
John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles take part in a recording session at Burbank Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA. Also present at the session are Harry Nilsson, Stevie Wonder, session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis and saxophonist Bobby Keys. Unfortunately, perhaps because of the considerable amounts of alcohol and drugs consumed at the session, the results are somewhat ramshackle.
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The Runaways play the second of four nights at The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Singer/guitarist Joe Strummer and bassist Paul Simonon of The Clash are arrested in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe, on charges of drunk and disorderly behaviour, following a gig at The Apollo. Support band is Suicide.
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Alvin Crow and Doug Sahm play at Soap Creek Saloon, Austin, Texas, USA.
Duran Duran, Robert Palmer and Prince Charles And The City Beat Band play a benefit show for Mencap at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. After this show, Duran Duran hold a party at The Rum Runner club, where John Taylor meets with Robert Palmer and they discuss the possibility of working together. The end-result will be Power Station.
In a stoned and drunken state Marky Mark (Mark Wahlberg) knocks beer delivery man Thanh Lam unconscious with a stick. Marky spends the night in jail, followed by 45 days at Deer Island House Of Correction, and two years probation.
Assault charges against Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses are dropped when he and a neighbour he allegedly hit with a wine bottle agree to try to avoid each other.
Police are called to rapper 50 Cent's 52-room mansion in Connecticut, USA, when security guards spot a suspicious car in the driveway. Officers arrest two men who have broken into the house, after finding one of the pair drinking wine inside a closet.
Christina Aguilera is arrested and charged with public intoxication after her boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, is charged with drunk driving in Los Angeles, California, USA.
At the start of a 12-date tour, Amy Winehouse is booed by the audience in Belgrade, Serbia, Europe, because she is apparently too drunk to perform properly. She forgets lyrics, throws her microphone onto the stage and leaves the stage in mid-performance.
Carlos Santana launches his Mumm Napa Supernatural Rose sparkling wine at The House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Janelle Monae releases a cover version of the David Bowie song Heroes as her latest single. The track, instigated by Pepsi, is part of the drinks giant's global campaign "Now Is What You Make It".
It is reported that charges of driving under the influence, laid against Justin Bieber in January in Miami, Florida, USA, are to be dropped because the singing idol has agreed to pay a fine and attend anger management classes.
Agent Orange and Drink Hunters play at Petit Bain, Paris, France, Europe.
Busta Rhymes is arrested and charged with assault after allegedly throwing a protein drink at a worker during a dispute at the Steel Gym in New York City, USA. The rapper is released early the next morning.
Backstage Whiskey play at The Duke Saloon, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
On their Acoustic 2018 tour Hot Tuna play at The City Winery, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The Posies play at The City Winery, New York City, USA.
Over 80 artists, including Chris Martin, Chrissie Hynde, Brian Eno and Damon Albarn sign an open letter calling for the release of detained Ugandan singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known to fans as Bobi Wine.
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