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Harry Raab is born in Westchester Square, The Bronx, New York Cty, USA. He will find a measure of success and much notoriety as innovative and controversial jazz/boogie-woogie singer and songwriter Harry 'The Hipster' Gibson.
Country music singer and guitarist Ernest Stoneman records The Titanic and The Face That Never Returned at OKeh Recording Studio, 25 West 45th St., Manhattan, New York City, USA. Neither track is released.
Jeff Baxter [nicknamed Skunk], lead guitarist with Boston band Ultimate Spinach and also The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, is born in Washington, DC, USA.
Heroin addicted jazz saxophonist Art Pepper is confined to hospital in Long Beach, California, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan is arrested for heroin possession at his home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, by the notorious John O'Grady, head of the local narcotics squad.
Mary Ann McCall, vocalist with the Woody Herman Band, goes on trial in Hollywood, California on drugs charges. (1953) Mary Ann McCall : I once had a £7,000 home but now it’s gone because I had to spend between £140 and £180 each week on the stuff.
Jazz band leader Herbie Fields dies from a deliberate self-administered overdose of sleeping pills, at home in Miami, Florida, USA.
Brazilian songwriter and singing star Dolores Duran arrives home at 7.00am, says to her maid. "Don't wake me. I'm tired. I'll sleep until I die." She then retires to bed and promptly dies in her sleep of a heart attack, attributed to an overdose of barbiturates.
Bo Diddley releases a new single, Pills, on Checker Records in the USA.
Darren Burn is born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK, Europe. His parents will groom him to be a British answer to teenybop idol Donny Osmond but his career will flop and he will commit suicide by taking an overdose of anti-depressants at the age of thirty.
Leif Per Nervik is born in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find fame as 70s teen pop star Leif Garrett, but his life and career will be blighted by heroin addiction.
At Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA, Elvis Presley begins recording songs for the soundtrack to his next movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!
John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles consume LSD for the first time in a Bayswater Road, London, UK, flat, causing them to miss a show by Paddy, Klaus and Gibson at the Pickwick Club.
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The second night of the three day long Trips Festival is held at Longshoremen's Hall in San Francisco, featuring the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Loading Zone, Chinese New Years' Lion Dancers and Drum and Bugle Corps, Stroboscopic Trampoline, and Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.
Rolling Stones' guitarist Brian Jones is sentenced to nine months in jail on drugs charges, but is released on bail pending an appeal. Fans of the band stage a two-hour protest in King's Road, Chelsea, London, England, UK, Europe, during which several are arrested, including Chris Jagger, brother of the Stones' vocalist Mick Jagger.
The Who, Small Faces and Paul Jones fly from Sydney, Australia, Oceania, to Essendon Airport, Melbourne, where Pete Townshend, angered by questions about drug-taking, hits a reporter during a press conference.
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The Fugs play at Alumnae Hall Pembroke College, Rhode Island, USA.
The Cuyahoga River in Ohio, one of the most polluted waterways in America, catches fire, triggering a crack-down on pollution in the river. This incident will provide inspiration for Randy Newman's 1972 song Burn On, R.E.M.'s 1986 song Cuyahoga, and Adam Again's 1992 song River on Fire.
Marianne Faithfull collapses in the Chevron Hotel, Sydney, Australia, Oceania, having taken an overdose of barbiturates during filming of the movie Ned Kelly, with boyfriend Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. She and Jagger were to star in the film, but she is immediately dropped from the cast.
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Jef Jaisun records the original version of hippy classic Friendly Neighbourhood Narco Agent at Sierra Sound Labs, Berkeley, California, USA.
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Jimi Hendrix plays at Temple University Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, supported by The Grateful Dead and The Steve Miller Band.
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Popular jazz and blues vocalist Savannah Churchill dies of pneumonia aged 53 in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Willie Nelson is arrested on drug possession charges in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Randy Jackson, the brother of Michael Jackson, is in hospital in Los Angeles after crashing his Mercedes-Benz. Both his legs are broken and to make matters worse, a nurse mistakenly injects him with methadone in the emergency room, almost killing him.
John Phillips, former leader of The Mamas and The Papas, is arrested on drugs charges when cocaine is found at his summer residence in Water Mill, Long Island, New York State, USA. He will be sentenced to eight years in prison, but this will later be reduced to thirty days plus community service.
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Outrageous Scottish rocker Alex Harvey dies of a heart attack, allegedly brought on by amphetamines, while on tour, in Zeebrugge, Belgium, Europe. He is 47 years old.
Jane's Addiction play at Mt. Baldy, California, USA.
Drummer Steven Adler files suit in Los Angeles, California, USA, against his former band, Guns N'Roses. He claims that band members pressured him to use heroin and then dropped him after he entered a rehabilitation program.
At Kennedy International Airport, a limousine carrying Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown is stopped by nine police officers searching for drug dealers.
Popular vocalist Dinah Shore dies of cancer in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Blood On The Dancefloor by Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart.
Oscar Scaggs, the 21-year-old son of musician Boz Scaggs dies in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose. He is pronounced dead at 5:06 a.m. after he having been found at the Mission District address of a known drug dealer.
During a hearing about crack cocaine possession charges at a Criminal Court in Queens, New York, USA, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard makes lewd comments to a female district attorney, asking her if she thinks he is ‘horny’. He also ignores Judge Charles Heffernan and nods off to sleep at one point during the proceedings.
New York City Police Department Detective William Courtney seeks a search warrant to help pursue murder enquiries involving Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, the drug kingpin believed to have links with the Murder Inc. rap label.
Terry Knight, former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, is stabbed to death at the age of 61, in Temple, Texas, USA, while attempting to prevent an argument between his daughter and her boyfriend, Donald Fair, over Fair's use of methamphetamine.
According to reports in UK tabloid The Daily Mirror, Pete Doherty of Babyshambles is back on crack again.
Bright Eyes release a new single Gold Mine Gutted, in the UK on Saddle Creek Records.
Casey Calvert, guitarist and vocalist of Hawthorne Heights is found dead of 'combined drug intoxication' in the band's tour bus just prior to the band doing a sound check before a show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC., USA.
It is reported that reggae singer Finley Quaye has been arrested following an incident in which he bit the arm of his tour manager during a dispute at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, UK. Police reportedly found cannabis in Quaye's possession when they attended the incident.
Bruno Mars is arrested on charges of cocaine possession after playing a gig at Hard Rock Hotel And Casino's Wasted Space nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
On his Welcome 2 America tour Prince plays the seventh show of a 15-night [21 shows] run at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Multiple Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse is found dead at her flat in Camden, London, England, UK. The 2012 song Amy by Green Day will be inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong hearing of Winehouse's death.
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Opium Dream Estate play at The Highlander, Paris, France, Europe.
Rapper Christ Bearer, aka Andre Johnson, of the group Northstar is found seriously injured on the sidewalk outside his apartment in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. He is rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital where it is learned that, while under the influence of PCP, he had cut off his own penis before jumping from the balcony of his apartment.
Taylor Swift posts a pic of herself on Tumblr wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words 'No, its Becky'. The image is her response to a popular internet meme about a girl called Becky who, allegedly, died after "snorting marijuana". It was then further alleged that the girl in the picture was actually Taylor Swift.
Speaking at a Senate hearing in Washington DC, USA, Sir Elton John states that AIDS could be eradicated in his lifetime, but only if the US government continues funding the fight against the virus.
George Michael attends a friend's art exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland, Europe, where he is reported to be undergoing addiction treatment at The Kusnacht Practice rehab centre.
Richard Neville, controversial counter-culture editor, writer and broadcaster, dies aged 74 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania. He had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia in his mid sixties.