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Jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden, increasingly paranoid from his addiction to alcohol, sets off to play in the Labor Day annual parade in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, but walks away from the parade and returns home. He will never play his trumpet in public again.
E. Elliott Rawlins, M.D., writing in the New York Amsterdam News, states, "The form of music called jazz is just as intoxicating as morphine or cocaine; it is just as harmful, and yet its use is not determined by law."
Henry Horton is re-elected to a third term as governor of Tennessee, USA. Immediately, Nashville residents begin withdrawing money from Caldwell-affiliated banks en masse, because Horton and the Caldwell Bank had both been involved in a scandal involving awarding contracts without bids. The story of the scandal will inspire the song The Wreck Of The Tennessee Gravy Train by Uncle Dave Macon.
'Spasm' band The State Street Ramblers [consisting largely of Chicago jazz musicians] record Gut Bucket Trombone at Gennett Records Studios in Richmond, Indiana, USA. [Spasm bands, like jug bands, were generally low-budget operations whose members would play on jugs, spoons, kazoos, washboards and anything else that might be pressed into becoming a musical instrument.]
Texas blues and soul musician Larry Davis is born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. In 1958 he will co-write and record the song Texas Flood, which will find greater acclaim when subsequently recorded by Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble.
In San Francisco, California, USA, beat poet Allen Ginsberg writes his poem Lysergic Acid.
Using a borrowed wedding ring, Bobby Darin marries actress Sandra Dee in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA, in the living room of his songwriting partner Don Kirshner.
Elvis Presley completes location filming in Hawaii, USA, for his his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!.
The Nashville Teens enter the UK singles chart with their cover of the John D. Loudermilk song Tobacco Road. It will peak at No6.
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Bob Dylan records versions of I Don't Believe You, Chimes Of Freedom, Motorpsycho Nitemare, Mr. Tambourine Man, All I Really Wanna Do, Black Crow Blues, I Shall Be Free No10, for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Donovan records Sunshine Superman and Sunny South Kensington, in EMI's Abbey Road studios, London, England, UK, Europe, with Mickie Most as producer. John Paul Jones, later a founder member of Led Zeppelin, plays bass on the track.
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Davy Jones plays a junkie in an episode of the TV medical drama series Ben Casey, sntitled If You Play Your Cards Right, You Too Can Be A Loser. Jones will find greater fame as a member of The Monkees.
The Smoke release a new single, My Friend Jack, on Columbia Records in the UK. The song will be withdrawn from sale after it is noticed that the lyric includes the line "My friend Jack eats Sugar Lumps" - a reference to the practice of consuming LSD on cubes of sugar.
The Smoke enter the UK singles chart with My Friend Jack, but a BBC ban quickly comes into effect because of the song's LSD-related lyric, and it never rises above No45.
Guitarist Dave Gilmour accepts Roger Waters' invitation to join Pink Floyd, because the band's original guitarist and singer Syd Barrett has become unreliable.
Toronto band The City Muffin Boys Ltd play live on the CBC tv show The Way It Is, after which host John Saywell asks, "Can anybody make any sense out of any of that?" The show is ostensibly examining aspects of the current drug culture among Canadian and American youth.
When The Doors and Jefferson Airplane play at The Concertgebouw, Amesterdam, Holland, Europe, singer Jim Morrison of The Doors collapses prior to the gig as a result of having swallowed a block of hash earlier in the day.
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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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Mike Curb, President of MGM Records, drops eighteen acts, including Connie Francis and The Cowsills. The stated reason for pruning the label roster is to filter out acts who are promoting drug use and other forms of degeneracy unacceptable to Mr Curb. Mysteriously, Eric Burdon (formerly of The Animals) remains on the roster.
The Rolling Stones hold a meeting in New York City to discuss their tax problems if they return to England, and also difficulties in France where investigations into Keith Richards’ drug habits are underway.
Free abandon their current UK tour because singer Paul Kossoff has fallen ill.
David Bowie, Iggy Pop and others are arrested at the Americana Rochester Hotel, Rochester, New York State, USA, on marijuana charges. Three other persons, including a Rochester woman, Chi Wah Soo, are arrested with him.
After Keith Moon of The Who collapses in The Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA, he is hospitalised in the Hollywood Memorial Hospital (Florida) for over a week. Media reports state that before the ambulance collected him, Moon had trashed his hotel room and was running around the hotel in a "very agitated State". The emergency call to the police had gone out as a '41 Baker', a code in which '41' refers to a sick or injured person and 'Baker' indicates that the individual may require restraining as he is mentally disturbed.
John McVie of Fleetwood Mac is arrested for cocaine possession at his home in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Jeannine Deckers, better known to the world as The Singing Nun, and her companion of ten years, Annie Pecher, both commit suicide by an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol at their home in the Green Horizons apartment building in Wavre, Belgium, Europe. She had enjoyed huge international success in 1961 with the hit single Dominique.
Howard Jones, Holly Johnson, Pete Wylie and The Icicle Works contribute to the charity album Live In World, released today. Funds go to the Phoenix House charity for drug and alcohol addicts.
Tommy Kiefer guitarist and founder-member of Swiss metal band Krokus commits suicide by hanging himself on Christmas Eve. Kiefer was a long-term heroin addict.
During the The Grateful Dead's Summer Of Love 20th Anniversary celebration gig in Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angel Camp, California, USA, an escapee from a drug treatment centre is shot dead by police. Other bands on the bill include Santana and David Lindley's El Rayo-X.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of three nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia.
Nico, former Velvet Underground chanteuse, falls from her bicycle while on her way to buy marijuana in Ibiza, Europe, and will die the following day from the resulting brain haemorrhage.
For the second time in a month, Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney are arrested for possession of marijuana, this time at Heathrow Airport, London, England, UK, Europe.
When he is found asleep in his car with a joint still burning in the ashtray, country outlaw Willie Nelson is arrested on drugs charges in Hewitt, Texas, USA.
Phil Collins' touring crew is held at gunpoint after being wrongly accused by the Venezuelan Government of a tax fiddle amounting to $900,000. On the same day, Courtney Love is hospitalised in Seattle, Washington, USA, after a drug overdose.
Ronnie Scott, jazz saxophonist, band leader and founder of prestigious London venue, Ronnie Scott's Club, dies in London, UK, aged 69 from an accidental overdose of barbiturates perscribed by his dentist.
Former Guns N'Roses drummer Steven Adler is sentenced to 150 days in jail for attacking two women in separate domestic violence incidents, which also violates his probation from a 1997 conviction in another domestic violence case. He is additionally sentenced to three years of probation, with the conditions of undergoing a year of domestic violence counseling and a ban on using illegal drugs.
LSD guru and icon of the hippy generation, Ken Kesey, dies in Pleasant Hill, Oregon, USA, as a result of complications following liver surgery. Closely associated with The Grateful Dead, Kesey lived for many years in La Honda, in the mountains south of San Francisco.
Dee Dee Ramone of The Ramones dies at home in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, of a drug overdose.
Victor Edward Willis, better known as the policeman in 70s disco hitmakers Village People, is arrested by real policemen in Daly City, California, USA, when they find a gun and drugs in his car.
A Los Angeles, California, USA, judge dismisses heroin and cocaine possession charges against rock singer Scott Weiland, dating back to 2003. Weiland was formerly the vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots and is currently with Velvet Revolver.
Boy George begins five days of community service as a garbage collector in New York City, USA. His ignominy stems from a cocaine bust and a false burglary report he made to police in October of the previous year.
A spokeswoman for Whitney Houston announces that the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer is once again undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, in an out-patient program rather than a residential facility.
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is arrested by NYPD officers on marijuana possession charges in a parking lot outside the Coliseum Mall, Queens, New York City, USA.
Klinik play at Capitol, Hanover, Germany, Europe.
Akira play at The Vibe Bar, London, UK.
Michael Graves, former frontman of horror-punk pioneers The Misfits, is released from jail where he had spent the night, following his arrest the previous day for marijuana possession while passing through a Mexican border checkpoint in Kennedy County, Texas, USA.
Teenage rapper Chief Keef is arrested for disorderly conduct after hotel security smell marijuana smoke coming from his room at the LeMeridan Hotel, 111 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, north of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The medical examiner's office in Richmond, Virginia, USA, reports that Dave Brockie, the frontman for the heavy metal band GWAR, died of an accidental heroin overdose.
Rapper Young Dro is arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (Xanax) after a police search at Atlanta airport, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Mariah Carey visits a marijuana dispensary, The Original Leaf in Aspen, Colorado, USA. It is observed that she leaves without carrying any bags.