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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."
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.
The Benny Goodman Trio records Where Or When for Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann takes LSD intentionally for the first time. Three days earlier, he had accidentally ingested a small amount and experienced strange firghtening delusions and hallucinations. On this day, now known as Bicycle Day, he deliberately takes another dose before cycling home from his lab. The drug will become powerfully associated with the psychedelic music of the 1960s.
Hank Williams, 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, USA, earning $250 a show.
All Shook Up by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on its way to No1 in the USA.
Acclaimed jazz singer Beverley Kenney commits suicide by consuming a lethal overdose of alcohol and Seconal in her Greenwich Village apartment in New York City, USA.
Connie Francis headlines a pre-recorded one-hour tv variety show on ABC-tv in the USA, with guests including Tab Hunter. The show includes plugs for a new promotion whereby drugstores are selling haircream plus the new LP Sing Along With Connie Francis for $1.69.
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.
Elvis Presley continues filming studio scenes for his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, USA.
The Roy Haynes Quartet, featuring Roland Kirk, record Fly Me To The Moon, Snap Crackle and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
UK tabloid The Sunday Mirror runs a front page story headlined 'Exposing The Drug Menace' which claims that 'nearly 10,000 British teenagers are buying pep pills and narcotics on the black market.' The article also identifies two central London clubs, La Discotheque and The Flamingo, as places where drugs regularly change hands.
George Jones records Six Days On The Road, Blue Side Of Lonesome, Once A Day, Don't Let Me Cross Over, Strangers and other tracks in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Backing vocals on this session are provided by The Jordanaires.
Donovan releases his third single, Turquoise, in the UK. The single's b-side, Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) includes the phrase "buy you a sugarcube" - a reference to LSD which, at the time, was often consumed in sugarcubes. On the same day, it is revealed that Donovan's upcoming tour of the USA has been cancelled.
Associated Press in the USA releases a story which indirectly links The Byrds with psychedelic drugs. The story includes a comment by Byrds member David Crosby in answer to a question about psychedelic music: 'The only way we could perform [psychedelic music] would be to have all the musicians on LSD! I don't think we've ever managed to play any jobs on LSD.'
Pink Floyd enter the UK singles chart with their second single, See Emily Play, which will peak at No6. They also play a gig at Bradford University, Yorkshire, UK.
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The Zombies finish recording Hung Up On A Dream in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK. The track will appear on their second album Odessy And Oracle.
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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An injunction is granted to Warrick County, Indiana, USA, with the intention of preventing a proposed music festival for 60,000 people at Chandler Raceway Park near Evansville. The injunction will succeed, but the promoters will re-locate the festival to Bull Island on the Wabash River where it will become a disaster of significant proportions known as The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival.
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Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is in Nice, France, to answer drug charges laid against the band by the French authorities. Today, the case is adjourned for a month, so Jagger flies back to London, UK.
Willie Nelson is arrested on drug possession charges in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Phyllis Major, the wife of Jackson Browne, commits suicide with an overdose of barbiturates in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. At least two of Browne's subsequent songs, Sleep's Dark And Silent Gate and The Shape Of A Heart, will be inspired by Major. Also, an earlier song, Ready Or Not, was written about how Browne and Major first got together after meeting in The Troubadour club in Los Angeles.
It is announced that Ozzy Osbourne might soon be leaving Black Sabbath. Rumours suggest that drug and drink abuse is making him unreliable.
US President Ronald Reagan presents Michael Jackson with a Special Achievement Award in a ceremony in the Garden of The White House, Washington, DC., USA The award recognises the imporatance of Jackson's participation in an advertising campaign aimed at discouraging the youth of America from drinking.
Blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his bass player Tommy Shannon both enter treatment programs to help overcome their dependencies on drink and drugs.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of three nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia.
Stevie Wonder plays a celebratory 39th birthday gig at Wembley Arena, London, UK, during which he is joined on stage by Brinsley Forde of Aswad, Paul Young, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Billy Ocean, Junior Giscombe and Curt Smith from Tears For Fears.
Aerosmith take part in a 'Wayne's World' sketch on tv show Saturday Night Live in New York City, USA, during which they pertform Monkey On My Back and Janie's Got a Gun.
Calvin Broadus, better known to the world as rapper Snoop Dogg, is convicted on a narcotics possession charge, for trying to sell cocaine.
For the first time ever Bob Dylan has to cancel a show for medical reasons. The gig, at Lyon, France, is abandoned because of back pains which he has suffered since 1986. On the same day, down Argentina way, the tranquillity of Guns N' Roses dressing room is rudely shattered when drug squad officers burst in, despite lack of backstage passes. Naturally, no drugs are found.
Actor River Phoenix plays a gig with his friend, bassist Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, at the Johnny Depp-owned Viper Room, Los Angeles, California. Late in the evening, Phoenix snorts some Persian Brown (a powerful methamphetamine mixed with opiates) which, in the early hours of the next moprning, will kill him.
With Richey Edwards now checked into a rehab clinic in Cardiff, Wales, UK, suffering nervous exhaustion, Manic Street Preachers perform at the T In The Park Festival, Strathclyde Park, Scotland, UK, as a trio.
The three male members of UK pop band S Club 7 are arrested in Covent Garden, London, UK, on charges of possessing cannabis.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the fourth of eight days in the Sudan, North West Africa, as part of a mission, organised by he humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, to free Southern Sudanese slaves from their Northern masters.
Biffy Clyro play at Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland, supported by Crackout.
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RAM Squad rapper John ‘Tommy Hill’ Wilson, recently arrested on cocaine charges in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, is refused a lower bail. Prosecutors state that Wilson had maintained several aliases and addresses and also posed a flight risk. Bail remains set at $145,000.
Innovative rock guitarist Robert Quine dies. Depressed by the death of his wife, Alice, he deliberately takes an overdose of heroin at his New York City apartment. Quine worked with Richard Hell, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and many others.
Irv 'Gotti' Lorenzo, boss of American record company The Inc, with artists including Ja Rule and Ashanti, is arrested on money laundering charges relating to drug deals.
According to reports in UK tabloid The Daily Mirror, Pete Doherty of Babyshambles is back on crack again.
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.
English electronic music producer Andy Hughes, best-known for his work with The Orb, dies at the Liver Intensive Care Unit at Kings College Hospital in London after a short illness.
Pete Doherty is in court in Cheltenham, England, UK, Europe, facing charges of reckless driving and possession of drugs.
George Michael pleads gulty in Highbury Magistrates Court, North London, England, UK, to possessing cannabis when he was arrested in July after crashing his car into a high street shop. Judge Robin McPhee gives Michael a six-month interim driving ban but sentencing is deferred until a later date.
On their Final Frontier World Tour, Iron Maiden play at the Nova Rock Festival Nickelsdorf, Austria, Europe.
Justin Bieber finds himself caught up in the middle of a scuffle while greeting fans outside Macy's department store in Manhattan, New York City, USA.
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.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, former teen pop idol and tv star David Cassidy, is sentenced to three months in rehab and given five years probation as a result of his arrest in January for drunk driving.
Police see DJ Darren Partington of 808 State in a hired Ford Fiesta making a drugs handover to two users at Darley Street, Beswick, England, UK. When he is stopped and searched, Partington is found to be carrying sixteen wraps of heroin and eight wraps of crack cocaine. Partington is arrested.
It is announced that Robbie Williams has been appointed as the first patron of the charity Music Support which provides help for those suffering with alcoholism, addiction or any form of mental or emotional health issue.