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Legendary nightspot, Cocoanut Grove opens in The Ambassador Hotel Hollywood, California, USA. It will quickly become a Mecca for the rich and famous of Hollywood, featuring concerts by Duke Ellington, Judy Garland and countless others.
Harry McGilberry is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After developing a career as an r'n'b vocalist, he will join The Temptations in 1995 and sing bass with the group until 2003 when he will be sacked because of his drug problems.
At a hearing before the US Attorney in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, jazz vocalist Billie Holiday learns that she is not to be charged even though her former drug convictions have put her in violation of the 1956 Narcotics Control Act.
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.
At Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California, Elvis Presley has a third day of recording songs for the soundtrack to his next movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!
Elvis Presley has a second day of location filming in Hawaii for his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!
Elvis Presley has a fifteenth day of location filming in Hawaii, USA, for his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!.
Elvis Presley continues with filming studio scenes for his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, USA.
A package tour featuring Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Jet Harris And The Jetblacks, The Breakaways and Sounds Incorporated plays at The Town Hall, Birmingham, UK. [Other sources indicate, however, that on this date Little Richard, Sam Cooke and Gene Vincent play at The Granada, Mansfield, UK.]
Rudy Lewis of The Drifters dies aged 27, of a probable drug overdose, in Harlem, New York City, USA. The group is due to record Under The Boardwalk the next day, and former lead vocalist Johnny Moore will be brought back to perform lead vocals for the recording. The next day, The Drifters will record I Don't Want To Go On Without You, with lead vocals by Charlie Thomas in tribute to Lewis. Charlie Thomas was the one who closed Lewis' eyes when he was found dead.
In San Francisco, California, USA, Augustus Owsley Stanley starts his first LSD factory, making large quantities of acid available and affordable for the first time. The San Francisco music scene will never be the same again.
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The Byrds and Peter Fonda attend a party at The Beatles' rented home in Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills, California, USA. During the party, Fonda and George Harrison have a conversation which will, in due course, inspire John Lennon to write the song She Said, She Said. During the day, two girl fans hire a helicopter to fly over the Benedict Canyon mansion, one of whom jumps from it into the swimming pool.
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First night of the three day Trips Festival 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.
Famed LSD manufacturer, Owsley Stanley is arrested at his secret lab in Orinda, near Berkeley, California, USA. The San Francisco Chronicle will run the headline "LSD Millionaire Arrested", thus inspiring The Grateful Dead to write their song Alice D. Millionaire.
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed at the Beverly Rodeo Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA, by Sharon Lawrence.
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In East Grinstead, Sussex, UK, coroner Dr. Angus Sommerville records a verdict of death by misadventure on The Rolling Stones' guitarist Brian Jones. Although Jones' body contained significant quantities of drugs and alcohol, Dr Somerville concludes that the cause of death was drowning, but notes that, "For a man of his age, his heart was a bit larger than it should have been. It was fatty and flabby. His liver was twice the normal weight. It was in a state of fatty degeneration".
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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Four members of The Family, a drug-addled hippy commune in California, USA, led by aspiring rock star Charles Manson, are arrested for mass murder.
Having just completed a UK tour, Derek And The Dominos, featuring Eric Clapton, fly from London, UK, to Miami, Florida, USA, where they are to begin recording an album in Criteria Studios with producer Tom Dowd.
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Sgt. Norman Pilcher of the Metropolitan Drug Squad in London, UK, famed for his high profile busts of pop stars including Donovan, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and John Lennon of The Beatles, is arrested for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after it was alleged he had committed perjury. In September 1973 he will be convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment.
Charges of marijuana possession against Linda McCartney (wife of Paul McCartney) are dropped in Los Angeles, California, USA, when she completes a drugs counselling course in London, UK.
A new disco, Studio 54, opens its doors for the first time on West 54th Street, New York City, USA. Opening night guests at the 700-capacity club include Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dali, and the venue will become notorious for open sexual encounters on its balconies and rampant drug use.
Conflict, D.O.A., Lost Cherrees, Existance and Liberty play at Brunel University Festival, Academy Hall, Uxbridge, London, England, UK, Europe. The event is billed as a "Benefit for the Bust Fund/Surbiton. Please bring charge sheets."
Gary Holton, vocalist with The Heavy Metal Kids and also a tv actor, dies aged 33 in Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe, of a heroin overdose.
The Smiths play the final date of a brief Irish tour in Whitla Hall, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe. Heroin-addicted bassist Andy Rourke will be fired shortly after the band returns to England.
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On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of three nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia.
Sly Stone is sentenced to 55 days in jail for driving under the influence of cocaine.
Former Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth is arrested for buying marijuana in Washington Square Park, New York City, USA.
Frank O'Keefe, bass player for Southern Rock stalwarts The Outlaws is found dead at his home in Clearwater, Florida, USA, after taking a drug overdose.
Following his recent arrest for suspected cocaine possession, Liam Gallagher of Oasis is cautioned at Marylebone Police Station, London, England, UK, Europe.
Dilemma by Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland reaches No1 in the UK singles chart. On the same day, shortly after playing a support slot on an Aerosmith gig in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, Kid Rock's tour bus is stopped and searched by police who find marijuana and cocaine. Kid Rock, however, is not on the bus.
Vic Chesnutt dies aged 45, from an overdose of muscle relaxants that left him in a coma in hospital in Athens, Georgia, USA. A remarkable songwriter, Chesnutt overcame almost total paralysis to create darkly wry songs that captivated many thousands of fans.
The Reverend Tholomew Plague, drummer with Avenged Sevenfold, is found dead of multiple drug intoxication at his home in Huntington Beach, California, USA, aged 28.
Orange County Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal reports that The Reverend Tholomew Plague, drummer with Avenged Sevenfold, died in December 2009 of multiple drug intoxication at his home in Huntington Beach, California, USA, aged 28.
At Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London, UK, George Michael is jailed for eight weeks for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. He is also fined £1,250 and given a five-year driving ban.
At Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London, England, UK, Europe, George Michael is jailed for eight weeks for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. He is also fined £1,250 and given a five-year driving ban.
Nathan Williams, frontman of Wavves, is arrested for drug possession during a roadside search of his vehicle in Germany.
The National play at Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
On her California Dreams tour Katy Perry plays at The Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe.
The polka dot chiffon dress worn by Amy Winehouse on the cover of her album Back To Black is bought for £43,200 [$67,120] by the Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile, South America, at an auction in Kerry Taylor Auctions, London, UK. Proceeds of the sale go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Melanie Amaro wins in the final of the US X Factor tv show. The show also features a duet between Stevie Wonder and Justin Bieber, plus guest appearances by Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, and 50 Cent.
Darkest Hour play at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The I Love This City Festival 2012 plays the first of two days at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza 94107, San Francisco, California, USA. Artists appearing over the two days of the festival include Tiesto, Duck Sauce, Steve Aoki, The Crystal Method, Laidback Luke, Holy Ghost, Excision, Holy Fuck, Chuckie, Cookie Monsta, Cut Chemist, Kill The Noise, Felix Cartal, Pictureplane, Dirtyphonics, Brodinski, NiT GriT, James Murphy, Harvard Bass, Helicopter Showdown, Oliver S, Fareoh and Holy F.
Country singing star Trace Adkins, reportedly in a drunken condition, gets into a fight with a Trace Adkins impersonator, during a cruise ship voyage to Jamaica, Caribbean. Having been sober for twelve years, Adkins checks into rehab when the ship docks in Jamaica.
When Rick Ross plays a gig in Greenboro, North Carolina, USA, he is arrested after the show, because of an outstanding arrest warrant dating back eight months in connection with a charge of marijuana possession.
Billboard magazine reports that drug-related deaths are increasing at Electronic Dance Music events. A total of seventeen people have died at music festivals around the world so far this year. In the past, the majority of deaths at live music events have been related to crowd crushes and similar incidents.
Scott Weiland, vocalist for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver dies, aged 48, in his sleep in his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. Weiland's life had been blighted for many years by drug abuse.
The Mutiny Festival at Farlington Playing Fields in Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe, is cancelled following the unexpected deaths of two festival-goers the previous day. The Festival organisers state that today's date has been cancelled in the light of the tragic events as a "safety precaution".
Taylor Hawkins, drummer of the Foo Fighters, is declared dead after emergency services are called to the Casa Medina hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, South America, where he has been suffering from chest pain in his hotel room. According to the Attorney General of Colombia, ten substances were found in Hawkins, including antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids.