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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.
A Look Magazine feature headlined 'The Curious Story Behind the New Cary Grant', reveals how, because of LSD therapy, the Hollywood film idol has finally found happiness. LSD will provide much of the impetus behind the development of psychedelic music in the mid-1960s.
Elvis Presley of the Thirty-second Tank Battalion, US Third Armored Division, is on holiday in Paris, France, Europe, where he takes part in karate classes.
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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.
Kid Howard's La Vida Band records Willie The Weeper, High Society and other tracks for Icon Records in the USA.
The trial of Ray Charles, on charges of heroin possession, begins in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, with the defence moving to have the charges dismissed. The case is bound over until the end of the month.
Elvis Presley flies from Los Angeles, California, USA, to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he will shortly begin filming his next movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!.
Elvis Presley begins location filming in Hawaii, USA, for his latest movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!
The second day of The Northern Jazz Festival at Redcar Racecourse, Redcar, UK, features The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra with Cleo Laine, Terry Lightfoot, The Alan Elsdon, The Sandy Brown All-Stars and others.
In the evening, Alan Livingston, President of Capitol Records, throws a party for The Beatles (George Harrison does not attend) at his home in Beverly Hills, with guests including Tony Bennett, Jane Fonda, Rock Hudson, Groucho Marx, Dean Martin, Jimmy Stewart Eleanor Bron and Hayley Mills. During the day, John Lennon writes a letter home to his wife, Cynthia, expressing how unhappy he has been on this trip.
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Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle crash near Woodstock, New York State, USA. He is immediately driven by his wife Sara Lownds to the home of his doctor Ed Thaler, fifty miles away in Middletown, New York State, where he will remain for six weeks. The accident will inspire George Harrison to write his 1969 song Behind That Locked Door.
Controversial stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce, whose success was great enough that he recorded several LPs, dies aged 40 in his bathroom in Los Angeles, California, USA. The official cause of death is given as "acute morphine poisoning caused by an accidental overdose."
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.
Cream, The James Cotton Blues Band, Jeremy And The Satyrs, and Blood Sweat And Tears play the first of three nights at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA. During these shows, Cream record the performances used on their live album Wheels Of Fire.
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Jazz - The Intimate Art, an edition of long-running American tv series The Bell Telephone Hour, features the jazz styles of Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck and Charles Lloyd as they perform, rehearse and spend time at home.
Charles Manson – the crazed hippy maniac responsible for the Sharon Tate murders in Los Angeles, California, USA, – records the songs which will eventually be released as the album Lies.
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Two members of Country Joe And The Fish's touring band, Mark Ryan and Charles Loring IV, attend an arraignment hearing in Keene, New Hampshire, USA. The hearing relates to Ryan and Loring having been arrested two days earlier for possession of marijuana before a show at Franklin Pierce College Field House, Rindge, New Hampshire. Country Joe, Barry Melton and Bill Belmont were charged with being in the vicinity of the others.
Because of his 1968 drug conviction, John Lennon of The Beatles' 'standing visa' is withdrawn by the US Embassy in London, England, UK, Europe.
John Lennon of The Beatles gives evidence to a Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Uses Of Drugs, in Ottawa, Canada.
Appearing on the second day of The Bath Festival Of Blues and Progressive Music at the Bath And West Showground, Shepton Mallet, England, UK, Europe, are Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention, The Moody Blues, The Byrds, Flock, Santana, Dr John, Country Joe McDonald and Hot Tuna.
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Elvis Presley begins his first tour of the USA since 1957. It starts at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, and lasts a mere six days. On the same day, Jimi Hendrix's bassist, Billy Cox is flown home to Pennsylvania from London to recover from a bad LSD trip at home with his parents.
At the end of a gruelling recording session, acclaimed jazz composer Gary McFarland repairs to the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, where he is given a drink which includes a fatal overdose of liquid methadone. Later in the day he is declared dead at St. Vincent Hospital, New York City.
After a lengthy battle with US immigration authorities, John Lennon of The Beatles is finally awarded a passport in the USA. Neil Sedaka's song The Immigrant is dedicated to Lennon and his fight for an American passport.
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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.
James Honeyman-Scott of The Pretenders dies from an overdose of a cocktail of heroin and cocaine.
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Siouxsie And The Banshees play the first of three nights at the Kolnoadan Club, Tel Aviv, Israel, Asia. During this visit, The Banshees, including Robert Smith, take time out to visit Jerusalem and to see The Wailing Wall, which will inspire Smith's song Wailing Wall on The Cure's 1984 album The Top.
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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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Happy Mondays play at The Hacienda club, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of three nights at the Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut.
Doc McGhee, manager of Motley Crue and Bon Jovi, is convicted of smuggling 40,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States from South America. He is given a $15,000 fine and a five-year suspended prison term.
Jane's Addiction play at Janus Landing, St Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Jane's Addiction play the first of two nights at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
Calvin Broadus, better known to the world as rapper Snoop Dogg, is convicted on a narcotics possession charge, for trying to sell cocaine.
Pepsi cancels its nine-year multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with Michael Jackson. "All links have come to an end," says a spokesperson. Jackson, who has recently cancelled his Dangerous tour, tells the press that he is going to receive treatment for an addiction brought on by the stress of the child sex allegations that have been brought against him.
Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia dies from a drugs-related heart attack at Serenity Knolls Treatment Center, a rehabilitation clinic in San Francisco, California, USA.
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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.
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.
Acid-folk singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart plays for a small group of fans at an impromptu picnic he has organised at the bandstand in Regent's Park, London, England, UK.
The film I'm Not There, directed by Todd Haynes, goes on general release in Sweden, Europe. In the film, which claims to be 'Inspired by the music and the many lives of Bob Dylan', six different actors depict separate facets of Dylan's life and public persona. Dylan himself does not appear.
Jane's Addiction announce the cancellation of their upcoming Australian tour dates, because drummer Stephen Perkins must undergo treatment, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, for an elbow infection.
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.
An auction of 75 guitars and 55 amplifiers belonging to Eric Clapton is held at Bonham's, New York City, USA, as a benefit for Clapton's Crossroads drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Antigua, West Indies, Caribbean. The auction raises $2.15m.
On their Final Frontier World Tour, Iron Maiden play at the Nova Rock Festival Nickelsdorf, Austria, Europe.
Green Day announce via their Facebook page that, following his violent onstage outburst at the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has checked into rehab to receive treatment for substance abuse.
The five-day long Exit Festival 2013 continues at Petrovardin Fortress, Novi Sad, Serbia, Europe. Headliner for today is The Prodigy, of whom Crack Magazine's Billy Black, says "the crowd loves it, and we
The War on Drugs play in The Hopscotch Music Festival at The Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
The Guardian newspaper reports that the family of deceased reggae star Bob Marley has teamed up with a private equity firm to launch Marley Natural, a cannabis product offering "heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains" inspired by the ones Marley enjoyed.
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.