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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.
of the Thirty-second Tank Battalion, US Third Armored Division, is on holiday in Paris, France, Europe, where he takes part in karate classes.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
– 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
leader Jerry Garcia
dies from a drugs-related heart attack at Serenity Knolls Treatment Center, a rehabilitation clinic in San Francisco, California, USA.
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.
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
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.
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.