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Police Superintendent David Hennessey is shotgunned to death on Basin Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Hennessey's death will be related in an early blues song, The Downfall Of The Lion, written by Richard 'Rabbit' Brown, but never recorded. All that remains is a verse recalled by guitarist Lemon Nash, who played with Brown in the 1920's: "I'm gonna tell you racketeers, Something you can understand, Don't let your tongues say nothin', That your head can't stand." Hennessey's killing will also provide the basis of another song, The Hennessey Murder.
Maxine Sullivan, accompanied by by Claude Thornhill And His Orchestra, records St. Louis Blues, Spring Is Here and other tracks in New York City, USA.
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.
Jimmy McCulloch is born in Dumbarton, Scotland, UK, Europe. He will find success as a guitarist, best-known for his work with Thunderclap Newman and Paul McCartney's group Wings. His promising career, however, will be cut short in 1979 when he dies from a drugs overdose.
Trumpeter, violinist and singer Ray Nance of The Duke Ellington band begins a sixty-day jail sentence in Paul County Jail, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, following his arrest in February on drugs charges.
Revered rock'n'roll guitarist Hank Garland is admitted to Madison Sanitarium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His wife Evelyn Garland has declared him to be agitated, disoriented and hostile, following a recent car crash. Over the next six weeks, he will be administered twelve shock treatments and a given the drug Thorazine.
Comedy album The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart, by Bob Newhart, is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
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.
The Rolling Stones play at The Civic Auditorium, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Byrds. On the same day, The Stones also record an appearance on tv show Shivaree. This is also the first day on which Stones' guitarist Brian Jones takes LSD, at the urging of acid-evangelist Ken Kesey and his group, The Merry Pranksters.
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The management company looking after The Byrds sends a letter to influential American music business magazine The Gavin Report demanding that the publication should print a 'correction' of its 'defamatory statements' which had claimed that the group's song Eight Miles High was advocating the use of illegal drugs.
San Francisco-based music business tip-sheet The Gavin Report lists several current hits, including Rainy Day Women Nos12 And 35 by Bob Dylan, Eight Miles High by The Byrds and Along Comes Mary by The Association as containing thinly-veiled drug references.
Eric Clapton of The Cream is busted in Buffalo Springfield member Stephen Stills' home in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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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.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones visit guitarist Brian Jones at his home, Cotchford Farm, and sack him from the band.
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A report issued by New York State USA, states that The Woodstock Festival resulted in 5,162 medical cases, including 797 instances of drug abuse. The report lists two deaths by drug overdose, plus the death of Raymond Mizak in a tractor accident. No births were recorded in the medical tent, but the report states that there were eight miscarriages.
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones and Marianne Faithfull appear in court in London, UK, and plead not guilty to cannabis possession. The case is adjourned until January. After her court appearance Marianne Faithfull returns to Italy, Europe.
Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is arrested on drugs charges while driving in his camper van in Santa Monica, California, USA. He is quickly released when the capsules he was caught with turn out to be a cold remedy.
Grand Funk Railroad's former manager Terry Knight arrives at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, with police and seizes the band's equipment after they play a show to benefit Phoenix House Drug Rehabilitation Center.
Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne quits Black Sabbath because of drink and drug problems, but will return within a few weeks.
Chicago play at The Ahearn Field House, Manhattan, Kansas, USA.
Carl Radle, bass player for Eric Clapton/Derek and the Dominoes, dies in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, from a chronic liver complaint, aggravated by his heroin addiction.
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA] is incorporated. PETA's work in alerting the world to the suffering of animals, usually as part of our food chain, has influenced and/or inspired many artists to compose songs on the same theme, notably The Smiths' Meat is Murder [1985], Nirvana's Something In The Way [1991] and NOFX's Clams Have Feelings Too [2000].
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.
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.
Jonathan "Chico" and Robert DeBarge of the popular group DeBarge are indicted on charges of drug trafficking, in the USA.
UK tv show Top Of The Pops bans any record including the word 'acid', and Mecca ballrooms ban acid house parties. Even Smiley t-shirts are banned in some shops.
After serving several months of his sentence for drug possession and other charges, James Brown is put on a work-release program. He moves from his jail to the Lower Savannah Work Center, South Carolina, USA, where he provides counselling for drug addicts, which earns him four dollars an hour.
English-born soul / neo-soul and R'n'B singer and songwriter Ephraim Lewis dies dies after having apparently jumped from a fourth floor balcony in Los Angeles, California, USA. His death will be ruled as suicide, but some reports say that LAPD officers stunned him with a Taser after a hyperactive exchange, perhaps connected to his use of methamphetamine.
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard of The Wu Tang Clan is stopped by police in Queens, New York, USA, for driving through a red light. A search of his vehicle reveals twenty envelopes containing over 500 milligrams of cocaine, and a bag of marijuana. Bastard is arrested on several charges, including possession of a narcotic with intent to sell.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the first 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.
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Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the second 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.
A funeral service is held in Bainbridge Island, Washington, for Layne Staley, heroin-addicted vocalist with Alice In Chains, who had been found dead at home in Seattle, Washington, USA, earlier in the month.
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.
Bright Eyes release a new single Gold Mine Gutted, in the UK on Saddle Creek Records.
Carmen Electra and former Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro publicly announce their separation.
In a feature published in UK music magazine the NME, notorious drug abuser Keith Richards, guitarist of The Rolling Stones, claims that the weirdest thing he ever snorted was his dead father's ashes. The story is immediately denied by his PR, Bernard Doherty, as an April Fool's joke but Richards will repeat and elaborate on the claim in his 2010 autobiography, Life.
It is revealed that George Michael has completed two weeks in rehab following a recent car crash in Hampstead, London, England, UK, while under the influence of cannabis. The news emerged when Michael apologised to fans via his website, explaining he is receiving drug counselling.
Goodluck Jonathan release the EP, This Is Our Way, on Something Nothing Records in the UK.
Ed Sheeran releases his debut single, The A Team, with a video which cost £20 to make. It will debut at No.3 in the UK singles chart and make the Top 10 in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway and The Netherlands.
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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.
Attack Attack! play at Crocodile Rock, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 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.
Todd Harrell, bassist of 3 Doors Down, is taken into custody after police find him passed out in his vehicle at a street intersection in D'Iberville, Mississippi, USA. He is charged with a second-offense DUI involving a substance other than alcohol, and is subsequently suspended from the band.
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.
Rapper Trick Daddy is arrested on multiple felony drug and weapons charges, among others, in Broward County, Florida, USA.
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.
One person dies and twenty others are hospitalized after attending the Mad Decent Block Party in Columbia, Maryland, USA. Most of those in hospital are suffering from drug-related problems. Artists appearing at the event include Sleigh Bells, Diplo, Flux Pavilion, and Wolfgang Gartner.
Crack magazine celebrates its fifth birthday with a gig at The Old Crown Courts, Bristol, England, UK, featuring Erol Alkan, Tim Sweeney, Prins Thomas, Torn Hawk, Pardon My French and Housework.
Singer, songwriter and pop superstar George Michael dies aged 53, at home in Goring, Oxfordshire, England, UK, Europe, according to his publicist. It is later claimed that he had been a heroin addict for some time.
Methyl Ethel release their third LP, Triage, on 4AD Records.