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Herbert J La Joie of New Jersey, USA, files a patent for a Speed-controlling device for musical instruments, intended to improve regulation of the speed of the note sheets in automatic musical instruments.
Kpakpo Akwei is born in Accra, Ghana, Africa. He will find international acclaim as drummer Kofi Ghanaba, aka Guy Warren, and will introduce African drumming to many Western jazz musicians.
Richard Coughlan is born in Herne Bay, Kent, UK. He will find success as drummer with Canterbury Scene prog-rock band Caravan.
J.J. Johnson, one of several drummers who played with punk band The Skids is born in Newark-Upon-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK.
John Brim Jr is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The son of blues guitarist John brim and drummer Grace Brim, he will become a respected blues player in his own right.
Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, The Oscar Peterson Trio, Flip Phillips, Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers, Ray Brown, Barney Kessel and Hank Jones play in the Jazz At The Philharmonic Concert at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Multi-instrumentalist Peter Ulrich, best-known as drummer of Dead Can Dance, is born in Perivale, UK.
Jazz drummer Max Roach and his group record tracks for the album We Insist! Freedom Now Suite at Nola Penthouse studio, New York City for Candid Records.
Nicholas Dingley is born in Royal Leamington Spa, UK. He will find fame as Razzle, drummer of glam-metal band Hanoi Rocks.
Burl Ives, with producer Owen Bradley, records Beautiful Annabel Lee, A Holly Jolly Christmas and Hobo Jungle in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band includes guitarists Grady Martin, Ray Edenton and Harold Bradley, with Buddy Harman on drums, Hargus Robbins on piano, Charlie McCoy on harmonica and the Anita Kerr Singers.
Jazz drummer Martin France is born in Rainham, Kent, UK. He will find acclain working with Loose Tubes, First House, Lee Konitz and many others.
Des Morris, drummer of UK band Balaam And The Angel, is born in Motherwell, Scotland.
George Harrison and Ringo Starr of The Beatles record appearances for UK tv show Juke Box Jury at Television Centre, London, UK.
The Honeycombs play at The Dorothy Ballroom, Cambridge, UK.
The Dave Clark Five play at The Convention Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Dave Clark Five play in The Assembly Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
The Who play at The Florida Room, Brighton, UK.
The 'N Betweens play at The Crown Hotel, Birmingham, UK. Drummer for the band is Don Powell, and their guitarist is Dave Hill, both later to find success with Slade.
The Who play at The City Hall, Perth, Scotland, UK.
The Who play in St. Joseph Hall, Upper Holloway, North London, England, UK.
Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and Carmen McRae play in the 'Jazz For Moderns' night at The Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
Phil Selway, drummer of Radiohead, is born in Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire, UK
Vernon Oxford records A Mansion On The Hill, Wedding Bells, You Win Again and Don't Let A Little Thing Like That in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features Pete Wade and Jerry Stambridge [gtrs], Earl Potter [bass gtr], Lloyd Green [steel gtr], Junior Huskey [bass], Charles Justice [fiddle], Jerry Carrigan [drums] and Larry Butler [piano].
BBC Radio 1 show Saturday Club broadcasts a live session by Fleetwood Mac, recorded five days earlier.
Tom Jones performs It's Not Unusual on The Ed Sullivan Show in the USA. On the same day, Jones leaves the USA, flying to Australia, Oceania, where he will begin a six-month long world tour.
The Beatles complete recording of Good Night in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe. The track is sung by their drummer, Ringo Starr.
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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Keith Moon of The Who is reported to have attended a party in honour of Andy Warhol, thrown at the Regent’s Park, London, UK, home of Lord and Lady Lambton. Bianca Jagger is also in attendance.
Mongo Santamaria and the Hugh Masekela Band play the eighth of thirteen nights at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
In Dallas, Texas, USA, at a Police concert in the Reunion Arena, fan Paula Lewellen sustains a broken arm, and will later sue the band for $300,000 as a result.
The Police play the second of two nights at Palaeur, Rome, Italy, Europe.
Jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones, who had worked with Miles Davis, Bill Evans and others, dies of a heart attack in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Pete Townshend of The Who plays the first of two nights for the 'OO Charity at Brixton Academy, London, England, UK, Europe, with Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd in his band.
Via an advertisement in the UK rock press, Pete Townshend of The Who declares his support for an upcoming Oxfam Fast.
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The Who play at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Phil Collins plays at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Phil Collins plays at Palacio de los Deportes, Madrid, Spain, Europe.
On their Behind The Mask tour, Fleetwood Mac play the last of three nights at Great Woods, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA, supported by Squeeze.
Phil Collins plays an unannounced concert at The Tower Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, to benefit the homeless.
Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Art Blakey dies in New York City, USA, aged 71.
Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker, Billy Burnette and Fleetwood Mac perform at Super Bowl XXVII in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, USA.
Randy DeLay, drummer with The Georgia Satellites, dies of cancer.
Latin percussion virtuoso Mongo Santamaria dies aged 85, after suffering a stroke, in Miami, Florida, USA.
A new commercial for Dairy Milk chocolate debuts on tv in the UK, featuring In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins. The ad, in which an impatient gorilla waits to play drums along with the Collins' classic, will be viewed more than four-and-a-half million times on YouTube.
While accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novello Awards ceremony in London, England, UK, Europe, Phil Collins announces his retirement from live performing to enable him to concentrate on bringing up his two young sons at his home in Switzerland. The award is presented to Collins by his old friend Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.
Weakened by a kidney ailment, jazz percussionist Tito Alberti dies at the age of 86 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
Rock and pop drummer Bobby Graham dies aged 69, of stomach cancer in The Isabel Hospice, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, UK. Highly respected, he worked for many years with Joe Brown And The Bruvvers, but also drummed on sessions for The Kinks, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker and Marianne Faithfull.
During his Goodbye Tour, 76-year-old country music star Glen Campbell plays at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA. His live band includes three of his children – Ashley on banjo, Shannon on guitar, and Cal on drums. The show also includes a tribute to Campbell from opening acts Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams and Jackson Browne.
On their 50th Anniversary tour, The Who play at The Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
After 66 years as a leading music newspaper, the NME (New Musical Express) announces that its next edition will be its last print edition, although it will continue online.