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Barret Deems, a jazz percussionist often billed as 'the world's fastest drummer', is born in Springfield, Illinois, USA. He will play with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Red Norvo and many more.
Arthur S. Taylor, Jr, is born in New York City, USA. he will find fame as hard bop jazz drummer Art Taylor.
John McVie, bassist of Fleetwood Mac, is born in London, England, UK, Europe.
Lucas Sideras is born in Athens, Greece. He will find success as the drummer in internationally-successful Greek prog-rock band Aphrodite's Child.
James Moody And His Modernists, with percussionist Chano Pozo, record material for the Blue Note Records album James Moody And His Modernists with Chano Pozo at Apex Studios, New York City, USA. Art Blakey plays drums on the session.
Avedis Zildjian III of Quiney, Massachusetts, is granted a patent in the USA for a new type of 'high pitch cymbal'.
Danny Carey, drummer for Tool and Green Jelly, is born in Paola, Kansas, USA.
Billy Walker, with producer Don Law, records Charlie's Shoes, Wild Colonial Boy, I'm Lying and The Next Voice You Hear in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features guitarists Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Billy Byrd and Harold Bradley, bassist Joseph Zinkan, drummer Buddy Harman and pianist William Pursell.
Michael 'Tich' Anderson, drummer of 80s pop hitmakers Altered Images is born.
Jazz drummer Specs Wright dies a drug-related death aged 35 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. In his career he had played with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Earl Bostic, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey, Carmen McCrae and many others.
Graham Bond plays at Klook's Kleek, London, England, UK, Europe. Bond's band includes three virtuoso players - John McLaughlin on guitar, Jack Bruce on bass and Ginger Baker on drums.
The Detours play at The Town Hall, Acton, London, England, UK, Europe. The group will find much greater success after they evolve to become The Who.
Dave Rowntree, drummer of Blur, is born in Colchester, UK.
The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, Mark Wynter, The Mojos, The Hollies and Frank Berry play at The Granada Cinema, Walthamstow, UK.
Duane Eddy records Rebel Rouser (a new version) and The Iguana in RCA Victor Studio C, 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Session players include guitarists James Burton, Al Casey, Neil Levang and Bill Pitman, bassist Ray Pohlman, drummers Earl Palmer and Hal Blaine, pianist Larry Knechtel, and saxophonist Jim Horn.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of The Beatles are on holiday in the Virgin Islands.
The Who (billed as The High Numbers) play at The Florida Rooms, Brighton, UK.
The Honeycombs play at The Kinema, Dunfermline, Scotland.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers begin a season at McKie's Disc Jockey Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Who play at The Assembly Rooms, Tunbridge Wells, UK.
Donovan and The Who play a second engagement inside one month, at The Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, England, UK.
The Who play at The Locarno Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Peter B's Looners, play at The Downs, Hassocks, Sussex, UK. The group includes guitarist Peter Green and drummer Mick Fleetwood, both of whom will become founder-members of Fleetwood Mac.
The Barbarians, a Boston-based garage-rock combo, enter the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA with Moulty, which will peak at No90. The song celebrates the determination of Victor Moulton who, despite having only one hand, performed as the band's drummer.
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Norma Jean, with Bob Ferguson as producer, records It's About Time, Jackson Ain't A very Big Town, Ride Ride Ride and Walk Through This World With Me at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features George McCormick and Pete Wade [gtrs], Buck Trent [banjo], Pete D rake [steel],Junior Huskey, [bass], Jerry Carrigan [drums], Hargus "Pig" Robbins [piano] and Mack Magaha [fiddle].
Herman's Hermits, The Who and the Blues Magoos play at the Kiel Opera House, St Louis, Missouri, USA. Ticket prices range from $3 to $5.
The Who arrive at Mascot Airport, Sydney, Australia, Oceania, to begin a tour with The Small Faces and Paul Jones.
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The Who, Small Faces and Paul Jones kick off a tour of Australia and New Zealand with a concert in The Royal Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania. After the gig, Keith Moon of The Who drives off in a rental car, which he later parks in front of a motel's reception desk.
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Bonnie Owens records Yes I Love You Only in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Musicians on the session are Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Billy Mize, Roy Nichols and Lewis Talley [gtrs], Norm Hamlett [steel gtr], Jerry Ward [bass], Eddie Burris [drums] and George French, Jr. [piano].
The second day of The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York, USA, featuring John Sebastian, Keef Hartley, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Mountain and Santana.
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The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and The Flock play the second of two nights at newly-opened venue The Warehouse, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
On their Tusk tour, Fleetwood Mac play the second of three nights at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Brand X, voted the World's Number One Jazz-rock Band in the Melody Maker Polls for 1978 and 1979, come to the end of a British tour with a show at the Polytechnic, Oxford, England, UK, Europe. (N.B. The band at this time does not include Phil Collins)
When Sheila E plays at The Ritz, New York City, USA, she is joined onstage by Prince for two songs.
The Buddy Rich Orchestra plays at The Royal Festival Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
Former Beatle Ringo Starr forms his own band named Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band.
Nirvana and Tad play at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, England, UK, Europe.
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A gap between the readers and staff of Rolling Stone Magazine is illustrated when Madonna’s Like A Prayer video is simultaneously chosen Worst Video in the Annual Readers’ Poll and Best Video in the Critics’ Awards. The readers also choose her as Worst Female Singer. Bonnie Raitt is Best Female Singer. New Kids On the Block are Worst Band. Cher is chosen as Worst-Dressed Female. Phil Collins is Best Drummer. Living Colour is Best New American Band. Bono of U2 is Sexiest Male Rock Artist.
Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets play the first of two days at G-Mex, Manchester, UK.
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On the Seriously, Live! Tour Phil Collins plays at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK.
Comedy rocker Weird Al Yankovic begins recording tracks for his album Off The Deep End in the USA. The album cover is a parody of the underwater baby shot on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind, with Yankovic pursuing a doughnut replacing the baby pursuing a dollar bill.
120,000 fans see Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Tears For Fears and Elton John at The Silver Clef Award Winners Concert at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, England, UK.
On his Manic Nirvana tour, Robert Plant plays at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
Noted be-bop jazz trumpeter Red Rodney dies aged 66 of lung cancer in Boynton Beach, Florida, USA. He was a vital force in the bands of Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa and Charlie Parker, to name only a few.
Paramore announce, via a statement posted on their official website that guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro, have quit the band.
tUnE-yArDs play the third of four nights at The Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, USA, supported by Cibo Matto.
On their 50th Anniversary tour, The Who play at The KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
On their 50th Anniversary tour, The Who play at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
On their 113-date Concrete and Gold tour, Foo Fighters play at London Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Kills, Slaves and Starcrawlers.
Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist with Rush, dies aged 67 from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, in Santa Monica, California, USA.