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Danny Alvin is born in New York City, USA. He will find success as a jazz drummer and bandleader. Over the course of his career, he will play with Sidney Bechet, George Brunis, Buck Clayton, Wild Bill Davison, Wingy Manone, Joe Marsala, Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow and George Zack.
Richard Coughlan is born in Herne Bay, Kent, UK. He will find success as drummer with Canterbury Scene prog-rock band Caravan.
One-man-band Joe Hill Louis records I Feel Like A Million and Heartache Baby, for Modern Records at Memphis Recording Service, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (Chris Griffin, Ruby Braff, Bernie Privin, and Carl Poole on trumpet; Will Bradley, Cutty Cutshall, and Vernon Brown on trombone; Hymie Schertzer and Paul Ricci on alto saxophone; Boomie Richman and Al Klink on tenor saxophone; Sol Schlinger on baritone saxophone; Mel Powell on piano; Steve Jordan on guitar; George Duvivier on bass; and Bobby Donaldson on drums) record Jersey Bounce, When I Grow Too Old To Dream, You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me, Blue Lou, Jumping At The Woodside, Stompin' At The Savoy, and Sent For You Yesterday in New York City, USA. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Goodman's album B.G. In Hi-Fi.
A jazz trio consisting of three UCLA students, Ray Manzarek on piano, John Hallibertan on bass and Sam Beale on drums, play at The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, California, USA. Manzarek will go on to become a founder member of The Doors.
The Dave Bailey Quintet records Comin' Home Baby, Lady Iris B, Two Feet In The Gutter, Coffe Walk and Shiny Stockings for Epic Records in New York City, USA.
Cozy Cole plays at The Living Room Lounge, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Hank Snow, with producer Chet Atkins, records Farther Along, Jesus Wept, Rich Man Am I and other tracks, in RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session includes guitarists Harold Bradley and Jerry Shook, steel guitarist Joseph Tanner, bassist Junior Huskey, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Hargus Robbins, vibraphonist Joe Layne plus The Anita Kerr Singers.
The Dave Clark Five appear on tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
The Kinks, The Yardbirds and Goldie And The Gingerbreads play another show in their 21-date British tour, at The Capitol Cinema, Cardiff, Wales, UK. During the show, Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies kicks over Mick Avory's drumkit. Avory retaliates by throwing a cymbal at Davies, who crashes to the stage with a gashed head. The Kinks will be replaced on remaining dates by The Walker Brothers.
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Jazz drummer and songwriter Denzil Da Costa Best dies as a result of a fractured skull caused by falling down the stairway in a subway in New York City, USA. In a long career he had worked with Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Illinois Jacquet, Errol Garner, George Shearing, Nina Simone and many others.
Merle Haggard records If I Could Be Him, Shade Tree and This Town's Not Big Enough, with producers Ken Nelson and Fuzzy Owen, in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Musicians on the session include guitarists Roy Nichols and Lewis Ley , steel guitarist Ralph Mooney, bassists Bert Dodson and Robert Morris, drummer Helen Price and pianist George French Jr. Harmony vocals are supplied by Billy Mize and Bonnie Owens.
The Who play at the Red Lion, Leytonstone, UK.
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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The Who play at The Royal, Tottenham, North London, England, UK, Europe.
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The Who, Small Faces and Paul Jones play at The Royal Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
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Jacqueline Daltrey, wife of The Who's singer Roger Daltrey, sues for divorce. On the other side of the world, The Who, The Small Faces and Paul Jones, play at The Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania.
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The Who play at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Ronnie Bond, drummer of The Troggs, collapses from exhaustion and is unable to play with the band for the next week.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its last ever UK concert, at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe. Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood watch the show together from a box.
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Pinball Wizard by The Who enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No19.
The Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra records It Only Happens Every Time and Tiptoe for Blue Note Records in A + R Studios, New York City, USA.
Genesis play the last of four nights at The Palais des Sports, Paris, France, Europe, during which they have recorded some tracks for a live double LP, Seconds Out.
Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA publishes its Top 100 Pop Albums of the year, with the Top 10 as follows :

1. SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER - Bee Gees/Various Artists/Soundtrack (RSO)

2. GREASE - John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John/Soundtrack (RSO)

3. RUMOURS - Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros.)

4. THE STRANGER - Billy Joel (Columbia)

5. AJA - Steely Dan (ABC)

6. FEELS SO GOOD - Chuck Mangione (A&M)


8. SIMPLE DREAMS - Linda Ronstadt (Asylum)

9. POINT OF KNOW RETURN - Kansas (Kirshner)

10. SLOWHAND - Eric Clapton (RSO)

Bob Marley And The Wailers play at Vorst Nationaal, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.
The Police finish recording the album Zenyatta Mondatta at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland, Europe.
Rock drummer and bandleader Keef Hartley opens his own night club in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Police play the first of two nights at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
The Police play at The Lloyd Noble Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
Toto play in Vigorelli Stadium, Milan, Italy, Europe.
On their Mirage tour, Fleetwood Mac play in Dallas, Texas, USA.
The Police play at Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada.
Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara attend a Variety Club party in London, England, UK, Europe, to celebrate UK pop star Tommy Steele's 25 years in showbiz.
Shortly after drummer Rick Allen is seriously injured in an accident, the rest of Def Leppard fly to Holland, Europe, to continue recording their next album. On the same day, Paul McCartney turns down a $1m offer to appear as a wealthy British landowner on eight episodes of tv soap Dallas in the USA.
Phil Collins plays the second of five nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
Improvisational jazz combo The Recedents (featuring Lol Coxhill, Mike Cooper and Roger Turner) play at The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
Former Beatle Ringo Starr forms his own band named Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band.
Fleetwood Mac release their fifteenth LP, Behind The Mask, on Warner Bros. Records in the USA.
On his Seriously, Live! tour, Phil Collins plays the third of five nights at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Pete McNeal, a drummer known for his work with several well known artists including Cake and Norah Jones is arrested on child molestation charges in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Nightwish announce that founding member and drummer Jukka Nevalainen will not be part of their upcoming album due to his very difficult insomnia. Kai Hahto of Wintersun will replace him for the album and the upcoming tour.
Within hours of each other, drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick announce that they are quitting Megadeth for musical reasons.
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An exhibition of rarely-seen photographs taken by Ringo Starr of The Beatles opens at The National Portrait Gallery in London, England, UK. The exhibition is timed to coincide with publication of the book Photograph by Ringo Starr.
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Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth joins experimental electric guitar quartet Dither and drummer Brian Chase (formerly of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, USA, during the Ecstatic Music Festival. The collaborators perform Hurricane Transcriptions, pieces derived from Ranaldo's recordings of wind whipping through tall buildings in New York City during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
On their Concrete and Gold tour, Foo Fighters plasy at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Oceania, supported by Weezer.
On their Concrete and Gold tour, Foo Fighters play at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
On their 113-date Concrete and Gold tour, Foo Fighters play at The State Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, supported by The Struts.
On their An Evening With Fleetwood Mac tour (86 shows in all), Fleetwood Mac play at The Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.