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During a German air raid, the London String Quartet under Alfred Hobday records Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in G Minor in the offices of Columbia Records in Clerkenwell Road, London, UK. The sound of bombs exploding half a mile away is clearly audible when the recordings are issued.
Music hall star George Formby records You Can't Keep A Growing Lad Down and It's No Use Looking At Me, for Decca Records in London, UK.
A General Election is held in the UK, and the Labour Party wins with a majority of just five seats, despite polling over one and a half million votes more than the Conservative Party. The election will inspire Calypsonian Lord Beginner to write and record his song General Election, based on events he saw at Piccadilly Circus in London while waiting for the election result to be announced.
Skiffle king Lonnie Donegan plays at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
Howlin' Wolf releases the album Howlin' Wolf [also known as the Rocking Chair album] on Chess Records in the USA. The album includes the song You'll Be Mine which will 'inspire' Marc Bolan to write his remarkably similar T.Rex hit Jeepster in 1971.
The Beatles play at Heswall Jazz Club, in The Barnston Women's Institute, Wirral, UK. Also on the bill are Gerry And The Pacemakers.
The Rolling Stones play at The Flamingo Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe, for the first time.
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Adam Faith appears on UK tv show Crackerjack.
The Dynamics release a new single, Misery, in the USA on Big Top Records in the USA. The song will 'inspire' Pete Meaden, manager of London-based band The High Numbers, to write a song called Zoot Suit which they will release as their debut single in 1964. Musically identical to Misery, Zoot Suit will not be a hit, but the High Numbers will find global success under another name, The Who.
Rod Stewart makes his debut with Long John Baldry's Hoochie Coochie Men at The Marquee, London, UK. (The Hoochie Coochie Men are, effectively, The Cyril Davies All-Stars, re-named in the wake of Davies' recent death).
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Cliff Richard makes a guest appearance on UK tv show The Best Of Both Worlds.
Adam Faith And The Roulettes release a new album, It's Alright, in Canada on Capitol Records.
The Kinks set off on a tour of Scandinavia, Europe, which will last until the 10th.
Freddie And The Dreamers release a new album, In Orbit, in Canada on Capitol Records.
The Beatles' new single, Help!, hits No1 in the UK, where it will remain for three weeks.
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The Alan Price Set plays at The Oxford Cellar, Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK, Europe.
The Alan Price Set plays at The Ricky Tick Club, Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK, Europe.
Twenty thousand hippies turn out for The Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA, with music from Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother And the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Similar events are held on the same day in Los Angeles and New York City, and the Human Be-In is widely regarded as the starting point of the Summer Of Love. Numerous songs will be inspired by the ideas and philosophy of The Summer Of Love, including San Francisco by Scott McKenzie, Get Together by The Youngbloods and All You Need Is Love by The Beatles.
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The album McGough And McGear, by Roger McGough and Mike McGear (real name Mike McCartney) is released in the UK, Europe. The album is produced by Mike's brother, Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
UK music paper the NME (New Musical Express) reports that bassist Noel Redding has quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and that drummer Mitch Mitchell is also thinking of leaving.
Deep Purple play at The Roundhouse, Dagenham, UK.
Aerosmith play at Max's Kansas City, New York City, USA. The band is seen at this show by Columbia Records' boss Clive Davis, who subsequently signs them to a $125,000 deal with the label.
The Specials play at The Arts Centre, Poole, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Swinging Cats.
Hambi And The Dance play at The Polytechnic, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Soft Cell release their final album, This Last Night In Sodom, on Some Bizzare Records in the UK.
New Model Army play at The Porterhouse, Retford, England, UK, Europe.
The Exploited play at Adam And Eve's, Corn Exchange, Leeds, England, UK, Europe, supported by Reprisal.
Girlschool play at The Funhouse, Keighley, England, UK, Europe, with Harleyquyn.
The album So, by Peter Gabriel is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A. The album was recorded at Gabriel's Real World Studios complex in Box, Wiltshire, UK.
The Smiths play at the Bronco Bowl, Dallas, Texas, USA.
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Whitesnake play at The Myriad Convention Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
On her Farewell Tour, Tina Turner plays the third of five nights at The NEC Arena, Birmingham, England, UK.
The Cure broadcast a second evening of Cure FM, a pop-up pirate radio station, from the offices of Fiction Records in London, England, UK, Europe. The broadcast is, to a large extent, a promotional device for their album Mixed Up, which is released on this day.
The Rolling Stones play at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by The Pretenders.
On their Overgrown Eden tour, Inme play at Exeter University, Exeter, England, UK.
Mark Knopfler plays the first of two nights at Carnival City, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Marillion play at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
McFly play the second of three nights at The NEC Arena, Birmingham, England, UK.
The Arctic Monkeys release their debut single, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, on Domino Records in the UK. It will go straight to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, beating Sugababes and Robbie Williams.
Laura Marling plays at The Limelight, Belfast, Ireland, supported by Alessi's Ark.
On the European leg of his Symphonica - The Orchestral Tour, George Michael plays the second of two nights at the Arena Di Verona, Verona, Italy, Europe.
One Republic and The Script play at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View near San Francisco, California, USA.
Launching a campaign to protect the future of live music venues in the UK, Frank Turner writes to Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, calling on him to adopt the Agent of Change principle into UK law to halt the escalating threats to dedicated live music clubs and other community activities.
On her ArtRave : The Artpop Ball tour, Lady Gaga plays at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK.
Kid Rock releases a new single, First Kiss, on Parlophone Records in the UK.
On their 50th Anniversary tour, The Who play at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On their 100-date Global Spirit Tour, Depeche Mode play at The Commerzebank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany, Europe.
On the European leg of their This House Is Not For Sale tour, Bon Jovi play at Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, UK, Europe, supported by Manic Street Preachers.
Brian Eno is presented with a certificate to commemorate the recently discovered Asteroid 81948 being officially named after him. The presentation takes place at the prestigious science festival Starmus V, in Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Francis Rossi, formerly of Status Quo, plays at The Forum, Northallerton, England, UK, Europe.