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"The inimitable coloured comedians" Williams And Walker present their musical comedy show Sons Of Ham for the first of three nights at The Marquam Grand Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA.
The first stage musical version of The Wizard Of Oz opens at The Majestic Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, starring Fred Stone as the Scarecrow and his stage comedy duo partner David Montgomery as the Tin Woodman.
Nashville dance band leader Francis Craig undertakes his first recording session in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, at which he records Marble Halls and Steady Roll Blues. He will go on to write the 1947 pop hit Near You, which will become a country hit for George Jones and Tammy Wynette in 1977.
Frank Sinatra spends his first day as a student at Demarest High School in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA.
Buddy Holley (later to find fame as Buddy Holly) begins his second year at Roscoe Wilson Elementary School, Lubbock, Texas, USA.
Fritz Kreisler, Donald Voorhees and The Bell Telephone Orchestra appear on Music From America, an edition of The Telephone Hour on American Forces Radio. The first selection played is All Through The Night.
Anson Weeks And His Orchestra play the first of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
Johnnie Ray achieves his first Billboard Singles Chart in the USA entry with Cry.
The Stargazers become the first British group to reach No1 in the UK singles chart with their single Broken Wings. Stargazers' member Fred Dachtler is the father of Clark Datchler of 80's group Johnny Hates Jazz.
An advert in music trade magazine Billboard in the USA announces the arrival of a new star, Pat Boone, described as 'a great new voice', on Dot Records. His newly released debut single is Two Hearts, Two Kisses, One Love.
Little Willie John has his first recording session for King Records in New York City. He records a version of Titus Turner's newly released All Around the World (Grits Ain't Groceries), with a backing group that includes Champion Jack Dupree.
A Sun Records package tour featuring Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash plays its first date in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Gene Vincent arrives at Heathrow airport in the UK for his first British tour and tv appearances.
Marlene Dietrich plays the first of eight nights at The Shubert Theater, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Her musical director on these shows is Burt Bacharach.
Barbra Streisand makes her tv debut when she sings A Sleepin' Bee on tv's Jack Paar Show, in the NBC-tv studios, New York City, USA.
The first successful prosecution of record bootleggers takes place in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
James Marshall Hendrix [later to find fame as Jimi Hendrix] is promoted to Private First Class in the US Army.
Freddie King plays the first of three nights at The Hines Farm Blues Club, Swanton, Ohio, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at Caf
I Can't Explain, the debut single by The Who, reaches No40 in the UK singles chart.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, young Canadian songwriter Stephen Stills registers his first song for copyright ā€“ Don't You Feel Rained On? Stills will go on to fame as a member of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young, and Manassas, as well as releasing several solo albums.
A new West German tv rock series, Beat Club, makes its first broadcast from Bremen, Germany, Europe, under the auspices of the regional TV network Radio Bremen.
The Doors make their tv debut, performing Break On Through, on the show Shebang, in KTLA-TV studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Loretta Lynn scores her first No1 in the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA with Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind).
Diana Ross and The Supremes headline the First Annual Motown Sales Convention at The Roostertail nightclub, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Other acts appearing include Stevie Wonder, The Spinners and Gladys Knight And The Pips.
The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is pre-taped for the first time in its history, to allow for video-taping of The Country Music Association Awards show which will be shown in NBC-tv on October 30.
The first of two nights by The Doors at the H.I.C. Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, is cancelled by the auditorium officials who claim that the show is not 'in the best interest of the people of Hawaii, USA.' The mayor adds, 'They can keep their dirty habits to themselves.'
Ginger Baker's Airforce, a 13 strong band including Steve Winwood, Graham Bond and Denny Laine, makes its debut in Amsterdam, Holland, Europe.
Chicago play the first night of a week at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. The entire week of shows is recorded and will be released as a 4-LP set entitled Chicago At Carnegie Hall. It will become the best-selling box set by a rock act, until 1986 when Bruce Springsteen releases the Live/1975-85 5 LP live box.
The second day of a two-day rock festival is held at Radstadion Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, Europe. Artists appearing over the two days include Uriah Heep, Beck, Bogert And Appice (including Jeff Beck), Family, Strawbs, Osibisa, The Groundhogs, Thin Lizzy, Roy Wood's Wizzard, U.F.O., Ekseption, The Edgar Broughton Band, Vinegar Joe, Gentle Giant and Chicken Shack.
Queen play the first of two nights at The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the first of three nights at Matsishita Denki Taiibukan, Hirakata City, Osaka Fu, Japan.
Debbie Harry of Blondie releases her first solo album, KooKoo on Chrysalis Records in the USA. Its highest charting single, Backfired, peaks at No43 in the USA, but the album still sells over 500,000 copies.
Obscure American band R.E.M. make their British live debut at the tiny club, Dingwalls, in North London, England, UK, Europe.
Nirvana are recording their debut album, Bleach, at Reciprocal Recording Studios, Seattle, Washington.
On his Nude Tour Prince plays the first of fifteen non-consecutive nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK.
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Punk rock band The Squids play at The Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA. This is the first of many gigs at the venue for the band.
U2's Zoo TV Tour - Outside Broadcast arrives in the USA, for the first of two shows at Giants Stadium, New Jersey. During the afternoon, Bono is photographed in the jacuzzi in his New York hotel suite.
Canadian folk-rock duo Dala signs its first major record deal with Universal Music.
Frank Ocean's debut EP, Nostalgia Ultra, is released to iTunes via Def Jam.
On her Femme Fatale tour, Britney Spears plays the first of two nights at The Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
On her California Dreams tour Katy Perry plays the first of two nights at The O2 Arena, London, UK.
The Stone Roses play their first gig together in sixteen years - a suprise show for 1500 fans at Parr Hall, Warrington, England, UK, Europe, to launch their imminent comeback tour. Lifelong fan Liam Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, is in the audience.
It is announced that rapper Amplify Dot has been signed to Virgin Records/EMI on a long-term recording deal, making her the first female rapper in the UK to receive a major label album deal in over a decade, the last being Ms. Dynamite.
The Killers play the first of two nights at The LG Arena, Birmingham, UK, supported by Tegan and Sara.
Madonna plays the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
On his 20/20 Experience World Tour, Justin Timberlake plays the first of two nights at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Park Ji-yeon of Korean girl group T-ara releases her solo debut EP, Never Ever (1 Min 1 Sec), on Core Contents/KT Music in Korea, Asia.
On her 1989 World Tour Taylor Swift plays the first of two nights at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Vance Joy and Shawn Mendes.
On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play at The First Direct Arena, Leeds, England, Europe.
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