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Fiddlin' John Carson becomes the first country music performer to play live on WSB Radio in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The 2,920 seat Paramount Theatre, equipped with a Wurlitzer 4Manual/20Ranks theatre organ, opens in Manchester, UK. The first presentation stars Maurice Chevalier in The Love Parade, plus a variety show on stage.
Les Hite's California band, and Slim Gaillard's novelty group, play the first night of a week at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff headline Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA, for the first of two nights. This is the first country music show ever presented in that venue, and people had to be turned away from the doors.
Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Witherspoon and Floyd Dixon play the first of three nights as part of a Battle Of The Bands at the Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Three major pop music acts make their debuts on the Ed Sullivan tv Show in New York City, USA. Buddy Holly And The Crickets, Sam Cooke and The Rays.
The Mighty Clouds Of Joy record Jesus Lead Us Safely and Ain't Got Long Here, at Goldstar Studios, Houston, Texas. The tracks will become their debut single for Peacock Records.
Rockabilly vocalist Wanda Jackson plays the first of four nights in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
The Crickets release a new album, In Style With The Crickets, on Coral Records in the USA. This is their first album without Buddy Holly.
Frank Sinatra ios featured on the cover of the first edition of a new publication, Show Business Illustrated, in the USA.
The Clefs Of Calvary record Save Me, Trouble Of This World and other tracks in their first session for Tru-Sound Records in New York City, USA. The group includes Lou Rawls and James Phelps.
Jet Harris And Tony Meehan, a UK instrumental duo formed by ex-members of The Shadows, release their debut single, Diamonds.
A somewhat stoned Bob Dylan, under the pseudonym of Blind Boy Grunt, spends the first of two days of recording with Eric Von Schmidt and Richard Farina in Dobell's record shop basement at Charing Cross, London, England, UK, Europe.
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John Lee Hooker begins his first British tour at The Flamingo Club, London, UK, with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers as his backing band. By the time the tour reaches Manchester, Mayall's band has been replaced by The Groundhogs.
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Yesterday's Gone the debut single by Chad And Jeremy (Chad Stuart And Jeremy Clyde) on World Artists Records enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No21.
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Duke Ellington performs Black - the first part of his jazz symphony Black, Brown and Beige - during a concert at The White House, Washington DC, USA.
The Magnificent Men play during a week of shows at The Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA. This marks the first appearance of an all-white group at The Apollo.
The Bee Gees enter Polydor Studios, 19 Stratford Place, London, England, UK, Europe, to begin recording their debut UK album, Bee Gees' 1st.
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Tom Lehrer heads up a benefit concert for The Concerned Citizens For Peace at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC, USA. Also on the bill are the New Lost City Ramblers and Lion's Den.
Steppenwolf earn their first gold disc from the R.I.A.A. in the USA, for the hit single Born To Be Wild.
UK weekly tv music charts show Top Of The Pops is broadcast in colour for the first time.
Jimmy Cliff scores his first hit in the USA when Wonderful World, Beautiful People enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart, where it will peak at No7.
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The month-long Metal For Muthas tour, headlined for the first eleven shows by Iron Maiden begins at Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Channel 4 tv in the UK begins a new rock show, Gastank, hosted by Yes keyboard wiz Rick Wakeman, and featuring 'worthy' rockers rather than currently trendy acts – Eric Burdon appears in the first edition.
It is announced that with Billie Jean and Thriller, Michael Jackson has become the first artist to simultaneously occupy the No1 positions in the Billboard US Rock Albums and Singles charts plus the Billboard US R&B Albums and Singles charts.
Stephen Barker Liles is born in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA. He will become a founding member of the band Love And Theft, known for its 2009 debut, Runaway, and for its 2012 hit Angel Eyes. He will also provide the inspiration for the Taylor Swift song Hey Stephen (2008) on her album Fearless.
Commercial station Capital Radio in London, England, UK, Europe, launches its own pop chart, known as the Network Chart, the first serious competition for the long-established Gallup/Music Week/BBC chart.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the first of three nights at Nishinomiya Stadium, Hyogo, near Osaka, Japan.
Wilson Phillips release their debut LP, Wilson Phillips, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Now re-issued, Elton John's 55th single, Sacrifice, enters the UK charts. It goes on to become the first UK No1 of his lengthy career.
When Inspiral Carpets headline the second day of The Reading Festival, Reading, England, UK, Europe, the band's roadie, Noel Gallagher, makes his first onstage appearance at Reading as half of a pantomime cow during their set. Also on the bill are The Wedding Present, The Buzzcocks, Billy Bragg, Ride, The Young Gods, The Chills and Psychic TV. Young Mr. Gallagher will find greater fame as a founder of Oasis. Deejay for the event is John Peel.
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Grand Daddy I.U. releases his debut LP, Smooth Assassin, on Cold Chillin' records in the USA.
In response to music trade adverts, the original five Spice Girls (with Michelle Stephenson rather than Baby Spice Emma Bunton) meet for the first time.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Paranaque City/Asia World, Manila, Philippines, to an audience of 55,000.
Everywhere We Go by Kenny Chesney is awarded double-platinum album status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Van Morrison releases a new album, What's Wrong With This Picture, his first for the revered jazz label, Blue Note.
The Rolling Stones play the first of two nights at the The Hong Kong Harbour Fest. The festival is part of a government-underwritten HK$1 billion program of high profile concerts running for almost a month, intended to help revive the economy of Hong Kong after the SARS epidemic.
First day of the four day long Calgary Folk Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Artists appearing over the course of the event include Shelby Lynne, Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco), Steve Earle and Arrested Development.
Wonderland by McFly makes its debut at No1 in the Official UK Albums Chart. Late Registration by Kanye West enters at No2.
Bob Dylan releases his 32nd studio album, Modern Times, in the USA on Columbia Records. It goes on to become his first US No1 album since Desire in 1976.
The Maccabees release Pelican, as the first single from their upcoming album Given To The Wild on Fierce Panda records in the UK.
Born To Die by Lana Del Rey reaches No9 in the UK Singles Chart. It is the first single and title track from her second album, Born To Die.
Marcus Collins, Liverpool-born runner-up in the eighth series of tv talent show The X Factor in 2011, releases his debut single, Seven Nation Army, a cover of a White Stripes song. It will peak at No9 in the UK pop singles chart.
Bastille release their first official single, Overjoyed, on Virgin Records in the UK.
Rapper 2 Chainz releases his debut album, Based On A T.R.U. Story, as a digital download in Hungary, Europe.
Stone Sour play the first of two nights at The O2 Academy, Brixton, London, England, UK, with guests Papa Roach.
Kiesza releases her debut single, Hideaway as a digital download on Lokal Legend Records in the USA.
Paul McLinden releases a new album, Head Happy, on One Inch Punch Records in the UK.
Junk Machine release their debut LP, Inner Child Labour, on Apollon Records in the UK.
On his Botanical Gardens tour, Don McLean plays the first of four nights at Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.