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The North American Phonograph Company issues its first commercially available musical recordings.
The Arkansaw Traveler, a novelty song by popular recording artist Known as America's first recording star, dramatic/humourous recitation artist Len Spencer
, enters the US popular music chart, and will go on to sell around one million copies.
The movie The Jazz Singer
, starring blackface singer Al Jolson
, opens in New York City, USA. It is the first feature film to include speech and song.
The Hillbilly Boys
play their first show ever on WBAP Radio, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The group includes Texas governor and US Senator Wilbert Lee 'Pappy' O'Daniel, plus Leon Huff, Darrell Kirkpatrick, Connie Galvin, Clifford Wells and Ray Lundy.
Virginia Wynette Pugh is born in Itawamba County, Mississippi, USA. She will find international fame as country singer Tammy Wynette, nicknamed the First Lady of Country Music.
Blues Stay Away from Me, co-written by The Delmore Brothers
and Henry Glover, is recorded for King Records
in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Regarded by some as the first rock'n'roll record, it becomes a top five hit in 1949, and has a chart run of 23 weeks.
Doo-wop combo The Penguins
have their first recording session for their new label, Mercury Records
. They re-record four songs, Earth Angel, Ookey Ook, Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild and Hey Senorita, previously recorded for Dootone Records.
Liverpool, UK, band The Quarrymen play their first live show with new guitarist George Harrison
The Rodgers And Hammerstein soundtrack to the film South Pacific
, which first entered the UK album charts in 1958, returns to the No1 spot for the fourth time.
plays the first of four nights at the New Latin Quarter, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
The Isley Brothers
play the first of nine nights at The Peppermint Lounge West, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
The very first Motor Town Revue, starring The Supremes, Marvin Gaye
, The Miracles
, Mary Wells
, The Marvelettes
, Little Stevie Wonder
, The Contours, Martha And The Vandellas
and plays the eighth of ten nights at The Apollo Theater
, Harlem, New York City, USA.
formerly The Detours
, play their first gig using the name under which they will find success, at The Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, West London, UK.
makes her Broadway
, New York City, USA, debut in "Flora, The Red Menace" at The Alvin Theatre, playing a young woman whose boyfriend is a communist. The show closes after 87 performances, but Minnelli wins the Tony Award as best musical actress.
The Jackson 5
makes its live debut as a Motown
act, at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA.
releases her fourth studio album, My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, which will become her first Top 10 hit on the Billboard
album chart, peaking at No6.
The first edition of a new BBC Radio One series starring The Pentangle
is broadcast in the UK.
Powerpop band Blue Ash
begin recording their debut album, No More, No Less
at Peppermint Productions, Youngstown, Ohio, USA.
release a new single, Dancing Queen
, in the UK on Epic Records. On the same day, The First European Punk Rock Festival, is staged at Mont De Marsan, near Bordeaux, France. Acts on the bill include The Damned
, Count Bishops
, Nick Lowe, Pink Fairies, Eddie and the Hot Rods
, The Tyla Gang
and The Hammersmith Gorillas
Jean Michel Jarre
's first live concert, at the Place de la Concorde, Paris, France, Europe, draws an audience of one million people.
Paul Hardcastle achieves his first UK chart entry with You're The One For Me, which will peak at No41.
by Level 42 is the first CD Video single to be offered for sale in the UK - even though no CDV players have yet reached the shops.
releases her debut LP, Here For The Party, on Epic Records in the USA.
headlines the ARISE African Fashion Awards, Johannesburg, South Africa. This is the first time he has ever played in Africa.
On their Long Road Out Of Eden tour, The Eagles
play for the first time at The Hollywood Bowl
, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On the European leg of his Symphonica - The Orchestral Tour, George Michael
plays the first of three nights at Boxen Arena, Herning, Denmark.
On their first tour together in over twenty years, the surviving members of The Beach Boys
play at The Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas, USA.
Entering at No2, Stay The Night by Zedd and Hayley Williams of Paramore
is the highest debut of the week in the UK's Official Singles Chart.
are presented with a PRS For Music Heritage Award at the site of their first gig at The Blitz Club, Great Queen Street, London, UK.
Revolution Saints release their debut LP, Revolution Saints on Frontiers records in the UK.
releases her debut LP, Dori Freeman, on Free Dirt Records in the UK.
Swedish songwriter Raindear (real name Rebecca Bergcrantz) releases her debut LP, Embers, on Vanguard Music Boulevard Records in the UK.
As Barack Obama's Presidency of the USA comes to an end, several music stars say their farewells. Rihanna
posts a picture of Obama to Instagram along with the caption "worst break-up ever". Kendrick Lamar tweets "We really gonna miss you champ. The good you've done and opportunity’s you've given. Truly never know what we got til its gone. Thank u". One Republic write, "Goodbye Pres. Obama, thx for the service - u finally get to sleep in - SOAK IT UP!!" Lizzo describes Obama's departure as her "first heartbreak",and Bebe Rexha says, "You have a good heart".