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Violin player James Scott Skinner makes his first recordings for Berliner in Glasgow, Scotland. Over the next few days he will record The Bluebells Of Scotland, Flowers Of The Forest, MacPherson's Rant and several others.
The Three Westons are providing 'musicalities', Alf Holt does 'whistling and mimetic comedy', and Jessie Dale is the 'phenomenal girl baritone' on the first of seven nights at The Orpheum, San Francisco, California, USA.
On their first national tour, country music stars The Sons Of The Pioneers
play the second of two nights at The C-Bar-C Ranch, Elverson, Pennsylvania, USA.
And His Bluegrass Boys record Blue Moon Of Kentucky
, Toy Heart and Heavy Traffic Ahead, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Columbia Records
. The tracks feature Earl Scruggs on banjo and Lester Flatt on guitar, and are widely considered to be the first bluegrass recordings.
plays two shows in one day, both in Stamford, Texas. The first is at Stamford High School Auditorium, and second is at Roundup Hall.
Terry Chambers, the first drummer of XTC
is born in a nursing home on Westlecot Road
, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
become the first rock'n'roll group to score a Billboard
hit album in the USA when their eponymous LP enters the chart, where it will peak at No7 during a 26-week stay.
enter the UK singles chart with Apache
, which will peak at No1. This will prove to be the first of many instrumental hits for the group.
John Lee Hooker
plays the first of fifteen nights of shows at Gerde's Folk City, New York City, USA.
for drugs when police officers led by the infamous Sgt. Norman Pilcher raid his flat in Alexander Court, Maida Vale, London, UK, and find him in possession of hash. Pilcher will pursue a high-profile campaign against drug-taking pop stars and will arrest members of both The Beatles
and The Rolling Stones
. He will inspire the Primus song Pilcher's Squad, and is also said to have been the inspiration for the line "Semolina Pilchard climbing up the Eiffel Tower" in The Beatles
' song I Am The Walrus.
Donovan becomes the first high-profile pop musician to be
The Bee Gees
enter Polydor Studios, 19 Stratford Place, London, England, UK, Europe, to begin recording their debut UK album, Bee Gees
release their debut single, America
, in the UK. The track, an organ-dominated prog-rock re-interpretation of the Leonard Bernstein showstopper from the musical West Side Story, will land the group deep in controvery.
Gem Productions makes a first payment of £2,000 to its client David Bowie
, as his share of the first monies paid under Bowie’s new contract with RCA Records.
The Teardrop Explodes release their debut album, Kilimanjaro
, in the UK.
release their debut single, Hand In Glove, in the UK, on Rough Trade Records.
Wham! are preparing for their first Chinese concert, in Peking.
's controversial Pepsi commercial, featuring Like A Prayer, airs for the first time on tv, as part of a $5m sponsorship deal.
Blues-band The Hoax play their first professional gig, for a fee of
's first US promo single is released on Epic Records, featuring the band's compositions Alive and Wash plus a version of The Beatles
' I've Got A Feeling. On the same day, Paul McCartney
plays a secret gig in the Zeleste Club, Barcelona, Spain.
No Fences and Ropin' The Wind by Garth Brooks
become the first country albums certified for shipments of 6m units in the USA. Simultaneously his self-titled LP is awarded triple-platinum status by the R.I.A.A.
On his first self-funded visit to the USA, Ed Sheeran
attracts the attention of Jaimie Foxx at an open mic night in Foxx's club The Foxxhole.
The album 21
becomes the first album to sell a million units on iTunes in Europe. The album has achieved the feat in just 11 months.
10,000 tickets for One Direction
's first tour of New Zealand sell out within ten minutes of going on sale.
's 26th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert
plays the first of two days at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, USA. This year's line-up includes Neil Young
And Crazy Horse
, Jack White, Guns N' Roses, The Flaming Lips
, Sarah McLachlan
, Foster The People, Lucinda Williams
, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang, Gary Clark Jr. and Ray LaMontagne.
releases her debut album, Waking, on Bohemia Rose Records in the UK.
A BBCtv-funded all-star rendition of The Beach Boys classic God Only Knows
is aired for the first time at 8.00pm in the UK. This new performance features Brian Wilson
(the song’s writer) Sir Elton John
, One Direction
, Stevie Wonder
, Pharrell Williams
, Jake Bugg
, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue
, Paloma Faith
, Sam Smith
, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde
, Brian May, Dave Grohl
, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum
, Jaz Dhami, the BBC’s Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland
. They are joined by the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.