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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.
The Original American Ragtime Octette play the first of six nights at The Hippodrome, Bristol, UK.
Will Rogers, Art Gillham [aka the Whispering Pianist], Wendell Hall, [aka The Red-Headed Music Maker], Carson Robison [aka The Grandaddy of the Hillbillies], The Eveready Quartet and The Waldorf Astoria Dance Orchestra perform on the WEAF Radio election night program - the first commercially sponsored national hook-up of eighteen radio stations across the USA, a precursor of network broadcasting.
Cab Calloway records the first million-selling jazz single - Minnie The Moocher - for Brunswick Records in New York City, USA. Minnie The Moocher is based on a 1927 song, Willie The Weeper by female impersonator Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon, and will followed two years later by blues pioneer Lonnie Johnson's Winnie The Wailer.
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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.
Bill Monroe 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.
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The Nat King Cole Trio perform Mona Lisa on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show [aka Toast Of The Town] in New York City, USA. This is the first of thirteen appearances on the show by Nat King Cole.
Britain scores its first Transatlantic chart topper when Forces Sweetheart Vera Lynn reaches No1 in the USA with Auf Weiderseh'n Sweetheart.
Elvis Presley 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, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Platters 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.
Bill Haley And His Comets play the first of three nights at the New Jersey State Fair, Trenton, New Jersey, USA.
The first Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars package tour plays in Houston, Texas, with acts including Paul Anka, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, Lavern Baker, Annette, The Coasters, The Skyliners and Bobby Rydell.
The first Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars package tour plays in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with acts including Paul Anka, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Annette, The Coasters, The Skyliners and Bobby Rydell.
The premiere of Conway Twitty's first movie, Platinum High School, is held in his home town of Helena, Arkansas, USA.
The Shadows 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.
Gene Pitney enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA for the first time with [I Wanna] Love My Life Away, appearing for just one week at No39.
John Lee Hooker plays the first of fifteen nights of shows at Gerde's Folk City, New York City, USA.
The Orlons debut on the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with The Wah-Watusi, which will peak at No2.
I Got You Babe, the debut single by Sonny And Cher, is released on Atco Records in the USA.
Donovan becomes the first high-profile pop musician to be busted 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.
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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band plays the first of three nights at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by the Charles Lloyd Quartet.
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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Amen Corner release their debut album, Round Amen Corner, in the UK, Europe.
The Nice 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.
Emerson, Lake And Palmer (aka ELP) release their eponymous debut LP in the USA. The album's striking cover art is by English painter Nic Dartnell.
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.
Joe Jackson releases his solo debut single, Is She Really Going Out With Him?, in the UK.
The Teardrop Explodes release their debut album, Kilimanjaro, in the UK.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany.
The Smiths release their debut single, Hand In Glove, in the UK, on Rough Trade Records.
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Wham! are preparing for their first Chinese concert, in Peking.
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Madonna's controversial Pepsi commercial, featuring Like A Prayer, airs for the first time on tv, as part of a $5m sponsorship deal.
En Vogue release their debut album, Born To Sing, in the USA.
Blues-band The Hoax play their first professional gig, for a fee of
Pearl Jam'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.
Lady Antebellum, the debut album country-rock trio Lady Antebellum, is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. for shipments of 1m copies in the USA.
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.
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The album 21 by Adele becomes the first album to sell a million units on iTunes in Europe. The album has achieved the feat in just 11 months.
Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO, the third single from their second album, Sorry For Party Rocking, reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA, for the first of two weeks.
10,000 tickets for One Direction's first tour of New Zealand sell out within ten minutes of going on sale.
Brian Eno wins his first Bafta for his soundtrack to Channel 4's gang thriller Top Boy in the British Academy Television Craft Awards, held at The Brewery, East London, England, UK, Europe.
Neil Young'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.
Lucy Kitchen releases her debut album, Waking, on Bohemia Rose Records in the UK.
On their AM Tour, Arctic Monkeys play the first of two nights at Finsbury Park, London, UK, supported by Tame Impala, Miles Kane and Royal Blood.
The UK's Official Charts Company announces that, beginning in July, The Official Singles Chart will include audio streams in its figures for the first time.
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, Lorde, 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.
Shoegaze pioneers Slowdive release Star Roving, their first new song in 22 years, and confirm that they are recording a new album for Dead Oceans Records.
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