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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.
Betty Dennis, singer with The Squadronaires and the Sidney Torch Orchestra, marries saxophonist Cliff Townshend in Pontypool, Wales. Their first son will be Pete Townshend, leader of The Who.
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 Crickets release a new album, In Style With The Crickets, on Coral Records in the USA. This is their first album without Buddy Holly.
Jazz saxophonist Eddie Harris records Exodus To Jazz, his Vee-Jay Records debut albumin Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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.
Bobby Rydell plays the first of four nights at the New Latin Quarter, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Bobby Rydell plays the first night of a week at The Holiday House, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Isley Brothers play the first of nine nights at The Peppermint Lounge West, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Aretha Franklin, Bobby Bland, Gene Chandler, The Tams and others play the first of seven nights at The Regal, Chicago, Illinois, 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.
Although they scored their first hit, The Lonely Bull, in 1962, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass play their first live gig as headliners, in San Francisco, California, USA.
The Who, formerly The Detours, play their first gig using the name under which they will find success, at The Oldfield Tavern, Greenford, West London, UK.
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Liza Minnelli 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.
John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles consume LSD for the first time in a Bayswater Road, London, UK, flat, causing them to miss a show by Paddy, Klaus and Gibson at the Pickwick Club.
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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 Jackson 5 makes its live debut as a Motown act, at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA.
Dolly Parton 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.
Eric Clapton's solo debut album, Eric Clapton, peaks at No13 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA.
On their first national tour, The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play at the Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois.
Pink Floyd spend the first of three days rehearsing a new suite of music which will become their album Dark Side Of The Moon, at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK.
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Powerpop band Blue Ash begin recording their debut album, No More, No Less at Peppermint Productions, Youngstown, Ohio, USA.
Planet Waves by Bob Dylan and The Band reaches No1 in the Billboard US albums chart, his first album to do so.
Abba 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.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at The Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Timeless All-Stars play the first of six nights at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, California, USA.
Paul Hardcastle achieves his first UK chart entry with You're The One For Me, which will peak at No41.
It's Over 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.
Ghostland release their debut LP, Ghostland, on East West Records in the UK.
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Gretchen Wilson releases her debut LP, Here For The Party, on Epic Records in the USA.
R. Kelly 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.
The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, a six-day event with Jamie Cullum as its director and Gregory Porter as Artist-In-Residence, begins at venues in Cheltenham, UK. Dionne Warwick headlines the first night.
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.
The Vamps release their debut album, Meet The Vamps, on Mercury/Virgin Records in the UK.
Spandau Ballet 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.
Dori Freeman 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".
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