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Musician, recording engineer and one of the earliest music producers, Fred Gaisberg of the Gramophone Company makes a diary entry on his first day of recording in Tokyo, Japan, Asia, stating, We made some 54 records. Japanese music is simply too horrible, but funny to relate, Europeans who have been long in the country profess to really enjoy it, and say that there is more in the music and acting than a casual observer would believe."
sells his influential record company, Black Swan Records
to Paramount Records. Black Swan Records was the first black-owned record company in the USA. Black Swan is often credited with having started the black music recording industry.
Fiddler Ed Poplin makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry
radio show in Nashville, Tennessee
, USA. playing for a full half-hour. Within weeks, he will organize The Old Time String Band, which will become a regular feature of the show.
When US jazz musician Luis Russell
records The New Call Of The Freaks
, the record is electrically faded out at the end. This is thought to have been the first use of a fade-out on a commercial recording.
Stay Away From Me
, co-written by The
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
Kerry Livgren, first keyboardist and guitar player for Kansas, is born in Topeka, Kansas, USA.
Prolific producer/songwriter Bob Crewe
scores his first US Top Ten hit when his composition Silhouettes
, performed by The Rays, rises from No15 to No6 in the Billboards US Top $0 singles chart.
250 copies of Mance Lipscomb
's album, Texas Sharecropper and Songster, [the very first Arhoolie Records
LP] arrive from the pressing plant. Arhoolie founder Chris Strachwitz helps glue the record sleeves together, stuff the discs into the sleeves along with an informative booklet, and generally make them
ready for sale to the public.
A new weekly music trade magazine, RPM, begins publication in Canada. weekly trade magazine. Until it closes on November 13, 2000, RPM will provide the definitive popular music charts in Canada.
San Francisco-based rock trio Blue Cheer
release their debut LP, Vincebus Eruptum
, on Phillips Records in the USA. Some critics have claimed that this is the first true heavy metal LP.
and The Band are rehearsing in Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles, California, for their first tour of the USA in eight years.
Prince And The Revolution debut several new songs including Purple Rain at First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine for the first time.
Five Star release their third single, All Fall Down
, on Tent Records in the UK. The song is co-written by Barry Blue and Robin Smith, and arranged by the members of Loose Ends. It will give the South London family group their first Top 40 entry, peaking at No15.
Paul Hardcastle begins five weeks at No1 in the UK with 19
, one of the first hit singles to make extensive use of computer sampling technology.
Money For Nothing
by Dire Straits
is the first video aired on the newly launched tv music channel MTV Europe. The song is particularly appropriate because it includes the line, "I want my MTV."
release their debut album, Ten, in the USA. On the same day, in advance of release, the single Smells Like Teen Spirit
by Nirvana is sent out to radio deejays.
Pam Tillis earns her first No1 single when Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) reaches the top of the Billboard
Country Singles Chart in the USA.
is forced to cancel the first show in his current European tour because of influenza. The tour begins instead in Prague in the Czech Republic, the following day.
release their debut single, We've Got It Goin' On, in the USA.
spends the first of two weeks at No1 in the UK albums chart. On the same day, Radiohead
's Big Top tour
plays the last of three nights at Punchestown Race Course, Ireland.
Courtney Love's re-formed band Hole
releases Nobody's Daughter
, its first album in ten years, in Japan, Asia.
On their 360 Degree
play the first of two nights in the Casa Arena, Horsens, Denmark, Europe, supported by Snow Patrol
On their first tour together in over twenty years, the surviving members of The Beach Boys
play at The Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville, Washington, USA.
Boxscore figures reveal that Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour
is on course to become one of the most successful treks of the year. The first 49 dates of the tour attracted 610,812 fans, and grossed $54.9m.
On the second North American leg of his ÷ Tour, Ed Sheeran
plays the second of two nights at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA, supported by Snow Patrol
At the age of 79, Bob Dylan
becomes the oldest artist to reach No1 in the UK charts with an album of new material. His 39th album, Rough And Rowdy Ways
, debuts at the top with 34,000 chart sales, including 29,000 purchased on CD.