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becomes the first person to be hanged during The Salem Witch
, for "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft And
Sorceries". The Salem Witch trials will fuel the imaginations of
authors, film-makers and songwriters for centuries to come. Among
the notable songs inspired by these despicable events are Bridget Bishop Will Have Her Revenge On Salem Mass
Prez (2006), American Witch by Rob Zombie (2006), Witch Hunt by
Rush (1981), The Dead Can't Testify by Billy Talent
and Hunting For
Witches by Bloc Party
At Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, USA,
The Savoy Orpheans
record Let Me Be The First To Kiss You Good Morning, Sally Lou, Haunting Melody [waltz] and Wagneriana, for HMV Records
in Hayes, Middlesex, UK.
The first automatic record changer is introduced by His Master's Voice.
The Gumm Sisters play the first of three nights at the Fox West Coast Theatre, Long Beach, California, USA. One of the sisters, Frances Gumm, will go on to achieve stardom after a name change to Judy Garland
Joseph Leon Williams is born in Mobile, Alabama, USA. He will find success as blues guitarist and singer Jody Williams
, after moving to Chicago, where he will be considered the first great stringbender on that city's blues scene.
For the first time, all three major radio networks in the USA (CBS, NBC, and Mutual) simultaneously broadcast the same program, a benefit concert from Radio City Music Hall
, New York City, USA, for the American National Red Cross.
is born in Elton, Louisiana, USA. He will make his recording debut as the guitarist on Boozoo Chavis
' first single, Paper In My Shoe, the record that will put zydeco music on the map.
The Spaniels record Baby It's You, Sloppy Drunk, Since I Fell For You and Bounce in Universal Recorders, Chicago, Illinois, USA. They will become the first tracks to be released by Vee-Jay Records
records his first version of Folsom Prison Blues at Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
plays the first of two nights at The Club Baby Doll, 7309 Vincennes Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
visit the offices of Record Mirror
, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK, to be interviewed about having released their first single.
Recently added guitarist Jeff Beck
has his first recording session as a member of The Yardbirds
, in London. They record Steeled Blues.
release their debut single, Arnold Layne
, in the UK. It is immediately banned by the BBC because of its subject matter. That night they play at The Technical College, Canterbury, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
debut in the UK singles chart with their cover version of Robert Knight's US hit Everlasting Love
. The song will bring into the open the practice of recordings using session men instead of bona fide group members.
And The Holding Company play the first of two nights at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA. Both nights are recorded and will be released as the album Live At Winterland 68.
Crosby, Stills And Nash
release their debut single, Marrakesh Express
, in the UK on Atlantic Records
. The song was inspired by a train trip taken by Graham Nash
when he visited Morocco in 1966. Nash told Rolling Stone magazine that at first he traveled in the first-class compartment, but he found it boring, so he went to sit with the regular travellers and their "ducks and pigs and chickens."
and The Band play the first of two nights at the Capitol Center, Washington DC.
's debut single, Killing An Arab
, originally released on the indie Small Wonder label is re-released by Fiction, a new company set up with distribution via the major Polydor Records
During a 23-date US tour, performing mostly religious
material, Bob Dylan
plays the first of three nights at the Paramount Northwest, Seattle, Oregon.
play in New York City, their support band is Def Leppard
, making their first live appearance in the USA.
Imagine by John Lennon
reaches No1 in the UK singles chart, for the first of four weeks.
Pet Shop Boys
embark on their first live tour, taking in Hong Kong, Japan and the UK.
Jazz guitarist, bandleader, composer, vocalist and recording artist Malcolm Mitchell
dies in Bognor Regis, Sussex, UK. Among many other achievements, he was the first British musician to play with Duke Ellington
and earn money for doing so. [N.B. In 1933, the Duke of Windsor had insisted on sitting in on drums with the Ellington band when it visited Britain but he didn't get paid].
make an appeal to 'Wikipedia enthusiasts' via a posting on their website, in an effort to have inaccuracies in the Wikipedia entry on the band corrected.
Newly released figures show that digital music sales revenues have overtaken physical revenues in the UK
as the recorded music market returned to growth in the first quarter of 2012. Digital services accounted for 55.5% of UK recorded music revenues in Q1 of 2012, and income from subscription streaming platforms nearly doubled to just under 9m UK Pounds.
Classical and experimental cellist Oliver Coates releases his debut album, Towards The Blessed Islands, on PRAH Records in the UK.
release their debut LP, Hajk, on Jansen Plateproduksjon Records in the UK, Europe.