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A 10-second recording of a singer performing the folk song Au Clair de la Lune is made in Paris, France, Europe, by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville, on his invention the phonautograph, a machine designed to record sounds visually, in soot on a glass surface, but incapable of playing the sounds back. Playback of this recording will not be effected until 2008 by a group of American audio historians. It is nevertheless, the first documented recording of a human voice.
The Moons, Dora Mervin, Mendel And Mack, Frank Ferez, Monroe, Brady And Hamilton, Hines And Kimball and Hinrich's Orchestra are providing the entertainment at Fischer's Concert House, San Francisco, California, USA.
Richards And Pringle's Famous Georgia Minstrels are playing at Sweeney And Coombs Opera House, Houston, Texas, USA.
Theodor Meir Bikel is born in Vienna, Austria, Europe. He will move to the USA and find fame as folk singer and actor Theo Bikel.
Billy Lee is born in Wright City, Missouri, USA. he will become a successful folk and country music fiddler and recording artist.
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra play a concert in Zurich, Switzerland. The show is recorded and will be released as the LP Live In Zurich.
Bob Dylan is recorded while performing Woody Guthrie songs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The recording will, in due course, surface as a bootleg entitled The Minnesota Party Tape.
Manu Chao is born in Paris, France, Europe. He will become the leader of Manu Negra, arguably the most important band in France during the 80s and 90s.
Columbia Records producer John Hammond Sr, is so impressed by Greenwich Village folkie Bob Dylan playing harmonica during a Carolyn Hester album session in New York City, USA, that he resolves to record the young man. This incident (and others around the same time) will inspire Dylan to write the song Talkin' New York which will appear on his debut LP in 1962.
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Folk duo Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor perform live on BBC-tv's nightly topical news magazine show, Tonight, in London, England, UK, Europe.
Connie Francis headlines The Venice Song Festival, Venice, Italy, Europe, for the second of two days.
The Kingston Trio release a new album, No16, in the USA on Capitol Records.
Flamenco guitar virtuoso Sabicas plays at The Berkshire Music Barn, Music Inn, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA.
Rich young Baltimore, Maryland, USA, farmer William Zantzinger is jailed for just six months for the murder of Hattie Carroll, a black barmaid. Zantzinger struck her with a walking cane and she died later the same day. When Bob Dylan reads news reports of the killing, he is so angered that he writes his song The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll.
Florida-based folk group The Vikings Three begin a week of shows at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK. Local paper, The Leicester Mercury headlines its highly favourable concert review, "The Dylan Magic Is Here To Stay".
The extended player Universal Soldier by Donovan tops the EP chart in the UK.
TV rock show Where The Action Is in the USA features Ray Peterson performing Corina, Corina and Bobby Freeman performing C'mon And Swim.
Bob Dylan is backed on a live gig by Levon And The Hawks for the first time at the Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas, USA. When questioned about God during a press conference before the gig Dylan retorts, "God is a woman ... you take it from there."
Harry Belafonte, Barbra Streisand, Phil Ochs plays at an Anti-Vietnam Concert in the Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, USA.
Peter, Paul And Mary appear on the Jonathan Winters Show on tv in the USA.
Tim Buckley and Mary McCaslin play the sixth of thirteen nights at Doug Weston's Troubadour, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Band release their mould-breaking debut album, Music From Big Pink, on Capitol Records in the USA. One of the songs, I Shall Be Released, is written by Bob Dylan, while two others, Tears Of Rage and This Wheel's On Fire, are co-written by Dylan.
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Fantasy-horror movie The Lost Continent is released to cinemas in the UK, Europe. Generally undistinguished, it is of interest to music fans for a substantial role played by English folk, pop and rock singer Dana Gillespie.
Bob Dylan spends Christmas at home in Woodstock, New York State, USA, with George Harrison of The Beatles as a house guest.
Roy Harper plays at Mothers, Erdington, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Gerry Lockran plays at The Bridgehouse, Borough Road, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Newport Jug Band.
Tom Paxton begins a European tour with a show at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
Bob Dylan releases his seventeenth album, Desire, in the USA on Columbia Records.
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Bob Dylan plays at the Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. @BobDylan
Folk-rocker Steve Forbert plays in Portland, Oregon, USA.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the fifth of six nights at Earls Court, London, UK.
On her Refuge world tour, Joni Mitchell plays at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantaugh, New York State, USA.
Politically-oriented Australian folk band Redgum play at The King's Head, Fulham, London, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at Welsh Auditorium, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the last of six nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, thus concluding his Fastbreak Tour.
Mindy Smith and Alison Moorer play at The Music Hall, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.
David Gray releases a new single, The One I Love, in the UK on Atlantic Records.
Bob Dylan plays at Parco Castello Baron Gamba, Chatillon, Italy, Europe.
Famed vintage guitar collector and roadie Dan Martin dies aged 57, at his home on Turtle Rock Court, St. Charles, Missouri, USA. He had long suffered from congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes. Eddie Van Halen is said to have bought 117 of Martin's guitars over the years, and other customers included Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Joe Perry, Joan Jett, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne.
At the end of a six-date tour, Don McLean plays at The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Anna Waronker releases a new album, California Fade, in the USA.
Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler play at O2 World, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Lianne La Havas plays at The Glee Club, Birmingham, UK.
Donovan performs at the 40th anniversary of The Fest for Beatles Fans at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, USA.
Folk-pop duo Hudson Taylor release their debut album, Singing For Strangers, on Polydor Records in Ireland.
Laura Marling releases her fifth studio LP, Short Movie, on Virgin Records in the UK.
Eiks releases her debut LP, Braids, as a digital-only album.
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