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Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville
deposits his design for a phonautograph
with the French Academy Of Sciences in Paris, France, Europe. It is the earliest known sound-recording device, and he will be granted a patent for it later in the year.
Printer and bookseller
William Gabrielson of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, files a patent application for a "hollow bridge" device for stringed instruments which will, he claims, greatly improve "the volume of sound and the quality of the tone."
The deadliest tornado in the history of Virginia, USA, hits Rye Cove School in the Appalachian highlands
of Scott County in the southwestern part of the state, killing twelve students and one teacher and injuring fifty-four. Scott County native A. P. Carter, of singing group The Carter Family
, will volunteer to help in the wake of the tragedy, and will be inspired to compose The Cyclone of Rye Cove
which the group will record later in the year.
Rumours have begun circulating in the USA that an imminent shortage of vinyl could threaten the production of
introduces a new type of jukebox
, the V-200 Dual Music System, which can hold 100 singles and EPs.
Rupert Westmore Grant, better known as calypso star Lord Invader
, dies in hospital following a short illness, in Queens, New York, USA, aged 47.
When The Kingston Trio
play the second of two nights at The Student Union Building, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA, the show is recorded and tracks will be included on the live album College Concert
plays at The Sacred Mushroom, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Vonda Shepard is born in New York City, USA. She will find success as a singer and songwriter after appearing regularly in the popular late 90s tv series Ally McBeal as a resident pianist in a bar near McBeal's office.
begins a UK tour at the City Hall, Sheffield.
At the end of a UK tour, Bob Dylan
and Sara Lownds
leave London, UK, and fly back to New York City, USA.
is born in Pelham, Massachusetts, USA. She will find success as an indie-folk singer-songwriter, best-known for her work with The Weepies.
, in London, England, UK, Europe.
Donovan is the guest artist on the BBC2 tv show Once More With Felix, hosted by
play at The Horseshoe, Tottenham Court Road, London, England, UK, Europe, with guest John Martyn
Acoustic psychedelic folk outfit Tyrannosaurus Rex
score their first UK chart entry with the single Deborah
. They will achieve much greater success as electric glam rockers T.Rex.
plays at Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.
plays at Barnet And Whetstone Folk Club, Toitteridge, London, England, UK, Europe.
, a child known to be suffering from a rare life-threatening genetic disease [severe combined immune deficiency syndrome (SCID)], is born in Houston, Texas, USA. Less than ten seconds after being removed from his mother's womb, David is placed into a plastic germ-free environment which will be his home for most of the twelve years of his life. He will become internationally-famous as The Boy In The Bubble
, and the phrase will inspire the title of a 1986 Paul Simon
song to indicate the many and varied ways in which science interacts with contemporary society.
spend the second of two days of demo sessions at EMI studios, Manchester House, London, UK, with producer Steve Levine. They work on the songs White Boy and I'm Afraid Of Me.
Politically-oriented Australian folk band Redgum
play at Trowbridge Festival, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
play at The Cricketers, The Oval, London, England, UK, Europe.
plays at the Otto Franke Halle, Aschaffenburg, Germany, Europe.
's album Love And Theft wins a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. At the awards ceremony, Dylan performs Cry a While.
During her Loud Tour
plays the second of two nights at The Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France, Europe.
plays the seventh of nine nights at Zepp Diver City, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
plays at Gallery 45, Felton, Morpeth, England, UK.
Stanley Brinks (formerly known as Herman Dune
) and Freschard play at Fidel’s Fitz at Kulturhaus Schwanen, Waiblingen, Germany, Europe.