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Ed F. Reynard, Ameta, Irving Jones, Bimm Bomm And Brrr, The Kelcey Sisters and Anna Morris are among the artists appearing every afternoon and evening at The Chutes And Zoo, San Francisco, California, USA.
A patent is applied for by Charles Burton of Oakpark, Illinois, USA, in respect of a new type of pneumatic motor for powering automatic musical instruments. Burton's invention is designed particularly for the purpose of operating the perforated sheets which control the sounding devices of an automatic musical instrument.
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie is born in Okemah, Oklahoma, USA. He will grow up to find fame as Woody Guthrie, possibly America's greatest folk music artist.
Canadian folk musician and advertising mogul, Jerry Goodis is born in the garment district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He will become a founding member of folk-singing group The Travellers, whose signature song will be their version of Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land, adapted with Canadian place names.
Michael Thomas Jeremy Clyde is born in Dorney, Buckinghamshire, UK. He will find success as half of the successful 60s folk duo Chad And Jeremy.
The best-selling sheet music song in the UK for the week ending on this date is Goodnight, Irene, a folk tune popularised by Leadbelly. This position includies sales of versions of the song by Frank Sinatra and Jo Stafford
Terry Dene, Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band, Johnny Duncan And His Blue Grass Boys and Russell Quaye's City Ramblers appear on UK radio show Saturday Club.
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The John Coltrane Orchestra records Greensleeves, Africa and other tracks in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Impulse Records.
Anita O'Day is playing at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The front page of UK music weekly newspaper Melody Maker reports that three trad jazz bands (Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and The Temperance Seven) will appear at this years Royal Variety Show in London, England, UK, Europe.
Rolf Cahn plays at Cafe Yana, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Variety magazine in the USA reports that folksinger Joan Baez has refused to appear on popular tv show Hootenanny because it has backlisted left-wing musicians including Pete Seeger and his former group The Weavers.
Mississippi John Hurt records 39 songs including new versions of Trouble I've Had It All My Days, Talking Casey Jones and Pera-Lee in The Coolidge Auditorium at The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, Del Shannon, Jet Harris And Tony Meehan, The Bachelors, Duffy Power, Cilla Black, Bryan Burdon and The Blue Diamonds play at The Granada, Woolwich, England, UK, Europe.
Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams Jr., Lefty Frizzell, The Texas Troubadours, Billy Moore, Buzz Witticer, Patti White, Clyde And Willie May, Wilma Lee And Stony Cooper, Audry Williams, Grand Ole Opry Night in Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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The Highwaymen play the last of four nights at The Gaslight, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Folk/blues duo The New Strangers [Danny Kalb and Sam Charters] record I Don't Feel At Home In This World Any More for Folklore Records in New York City, USA. The track will appear on their album Meet The New Strangers.
Editor Irwin Silber of New York City-based folk music magazine Sing Out publishes an 'open letter' to Bob Dylan, criticising the singer-songwriter for having turned inward in his most recent songs. Silber declares that, "your new songs all seem to be inner-directed, now inner-probing, self-conscious
Marianne Faithfull releases a new single, Summer Nights in the UK.
Dino, Desi And Billy release a new single, Not The Lovin' Kind, on Reprise Records in the USA. The b-side is their cover version of the Bob Dylan song Chimes Of Freedom.
Pete Seeger, Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon play at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The New Christy Minstrels, with producer Sid Garris, record Dance My Troubles Away in CBS Recording Studio, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Prominent music critic Maureen Cleave of The London Evening Standard headlines her end-of-year feature 'The Year Pop Went Flat', bewailing everything from the rise of unintelligible, supposedly deep, lyrics, to the return of all-round entertainers such as The Seekers and Val Doonican in the pop charts. She particularly objected to pop stars who "floated around loving people in a patronising manner that was even more infuriating than their protest songs".
Rosko records At The Door Of The Temple and A Glance At The Future for Verve-Forecast Records in New York City, USA.
Taj Mahal and Tim Buckley play the third of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When Traffic pull out of The Schaefer Music Festival in the Wollman Ice Rink, Central Park, New York City, USA, they are replaced by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Also on today's bill is Tim Buckley.
The Me And Thee Coffeehouse opens in Marblehead, near Boston, Massachusetts, USA, as a new venue for folk music, with opening night performances by Bob Simons of Peabody and Jim King of Marblehead. Artists performing here over the years will include Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith, Dar Williams and Ellis Paul.
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Ron Simmonds and Roger Evans play at Bunjies Coffee House And Folk Cellar, London, England, UK, Europe.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the third of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.
Paul Simon begins two weeks of working in South Africa with local musicians, to create tracks for his forthcoming album Graceland.
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The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem play at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan releases the album Empire Burlesque in New Zealand, Oceania.
David Bromberg plays in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
The album Traveling Wilburys by the Traveling Wilburys (Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison) reaches No1 in Australia's ARIA albums chart.
Bob Dylan plays the 1170th concert of his Never-ending Tour schedule at the Visalia Convention Center, Visalia, California, USA.
David Gray plays at Carling Apollo, Manchester, England, UK.
The Bob Dylan Documentary No Direction Home is nominated for two Grammys - Best Compilation Soundtrack and Long Form Music Video. The audiobook of Chronicles, Vol 1, as read by Sean Penn, is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album.
Bob Dylan's show on this night at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, USA, is cancelled as the temperature is expected to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit, said to be too hot to stage the event.
Joanna Newsom plays at The Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at The National Palace Of Culture (NDK), Hall 1, Sofia, Bulgaria, Europe.
On the second leg of his Twisted Road tour, Neil Young plays at Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, supported by Bert Jansch.
Bob Dylan plays at Yakima County Stadium, Yakima, Washington, USA.
Opening the European leg of their Bon Jovi Live 2011 tour, Bon Jovi play at The Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia, Europe.
On The Apocalypse Tour, Weird Al Yankovic plays at The Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, USA.
Tom Odell releases his debut LP, Long Way Down, on Columbia Records in the UK.
Bob Dylan releases his 36th studio LP, Shadows In The Night, on Columbia Records worldwide. The album consists of cover versions of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra.
The Levellers play at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK.
Tom Rush plays at Fur Peace Ranch, Pomeroy, Ohio, USA.
Electric Hot Tuna play at The El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA, with the David Bromberg Quintet.