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Printer and bookseller 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.
A patent is granted to George Howlett Davis of New York City, USA, for his invention of a new type of banjo.
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.
John Stokes of Irish folk-pop trio The Bachelors is born in Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Rumours have begun circulating in the USA that an imminent shortage of vinyl could threaten the production of 45rpm records.
Harry Belafonte records Matilda, Matilda! for RCA Victor Records at Radio Recorders, Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA.
Seeburg introduces a new type of jukebox, the V-200 Dual Music System, which can hold 100 singles and EPs.
Bob Dylan plays the sixth of fifteen nights as support to John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Rupert Westmore Grant, better known as calypso star Lord Invader, dies in hospital following a short illness, in Queens, New York, USA, aged 47.
Swedish guitar duo Johansson And Gustafsson record Two Little Pearls for Megafon Records.
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.
Phil Ochs plays at The Sacred Mushroom, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
On his first visit to the UK, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Surbiton Folk Club, Surbiton.
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.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single That's What Love Will Do by singer and guitarist Joe Brown.
The Searchers enter the UK singles chart with their version of the Malvina Reynolds composition What Have They Done To The Rain?
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Bob Dylan 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.
John Fahey, with Ed Denson on harmonica, plays at The Jabberwock, Berkeley, California, USA.
Deb Talan is born in Pelham, Massachusetts, USA. She will find success as an indie-folk singer-songwriter, best-known for her work with The Weepies.
Donovan is the guest artist on the BBC2 tv show Once More With Felix, hosted by Julie Felix, in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Pentangle 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.
Donovan, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Fairport Convention and Blossom Toes play on the first day of the Barn Barbecue Concert And Dance at Whittlesey, near Peterbough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK, Europe.
Joni Mitchell plays at Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.
Stefan Grossman plays at Barnet And Whetstone Folk Club, Toitteridge, London, England, UK, Europe.
David Vetter, 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.
The freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in a storm, resulting in the deaths of her entire crew of 29 men, on Lake Superior, 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point, Michigan, USA. The story of the wreck will be immortalised in the popular song The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald by Canadian folk songer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.
During his third US tour of the year, Bob Dylan plays the fourth of twelve nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Culture Club 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.
Redgum play at The Cricketers, The Oval, London, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at the Otto Franke Halle, Aschaffenburg, Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan's album Love And Theft wins a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. At the awards ceremony, Dylan performs Cry a While.
Canada Post (the Canadian Post Office) issues limited edition postage stamps bearing the images of Anne Murray, Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
On her California Dreams tour Katy Perry plays in the Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays the second of two nights at The Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France, Europe.
Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum marries Love And Theft drummer Chris Tyrell in a ceremony at The Appel Inn in Altamont, New York State, USA.
Louise And The Pins play at St. Pancras Old Church, London, UK.
On her MDNA Tour, Madonna deliberately exposes one of her breasts to the audience during a gig in The Turk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe.
Ted Dwane, bassist of Mumford And Sons, is taken into hospital in the USA for an operation to remove a blood clot on his brain. The band immediately cancels imminent headline dates in Dallas, Woodland and New Orleans.
Kathryn Williams plays at Saltburn Old School, Saltburn, UK.
Bob Dylan plays the seventh of nine nights at Zepp Diver City, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
The Mountain Goats play at Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco, California, USA.
Joanna Newsom plays at The Osaka Club, Osaka, Japan, Oceania.
Jess Morgan 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.
On tour in support of their album Leylines, Rising Appalachia play at The Basement East, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
On tour in support of their album Leylines, Rising Appalachia play at The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.