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A little-known and deeply troubled Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, shoots himself in the chest with a revolver in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, Europe. He will die, aged 37, two days later. Don McLean's 1970 song Vincent refers to several Van Gogh paintings, including The Starry Night, but the song, with lines such as "You took your life as lovers often do," is more generally inspired by Van Gogh's life, his tragic existence and his suicide.
Frank Dupree, of Abbeville, South Carolina, USA, who had killed a policeman during a jewelry store robbery in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1921, is executed for murder. The song Betty And Dupree by Cookie And The Cupcakes and many others, will be inspired by this incident. Other songs based on the same theme are Frank Dupree and Dupree's Diamond Blues by The Grateful Dead.
The Logansport KKK Quartet records Our Song
Harry Torrani, aka The Yodelling Cowboy From Chesterfield" makes his first two recordings, Honeymoon Yodel and Happy And Free, for Regal Zonophone Records in the UK.
Folk singer, guitarist and recording artist Mark Spoelstra is born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Music trade magazine Cashbox in the USA expands its Top 40 singles chart to show fifty positions.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Empire Theatre, Nottingham, UK, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
FM Multiplex stereo broadcasting is introduced in the USA - radio stations across the nation begin broadcasting in stereo for the first time.
Bob Dylan plays the first of seven nights at Gerde's Folk City, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan flies from London, UK, to Rome, Italy, where he meets up with folk singer Odetta. During his stay in Italy, he writes two new songs, Girl From The North Country and Boots Of Spanish Leather.
Anti-nuclear protest song What Have They Done To the Rain by The Searchers peaks at No13 in the UK. The song is composed by Malvina Reynolds.
Donovan, widely referred to in the media as "the British Bob Dylan", is signed to Pye Records in London, England, UK, Europe.
Celebrated Trova musician, composer, guitarist, singer and recording artist Eusebio Delfín y Figueroa dies in Havana, Cuba, Caribbean.
A version of the Bob Dylan song All I Really Want To Do by Cher enters the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA, in a race with The Byrds rival version. Cher will reach No15 in the Billboard chart while The Byrds stall at No40.
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Bob Dylan's electric folk-rock music, still unfamiliar to his audiences, receives another angry reception at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York, USA.
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Get Out Of My Life, Woman by Lee Dorsey is the highest new entry in the Cashbox chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, entering at No79.
Mighty Quinn by Manfred Mann reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart. (The song is written by Bob Dylan)
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Dick Wedler is playing during two nights at La Cave, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, with Larry Angell.
The Top Ten Singles being played on WKNR radio in Detroit, Michigan, USA, for the week ending on this date are as follows :



1. This Guy's In Love With You Herb Alpert

2. Journey To The Center Of Your Mind The Amboy Dukes

3. Yummy Yummy Yummy Ohio Express

4. Reach Out Of The Darkness Friend And Lover

5. The Look of Love Sergio Mendes

6. Indian Lake The Cowsills

7. Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

8. Here Comes The Judge The Buena Vistas

9. Lady Willpower Union Gap

10. Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan

Tom Paxton plays at The Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead, UK.
The James Coburn movie The President's Analyst, featuring cameo appearances by protest folkie Barry McGuire and Los Angeles-based psychedelic band Clear Light, is released to cinemas in Mexico, Central America.
Peter Bellamy plays at The Troubadour, Old Brompton Road, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade of Bob Dylan and his long-time musical comrades, plays its first show, at the War Memorial Auditorium, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.
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The Top Ten Singles on WABC Radio in New York City, USA, are :



1. Disco Duck, Part 1 - Rick Dees And His Cast of Idiots (RSO)

2. Tonight's the Night - Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers)

3. Love So Right - The Bee Gees (RSO)

4. Just To Be Close To You - The Commodores (Motown)

5. Muskrat Love - The Captain And Tennille (A+M)

6. The Rubberband Man - The Spinners (Atlantic)

7. Whispering/Cherchez la Femme/Se Si Bon - Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (RCA)

8. If You Leave Me Now - Chicago (Columbia)

9. Fernando - ABBA (Atlantic)

10. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot (Reprise)

It is announced that the world's first CD (compact disc) pressing plant outside Japan and Germany is to open in Wales, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan's album Real Live enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No54 during a two-week run.
Fairport Convention play at The Moat House, Banbury, UK.
Fairport Convention play at The Apollo, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan begins several days of camera tests and rehearsals in London, England, UK, Europe, for his role in the film Hearts Of Fire.
Bob Dylan appears on the Chabad Telethon, KCOP-13 TV Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios shuts down after 35 years. This was the Sheffield, Alabama, USA, studio at 3614 Jackson Highway, where Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon and many others made classic records.
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Martyn Bennett, an extraordinary fiddler, bagpiper and dance innovator, dies of cancer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Heritage Toronto unveils its first commemorative plaque celebrating the Yorkville, Toronto, Canada, music scene. The first plaque is placed at "the birthplace of Canadian song", the Riverboat Coffeehouse at 134 Yorkville Avenue. Opened in 1964, The Riverboat was the best-known coffeehouse in Canada, hosting gigs by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn and countless others.
Cori Brewster plays at The Moonshine Cafe, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
The Larmer Tree Festival comes to an end at Larmer Tree Gardens, Cranbourne Chase, Wiltshire, UK. Artists appearing on this, the last of five days, include Martha Wainwright, The Unthanks, Pronghorn and Chris Wood.
Jorma Kaukonen plays at Space, Evanston, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler play at The Olympiahalle, Innsbruck, Austria, Europe.
The Red Pine Timber Company releases its debut album, Different Lonesome, on Red Pine Records in the UK.
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Ed Sheeran plays a one-man show to an audience of 20,000 at The Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Art Garfunkel plays at The New Alexandria Theatre, Birmingham, UK.
Katzenjammer release their third LP, Rockland, on Propellor Recordings in the UK.
The Levellers play at Derngate, Northampton, UK.
Jorma Kaukonen plays at Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA.
Waxahatchee and Girlpool play at The Sinclair, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Kathryn Williams plays at The Burgess Foundation, Manchester, England, UK.
Blair Dunlop is among the artists playing at The Underneath The Stars Festival, Barnsley, England, UK
On his Botanical Gardens tour, Don McLean plays at The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, England, UK, Europe.
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