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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 them
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.
Powder And Capman offer 'song sayings and sprightly stepping', while Dumas And Floyd provide 'smart songs and chatter' at The Regent Theatre, Tacoma, Washington, USA. [Also on the bill are Felix - The Mind-reading Duck and Bob - The Fighting Kangaroo].
Neil Innes, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist with the Bonzo Dog
Doo-Dah Band and The Rutles, is born in Essex, England, UK.
reveals that he found the game of cricket baffling. "I watched a couple of cricket matches with a set of rules in my hand but I couldn't make any headway," he says. "They start the game on Monday and are still trying to finish it on Wednesday. That's too much for me."
On returning to New York City, USA, after a visit to the UK,
Recent announcements in astrophysics are reportedly provoking responses from music business executives, bemused about what it might mean if man does actually land on the moon by 1960 and other planets before 1975. Publisher Rocco Vocco, of Bregman, Vocco And Conn, speculates in Billboard
magazine that, "It takes 36 years to get to Aldebaran, and a song published by us today would be in the public domain by the time it reached there. Our firm cannot afford to have the entire Milky Way singing our songs for free. Something must be done."
, June Carter, Flatt and Scruggs
and Marty Robbins
play in Camden, New Jersey, USA. While Robbins performs, Cash's bass player Marshall Grant lobs an M-80 firework into a backstage urinal, and the resulting blast covers a dressing room in sewage.
Former President of the USA, Dwight Eisenhower tells a press
conference that, "I have no objection to The Twist
as such, but it does represent some kind of change in our standards."
Having completed filming for their second film, Help!
, provisionally titled Eight Arms To Hold You, The Beatles
fly from Salzburg, Austria, Europe, to London, UK.
Aspiring young rock'n'roll artist Frank Zappa
and go-go dancer Lorraine Belcher are arrested in Cucamonga
, near Los Angeles, California, USA, for their part in manufacturing a sex audio tape. Zappa will spend ten days in jail as a result.
When popular trumpet player Al Hirt keeps the audience waiting for him to appear at Penn Theatre
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, a search begins and Hirt is discovered sound asleep in his hotel bedroom. The show begins an hour and a half late.
's psychedelic classic In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
, produced by Shadow Morton, enters Billboard
's Hot 100 chart in the USA at 117. (The song was originally entitled In The Garden Of Eden, but singer Doug Ingle was so drunk when he told the lyric to drummer Ron Bushy that Bushy wrote the words down incorrectly.)
play the last of three nights at Winterland, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by the Bonzo Dog
The Bonzo Dog
Doo-Dah Band plays at a New Year's Party in The Pink Flamingo Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
begin the first European leg of their Born Again tour at The National
Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. This tour will become famed for its use of a massive full-size replica of Stonehenge on stage. Unfortunately, the replica was so huge that it could not fit onto the stages in most of the venues on the tour, and later became parodied in the film Spinal Tap.
The UK rock paper Sounds reports that Deep Purple
have had to abandon plans to record their comeback album in the Von Trapp family mansion in Salzburg, Austria, Europe – famed for its appearance in the film The Sound Of Music – because local authorities have refused permission.
Ben And Jerry's Ice Cream announces the launch of a new flavour, Cherry Garcia, named in honour of The Grateful Dead
's guitarist Jerry Garcia
When Prince’s Lovesexy tour arrives at McNicolls Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA, the Denver Post reviewer is surprised when Prince comes over all holy and reveals to the audience that he is in love "not with a girl or boy, but with the heavens above" and goes on to explain that "God is alive inside us. He just wants to come out and play."
is cleared of plagiarism, following a bizarre lawsuit in which Fantasy Records claimed that Fogerty's 1985 US Top Ten single The Old Man Down The Road plagiarised the 1970 song Run Through The Jungle (which Fogerty himself had written while a member of Creedence Clearwater Revival
In Zales Jewellers, in a Simi Valley, California, USA, shopping mall, Michael Jackson
is detained by security guard H.N.Edwards, for "looking suspicious" - he is wearing a wig, false moustache and fake teeth. Later, Jackson signs autographs for the guard and his comrades.
is 'arrested' at a bizarre fund-raising event, The American Cancer Society Jail-A-Thon, in Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA. Johnny Cash
is 'arrested' by Sgt. John Graves. Cash calls his friend Willie Nelson
, who pledges $1,000 for his release. All monies go to the charity. At the end of the day the event has raised over $20,000 for charity.
Stock Aitken And Waterman
appearing in the UK charts.
For the first time in four and a half years, an entire month has passed without any record produced or written by
Per 'Dead' Ohlin
, Swedish vocalist of black/death metal bands Mayhem and Morbid, finally lives up to his nickname by slitting his wrists and throat with a knife and then shoooting himself in the forehead with a shotgun, at home in Krakstad, Norawy, Europe. He leaves a brief suicide note, which apologizes for firing a gun indoors and begins, "Excuse the blood"...
and Lorena Bobbitt
 by Aaradhna
. The Bee Gees
also parodied their own song To Love Somebody as To Lose Your Penis on the Howard Stern Show in 1994.
Lorena Bobbitt who chopped off her husband's penis, claiming it was in retaliation for him sexually assaulting her, is acquitted by a jury in Manassas, Virgina, USA, by reason of temporary insanity.
Bobbitt's revenge will inspire several songs, including Bobbit Song by stand-up comedian
A concert by Pearl Jam
in Dallas, Texas, USA, is marred by the arrival on stage of shirtless, shoeless, inebriated basketball star Dennis Rodman
who 'sings' Alive and Spin The Black Circle with the band. Rodman makes a fool of himself for about 45 minutes before finally leaving the stage.
’ manager Sharon Osbourne resigns from her job, claiming that frontman Billy Corgan is impossible to work with.
In the first episode of series 2 of UK tv sitcom Phoenix Nights, the characters Max and Paddy sing Tony Christie
's 70s hit single, [Is This The Way To] Amarillo, while driving a group of elderly Asian gentlemen to the mosque. The broadcast prompts public and media interest in the song which is, eventually, re-released and goes to No1.
Record producer and musician Roger Greenawalt
performs his "Beatles Complete On Ukulele" concert for the first time, by playing all 185 original songs written by The Beatles
in one day on ukulele with sixty guest singers at Elizabeth Streb's SLAM Action Lab in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Donny Osmond plays at B.B. King
's, er, Blues Bar And Grill, New York City, USA.
During the MTV Europe Music Awards, Kanye West
takes to the stage, interupting an award acceptance speech by Justice And Simian, and claiming that his video for Touch The Sky should have won because it "cost a million dollars and Pamela Anderson was in it."
and Tim McGraw
play a show in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, a female fan reaches out and grabs McGraw's nether regions. When Hill and McGraw return for an encore, Hill berates the fan, declaring, "Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend. You don't go grabbin' somebody else's, somebody's husband's [privates], you understand me? That's very disrespectful!"
It is reported that the city council of Blackpool, England, UK, Europe, has finally - after 44 years - lifted a ban imposed on The Rolling Stones
to prevent the group from performing in the town. The ban started in 1964, after a riot broke out at a Stones' concert in The Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
, UK, when guitarist Keith Richards
kicked out at a fan who had scrambled onto the stage.
, somewhat scantily-clad, surprises onlookers at New York City, USA, strip joint HeadQuarters by performing a lap dance for boyfriend Matt Williams.
The street sign for Joey Ramone Place in New York City, USA, is moved up twenty feet above ground level because it is the most often stolen street sign in the city. The street is named, of course, in honour of singer Joey Ramone of punk innovators The Ramones
It is announced that a new religion, Kopimism, has been officially acknowledged by the Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet. Followers of Kopimism believe that file sharing or copying is a religious activity
. The music industry, on the other hand, believes file sharing is a crime and prefers to call it internet piracy.
Country singing star Trace Adkins
, reportedly in a drunken condition, gets into a fight with a Trace Adkins impersonator
, during a cruise ship voyage to Jamaica, Caribbean. Having been sober for twelve years, Adkins checks into rehab when the ship docks in Jamaica.
It is announced that a new Amnesty International
anti-torture poster campaign in belgium, Europe, features the face of Iggy Pop
. The poster image shows Iggy's face bloodied and beaten and quotes him as saying, "The future of rock and roll is Justin Bieber
" - intended to convey the idea that only under torture would Iggy ever say such a thing.
The Word release their second LP, Soul Food, on Vanguard Records
in the UK. (The band, whose debut LP was released fourteen years earlier, includes members of the North Mississippi Allstars)
Ed Sheer-Ham, a pig painted to look like Ed Sheeran
, is among the exhibits in the Pigs Gone Wild art trail in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK, Europe. The pigs are auctioned to raise money for the St. Elizabeth Hospice, and Sheeran himself is the highest bidder for Sheer-Ham.