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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.
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."
Entertainment trade magazine Variety reports that movie-goer Earl Shanks was recently jailed for throwing a cowbell at the screen during a showing of the Elvis Presley film Jailhouse Rock in the Brunson Theatre, Baytown, Texas, USA. Shanks is later released on $500 bail but faces charges of malicious destruction of property.
With Framingham, Massachusetts, USA, in the grip of a blizzard, a concert by Liberace at the 1200-seater Monticello Theater attracts an audience of just four people. Nevertheless, the flambouyant pianist performs his full show for them.
British actor Oliver Reed makes his debut on vinyl by releasing a single version of the old country and western classic Tumbling Tumbleweeds, in the UK. Some years later, Reed will admit, "I couldn't sing a note."
Musical comedy performer Allan Sherman stars in his own tv special, Allan Sherman's Funnyland, on NBC-tv in the USA.
The Rolling Stones are caught urinating against a garage wall in Romford, Essex, UK. They also play a show Romford's ABC Cinema.
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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.
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Cliff Richard tells UK music weekly newspaper the NME that he is retiring from pop music in order to teach religious instruction in secondary schools.
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.
The University of California in Los Angeles, California, USA, announces that students taking music degrees will be expected to study The Rolling Stones as part of their curriculum.
The Who, Small Faces and Paul Jones kick off a tour of Australia and New Zealand with a concert in The Royal Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania. After the gig, Keith Moon of The Who drives off in a rental car, which he later parks in front of a motel's reception desk.
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Moby Grape record Just Like Gene Autry : A Foxtrot, in New York City, USA, for their Columbia Records album Wow! When the track, a 1930s jazz pastiche, appears on the album, it is recorded at 78rpm, and thus requires listeners to change the speed setting on their record players from 33.3rpm to 78rpm in order to hear it at the correct speed.
The Bonzo Dog Band, Spooky Tooth, Joe Cocker, Free and Smile play at The Royal Albert Hall, London, as part of a concert in aid of the National Council For The Unmarried Mother And Her Child. Deejay for the event is John Peel.
Dressed in cowboy garb and introduced as Elmer Johnson, Bob Dylan makes a surprise guest appearance during The Band's set at the Mississippi River Festival, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, USA.
US President Richard Nixon takes part in a project to discover the causes of the generation gap. He and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew watch films of simulated acid trips and subject themselves to hours of protest music.
When vocalist Mr Twister, of rock band Christopher Milk, pours hot wax over himself and bites audience members in The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA, a blazing row erupts with the club owner Doug Weston.
When Emerson, Lake and Palmer play at Stadio, Bologna, Italy, Europe, fireworks are set off by mistake during the show, and many explode among the audience, bringing the show to a premature end.
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Greg Lake of Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) is arrested for skinny dipping in public in a swimming pool at the band’s hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Boomtown Rats, Aerosmith and others play in The California Music Festival, Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, USA. Van Halen, who arrive in a fleet of sixteen white limousines, have invited over 300 'personal guests' to the show. A chimpanzee dressed as David Lee Roth and two diminutive bodyguards greet the band's guests at the gate.
Killing Joke, Aztec Camera and Peter And The Test Tube Babies play at The Top Rank, Brighton, England, UK, Europe. Shortly after this gig, Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke moves to Iceland. When asked why, he explains that he believes the world is coming to an end. In later years he will revise this rationale, explaining that he actually went to iceland to speak with his Guardian Angel.
During a re-election campaign speech in Hammonton, New Jersey, USA, President Ronald Reagan praises Bruce Springsteen, stating, "America's future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts. It rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire: New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen. And helping you make those dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about." Reagan has obiously failed to understand that Springsteen's song Born In The USA is heavily ironic. Springsteen makes it clear soon after that he does not endorse Reagan.
R.E.M. play at The Arts And Science Auditorium, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA. Earlier in the day, pseudo classical crossover grand piano duo Ferrante And Teicher played on the same stage.
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A Motley Crue tour of the UK, due to start today at the Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, is cancelled after it is made public that the musician touring with them under the name of Nikki Sixx is not actually the real Nikki Sixx.
Comedy rocker Weird Al Yankovic begins recording tracks for his album Off The Deep End in the USA. The album cover is a parody of the underwater baby shot on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind, with Yankovic pursuing a doughnut replacing the baby pursuing a dollar bill.
At the BRIT Awards ceremony in Earls Court, London, Pete Townshend of The Who presents Oasis with the Best British Group award. They also win Best Album and Best Video. The big event of the night, however, comes when Jarvis Cocker of Pulp takes the stage in the middle of Michael Jackson's messianic performance of Earth Song and performs a parody of Jackson's act.
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After being absent from the music scene for most of the 90s, Terence Trent D'Arby reveals via a web site message board that, 'I am a holographic representation in the third dimension of what was requested by your souls that one of your favourite artists be. I sent a portion of my soul to embody as an artist called TTD to favour that request.'
UK tabloid The Sunday People claims that Lemmy of Motorhead indulged in a three-day-long sex and bondage session during which his lover was handcuffed to the bed. When Lemmy objects, pointing out that the session lasted seven days and his lover was suspended from the ceiling, the newspaper apologises unreservedly.
Ozzy Osbourne is voted the ultimate rock'n'roll wildman, in a customer poll conducted by the internet company Blueyonder. Ozzy attracts 31 per cent of the votes, leaving Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones trailing well behind in second place with 17 per cent. Deceased Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious comes in third.
Michael Jackson reveals during an interview that he doesn't like pop music. The revelation comes in the wake of Jackson having purchased some classical music CDs during a shopping trip in Berlin, Germany, Europe.
A pizza whose toppings are formed into a likeness of the face of celebrated pizza lover Ozzy Osbourne, is crafted by chefs at Pizza Express, Dean Street, London, England, UK, to mark the chain's 40th birthday.
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128 musicians gather in the Alexandra Palace Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, to perform Music Pieces, a composition by Jason Pierce [of Spiritualized], Peter Raeburn and Nick Foster, in which each musician plays just one note in each piece of melody, chord or drum pattern. The project is a tv promo for the launch of the latest generation of Walkman digital media players.
Bluegrass banjo star Eddie Adcock plays his Deering GoodTime banjo while undergoing brain surgery at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A debilitating hand tremor was threatening Adock's career, and he played banjo on the operating table so that surgeons could see precisely where to operate on his brain. Adcock immediately regained his ability and was able to play at full speed once again.
A lock of Elvis Presley's hair is sold at an auction by Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, UK, for £1055.00
The Abbey Road zebra crossing in North London, England, UK,b Europe, made famous by a photograph taken for the cover of The Beatles' album Abbey Road, is given a Grade II listed status by by John Penrose, Minister for Tourism and Heritage, protecting it from future development.
When Kid Rock visits a karaoke bar in Malibu, California, USA, he treats the crowd to his interpetation of Highway To Hell by AC/DC.
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy appears on WGN-TV Morning News in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to read the weather report. The band is in the middle of a five-night run of shows in Chicago to complete their current tour.
It is reported that Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, is now offering a course entitled Politicizing Beyonce, in its Women And Gender Studies syllabus. Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z is already the subject of a course at Georgetown University, Washington DC.
Mattesons Fridge Raiders begin a new tv advertising campaign in the UK based on instantly recognisable bespectacled guitarist Hank Marvin of The Shadows, playing on the fact that 'Hank Marvin' has long been a Cockney Rhyming slang term for very hungry [ie Hank Marvin = starvin']
British national tabloid newspaper The Sun runs the headline "Ramadan A Ding Dong" after tv station Channel 4 broadcasts a controversial Muslim call to prayer. The headline is a reference to the 1961 hit single Rama Lama Ding Dong by The Edsels.
In a British tv interview, Canadian dentist Dr Michael Zuk reveals his plans to clone John Lennon of The Beatles using samples of his DNA.
Bez, real name Mark Berry, best known as the dancer with the band Happy Mondays, launches a bid to become a Member Of Parliament, on behalf of the newly formed Reality Party.
The R.I.A.A. in the USA certifies Ramones, the 1976 debut album by The Ramones, as having achieved gold status by selling over 500,000 copies in the 38 years since it was released.
It is announced that a newly-discovered species of water mite has been named Litarachna lopezae in honour of singer Jennifer Lopez. The singer has Puerto Rican ancestry, and the water mite was discovered in a coral reef in Mona Passage, near Puerto Rico. Also, the biologists were listening to music by Lopez while writing about their discovery.
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It is announced that scientists have named an extinct swamp-pig from 19m years ago after Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones because the two share one trait - super-sized lips. "We gave it the scientific name Jaggermeryx naida, which translates to ‘Jagger’s water nymph,'" says study co-author Ellen Miller of Wake Forest University.
Abba Monopoly, an Abba-oriented version of the popular board game, is made available to buy via the band's website.
After a marathon five-hour set, Damon Albarn has to be carried off stage by a security guard when he refuses to end his performance at Roskilde Festival, Denmark, Europe.
Sir Elton John speaks on the telephone to a man he believes to be President Putin of Russia. Sir Elton hopes to arrange a meeting with the President to discuss gay rights. However, it becomes apparent within a day that the pop star had been duped by Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Krasnov, a pair of well-known Moscow-based pranksters
Bandcamp publishes (among other intriguing statistics) a list of the most common names for new bands making use of their services in 2016, showing the top three favourite names to have been Orion, Void and Soma.
A 1963 copy of newspaper Alkali News with autographs of all four of The Beatles, three of which were actually forged by John Lennon, sells at auction in the UK for £2,000.