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A race is held between the Kentucky horse Ten Broeck and the California mare Mollie McCarty at the Louisville Jockey Club, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Ten Broeck wins the race before a record crowd of 30,000. The race will inspire the country song Molly And Tenbrooks, which will become a standard recorded by Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, The Osborne Brothers, Steve Gillette, Ian And Sylvia and many others.
Washington Phillips is born in Freestone County, Texas, USA. He will become an influential gospel singer and recording artist, whose recordings will be covered after his death by Ry Cooder, Phish, Mogwai, Will Oldham, The Be Good Tanyas and others.
The Union Gospel Tabernacle opens in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for public services. After a name change to Ryman Auditorium, it will become internationally famous as the home of the country music showcase, The Grand Ole Opry, from 1943 to 1974.
A Musicale is held at the YMCA Hall, Richmond, Virginia, USA, featuring the Second Baptist Quatette.
Blues and gospel composer and recording artist Thomas Andrew Dorsey , aka Georgia Tom, marries Nettie Harper in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Andrew Jenkins, under the name Blind Andy, records the songs Alabama Flood and The Fate Of Elba, Alabama, for OKeh Records, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Both songs are inspired by recent floods in Alabama.
The Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers record Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn for Brunswick Records at the Merchandise Mart studios in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Harold Battiste is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a composer, arranger, performer and teacher, working with Sam Cooke, Joe Jones, Lee Dorsey, Sonny and Cher, Dr. John and others.
The Heavenly Gospel Singers record Lead Me To The Rock, for Bluebird Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Judy Garland records Everybody Sing and All God's Children Got Rhythm for Decca Records in the USA.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe records Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air, for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
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Richard R. Baker IV is born in Washington DC, USA. He will find success as fingerstyle guitarist and recording artist Duck Baker, combining genres as varied as rags, blues, country, gospel, cajun, bluegrass, Celtic music, ballads and jazz, swing, New Orleans jazz and free jazz.
The Ward Singers record Tell The Angels I'm On My Way, Tell Jesus All, When I Wake Up In Glory and That Awful Day Will Surely Come for Savoy Records in the USA.
Country gospel group The Statesmen Quartet record Peace In The Valley, You Sho' Do Need Him Now, I Wanna Be Ready and Listen To The Bells, in Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Sam Cooke has his third recording session with The Soul Stirrers at Universal Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA. They record Come And Go To That Land.
Tennessee Ernie Ford records Sixteen Tons and You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry in Capitol Records' Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Patsy Cline sings Then You'll Know on US tv's Arthur Godfrey Show.
Bobby Darin begins a week of shows at Sciolla's Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Popular vocalist Eve Boswell is the featured guest on UK radio show Desert Island Discs.
Bill Black's Combo reaches No1 on the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA with the instrumental Smokie Part 2.
On his 25th birthday, Sam Cooke signs a $100,000 deal with RCA Records.
Sam Cooke plays the fifth of seven nights at The Town Hill Club, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Tex Ritter, with producer Lee Gillette, records Lord Let They Grace Surround Me, The Sacred Guest and other religious songs in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays the first of two nights in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kitty Wells, Johnnie And Jack, Marvin Rainwater, Jimmy Newman, Bill Phillips and The Tennessee Mountain Boys play a show in St. Peter, Minnesota, USA.
Sam Cooke, Phil Spector, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Don Kirshner and other music biz movers and shakers attend the BMI Dinner in the Pierre Hotel, New York City, USA.
Country gospel quintet The Oak Ridge Boys release a new LP, I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now, in the USA.
Connie Smith records I'll Come Running at RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Aretha Franklin earns a Gold Disc from the R.I.A.A. in the USA for her hit single Chain Of Fools.
Four Grammy Awards go to The Beatles album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Glen Campbell wins Best Vocal Performance (male) and Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal performance for By The Time I Get To Phoenix. A pre-awards dinner event is held in The Hilton Hotel, New York City, USA, with music provided by The Mothers Of Invention and The Woody Herman Orchestra.


Record of the Year - Up, Up and Away by 5th Dimension

Album of the Year - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles

Song of the Year - Up, Up and Away, written by Jimmy L. Webb

Best New artist – Bobbie Gentry

Best Vocal Performance, Male - By the Time I Get To Phoenix by Glen Campbell

Best Vocal Performance, Female – Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry

Best Performance By a Vocal Group - Up, Up and Away by 5th Dimension

Best Contemporary Single - Up, Up and Away by 5th Dimension

Best Contemporary Album : Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

Best Rhythm and Blues Recording – Respect by Aretha Franklin

Best Rhythm and Blues Group Performance – Soul Man by Sam And Dave

Best Country and Western Song – Gentle On My Mind, written by John Hartford.

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The Sweet Inspirations are playing during a week of shows at The Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Big Brother And the Holding Company, including Janis Joplin, play the second of three nights at The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA. Also on the bill are H.P.Lovecraft and The Clara Ward Singers.
The single Think by Aretha Franklin is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
King Crimson play the third of four nights at The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The American Folk, Blues And Gospel Festival 69, starring Albert King, Otis Spann, John Lee Hooker and Champion Jack Dupree, plays at City Hall, Newcastle, UK.
John Lee Hooker spends the first of ten days recording his album Free Beer And Chicken for ABC Records in the USA. On this day he records One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, Homework, 713 Blues and 714 Blues,
During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, New York State, USA.
Sweet Honey In The Rock play the second of two nights at The UDC Auditorium, Washington DC, USA.
Viola Wells dies in Belleville, New Jersey, USA, aged 82. Often referred to as Miss Rhapsody, she was one of America's most successful jazz and gospel vocalists of the 30s and 40s.
Lindisfarne play at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Flying Pickets.
Singer and guitarist Steve Sanders commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at his home in Cape Coral, Florida, USA. He had found success as vocalist and guitarist with country and gospel music group The Oak Ridge Boys but quit in 1995 because of personal problems.
Ghetto Gospel by 2Pac (aka Tupac Shakur) featuring Elton John enters the UK pop singles chart at No1.
Bo Diddley is buried in Gainesville, Florida, USA, with mourners chanting his signature 'Hey! Bo Diddley' as his music is played by a local gospel group. A floral tribute is also presented in the shape of his signature modified square Gretsch guitar.
Nathaniel Rateliff plays at Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, California, USA.
Wild Nothing and Ducktails play at Subterranean, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at Arenes de Bayonne, Bayonne, France, Europe.
The London Community Gospel Choir plays the first of two nights at The Jazz Cafe, Camden, London, UK.
Humming House play at Chickie Wah Wah, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Aretha Franklin plays the first of two nights at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
It is reported that Aretha Franklin is gravely ill at her home near Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is stated that she is surrounded by friends and family and "under hospice care". Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson, among others, have lately visited her.