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The term 'hillbilly' appears in print for the first time in The NY Journal, and is defined thus - "A Hill-Billie is a free and untrammeled white citizen of Alabama, who lives in the hills, has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it, and fires of his revolver as the fancy takes him." In due course, the term will also used as a generic descriptor for the country music played by such people.
Early in the evening, at an outdoor music concert by Caton's Dozen (a military band) in Winfield, Kansas, USA, thirty-six-year-old Gilbert Twigg kills eight people with his shotgun. Several others are injured, including the band’s drummer, Re Oliver. Twigg then kills himself with a .38 pistol. This is thought to have been the first indiscriminate mass killing in US history.
Louis Armstrong becomes the first jazz musician ever to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.
Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimmy Vaughan is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. As well as carving out an impressive career as leader of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, he will also teach his younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, how to play guitar.
Trinidadian singer Young Tiger appears on British television singing a calypso-style song, I Was There (at the Coronation), which described in great detail the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which had taken place earlier in the day. Young Tiger had in fact recorded the song two months earlier based on advance information he had been given about the Coronation. Other songs inspired by Queen Elizabeth II include God Save The Queen (1977) by The Sex Pistols and Her Majesty (1969) by The Beatles.
The Ballad Of Paladin by Duane Eddy enters the UK pop singles chart, where it will peak at No10 during a ten week stay.
Brian Wilson and Mike Love of The Beach Boys write the song The Warmth Of The Sun at Wilson's recently rented house in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin alleged to have killed US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, is shot dead by nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Classic ska band The Skatalites will record a bouncy instrumental called Lee Harvey Oswald, but Ruby will inspire several more songs including Bicentennial [1976] by Loudon Wainwright III, Jack Ruby [1989] by Camper Van Beethoven, Jack Ruby [1993] by Paul Metsa, and Jack Ruby [1998] by Deep Purple.
One Tin Soldier by The Original Caste reaches No1 in the Canadian singles chart.
Ringo by Lorne Greene reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, making him only the second Canadian to top the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA. Paul Anka was the first.
When photographer and record promoter Ernie Farrell visits the office of Dunhill Records' boss Lou Adler, he picks up a copy of a demo of the Barry McGuire song Eve Of Destruction. Later that same day, he plays the song to the children of a KFWB Radio program director. They like it so much that they convince their father to play it on the radio, where it becomes the following week's Pick To Hit.
While The Beatles are taking a break from their North American tour in a rented house at 2850 Benedict Canyon Drive, Hollywood, California, USA, actor Burt Lancaster invites the group to visit him in his Bel Air, Los Angeles, house.
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On the Normandy Beaches in France, Europe, where the WW2 D-Day landing took place, Donovan makes a promotional film of Universal Soldier, to be shown on UK tv show Top Of The Pops.
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Young Parisians, the debut single by Adam and the Ants, hits the shops in the UK.
John Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, pleads insanity in court in New York City, USA.
Psychopathic serial killer Henry Lee Lucas is arrested by Texas Ranger Phil Ryan, initially for unlawful possession of a firearm. He will, however, eventually be convicted of eleven homicides. Lee's crimes are thought to have provided the impetus for the 1996 cover version of the traditional murder ballad Henry Lee by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, featuring P.J. Harvey.
Rick Nelson plays at PJ's Alley, Guntersville, Alabama, USA.
The surviving members of The Sex Pistols sue their former manager, Malcolm McLaren, for overdue royalties.
The Superior Court of Los Angeles County dismisses the case brought against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of 19-year old John McCollum, who had shot himself in the head with a .22 caliber handgun while listening to Osbourne's song Suicide Solution. The case will, however, go to appeal.
Following a fight in a bar, Wilson Pickett is found guilty by a court in New Jersey, USA, of possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life.
During a clash between feuding Bronx and Brooklyn hip hop factions, rap performer Scott La Rock is shot dead in the street in New York City, USA. His killer is never apprehended.
Guns N'Roses have two albums, Appetite For Destruction and Guns N'Roses Lies in the Billboard Top Five Albums Chart in the USA.
The Cult play at Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, then go on to meet up with members of Guns N'Roses at the Scrap Bar, New York City, USA.
Aerosmith take part in a 'Wayne's World' sketch on tv show Saturday Night Live in New York City, USA, during which they pertform Monkey On My Back and Janie's Got a Gun.
The Rolling Stones play at Stadion Mungersdorf, Cologne, Germany, Europe, supported by Die Toten Hosen and Gun.
St. Charles County, Missouri, USA, police hold a press conference to announce that their drug agents recently found and seized several plastic bags of marijuana, an unspecified quantity of hashish, two rifles, a shotgun, $122,000, and pornographic videotapes, slides and books, at Berry Park, a liesure complex owned by Chuck Berry. Unexpectedly, Berry himself turns up at the press conference and denies ever having used cocaine (none of which had been found at Berry Park, although that was what the Drug Agents had been searching for).
An obsessive fan of The Beatles, Mark Chapman, checks in at the Y.M.C.A. in New York City, USA. He is in the city with the intention of confronting and possibly murdering John Lennon.
Former lawyer Stephanie Dorgan opens the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle, Washington. The Posies, billed as P.O.T. (Posies On Tour), play on the opening night. Dorgan will, in due course, marry Peter Buck of R.E.M.
On their Use Your Illusion tour, Guns N'Roses play at Stadio delle Alpi, Turin, Italy, Europe. 57,000 tickets are sold for this show.
Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics dies, aged 48, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Storrs, Connecticut, USA.
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During a gig by Damage Plan in The Alrosa Villa nightclub, Columbus, Ohio, USA, a member of the audience, Nathan Gale, shoots and kills guitarist Dimebag Darrel Abbott and three others.
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On their Scream Aim Fire tour, Bullet For My Valentine play at Alexandra Palace, London, UK, supported by Black Tide, Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through and Lawnmower Deth.
Rapper Brikk of the duo Pinney Woods is shot dead in an armed robbery by three intruders at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
The Airborne Toxic Event release the single Neda in the USA. The song is about the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, who was shot dead in 2009 by an Iranian militiaman, while she attended a peaceful demonstration in Tehran. All proceeds from the sales of the single on iTunes will go to Amnesty International.
Robert Plant and The Band Of Joy release a single, Angel Dance, in the UK.
Convinced that the world is about to end, Justin Godfrey, guitarist with doom metal band The Abominable Iron Sloth, calls police in Oroville Police Department, Butte County, California, USA, and invites them to arrest him, claiming that he is the 'Angel of Death', is in possession of an assault weapon and has been eating mushrooms. Godfrey later gives himself up to police, is charged with two felonies related to guns and jailed, with bail set at $30,000.
Sade plays the second of two nights at Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
American indie band Howler release their debut album America Give Up on Rough Trade Records in Europe.
Zemfira plays at The Circus, Helsinki, Finland, Europe.
Ronnie Montrose, guitarist and bandleader, dies, apparently of prostate cancer, aged 64, in the San Francisco Bay area of California, USA, where he was born. However, a coroner's report will later reveal that he committed suicide using an unregistered .38-caliber revolver.
After his vehicle is shot at in a drive-by shooting, Rick Ross crashes his car in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Black metal musician and neo-nazi sympathiser Varg Vikernes, (a convicted murderer and former leader of Norwegian death metal band Burzum), is arrested at his farm in Southwestern France, Europe, because the French Ministry of the Interior deemed him "likely to prepare a large-scale act of terrorism." Two days later he will be released without charge.
Ticket tout Toufique Joseph is shot dead in Cape Town, South Africa. Music promoter David Forbes of H2O EDM Events will later be charged with the murder, which took place during a meeting about the fraudulent sale of festival tickets.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play the first of two nights at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Alice In Chains. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play the second of two nights at The MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, supported by Lenny Kravitz. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
During the Latin American leg of their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play the first of two nights at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, supported by Airbag. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
The Rifles play an acoustic set at Hall 2, The Sage, Gateshead, England, UK, Europe.
Dub Pistols release their seventh album, Crazy Diamonds, on Sunday Best in the UK.
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Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle is shot dead outside his clothing store, Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles, California, USA.