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The term 'hillbilly' appears in print for the first time in The New York 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 off 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.
Two negro musicians, William Slaughter and Ralph Johnson, and Powell Calloway, white, are shot with a revolver and instantly killed by one Lillian Williams, during a dance at Morris Creek, West Virginia, USA.
Charles Harrison [aka Gyp The Blood], a waiter at the Tuxedo Ballroom, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, shoots and kills the owner, Harry Parker, and his associate Billy Phillips. The club will be closed down soon after, and the incident will become the subject of Gyp The Blood, a song by blues musician Richard 'Rabbit' Brown.
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During the First World War, a British fleet off the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, Europe, begins an almost continuous bombardment of Battleship Hill, which marks the start of what will come to be known as The Gallipoli Campaign. At the same time, British Empire and French forces make amphibious landings on the Gallipoli peninsula. The 2011 song On Battleship Hill by P.J. Harvey, is about this conflict.
Glen Troutman is born in Joplin, Missouri, USA. He will find success as rockabilly star Glen Glenn.
Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Harry James records You Made Me Love You. with vocalist Dick Haymes, for Columbia Records.
At a meeting of The Association For Education By Radio in Columbia, Missouri, USA, Charles A. Seipmann of the OWI (Office of War Information) declares that "Propaganda can win the war and must. Armed victory alone can't. Music is our strong morale builder." Seipmann uses his speech to argue for the use of popular music to inspire the war effort, and specifically mentions the Frank Loesser song Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition.
Judy Garland, bloated by acute hepatitis caused by drug abuse, enters The Doctors' Hospital, New York City, USA.
After receiving death-threats, revered Nashville session guitarist Hank Garland is seriously injured when he crashes his 1959 Chevy Nomad station wagon on Route 41 near Springfield, Tennessee, USA. Two local residents claim to have heard gunfire immediately before the crash, and bullet-like holes were later seen on the vehicle. The man whose guitar can be heard on hits by Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers and Patsy Cline, will never work again.
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Geoff Mott and the Mottoes play at the Friends Meeting House, Cambridge, UK. Their vocalist, Syd Barrett, will go on to form Pink Floyd.
Jazz bassist Leonard Gaskin records Ghost Riders In The Sky, Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Pistol Packin' Mama and other tracks in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Swingville Records.
The Mark Five play at The Gun Tavern, Croydon, England, UK.
Blues harmonica master Jazz Gillum is shot in the head during an argument, and is pronounced dead on arrival at Garfield Park Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Beatles' seventh studio album, Revolver, is released in Spain, Europe, on Odeon Records.
When black rights crusader Martin Luther King is assassinated, - killed by a sniper's bullet while standing on the balcony in front of his room at The Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, - riots erupt across America. James Brown goes on national tv to try to calm things down. King's life and work will be comemorated in such songs as Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder, MLK by U2, Abraham Martin And John by Dion, Save The Country by Laura Nyro and Begin The Begin by R.E.M.
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Led Zeppelin play at the Sports Arena, San Diego, California.
Led Zeppelin release a new single, Immigrant Song, in the USA.
Twenty-six unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders are shot by soldiers of the British Army during a protest in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland. The incident will become known as Bloody Sunday and will be recorded in the U2 song Sunday Bloody Sunday. Others who have written songs on this topic include John Lennon, Roy Harper, Christy Moore, The Wolfetones and Cruachan.
Seven days after the notorious ‘Bloody Sunday’ shootings, an FBI meeting is held in the Irish Institute, West 48th Street, New York City, USA, to investigate whether John Lennon might be connected with the IRA.
UK music weekly Sounds announces an upcoming tour featuring The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Talking Heads and The Vibrators. The tour will, however, have to be re-thought when the American bands drop out soon after.
Ten London-based record companies have their walls sprayed with the slogan 'Sign Siouxsie Now' - as part of a graffiti campaign on behalf of unsigned punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Dr Feelgood play at Hammersmith Odeon, London, supported by Mink De Ville.
The hit single Strawberry Letter No23 by The Brothers Johnson is certified a gold disc in the USA.
David Bowie releases Heroes, his second collaborative album with Brian Eno, in the UK.
The Sex Pistols' album Never Mind The Bollocks is removed from British record stores under the 1889 Indecent Advertisements Act.
Stacy Sutherland, former lead guitarist of the 13th Floor Elevators, is accidentally shot dead by his wife Bunny, in Houston, Texas, USA.
When Neil Young and Crazy Horse play at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA, the bulk of the in-concert album, Live Rust, is recorded.
Abba complete recording of their seventh album Super Trouper, at Polar Music Studios, Sweden.
Carlton Barrett (Carlie Barrett), drummer for Bob Marley and the Wailers is shot dead by his wife and her lover outside his home in Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean.
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.
When The Rolling Stones play a second night at The Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, USA, they are joined for one song by Eric Clapton. Earlier in the evening, Axl Rose, singer of support band Guns N' Roses, announces from the stage that the band will be destroyed if certain members of the band can't stop using heroin.
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.
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).
Manchester, UK's troubled Hacienda Club re-opens after being closed since early January because of violence. The bouncers are now wearing bullet-proof vests and there are walk through metal detectors on the way in.
The Glastonbury festival in Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, features Manic Street Preachers, Blur, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello, Oasis, Bjork, Orbital, Radiohead, Johnny Cash. Attendance is 105,000, but the event is marred by several drug-related shootings.
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Anne Beverley, mother of Sid Vicious, bassist of The Sex Pistols, commits suicide at home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England, UK.
Ray Davies of The Kinks is shot in the leg while chasing a shotgun-wielding mugger, Jerome Barra, through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana. Barra had snatched a purse belonging to Davies' girlfriend as they strolled down Burgundy Street in the early evening.
Singer R. Kelly slaps a $75m lawsuit on rapper Jay-Z, following incidents during their joint concert three days earlier at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA. Kelly had quit the stage after claiming to see two audience members pointing guns in his direction. Kelly also claims to have been pepper sprayed backstage by an associate of Jay-Z.
Country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is indicted on felony charges by a grand jury in McLennan County, Texas, USA. The indictment relates to a 2007 charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after Shaver had shot Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun, during a confrontation outside Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in Lorena.
Rammstein begin the second leg of their Made In Germany tour with a show at The TUI Arena, Hanover, Germany, Europe.
Finch release a new single, Two Guns To The Temple, in the USA.
During the warm-up dates for their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at The T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, 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. Having broken his foot at the start of the month, Axl Rose performs this show from the customized throne that Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters had used to perform after he broke his leg at a concert.
Deer MX, B.B.Bomb, new sunglasses and p!Sco play at Revolver, Taipei, Taiwan, Asia.
Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes, a singer who appeared on the Mexican version of The Voice in 2011, dies aged 45 after being shot multiple times in his car three days earlier in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, supported by Chris Stapleton. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993. Also, at this gig, the band is joined by drummer Steven Adler who plays on two songs.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, supported by The Cult. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
Rapper Soulja Boy is arrested for possesion of guns at his home in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.