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Alex Ford, who will find fame as Sonny Boy Williamson II, is born near Glendora, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, USA. In his youth he is also known as Aleck 'Rice' Miller.
Charles Isiah Ross is born in Tunica, Mississippi, USA. He will grow up to record for Sun Records and others as a harmonica player under the name Dr Ross.
Cyril Davies is born in Denham, Buckinghamshire, UK. He will find fame as a harmonica player and bandleader, widely regarded as one of the godfathers of the 1960's British blues and r'n'b scene.
Blues harmonica player Jazz Gillum And His Jazz Boys record New "Sail On, Little Girl", Sweet Sweet Woman, Gillum's Windy Blues, Boar Hog Blues, Just Like Jesse James and Reefer Head Woman, for Bluebird Records at The Leland Hotel, Aurora, Illinois, USA. Guitar on this session is played by Big Bill Broonzy.
Singer/songwriter, guitarist, and blues-rocker Scott Ellison is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Bill Haley and His Comets begin a month-long tour of South America. Tonight finds them in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
UK heart-throb pop singer Adam Faith has his first No1 hit single with What Do You Want?.
Sammy Davis Jr records Face To Face, Get On The Right Track Baby and Till Then, in the USA.
Suffering from a throat infection, Freddie Cannon cuts short his current UK tour and flies back to the USA.
Lightnin' Hopkins records the album Last Night Blues at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Bluesville Records. Sonny Terry plays harmonica on this album.
The Mahalia Jackson Show, a tv special starring Mahalia Jackson, is broadcast by Granada TV in the UK. The show, produced by Johnnie Hamp, also features Chris Barber's Jazz Band, Toots Thielemans, Julius Katchen and Leon Bibb.
Pat Boone records Just Out Of Reach, Johnny Will, Deep Are The Roots and other tracks at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Billy Vaughn leads the session, which also features guitarists Carol Kaye and Tommy Tedesco, bassist Larry Breen, drummer Nick Fatool, percussionist Elmer Schmidt, pianist Frank Scott and harmonica player George Fields.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated plays its regular Thursday night residency at The Marquee, London, UK.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated plays its regular Thursday night residency at The Marquee, London, UK.
Return To Sender by Elvis Presley is the highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, entering at No61.
The Cyril Davies All-Stars play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Marquee Club re-opens in Wardour St, Soho, London, UK, with a gig headlined by Sonny Boy Williamson II. Also on the bill are The Yardbirds (including Eric Clapton] and Long John Baldry And The Hoochie Coochie Men.
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Bob Dylan performs With God On Our Side on BBC tv's Tonight show in London, UK.
Koko Taylor records I Got What It Takes and What Kind Of Man Is This, for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Guitarists on this session are Robert Nighthawk and Buddy Guy, while Big Walter 'Shakey' Horton is playing harmonica. Willie Dixon acts as producer.
Them (with Van Morrison on lead vocals) release their debut single, Don't Start Crying Now, on Decca Records in the UK. The song was composed and first recorded by Slim Harpo.
The Beatles conclude their tour of the USA with a charity show, raising $75,000 for The United Cerebral Palsy Association, at The Paramount Theatre, New York City, USA, Bob Dylan visits them backstage. On the same bill is The Shangri-Las.
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Little Walter plays at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
The Hideaways play a lunchtime gig at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Oscar Brown Jr., are playing during an extended engagement at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Temptations, Martha And The Vandellas, Brenda Holloway, Patti LaBelle And The Bluebelles and The Beau Brummels play the ninth night of a ten day season, promoted by top radio DJ Murray The K, at the Brooklyn Fox Theatre, New York City, USA.
Stevie Wonder plays at The Scotch Of St. James club, London, UK. At the show Wonder meets Paul McCartney of The Beatles for the first time.
Summer In The City by The Lovin' Spoonful is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
The Cream begin eleven nights at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA, supporting The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Electric Flag. The Cream's bassist Jack Bruce has described this gig as "The real beginning of Cream."
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The James Cotton Band and The Crumbs play the second of two nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On their second tour of the USA, The Cream play at Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara, California, supported by Taj Mahal and The James Cotton Blues Band.
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Jimi Hendrix jams at the official opening of Mike Jeffery's Generation Club, 52 West 8th St, New York City, USA, with Roy Buchanan. The gig, sometimes described as a Wake For Martin Luther King, also features B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Richie Havens and Buddy Guy.
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Vanilla Fudge and James Cotton play at the Fillmore East, New York City, USA.
Ten Years After perform in the last of three nights at the new Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, along with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Truth.
Taj Mahal and Tim Buckley play the second of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bruce Channel plays at The Orchid Ballroom, Purley, UK, Europe.
When Muddy Waters plays with an all-star band including Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T And The MGs and Sam Lay at the Super Cosmic Joy-Scout Jamboree in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the show is recorded and some tracks will appear on the album Fathers And Sons.
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In the early hours of the morning, the final concert by The Band, comes to an end at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California, USA. Guest performers at the show have included Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles and Neil Young. The entire event is filmed by Martin Scorsese and will be released as the movie The Last Waltz, in cinemas worldwide.
During his gig at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, Elton John announces that he is retiring from live concerts. Stevie Wonder appears as a guest artist, playing harmonica.
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Blues harmonica player Harmonica George [real name: George W. Robinson] dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the BBC 1 tv show Question Time Boy George challenges Britain's shadow Trade and Industry Secretary, Angela Browning, and Stagecoach tycoon Brian Souter about their support for the retention of the contentious anti-homosexual Section 28 legislation.
The Sonics play at The Paramount, Seattle, Washington, USA, supported by Girl Trouble.
Thom Yorke of Radiohead plays a set at The Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Southwold, UK, during which he includes a performance of one new song, The Present Tense.
Ingrid Michaelson plays at The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK.
Stevie Wonder plays at Koengen, an outdoor concert venue in Bergen, Norway, Europe.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the world premiere of the Martin Scorsese documentary film, Living In The Material World, about the life of The Beatles' guitarist George Harrison, at the British Film Institute (BFI) on the South bank, London, England, UK, Europe.
Nine Below Zero begin their Acoustic Tour at Blackheath Concert Halls, London, UK.
Mark Feltham and Dennis Greaves, best known as founder members of Nine Below Zero, play at The Crooked Billet, Henley On Thames, UK.
Badly Drawn Boy plays at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England, UK.
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