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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.
Blues vocalist and harmonica player Little Willy Foster is born in Dublin, Mississippi, USA.
James Moore is born in Lobell, Louisiana, USA, He will grow up to be gutbucket blues harmonica star Slim Harpo.
Mathis James Reed is born in Dunleith, Mississippi, USA. He will find fame as blues singer/songwriter/guitarist and harmonica player Jimmy Reed.
Guitarist and singer Clarence 'Tom' Ashley of the Carolina Tar Heels and harmonica player Gwen Foster spend the second of three days of recording sessions for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA. During these three days they will record Ain't No use To High Hat Me, Bay Rum Blues. Down At The Old Man's House, East Virginia Blues, Faded Roses, Frankie Silvers, Go Way And Let Me Sleep, Greenback Dollar, Let Him Go God Bless Him, My North Carolina Home, Old Arm Chair, On Dark And Stormy Night, Sadie Ray, Sideline Blues, Times Ain't Like They Used To Be and Rising Sun Blues. This last will become internationally famed in 1964 when The Animals record it as House Of the Rising Sun.
William Arnold is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find fame as harmonica player, vocalist and recording artist Billy Boy Arnold.
Blues harmonica player Jazz Gillum records Birmingham Blues and My Old Lizzie, with Big Bill Broonzy on guitar, in The Leland Hotel, Aurora, Illinois, USA, for Bluebird Records.
Charlie McCoy is born in Oak Hill, West Virginia. He will become a revered country music harmonica virtuoso, and will contribute his talents on several instruments to Bob Dylan albums including Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde.
Ken Schoppmeyer is born in Clairemont, San Diego, California, USA. He will find acclaim as a blues harmonica player, leading the King Biscuit Blues band for over ten years.
The Hotcha Trio (a harmonica group) release a new 78rpm single, Chattanoogie Shoeshine Boy and Honeysuckle Rose, on Decca-Philips Records in Germany, Austria and Sweden, Europe.
Acclaimed guitarist, singer, songwriter, pianist and harmonica player Hal Bruce is born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Willie Mabon, Ursula Reed, Eccentric Slim, Kid Taps, Juanita Taylor and Melita play in The State Theatre, Niagara Falls, New York State, USA.
Little Richard's audition tape arrives at Specialty Records, Hollywood, California, USA, where it is heard by A + R man Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell.
Jimmy Rogers records If It Ain't Me [Who Are You Thinking Of], with Big Walter Horton on harmonica, Otis Spann on piano and Willie Dixon on bass, in Chicago, IIlinois, USA, for Chess Records.
Bill Haley and His Comets begin a month-long tour of South America. Tonight finds them in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Sweet Sixteen by B.B. King on Kent Records makes its Billboard R'n'B singles chart debut in the USA. It will peak at No2.
Simon Dominic-Moore of UK band Drum Theatre is born.
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.
James Cotton (under the name Jimmy Cotton) records Jimmy's Jump, Decoration Day Blues, Polly Put The Kettle On and Goin' Down Slow for Columbia Records in London, England, UK, Europe. The session also features Chris Barber on bass and Alexis Korner on guitar.
Delta blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player J.D. Short dies of a heart attack, aged 60, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Willie Dixon appear in a Granada tv special, produced by Johnnie Hamp, entitled I Hear The Blues.
The Yardbirds play two shows, lunchtime and evening, at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK. Sonny Boy Williamson II is the headline act in the evening.
Bob Dylan plays a live show in Royce Hall Auditorium, Pasadena, California, USA.
The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The Honeycombs and Tony Sheveton play the second of two nights at Sydney Stadium, Sydney, Australia.
R'n'b star Sonny Boy Williamson II, the second artist of that name, dies having suffered a heart attack in his sleep in his apartment above Newkirk's Auto Shop, Elm Street, Helena, Arkansas, USA.
Manfred Mann record You Gave Me Somebody To Love at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK. In the evening, the band plays at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK.
The four-day-long New York Folk Festival begins in in Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. Over the next four days, the festival will present live performances by Mose Allison, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Son House, Doc Watson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Muddy Waters and nearly 60 other singers, instrumentalists, and dancers. The line-up for the first night is Chuck Berry, Mose Allison, Ric Von Schmidt, Mississippi John Hurt, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, Dave Van Ronk and Son House, with Sam Charters acting as emcee. The event will lose around $35,000.
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Muddy Waters, with James Cotton on harmonica, plays at The Museum Of Modern Art, New York City, USA.
Stevie Wonder releases a new single, High Heel Sneakers aka Hi-Heel Sneakers, in the 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.
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers release a new EP, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers With Paul Butterfield, in the UK on Decca Records.
The Cream, The James Cotton Blues Band, Jeremy And The Satyrs, and Blood Sweat And Tears play the last of three nights at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA. During these shows, Cream record the performances used on their live album Wheels Of Fire.
Ernest Van 'Pop' Stoneman dies aged 75, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Proficient on guitar, banjo, autoharp and harmonica, he was one of the most prominent recording artists of country music's first commercial decade.
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 first of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Charlie Musselwhite plays the third of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Albert King and Paul Butterfield play at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Blues singer, harmonica player and recording artist Billy Bizor dies of dropsy in Houston, Texas, USA.
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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The People's Fair, a three day event, is taking place in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. Over the three days of the event, artists appearing include Buddy Rich, Taj Mahal, Ravi Shankar, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Paul Butterfield, Terry Reid, Steve Miller, The Amboy Dukes, Chuck Berry, The Siegel-Schwall Band, SRC, Crow, Brownsville Station, Sugar Loaf and more.
Help Me by Joni Mitchell on Asylum Records enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No7 during an eleven-week run. It will prove to be her only Top 10 single.
The Hard Rock Café opens a branch on 57th Street, New York City, USA. (The chain was started in London, England, UK, Europe, in 1971)
At a Motown Records celebration in New York City, USA, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson both duet with George Michael.
Beatlejazz, a group specialising in jazz interpretations of The Beatles songs, release the album, All You Need, featuring guest appearances by Toots Thielemans [harmonica], Richard Bona [bass and vocals] and Joe Lovano [saxophone].
Delta Spirit play at Radio Radio, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
On their Fallen Empires tour, Snow Patrol play the first of two nights at The Fox Oakland Theatre, Oakland, California, USA, supported by Ed Sheeran.
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite release a new album, Get Up!, on Stax Records in the USA. When the duo play a gig on this evening at Irving Plaza, New York City, USA, they are joined onstage by Warren Haynes of Govt Mule.
Badly Drawn Boy plays at The City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds, England, UK.
On their Are We There Yet? - 40th Anniversary Tour, Nine Below Zero play at The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, England, UK, Europe.
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