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Blues singer and harmonica player Johnny Woods is born in Looxahoma, Mississippi, USA.
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.
Amos Wells is born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He will find fame as blues harmonica master Junior Wells.
Serenade Of The Bells by Kay Kyser And His Orchestra on Columbia Records enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles Chart in the USA at No13. It will spend just one week on the chart.
The Best-Selling record of 1947 according to the year-end poll in Cashbox Magazine in the USA is Peg O'My Heart by The Harmonicats.
Blues singer, guitarist, harmonica player and one-man band Joe Hill Louis records a session for Modern Records at Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Mike Turk is born in New York City, USA. He will find success as a jazz and blues harmonica player and recording artist.
Michael Siegfried Raphael is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. He will find success as harmonica virtuoso Mickey Raphael, best-known for his work with Willie Nelson, but also contributing his musical gifts to Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, M
Sonny Boy Williamson records Nine Below Zero, Mighty Long Time, Stop Now Baby and Mr. Down Child, for Trumpet Records in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Guitar on these tracks is played by Elmore James.
Los Angeles-based doo-wop combo The Penguins play at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Blues harmonica star Little Walter Jacobs records Nobody But You and Everybody Needs Somebody in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records.
The Four Preps record Lazy Summer Night and Cinderella at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
Brian Setzer is born in Massapequa, New York State, USA. He will find fame as guitarist/leader of The Stray Cats before going ont to lead The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Sonny Boy Williamson II releases a new single, Stop Right Now, on Checker Records in the USA.
The Beaulieu Jazz Festival, Hampshire, England, UK, Europe, featuring Johnny Dankworth, James Cotton, Kenny Ball's Jazzmen, Chris Barber's Jazzband with Ottilie Patterson, Terry Lightfoot and others, ends in riots when members of the crowd begin to climb the scaffolding which supports the lighting rigs being used for the tv broadcast. Among the audience is a young Rod Stewart.
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.
Sonny Boy Williamson II records Nine Below Zero, for Checker Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Country singer Jimmy Dean spends the second of two days at Columbia Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, recording tracks for his album Portrait Of Jimmy Dean. On this day, with producer Don Law, he records Cajun Joe and other tracks. Musicians playing on the session are Grady Martin, Harold Bradley and Ray Edenton on guitars, Joe Zinkan on bass, Floyd Cramer on piano, Bill Pursell on organ, Charlie McCoy on harmonica and Buddy Harman on drums.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated plays its regular Thursday night residency at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated plays its regular Thursday night residency at The Marquee, London, UK.
Manfred Mann release their debut single, the instrumental Why Should We Not, on HMV Records in the UK.
Little Stevie Wonder releases a new single, Workout Stevie, Workout, on Tamla Records in the USA.
Cyril Davies All-Stars play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Little Stevie Wonder plays at the Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
Sonny Boy Williamson II plays at the Star Club, Croydon, England, UK, Europe, backed by The Yardbirds.
Sonny Boy Williamson II is recorded live at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, London, England, UK, backed by The Yardbirds.
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Little Stevie Wonder continues with his Christmas season booking at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
Liverpool-based band The Hideaways play a gig in Edinburgh, Scotland, for local promoter Luna Enterprises.
Little Walter plays at The Concorde Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK, with The Soul Agents.
Manfred Mann and Bill Haley And His Comets play at The City Hall, Sheffield, UK.
Manfred Mann play at The Astoria, Rawtenstall, England, UK.
During a gig at the ABC Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe, Bob Dylan encounters so many tuning problems that he throws away his mouth organ.
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Summer In The City by The Lovin' Spoonful is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
John Popper is born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He will find success as a songwriter, singer and harmonica virtuoso, best-known as frontman of the band Blues Traveler.
Bobby Bare, with producer Felton Jarvis, records A Bird Named Yesterday, The Church In The Wildwood and You Are My Sunshine in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session includes guitarists Ray Edenton, Wayne Moss and Jerry Reed, bassist Junior Huskey, drummer Jerry Carrigan, pianist David Briggs, and harmonica player Charlie McCoy.
Diana Ross and The Supremes headline the First Annual Motown Sales Convention at The Roostertail nightclub, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Other acts appearing include Stevie Wonder, The Spinners and Gladys Knight And The Pips.
Bruce Channel plays at The Orchid Ballroom, Purley, UK, Europe.
The Who play the second of three nights at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by James Cotton and Magic Sam.
Brian Jones, recently sacked from The Rolling Stones, rings Shirley Arnold, secretary of the group's fan club to ask how the fans are taking the news of his departure.
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TV show Music Scene, which premiered on ABC in the USA in September 1969, transmits its final show, featuring Bo Diddley performing Hey Bo Diddley, Groucho Marx with Father's Day Song, John Sebastian singing She's a Lady and Rainbows All Over Your Blues, Lee Michaels doing Who Could Want More and Buffy Sainte-Marie singing Universal Soldier.
An anti-war festival takes place at Shea Stadium, New York City, USA, featuring Steppenwolf, Paul Simon, Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield and more.
Blues harmonica player and singer Moses 'Whispering' Smith dies aged 52 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Eurythmics enter the UK singles chart with There Must Be An Angel. Prominently featuring a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder, it will peak at No1.
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Snooks Eaglin and Earl King headline the First Annual UK Blues Festival, St Asaph, Clwyd, Wales, UK.
John Sebastian, the owner and general manager of radio station KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, plays Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin for twenty-four hours non-stop to inaugurate the station's format change to Classic Rock. Police arrive at the station twice with guns drawn: once when a listener reports that the DJ has apparently suffered a heart attack, and a second time when it is suspected that, this being during the Gulf War, the station has been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Saddam Hussein, known to be a Zeppelin fan.
Blues singer and harmonica player John Lee Henley dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ted Nugent plays at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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.
Jazz harmonica and guitar virtuoso Toots Thielemans announces his retirement, at the age of 91. In a lengthy career, as well as pursuing his own projects, Thielemans played with Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul Simon and many others.
John Cee Stannard And Blues Horizon release a new LP, To The River, on Cast Iron Records.
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