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The body of Ellen Smith is found behind the Zinzendorf Hotel in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, shot through the heart by her lover, the town drunk, Peter DeGraff. Her death will inspire the murder ballad Poor Ellen Smith, which will be recorded by The Stanley Brothers, The Kossoy Sisters, The Kingston Trio, Neko Case and others. Another song on the same theme is The Fate Of Ellen Smith by Green Bailey, recorded in 1928 for Gennett Records.
Early in the morning, the liner RMS Titanic, believed to be unsinkable, sinks in The Atlantic Ocean, with the loss of over 1,500 lives. The 1932 song Titanic Blues by blues musicians Hi Henry Brown and Charley Jordan will be inspired by the disaster. Other topical songs on the same theme are The Titanic by Ernest V. Stoneman and The Last Scene Of The Titanic by Frank Hutchison. The 1989 song Rest In Pieces (April 15 1912) by San Francisco band Metal Church is also about the sinking of The Titanic.
George Hormel is born. During the 1950s and 1960s, as Geordie Hormel, he will compose music for tv shows including The Fugitive, Lassie, Naked City and The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. In 1968, he will found The Village Recorder Studio in Los Angeles, California, which will go on to become a major independent recording studio, used by The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, The Doors and countless others.
Fred James is born in San Antonio, Texas, USA. He will find success as a Nashville-based record producer, considered to be as much a documentarian as he is a musician and and entrepreneur. His Bluesland Productions is among the world's foremost independent music companies devoted to blues, soul, and American roots music.
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Eddie Boyd, The Boilerhouse and others play in A Basement Full Of Blues at The Middle Earth club, London, England, UK, Europe. Deejay for the event is John Peel.
Black Sabbath play at The Lafayette Club, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe, supported by Medicine Head. Radio 1 deejay John Peel subsequently claimed to have tried to sign the Sabs to his Dandelion label.
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A feature by Geoff Barton in weekly UK rock newspaper Sounds sparks an interest in a genre which is becoming known by the somewhat clumsy name of The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM).
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The Cure, The Passions, Au Pairs, Section 25 and The Fall play at The Rainbow, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Fall, Biting Tongues and John Hurst play at The Beach Club, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
The Fall play at The Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
When The Fall play at Acklam Hall, London, England, UK, Europe, the show is recorded and will be released as a live cassette under the title Live In London.
The Smiths play at The Warehouse, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
The Smiths play at The University Of Sheffield, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
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Tommy Boy and Sugarhill - two independent record labels in the USA, go to court in Newark, New Jersey, USA, over rights to the Malcolm X single, No Sell Out.
The Smiths make their first appearance on BBC tv pop show Top Of The Pops, performing This Charming Man.
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The Smiths' British tour plays at Hanley Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, England, UK, Europe.
The Smiths play at The Beacon Theater, New York City, USA, supported by Billy Bragg.
The Fall begin a British tour with a show at The Riverside, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
The Fall play at The Hacienda, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Acclaimed indie dance combo Age Of Chance enter the UK singles chart with a cover of Prince's song Kiss. Although peaking at No50, it will prove to be their biggest hit.
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The Pixies play a live show in Milan, Italy, Europe.
Jake Edwin Kennedy is born in Nottingham, UK. Hewill find success as indie singer-songwriter Jake Bugg.
Internationally successful guitarist Ivor Mairants dies aged 89, of cancer in London, UK. Mairants was widely regarded as a leading authority on the instrument in all its forms.
Indie producer Phil Bonnet is found dead of an apparent aneurysm, in his car near his home in the Ukrainian Village, Chicago, Illinois, USA. In a long career, he had worked with The Smoking Popes, The Slugs, Fig Dish, Eleventh Dream Day and New Duncan Imperials.
The Strokes play at The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Kings Of Leon.
Arctic Monkeys release their third album, Humbug, on Domino Records in the USA and Canada.
It is announced that downloads are now accounting for one in six albums sold in the UK after increasing their sales over the past 12 months by 35.4%.
The three-day-long Lollapalooza Festival comes to an end at Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Acts appearing on this day include Soundgarden, MGMT, Arcade Fire, The National, Erykah Badu and Cypress Hill.
Tina Dico begins a UK tour in support of her album Welcome Back Colour, at The Glee Club, Brimingham.
Indie rock band Frankie And The Heartstrings release their debut album, Hunger, on Pop Sex Ltd/Wichita Records in the UK.
It is announced that Caro Emerald's debut album, Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor, has been certified Platinum in the UK, making it the third best-selling independent record of the year in the UK. It has also been certified platinum in Germany, 6x Platinum in Holland, and has been awarded the IFPI Platinum Europe Award for sales exceeding 1 million copies in Europe.
Fanfarlo play at The Hoxton Square Bar, London, UK.
I Break Horses release their second album, Chiaroscuro, on Bella Union Records in the UK.
All-female dream-pop trio Vivian Girls play at The Church, New York City, USA.
All-female dream-pop trio Vivian Girls play at Baby's All Right, New York City, USA.
of Montreal play at le Poisson Rouge, New York City, USA.
Bastille, Tegan and Sara, Brand New, Built to Spill, Kurt Vile, Modest Mouse, Phosphorescent, The Districts and The Violators play on the last of three days of The Boston Calling Festival, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Arctic Monkeys release a new single, Snap Out Of It, in the UK.
The Vans Warped Tour '14, featuring Enter Shikari, Air Dubai, Anberlin, Less Than Jake, Bowling For Soup, Attila, Antiserum, A Skylit Drive, Bayside, Bad Rabbits, Cute Is What We Aim For, Echosmith and others plays at Canterbury Park, Shakopee, Minnesota, USA.
Hundred Waters play at The Independent, San Francisco, California, USA.
Ariel Pink plays at The Old Market, Brighton, UK.
Lila Rose releases her new LP, We.Animals, on LilaRose Music in the USA.
Lila Rose launches her new LP, We.Animals with a live gig at The Independent, San Francisco, California, USA.
Owl And Mouse, The Smittens, The School, The Just Joans and others play the first of two days at Indiefjord, Bjorke, Norway, Europe.
On their What Went Down tour, Foals play at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Bon Iver play the first of two nights at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, England, UK.
Bon Iver play the first of two nights at The Eventim Apollo, London, England, UK.
On the North American leg of his Call The Comet tour, Johnny Marr plays at The Theatre Of The Living Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
It is reported that according to a study by Cloud Cover Music, classic rock is the best music to listen to when you need to get the job done, followed by alternative and pop. Hip-hop, heavy metal, electronic dance music, and country are found to be the most distracting.
Big Thief play at The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.