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The Four Bright Sparks, including Van Phillips, Sid Bright, Len Fillis and Rudy Starita, record Jollity Farm, Bunky-Doodle-I-Do, My Heart Is Saying, Pagan Love Song and Lovable And Sweet, for Columbia Records, in London, UK.
PC Sidney Miles is shot dead by the sixteen year old Christopher Craig in Croydon, London, England, UK. Tragically, his slow-witted burglary accomplice, Derek Bentley, is wrongly convicted and hanged for the crime. In 1982, Ralph McTell will write the song Bentley And Craig inspired by the incident.
Lou Busch and Eddy Hansen register copyright on the song Rattlesnake Rag through Chatsworth Music of New York City, USA.
Joy Beverly of British singing trio The Beverley Sisers, marries footballer Billy Wright at Poole Register Office, Poole, UK.
US big band leader/composer Joe Rines marries Portland Hoffa, the widow of famous American comedian Fred Allen.
Smokey Robinson marries The Miracles' vocalist Claudette Rogers at Warren Avenue Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Guests include Jackie Wilson, Barrett Strong and The Satintones.
Johnny Kidd And The Pirates return to the UK pop singles charts with Restless.
In his apartment on Fourth Street, New York City, USA, after watching a tv documentary about a convicted murderer, Bob Dylan is inspired to compose the song The Ballad Of Donald White.
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Brian Jones, as leader of The Rolling Stones, signs a contract with Impact Sound, owned by rock entrepreneurs Andrew Oldham and Eric Easton.
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Congressman Emanuel Celler introduces a bill to repeal the existing copyright payment exemption for juke boxes in the USA.
In court in Santa Monica, California, USA, Judy Garland is granted a divorce from her husband Sid Luft, who she had accused of drunkenness and abuse.
UK release of debut album, Are You Experienced by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. During the day, Hendrix signs a music publishing contract. In the evening, the band plays a gig at the Bluesville 67 Club, Manor House, London, N4. Finally Hendrix jams at The Speakeasy with Procol Harum.
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In New York City, USA, Supreme Court judge J. Steit rules against Bang Records' legal action to prevent Neil Diamond from recording for any other record company.
Judy Garland's management duo (Luft and Filberti) sell her contract as security in exchange for a loan of $18,750 to a pair of businessmen, Leon Greenspan and Howard Harper.
Dusty Springfield records Easy Evil and Who Could Be Loving You Other Than Me? in ABC Recording Studios, Los Angeles, for Dunhill Records. On the same day, Priscilla Presley files for divorce from Elvis Presley.
Natalie Cole secretly marries her record producer, Marvin Yancy Jr., but the couple will not announce their union until seven months later, on Valentine's Day, when she will also announce that she is pregnant.
The Beatles begin legal action to prevent the release of live recordings of the band made at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe, in the early 1960s.
Paul McCartney is arrested in Tokyo, Japan, Asia, when customs men find half a pound of marijuana in his luggage.
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A riot ensues during Black Sabbath's Heaven And Hell tour, when they play at Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. A projectile, thrown from the audience, knocks bassist Geezer Butler unconscious, and he is taken to hospital. When the concert is stopped, fans riot destroying windows, doors and furniture inside the venue, doing $10,000 worth of damage. After the venue is cleared by police, fighting continues outside and up to two blocks away. It takes police over an hour to clear the area. According to an October 1980 article in Billboard magazine, "Every available officer in the city was called out" and "two policemen and dozens of concertgoers were injured".
Having been discovered by music biz mogul Clive Davis while singing in a New York City nightclub, Whitney Houston signs her first recording contract with Arista Records.
When Twisted Sister play in El Paso, Texas, USA, the local police sheriff asks if his son can sit behind the band's drummer and watch him play. The band agrees.
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When frontman Dee Snider quits Twisted Sister, their record label cancels the band's contract, and Twisted Sister disbands.
Boney M producer Frank Farian invites breakdancers Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan to his Frankfurt, Germany, studio. They sign a contract, which will result in the creation of a carefully manufactured pop duo - Milli Vanilli.
After more than $40,000 in cash and checks is found in his cell at the Stevenson Correctional Institute in South Carolina, USA, James Brown is moved to a cell with tighter security.
It is announced that 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell has paid filmmaker George Lucas more than $300,000 in an out-of-court settlement, and has also agreed to stop using the name Luke Skyywalker. Some months earlier, Lucasfilm Ltd. had filed a $300m federal trademark infringement lawsuit against Campbell, who had been performing under the name Luke Skyywalker. Lucasfilm asserted that despite the two Ys, the name was too similar to their Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
Bill Wyman, bassist of The Rolling Stones, announces that he and his teen-bride Mandy Smith have begun divorce proceedings.
While on probation, Wilson Pickett is arrested for cocaine possession.
Rodney Sheppard, guitarist of Sugar Ray, proposes to his girlfriend of nine years - Gretchen Fyke. She accepts.
During his show at the Biscuits And Blues Club, San Francisco, California, USA, Country Joe McDonald is served with legal papers concerning the similarity of his song I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die to Kid Ory's earlier composition, Muskrat Ramble.
British rock'n'roll popster Shakin' Stevens spends several hours in police custody, having been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Judge Rodney Melville, the Santa Monica judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation case, orders 82 pages of documents containing "sensitive information" to be sealed indefinitely. He also refuses to lift a gagging order, ruling that it would violate the privacy of all parties involved.
Prosecutors in R. Kelly's ongoing underage sex trial in Chicago, Illinois, USA, reduce the timeframe in which the alleged sex acts took place. Judge Vincent Gaughan had stated a month earlier that their timeframe was too vague. The new timeframe still covers more than three years.
Famed model Tyson Beckford files a $5m damages lawsuit in Manhattan, New York City, USA, against rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs, alleging that Combs had used Beckford's image and likeness without his permission to promote a line of clothing after expiry of his contract.
American singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb marries Roey Hershkovitz in a traditional Jewish ceremony in front of 275 guests at a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City.
A federal jury in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, orders Joel Tenenbaum of Providence, Rhode island to pay $675,000 to four record labels because he had admitted illegally downloading and sharing thirty songs online.
53-year old Mark McLeod is arrested for stalking by police after he is spotted loitering around the set of Miley Cyrus's new movie The Last Song in Georgia, USA.
American Idol winner Carrie Underwood marries ice hockey player Mike Fisher at The Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, Georgia, USA. 200 guests attend the wedding which is estimated to have cost $500,000.
Newly-released legal documents reveal that the estate of Michael Jackson has earned over $300m since the singer's death in June 2009. This amount includes earnings from album sales, movies, licensing arrangements and licencing deals for Cirque du Soleil shows.
The UK's Intellectual Property Office rules that three original members of Bucks Fizz [Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston] cannot register a trade mark that includes the band's name, because the wife of another original member, Bobby G, owns copyright on the name.
The Live Music Bill, aimed at stopping bureaucracy from smothering small scale live music, is passed through the House of Commons, London, UK.
It is announced that internationally successful electronic artist David Guetta has renewed his recording contract with EMI Music. The new agreement further extends a relationship which has already lasted for eleven years.
It is reported that Jennifer Lopez has filed a countersuit against her former chauffeur Hakob Manoukian, claiming that he is trying to extort money from her. Manoukian had filed a lawsuit in April 2012 against Lopez, Nuyorican Productions and her manager Benny Medina, alleging that he was hired to be the superstar's full-time driver, but the defendants failed to pay him his previously agreed yearly salary of $72,000.
Choreographer Wade Robson files papers asking a judge to allow him to enter a late creditor's claim against the estate of Michael Jackson on the basis of allegations that the superstar singer molested him while he was child.
Two drunks accidentally knock over and damage a bronze statue of Phil Lynott, leader of Thin Lizzy, in Harry Street, Dublin, Ireland, Europe. They later hand themselves in to police and admit that they caused the damage.
Rapper Tyga is arrested after being seen driving a Rolls Royce "in a reckless fashion" in South Central Los Angeles, California, USA, during a video shoot.
Singer Tulisa Contostavlos is arrested in Southgate, North London, England, UK, after being breathalysed following a crash near the local underground station.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Kanye West has begun a $10m legal suit against various syndicates of insurer Lloyd's of London, including Cathedral Syndicate, alleging that they are stalling on paying out claims emanating from his recent canceled tour dates. It is thought that the insurers believe Kanye’s use of marijuana may provide a basis on which to deny the claim.
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Touring in support of her sixth album, Damned Devotion, Joan As Police Woman plays at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Radiohead foil a blackmail plot by publishing 18 hours of music which had been recorded during the making of their 1997 album OK Computer, on the Bandcamp website. The music had been hacked from Radiohead frontman Thom York's personal minidisc archive, and then became the subject of a blackmail threat, with the blackmailer threatening to release the music unless the band paid him $150,000. Instead, the band simply released all of the disputed music with all profits from the release going to the Extinction Rebellion campaign.
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