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Blues composer and musician, W.C. Handy often known as 'The Father of the Blues', marries Elizabeth Price. They will have six children.
Pianist King Fleming has an "indefinite" contract with The Macomba Lounge, at 3905 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, Illinois, USA, accepted and filed with Musicians Union Local 208. This gig will, reportedly, last for about one month.
Ben Pollack And His Orchestra record Maryland, My Maryland, Sensation Rag, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, San Antonio Shout and San Sue Strut, for Savoy/Discovery Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Flame Nightclub, owned by Harry Green, in St. Paul, Missouri, USA, has its licence revoked as a result of a recent municipal court conviction for selling liquor to minors.
Following complaints from angry neighbours, Sidney Adams is fined £3 and 10 shillings by a court in London, UK, for playing Bill Haley's Shake Rattle and Roll all day at full volume.
The Bob Dylan song Blowin' In The Wind is registered for copyright by music publishers M. Witmark And Sons of New York City, USA.
The song You May Be Holding My Baby by Bert Russell and Paul Colby is registered for copyright. It will be recorded by Lou Christie on the album Lou Christie Strikes Back.
Some hours after Little Willie John plays the second of two nights at The Magic Inn, Seattle, Washington, USA, he is arrested on a homicide charge. After the show, he had got into a fight while drinking at 918 23rd Avenue, and stabbed railroad worker Kenneth Roundtree.
Your Cheatin' Heart, an MGM movie based on the life of Hank Williams, has its premier at the Paramount Theater, Montgomery, Alabama, USA. Hank's second wife, Billie Jean will sue MGM for misrepresentation of their relationship in the film.
The Paramounts, later to become Procol Harum, sign an agency contract with NEMS Enterprises, owned by The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein.
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One hundred and fifty teenagers require medical attention when teenage fans at The Melody Maker National Beat Contest in The Palais, Wimbledon, England, UK, get out of hand. The event makes front page news in tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror the next day. Judges at the contest are Kenny Everett, Muriel Young and Graham Nash of The Hollies. Manchester band The St. Louis Union wins the contest.
When The Doors play at The Pussy Cat A Go Go, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, vocalist Jim Morrison is arrested for public drunkenness, vagrancy, and failure to possess sufficient identification. It is reported that Morrison taunted a security guard and was injured in the scuffle which followed. When police are called in, Morrison and his author friend Robert Gover are arrested.
The Rolling Stones' bassist Bill Wyman is granted a decree nisi at the Divorce Court, London, England, UK, Europe, on grounds of adultery by his wife, Diane.
David Freiberg of Quicksilver Messenger Service is arrested for marijuana possession in San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, USA.
Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath marries wealthy socialite Susan Snowdon.
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Twenty eight year old Texan Joseph Riviera, pulls out a gun in the New York offices of Elektra/Asylum Records, and demands to see either Jackson Browne or The Eagles, because he wants them to finance his trucking business. He is over-powered by police.
The Bee Gees begin a $200m legal action against manager Robert Stigwood, alleging fraud and misrepresentation.
After being found guilty of cocaine possession, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page gets a 12 month conditional discharge and is fined £100 for costs.
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac marries Warner Brothers Records promo man Kim Anderson.
The music industry war against bootlegging moves up a notch as the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announces a new crackdown on pirate cassettes.
On their Synchronicity tour, The Police play at Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
When Twisted Sister play in Midland, Texas, USA, the local police chief warns the band that the local sheriff wants to arrest the band. He advises the group members not to use any bad language onstage because if they do, he will not be able to get the group out of town safely.
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Slade organise a press event at The Trumpet, a pub in Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe, where the band first met. The occasion is intended to promote the band's latest LP, Rogue's Gallery, and includes a stripogram girl dressed as a police officer who 'arrests' Noddy Holder. Shortly afterwards, the real police showed up and somewhat dampened the mood of the occasion.
A judge in California, USA, orders the arrest of Cathy Smith on a murder charge. She is accused of having administered the drug injection that killed Blues Brothers star John Belushi.
When Megadeth play at the Antrim Forum in Northern Ireland, UK, Europe, vocalist Dave Mustaine misunderstands the local politics and yells out "Give Ireland Back To the Irish!" Police protection is required to get him out of the building.
It is reported that Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays has been found not guilty of cocaine possession by the High Court in Jersey.
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is legally forced to sever all links with his controversial therapist/business adviser Dr Eugene Landy.
Eminem, having allegedly pulled a gun on man he'd seen kissing his wife, Kimberly Mathers, outside the Hot Rock Sports Bar, Warren, Michigan, is arrested for disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Earlier the same day, Eminem is said to have pulled a gun on Insane Clown Posse member Douglas Dail outside an electronics store in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA.
The dismembered remains of a young woman, later identified as Selina Bishop, are found in a black-and-yellow duffel bag floating in the water at a private marina in the Sacramento River Delta, California, USA. Selina Bishop was the 22 year-old duaghter of blues guitarist Elvin Bishop.
The music divisions of the Sony Corporation and German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG [BMG: RCA Victor, Bluebird, etc.] merge. The new company, Sony BMG, will be based in New York City, USA, and will be owned 50/50 by the two partners.
Three men, including the rapper Cassidy, fire on three unarmed men during an argument in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Cassidy will, in due course, serve eight months in jail for his part in this incident.
Neither Michael Jackson nor his legal representatives show up in a New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, court for a hearing in a case accusing the star of sexually assaulting 18 year old Joseph Bartucci during the World's Fair in 1984.
Nona Paris Lola Jackson, a British woman claiming to be the biological mother of Michael Jackson's three children, has her case thrown out by a Los Angeles Court.
KT Tunstall marries Luke Buller (the drummer in her band) at Flodigarry Country House Hotel on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, UK, Europe.
Black Eyed Peas vocalist Fergie marries actor Josh Duhamel in Malibu, California. Kid Rock is among the 350 guests.
In the Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, Britney Spears settles a lawsuit brought against her by former manager Johnny Wright for failing to pay him commission.
In Sydney, Australia, lawyers for Men At Work's recording companies (Sony BMG Music Entertainment and EMI Songs Australia) ask for dismissal of a lawsuit from music publisher Larrikin Music which alleges that the band's 80s hit, Down Under was stolen from the 1934 song Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree.
Despite being in the middle of divorce proceedings, Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, are seen leaving the premiere of the film Alice In Wonderland in London, UK, together, thus sparking rumours of a re-kindling of their relationship.
British folk singer Fred Wedlock dies aged 67, after suffering a cardiac arrest at Bath's Royal United Hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.
On his Get Lucky tour, when Mark Knopfler plays at The Palace Theatre, Albany, New York State, USA, he performs the entire show perched on a stool because of a recent back injury.
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While touring in support of her tenth studio album, Let England Shake, PJ Harvey plays at The Regent Theatre, Melbourne, Australia.
It is reported that French far right leader Marine Le Pen is considering suing Madonna if she uses a video depicting the Front National president with a swastika on her face during upcoming performances on her MDNA Tour in France, Europe. Madonna had used the imagery during a concert in Israel just a few days earlier.
Operating on a drugs warrant, police raid the home of Ian Watkins, singer of Welsh band Lostprophets, in Pontypridd, Wales, UK, Europe. They seize a large number of computers, mobile phones and storage devices which, upon examination, reveal the extent of his depraved violent and sexual behaviour towards children.
It is reported that Adele has trademarked her name to ensure that it cannot be used as a brand name for perfume or jewellery.
Peter Murphy of Bauhaus is arrested following a hit and run incident, in Glendale, California, USA. Police charge him with possession of methamphetamine and causing injuries while driving under the influence.
Police find a small amount of cannabis in a hotel room occupied by Joel Madden of Good Charlotte at The Darling Hotel, Sydney, Australia, Oceania. Madden, in Sydney appearing as a judge on tv talent show The Voice, is asked to leave the hotel. No charges are brought against him because only a small amount of cannabis has been found.
Ian Brown, best-known as the singer of The Stone Roses, testifies in Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, UK, that Fred Talbot, his biology teacher at Altrincham Grammar School, showed his class pornographic films and taught the boys how to masturbate. Talbot later became a tv weatherman, and is now on trial charged with ten offences of indecent assault on five boys while working as a teacher in the late 1960s and early 1980s.
In the wake of over a dozen recent claims of sexual abuse against him, music mogul Russell Simmons is reported to have fled to the Yoga Barn retreat, Ubud, Bali. A statement on his behalf says he has gone to focus, "on yoga and meditation, as well as his spiritual and emotional health."
Humanitarian musician, philanthropist and politician Bobi Wine is arrested in Uganda, Africa, on charges alleging unlawful possession of firearms and incitement to violence.
R. Kelly is returned to Cook County Jail, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for the second time in less than two weeks after failing to pay more than $150,000 in back child support.
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