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Coal miner Harry Lauder marries Ann Vallance, the daughter of a colliery manager at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He will go on to become internationally famed as singer Sir Harry Lauder.
Frank A. Decker of New York City, USA, is granted a patent relating to his improved driving mechanism for musical instruments which make use of pedals and bellows.
Popular Broadway singer Julia Sanderson marries songwriter, performer and recording pioneer Frank Crumit. Within a year they will be performing together on radio as 'The Singing Sweethearts of the Air'.
Dick McDonough And His Orchestra record He Ain't Got Rhythm, The Girl On The Police Gazette, Can't Lose That Longing For You and The Goona Goo in New York City, USA.
Alfred Lennon marries Julia Stanley in Liverpool, UK. Their only son will be John Lennon of The Beatles.
Washington DC-based r'n'b group The Cap-Tans sign an exclusive one-year recording contract with management duo Lillian Claiborne and Winfield Adams, whereby the managers could lease or sell the results to whichever record company they chose.
UK jazzman Ronnie Scott is among those arrested when forty police officers raid Club Eleven, Carnaby Street, London, UK, and find him in possession of illegal drugs.
Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, sells Elvis Presley's recording contract to a partnership consisting of 'Colonel' Tom Parker plus Hill and Range Song Publishers.
Frank Sinatra acts as best man when music promoter Lee Gordon marries dancer and model Arlene Topfer in Acapulco, Mexico.
Bob Dylan signs a new publishing deal with M. Witmark And Sons and records a demo of his song Blowin' In The Wind in their small studio at 488 Madison Avenue, New York City, USA.
The Hullabaloos, The Detergents, Shirley Ellis, Little Richard (whose backing group includes Jimi Hendrix], The Vibrators, The Exciters, The Hollies, The Uniques, Dee Dee Warwick, Roddy Joy, Sandie Shaw and King Curtis play at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
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Rick And The Ravens, a group including Ray Manzarek, later to play keyboards for The Doors, plays at Ports O'Call, San Pedro Marina, California, USA. Because the contract calls for a six-piece group, Manzarek's friend Jim Morrison stands in with the band, pretending to play guitar.
California-based singer, songwriter and producer Wayne Shanklin has a son, Edward Windsor Shanklin, with his wife Victoria.
The Velvet Underground and Nico plus Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable arrives in San Francisco, California, USA, for two nights at influential rock promoter Bill Graham's Fillmore West, supported by the Mothers Of Invention and the Jefferson Airplane. EPI dancer Gerard Malanga is arrested in a restaurant for carrying his whip. Velvet Underground vocalist Lou Reed shoots up bad speed and contracts hepatitis.
Buffalo Springfield and Canned Heat play at the Campus Hall, University of California, Irvine, California, USA. After the concert, Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer is arrested for possession of drugs and is subsequently detained at an immigration camp in El Centro for two weeks before being deported to Canada. Within a few days Buffalo Springfield will replace Palmer with recording engineer/bassist Jim Messina.
In New York City, USA, The Jimi Hendrix Experience sign legal documents relating to the PPX court action, and others transferring financial control from Yameta to co-managers Chas Chandler And Mike Jeffery.
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In Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Jim Morrison of The Doors is charged with "assault, intimidation and threatening a flight attendant on an interstate flight."
David Milgaard is wrongfully convicted of the murder and rape of nursing assistant Gail Miller in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Milgaard is sentenced to life imprisonment. He will spend 23 years in prison, only having his conviction overturned in 1992. Milgaard's story is told in the 1992 song Wheat Kings by The Tragically Hip.
John Lennon and his attorneys win the right to inspect Lennon's U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service files in an attempt to prove that the Richard Nixon administration had interfered in John's case.
London-based music business manager Malcolm McLaren sends $50,000 bail money to secure the release from jail of Sid Vicious in New York City, USA. Vicious is released into the care of his mother.
The Police play at Stages, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Drummer Aynsley Dunbar, currently with Jefferson Starship, begins a $3.25m unfair dismissal legal action against his former band, Journey.
Charged with inciting a riot during a university concert, The Stranglers are arrested in Nice, France, Europe.
Diamond Head play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
In the High Court, London, England, UK, Europe, EMI agrees to play back royalties of £2.8m to The Beatles.
Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac marries Portuguese musician Eduardo Quintela de Mendonca in London, England, UK, Europe.
Duff McKagan of Guns N'Roses marries his first wife, Mandy Brixx.
Nick Cave appears at Marlborough Street Magistrates Court, London, England, UK, Europe, and admits possession of heroin. He is discharged on condition that he enters a rehabilitation clinic.
Calvin Broadus, better known to the world as rapper Snoop Dogg, is convicted on a narcotics possession charge, for trying to sell cocaine.
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac marries Kim Anderson in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary by renewing their marriage vows in London, UK.
When Walter Trout plays at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe, the show is recorded and will be released as the album Relentless.
As Lil' Kim’s perjury trial wraps up in Manhattan, New York City, USA, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cathy Siebel tells the jury that Kim told preposterous lies and may believe she is above the law.
Actress Cameron Diaz files a $10m libel suit in Santa Monica Superior Court, Santa Monica, California, USA, against the National Enquirer because it ran a story claiming that she had cheated on her boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
In Chicago, Illinois, USA, District Court Judge Sidney Schenkier dismisses a $106m lawsuit filed by Jacque Hollander against Godfather of Soul James Brown, claiming that he was responsible for a woman contracting Graves' Disease after he allegedly raped her seventeen years earlier.
Twenty-five historically-significant music recordings are added to the 2006 National Recording Registry at the US Library Of Congress. These include singles such as Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers [1926], Wildwood Flower by The Carter Family [1928], Pony Blues by Charley Patton [1929], Peace in the Valley by Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys [1951], Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins [1955], Be My Baby by The Ronettes [1963], We Shall Overcome by Pete Seege [1963], [I Can't Get No] Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones [1965] and A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke [1965]. The additions also include complete albums such as The Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground [1967], The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake by Eubie Blake [1969], Burnin' by The Wailers including Bob Marley [1973], Live in Japan by Sarah Vaughan [1973] and Graceland by Paul Simon [1986]. This brings the number of recordings named in the registry to 225.
Rapper T.I. and his wife are arrested on charges related to possession of marijuana in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Robert Levon Been, bassist of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, is fined 18,500 euros and given a three month suspended sentence in Germany, Europe, because of an incident in which he accidently injured a fan at a gig in Munich earlier in the year.
In court in Burbank, California, USA, rapper Tone-Loc pleads not guilty at Burbank Superior Court, Burbank, California, USA, after being charged with possessing an assault weapon and domestic violence.
Said The Whale release their third album, Little Mountain, in the USA.
Los Angeles Superior Court approves a search wa rrant for police to investigate the identity of an individual going by the name of @Gunn2urhead who has been sending death threats via Twitter to Shirley Manson, the singer with Garbage.
L.A. County Police are called out to the Jackson family home when someone inside the family compound "accused someone else present of a physical assault", according to US website TMZ. No arrests are made.
The Metropolitan Police Service in the UK announces that it will 'take the national lead in assessing the recent information regarding allegations made against the late Jimmy Savile'. The recently-deceased DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile has been accused of sexually abusing teenage girls in the 1970s.
Rihanna is not in court when her $5m [
Judge Marvin Aspen of the US Distric Court in Chicago, Illinois, USA, dismisses a copyright lawsuit filed in 2011, in which songwriter Rebecca Francescatti had alleged that Lady Gaga had stolen parts of her song Juda.
Disorderly conduct charges against Paul Simon and Edie Brickell are dropped by the court in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. The couple were arrested in April following a domestic dispute.
Ke$ha's former record producer Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) files a lawsuit against the singer's mother, Pebe Sebert, claiming that she orchestrated a smear campaign of sexual lies against him and also extorted him.
John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen pay for several food trucks to go to Lincoln Square in New York City, USA, to provide free food for protesters demonstrating against the death of Eric Garner, racism and police brutality.
Elton John and James Taylor come to the end of a tour of South America, with a show at Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile. While in South America, Elton John has contracted a “rare and potentially deadly” bacterial infection.
At the 75th Golden Globe Awards event in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, many of the participants dress in black to show support for Time's Up, a legal defense fund set up to support victims of sexual harassment and assault. This action will inspire a group of female country singers to come together as The Song Suffragettes and release a single entitled Time's Up.
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