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The mother of jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden calls the police in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, because of his agressive and threatening behaviour, largely the result of his addiction to alcohol. The following month Bolden is incarcerated in the State Insane Asylum at Jackson.
At the age of twelve, Louis Armstrong is arrested for disturbing the peace by firing off a pistol while busking on the corner of Rampart and Perdido in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will spend several months in the Colored Waif's Home where he will become leader of the prison's marching band.
Having recently left Decca Records, Ambrose and his Orchestra sign a new contract with HMV in London.
Jazz violinist Eddie South signs a contract to record Honeysuckle Rose, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Fiddleditty and Black Gipsy two days later at Vara Studios, Hilversum, Holland, with producer Ed Crommelin.
A news item in the Hollywood reoprter states that actress and singer Mitzi Gaynor has ended her contract with 20th Century Fox at her own request, in order to pursue a nightclub and Broadway career.
Godtfred Kirk Christiansen of the Lego Company in Denmark, Europe, files a patent application for his company's plastic building brick toy which has been available on sale since 1949. The toy will inspire the 2011 song Lego House by Ed Sheeran.
A legal battle commences between Laurie Records' artists The Demensions, and Everest Records' combo The Baysiders. Laurie maintains that The Baysiders have copied The Demensions' version of Over The Rainbow.
Judy Garland files for divorce from her third husband, Sid Luft.
Bob Dylan releases his debut single, Mixed Up Confusion/Corrina Corrina, on Columbia Records in the USA, but it is withdrawn soon after.
Chubby Checker marries 22 year old Dutch model Catherina Lodders, in the Lutheran church in Pennsauken, New Jersey, USA.
Actress/singer Annette Funicello marries Jack Gilardi in the USA.
Jimi Hendrix reports to police headquarters, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe, as he must do for the next five days.
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Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested and charged with public drunkenness, after harassing a security guard at an adult movie theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Beatstalkers play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Dream Police.
Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple marries German dancer Barbel Hardie in Acton, West London, UK.
Jimi Hendrix signs a contract with powerful US promoter Bill Graham for two shows at the Fillmore East, New York City, with a fee of $12,500.
Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA reports that music business organisation the R.I.A.A. is about to start an all-out war against record bootleggers and pirates.
US District Court Judge Richard Owen allows John Lennon access to US Immigration files, to aid his fight to become a US citizen.
Eric Burdon is arrested after a show at The Rockpalast in Cologne, Germany, Europe.
On their Synchronicity tour, The Police play the second of two nights at The Summit, Houston, Texas, USA.
Shawn Love Wilson, widow of deceased Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, sues Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance, claiming breach of contract. The company refused to pay out on Wilson's insurance arguing that his death had been the result of drink and drug related problems not covered by the policy.
Elton John issues a press announcement confirming rumours that he and his wife Renate Blauel are to divorce.
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Don Myrick, saxophonist with in Earth, Wind And Fire, is shot dead at the age of 52 by a policeman in Santa Monica, California, USA, who mistakes a butane lighter in Myrick's hand for a weapon.
Nina Simone fires a gun at a pair of noisy teenagers playing next door to her home in southern France, Europe. She will be put on eighteen months probation and ordered to seek psychological counseling.
Veteran British pop star Cliff Richard goes to Buckingham Palace, London, to collect a knighthood. On the same day, Hole singer Courtney Love and former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are sued by a German promoter over Nirvana's failure to perform concerts after Kurt Cobain's suicide in April of the previous year.
Phil Collins marries his third wife Orianne Cevey at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, Europe. The event is said to cost £300,000, with guests including Elton John and Eric Clapton. [The civil ceremony took place one day earlier].
Stephen Hutton, a former employee of Kid Rock, files suit against his old boss for "breach of contract and unjust enrichment." Hutton had been fired several weeks earlier following a dispute about compensation.
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.
Mr. John Ellis lodges a Statement Of Complaint against Cardinal George Pell of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia, Oceania. Ellis accuses him (Pell) of having sexually abused a 12-year-old boy (Ellis) at a Roman Catholic youth camp in 1961. The scandal and investigation which follows will inspire Tim Minchin to write his song Come Home (Cardinal Pell).
It is announced that Elton John has signed a
Michael Jackson pleads not guilty in court in California, USA, after his grand jury indictment on charges of child molestation.
Ian Brown, former singer of The Stone Roses, is briefly detained for allegedly attacking a fan who jumped onstage during a concert at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child is ordered by a New York Supreme Court judge to pay damages to the Wilhelmina Modelling Agency because she had failed to honour her contract with the company by not paying a commission and service fee for setting up a deal with L'Oreal in 2001.
Snow Patrol's keyboardist Tom Simpson is arrested in Northolt, west of London, England, UK, Europe, just hours after the band performed at Live Earth, for failing to appear at a Glasgow court on charges of cocaine possession.
The Australian newspaper reports that US singing star Katy Perry is suing Australian fashion designer Katie Perry. The legal action is intended to prevent Katie Perry (yes, that's the name she was born with) from trademarking her own name for her clothing label.
Cher's first child, born a girl, files a petition in Los Angeles, California, USA, to have her name legally changed from Chastity Sun to Chaz Salvatore. Chastity underwent sex change surgery a year earlier. (Salvatore was Chaz's father Sonny Bono's real first name.)
It is reported that, according to a leaked tax document, American music business trade body the R.I.A.A. spent more than $58m (£37.8m) between 2006 and 2008 taking legal action against illegal filesharers.
When Bret Michaels and his band arrive to play a show at The Market Block Party, Syracuse Regional Market, Syracuse, New York State, USA, they discover that the event has been unexpectedly cancelled. As a result, Michaels will file a $5m lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, New York City, USA, against concert promoters Michael Banks and Aloha Events for breach of contract and exposure to public contempt.
At Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London, England, UK, Europe, George Michael is jailed for eight weeks for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. He is also fined £1,250 and given a five-year driving ban.
It is reported that pioneering rapper Kurtis Blow was arrested this morning for marijuana possession at Terminal 7, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Popular British DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile dies, aged 84, at home in Roundhay, Yorkshire, UK. He had recently been hospitalised with pneumonia.
R.E.M. issue a cease and desist order against Fox News, after the right-wing cable news network plays their song Losing My Religion during its coverage of the Democratic National Convention in the USA.
Legal representatives of The Black Keys tell a federal judge in Los Angeles, California, USA, that the band has reached an out of court agreement with Pizza Hut and the Home Depot over the misuse of two tracks from their LP El Camino, Gold On The Ceiling and Lonely Boy, in commercials for the companies.
David Traywick, the brother of country singer Randy Travis, is arrested at his home in Marshville, North Carolina, USA, along with his wife, Jessica, and two other women when officials find a meth lab in the house. Previously, in September 2012, Traywick had been arrested for cooking meth in a makeshift lab near his home.
A Los Angeles, California, USA, jury decides that London, UK-based concert promoter AEG Live was not guilty in the case of the Michael Jackson Family estate against the promoters. The family had been suing AEG for negligently hiring Dr Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter, to treat the star.
Paul Simon plays at The Beacon Theatre, New York City, USA.
Jack White publishes a lengthy apology on his website to the Black Keys, Danger Mouse, Adele, Meg White and "anyone I've offended with my comments about my creativity, their creativity, and the music business in general". The message comes in the wake of critical remarks reported to be have been made by White.
Iggy Azalea brings a copyright violation lawsuit in a federal court in California, USA, against rapper Jefe Wine, aka Maurice Williams, alleging that he has illegally released tracks stolen from Azalea's personal home computer.
From this date, East London company Mr Lemonade Alternative Drinks Ltd, must stop selling its John Lemon line of soft drinks, because John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has sued the company to stop sales of the product, saying it infringes on the John Lennon EU trademark and the legacy of her late husband's name.
Rapper T.I. pays a $300 fine in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, as a result of legal procedings taken against him following an incident in which he was arrested during May 2018 for 'cursing in a public place' after being refused entry to his gated Eagle's Landing community because he had lost his keys.
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