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Nat 'King' Cole, just seventeen years old, marries his girlfriend, the dancer Nadine Robinson, in Michigan, USA.
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.
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.
Actress, singer and dancer Shirley Temple marries her second husband, Charles Alden Black.
Willie Nix records Prison Bound Blues, Truckin' Little Woman, Just One Mistake, Take A Little Walk With Me, Ridin' In The Moonlight and Mighty Showers Of Rain at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Frederick J. Troppe of Joliet, Illinois, USA, applies for a US Patent in respect of his invention of a tone modifier for musical instruments of the accordion type.
Elvis Presley's cover version of the Carl Perkins song Blue Suede Shoes is released in the UK on RCA. On the same day, Bill Haley and his Comets release a new single, Hot Dog Buddy Buddy/Rockin' Through The Rye, on Decca Records in the USA.
Buddy Holly receives a new recording contract from Decca Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, but he does not sign it. He is keen to break free from the company.
Elvis Presley shocks his audience by simulating sex with a stuffed dog called Nipper when he plays the first of two nights at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. After the show, local police caution Elvis about his on-stage behaviour. The following day, local press run headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act, and that night the Los Angeles Vice Squad films his entire concert, to study his performance.
After being charged with car theft by Seattle Police, Jimmy Hendrix [later known to the world as guitar-god Jimi Hendrix] is sent to Rainier Vista 4-H Youth Centre, Seattle, Washington, USA, for seven days.
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Hit songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil are married in a church on Central Park West, New York City, USA.
A thirteen year old girl is caught by police on the outside of the eighth floor of The Sheridan Hotel, Sydney, Australia, hotel, trying to climb up to The Beatles' penthouse suite.
Police in Detroit, Michigan, USA, raid an after hours drinking club in a predominantly black neighborhood around Twelfth Street and Clairmount Avenue. When local people turn up outside the club to protest at the heavy-handed police action, a riot is sparked. Looting and fires spread through the Northwest side of Detroit, then cross over to the East Side, and the city remains under National Guard control well into August. The story of the riots is told in John Lee Hooker's song The Motor City Is Burning, recorded soon after.
A meeting is held in New York City, USA, about the complex legal suit between Ed Chalpin's PPX Records and Jimi Hendrix (about his recording contracts).
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John Lennon, music publisher Morris Levy and Lennon's attorney Harold Seider meet for lunch at Club Cavaliero, 58th Street, New York City, USA, to discuss why Lennon had failed to record three songs owned by Levy on his recently released LP Walls And Bridges. Lennon explains to Levy that he had indeed recorded three Big Seven songs for what he thought would be his "next" LP, Rock'n'Roll, but that producer Phil Spector had disappeared with the tapes.
When seven members of Bette Midler's band are arrested for possessing cocaine and pot, they are bailed out by Miss Midler.
Abraham Beame, mayor of New York City, USA, hosts a luncheon for The Bee Gees at Gracie Mansion, to mark their charitable donations to the Police Athletic League Organisation.
In the plagiarism suit about the song My Seeet Lord copying The Chiffons' tune He's So Fine, former Beatles' guitarist George Harrison is ordered by court to pay $587,000 damages to publishing company ABKCO, owned by The Beatles' former manager Allen Klein.
A mother, wearing a traditional white headscarf, goes to the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, to hand in a letter to the country's military leader, Videla, asking about her 'disappeared' son. She is sent away but, moments later, she links arms with another woman and begins walking in silence around the square. Eventually, a small group of women are walking round the square in pairs. At the time, a government order banned assemblies of more than three people so, by walking in pairs, they could not be broken up by police. Every Thursday since that day the Mothers of The Disappeared have walked around Plaza de Mayo carrying photographs of their lost loved ones. The white headscarf, worn on that April day 35 years ago, became the symbol of the unity of the group. The songs They Dance Alone by Sting and Mothers Of The Disappeared by U2 are about this protest.
Duran Duran sign their first recording contract, with EMI Records in London, England, UK, Europe.
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The film The Jazz Singer, starring Neil Diamond as a young Jewish cantor with a secret life as a jazz singer, is premiered in Century City, California, USA. The film is a re-make of an Al Jolson movie, originally released in 1927.
John Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, pleads insanity in court in New York City, USA.
In the Palms Bar, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics is seen, according to a police report, "fondling her breasts, buttocks, and vaginal area with her hand, While subject was fondling her vaginal area, with her hand, she did it in a manner which simulated masturbation, Subject also was observed simulating masturbation and sexual intercourse using the handle of a sledgehammer." She is arrested but charges are later dropped.
Madness enter the UK singles chart with Cardiac Arrest, which will peak at No14.
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Alan Jackson becomes the first artist to sign with the Arista Nashville record label in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The deal is also Jackson's first recording contract.
Assault charges against Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses are dropped when he and a neighbour he allegedly hit with a wine bottle agree to try to avoid each other.
On A Friday (later to become Radiohead) sign a recording contract with EMI Records in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Artist (better known as Prince) celebrates "Freedom Day" at Paisley Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, to celebrate his release from his Warner Brothers Records contract.
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan is arrested for failing to keep up with child support payments to his wife and their three children. Subsequently released on $4,500 bail, Ol' Dirty returns home to discover that his wife has filed for divorce.
Brandon Boyd of Incubus is arrested at La Guardia Airport, New York, USA, when security officials find a switchblade knife in his luggage. He is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, then allowed to continue on to play a gig in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Actress Renee Zellweger meets country singer Kenny Chesney when they both appear at the Concert of Hope tsunami relief benefit in Los Angeles, California, USA. Four months later, they will marry.
Britney Spears files suit in New York State Supreme Court against eight insurance companies which are contesting her $9.8m reimbursement claim over last year's cancelled Onyx Hotel Tour, on the grounds that she had never informed them of the knee injury which caused cancellation of the tour.
George Clinton wins a court case in which he was seeking rights to the master recordings of four Funkadelic albums - Hardcore Jollies, One Nation Under A Groove, Uncle Jam Wants You and The Electric Spanking of War Barbie.
Boy George, formerly the lead singer of Culture Club, is sentenced to jail for fifteen months at Snaresbrook Crown Court, East London, after being found guilty of falsely imprisoning and beating a Norwegian male escort, Audun Carlsen, almost two years earlier.
Six youths pelt Lily Allen with snowballs while she is playing in the snow and sledging with a group of friends on Primrose Hill, London, England, UK, Europe. They are later arrested and charged with assault.
Sweden, Europe, returns its first Pirate Party MEP, Christian Engstrom from Stockholm, with 7.4% of the Swedish vote. The result comes in the wake of a high-profile filesharing trial in which four heads of the Piratebay website were jailed for breaking copyright law.
Eddie Van Halen files a lawsuit against Nike in Los Angeles, California, USA, alleging that the company used the trademarked striped design from his guitar on their new line of 'Dunk Lows' sneakers.
Michael Jackson's nurse and nutritionist, Cherilyn Lee, is served with a subpoena as investigators into Jackson's death continue to seek out all medical records pertaining to the singer.
Billy Ray Cyrus files divorce from his wife Tish. The couple, who were married for seventeen years, are the parents of teen superstar Miley Cyrus.
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.
Former reggae singer Finley Quaye slaps Jobely Flores and spits in her face during a racially-motivated altercation on Leith Walk, Edinburgh, Scotland. Quaye will be arrested and charged with having committed the offence.
Bob Weston, who played guitar with Fleetwood Mac in the early 70s, is found dead, aged 64, by police at his home in Brent Cross, London, England, UK, Europe. The cause of death is reported to have been a gastrointestinal hemorrhage.
Cymbals Eat Guitars play at Botanique,, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.
File-sharing website Megaupload.com is shut down by the FBI in the USA for violating music download piracy laws. The FBI describes the dispute as one of "the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States" and says it "directly targets the misuse of a public content storage and distribution site to commit and facilitate intellectual property crime."
Three members of all-female Russian band Pussy Riot are convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, in Tagansky District Court, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
District Court Judge Steven Merryday of Tampa, Florida, USA, denies a request by Christopher Federline for a restraining order against Britney Spears, and closes the case. This bizarre tale began two days earlier when A temporary restraining order against Britney Spears was lodged - allegedly - in the District Court of Tampa, Florida, USA by Christopher Federline, brother of Spears' ex-husband Kevin Federline. The legal action is reported to have claimed, among other things, that Christopher Federline slept with Britney while she was married to his brother and he was thus the biological father of her son Sean Preston.
Claudette Robinson, the former wife of hitmaking songwriter/performer Smokey Robinson, begins a court action to pursue her claim to half of the royalties earned by her husband during the period of their marriage.
It is announced that a group of Iranian youths who posted a video of themselves dancing to the Pharrell Williams hit Happy have been sentenced to up to a year in jail and 91 lashes.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd changes his plea to guilty on a charge of a threat to kill, in court in Tauranga, New Zealand, Oceania.
A hearing is held in Chaska, Minnesota, USA, to determine whether to declare Prince's siblings as his heirs, and who should manage the rock superstar's estate going forward. No will has surfaced since Prince died.
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