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Earl 'Fatha' Hines records Blues In Thirds, Chicago Highlife. Stowaway, Chimes In Blues and other tracks for QRS Records in Long Island City, Queens, New York State, USA.
A new 15-minute musical variety programme, The Chesterfield Supper Club, begins on the NBC Radio Network in the USA. The show is presented by Perry Como and will eventually also be broadcast on tv for many years.
Pioneering jazz mandolinist, guitarist and violinist Snoozer Quinn, who worked with Bix Beiderbecke, Paul Whiteman and others, dies of tuberculosis in Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Lousiana, USA. He made some of his best-known recordings while bedridden in the hospital during the last year of his life.
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker begins a brief period of hospitalisation for ulcers in the Medical Arts Hospital, New York City, USA.
Sammy Davis Jr. is seriously injured in a car crash en route from Las Vegas to a recording session in Los Angeles, California, USA. His left eye is damaged and has to be removed.
Jimmy Rushing records New Orleans, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, Careless Love, Doctor Blues and Rosetta, in New York City, USA. for Columbia Records.
When pianist Winifred Atwell begins a UK tv series, it is estimated that one quarter of the population watches the first show.
Ray Price And The New Port Jackson Jazz Band play at a concert in aid of St. Vincents Hospital Centenary Appeal, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia.
Tommy Roe, Chris Montez and The Beatles play at The Granada Cinema, Bedford, England, UK, Europe. With John Lennon suffering a cold, The Beatles play as a trio.
Johnny Cash records a future hit single, Ring Of Fire, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for Columbia Records. In 2004, Cash's family will block an attempt by advertisers to use the song to promote haemorrhoid-relief products.
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During the day, with George Harrison in bed at The Plaza Hotel nursing a sore throat, the other three members of The Beatles enjoy a horse and carriage ride in Central Park, New York City, USA. In the evening, seventy-three million Americans tune in to watch their first US tv performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Also on the Sullivan show is Welsh entertainer Tessie O'Shea, and The Beatles take the opportunity of being photographed with her.
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Reportedly having contracted a viral infection, Bob Dylan is treated in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, UK.
Country star Roy Acuff suffers a broken pelvis, fractured collarbone and cracked ribs in a car crash near Sparta, Tennessee, USA. Also injured are singer June Stearns and guitarist Harold Jackson. All three are first treated in Sparta, then transferred to Miller's Clinic, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Country music singer and songwriter Elton Britt dies of a heart attack, aged 58, in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
Florence Ballard of The Supremes is found paralysed on the living room floor of her home in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is driven to Mount Carmel Hospital, where she will die the following day.
Peter Frampton falls from the stage during a show in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, breaking two ribs.
David Lee Roth of Van Halen fractures his nose and suffers a concussion when he leaps off Alex Van Halen's drum riser and hit the stage lights, during the recording an TV special in Rome, Italy, Europe.
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, Carly Simon collapses from exhaustion on stage at the Stanley Theater.
Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Paul Rodgers, Bill Wyman, Kenney Jones, Charlie Watts and others take part in another fund-raising benefit concert, in Dallas, Texas, USA, for former Small Faces and The Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Doctor And The Medics play at The Underground, Croydon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits breaks his collarbone in a crash while driving in a celebrity race preceding the Australian Grand Prix.
Blues singer and guitarist Little Joe Blue dies of stomach cancer in Reno, Nevada, USA.
Sergio Franchi, one of the world's most popular singers of traditional pop, Neapolitan and Italian songs, show tunes, opera, operatic pop and soft-rock, dies from the effects of a brain tumour, aged 64, in Stonington, Connecticut, USA.
The Spin Doctors play at The Warfield, San Francisco, California, USA.
On a day off during his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson visits a hospital and a toy shop in Santiago, Chile.
Popular chansonnier Barbara dies, aged 67, from respiratory problems in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris, France, Europe.
The shceduled release of Rick James from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Denver, Colorado, USA, is delayed for further blood tests. He had collapsed onstage during November because of a neck aneurysm which resulted in a blood clot travelling to his brain and causing a stroke. In hospital, his condition was referred to as "rock'n'roll neck" because it was caused by tossing his head violently during his performance.
Singer and songwriter David McComb, formerly of The Triffids, dies of heroin abuse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oceania.
Wilco play at The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan is a celebrity guest at the Art For Aids III event, in the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort And Spa, Laguna Beach, California, USA.
Estelle Axton, co-founder of the legendary soul music label Stax Records, dies, aged 85, of natural causes at the hospice at Saint Francis Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Legendary jazz saxophonist Illinois Jacquet dies in New York City, aged 81. On the same day, French heart-throb singer Sacha Distel dies, aged 74, after a long illness.
Motley Crue guitarist, Mick Mars undergoes full hip replacement surgery in Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Marc Almond, recently injured in an accident while riding pillion on a motorbike in London, England, UK, Europe, is discharged from the Royal London Hospital.
Lynyrd Skynyrd postpone upcoming shows in New Jersey and New Hampshire, USA, to allow vocalist Johnny Van Zant to recover from "a severe case of strep throat".
Revered German jazz trombonist and composer Albert Mangelsdorff dies in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe, aged 76, after a long illness.
Madonna visits the family of Charles Criscenzo, the French stage technician killed recently when a partially built roof at the Stade Velodrome, Marseilles, France, Europe, collapsed. Madonna's concert at the Stade Velodrome had been cancelled as a result of the incident.
Pioneering Sun Records artist and studio musician Billy Lee Riley dies in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA, after a battle with colon cancer.
Drummer Ian Matthews of Kasabian falls and breaks his hand while rehearsing for the NME Awards in London, UK. Unable to find a replacement, the band's drum tech Loz fills in for the performance.
Pete Doherty is photographed while out enjoying the sunshine in Paris, France, Europe, with friends. The photgraphs cause quite a stir because the night before, Doherty had cancelled a solo gig at the Theatre De Verdure De Nice, in Nice, France, claiming that he had been admitted to hospital.
Smashing Pumpkins play at a Benefit Concert for Matthew Leone of the band Madina Lake at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Leone had been severely injured in a brutal attack and the concert raises $80,000 towards his medical expenses.
My Morning Jacket play at The Hard Rock Live, Orlando, Florida, USA, supported by Delta Spirit.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist J.J. Cale, aged 74, dies of a heart attack, in hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, California, USA.
Paul McCartney cancels more gigs in Japan, Asia, because he is still suffering from a virus.
In an article in the Mail on Sunday, former Dire Straits' bass player John Illsley reveals his 15 year battle with leukaemia, how he kept it secret from friends and family, how songs on his new album were written while in hospital and how his life was saved by stem cells donated by his sister.
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure reveal that an all-star group of contemporary rock and pop artists under the name of Band Aid 30 will shortly be recording a new version of Do They Know It's Christmas to raise money to fight the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.
Selena Gomez announces that she is taking a break to manage "anxiety, panic attacks and depression." She cancels the remaining 34 dates on her Revival tour and checks in to a treatment facility in Tennessee, USA.
Rapper Mac Miller is found dead, aged 26, at about noon in his home in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA, of an apparent drug overdose.
On her Madame X tour, Madonna cancels a show at The Wang Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, for medical reasons.
George Frayne, founder and leader of pioneering alt-country band Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, dies aged 77, of esophageal cancer, at his home in Saratoga Springs, New York State, USA.