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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
, 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.
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.
, 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.
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.
is a celebrity guest at the Art For Aids III event, in the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort And Spa, Laguna Beach, California, 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.
guitarist, Mick Mars undergoes full hip replacement surgery in Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, California, USA.
, recently injured in an accident while riding pillion on a motorbike in London, England, UK, Europe, is discharged from the Royal London Hospital.
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".
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
On her Madame X tour
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.