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Singer and harmonica player Noah Lewis, a key figure in the Memphis jug band circuit of the 1920s, is born in Henning, Tennessee, USA.
Sid Wayne is born in New York City, USA. He will grow up to become a successful songwriter, authoring See You In September, It's Impossible, I Need Your Love Tonight, Lover Doll, Flaming Star and others, many of them for Elvis Presley movie soundtracks.
Cora Walton is born in Shelby County, Tennessee, USA. She will find fame as blues singer Koko Taylor after moving to Chicago in 1952, eventually being signed to Chess Records and earning the nickname Queen Of The Blues.
Willie Lewis and his Orchestra record Who's Sorry Now, In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town, Memphis Blues, The Maid's Night Off, Coquette and Swinging At The Chez-Florence, for Panachord Records at The Pulchri studio in The Hague, Holland, Europe, with producer Ed Crommelin.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry plays at The Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Influential Sun Records' recording artist Rosco Gordon - he is said to have inspired ska music - marries Barbara Kerr in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
Location filming for the next Elvis Presley film, Blue Hawaii, continues in Hawaii, USA.
Furry Lewis records Frankie And Johnny, Goin' To Kansas City and other tracks for Bluesville Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis, Ben E. King, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Mary Wells, Sugar Pie DeSanto and others play the third night in a week of concerts at The Regal, Chicago Illinois, USA.
Aretha Franklin plays the seventh night in a three week season at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Aretha Franklin plays the last night in a three-week season at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Murray The K's Boss Holiday Show, with Jackie Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Belmonts, The Chantels, Tony Orlando and others, plays the eleventh day of two weeks at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Country performer and entrepreneur Hank Snow begins a legal suit against his former partner, Col Tom Parker, in an attempt to receive a percentage of the earnings of Elvis Presley.
Country singer and songwriter Johnny Cash records Christmas Spirit, Blue Christmas and Silent Night at Columbia Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Musicians on the session include Johnny Cash on vocals and guitar, Luther Perkins on electric guitar, Marshall Grant on bass, Bill Pursell on piano, W.S. Holland on drums and Joe Babcock on banjo.
John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Shakey Jake, Willie Dixon, Helen Humes and Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee, play in the American Folk Blues Festival '62 at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK. Said to have been in attendance at this gig were numerous aspiring young british blues artists, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones and top session player, Jimmy Page later of The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.
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Elvis Presley continues filming scenes for his next movie, Fun In Acapulco, at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chippenham, Wiltshire, band Red Starr And The Stereos support Jerry Lee Lewis at The Pavilion, Bath, England, UK, Europe.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays the fifth of seven nights at the Carnival Club, Cocos Beach, Florida, USA.
Dorothy Williams records Closer To My Baby and Watchdog for Volt Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Elvis Presley's fourteenth movie Kissin' Cousins opens to cinemas in Norway, Europe.
Elvis Presley continues with filming of studio scenes for his eighteenth film, Tickle Me, at Allied Artists studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Otis Redding records Ole Man Trouble for Volt Records in the USA.
Elvis Presley continues location filming for the movie Paradise Hawaiian Style, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Flatt And Scruggs (Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs) record Memphis Tennessee (a Chuck Berry composition), Jackson and Colours in Columbia Recording Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Gentrys are playing at The Whisky A-GoGo, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
We Five, Charlie Rich and Danny Hutton appear on syndicated tv pop show Shivaree, recorded for KABC in Los Angeles, California, USA.
William Bell, backed by Booker T And The MG's, records Everybody Loves A Winner, It's Happening All Over and You're Such A Sweet Thing for Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Carla Thomas, in the UK as part of the Stax/Volt Soul Concert Sensation 67 package tour, plays a warm-up gig backed by Booker T And The MG's, at The Bag O'Nails, London, England, UK, Europe, where she meets Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
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The highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, is I Thank You by Sam And Dave entering at No61.
The Who are in New York City, USA, discussing whether to perform the next day in the light of the fact that civil rights leader Martin Luther King has been assassinated earlier in the day.
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Elvis Presley continues filming scenes for his 28th movie, Live A Little, Love A Little, at MGM Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The five-day long 1968 NATRA (National Association Of Television And Radio Announcers) Convention begins at The Four Ambassadors Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA. Participants include Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby and Sen. Robert Kennedy. The event is marred by violence between Mafia elements and black music business executives.
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Having completed two weeks of recording sessions, Elvis Presley flies to Aspen, Colorado, for a skiing holiday with his wife, Priscilla, and entourage.
Elvis Presley flies from Memphis, Tennessee, USA, to Nashville, Tennessee, USA, to add vocal overdubs to several previously recorded songs.
The Rolling Stones play the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, which are recorded for the live album Get Yer Ya-Yas Out. Also on the bill are B.B. King, Ike And Tina Turner and Terry Reid. Jimi Hendrix also attends the show. Later, there is a birthday party for Jimi Hendrix at producer Monte Kay's apartment, attended by The Stones. During the party, Mick Jagger pricks his finger and Hendrix's girlfriend, Devon Wilson, sucks the blood from his finger, inspiring Hendrix to write the song Dolly Dagger ("She drinks her blood from a jagged edge").
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Percy Sledge, The Box Tops and The Upsetters play at Central Hall, Chatham, UK.
Indianola Mississippi Seeds by B.B. King enters the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No26 during a six-week run on the chart.
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Elvis Presley plays in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Howlin' Wolf is diagnosed as suffering from a brain tumour. he will undergo surgery but will not recover and will die four days later.
Elvis Presley records Moody Blue in the Jungle Room at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Willie Nelson reaches No1 on the Billboard country album chart in the USA with his 26th album, Always On My Mind. It will become the Billboard No1 country album of the year, spending 22 weeks at the top of the charts and remaining for a total of 253 weeks on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. The title track was first recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972, and was later covered by Elvis Presley, The Pet Shop Boys and many others.
1950s music stars Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins re-convene at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, to record a new album.
It is reported that Justin Timberlake has set up his own record label.
Yogi Bear, a new movie starring Justin Timberlake opens at cinemas in the USA.
Virtuoso guitarist Bruce Bouillet releases his third instrumental album, The Order Of Control on Music Theories Records, in the UK.
James And The Ultrasounds play at The Buccaneer, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Highly respected record producer Snuff Garrett is inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in Austin, Texas, USA. Garrett produced hits for Bobby Vee (including Devil Or Angel and Rubber Ball) as well as sides for Del Shannon, The Ventures, Johnny Burnette and Sonny And Cher.
highly respected record producer Snuff Garrett dies of cancer, aged 77, in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Garrett was the man behind a number of hits for Bobby Vee (including Devil Or Angel and Rubber Ball) as well as sides for Del Shannon, The Ventures, Johnny Burnette and Sonny And Cher.