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, revered as the "Father of American music", but ravaged
by alcoholism, dies aged 37, at the North American Hotel, 30
Bowery, Lower East Side, New York City with exactly 38 cents to his
name. His legacy of timeless songs includes Oh! Susanna
Folks at Home (aka Swanee River)
, Camptown Races
Old Kentucky Home
For a fee of £100, popular operatic star Enrico Caruso
makes his first recordings, ten arias including E lucevan le stelle, for The Gramophone Company in a room at The Hotel Di Milano, Milan, Italy, Europe.
Dame N elly Melba signs a recording contract with the Gramophone Company. She drives a hard bargain, insisting that her records sell at a higher rate than any other recording artist, with an unprecedented advance.
Harvey Blackson is born in McDade, Louisiana, USA. He will find fame as Harmonica Fats, often billed as '320 pounds of the blues'.
In financial difficulties, Jimmie Rodgers sells his home in Kerrville, Texas, USA, for $9,100, less than half its original price.
The National Industrial Recovery Act
, intended to assist America's recovery from the Great Depression, is signed into law in the USA. "History will probably record the National
Industrial Recovery Act as the most important and far-reaching legislation ever enacted by Congress," declares US President Franklin D, Roosevelt. Two months later, Bill Cox
will be inspired to celebrate the three R's promised by the NRA -
relief, reform, and recovery - in his jaunty NRA Blues.
When Duke Ellington
And His Orchestra play the second of two nights at Sweet's Ballroom, Oakland, California, USA, a boycott is held to protest against the venue's policy of charging higher admission prices to black patrons.
It is reported that sales of guitars have reached a new peak in both Britain and America.
Lou Goldberg of The William Morris Agency of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, writes to Joe Small of Admiral Picures, returning to him a cheque in the value of $980.50. The cheque releates to transportation costs for Elvis Presley
, but Presley's manager Col. Tom Parker has told Goldberg to return it to Admiral Pictures.
Country music artist Don Gibson's new Cadillac is wrecked near Liberty, Tennessee, USA, in a car crash. About $900 worth of damage is inflicted on the car but, fortunately, no-one is seriously injured.
In the Superior Court, San Jose, California, USA, a $530,000 (about £185,000) breach of contract law suit is filed by Tempo Productions against The Beatles
and their Californian promoters, Mr. Pauli Catalana and Mr. Norman Weiss. The suit contends that Brian Epstein
, manager of The Beatles
, agreed orally with Tempo to stage a concert in San Mateo county on or about 31 August, but that Catalana and Weiss persuaded Epstein to repudiate the contract.
magazine in the USA announces that, "Dave Geffen, business manager for contemporary music acts, will be launching a label operation shortly." More usually known as David Geffen
he will become one of the most powerful billionaires in the entertainment industry.
At Manny's music store, New York City, USA, Jimi Hendrix
spends $1,756.30 on an Epiphone Casino guitar, an Echoplex and Ernie Ball strings. Later in the day, he is at the Record Plant working on Izabella and Room Full Of Mirrors.
An injunction is granted to Warrick County, Indiana, USA, with the intention of preventing a proposed music festival for 60,000 people at Chandler Raceway Park near Evansville. The injunction will succeed, but the promoters will re-locate the festival to Bull Island on the Wabash River where it will become a disaster of significant proportions known as The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival
, Robin Gibb and Barry Gibb
(of The Bee Gees
), Boy George
and Russell Watson, are among music world stars coming together under the banner One World to raise money for The Asian Tsunami disaster with the release of a song, Grief Never Grows Old, which it is hoped will raise over £2m for the relief effort.
It is announced that Sir
Emerson, Lake And Palmer
(E.L.P.) embark on a tour of the USA which will prove to be among the most expensive in history.Their entourage includes a seventy-piece orchestra.
Travis Tritt releases a new single, Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares), on Warner Bros. in the USA.
In the High Court in London, UK, it is alleged by Mark Hapgood QC, that Elton John once spent £30m in just under two years - an average of £1.5m a month
. Mr Hapgood suggests that Sir Elton went "spending mad" following a £42m deal with recording company Polygram in February 1996. The claims are made during a court case in which the singer is suing Andrew Haydon [former MD of management company John Reid Enterprises] for negligence. Sir Elton also accuses City accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers of negligence in managing his affairs.
Brian ‘Head’ Welch, who left Korn
several days earlier, tells the congregation of the Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, California, USA, why he has rejected rock and turned to God.
Shortly after passing her driving test in Norwich, UK, pop singer Jamelia
buys herself a new Audi A4 S4 at a cost of £45,000.
Parks vs LaFace Records
- brought on behalf of civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks against the hip-hop duo Outkast
and their producer and record labels, is settled with Parks being paid an undisclosed cash settlement and the duo agreeing to work with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in creating educational programs about the life of Rosa Parks. The record labels and Outkast
admitted to no wrongdoing.
A lwasuit -
are the top-grossing live touring act for the six months up to this date, pulling in $76.7m, according to figures reported to Billboard
When smart phone manufacturer Palm Inc's shares soar by 34 per cent, U2's Bono
earns a tidy $84m (£56.4m). The singer had invested $100m (£67.1) in the company a month earlier to help rescue it.
Scottish painter Peter Howson's portrait of Madonna
naked with her husband Guy Ritchie fails to sell at auction in McTear's auction house, Glasgow, Scotland. The painting does not reach its reserve price of £15,000.
Nine people are arrested in London, Kent and the Midlands for conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering, via an internet scam
in which DJs allegedly used stolen credit cards to buy their own music on iTunes, thus netting around £400,000 in royalties and boosting their chart ratings.
Ke$ha appears on tv show Saturday Night Live in the USA, performing Tik Tok and Your Love Is My Drug.
The annual Sunday Times Rich List reveals that Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman has leapt to the top of the 2010 Sunday Times British Music Millionaires list, making him the 25th richest person in Britain. U2
, the world's highest earning act last year, and their manager Paul McGuinness
head the Irish Music Millionaires Rich List with a combined wealth of £429m. Charlotte Church
is the UK's most successful young singer of the past year with earnings of £11m.
Jewellers Jacob And Co file a lawsuit
in Manhattan Supreme Court, New York City, USA, claiming that Courtney Love
has not returned nearly $114,000 worth of borrowed diamonds and gold. It is alleged that Love borrowed two white gold and diamond chains, a white gold, floral-designed mesh bracelet and a pair of white gold and diamond hoop earrings but only returned the bracelet.
gives her husband Jay-Z
the world's fastest road car, a $1.3m Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport vehicle for his 41st birthday.
It is reported that Avril Lavigne
's 12,184 square-foot mansion in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA, is to be bought for $8.5m
by Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul. The property was originally listed for $9.5m after Lavigne split from her husband Deryck Whibley of Sum 41
Judge Vincent Zurzolo, in Los Angeles, California, USA, dismisses a $3m Lawsuit
in which Dr. Dre is claiming allegedly unpaid royalties from Death Row Records.
The Forbes List estimates Taylor Swift
's net worth at $250m (circa £200m).