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The musical comedy extravaganza A Million Dollars is playing at The New York Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 28 performances.
The Mills Brothers record Pennies From Heaven and Swing For Sale for Decca Records in the USA.
Blind Boy Fuller records You Got To Have Your Dollar, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Count Basie And His Orchestra play the last night of a week at The Golden Gate, San Francisco, California, USA. Also on the bill are The Three Rockets, Pops And Louie and Shorty Davis. The week of shows has grossed $38,000.
Johnnie Ray is reportedly being sued for $100,000 by his former publicist, Herman Prujansky, who claims to have been fired from his $200-a-week job without cause.
When Lonnie Donegan - The King Of Skliffle - appears on the BBC Radio series Skiffle Session he is paid 40 guineas rather than the standard flat fee of £30.10.0d given to other performers.
The Harry Arnold Orchestra records Pennies From Heaven and That Old Black Magic, in Stockholm, Sweden, for Metronome Records.
Wholesome British balladeer Craig Douglas is in trouble because his cover version of Gene McDaniels' American hit 100 Pounds Of Clay is banned by the BBC for blasphemy. The lyric suggests that God might have created woman out of building materials. Douglas will re-record it with new words.
The Animals play at the Club A'Gogo, Newcastle, UK, for a fee of
It is reported that The Beatles have received a cheque for $140,000 - their share of the first four months profits from Beatles Chewing Gum.
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The Hollies spend the second of two days in EMI's Abbey Road studio, London, UK, recording their psychedelic single, King Midas In Reverse.
She's A Mod by Ray Columbus And The Invaders reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart.
George Hamilton IV records Slightly Used, Under Your Spell Again, Foolin' Around, Another Day Another Dollar and other tracks, with producer Chet Atkins, in RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features guitarists Ray Edenton, Jerry Reed and Wayde Phillips, Ralph Mooney on steel guitar, Bobby Dyson on bass guitar, James Isbell on drums and Hargus Robbins on piano.
Sandie Shaw and The Paramounts [later to become Procol Harum] play at The Orchid Ballroom, Purley, England, UK.
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The Kinks record Dead End Street in Pye Studios, London, UK.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience play two shows at The Factory, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, supported by Soft Machine and Mark Boyle's Sense Laboratory.
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Jimi Hendrix takes the stage at the Martin Luther King Memorial Concert in Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, where it is announced that he has contributed $5000. Also on the bill are Aretha Franklin, The Rascals, Sam And Dave, Joe Tex and Sonny And Cher.
Creedence Clearwater Revival release their debut album, Creedence Clearwater Revival, in the USA on Fantasy Records. The album is produced by Saul Zaentz who recently bought the record company. As the years progress, Creedence leader John Fogerty will become embroiled in personal and legal disputes with Zaentz which will result in acrimonious lawsuits and will inspire two bitter Fogerty songs, Vanz Kant Danz and Mr. Greed, about Zaentz.
The soundtrack album to the underground movie Easy Rider is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A in the USA.
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Jefferson Airplane are fined $1000 for obscenity after singer Grace Slick utters the word "F**k." on stage at The Municipal Auditorium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. One observer recalled, "Almost immediately the lights went out. The lights were soon back on and the stage was swarming with police and their dogs."
John Lennon's red and black Broadwood piano is sold to an anonymous American buyer for £8,000 at Sotheby's in London, England, UK, Europe. The instrument had been used in the composing of The Beatles' songs Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, A Day In The Life, Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite and Good Morning Good Morning.
Michael Jackson's Thriller video, which cost over $1m to make, is premiered at The Metro Theater, Westwood, California, USA.
Neil Young is sued by Geffen Records for $3m. The label claims that his latest album, Everybody's Rockin’, is "not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums."
REO Speedwagon and Survivor play at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, earning a gross of $162,448.
In a statement in the House Of Representatives, Washington DC, USA, the Hon. Bob Clement, representative for Nashville, Tennessee, salutes the country music artists who recently won Grammy Awards.
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Actor Gary Busey, who had starred in the 1978 biopic The Buddy Holly Story, purchases one of Buddy Holly’s guitars at an auction for $240,000. The guitar comes complete with a tooled leather case made by Holly.
A pair of leather trousers worn by The Doors' leader Jim Morrison fetch $43,700 at an auction in New York City, USA.
It is reported that Madonna has visited the £9m Ashcombe House on Cranbourne Chase in Wiltshire, UK, several times, with a view to buying it.
Christina Aguilera is paid £1.2m to perform for less than an hour at the marriage of Russian billionaire businessman Andrey Melnichenko and model Alexandra Koktovic in Antibes, France, Europe. Whitney Houston, Julio Iglesias and Enrique Iglesias also perform at the wedding.
Country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver turns himself in to police at McLennan County Jail, Waco, Texas, USA. Warrants for Shaver's arrest had been issued the previous day by police in Lorena, Texas, USA, because he had recently shot Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun, following a confrontation in Papa Joe's Texas Saloon, Lorena. He is released after an hour on a $50,000 bond and gives his scheduled performance at Waterloo Records in Austin that evening.
It is reported that music mogul Simon Cowell plans to spend $14.5m (£10m) to purchase a ten acre site in Barbados, Caribbean, on which to build his second home on the island.
Billy Bragg, Kate Nash and others take part in demonstrations against the G20 Summit, outside the Bank of England in the city of London, England, UK.
Sir Paul McCartney reveals in an interview with The Independent newspaper that he refused to vote in the recent European Elections because he was outraged by revelations about how UK MPs squandered taxpayers' money via unreasonable expenses claims.
It is reported that a Judge for Preliminary Investigations (GIP) in Milan, Italy, Europe, has ordered the operators of pirate music websites to forfeit more than €2.4m ($3.3m) following an investigation into copyright infringement. The judge ordered the seizure and destruction of the computers used and the forfeiture €2.4m that had been previously frozen by the Office of the Public Prosecutor.
Jay-Z and Rihanna enjoy a night out in each other's company at the Vendome nightclub in London, UK, where they run up a bar tab of £7,000, consisting largely of Dom Perignon champagne and vodka.
Michael Jackson's home on N. Carolwood Drive, Homby Hills, California, USA, goes up for sale with an asking price of $28,995,000. The 17,171 square foot property, in which Jackson died, includes seven bedrooms, a seven-car garage, and thirteen toilets.
Gibson Guitars announce the launch of three commemorative 'Limited Edition John Lennon Guitar Models to Celebrate the Iconic Musician's 70th Birthday'. Cheapest of the range is the John Lennon J-160VS, a snip at $4,728. Next up is the 70th Anniversary John Lennon J-160E at $10.748, and the range is topped by the Gibson Acoustic Lennon Museum J-160E at a mere $15,048.00.
A Mini Cooper, designed by Paul Weller, goes up for auction online to raise funds for the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and War Child charities.
Music business manager Steve Popovich dies at his home, aged 68, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He had a history of heart troubles, and was suffering stress as a result of royalty litigation against Sony Music. He found success as a manager notable for launching and/or guiding the careers of many artists through his work with the CBS label, including Meat Loaf, The Jacksons, Cheap Trick, Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes and Bob Dylan.
Johnny Marr, best-known as the former guitarist of The Smiths, is banned from driving for 56 days and fined £535. The sentence stems from an incident in April 2011 when he was caught driving at 72mph in a 40mph zone in South Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Figures published by Billboard magazine show that U2 had the highest-earning tour of the year, earning more than $180m from the 44 dates/3m audience on its 360 Degree Tour. Second is Bon Jovi, taking just over $120m from 68 shows, followed by Take That whose Progress Live tour, which reunited them with Robbie Williams, earned $117m.
It is reported that Jennifer Lopez has filed a countersuit against her former chauffeur Hakob Manoukian, claiming that he is trying to extort money from her. Manoukian had filed a lawsuit in April 2012 against Lopez, Nuyorican Productions and her manager Benny Medina, alleging that he was hired to be the superstar's full-time driver, but the defendants failed to pay him his previously agreed yearly salary of $72,000.
Forbes magazine publishes its annual list of The Top-Earning Women in Music, revealing that Britney Spears has returned to the No1 slot in 2012 with earnings of $64m, with Taylor Swift in second place on $57m and Rihanna lying in third with $53m.
Adam Clayton, bassist of U2, reveals, 'I felt empty despite selling millions of records with U2 and living a privileged life'. the comments come during an interview in The Irish Independent newspaper when Clayton is helping to launch the Walk In My Shoes campaign to support mental health services at St Patrick's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Frank Sinatra's first driving licence, obtained in 1934, is put up for acution by RR Auction of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It will fetch a price of $15,757.
Music artists Ohm And Sport announce that Spotify has, in effect, shut down their recently-launched app, Eternify, which enabled listeners to stream music from Spotify in 30-second increments to generate royalties for their favorite artists.
Online auction company Paddle8 announces that the Wu-Tang Clan has sold the only copy of their album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin to a private investor for a record figure "in the millions". It later transpires that the buyer is controversial pharmaceutical company boss Martin Shkreli who stumped up $2m.
It is reported that the Warner Music Group is set to buy EMP Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH (EMP), one of Europe’s biggest music merchandising companies, in a deal thought to be worth $180m.
Jay-Z is declared to have become hip-hop music's first billionaire by Forbes Magazine. Their reports states that even a "conservative estimate" of his earnings has him breaking the billion dollar barrier. As well as music, his fortune includes more than $410m (£300m) invested in alcohol companies and a roughly $70m stake in Uber.
David Gilmour of Pink Floyd auctions 127 guitars from his collection at Christie's, New York City, USA, raising a total of $21,490,750, which the guitarist donates to ClientEarth, a global climate crisis organization. The auction sets several world records for sales of guitars. His famed Black Strat alone realised $3.975 m, said to be the highest price paid for a guitar at an auction. The Black Strat was played by Gilmour on every Pink Floyd album from The Dark Side of the Moon until The Final Cut.