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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.
A devastating cyclone hits St. Louis, Missouri, USA, killing 79 people, injuring over 500 and causing millions of dollars in damage. It will be rated as the second-costliest and 25th deadliest tornado in the history of the USA.The incident will inspire blues guitarist and singer Lonnie Johnson, just four days later, to record the song St. Louis Cyclone Blues. In addition, Luella Miller will record Tornado Groan, and the Rev. J.M. Gates will record a sermon titled "God's Wrath In The St. Louis Cyclone".
Allen Klein, future financial advisor to both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, is born in Newark, New Jersey, USA.
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Lucky Millinder and his Band with Billie Holiday surrender to police on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, relating to an incident in Billy Berg's Club on Hollywood Boulevard/Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Holiday is freed on bail of $2,500. (Read more about Billy Berg's club here)
One-man-band Joe Hill Louis records I Feel Like A Million and Heartache Baby, for Modern Records at Memphis Recording Service, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Songwriter Clarence Muse files suit in the Federal Court, New York City, USA, against music publisher Robert Mellin in a dispute over the renewal rights to the song Sleepy Time Down South, said to have been co-written by Muse prior to 1930.
On his 25th birthday, Sam Cooke signs a $100,000 deal with RCA Records.
It is reported that figures published by the Dominion Bureau Of Statistics reveal that the total sales of Canadian records from January to November 1960 amounted to $14,443,198.
Red Nichols And His Five Pennies are playing at The London House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Time magazine reports that My Fair Lady has now scored three all-time records - by grossing $18m on Broadway, $37m on the road and $15m from sales of the original cast album. It also reports that Warner Bros has now offered $5.5m for the film rights.
John Lennon of The Beatles becomes the owner of a
Jimmie Davis records It's All Coming Home To You, I Wonder If She's Blue, Alimony Blues, When It's Round Up Time In Heaven and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Erroll Garner Trio records You Made Me Love You, As Time Goes By, Sonny Boy, Charmaine, I Found A Million Dollar Baby, Stella By Starlight, Jeannine (I Dream Of A Lilac Time), How Deep Is The Ocean and Newsreel Tag 'Paramount On Parade' for MGM Records in New York City, USA.
It is reported that Nina Simone is suing Premier Records, R.H.Macy and others in the State Supreme Court, New York City, USA, over sales of an unauthorised album, Starring Nina Simone, in the USA.
A feature in The Corpus Christi Times reports on the burgeoning success of Motown Records as a force on the Detroit, Michigan, financial scene. The feature states that Motown all-girl trio The Supremes recently earned $100,000 each from record sales in the previous six months, and the company as a whole grossed about $10m in the past year. According to the feature, Motown has become the second-largest producer of singles in the USA, immediately behind Capitol Records.
John Lennon of The Beatles buys the island of Doranish, in Clew Bay, County Mayo, Ireland, Europe. A snip at £1550.
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Judy Garland slips in her bathtub at The St. Moritz hotel in New York City, USA, injuring her left shoulder and collarbone. She is admitted to St. Claire's Hospital and given demerol for the pain. Lacking funds to play the medical bill, she is forced to pawn two of her diamond rings for $1000 at The Provident Loan Society on Park Avenue.
A Rolls Royce Phantom V donated by Elvis Presley is auctioned in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, to raise funds for SHARE, a charity benefitting retarded children. It raises $35,000.
Janis Joplin is added to the list of artists confirmed for the Woodstock Festival, with a fee of $15,000. On the same day, Johnny Winter's manager, Steve Paul, confirms that his artist will play at Woodstock for a fee of $7,500.
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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Michael Jackson's Thriller video, which cost over $1m to make, is premiered at the Metro Theater [now the Majestic Crest Theatre], Westwood, California, USA.
Ozzy Osbourne sends US tv preacher Oral Roberts $1.00 for "psychiatric treatment" after Roberts announces that God would take his life unless he received $1 million in donations.
Chairman/rock star Elton John sells Watford Football Club to media tycoon Robert Maxwell for £2m.
Rakim Athelaston Mayers is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. He will find success as rapper A$AP Rocky.
It is reported that tax authorities in Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA, are in pursuit of Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses who owes $7,095 in property taxes dating back over the past four years, and could lose a 10-acre lot he owns in southern Wisconsin if he doesn't pay up. Tax demands sent by the county treasurer's office to Rose's registered address in Encino, California, have been returned with no forwarding address. Rose has until July 15 to pay the taxes or face foreclosure.
Ben And Jerry's Ice Cream company launches a new flavour, Phish Food, in honour of the band Phish. The ingredients are chocolate ice cream with marshmallow (15%), caramel (10%) and fish-shaped chocolate chunks (7.5%). All of the band's profits from the venture go to a project to clean up Lake Champlain, which straddles the borders between Canada, New York State and Vermont, USA.
The Dixie Chicks file suit against Sony Music Entertainment in New York's District Court, alleging that the company has defrauded the trio of $4m (£2.7m) in unpaid royalties from their 20m album sales.
Michael Jackson and his attorney fly by XtraJet from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, to Santa Barbara, California, where Jackson is arrested on child abuse charges, and then freed on $3m bail. He immediately returns to Las Vegas, where he is filming a video. An unauthorised videotape of Jackson speaking with his attorney on this flight will subsequently be offered for sale to the highest bidder.
Roger Daltrey, vocalist of The Who, is a awarded a CBE in the Queen’s honours list.
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It is reported that UK chart-topping pop vocalist Tony Christie, known for his cheesy style, has secured a £50,000 contract to appear in advertisements for Stilton cheese.
Los Angeles Superior Court rules that The Doors' former organist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robbie Krieger may no longer perform under the group name, and must share all profits with the original Doors partnership, which includes drummer John Densmore who brought the court case against them.
John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' hit All You Need Is Love, sells for £655,000 ($1m) during a sale of memorabilia at The Hippodrome nightclub in London, England, UK.
The three impoverished daughters of South African songwriter Solomon Linda, who composed the song variously known as Mbube, Wimoweh or The Lion Sleeps Tonight, in 1939, win a lengthy court battle which secures them 25% of all past and future royalties from the song. Linda was a cleaner at a Johannesburg record company when he wrote the song, but he received virtually nothing for his work, dying with just $25 in his bank account in 1962. The song has been recorded by, to name but a few, Pete Seeger [as Wimoweh], The Kingston Trio, The Tokens, Karl Denver [as Wimoweh], Robert John, Tight Fit, Brian Eno and R.E.M. It was also prominently featured in the Disney film The Lion King, from which usage alone it was estimated to have earned $15m.
During the MTV Europe Music Awards, Kanye West takes to the stage, interupting an award acceptance speech by Justice And Simian, and claiming that his video for Touch The Sky should have won because it "cost a million dollars and Pamela Anderson was in it."
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.
Gavin Munro, frontman of Americana-style band Southpaw, is ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service and pay his victim £12,000, relating to an attack which left 73-year-old Kevin Murphy partially blind.
Half-year figures for 2010 published by Pollstar reveal Bon Jovi as the most successful touring act in North America, having played 38 shows selling more than a half million tickets with a total gross of $52.8m.
The Warner Music Group reports a total revenue of $652m for the quarter year ended on June 30, 2010, which represents a 16% drop from the prior-year quarter.
At Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London, England, UK, Europe, George Michael is jailed for eight weeks for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. He is also fined £1,250 and given a five-year driving ban.
BMG Rights Management buys Chrysalis, one of Britain's biggest independent music publishers, for £107.4m.
John Rich of Big And Rich earns $20,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as the winning project manager for a four-page Donald Trump Collection advertising presentation on NBC tv's The Celebrity Apprentice in the USA.
It is announced that EMI is to be bought in part by Vivendi/Universal and in part by Sony/ATV for a total of $4.1bn. EMI's recorded music division is to be sold to Vivendi/Universal Music Group for $1.9bn while EMI Publishing Group will be acquired by Sony/ATV - a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the Michael Jackson estate - for $2.2bn.
The IRS files a tax bill of $492,583 on singer Robin Thicke and his actress wife Paula Patton with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds relating to the celebrity couple's mansion in Los Angeles, California, USA.
A collection of rare photographs taken in 1969 during the photoshoot for The Beatles' Abbey Road album cover is sold for £180,000 at Bloomsbury Auctions in London, England, UK, Europe. The original estimate of their likely selling price had been between £50,000 and £70,000.
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.
It is reported that Madonna's late arrivals at her Rebel Heart tour concert venues in Australia, Oceania, is costing fans, venues and government services hundreds of thousands of dollars, including additional babysitter fees, taxi fares, late night train extensions and fines to venues.
Former live music entrepreneur John Utsick is sentenced in the Disctrict Court, Miami, Florida, USA, to 18 years in jail for defrauding nearly 3,000 investors out of $200m. Utsick's company, Worldwide Entertainment, had put on concerts by artists including Aerosmith, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John and Britney Spears.
A$AP Rocky is found guilty of assault in court in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, and is given a suspended sentence.
Radiohead foil a blackmail plot by publishing 18 hours of music which had been recorded during the making of their 1997 album OK Computer, on the Bandcamp website. The music had been hacked from Radiohead frontman Thom York's personal minidisc archive, and then became the subject of a blackmail threat, with the blackmailer threatening to release the music unless the band paid him $150,000. Instead, the band simply released all of the disputed music with all profits from the release going to the Extinction Rebellion campaign.
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