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A race is held between the Kentucky horse Ten Broeck and the California mare Mollie McCarty at the Louisville Jockey Club, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Ten Broeck wins the race before a record crowd of 30,000. The race will inspire the country song Molly And Tenbrooks, which will become a standard recorded by Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, The Osborne Brothers, Steve Gillette, Ian And Sylvia and many others.
David Akeman is born in Annville, Jackson County, Kentucky, USA. He will find fame as comedy banjoist Stringbean (aka String Bean) on the popular tv series Hee Haw.
Yvonne Vaughn is born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA. After changing her name to Donna Fargo, she will become a successful country music singer/songwriter during the 1970s, scoring back-to-back million-sellers with The Happiest Girl In The Whole USA and Funny Face.
Big Bill Lister records Help Wanted, Beer Drinkin' Blues, Lovin' Country Style and RC Cola And Moon Pie in for Capitol Records in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Session players include guitarists Chet Atkins and Grady Martin plus bassist Ernie Newton.
Brenda Lee plays live in Juneau, Alaska, USA.
Brenda Lee plays live in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.
The Willis Brothers play a live show in Rockford, Illinois, USA.
Bobby Sykes plays a live concert at Clinton Sherman Air Force Base, Oklahoma, USA.
Hawkshaw Hawkins and Jean Shepard play a live show in Meadeville, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lonzo and Oscar are playing at the recently-opened Loon Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Flatt And Scruggs are playing in Bremen, Kentucky, USA.
Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys play at The Folklore Centre, 110 MacDougall Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Country-gospel singing star Ira Louvin of The Louvin Brothers is shot six times by his wife Faye, at his home near Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She tells police that he was beating her, reportedly declaring, "if the bastard don't die I'll shoot him again!" A 'lunacy warrant' is issued and she is arrested.
Chuck Berry [backed by The Nashville Teens] plays at The Odeon, Southend, UK. Other acts on the bill are Carl Perkins (also backed by The Nashville Teens) and The Animals, plus two top Liverpool bands, Kingsize Taylor And The Dominoes and The Swinging Blue Jeans.
The highest new entry in the UK singles chart is The Ferris Wheel by The Everly Brothers, entering at No27. It will peak at No22.
Roy Orbison records Say You're My Girl and Sleepy Hollow at Fred Foster Sound Studio, 319 17th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Sheb Wooley records Sally's Arms, Big Land and Running With The Night Crowd with producer Jim Vienneau, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Edwin Starr plays at The Orchid Ballroom, Purley, England, UK, Europe.
The Byrds record You've Got A Reputation for Columbia Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Bob Wills records Southwestern Waltz in Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Edwin Starr plays at The Golden Torch, Tunstall, England, UK, Europe.
The three day long Ozark Mountain Folkfair comes to an end at Oak Hill Ecopark, Eureka Springs, Kansas. Artists appearing over the course of the event have included The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Earl Scruggs Revue, John Lee Hooker, Lester Flatt And Nashville Grass, Big Mama Thornton, John Hartford, Mance Lipscomb, Clifton Chenier, James Cotton, Johnny Shines, Jimmy Driftwood and others.
Leon Russell and The New Grass Revival play at Perkins Palace Pasadena, California, USA.
When R.E.M. play at Cantrell's, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, they are seen by Jason Ringenberg, who is inspired to form a band of his own – Jason And The Scorchers.
Ronnie Milsap records Any Day Now at Groundstar Laboratory in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Tyler Hubbard is born in Snellville, Georgia, USA. He will become one-half of Florida Georgia Line, who will score hits including Cruise, Dirt and This Is How We Roll.
Emmylou Harris, Charlie Byrd, Pete Kennedy, Schooner Fare, Bill Danoff, Donal Leace and Allen Damron play a charity concert for Cystic Fibrosis at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA.
Johnny Cash plays at The Wayne Newton Theatre, Branson, Missouri, USA, during a lengthy series of concerts at the venue.
Jazz, country and rock'n'roll guitarist Hank Garland, who worked with Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, George Shearing, Charlie Parker, Chet Atkins, Patsy Cline and many others, dies of a staph infection, aged 74, in Orange Park, Florida, USA. In a successful solo career, he achieved a million-selling hit in 1949 with Sugarfoot Rag.
Kid Rock moves in to a new $800,000 home in West End, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The highest new entry in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA is These Boots Are Made For Walkin' by Jessica Simpson, entering at No33. We Belong Together by Mariah Carey remains at No1.
Kris Kristofferson plays at the Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania.
Kris Kristofferson plays at The Civic Theatre, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania.
Kenny Chesney sets a new record for a country show when his concert at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA, grosses $4m. The bill also features Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson, Big And Rich and Carrie Underwood.
George Strait and Reba McEntire play at Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida, USA.
On her Fearless tour, Taylor Swift plays at The Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Mean by Taylor Swift wins two trophies - Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, held in the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard play the third of five non-consecutive nights at the Pantages Theater, Los Angeles, California, US.
On her Bangerz tour, Miley Cyrus plays at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
On their Mechanical Bull Tour, Kings Of Leon play at the Rock Im Park Festival, Nurnberg, Germany, Europe.
Taylor Swift pays a visit to The Taylor Swift Experience, an exhibition about her career at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The 1,500 capacity House Of Blues on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California, USA, stages its final event, featuring metal parody band Steel Panther, who are joined by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus for a cover of Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar on Me. The venue is set for demolition to make way for 'a record number of developments along a 1.6-mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard'.
Taylor Swift announces that she will launch a new app, The Swift Life, later in the year.
On their 113-date Concrete and Gold tour, Foo Fighters play at The Thompson-Bolin Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, supported by The Struts.
On her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift plays the second of two nights at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California, USA, supported by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.
On her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift plays the second of two nights at Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland, Europe, supported by Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.
The 29th Annual High Sierra Music Festival, a four-day event, begins in Quincy, California, USA. Artists appearing over the course of the event include Umphrey's McGee, Leftover Salmon, The New Mastersounds, Mandolin Orange, The McCoury Family, Sisters of the Strawberry Moon, Big Something, The Lil Smokies, Songhoy Blues, Joe Craven And the Sometimers, Amo Amo, Marty O'Reilly And The Old Soul Orchestra and Let's Be Leonard.