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The Excelsior Cornet Band plays to 4,000 people at the opening of the 'colored exhibits' at the New Orleans Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Arthur Scott is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a pioneering jazz musician, playing banjo and guitar, under the name Bud Scott. He will work with King Oliver, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton and others. (He should not be confused with the other Bud Scott, who was a saxophonist and bandleader in the same era.)
Albert 'Abbie' Brunes is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The son of a celebrated New Orleans musical family, cornettist Brunies will become the leader of the Halfway House Orchestra at the Halfway House Club in New Orleans, from 1919 to 1927. The Orchestra will record for Okeh Records in 1925.
Chester Zardis is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will become an acclaimed jazz double-bass player, working with Buddy Petit, Chris Kelly, Kid Rena, Kid Howard and, briefly, Count Basie. In his later years he will be a fixture at the Preservation Jazz Hall in New Orleans.
George Clarence Brunies (aka George Brunies and Georg Brunis) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a jazz trombonist known as "The King Of The Tailgate Trombone". He will work on the Mississippi Riverboats, and will play with Ragbaby Stevens, The New orleans Rhythm Kings, Louis Prima, Ted Lewis, Muggsy Spanier, Eddie Condon and others.
Rosa Rio is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She will find fame as a theater organist for silent films, radio and television.
Charles Harrison [aka Gyp The Blood], a waiter at the Tuxedo Ballroom, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, shoots and kills the owner, Harry Parker, and his associate Billy Phillips. The club will be closed down soon after, and the incident will become the subject of Gyp The Blood, a song by blues musician Richard 'Rabbit' Brown.
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Piron's New Orleans Orchestra records Ghost Of The Blues and Bright Star Blues in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records.
Jelly Roll Morton records King Porter Stomp, Sweetheart Of Mine plus Fat Meat And Greens for Vocalion Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Benny Spellman is born in Pensacola, Florida, USA. He will find some success on the New Orleans r'n'b scene, working with Allen Toussaint and others.
Shirley Goodman of hit-making 50s New Orleans duo Shirley And Lee is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Little Brother Montgomery records Crescent City Blues and Shreveport Farewell for Bluebird Records in The St. Charles Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The instrumental Crescent City Blues will have lyrics added by Gordon Jenkins (and sung by Beverly Maher) in 1953. This version will inspire Johnny Cash to write his almost identical hit Folsom Prison Blues in 1955. In the early 1970s, Cash will pay Jenkins a compensation settlement of approximately $75,000.
Red Allen (trumpet and vocal) leads a quartet including Conrad Janis (trombone), Bob Lovett (clarinet), Elmer Schoebel (piano) and Bill Stafford (drums) in a live performance at Central Plaza, New York City, USA.
Maybelline by Chuck Berry ousts Ain't That A Shame by Fats Domino from the Billboard US R'n'B chart No1 slot.
B.B. King plays at the Blue Eagle Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The teen-oriented movie Shake, Rattle And Rock!, featuring performances by Fats Domino, Joe Turner, Choker Campbell, Tommy Charles and Anita Ray, is released to cinemas in Sweden, Europe.
Lloyd Price plays at The Town House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Louis Armstrong And The All Stars are the musical guests on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York City, USA.
Faron Young records the Willie Nelson composition Things To Remember for Capitol Records at Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with producer Ken Nelson. The players on the track are guitarists Hank Garland, Grady Martin and Harold Bradley; steel guitarist Ben Keith; bassist Bob Moore; drummer Buddy Harman; pianist Marvin Hughes and backing vocalists The Jordanaires.
Carl Butler plays a live show in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA.
Fats Domino plays a live gig in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
Country music singer-songwriter and recording artist Steve Kolander is born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA.
Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Paul Anka appear on tv's Ed Sullivan Show, in New York City, USA.
Louis Armstrong And The All Stars record Hello Brother, The Home Fire and Fantastic That's You for ABC Paramount Records in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, Julie Grant, The Flintstones and The Rolling Stones play at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
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The Newbeats and The Dixie Cups play at The University Of Puget Sound Fieldhouse, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
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Big Mama Thornton, Lonesome Jimmy Lee, Eddie Boyd, Buddy Guy, Doctor Ross, Big Shakey Horton, Roosevelt Sykes, Mississippi Fred McDowell and others play in The American Folk-Blues Festival in St. George's Hall, Bradford, England, UK, Europe.
Lee Dorsey plays at The Carnaby Hive, London, England, UK, Europe.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles reaches No1 on the Billboard Albums chart in the USA. This album includes the song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, whose title will be misheard by John Fred Gourrier as Lucy In Disguise With Diamonds, which will inspire him him to write the song Judy In Disguise With Glasses - a major hit single later in the year for John Fred And The Playboy Band.
Erroll Garner plays at Al Hirt's Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
It is reported that Mercury Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, has re-signed country music star Faron Young, who has already been with the label for fifteen years.
Sergio Mendes plays at The Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Who play two shows at Saint Bernard Civic Auditorium, Chalemette, Louisiana, USA, supported by The People.
Little Richard and Chuck Berry headline the first night of the Rock'n'Roll Revival Show (Vol 3) at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan comes to the end of three weeks of recording the album Oh Mercy with producer Daniel Lanois at Studio-On-The-Move, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The ten-day long Grande Parade Du Jazz begins at Jardin des Arenes De Cimiez, Nice, France. Acts appearing during the event will include Fats Domino, B.B. King and The Staples Singers.
Portly jazz trumpeter Al Hirt, nicknamed the Round Mound Of Sound, dies aged 76 of liver failure in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Having been missing for a week Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC fame re-appears on an "Inside Edition" video shot in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She claims to have spent the week shopping for wedding rings with her boyfriend, Sean Newman.
The Neville Brothers and Steel Pulse play at Montalvo, Saratoga, California, USA.
Branford Marsalis plays at Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Influential rocker Alex Chilton, famed for his work with The Box Tops and Big Star, dies of a heart attack in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, aged 59. Affected by the news of Chilton's death, Maura Kennedy of The Kennedys will be inspired to write Big Star Song for their 2012 album Closer Than You Know. The earlier song, Alex Chilton, by The Replacements is also, it hardly needs saying, about Chilton.
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During a five-date UK tour, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, plays at The Dome, Brighton, England.
The Neville Brothers, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Trey McIntyre Project play at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Al Rubin, nicknamed Mr. Fabulous, dies of lung cancer at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, USA. He had worked for many years as a respected session musician, playing trumpet, flügelhorn and piccolo trumpet, with artists including Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, B.B. King, Sting, The Blues Brothers, Blood, Sweat And Tears, Aerosmith, Miles Davis, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway and Dr. John.
On her Femme Fatale tour, Britney Spears plays at The Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
We're All For The Hall, a benefit show at and for Nashville's Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, features Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Brantley Gilbert and Tim McGraw.
The Rebirth Brass Band plays at The Maple Leaf, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Guitarganza, featuring guitarists Camile Baudoin, formerly of The Radiators, Don Vappie, John Rankin and Beausoleil's David Doucet, plays at Chickie Wah Wah, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Percy Sledge dies aged 74, of liver cancer, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
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