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Police Superintendent David Hennessey is shotgunned to death on Basin Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Hennessey's death will be related in an early blues song, The Downfall Of The Lion, written by Richard 'Rabbit' Brown, but never recorded. All that remains is a verse recalled by guitarist Lemon Nash, who played with Brown in the 1920's: "I'm gonna tell you racketeers, Something you can understand, Don't let your tongues say nothin', That your head can't stand." Hennessey's killing will also provide the basis of another song, The Hennessey Murder.
Jazz trombonist Wilbur De Paris is born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA. He will work and record with Louis Armstrong, Armand J Piron, Noble Sissle and Sidney Bechet.
During a violent confrontation between jazz trombonist/trumpeter Kid Ory and Charles Montrell, in Economy Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, Ory draws out a .38 Hopkins And Allen revolver and shoots Montrell in the head, killing him. It is reported that the killing was occasioned by Montrell having stepped on Ory's toes earlier in the evening.
Prominent early jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and guitarist, Leon Roppolo, best remembered for his playing with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, marries Mabel Alice Blanchard in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Pioneering R'n'B and blues shouter Roy Brown is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Harold Battiste is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a composer, arranger, performer and teacher, working with Sam Cooke, Joe Jones, Lee Dorsey, Sonny and Cher, Dr. John and others.
As an early experiment in overdubbing, Sidney Bechet records a version of the popular song The Sheik of Araby, playing six different instruments: clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano, bass, and drums, for Victor Records in the USA. The American Federation of Musicians will protest against the recording, putting an end to experiments with commercial overdubbing in the United States for several years.
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Sidney Bechet records Jelly Roll Blues, At A Georgia Camp Meeting, National Emblem March, Hindustan and I'll Take That New Orleans Music, for Commodore Records, in New York City, USA.
Curley Williams And The Georgia Peach Pickers record Louisiana Serenade, Half As Much, Texas Swing, and We've Come A Long Way Together in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Lloyd Price records Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Mailman Blues, Chee Koo Baby and Oo-ee Baby at J+M Music Shop, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with Fats Domino on piano and Dave Bartholomew leading the band.
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Roy Brown plays at The Elks Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Recently signed to Capitol Records, country singer Faron Young is inducted into the US Army. Asked whether he was drafted or signed up voluntarily, he responded, "I didn't join nuthin'. They had to come get me. You notice one of my arms is longer than the other one? They pulled it." He will score his first hit single, Goin' Steady, while still in basic training.
Jazz pianist Mel Stitzel with The New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Jelly Roll Morton, The Bucktown Five, The Stomp Six and others, dies of throat cancer in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Big Joe Turner reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA with Honey Hush, which features Fats Domino on piano.
Maybelline by Chuck Berry ousts Ain't That A Shame by Fats Domino from the Billboard US R'n'B chart No1 slot.
Hound Dog by Elvis Presley begins its fourth of eleven weeks at No1 in the Billboard Top Forty singles chart in the USA. On the same day, Let The Good Times Roll by New Orleans duo Shirley And Lee enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, and Calypso by Harry Belafonte reaches No1 in the Billboard popular albums chart.
Fats Domino plays the second night of a week at Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
A package tour, The Fantabulous Rock'n'Roll Show of '57, arrives at the Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, West Virginia, USA. Headliners are Ruth Brown, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bo Diddley, Smiley Lewis, The Five Satins and Paul 'Hucklebuck' Williams. When a female Bump'n'Grind duo called The Spence Twins take to the stage in flimsy negligee-like outfits, the place erupts and police have to be called in to stop the show. On the same day, amateur skiffle group The Quarrymen perform from the back of a lorry in Roseberry St, Liverpool, UK. Their guitarist is John Lennon, later to form The Beatles.
Johnny Horton records the Jimmy Driftwood song The Battle Of New Orleans in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It will peak at No1 in the Billboard singles chart.
The Battle Of New Orleans by Johnny Horton reaches No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA.
Fats Domino plays the second of six nights at Sciolla's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
It is reported that jazz giants Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are recording together for the first time, making an album for Roulette Records in New York City, USA.
Fats Domino plays a live show in Casper, Wyoming, USA.
Fats Domino plays a live concert in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Fats Domino plays a live gig in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Clarence 'Frogman' Henry plays the sixth night of a week at The Beachcomber Bar, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
Kid Howard's La Vida Band records Willie The Weeper, High Society and other tracks for Icon Records in the USA.
Popular jazz combo The Dukes Of Dixieland release a new album, Breakin' It Up On B roadway, in the USA on Columbia Records.
The Showmen release a new single, It Will Stand, on Minit Records in the USA.
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When Kid Sheik's Storyville Ramblers play in The Empress Room at the Tudor Arms Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, the concert is recorded and tracks will appear on the album Kid Sheik in Cleveland and Boston.
Ya Ya by Lee Dorsey reaches No1 in Billboard Hot R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA.
Little Richard releases a new single, Ride On King Jesus, on Mercury Records in the USA.
Heinz And The Wild Ones, including guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, later to find fame in Deep Purple, play as part of a pckage tour at The Theatre Royal, Norwich, UK. The tour also features The Dixie Cups, Jess Conrad, The Tornados and Wayne Gibson.
Terrance Simien is born in Mallet, Louisiana, USA. He will become a successful zydeco musician, vocalist and songwriter.
The two-day long First Annual Detroit Rock And Roll Revival festival ends at the Michigan State Fairgrounds, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Artists appearing over the course of the festival include The MC5, Sun Ra, The Psychedelic Stooges, Dr John, Chuck Berry, Terry Reid and Johnny Winter.
Blues piano master Roosevelt Sykes dies of a heart attack in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
On the Purple Rain Tour, Prince And The Revolution play at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. After the show, he records 4 The Tears In Your Eyes, as his contribution to the USA For Africa album.
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Branford Marsalis spends the second of three days recording the album Royal Garden Blues for CBS Records at RCA Studio A, New York City, USA.
The cable tv special Cinemax Sessions : Fats Domino and Friends, is transmitted in the USA. The show features Fats Domino, Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis in concert a week earlier at Storyville Jazz Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones playing guitar. (1986
Tim McGraw releases a new album, Everywhere, on Curb Records in the USA.
Tim McGraw reaches No1 on the Billboard country chart in the USA with Just To See You Smile, He will hold the top slot for six weeks.
Tim McGraw releases a new album, A Place In The Sun, on Curb Records in the USA.
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis plays at Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
When Faith Hill and Tim McGraw play a show in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, a female fan reaches out and grabs McGraw's nether regions. When Hill and McGraw return for an encore, Hill berates the fan, declaring, "Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend. You don't go grabbin' somebody else's, somebody's husband's [privates], you understand me? That's very disrespectful!"
Lil Wayne attends a basketball game between the New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, California, USA.
On her The Mrs Carter Show World Tour Beyonce plays at The Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Steve Miller Band plays at The Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Junior League play at D.B.A., New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Blues-rock supergroup The Royal Southern Brotherhood release a new album, heartsoulblood, on Ruf Records in the UK.
On his Purpose World Tour, Justin Bieber plays at The Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.