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W.C.Handy, the cornetist and composer known as 'The Father of the Blues', makes his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City, USA. Featured on piano and organ in Handy's band is one of jazz's first bona fide stars, Fats Waller.
George Francis Morton is born in Richmond, Virginia, USA. He will find success in the 1960s as idiosyncratic record producer Shadow Morton, best-known for the hits he produced for girl-group The Shangri-Las and psychedelic pioneers Vanilla Fudge.
Anita O'Day records The Gypsy In My Soul, Just One Of Those Things,The Man I Love and Frankie And Johnny for Norgran/Verve Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Collins Kids appear on popular US tv show the Town Hall Party, recorded in Compton, California, USA. singing Make Him Behave, Chantilly Lace and Shake, Rattle And Roll.
Jimmy Leach And His Orchestra with The Organolian Quartet play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashton, England, UK, Europe.
Louis Jordan plays the sixth night in a week of shows at The Showboat, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
In Bad Nauheim, Germany, Europe, Elvis Presley discontinues skin treatments on his face by dermatologist, Laurens Johannes Griessel-Landau. Presley has learned that the dermatologist has been making homosexual advances to some of the star's enlisted friends.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the first of six nights at The Empire, Glasgow, Scotland.
Impresario Larry Parnes' package tour, Star Spangled Nights, plays at The Adelphi, Slough, England, UK, Europe. Featured artists include Billy Fury, Eden Kane, Joe Brown, Tommy Bruce, The Allisons, The Viscounts, The Karl Denver Trio, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Terry Hale and newcomer Georgie Fame.
The Jimmy Smith Trio is playing in The Sutherland Lolunge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Anita Kerr records I'm Afraid, Tell Tale, It's Only The Beginning, To Each His Own, O Little Town Of Bethlehem and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen at RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Time magazine runs a brief item about folk singer Joan Baez, declaring. "The most gifted of the newcomers is New York-born Joan Baez, 21, who has sold more records than any other girl folk singer in history, and who last week had two albums perched high on the pop charts. Songstress Baez boasts a pure, purling soprano voice, an impeccable sense of dynamics and phrasing, and an uncanny ability to dream her way into the emotional heart of a song.".
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Frank Sinatra plays at The Lido Theater, Paris, France, Europe.
UK pop paper Melody Maker publishes its 1962 Awards which include Best Male Singer - Cliff Richard; Female Singer - Helen Shapiro; Instrumentalist - Acker Bilk; vocal group - The Springfields [including Dusty Springfield]; disc jockey - David Jacobs.
Ray Charles plays the last of fourteen nights at The Latin Casino, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA.
Manfred Mann reach the UK No.1 chart position with Do Wah Diddy Diddy. The song is a cover of an American hit by The Exciters
Manfred Mann and Helen Shapiro are judges in UK tv talent show Ready Steady Win.
The Zombies, The Shangri-Las, The Nashville Teens, The Shirelles and others play the sixth of ten days of shows at The Brooklyn Fox, New York City, USA.
On the last day of a UK visit, Sonny Boy Williamson II records a jam session in a London studio with backing musicians including Jimmy Page on guitar and Brian Auger on organ.
Rick And The Ravens, an r'n'b group including Ray Manzarek, later to play keyboards for The Doors, plays the first of two weekend shows at Turkey Joint West, Santa Monica, California, USA.
The Steam Packet, featuring Long John Baldry, Brian Auger, Rod Stewart and Julie Driscoll, play at The Concorde Club, Southampton, England, UK.
The Steam Packet, including Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll, plays at Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton, England, UK.
The Spencer Davis Group plays at The North Pier, Blackpool, England, UK.
The Artwoods, led by Art Wood, brother of Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones, play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, supported by The Bohemians. The Artwoods line-up includes organist Jon Lord who will go on to greater fame with Deep Purple, and drummer Keef Hartley who will have considerable success as a solo performer.
Vanilla Fudge, The Steve Miller Band, Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee play at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Tony Hatch Sound with Jackie Trent, Wilf Todd And His Music and The Peddlers appear on the BBC Radio 1 show Late Night Extra in London, England, UK, Europe.
Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll And The Trinity play at Klook's Kleek, Railway Hotel, Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Barry Goldberg Reunion, supported by Pacific Gas And Electric, plays the second of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Procol Harum play the last of three nights at The Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Electric Flag, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Steppenwolf play the first of two nights at the Fillmore East, New York City, USA.
Jimi Hendrix jams with organist Graham Bond at The Record Plant, New York City, USA.
Collections, the second LP by The Young Rascals is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The single Hello, I Love You by The Doors is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Nice play at the Alex Disco in The Alexandra Rooms, New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, with DJ Kazoon.
A charity concert at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England, UK, Europe, features The Nice, Tim Buckley, David Ackles, The Alan Price Set, The Alan Bown, Spooky Tooth and Eclection. Compere for the show is John Peel.
Blood, Sweat And Tears play at Glen Park Casino, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Deep Purple play at The State College, Chico, California, USA.
Deep Purple play at Groovesville, The Wake Arms, Epping, UK.
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Genesis play at The Klingston Hotel, London, UK.
Mott The Hoople play at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, England, UK, Europe.
It is announced that The Doors have become the first American rock group to achieve five consecutive gold albums in the USA, with their latest, Morrison Hotel, having gone gold just three days after release.
On their Get Me A Ladder Tour, Emerson, Lake And Palmer play the first of two nights at The Frederich Ebert Halle, Ludwigshafen, Germany, Europe.
Isaac Hayes, with Mike Storen, Avron Fogelman and Kemmons Wilson, take over ownership of the American Basketball Association team the Memphis Tams in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Emerson, Lake And Palmer (E.L.P.) embark on a tour of the USA which will prove to be among the most expensive in history.Their entourage includes a seventy-piece orchestra.
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On their Ultimate Silly Tour, Haze play at The Yorker, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Lou Bega reaches No 1 on the UK singles chart with his hit summer smash Mambo No 5, a dance-oriented cover version of Perez Prado's 1949 Latin-pop hit.
Jazz vocalist Sachal Vasandani is among the artists playing on the last day of the Detroit Jazz Festival, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Elvis Week begins in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The 'week' actually lasts 10 days and includes a range of events officially organised by the administrators of Graceland - Elvis Presley's famed mansion in Memphis.
Charlie Puth plays at The Q102 Performance Theater, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, USA.