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Music Trades newspaper reports that vaudeville singers are "scoring mightily" with the song In The Good Old Summer Time, by George Evans and Ren Shields). It will be recorded by the Haydn Quartet later in the year and will prove a major hit.
Lazy Lou'siana Moon by Jan Garber is released as the Durium Hit Of The Week on newspaper stands in New York City, USA at a cost of 15c, twenty percent of the price of an ordinary shellac record.
The Evening Journal newspaper in Lubbock, Texas, USA, announces the birth of "A daughter weighing eight and a half pounds at 6.10 o'clock Monday afternoon at Clark-Key Clinic to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence O. Holley of 1913 Sixth Street." The baby, later to find fame fame as Buddy Holly, was in fact a son, born at 3.30pm at home, 1911 Sixth Street.
Harald Fossberg is born in Norway, Europe. He will become the lead singer in Norway's first punk band, Vandalism, and then lead singer of Turbonegro before pursuing a career in journalism at the newspaper Aftenposten.
Cavern Club deejay Bob Wooler writes a feature about the emergence of The Beatles in Mersey Beat, a local Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, music paper.
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Former President of the USA, Dwight Eisenhower tells a press conference that, "I have no objection to The Twist as such, but it does represent some kind of change in our standards."
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Liverpool, UK, newspaper The Liverpool Echo reports that, at a recent party to celebrate the birthday of The Beatles' Paul McCartney, John Lennon punched local Cavern Club deejay Bob Wooler in the face after Wooler proclaimed that Lennon and The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein were lovers.
It is reported in the Providence Evening Bulletin that Frank SInatra and Dean Martin are friends of notorious Mafioso boss Salvatore Rizzo.
British music weekly newspaper Record Mirror publishes the first major national feature on The Beatles. That night the group plays a gig at The Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales, supported by Jack Ellis And The Autocrats.
The Beatles play at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, UK. The term "Beatlemania" is said to have been coined on this day by a Daily Mirror journalist at the Octagon in the Pavilion Gardens.
George Harrison and John Lennon of The Beatles spend a weekend with Cynthia Lennon and Patti Boyd at Dromoland Castle Hotel in Ireland.
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The Rolling Stones fly from Perth, Australia, to Singapore, Asia, for two concerts. On arrival they hold a press conference at the Singapura Hotel.
Cliff Richard admits in the UK press that he buys records by The Beatles, but not by The Rolling Stones.
One hundred and fifty teenagers require medical attention when teenage fans at The Melody Maker National Beat Contest in The Palais, Wimbledon, England, UK, get out of hand. The event makes front page news in tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror the next day. Judges at the contest are Kenny Everett, Muriel Young and Graham Nash of The Hollies. Manchester band The St. Louis Union wins the contest.
With his 50th birthday imminent, Frank Sinatra appears on the cover of the influential Newsweek magazine in the USA.
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A feature in Time magazine in the USA examines the phenomenon now being called The Generation Gap, declaring, "The young have already staked out their own mini society, a congruent culture that has both alarmed their elders and, stylistically at least, left an irresistible impression on them."
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Cliff Richard tells UK music weekly newspaper the NME that he is retiring from pop music in order to teach religious instruction in secondary schools.
UK pop weekly the NME [New Musical Express] reports that the Robert Stigwood Organisation (which manages Cream, The Bee Gees and others) has acquired a £150,000 interest in Rik Gunnell Management, which looks after Alan Price, Georgie Fame, Fleetwood Mac and others.
During a tour of Australia, Oceania, The Monkees hold a press conference in Melbourne.
Eric Clapton reveals in Melody Maker that he is considering the formation of a group with Steve Winwood. The group will turn out to be Blind Faith.
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John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference in New York City, USA, at which they announce the creation of Nutopia, a 'conceptual' country governed by 'cosmic' laws and whose national anthem is three seconds of silence.
Splodgenessabounds appear on the cover of Smash Hits magazine in the UK.
During the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan holds a two-hour long press conference at the Maritime Hotel in Travemunde, West Germany, Europe.
Bananarama release their debut single, Aie A Mwana, on Demon Records in the UK. They had first heard the song, sung in Swahili by Black Blood, in a French disco. Bananarama had originally recorded it as a demo but, ultimately, the demo version was pressed onto the record. It does not chart, but reviews in the music and fashion press (NME, The Face) will catch the attention of Terry Hall, who will invite Bananarama to sing on the next single by his new vocal group Fun Boy Three.
The Associates release their second LP, Sulk, on Associates/Beggars Banquet Records in the UK. It will be chosen as Album Of The Yeasr by Melody Maker.
In China, the People's Music Press publishes a guide entitled, How To Distinguish Decadent Music, singling out Elvis Presley as an example of the 'expression of confused, blind, excitement' and directing right-thinking Chinese folks towards such wholesome home-grown songs as The Nightsoil Collectors Are Descending The Mountain.
With The Smiths' UK tour on hold because vocalist Morrissey is sick, Rough Trade Records' press officer Scott Piering is appointed as the band's caretaker manager. Morrissey manages to record an appearance for the following night's Top Of The Pops.
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In the wake of tabloid press rumours, Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones issues a denial that the group is splitting up.
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Via an advertisement in the UK rock press, Pete Townshend of The Who declares his support for an upcoming Oxfam Fast.
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An official press release states that founding member Roger Waters has quit Pink Floyd, but the group will continue.
It is learned via the Moscow News service that Paul McCartney is planning to play eight concerts in the Russian capital during 1989.
Robert Smith and Simon Gallup of The Cure present the band's new album, Disintegration, to the world's media at a press conference in The Churchill Hotel, London, England, UK, Europe.
UK music weekly Sounds reports that Blur have signed to Food Records, and describes the quartet as ‘dangerous live’.
Madonna is featured on the cover of Interview magazine in the USA, posed controversially with one hand between her thighs and the other on her breast.
Michael Jackson's parents are hit with a $4 million legal judgement after failing to honour an agreement with a South Korean newspaper for their son to perform in Korea.
It is revealed in the UK press that teen pop star Billie Piper has quit the music business to launch a career in acting.
A letter appears in UK newspaper The Guardian, protesting about US attitudes towards the use of chemical weapons. It is signed by Brian Eno, Robbie Williams, Peter Gabriel, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox [Eurythmics], Thom Yorke [Radiohead], Joe Strummer [The Clash], Robert Wyatt [ex-Soft Machine], Robert Fripp [ex-King Crimson], Holly Johnson ex-Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and other politically-concerned celebrities.
In an interview with Welsh newspaper Wales On Sunday, The Stereophonics' former drummer Stuart Cable states that he is soon to receive compensation for his sacking from the band, but denies that it will be as much as the rumoured £1m.
Jay Kay, leader of Jamiroquai, tells UK tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror that he is retiring from music. The revelation comes during a live performance at 35,000 feet in a Boeing 747 in an attempt to set a new Guinness world record for the highest concert ever.
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Blur guitarist Graham Coxon reveals in a UK tabloid newspaper interview that the recently re-formed band has no immediate plans for a new album. He states, "We're all busy with our own projects."
The album Revolver by The Beatles is chosen as the top rock album of all time by The Vatican's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, in Rome, Italy, Europe. The full Vatican Top Ten is :
The Beatles: Revolver
David Crosby: If I Could Only Remember My Name
Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
Donald Fagen: The Nightfly
Michael Jackson: Thriller
Paul Simon: Graceland
U2: Achtung Baby
Oasis: (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Carlos Santana: Supernatural
UK newspaper the Daily Mail reports that Madonna's brother, Anthony Ciccone, lives under a bridge in Traverse City, Michigan, USA, and depends on a local soup kitchen for food.
An item in a weekend edition of the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, criticises a recent performance of The Wall by Roger Waters for the use of anti-Semitic imagery at his show in the Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium, Europe.
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In a statement to the Associated Press, Justin Bieber apologises for his behavior in a five-year-old video which surfaced the day before showing the then fifteen-year old teenager telling a racist joke which used the "N-word".
Beyonce posts a pic of her husband Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy on Instagram with the caption, "My favourite hue is JayZ Blue". This is interpreted by media observers as a response to recent rumours that the couple's marriage is on the rocks.
Katy Perry is harassed by Australian papparazzi while taking a walk on Obelisk Beach in Sydney, Australia.
At a press conference in Milan, Italy, Europe, Depeche Mode announce the upcoming release of their 14th album, Spirit, to be accompanied by a major world tour entitled Global Spirit.
Natasha Bedingfield reveals in a British tabloid newspaper that she is pregnant with her first child with husband Matt Robinson, who she married in 2009.
Singer/songwriter Christina Perri gives birth to Carmella, her first child with her husband entertainment reporter Paul Costabile.
Ozzy Osbourne announces, during a press conference at his home in Los Angeles, California, USA, that his next tour will be his last. The tour, whimsically titled No More Tours 2, is set to last for two years, and will begin in May 2018 with shows in South America.