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New Zealand newspaper The Star reports on the increasing popularity of banjo music in Christchurch, particularly commending The Christchurch Banjo Band
Wing Lee's Rag-Time Clock, written and composed by Al Trahern, is given away with the music supplement of Hearst's Chicago American newspaper.
A feature in the California Eagle newspaper, headlined Leaders Protest Dance Hall Ban, reports that the Los Angeles Police Department has refused to issue a Mexican American social organization called La Fiesta Club a permit to host a concert featuring the Benny Goodman
Orchestra at LA's Shrine Auditorium, because the police, along with conservative Los Angeles City Council members, are afraid that whites, blacks, Mexicans, and Filipinos might be allowed to dance together.
publishes a Disc Jockey Popularity Chart in which deejays chose their favourite artists. Frank Sinatra
and Doris Day
come tops, with Elvis Presley
showing up at No8 in the 'Most Promising Country And Western Artist' category.
In the USA, trade magazine
In an interview published in the New York Daily News, Peggy Lee
declares that, "Rock'n'roll is fading; the ballads, fine jazz, the melodious standards - which have never died - are being played and sung more and more."
's season at the Golden Key Club, 641 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, comes to an end. A local press report later says, "The Duke Ellington
-Golden Key honeymoon came to an abrupt and not entirely amicable ending over money matters."
On arrival in Washington, DC, for their first live concert in the USA, The Beatles
give a brief press conference.
The Rolling Stones
have a day of media interviews, including Danish tv, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
The Chicago Tribune reports that attitudes to Western-style popular music are changing in East Germany, Europe. After decades of resisting Western influences, there are now over twenty guitar-based rock'n'roll bands in the Leipzig area, and the newspaper Neues Deutschland has recently declared, "dance music cannot be divided into imperialist and socialist but only into waltzes, tangos, twists etc, and into such categories asbig beat, old time jazz and the like."
A feature by Tony Barrow in US magazine KRLA Beat reports that major tours in the UK are "showing no profit".
holds a press conference in the King's Cross Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales, on the eve of his first tour of Australia.
The front cover of today's edition of UK music weekly NME is dominated by an advert for the new single Everything I Am by Plastic Penny
. The paper also features interviews with The Bee Gees
, The Walker Brothers
and Peter Tork of The Monkees
After being doorstepped by Leicester Student Arts Festival Organiser John Eades, Paul McCartney
of The Beatles
attends a press conference in London, England, UK, Europe, at which the students protest against the lack of backing from Leicester City Council for their event.
A feature in the New York Times refers to Jimi Hendrix
as 'the black Elvis.'
An advert in NME declares Elton John
to be 1968's greatest new talent.
Tetragrammaton Records in the USA begins a major press advertising campaign for the LP You Can't Beat People Up And Have Them
Say I Love You by stand-up comedian Murray Roman
. The reason for the campaign is that the LP's controversial subject matter, frankly covering sex and drugs, will preclude it from receiving any radio or tv exposure.
Sting is featured on the cover of UK pop weekly the NME (New Musical Express).
It is reported in UK newspaper the Daily Mirror that Yoko Ono may soon marry her aide, Sam Havadtoy, who bears a striking resemblance to John Lennon
and The Associates are both interviewed by Johnny Black in London, England, UK, Europe.
During a crackdown an jazz musicians in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Europe, jazz journalist Vlasimil Marek is arrested on a charge of "damaging the interests of the Republic abroad."
America's Spin magazine, set up two years earlier by Penthouse boss Bob Guccione, as a rival to Rolling Stone, ceases publication, having been hit by bans in major retail outlets related to the publication's 'explicit sexual content'.
is reported to be furious that its name has been linked in the press with a Mafia payola
scandal in America.
The Rolling Stones
announce their upcoming Urban Jungle tour with a press conference at The Tabernacle, Powis Street, London, UK, which is broadcast live on MTV.
In Johannesburg, South Africa, Paul Simon
rehearses for his upcoming concert at Ellis Park Stadium. During the day he also holds an informal press conference and conducts a workshop for aspiring young black musicians.
While promoting his tenth solo album Time Takes Time
, Ringo Starr
spends the day in The Dorchester Hotel, London, England, UK, Europe, being interviewed for British press and radio, including Q, The Sunday Mirror, Vox, The Independent and the Simon Bates Show.
Ray Davies of The Kinks
publishes his pseudo-autobiographical book X-Ray, via Viking Publishers in the UK. In the evening, when the book is launched with a press event at Ronnie Scott's Club in London, Davies plays an acoustic set for the assembled media throng.
issues a press release in support of the Dixie Chicks
, stating, "I don't even know the Dixie Chicks
, but I find it an insult for all the men and women who fought and died in past wars when almost the majority of America jumped down their throats for voicing an opinion. It was like a verbal witch-hunt and lynching." (Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks
had made critical comments about United States President George W. Bush and the current situation in Iraq.)
Much-admired rock journalist Greg Shaw
dies of a diabetes-related heart attack, aged 55, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Among many significant achievements, Shaw founded the magazines Mojo Navigator, Who Put The Bomp and The Phonograph Record Magazine, as well as coining the terms power pop and garage rock.
tells the Sun Herald newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, Oceania
, that she is considering a move away from pop into a jazzier direction.
A report from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic party (PAS) declares that Rihanna
's sexy onstage performance would be an insult to Asian values. As a result, Islamic leaders in Malaysia press ahead with calls to ban Rihanna
from performing in Kuala Lumpur on 13 February.
As part of the 32 Londoners event, Ray Davies holds a mini-press conference aboard The London Eye, London, UK, for which a gin company has specially created 32 different cocktails
intended to represent each of London's boroughs.
Having previously denied that model Hailey Baldwin is his girlfriend, Justin Bieber
unexpectedly posts pictures of the pair kissing and canoodling on his Instagram account.
is spotted passing through LAX in Los Angeles, California, USA.
SkyArts announces that, following criticism from the singer's family, it is dropping a proposed programme
dealing with Michael Jackson
's alleged cross country motor trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. Two days earlier, Paris Jackson had tweeted, "I'm so incredibly offended by it, as I'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit..."