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Sheet music for the song He Found Her In The City is given away in the supplement of the New York Herald newspaper in New York City, USA.
A United Press syndicated feature reports that four girls in San Francisco, California, USA, were recently asked to dance the Bunny Hug in front of a local censor board. As a result, the board deemed the dance too risqué and banned it at dances - along with the Grizzly Bear and the Texas Tommy.
The earliest known mention of the Hollywood Sign (originally reading Hollywoodland) in Los Angeles, California, USA, appears in the local newspaper Holly Leaves. The article, reports that the soon to be built Mulholland Highway will extend "…from the western end of the (Griffith Park) road, under the electric sign of Hollywoodland, around Lake Hollywood and across the dam." The sign will inspire lyrics in numerous songs including Hollywood Sign by Peter Sarstedt, Feelin' Alive by The Jonas Brothers (2010) and Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus (2009).
The Abilene Daily Reporter carries an advertisement by the Hall Music Company announcing, "Shake hands with Jimmie Rodgers at our store Monday morning from 11 to 11:45. He will personally autograph any of his Victor Records purchased from us at this time. You have heard his Records now we invite you to see Jimmie in person."
Calypso star Lord Invader flies out of Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean, aboard a Pan Am clipper bound for New York City, USA. While there, he intends to pursue a legal action against comedian Morey Amsterdam who has falsely copyrighted his hugely successful song Rum And Coca Cola. When Lord Invader arrives at LaGuardia airport he is greeted by thirty members of the press waiting to interview and photograph him.
A front-page feature in Jet magazine declares Nellie Hill to be a singer who "sets sex appeal to music so sensationally that when she sings, men's hearts do flip-flops."
A feature in UK music paper Melody Maker reports that the Musicians' Union is calling for a ban on newly created electronic instruments, such as the Selmer Clavioline, on the grounds that they will put traditional musicians out of work.
South African newspaper The Star describes rock'n'roll music as sounding like "beating on a bucket lid". Fans of the music are characterised in the article as "hordes of sloppy, aggressive, be-jeaned louts and their girlfriends who cause so much trouble in South Africa."
Elvis Presley shocks his audience by simulating sex with a stuffed dog called Nipper when he plays the first of two nights at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. After the show, local police caution Elvis about his on-stage behaviour. The following day, local press run headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act, and that night the Los Angeles Vice Squad films his entire concert, to study his performance.
The Top 5 singles in the UK, according to today's edition of the New Musical Express [NME] newspaper are as follows : 1. Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte [RCA] 2. Wake Up Little Suzie by The Everly Brothers [London] 3. My Special Angel by Malcolm Vaughan [HMV] 4. Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me by The Johnny Otis Show/Marle Adams [Capitol] 5. Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis [London]
It is reported in the press in the USA that Jerry Lee Lewis has come to an agreement with the American Federation Of Musicians, to which he owes $10,000. The agreement will enable him to play in many union-controlled venues from which he had been banned because of his debt.
Noel Stookey (later to become Paul of folk trio Peter, Paul And Mary) reads a New York Herald Tribune newspaper story in The Gaslight Cafe, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, about a Father's Day boat cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain. The trip had gone awry due to counterfeit tickets and overcrowding. Stookey shows the story to his young acquaintance Bob Dylan who had arrived in New York from Minnesota the previous winter. Inspired by the story, Dylan returns the next day with Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Disaster Blues, composed in the style of his idol, Woody Guthrie.
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Weekly UK pop newspaper the NME [New Musical Express] reports that Cliff Richard will tour the world promoting his latest movie.
Duke Ellington'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."
The Beatles touch down in Darwin, Australia, then fly on to Sydney where they hold a press conference in the Sheridan Hotel. Meanwhile, in London, UK, their drummer Ringo Starr is discharged from University College Hospital and will shortly re-join the group.
The Walker Brothers get their first UK press coverage in the form of a brief interview with journalist Chris Welch in Melody Maker, partly about their connections to P.J. Proby.
Bob Dylan is greeted by over one thousand fans when he lands at Heathrow Airport, London, UK, to begin a British tour. He holds a press conference, is filmed for BBC tv show Teen Scene, and is then driven to London's The Savoy Hotel for more interviews in the conference room before finally retiring to bed at around 2.30am.
The Pretty Things, The Overlanders, Trini Lopez and others play in The Festival Gardens Star Gala at Battersea Pleasure Gardens, London, England, UK. Weekly rock newspaper the NME hosts a stand where festival-goers can meet stars including Helen Shapiro, Jonathan King, Jackie Trent, Screaming Lord Sutch and Them.
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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Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Life magazine in New York City, USA.
Polydor Records in London, UK, sends out a press release announcing the British release of the eponymous debut LP by Californian psychedelic band Clear Light. (N.B. The image accompanying this item is by courtesy of The Joss Mullinger Archive, contact via thiswaybooks@btinternet.com)
British pop weekly the NME [New Musical Express] reports that supergroup Cream has split up, and that each member of the group intends to form his own band.
Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Black Music magazine. The feature will run in September with the headline 'Jimi Hendrix - Is His Music Black Or White?'
Setting off from BBC tv studios, Lime Grove, London, England, UK, Europe, The Who tour London in a vintage French bus to promote their next single, Magic Bus.
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Andy Partridge, later to found and lead the new wave band XTC, is fired from his job as teaboy/messenger at the Swindon Evening Advertiser in Swindon.
At the height of The Watergate Scandal, beleaguered United States President Richard Nixon tells the Associated Press, "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook". The final phrase of Nixon's monstrous lie will provide the inspiration for numerous sample-based dance music tracks by DJ Gurr, The Tricky Dicks, Glaciers Dubstep and others. Nixon's duplicity has also been the subject of numerous songs including You Haven't Done Nothin' by Stevie Wonder, Tricky Dicky by Country Joe McDonald, Postcards From Richard Nixon by Elton John, and The Love of Richard Nixon by The Manic Street Preachers.
A readers poll in UK pop paper Sounds votes Kate Bush the No1 singer of the past year.
It is reported in the UK music press that bassist Simon Gallup has left The Cure.
A photo-call for Debbie Harry of Blondie is held at The Ritz Hotel, London, England, UK, Europe.
Yoko Ono is in The Dorchester Hotel, London, England, UK, Europe, for a day of media interviews.
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Morrissey of The Smiths holds an indie fanzine press conference at the offices of his record company, Rough Trade, in London, England, UK, Europe, to promote the release of the new album Meat Is Murder.
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It is announced that Mark Ellen is standing down as editor of Smash Hits magazine in the UK, and will be replaced by Steve Bush.
China Crisis are featured on the cover of Smash Hits magazine in the UK.
Johnny Marr, guitarist of UK band The Smiths, confirms a recent NME report that the group is in the process of splitting up.
Tabloid newspaper the Sunday People in the USA claims that Luke Goss of hit-making UK pop duo Bros lives in the same block of flats as a known heroin dealer. The duo will respond by suing the newspaper.
Elton John issues a press announcement confirming rumours that he and his wife Renate Blauel are to divorce.
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It is reported that the UK's Press Council has told tabloid newspaper The Daily Star to remedy an inaccurate story about Elton John spending £4.5m on a house in Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
Paul Anka is photographed while passing through Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, USA.
When Warrant play at the Astoria, London, England, UK, Europe, Jani Lane's solo acapella version of the Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody is so bad that, according to respected music journalist Dave Ling, it "just had to be heard to be believed ... the ultimate act of musical masochism".
When Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana play at Ronnie Scott's Club, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe, Robert Plant turns up to see the show. After the gig, Scotty is interviewed by Johnny Black for Mojo Magazine, and photographed by Glenn Powell of SonicShots.
The John Lennon Museum is opened in the Saitama Super Arena, Japan. On the same day, Bono of U2 guest-edits the French newspaper Liberation.
Former FBI agent Ted Gunderson tells American tabloid newspaper The Globe that Sonny Bono of Sonny And Cher fame did not die in a ski-ing accident. His death, claims Gunderson, was an assassination ordered by an international drug and weapons ring which feared that the singer-turned-politician was about to expose their criminal acts.
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.
It is reported on Australian music website Undercover News that a source within the Rolling Stones' inner-circle has declared that, 'Charlie Watts has quit the band. He will never tour with the band again'.
Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio are spotted kissing during designer Nikki Erwin’s 30th birthday party at The Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Eagles Of Death Metal return to The Bataclan, Paris, France, Europe, to complete the gig that was violently disrupted by a terrorist attack three months earlier. After the show, the band's vocalist-guitarist Jesse Hughes, tells a French tv reporter that guns should be available to anybody who wants them.
Avril Lavigne is seen out partying with girlfriends at Dan Taneau's restaurant, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, without wearing her wedding ring. She is married to Chad Kroeger of Nickeback.
Robbie Williams posts a humourous video on Instagram in response to criticisms which surfaced after he used hand santiser liquid to clean his hands after touching fans during his New Year's Eve concert.
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.