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Sheet music for the song There's No Love Like The Old Love After All, written by Will Walters and composed by J. A. T. Noble, is given away as a supplement to the New York Herald, New York City, USA. The music was originally published by the Oliver Ditson Co. of Boston, Massachusetts in 1898.
The first issue of the UK music newspaper Melody Maker goes on sale priced at 3d, promising news and information for "all who are interested in the production of popular music." The first issue includes dance band news, a feature about ukeleles and how to sight-read music.
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.
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.
It is reported on the front page of today's edition of British music weekly Melody Maker that vocalist Dick James has left the Geraldo Orchestra.
A feature about singing star Jo Stafford appears in Collier's Magazine in the USA, stating the Miss Stafford's patriotically-inclined broadcasts on the Voice Of America radio service in Europe, have "upset Joe Stalin". Communist newspaper The Daily Worker will take issue with the feature and argue that Stafford "delivers commercials for democracy the same way toothpaste companies deliver commercials for their product".
It is reported in the trade press in the USA that the song Sh-Boom has been bought from publishers Progressive Music by Hill And Range Music during the past week, "for a substantial sum of money". The song was first recorded by The Chords on Cat Records, and had then been covered by The Crewcuts for Mercury Records.
Writing in the UK pop newspaper NME [New Musical Express], Radio Luxembourg jazz deejay Geoffrey Everitt condemns the newly-released single Sh-Boom by r'n'b vocal group The Chords as "the worst side I have listened to since I started writing in the NME".
UK music weekly The NME [New Musical Express] reports that the music industry in the USA is 'shocked' that two 'country and western' artists, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, have become top popular music stars.
Flamboyant American pianist Liberace wins '8,000 damages in the High Court, London, UK, against British newspaper the Daily Mirror, which had published an article implying that he was homosexual.
Ads placed in the UK music press by a top rock entrepreneur state, "Don Arden is happy to announce that he has been appointed by Mr Manfred Weissleder as sole booking agent for The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.'
While rehearsing in Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, for their upcoming Helen Shapiro tour slot, The Beatles are interviewed by Alan Smith of NME. That night, they play in The Three Coins Club, Fountain Street, Manchester, along with Freddie And The Dreamers.
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UK magazine Hobbies Weekly features instructions of how to make a marquetry image of pop idol Cliff Richard.
Acclaimed record producer Nick Venet is quoted making disparaging remarks about The Beach Boys in the Saturday Evening Post newspaper. Before the month is out, Venet will terminate his relationship with Capitol Records, for which The Beach Boys record.
Daryl Quist is featured on the cover of today's edition of UK pop paper The New Musical Express (aka NME), in a paid-for advertisement for his single Goodbye To Love. Quist was part of a stable of artists promoted by entrepreneur Larry Parnes.
Fabulous magazine runs a special edition dedicated to Liverpool music, featuring The Searchers on the front cover and features about The Beatles, The Mojos, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Billy Fury, The Merseybeats, The Spinners and Tommy Quickly.
With his 50th birthday imminent, Frank Sinatra appears on the cover of the influential Newsweek magazine in the USA.
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Bob Dylan is featured on the cover of KRLA Beat magazine in Los Anbgeles, California, USA.
Frankie Avalon and Susan Hart set off on a promotional/press tour covering 18 cities in thirteen countries in support of their sci-fi spoof movie Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine. The film has a title song performed by The Supremes.
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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A+R man Ray Williams of Liberty Records places an advert in weekly UK music paper the New Musical Express, reading, "Liberty wants talent. Artists/composers/singers/musicians to form a new group." Among those who respond will be aspiring singer/songwriter/pianist Reg Dwight, laster to find global success as Elton John.
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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.
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A feature in the New York Times refers to Jimi Hendrix as 'the black Elvis.'
In the St Regis Hotel, New York City, USA, John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles give interviews to American media.
At the office of ANIM management in London, England, UK, Europe, Jimi Hendrix is interviewed by Alan Walsh of Melody Maker.
Newsweek magazine in the USA carries a report on 'The Bosstown Sound', claiming that such Boston, Massachusetts-based bands as The Ultimate Spinach, Earth Opera and Phluph are the coming wave of rock giants.
Reporting on a collaboration between The Byrds and legendary country music banjo virtuoso Earl Scruggs, on the album Earl Scruggs Performing With His Family And Friends, the newspaper The Nashville Tennessean reports : "Gary Scruggs' hair is longer than Randy's, and the hair of most of the members of The Byrds is longer than that of Gary. In keeping with their acid rock tradition, theirs is very long. Wisps of it fall over the rims of their dark glasses. They got to know Earl Scruggs two years ago, just when country licks, especially on such instruments as the steel guitar, were first becoming a fad for hard rock groups."
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.
The first ever interview with Prince is published, in the Central High School newspaper, illustrated with a picture of the afro-topped hopeful sitting at his piano.
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The Sun newspaper in the UK runs a feature questioning the sanity of David Bowie, which includes the quote "I’m terrified of going mad."
The Jacksons hold a press conference at Tavern On The Green, Central Park, New York City, USA, to announce their upcoming Victory Tour, sponsored by Pepsi.
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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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Madonna appears on the cover of People magazine in the USA.
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.
Suggs of UK hitmaking 2-Tone band Madness denies allegations (in The Sun newspaper a week earlier) that he has racist sympathies.
Prince plays the fifth of seven non-consecutive nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe, on his Lovesexy tour. UK pop paper Record Mirror hails it as "the greatest show on Earth."
Bob Dylan starts the new decade with a small club date at Toads, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He plays a four hour long set.
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The front page of tabloid newspaper The Sun reveals that teen pop sensations 5 Star have been evicted from their £2.5m Sunningdale, UK, mansion for not paying their mortgage.
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In an interview in The Times, Robert Smith of The Cure expresses his disagreement with Radiohead's strategy of allowing fans to decide how much to pay for their album In Rainbows. "The Radiohead experiment of paying what you want - I disagreed violently with that," he says. "You can't allow other people to put a price on what you do, otherwise you don't consider what you do to have any value at all, and that's nonsense. If I put a value on my music and no one's prepared to pay that, then more fool me, but the idea that the value is created by the consumer is an idiot plan. It can't work."
Readers of St Louis, Missouri, USA, newspaper the Riverfront Times choose singer Erin Bode as the Best Jazz Artist in the weekly newspaper's 2008 Music Awards.
Actor Alexander Skarsgard is restrained by police at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, USA, after he threatens paparazzi who are continuously taking pictures of him and his female companion Kate Bosworth.
During an interview with poet Simon Armitage in UK newspaper The Guardian, Morrissey describes the Chinese as "a sub-species", thus provoking a row about his attitudes to other races. Morrissey has been accused of racism several times in his career.
Surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale plays at The Press Club, Sacramento, California, USA.
The Flaming Lips play at The Free Press Summer Festival, Houston, Texas, USA.
Country music star Ray Price reveals, in a local newspaper interview, that he has been battling pancreatic cancer for six months.
As he leaves the Madeo restaurant in Los Angeles, California, USA, Lionel Richie denies (to a TMZ reporter) rumours that he is secretly the father of Khloe Kardashian.
Avril Lavigne announces on Instagram that she and her husband Chad Kroeger of Nickelback are splitting up after two years together.
Singer/songwriter Linda Perry, formerly of 4 Non Blondes, apologises publicly for having recently criticized Lady Gaga's Academy Awards mention for collaborating with Diane Warren on the song Til It Happens to You. Perry had claimed to have it on good authority that Gaga simply performed the song, and did not deserve a writing credit. However, after Diane Warren confirmed Gaga's involvement, Perry decided to retract her comment.
A 1963 copy of newspaper Alkali News with autographs of all four of The Beatles, three of which were actually forged by John Lennon, sells at auction in the UK for £2,000.
After 66 years as a leading music newspaper, the NME (New Musical Express) publishes its last print edition, although it will continue online.
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