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The musical comedy Foxy Grandpa, based on a popular newspaper cartoon strip, is playing at Haverley's 14th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 125 performances.
An interview with pioneering ragtime blues musician Antonio Maggio appears in the Times-Picayune Newspaper of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. In the interview Maggio asserts that he is an anarchist but denies that he supports the idea of assassination being used to achieve anarchist goals. (Maggio's song I Got The Blues is sometimes credited as being the first blues song ever composed)
Sheet music for the song It Must Have Been Svengali In Disguise (lyric by Vincent Bryan and music by Harry von Tilzer) is published as a free supplement with today's edition of the New York American And Journal. The song is taken from the musical The Wild Rose.
Sheet music for the waltz Maizie, written by Edward S. A. Beles and composed by W. T. Francis, is given away as a free supplement to the New York Herald newspaper.
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 "brilliant comic opera" The Idol's Eye is playing at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA. According to the newspaper advert, 'Forty great electric fans keep the theatre as cool as a roof garden'.
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.
Ella Fitzgerald's manager, Norman Granz, holds a press conference in Houston, Texas, USA, declaring that the previous night's arrest of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Illinois Jacquet, on gambling charges was racially motivated, because local police did not want mixed audiences at concerts in the city.
The Ink Spots appear on UK tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium, but are criticised in the music press for relying entirely on old hits.
British popular music newspaper Melody Maker reports that American jazz and r'n'b bandleader and recording artist Earl Bostic has recovered from his recent heart attack.
UK popular music newspaper Melody Maker reports that American bandleader and recording artist Earl Bostic has recovered from his recent heart attack.
Jazz critic Steve Race writes a feature in UK pop music weekly Melody Maker celebrating what he believes to be the demise of rock'n'roll. When teenager Ian Samwell reads it, he is inspired to write the song Move It, which will become the first genuine British rock'n'roll hit, sung by Cliff Richard.
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The Limeliters meet local radio deejays and trade press at a cocktail evening in The Carousel, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The Harvard Crimson of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, runs a feature by Merry Maisel, Folk Music Director of WHRB Radio, about the folk-music boom, complaining, among other things, that "folk music suffers from renaissance - the trios and quartets (which shall be nameless) begin turning out corrupt, oompah versions of perfectly good folk songs; no lover of folk musics enjoys hearing the lush, superfatted, slick results."
It is reported in Billboard magazine that Warner Bros. Pictures has recently abandoned its $85,000 infringement lawsuit against Dot Records and Pat Boone, which had alleged that Boone simulated the voice of Speedy Gonzalez - a Warner Bros copyrighted animated cartoon mouse - in his 1962 hit single Speedy Gonzalez. Warners also agreed to pay the costs of Boone and Dot incurred in the preparation of their legal defense.
The Washington Post publishes the first story in the USA about the frenzy surrounding the rock group The Beatles in England, UK, Europe.
CBS-tv in the USA issues the following press release - "The Beatles, wildly popular quartet of English recording stars, will make their first trip to the United States Feb. 7 for their American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, Sunday, Feb. 9 and 16… The fantastic popularity of The Beatles in England has received considerable attention not only in British newspapers but also in the American press. Their first record release is scheduled for January."
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 career of conservative folk singer Janet Greene is launched with a press conference at The Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA. Green has been recruited by anti-communist physician Dr. Fred Schwartz to record right-wing folk songs as a kind of conservative counter-blast to the prevailing left-wing sentiments of most folk music of the era.
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Bob Dylan is backed on a live gig by Levon And The Hawks for the first time at the Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas, USA. When questioned about God during a press conference before the gig Dylan retorts, "God is a woman ... you take it from there."
A full-page advertisement, part-funded by Paul McCartney of The Beatles, appears in The Times newspaper in London, UK, describing the existing marijuana law as "immoral in principle and unworkable in practice". The advert is signed by Francis Crick, George Melly, Jonathan Miller and The Beatles.
A feature in the current edition of Newsweek magazine in the USA declares that The Bosstown Sound - a largely manufactured scene based on bands from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, is the latest music industry craze. Bands deemed to be part of the craze are The Beacon Street Union, Orpheus, The Phluph and The Ultimate Spinach, but none of those bands will achieve lasting success.
Rolling Stone magazine runs a feature which is heavily critical of UK power-trio Cream, describing Eric Clapton as "the master of the blues cliché" and, unwittingly, contributing to the demise of the band.
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Paul McCartney of The Beatles is interviewed in London, England, UK, Europe, by Alan Smith of weekly pop paper NME (New Musical Express).
UK rock weekly the NME [New Musical Express] reports that songwriter-singer Pete Dello has left The Honeybus, and is being replaced by Jim Kelly.
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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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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UK pop weekly the NME [New Musical Express] reports that The Pretty Things have become the first white rock band to be signed to Motown Records in the USA.
At the Court House, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Judge Robert Taylor sets Jimi Hendrix's trial on drugs charges for 8 December 1969. Hendrix' publicist Michael Goldstein endeavours to kill the story.
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At a press conference the New Science Center, Ontario, Canada, John Lennon of The Beatles announces a three-day Peace and Poetry Festival to be held in Mosport Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but it never materialises.
The San Francisco Examiner reveals that hippie cult leader and murderer Charles Manson is planning to pay for the costs of his trial by recording an album of his own songs.
While being interviewed by John Burks of Rolling Stone magazine in New York City, USA, Jimi Hendrix states that The Experience is re-forming.
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UK rock paper Melody Maker reports that Paul McCartney of The Beatles is working at home in St John's Wood, London, England, UK, Europe, on tracks for his first solo album.
Rolling Stone magazine reviewer Greil Marcus begins his review of the new Bob Dylan album Self Portrait with the words, "What is this shit?".
Rolling Stone magazine reports that several film companies are working on movies about deceased blues-rock singer Janis Joplin. The article also claims there is a documentary in the works and possibly even a Broadway musical.
Alice Cooper appears, dressed as a pregnant Alice In Wonderland, on the cover of Sounds music paper in the UK.
While in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the launch of his album Goodnight Vienna, Ringo Starr tells UK newspaper The Daily Express that, despite the fact that he has been dating model Nancy Andrews for several months, he has no plans to become divorced from his wife Maureen.
Victor Bokris interviews Rolling Stones' vocalist Mick Jagger over dinner at William Burroughs’ home in The Bowery, New York City, USA. Also in attendance is Andy Warhol.
Madonna appears on the cover of People magazine in the USA.
Nik Kershaw features on the cover of today's edition of Smash Hits magazine in the UK, with a story of "the wife they tried to hide" revealing that Nik is actually married to a lady called Sheri.
UK rock paper the NME reports that The Smiths are to split up. The band issues a denial.
Ozzy Osbourne is arrested and charged with threatening to kill his wife-manager, Sharon. On receiving his promise to stay away from her, she decides not to press charges.
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It is reported in the UK press that Muslim community leaders are angered by The Orb's use of recordings of texts from The Koran during their live shows.
PaulMcCartney.com streams a thirty-minute-long press conference featuring Paul McCartney talking in London, UK, with press from around the world to promote the release of his new album of cover versions, Kisses On The Bottom.
Photographer Jeffrey Binion files a report with the Miami-Dade Police, claiming that Justin Bieber's bodyguards attacked him while he tried to take pics of the young star outside the Hit Factory recording studio in Miami, Florida, USA.
Katy Perry is harassed by Australian papparazzi while taking a walk on Obelisk Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Singer/songwriter Christina Perri marries her boyfriend of several years, entertainment reporter Paul Costabile.
Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice) denies that The Spice Girls will take to the stage during a chat with reporters at a preview of her clothing brand's autumn/winter 2018 collection in New York City, USA.
Chris Brown responds to recent criticism from Scottish band Chvrches with an Instagram posting calling them 'the type of people I wish walked in front of a speeding bus full of mental patients.'
Michael Putland, one of the most revered of rock photographers, dies aged 72 of prostate cancer.