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The 'relocation' of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw and Choctaw Native American nations begins in America. Nearly 17,000 Native Americans will be forcibly moved from their homelands to what was then called Indian Territory, later to be known as Oklahoma. As many as 6,000 are estimated to have died along the route, which became known as 'The Trail Of Tears'. The songs Indian Reservation by John D. Loudermilk and Cherokee by Europe, both recount this appalling tale of man's inhumanity to man. Indian Sunset by Elton John examines the plight of the Native Americans in a similar way.
Blues pianist/songwriter Walter Davis is born on a farm in Grenada, Mississippi, USA. [He should not be confused with jazz pianist Walter Davis Jr. The pair are not related].
Angus Boyd Dudgeon is born in Woking, Surrey, England, UK. He will find success as record producer and musical arranger Gus Dudgeon, highly respected for his work with Elton John, David Bowie, Joan Armatrading and others.
Count Basie And His Orchestra play the sixth night of a week at The Golden Gate, San Francisco, California, USA. Also on the bill are The Three Rockets, Pops And Louie and Shorty Davis. The week of shows will gross $38,000.
Singer and barrelhouse pianist Archibald records Stack-A-Lee [aka Stagger Lee] during his first recording session for Imperial Records, at Cosimo Matassa's J And M Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, supervised by Dave Bartholomew.
Jazz pianist Larry Green plays the fifth night of a ten-day engagement at Bill Green's Casino, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jimmy Rogers records If It Ain't Me [Who Are You Thinking Of], with Big Walter Horton on harmonica, Otis Spann on piano and Willie Dixon on bass, in Chicago, IIlinois, USA, for Chess Records.
Joe Williams, formerly with Count Basie, plays a live show at the Marigold Ballroom, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
A Silver Disc is awarded to the single But I Do by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry in the UK.
American music trade magazine Billboard reports that Nat King Cole is shortly to launch his own, as yet un-named, record label. Cole will, however, remain with Capitol Records as a solo artist.
Marty Robbins, with producer Don Law, records I Told The Brook and Sometimes I'm Tempted, in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session includes guitarists Grady Martin and Jack Pruett, steel guitarist Jerry Byrd, bassist Joseph Zinkan, drummer Louis Dunn and pianist William Pursell.
Slim Whitman records Anytime, Love Letters In The Sand, Tammy and You You You, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on this session includes guitarists Harold Bradley and Grady Martin, and pianist Floyd Cramer.
The Top Ten records on WMCA Radio, New York City, USA, for the week starting on this date are as follows :

1. BE MY BABY - The Ronettes (Philles)

2. BLUE VELVET - Bobby Vinton (Epic)

3. WASHINGTON SQUARE - The Village Stompers (Epic)

4. CRY BABY - Garnet Mimms And The Enchanters (United Artists]

5. BUSTED - Ray Charles (ABC-Paramount)

6. THEN HE KISSED ME - The Crystals (Philles)

7. TALK TO ME - Sunny And The Sunglows (Tear Drop)

8. DONNA THE PRIMA DONNA - Dion Di Muci (Columbia)

9. PART TIME LOVE - Little Johnny Taylor (Galaxy)

10. SALLY, GO 'ROUND THE ROSES - The Jaynetts (Tuff)

The Alan Price Rhythm'n'Blues Combo plays at The Jazz Lounge, Club A' Go Go, Tyne and Wear, England, UK, Europe. The group will find greater success after it evolves to become The Animals.
The Grant Green Sextet records Django, Idle Moments and other tracks for Blue Note Records at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Ray Charles plays at The Panzer Building, Montclair State College, Montclair, New Jersey, USA.
Ray Charles plays the second of three nights at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Over the three nights he will gross $60,097.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays the third of seven nights at The Carnival Club, Cocos Beach, Florida, USA.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet appear on UK tv show Jazz 625.
Little Richard, The Marvelettes and Patti LaBelle And The Bluebelles are playing during ten nights at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at the The Falcon Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Jazz pianist Hampton Hawes and his trio record the album Here And Now, at Contemporary Records studio, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Frank Sinatra sets a new sales record when he plays at The Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, with Count Basie, Quincy Jones and The Oscar Peterson Trio. During Sinatra's performance of I've Got You Under My Skin, the screaming of women in the audience becomes so loud that the show has to be temporarily halted.
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Count Basie begins a British tour with a show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK.
Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington spend the first of three days recording tracks in United Recorders Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, which will be released on the Verve Records LP Ella At Duke's Place.
Lalo Schifrin records his compositions The Cincinnati Kid (Instrumental Version), Dialogue In The Rain, Melba, The Man, Shooter and New Orleans Procession in RCA Recording Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Alan Price Set play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers play at the Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, UK, Europe
Little Richard plays two shows in one night, first at The Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, UK, and second at The Peppermint Lounge, Liverpool.
The Zombies play at Leicester University, Leicester, UK.
The Simon and Garfunkel album Bridge Over Troubled Water, enters the UK chart at No1, a position it will hold for a total of 41 weeks.
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Squeeze play at The Other Cinema, London, England, UK, Europe.
Ahmad Jamal plays a live gig in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Jazz saxophonist, clarinettist and bandleader Barney Bigard dies in Culver City, California, USA, aged 74. Bigard played with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Joe "King" Oliver and others.
On his Midnight at the Lost and Found Tour, Meat Loaf plays at The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
On her Wild Heart tour, Stevie Nicks plays at Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Merran Laginestra releases her debut single, Oh Chimera, on Siren Records in the UK.
Jazz pianist Andrew Hill completes recording of his 27th album, But Not Farewell, at Clinton Recording Studios, New York City, USA, for Blue Note Records.
Elliott Smith releases his final LP, Figure 8, on DreamWorks Records in the USA.
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The highest new entry in the UK albums chart is Home Sweet Home by Kano, entering at No36. Coldplay remain at No1 with XAndY.
Brian Wilson plays at The Mann Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Neil Cowley Trio play at Ronnie Scott's, London, England, UK.
Jackson Browne plays at the Star Pavilion at Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lady Gaga suffering from a labral tear of her right hip and synovitis [a severe inflammation of the joints], undergoes surgery in the USA.
Tegan And Sara release a new single, I Was A Fool, on Vapor/Reprise Records in the UK.
Ruby Rushton play at XOYO, London, England, UK, Europe.
Former One Direction member Niall Horan plays at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, supported by Lewis Capaldi and Fletcher.