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records the novelty pop song Top Forty, News, Weather And Sports
in New York City, USA, for MGM Records
. The song will become controversial because it mentions Congolese Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba
, who will be assassinated soon after release of the record. As a result, records are withdrawn from shops and replaced with a new version with a more acceptable lyric.
The brand-new Telstar 1 communications satellite
[launched on 10 July] carries its first transatlantic programming - excerpts of a baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA, a live press conference by President Kennedy, and a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Inspired by the broadcast, British record producer Joe Meek
composes the futuristic instrumental Telstar
, which is recorded later in the week by The Tornados
Controversial stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce
is arrested on obscenity charges shortly before he is due to appear on stage at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village
, New York City, USA. Police had recorded his set at the club earlier in the week to gather evidence against him.
The Duke Of Edinburgh is reported in the UK press as having stated that The Beatles
were "on the wane". The following day he cables Beatles' manager Brian Epstein
stating that what he actually said was, "I think The Beatles
are away at the moment", and wishing the group continued success.
Congressman Emanuel Celler introduces a bill to repeal the existing copyright payment exemption for juke boxes in the USA.
Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary
, march and sing at the Selma-to-Montgomery march for civil rights in Alabama, USA.
Congressman Buchanan of Alabama, USA, speaking in The House Of Representatives, Washington DC, describes the recently broadcast CBS-tv music special It's What's Happening, Baby!
as "disgraceful and disgusting". The show, partly funded by the US Office Of Economic Opportunity, featured performances by Jan And Dean
, Martha And The Vandellas, Mary Wells
, The Dave Clark Five
, Gary Lewis
And The Playboys, The Supremes
, Tom Jones
, Bill Cosby, Patti LaBelle And The Bluebelles, The Drifters
, The Miracles
, Ray Charles
, Marvin Gaye
, The Ronettes
, Chuck Jackson, The Four Tops
, The Temptations
, The Righteous Brothers
and Little Anthony
And The Imperials
Country Joe And The
Fish play the fourth of seven nights at The Jaberwock, Berkeley, California, USA.
The highest new entry in the Cash Box
magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, is Street Fighting Man
by The Rolling Stones
entering at No63. The song was inspired by Jagger taking part in a March 1968 anti-war protest rally at London's U.S. Embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000 people. He was further inspired by student riots in Paris, France, Europe.
play at Mothers Club, Erdington, Birmingham, UK.
at Pacific High Recording Studio, San Francisco, for RCA Records
. The track, a protest against US President Richard Nixon's anti-drug initiatives, will be released as a single.
Eccentric rock'n'roller Screaming Lord Sutch
is arrested after jumping from a bus in Downing Street, London, UK, with four naked women. The incident is just one of many publicity stunts pulled by Sutch who attempted for many years to become a Member Of Parliament, standing as the candidate for the Monster Raving Looney Party.
As he crosses the Russian-Polish border, David Bowie
’s collection of Nazi books and memorabilia is confiscated by border guards. He comments to the customs officials that the UK “could benefit from a Fascist leader”.
attends a reception at the British Embassy, Moscow, during what is claimed to be the first western pop tour of Russia.
Gang Of Four play at Hurrah's, New York City, USA.
In a ceremony held at The White House, Washington DC, USA, Bill Monroe
is recognised by President Ronald Reagan at "the only living American credited with originating an American music form" (i.e. bluegrass music). Frank Sinatra
is also in the White House attending this event.
celebrates his 40th birthday with a lavish party at Lockwood House, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK. The 350 guests include former Beatles George Harrison
and Ringo Starr
, plus Eric Clapton
, Phil Collins
, Bob Geldof
, Lionel Richie
, Virgin Records
founder Richard Branson and producer Mickie Most
. His birthday gifts include an £80,000 Ferrari Testarossa from his manager, John Reid, who owns the house. Elton's wife Renate Blauel is noticeably absent.
Eddie Rabbitt performs live for the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn in Washington, DC, USA.
The South African Directorate of Publications states that the lyrics of fifteen songs on the double-album set Use Your Illusion by Guns N' Roses
are considered "undesirable."
Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses requests a restraining order on deranged Ohio fan Karen McNeil, after she breaks into the kitchen of his Malibu, California, home. On the same day, Van Morrison
agrees to the British government using his hit Brown-Eyed Girl
for a tv commercial promoting peace in Northern Ireland.
Five-year-old Elian Gonzalez
is found floating in an inner tube off the coast of Florida, USA. A small boat in which he had been fleeing Cuba for asylum in the USA had sunk, killing his mother, Elizabeth Broton, and five others. Elian's story will inspire Manic Street Preachers
to write their song Baby Elian
Congolese music star Papa Wemba
appears in court in Paris, France, Europe, on charges relating to the smuggling of illegal immigrants from Africa to Europe under the pretense that they were members of his band. A month later he will be sentenced to thirty months in jail and a $13,000 fine. Most of the sentence, however, is suspended because of time already spent in jail while awaiting trial.
An environmental audit, commission by UK newspaper The Sunday Times, reveals that 50,000 trees would need to be planted and maintained for 100 years to offset the amount of CO2 produced by the recent Hail To The Thief tour and album by Radiohead
plays at Northrop Auditorium, University of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on the night of the US Presidential election.
At a press conference in London, Annie Lennox
speaks out against Israeli bomb strikes on Gaza - calling for an end to the "slaughter and systematic murder" of Arabs living in the area. Supporting Lennox at the press conference are Bianca Jagger and Alexei Sayle.
sings America the Beautiful at the National Equality March in Washington DC, USA. In her introduction to the song, she criticises president Barack Obama for failing to mention marriage equality and the battle to ban same-sex marriage in Maine during his speech the night before at a Human Rights Campaign dinner.
, Sir Elton John
, Sir Tom Jones
, Sir Cliff Richard
, Stevie Wonder
, Annie Lennox
, Shirley Bassey
, Robbie Williams
, Kylie Minogue
, Ed Sheeran
, Gary Barlow, Madness, Jessie J
and Grace Jones
take part in The Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II
Buckingham Palace, London, England, UK, Europe.
plays at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Backstage, he meets Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his overalls, and is later criticised by a journalist
who feels his choice of attire branded him as 'white trash'.
Steve Angello, Taio Cruz, Henry Padovani, Stephen Dale Petit
and others play in The Hope Concert - Wind Of Change For The People Of Iran, at The Velodrome, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Jack Antonoff, lead singer of Bleachers
, attends Audible Impact: Music And Activism at The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Cher Tweets her reaction to Donald Trump's presidential election win in the USA. "world will never be the same. I feel Sad for the young.🚽will never be more than the toilet I've used as a symbol 4 Him. U Can't Polish a turd."
During his Saint Pablo tour
show at The Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, USA, Kanye West
launches into an onstage rant criticising Facebook, Jay Z
and Hillary Clinton. Soon after, he cancels the remaining dates on the tour.
At the BRIT Awards event in The O2 Arena, London, England, UK, Europe, double-award-winning grime star Stormzy uses his appearance to criticise UK Prime Minister Theresa May
by rapping, "Yo, Theresa May where's that money for Grenfell? What you thought we just forgot about Grenfell?"