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Al Jolson performs with The Ray Miller Orchestra for President Calvin Coolidge at The White House, Washington DC, USA.
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra begin the fifth month of a seven-month long residency in The Joseph Urban Room of the The Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA. In the course of the residency, Goodman will establish a popular new style of big-band music - swing.
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play during the fifth month of a seven-month long residency in The Joseph Urban Room of the The Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA. In the course of the residency, Goodman will establish a popular new style of big-band music - swing.
While making folk music recordings for the Library Of Congress, Alan Lomax records sixteen year old miner's daughter Georgia Turner singing House Of The Rising Sun, in Middlesboro, Kentucky, USA. This is one of the earliest recordings of the song which will become a folk standard with versions recorded by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Bob Dylan and others, before providing an international hit for The Animals in 1964.
Mark Dinning 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 As a result, records are withdrawn from shops and replaced with a new version with a more acceptable lyric.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 Belafonte Singers appear in concert in Salem, Ohio, USA.
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.
The Hollies record Too Many People and I've Been Wrong at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England, UK.
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.
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The Deviants play at Mothers Club, Erdington, Birmingham, UK.
Jefferson Airplane record Mexico 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.
The Jazz Crusaders record Give Peace A Chance, written by John Lennon of The Beatles, at Pacific Jazz Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
US Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter reveals that his inspirations include Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.
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”.
Cliff Richard 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.
Elton John 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.
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Eddie Rabbitt performs live for the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn in Washington, DC, USA.
Michael Jackson donates the $600,000 worth of profits from tonight’s first of three Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, concerts to the United Negro College Fund.
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."
Michael Jackson spends the first of four days in Los Angeles playing host to King Nana Amon Ndoufou IV, ruler of Sanwi on the Ivory Coast, Africa.
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.
R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and Bright Eyes play a concert in support of US Presidential candidate John Kerry at The Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
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.
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.
Bob Dylan 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.
Serbian music promoter Rajko Bozic arrives in Cuba, Caribbean, with instructions (allegedly from The U.S. Agency for International Development) to recruit local rapper Aldo Rodriguez of hip-hop/rap duo Los Aldeanos and spark an anti-government youth movement.
Billie Myers 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.
In a letter published in The Times, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys, Pete Townshend of The Who and other British music stars call for the release of the three members of Russian band Pussy Riot who have been in jail since March for staging a protest gig against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Christ The Savior Cathedral, Moscow, Russia, Europe. The letter is timed to coincide with a visit to London by Putin.
Justin Bieber 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.
During the semi-final of The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe, the Russian entrants The Tolmachevy Sisters are booed by sections of crowd, who are throught to be angered by Russia's activities in Ukraine, and by its attitudes to gay rights.
Brinsley Forde, 61-year-old ex-lead singer of Aswad, is presented with an MBE by Prince William at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, UK.
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, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton. Soon after, he cancels the remaining dates on the tour.
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Anti‐Flag play at The Ogden Theatre, Denver, Colorado, USA.
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?"