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Famed soprano Camille D'Arville, popular vocalist Belle Davis billed as "The Southern Song Queen With Her Pickaninnies" and others open for a week at The Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, Californika, USA.
The Hungarian Gypsy Band, The Chapelle Sisters (Songs and Acrobatic Dances) and McIntyre And Heath in 'Georgia Minstrels - The Personification Of Whole-souled Irresistible Fun" are among the entertainments on offer all week at Chase's Polite Vaudeville Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Haverley's Mastodon Minstrels, headed by "The greatest minstrel of the age" George Wilson, are performing at The California Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
S.H. Dudley records An English Coon Song, My Sambo, Banjo Serenade, He Ought To Have A Tablet In The Hall Of Fame, for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Artie Hall, billed as a "Southern Coon Shouter" is among the entertainments on offer at Chase's Polite Vaudeville Playhouse, Washington DC, USA. Also on the bill is the "eccentric singing and dancing speciality" act, Frank Hayes And Anna Suits.
Al. G. Field's Greater Minstrels play at The California Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Williams And Walker are starring in their musical show Sons Of Ham at The California Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. (A popular song and dance duo, Bert Williams and George Walker are often cited as the first African-American superstars.)
Eleanor Falk And Her Ten Sunbeams are heading the bill at Forest Park Highalnds, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Also appearing are "coon shouter" Artie Hall, "musical mokes" Snyder And Buckley, and singer/dancer Ray Sullivan.
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Eleanor Falk And Her Ten Sunbeams are heading the bill at Forest Park Highalnds, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Also appearing are "coon shouter" Artie Hall, "musical mokes" Snyder And Buckley, and singer/dancer Ray Sullivan.
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Silas Leachman records Every Nigger Has A Lady But Me, A Negro Hymn And Sermon, Tuscalina Brown and Hear Dem Bells for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsyvania, USA.
Pastor's Theatre in New York City, USA, is offering entertainment from The Crane Brothers And Belmont, Rube Minstrels, Manley And Rose, Frank O'Brien, The Bell Trio and Josie And Willie Barrows.
Lee Davis 'Honey' Wilds is born in Betton, Texas, USA. He will find success as half of the blackface minstrelsy comedy team Jamup And Honey.
Hi Henry's Big City Minstrels play at Whitley Opera House, Emporia, Kansas, USA.
Male vocal duet Collins And Harlan record Nigger Loves His Possum for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Shoo-Fly Regiment, an all-black musical production with music by Bob Cole and Billy Johnson, plays at Whitley Opera House, Emporia, Kansas, USA.
The Filson Club, a Southern historical society in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, announces that it has received word from a man in Texas who claimed to have a copy of Will Hays' sheet music, published through D. P. Faulds, thus proving that Hays wrote the popular song Dixie, which was usually attributed to minstrel show songwriter Dan Emmett. The sheet music, however, never materialises and debate over authorship of the song continues for many years.
The Primrose Minstrels play at Whitley Opera House, Emporia, Kansas, USA.
Prof. W.F. Craig's Orchestra plays at The National Negro Business League's 11th Annual Meeting Banquet in Grand Central Palace, Lexington Avenue, New York City, USA.
As heated debate continues over the impropriety of popular 'animal' dances including the Grizzly Bear, Turkey Trot and Bunny Hug, The United Press in New York City, USA, reports that "Dance hall proprietors who permit such dances will be arrested for disorderly conduct." Such dances, usually performed to ragtime or jazz music, are deemed inappropriate for "working girls on New York's East Side."
Richards And Pringle's Georgia Minstrels play at The Whitley Opera House, Emporia, Kansas, USA. (Blues pioneer W.C. Handy was, for some time, the band master of this troupe.)
Mrs Rose Thomas, a delegate attending the National Federation Of Music Clubs meeting in The Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA, declares, "Ragtime and cheap popular songs should have no place on public concert programs. I do not mean that the symphonies should be played but that a better class of melodious light composition ought to be given in parks."
Dan Kildare and a small group of Clef Club musicians from New York City, USA, arrive in Liverpool, England, UK, aboard the S.S. Megantic. They will make their way to London where they will serve as the house band at Ciro's Club, unfortunately billed as Ciro's Club Coon Orchestra.
Country fiddler, singer, banjo player and blackface humourist Ruey Collins, better known as Curley Collins, is born in Catlettsburg, Kentucky, USA.
The Peerless Quartet record In Blinky Winky Chinky Chinatown and Bounce Me John, I've Rubber Heels On, for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA.
African-American comedian, songwriter and singer Sherman H. Dudley is playing at The Empress Theatre, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Helena Mary Calhoun Horne is born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She will find fame as singer, actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne.
William Trousdale Allen III is born in Gallatin, Tennessee, USA, He will grow up to find success as deejay Bill 'Hoss' Allen, of WLAC Radio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, one of the early white champions of R'n'B.
Medgar Evers is born in Decatur, Mississippi, USA. Evers will become a committed anti-segregation campaigner and, in 1963 in Jackson, Mississippi, he will be shot in the back and killed by a white racist gunman. Evers' death will be the spark for the Bob Dylan song Only A Pawn In Their Game.
Les Hite And His Orchestra play at The Chatterbox, Mountainside, New Jersey, USA, during an extended engagement . Hite's band are the first black musicians to have played at this venue.
Walter Bridges And His Colored Band play at The Cascade Club, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Opera stars Robert Merrill and Rise Stevens are recording tracks for the RCA Victor album of songs from the George Gershwin musical Porgy And Bess. The album features no black singers at all despite the fact that the musical was written for a mostly African-American cast.
Paul Robeson performs a concert at a People's Party Rally in Weaver High School Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. The show attracts some controversy when some local figures object because the venue had been let to the People's Party before it was known that racial equality campaigner Robeson would sing.
Radio DJ Hunter Hancock, Specialty Records boss Art Rupe, bandleader Johnny Otis and promoter Hal Zeiger form a committee in Los Angeles, California, USA, to counter the increase in unfavourable media attacks on r'n'b music. On the same day, jukebox operators in Asbury Park, New Jersey, ban rock'n'roll records from their machines.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows play to an all-white audience at The Colosseum, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Dizzy Gillespie reveals that his upcoming concert at Tulane University (Oct 19), in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, has been cancelled. Gillespie is certain that the cancellation has been caused by the presence of a white pianist, Lalo Schifrin, in his otherwise black band.
A press release from The Beatles, half-way through a tour of the USA, states, "We will not appear unless Negroes are allowed to sit anywhere." The group had learned that blacks were confined to the balconies or upper tiers at public events such as concerts in cities including Jacksonville, Florida.
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In line with a Musicians Union ruling not to comply with South Africa's apartheid regime, Liverpool band The Swinging Blue Jeans refuse to visit the country. Other groups supporting the ban include The Rolling Stones, The Four Pennies, Freddie and the Dreamers and Dave Berry. Cliff Richard, however is a member of Equity, the actor's union, although The Shadows belong to the MU. "We can't speak for Cliff," says MU secretary Harry Francis, "but as far as we are concerned, The Shadows won't be going."
Tail-Pieces, the gossip column in UK pop weekly New Musical Express (NME) includes a snippet declaring '...Bob Dylan is Jewish...'.
John D. Loudermilk records The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian, Ma Baker's Little Acre, I'm Looking For A World and Where Have They Gone, at RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The Lament will later become better known as the hit single Indian Reservation.
The Black And White Minstrel Show is playing during a season at Victoria Palace Theatre, London, England, UK.
Society's Child, an inter-racial love song by young singer-songwriter Janis Ian enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No14.
Petula Clark stars in her first North American tv spectacular, Petula, broadcast by NBC in the USA. Her guest is Harry Belafonte. The show marks the first time a man and woman of different races exchanged physical contact on American television, and causes considerable controversy. Doyle Lott, a vice president from Chrysler, the show's sponsor, is present at the taping, and objects to the "interracial touching", fearing that it would offend white Southern viewers — this at a time when racial conflict was a major issue in the U.S. Lott insisted they substitute a different take, but the show's makers refused. Soon after, Doyle Lott was relieved of all his responsibilities at Chrysler.
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Controversial right wing politician Enoch Powell delivers his infamous 'Rivers Of Blood' speech to a Conservative Association meeting in Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. In due course, several rock stars, including Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton will speak out in support of Powell's policies which, essentially, advocate sending back immigrants to their homelands. The speech also inspired an early version of the song Get Back by The Beatles, plus their unreleased Commonwealth Song in which McCartney sings, "Dirty Enoch Powell said to the immigrants, immigrants you better get back to your commonwealth homes."
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Aretha Franklin becomes the first black woman to appear on the cover of the influential Time magazine in the USA.
George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgoole and John Clutchette, all African-American inmates of Soledad Prison in California, USA, are charged with the murder of white prison guard John V. Mills, in retaliation for the killing of three black prisoners three days earlier. George Jackson will later be shot dead by guards at San Quentin prison. Soledad Brother, a book based on Jackson's latters while in prison, will inspire Bob Dylan to write the song George Jackson. Other songs about Jackson will be recorded by Steel Pulse, The Blue Scholars, The Dicks and others.
Marlene Dietrich plays the first of four consecutive nights at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA. It is said that during this run of shows the ageing songstress complained to a crew member backstage that there were nazis in the audience and demanded that he should have them removed. "Yes, Miss Dietrich," he replied, "but how shall I recognise them?" Unfazed, Dietrich intoned, "They are the ones who are not clapping," before sweeping back out to coninue the show.
Detroit police stop the performance at an N.W.A show because of the controversy surrounding their latest hit, 'Fuck Tha Police'. Before they can perform the song, the group is removed from the stage and escorted back to their hotel. No charges are filed, and officers tell the rappers that they just "wanted to show the kids that you can't say 'Fuck the police' in Detroit."
At Tiger Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA, in front of 50,000 people, Nelson Mandela celebrates his freedom by quoting lines from the song What's Going On by Marvin Gaye.
When U2 begin the European leg of their Innocence And Experience world tour in Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy, Europe, singer Bono changes the lyrics of their song Pride (In The Name Of Love) to "One boy washed up on an empty beach", a reference to Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach earlier in the week.