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Racism

Banjoist and comedian Al Reeves' Famous Big Company plays the first of three nights at The Gaeity Theatre, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. The entertainment, a blackface minstrel show, is billed as featuring "20 White and 20 Black, headed by the celebrated Inez Mecusker".
A programme of "refined vaudeville", featuring The Jennie Eddie Trio (Novelty singing and comedy), Boyce And Wilson (Black-face fun-furnishers who dance) and Zoe Matthews (The popular Casino girl) is presented at The Ocean View Theatre, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
A programme of "refined vaudeville", featuring The Jennie Eddie Trio (Novelty singing and comedy), Boyce And Wilson (Black-face fun-furnishers who dance) and Zoe Matthews (The popular Casino girl) is presented at The Ocean View Theatre, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
A programme of "refined vaudeville", featuring The Jennie Eddie Trio (Novelty singing and comedy), Boyce And Wilson (Black-face fun-furnishers who dance) and Zoe Matthews (The popular Casino girl) is presented at The Ocean View Theatre, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
Al G. Fields' Minstrels play at The Metropolitan Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Burlesque troupe The Wine, Women And Song Company opens for a week at The Star Theatre, Scranton, New Jersey, USA. Heading the bill are Bonita And Company "well-known for their abilities in the creation of Coon songs and dances"
The Metropolitan Orchestra records My Sambo, We Are All Good Fellows, Quadrille : On With The Dance and The Donkey's Laugh, for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Primrose And Dockstader's Minstrels are appearing at Hammerstein's Victoria Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Singer and "coon impersonator" May Henderson plays the sixth night in a week of shows at The Empire, Brighton, Sussex, UK.
Singer and banjo player Polk Miller And His Old South Quartette play at The YMCA Hall, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Miller is white, but his Quartette members are all black. Miller does not perform in blackface, but does sometime bill himself as The Old Virginia Plantation Negro.
The Majestic Burlesquers plus Grace La Rue And Virginia Lee And Their Musical Pickaninnies are appearing twice daily at Kernan's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Put Me Off At Buffalo, billed as a "hilarious musical comedy success", is playing at The Bijou Theatre, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Aletha Mae Dickerson is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. As a recording manager for Paramount Records, she will supervise sessions by Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Will Ezell, The Pace Jubilee Singers, Blind Blake, Meade Lux Lewis and others. She is regarded as being an influential individual in the early development of "race music".
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Put Me Off At Buffalo, billed as a "hilarious musical comedy success", is playing at The Bijou Theatre, Richmond, Virginia, USA. The play is based on a popular song of the same name, in which a passenger is mistakenly ejected from a train at Buffalo by an inebriated negro porter, described in the song as a 'coon' and a 'nigger'.
Al G. Field's Greater Minstrels play at The Metropolitan Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Peter F. Dailey And Company, Stuart Barnes, The Two Little Pucks, Midgley And Carlisle, Lotta Gladstone, Dooley And Fowley (blackface comedians) and Little Elsie play at The Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Peter F. Dailey And Company, Stuart Barnes, The Two Little Pucks, Midgley And Carlisle, Lotta Gladstone, Dooley And Fowley (blackface comedians) and Little Elsie play at The Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Sheet music for the song Evah Dahkey Is A King, from the musical In Dahomey, is published as a free supplement in The New York American And Journal. the song was performed in the musical by the comedy duo Williams And Walker.
Spiritual group The Dinwiddie Quartet put black music on a disc for the first time, when they record five spirituals, including Steal Away, and one popular song for the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Sam Devere's Big Company is playing during a week of shows at The Star Theatre, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. Devere is a popular blackface singer, banjo player and songwriter.
Lew Dockstader's Minstrels are playing at The Victoria Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Lew Dockstader's Minstrels are playing at The Victoria Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
The Washington Post reports that Catholic bishops in Nashville (Tennessee) and Cincinnati (Ohio) have told their flocks that dancers of the Turkey Trot will not be forgiven for their sins. This is part of an ongoing effort to ban such modern 'animal' dances as The Turkey Trot, Grizzly Bear and Bunny Hug, which are widely considered immoral, and are usually performed to the accompaniment of ragtime or jazz music.
David Bispham, The Honey Boy Minstrels (led by George 'Honey Boy' Evans) and Mack And Walker are playing at B.F.Keith's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
African-American comedian, songwriter and singer Sherman H. Dudley is playing at The Empress Theatre, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band record Jazzin' Around, A Coon Band Contest, The Old Grey Mare and Beale Street Blues for Victor Records in New York City, USA.
South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba is born in Prospect Township, Johannesburg, South Africa.
American music trade magazine Billboard reports that Aristocrat Records of Chicago, Illinois, USA, is "expanding in the race field adding two blues singers and Jump Jackson's negro combo."
Walter Bridges And His Colored Band play at The Cascade Club, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Elvis Presley perform Til I Waltz Again With You by Teresa Brewer during his performance at the Annual Minstrel Show in Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. This is believed to have been his first live performance in front of an audience.
Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA runs a feature suggesting that the success of artists such as LaVern Baker and Sarah Vaughan on the singles charts is attributable to the number of cover versions being made by white artists.
When Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ben E. King, Sugar Pie DeSanto and others fail to show for a late-night gig at The Flamingo Club, Greenwich Street, Savannah, Georgia, USA, 1200 patrons go on a rampage which effectively destroys the venue. The same set of artists had, earlier in the evening, played a show at the local whites-only club, Bamboo Ranch, in the same town.
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Bob Dylan, Mahalia Jackson, Joan Baez, Odetta and other musical celebrities turn out to hear Martin Luther King deliver his 'I have a dream' speech at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., USA. The speech will inspire several songs, including One Vision by Queen.
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Martin Luther King sends a telegram to Dr. Clinton Warner advising him of an upcoming concert in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, by Sammy Davis Jr, who he describes as "one of the world's greatest entertainers".
US folk music newspaper Broadside reports that folksinger Buffy Sainte-Marie is to be featured in the first episode of a new tv series, The Virginian. Striking a blow for native Americans, she has insisted that all indian characters in the show must be played by real indians.
Manfred Mann re-record the lyric of their upcoming single, My Name Is Jack, following objections from American distributors that it might inflame racial tensions.
The Top Ten songs being played on WKNR Radio in Detroit, Michigan, USA, for the week ending on this date are as follows :



1. People Got To Be Free The Rascals

2. Hello I Love You The Doors

3. Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf

4. Sunshine Of Your Love Cream 5. Light My Fire Jose Feliciano

6. 1-2-3 Red Light 1910 Fruit Gum Company

7. You Keep Me Hangin' On Vanilla Fudge

8. Soul Limbo Booker T And the MG's

9. Sealed With A Kiss Gary Lewis

10. Dream A Little Dream Of Me Mama Cass

Following Stevie Wonder's recent declaration of support for Nelson Mandela, South African radio stations ban the playing of all his songs.
When Kiss headline at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, Texas, USA, their opening act Ted Nugent verbally attacks Latin-American immigrants, yelling, "If you’re not gonna speak English, get the fuck out of America." Understandably, he gets himself banned from the venue.
The MV Tampa, carrying over 400 distressed Indonesians, including women and children in various states of health and stress, who had been rescued from a sinking boat, is refused permission to land on the Australian territory of Christmas Island. According to a subsequent poll, 77% of Australians expressed support for their government's stance. The MV Tampa incident will become a global scandal, and is recorded in the song 77% by Australian band The Herd.
Jazz legend Duke Ellington makes history as the first African American to have his image featured on a circulating U.S. coin, the quarter-dollar issued by the US Mint today.
Miami Police Department removes anti-gang posters from its website after a blog entry by the Miami News Times points out that not just one but two of the supposed gangsters in the poster are very obviously modelled on black music mogul Jay-Z.
Rapper Hopsin is arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, following an altercation at Club 57 West, Orlando, Florida, USA.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Justin Bieber apologises for his behavior in a five-year-old video which surfaced the day before showing the then fifteen-year old teenager telling a racist joke which used the "N-word".
The Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho, USA, announces that it is cancelling Ted Nugent’s appearance scheduled for August 4. They state that the cancellation has come about because the casino has recently been made aware of, "Nugent’s history of racist and hate-filled remarks".
Idris Elba releases the LP Idris Elba Presents mi Mandela in the UK. The album, inspired by Elba's work on the film Long Walk To Freedom, includes collaborations with James Blake, Mr. Hudson and Mumford And Sons.
John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen pay for several food trucks to go to Lincoln Square in New York City, USA, to provide free food for protesters demonstrating against the death of Eric Garner, racism and police brutality.
The Anti-Anti Beyonce Protest Rally takes place in front of the NFL Headquarters in New York City, USA, with just three protesters objecting to Beyonce's recent Super Bowl half-time performance, which featured backing dancers dressed as members of radical political organisation the Black Panthers. A larger number of pro-Beyonce supporters also turned up at the rally.
Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and often called "the father of South African jazz", dies aged 78 from prostate cancer in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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