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Loy Bodine records Wabash Cannonball and Farmer Gray for Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana, USA. He also records Fox Chase No1 and The Hobo's Dream, but both tracks are rejected.
Stuck On You, by Elvis Presley reaches No1 in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling pop singles in the USA.
Barbra Streisand sings Happy Days Are Here Again on The Garry Moore Show on tv in the USA.
The Second National Jazz Festival ends in Richmond, London, UK, with featured acts including Kenny Ball, Johnny Dankworth, Terry Lightfoot, Tubby Hayes, Dick Charlesworth, Joe Harriott, Forrie Cairns and the Don RendellQuintet.
Brenda Lee plays at The Concord Hotel, Lake Kiamesha, New York State, USA.
The Motor Town Revue, a two-month long all-Motown package tour featuring The Miracles, The Supremes, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, The Contours, The Marvelettes, Martha And The Vandellas and Little Stevie Wonder, plays the last concert of a ten-day stint at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Joanie Somers plays the second night of a two week engagement at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
The Blues Project play the eighth of nine nights at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
In a syndicated column in the New York Post, journalist Pete Hamill publishes a story about the evolving tradition of tying yellow ribbons round trees or gateposts to welcome returning prisoners back to their homes. The story will inspire songwriters Irwin Levine and Larry Brown to compose Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, which will become a huge hit in 1973 for Tony Orlando And Dawn.
Bukka White, Big Joe Williams, Big Mama Thornton, Robert Pete Williams, Roosevelt Sykes, Memphis Slim, Johnny Young, W.D.Kent, Billy Davenport, T-bone Walker, Jimmy Rogers, Lightnin' Slim, Whispering Smith and The Jimmy Dawkins Chicago Blues Band play in the American Folk Blues Festival '72 at The Circus-Krone-Bau, Munich, Germany, Europe.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, supported by Jay Boy Adams. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad at Utah State Prison, Draper, Utah, USA. The Adverts will score a UK Top 20 hit with their song Gary Gilmore's Eyes, which speculates about a possible eye donor recipient realizing his new eyes came from the executed murderer. The 1979 Police song Bring On The Night speculates about Gilmore's possible feelings on the evening before his execution.
Anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko dies shortly after arrival at Pretoria prison, Pretoria, South Africa. Police claim his death was caused by an extended hunger strike, but the autopsy will reveal that he died because of a brain hemorrhage resulting from massive injuries to the head while in police custody. Peter Gabriel and the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest will each write songs inspired by Biko's life and death.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Music Hall, Houston, Texas, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the second of two nights at The Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Rock movie Breaking Glass opens in Hungary, Europe, starring Hazel O'Connor as punk singer Kate. Zoot Money and Gary Holton have featured roles in the film, while Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney are seen in brief cameos.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Rockford Metro Centre, Rockford, Illinois, USA, supported by After The Fire.
In the early hours of the morning, while in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Eddie Van Halen buys a mint condition 1958 Gibson Flying V guitar prototype from famed vintage guitar collector and roadie Dan Martin. Later in the day, on their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, supported by After The Fire.
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On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Vancouver Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, supported by After The Fire.
In the Houses Of Parliament, London, England, UK, Europe, British MP Greville Janner asks Secretary Of State Nicholls how much money was spent by the Health and Safety Executive in fulfilling its obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in respect of safety at pop concerts during the last year. Nicholls replies that the information requested is not available as it is not possible to identify separately from other responsibilities.
Wyclef Jean is arrested for disorderly conduct at a New York City, USA, rally by the United Federation of Teachers to protest against proposals for public education budget cuts. Also attending the rally are Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, P. Diddy (aka Puff Daddy, real name Seam Combs), Jay-Z and Chuck D, LL Cool J and RZA.
After the entire album has been leaked online, rapper Eminem rush-releases his new album, Encore. Within two days it will sell over 700,000 copies.
Supreme Court justices in Washington DC, USA, begin consideration of music industry proposals designed to quash file swapping, and make it clear they have little sympathy for copyright piracy via peer-to-peer networks. The court’s decision might establish ground rules for the entertainment and technology industries for many years ahead.
Black Eyed Peas play in Montreal, Canada.
Oasis, Weezer, Kasabian, Yellowcard, The Others, Black Crowes, Public Enemy, Him, Inme, Bullet For My Valentine, Fightstar, The Las, Teenage Fanclub, Bloc Party, Death Cab For Cutie, Roddy Frame, Eighteen Visions, Alexisonfire and others play at the Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka, Japan, Asia.
A report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) states that 95% of music available online worldwide in 2008 was downloaded illegally.
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Pete Townshend of The Who announces, in a web posting, that he is working on on another rock opera project, Floss, which he describes as 'in the style of Tommy and Quadrophenia'.
Jay-Z plays at the BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, USA.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play the second of two nights at The MEN Arena, Manchester, UK.
Black Eyed Peas play the second of two nights at the O2 Arena, London, UK.
Music and fashion business entrepreneur Russell Simmons holds a launch party for his new clothing line in New York City, USA. Guests include Courtney Love.
Jay-Z headlines the The Summer Sonic festival, Tokyo, Japan, Asia. a-ha, on their Ending On A High Note Tour also play at Summer Sonic, as do Thirty Seconds To Mars.
It is reported that, according to the IFPI's annual Recording Industry In Numbers report, global recorded music revenues fell by 8.4% in 2010.
The UK-based HMV Group reports an overall loss in in the 26 weeks to October 29, 2011, of £50.1m, compared with £30.9m loss in the same period of 2010.
Nicki Minaj, with 8,175,598 followers, overtakes Eminem, with 8,160,476, to become the most followed artist on Twitter.
Lauryn Hill plays at The Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
On their first tour together in over twenty years, the surviving members of The Beach Boys play at The Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
John Fogerty and The Jon Amor Blues Group [from Devizes, Wiltshire, UK] play at The 28th Blues Peer Festival, Deusterstraat, Peer, Belgium, Europe.
Labrinth, Katy B, My Dynamite and Maya Jane Coles are among the artists appearing at The High Definition Festival in Fairlop, Essex, UK.
The album Yeezus by Kanye West is certified platinum by The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having shipped shipped over one million copies in the USA.
A newly-published report by The School Of Medicine at Pittsburgh University, states that teenagers who listen to music which makes frequent references to specific alcohol brands are more likely to binge drink. Teenagers listening to rap and pop are said to be exposed to an average of eight alcohol brands per day.
Usher releases a new single, She Came To Give It To You, which also features Nicki Minaj.
Run The Jewels play at The Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania.
Snoop Dogg takes to Instagram to complain about XBox, calling Xbox's servers "wack" and suggesting that he may switch over to PlayStation if the company doesn’t get itself on a more stable course for online playing.
On his Saint Pablo tour, Kanye West plays the first of three nights at The Forum, Inglewood, California, USA.
Twenty-eight peope are injured by gunfire during a concert in the 300 capacity Power Ultra Lounge, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. Rapper Finese 2Tymes is arrested soon after.
On his 44-show Boy Meets World tour Drake plays the first of three nights at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Hollywood Undead play at KOKO, London, England, UK, Europe.
Rapper T.I. pays a $300 fine in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, as a result of legal procedings taken against him following an incident in which he was arrested during May 2018 for 'cursing in a public place' after being refused entry to his gated Eagle's Landing community because he had lost his keys.
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