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Ray Charles plays at The Branch Inn, Slidell, Louisiana, USA.
Mahalia Jackson, accompanied by Harpo Marx, performs on tv show Milton Berle's Kraft Music Hall in the USA.
Ella Fitzgerald plays at the Deutschlandhallen, West Berlin, West Germany, Europe.
Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is assasinated by firing squad in the republic of Congo, Africa. The incident will inspire the song Patrice Lumumba by Yuri Buenaventura. He will also be mentioned in the song Done Too Soon by Neil Diamond and in My Country by Nas. The 1961 song "Top Forty, News, Weather And Sports" by Mark Dinning, included a line "I had Lumumba doing the rumba...", which was removed after Lumumba's death. Records in stores were recalled, and replaced by new ones without the inappropriate line.
Elvis Presley is rehearsing in Graceland for a charity show the following day at Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The film Ocean's 11, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, opens in Austria, Europe.
Bob Dylan takes part with other musicians in a demonstration in Washington Square, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, against attempts to ban their Sunday afternoon get-togethers and music sessions. In due course, he will write the song Down At Washington Square about this day - but it will never be published or recorded.
Jerry Lee Lewis, The Viscounts and Johnny Kidd And The Pirates play at The Essoldo, Tunbridge Wells, UK.
Connie Francis, Bobby Vee, Ace Cannon, Skeeter Davis, Johnny Tillotson, Roy Orbison, Leroy Van Dyke, Ernie And Petie, Gene Kennedy, Jack Eubanks and The Gene Roy Orchestra play in The State Coliseum, Montgomery, Alabama, USA.
I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles reaches No1 in the Australian Top Twenty singles chart.
Paul Desmond and The Gerry Mulligan Quartet record All The Things You Are and Stardust in New York City, USA, for RCA Victor Records.
Bobby Bare records I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for RCA Victor Records.
John Lee Hooker releases a new single, She's Mine, on Vee-Jay Records in the USA.
Elvis Presley releases a new EP, Kid Galahad, in the USA on RCA Records.
Brenda Lee records I Left My Heart In San Francisco and other tracks for Decca Records in Bradley Film and Recording Studios, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Session men on these tracks include Floyd Cramer on piano, Grady Martin on guitar and Boots Randolph on sax.
Musician and songwriter Guy Chambers is born in London, UK. [n.b. some sources say Liverpool]. He is best known for his work as a songwriter for Robbie Williams.
Brenda Lee plays the sixth of what is planned as fourteen nights at The Latin Casino, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA. She will, however dislocate her neck on the 12th, necessitating cancellation of the remaining dates.
Arturo Molina is born in East Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find success as Latin hip-hop artist Frost (aka Kid Frost).
The Yardbirds, with Eric Clapton on lead guitar, play the fourth of five nights at the Lugano Hotel, Lugano, Switzerland, Europe.
Heinz And The Wild Ones, including guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, later to find fame in Deep Purple, play as part of a pckage tour at The ABC, Ipswich, UK. The tour also features The Hollies, The Dixie Cups, Jess Conrad, The Tornados and Wayne Gibson.
San Francisco band Moby Grape play at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, on a bill with Eire Apparent.
The Steve Miller Band plays the last of three nights at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
Electric Warrior by T.Rex, on Fly Records, reaches No1 in the Albums Chart in the UK for the first of six weeks.
Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales play at the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York State, USA, The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
A front page headline, Ford To New York : Drop Dead, in the New York Daily News, inspires Billy Joel to write his song Miami 2017 [Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway].
Meat Loaf opens in Rockabye Hamlet at The Minskoff Theatre, New York City, USA.
Gary Rossington, guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, loses several teeth, breaks a kneecap and suffers numerous lacerations when his car hits a telegraph pole, a tree and then a house, on his way home from a party in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
On the second leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA, supported by Jay Boy Adams. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a 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.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in The Congress Centrum, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Auditorium, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Wishbone Ash begin a UK tour at Victoria Hall, Hanley.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Joe Whiting And The Bandit Band.
The Monsters Of Rock Festival with AC/DC, Van Halen, Gary Moore, Y+T, Accept and Motley Crue plays at The Zeppelinfeld, Nuremburg, Germany, Europe.
Following attacks by censorship pressure group The PMRC, the RIAA [Record Industry Association of America] agrees to put 'Parental Advisory' labels on selected music releases at their own discretion. The labels are generic, unlike the original idea of a descriptive label categorizing the explicit lyrics.
Adam Horovitz of The Beastie Boys is arrested at The Portobello Hotel in London, England, UK, Europe, for 'causing grievous bodily harm' to a fan at the previous night's show in Liverpool.
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The music documentary The Decline Of Western Civilisation Part 2 is released to cinemas in the USA. Directed by Penelope Spheeris, the film documents the mid-to-late 80s glam-metal scene in Los Angeles, California, USA, and features Ozzy Osbourne plus members of Aerosmith, Kiss, Motorhead, Megadeth and several other seminal bands.
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Lucasfilm Ltd. files a $300m federal trademark infringement lawsuit against 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell, who has been performing under the name Luke Skyywalker. Lucasfilm believes that, despite the two Ys, the name is too similar to their Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
Motley Crue play at The Five Seasons Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA.
The Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Gang Of Four, Warrior Soul and Young Black Teen-Agers play at The D.A.R. Constitution Hall, Washington, USA.
Rising from No30 to No10, Mockingbird by Eminem is the greatest gainer on the New Zealand Top 40 Singles chart. Moonshine by Savage And Akon remains at No1 for the fourth week.
The Ejekt Festival at The Olympic Training Ground, Athens, Greece, Europe, starring The Beastie Boys and Madness, has to be abandoned because of violent anarchist riots. Rick Smith from British electronic outfit Underworld is hospitalized after reportedly being hit with a brick.
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When Gorillaz play at the Byblos International Festival in Beiruit, Lebanon, Asia, their show includes guest performances by The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, Mos Def, Bobby Womack, De La Soul, Shaun Ryder [Happy Mondays], Mark E. Smith [The Fall], Gruff Rhys [Super Furry Animals], and thirty accompanying musicians.
A new piece of legislation, The Live Music Act, comes into effect in the UK allowing amplified music performances to be staged with without local authority permission or licencing if the audience totals less than 200. It also allows unamplified performances to be staged under the same conditions but with no limit on the size of the audience. It is hoped that the new legislation will result in an increasing number of live music performances at small venues in the UK.
Gary Barlow plays at The Dome, Brighton, UK.
Labrinth, Katy B, My Dynamite and Maya Jane Coles are among the artists appearing at The High Definition Festival in Fairlop, Essex, UK.
During their On The Run Tour, Beyonce and Jay Z play at The Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Big Sean begins a month-long North American tour in support of his recently released album, I Decided, with a show at The Revention Music Center, Houston, Texas, USA.