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Peter H. Foley of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, files a US patent application for his invention of a new type of banjo leg rest, intended to free the performer from having to use both arms to support the instrument while playing.
Solomon Ho'opi'i Ka'ai'ai is born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He will find success as Sol Hoopii, nicknamed the King of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar.
J.M. Busby's Colored Minstrel Show is performing in Lordsburg, New Mexico, USA.
Aemala Manmatharaju Rajah is born in Ramachandrapuram, Chittoor District, India, Asia. Popularly known as A. M. Rajah, he will become a successful filmscore composer and playback singer whose songs will be featured in numerous Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Joseph Barrios is born in Cut Off, Louisiana, USA. He will find success in the early 1960s as cajun vocalist Joe Barry.
Fernest Arceneaux is born in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. He will become a versatile accordion player, guitarist and singer leading Fernest And The Thunders on the Blues Unlimited label in the 1970s.
John Coltrane, Miriam Makeba, Oscar Brown Jr., and Machito's Band play the second night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
John Coltrane, Miriam Makeba, Oscar Brown Jr., and Machito's Band play the last night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Virtuoso acoustic guitarist and recording artist Eric Roche is born in New York City, USA. He will find success after moving to Ireland, Europe.
Ravi Shankar plays at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Ravi Shankar plays at The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
George Harrison of The Beatles completes recording of the Wonderwall film soundtrack at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
Count Basie, Miriam Makeba, Wes Montgomery, The Jimmy Smith Trio, The Oscar Peterson trio and Richard Pryor play in Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Richie Havens opens at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA.
George Harrison of The Beatles is filmed playing sitar with Ravi Shankar in Madras, India, Asia, for the documentary film Raga.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono are interviewed by Tariq Ali and Robin Blackburn for the radical left wing publication, Red Mole, in their Tittenhurst Park home near Ascot, Berkshire, England, UK, Europe. The next day, inspired by the ideas put forward in the interview, Lennon will write his song Power To The People.
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Radio presenter Webley Edwards dies of a heart attack. he had been the longtime host of the weekly radio series Hawaii Calls which played a pivotal role in exporting the music of the Hawaiian islands to the continental USA.
Bob Marley And The Wailers play in Koln, Germany, Europe.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe.
Elvis Costello plays in Miami, Florida, USA.
Blowzabella play at The West End Centre, Aldershot, England, UK, Europe.
400,000 people attend the SOS Racisme concert in Place De La Concorde, Paris, France, Europe, which features artists including Telephone, Indochine, OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark), Fine Young Cannibals, Working Week, Steel Pulse (with a guest performace by Herbie Hancock).
Osibisa play at Brasenose College, Oxford, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Alibi.
Brownie Ford, The Zion Travellers, The St. Landry Playboys, Hezekiah And The Houserockers, The Ott Family, The Hayride String Band, Silas Hogan and "Guitar" Kelly, The Young Tuxedo Brass and others play in The Smithsonian Institution's 19th Annual Festival of American Folklife, Washington DC, USA.
Amjad Ali Khan plays at The Music Village, Holland Park, London, England, UK, Europe.
Leon Redbone plays at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, California, USA.
Shaka Zulu by Ladysmith Black Mambazo enters the UK album chart where it will peak at No34 during an eleven-week run.
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Stand by R.E.M.enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No51.
Contemporary Flamenco guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela release the album Live – Manchester And Dublin, in the UK on Rubyworks Records.
Mattafix come to the end of their residency at Yo Yo in the Notting Hill Arts Centre, London, England, UK. Talvin Singh turns up to guest with them.
The three day long Endorse-it In Dorset festival begins at Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, England, UK. Headline act is Desmond Dekker And The Aces, other acts on the bill include Zion Train, Pronghorn, Sub-Giant and The Ukrainians.
Black Uhuru play at The Forum, London, England, UK.
Cuban trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, of Buena Vista Social Club fame, plays at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Woodlands Pavilion, Spring, Texas, USA.
The three-day-long Second Vancouver Steel Guitar Festival continues at Rime, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, featuring Steve Dawson, Michael Dunn, Lorene and Art Ruymar, Blind God, Michael Flunkert, Kamoe, The Outriggers, Tim Tweedale, Alexander Varty, Scott Smith and Aaron Joyce.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at The Nanows Center, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.
Lightgarden play at Broken String Acoustic, The Stallards Inn, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Stanley Brinks (formerly known as Herman Dune) and Freschard play at Shorty's, Baerenbach, Germany, Europe.
The Libertines play at The Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Stanley Brinks (formerly known as Herman Dune) and Freschard play at Le Magasin De Jouets, Arles, France, Europe.
Stanley Brinks (formerly known as Herman Dune) and Freschard play at New Zitrone, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Maggie Roche of The Roches dies aged 65 of complications from breast cancer, in the USA.
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Otis Taylor releases a new LP, Fantasizing About Being Black, on Trance Blues Festival Records in the USA.
Lightgarden play at The Folk Club, Bradford On Avon, England, UK, Europe.
Dijf Sanders releases a new LP, Java, on W.E.R.F. Records.
The John Butler Trio begin a European tour with a show at Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The John Butler Trio plays at The O2 Academy, Bristol, England, Europe.
The John Butler Trio plays at The Palladium, Cologne, Germany, Europe.
The John Butler Trio plays at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
Toure Kunda releases a new LP, Lambi Golo, on Soulbeats Records.
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