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The ghost story novella The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James is published. The book will inspire the film The Innocents (1961), which will in turn inspire Kate Bush to write her 1980 song The Infant Kiss.
The comic opera Madeleine or The Magic Kiss is playing at The Tivoli, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Los Angeles Herald is carrying an advertisement from the E.M.M. Curative Company, offering "Music As A Cure". The company promises to use "musical vibration together with electricty and magnetism" as "The Curative Power Of The New Century".
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band records Satanic Blues, Royal Garden Blues and St. Louis Blues for Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Peter Zinovieff is born in London, UK. As a pioneer of electronic music, he will found and head Electronic Music Studios [EMS] whose VCS and Synthi A synthesisers will be used by musicians including Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, David Bowie and White Noise.
Robert Plotnik is born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He will find success Bleecker Bob, in New York City, after opening Bleecker Bob's Golden Oldies in 1967. It became an iconic second hand vinyl store in Greenwich Village, and a gathering place for music lovers. It was in Bleecker Bob's that Patti Smith met Lenny Kaye; Joey Ramone was a regular customer, Robert Plant, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and David Byrne would drop by.
Lennie Tristano records Ju-ju and Pastime for East Wind Records in Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. Tristano will be widely criticised for using multi-track studio techniques to add extra piano parts to his compositions on this and other albums.
Quincy Jones records Robot Portrait, Little Karen and Hard Sock Dance in Capitol Studios, New York City, USA.
Cliff Richard is in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK, recording songs for the album Aladdin.
The New York Times publishes a feature reporting that two Russian scientists, Gnady Sholomitsky and Nikolai Kardashev, have concluded that radio emissions from the distant quasar CTA-102 might indicate the existence of intelligent life in that region of space. Inspired by this story, The Byrds will record the song CTA-102 in 1967, speculating on the possibility of life in outer space.
Miles Davis releases a new LP, E.S.P., on Columbia records in the USA.
Rising English pop star David Jones changes his name to David Bowie, allegedly to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees.
David Bowie And The Buzz play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK.
While in the town of Appleton, Wisconsin, USA, for a concert, The Fugs perform an exorcism on the grave of Senator Robert McCarthy, leader of the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s.
The Beatstalkers are recording Everything Is You at CBS Studios, London, England, UK, Europe. The song is composed by David Bowie who is present at the session where he plays rhythm guitar on the track.
Pink Floyd release their second album, A Saucerful Of Secrets, in the UK, Europe. This is their first album with new guitarist David Gilmour.
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Dr. John plays the fourth of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Glass Family.
David Bowie represents the UK at the International Song Festival on the Mediterranean island of Malta, Europe. His song, When I Live My Dream, comes in second.
In The Year 2525 by Zager And Evans reaches No1 in the Canadian singles chart.
In The Year 2525 by Zager And Evans reaches No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
Pink Floyd begin working on the song Money, which will appear on the album Dark Side Of The Moon in EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, England, UK.
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During a three-day trip to Russia, Europe, David Bowie attends the May Day Parade in Moscow. (Not being an enthusiastic flier, he made the trip by train, on his way home after a Japanese tour)
Adam And The Ants play at The Top Rank, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe, supported by Martian Dance and Manufactured Romance.
Kraftwerk enter the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA with Numbers.
Kraftwerk release a new single, Tour De France, in the UK.
David Bowie plays at the CNE, Toronto, Canada.
Jazz bandleader Harlan Leonard dies aged 78 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was best-known as leader of his band The Rockets.
Robotic duo Tik And Tok play at The Venue, London, England, UK, Europe.
Manowar, supported by Mercyful Fate, play at The Apollo, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA.
Adam Ant appears on the cover of Smash Hits magazine in the UK, promoting his latest single, Apollo 9.
During her Private Dancer tour, Tina Turner plays the first of two nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe. Guests at the post-gig hospitality bash include David Bowie and also Leee John of Imagination.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Jordal Stadium, Oslo, Norway, Europe, with special guest Kim Wilde.
On his Sound And Vision Tour, David Bowie plays at Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile, South America.
Hundreds of fans walk out of the opening show of David Bowie's UK tour at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe, when he refuses to play any of his old hits.
Michael Kamen, the composer, conductor and orchestral arranger who worked with many rock acts including Pink Floyd, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Queen, David Bowie, dies aged 55 of a heart attack in London, England, UK, Europe. He had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997. Kamen was also a founding member of the innovative classical crossover band the New York Rock And Roll Ensemble in the late 1960s.
Love, The Chocolate Watchband, The Yardbirds and the Buff Medways play at Le Beat Route’s Bespoke Weekender at The Rocket, Holloway, London, England, UK.
David Bowie, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan are named among the 50 Most Stylish Men of the Past 50 Years by men's magazine GQ.
Cocorosie play during The Meltdown Festival at The Royal Festival Hall, London, England, UK.
David Bowie releases his 24th album, The Next Day, on ISO Records in Australia, Germany and Ireland.
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Within Temptation release their sixth studio album, Hydra, in Japan, Asia.
Kraftwerk play at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Coldplay release their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories in Canada, France, Greece, Poland, UK, USA and Mexico.
Coldplay release their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories in Brazil, Italy and Spain.
Mumford And Sons, former REM singer Michael Stipe, The Flaming Lips, The Pixies, Debbie Harry, Jakob Dylan, J Mascis, Rickie Lee Jones, The Polyphonic Spree, Perry Farrell, Cat Power and Ann Wilson of Heart take part in the second of two David Bowie Tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA.
Roger Goula releases his debut LP, Overview Effect, on Cognitive Shift Recordings/One Little Indian, in the UK.
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On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Sage Theatre, Gateshead, England, UK, Europe.
Culture Club, Belinda Carlisle and Tom Bailey play at The First Direct Arena, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.