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Chris And The Wonderful Lamp, a musical extravaganza with music by John Philip Sousa, is performed at the Victoria Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA.
The Isaacson and Astorio Banjo Orchestra records Throw Me A Rose and My Castle In The Air for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA. The recordings will not be released.
The stage play R.U.R. [Rossum's Universal Robots], written by Karel Capek, has its first performance, a production by the amateur theatrical society Klicpera in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic, Europe. The play is memorable mostly because it marks the first time the word robot is ever used, having been coined by Capek's brother Josef. The word catches on and will inspire others writers, film-makers and song-writers. Memorable songs inspired by robots include Robot Man by Connie Francis [1960], The Robots by Kraftwerk [1978], Are Friends Electric by Gary Numan[1979].
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.
The Best-selling single, based on combined sheet music sales, in the UK on this day is Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered. The best-selling versions are by Doris Day and Mel Torme.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in Sweden, Europe. The film includes such Sammy Cahn-composed songs as The Second Star To The Right, You Can Fly and A Pirate's Life.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in Uruguay, South America. The film includes such Sammy Cahn-composed songs as The Second Star To The Right, You Can Fly and A Pirate's Life.
The Tornados play at McIlroy's Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by Dean Prince And The Dukes and Dale Rivers And The Ramrods.
Feathertop, a Halloween-based musical starring Jane Powell and Hugh O'Brian, airs on ABC-tv in the USA.
The Top Ten Singles on WLS Radio in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on this day are :

1. BLUE VELVET ... Bobby Vinton - Epic

2. SALLY GO ROUND THE ROSES ... The Jaynettes - Tuff

3. SUGAR SHACK ... Jimmy Gilmer - Dot

4. BE MY BABY ... The Ronettes - Philles

5. MARTIAN HOP ... The Randells - Chairman

6. MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK ... The Angels - Smash

7. REV UP ... Manuel And The Renegades - Piper

8. SURFER GIRL/LITTLE DEUCE COUPE ... The Beach Boys - Capitol

9. A WALKIN' MIRACLE ... The Essex - Roulette

10. WONDERFUL WONDERFUL ... The Tymes - Parkway

Bobby Rydell, Helen Shapiro, The Spotnicks, The Chants, The Harlems and The Trebletones play at The Gaumont, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe.
The Zombies notch up their second Billboard Singles Chart entry in the USA with Tell Her No.
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The Miles Davis Quintet records ESP at Columbia Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins begins his first UK tour with a show at The Town Hall, Wallington.
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Manfred Mann record their version of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins song I Put A Spell On You at Studio 3, Abbey Road, London, England, UK.
In London, a former Irish folk club opens as psychedelic venue The Night Tripper. The press adverts offer such enticements as "films, slides, heat, food", and Pink Floyd as the first headline act. The club will soon change its name to The UFO.
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David Bowie, in London, England, UK, Europe, receives a recording contract from Mercury Records office in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will sign it four days later.
In The Year 2525 by Zager And Evans reaches No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
A band calling itself Harry The Butcher plays at The Streatham Arms, London, England, UK, Europe. The band is actually David Bowie and The Hype.
David Bowie marries Mary Angela Barnett at the register office in Bromley, Kent, England, UK, Europe. In due course, she will become better known as Angie Bowie.
Pink Floyd spend the first of twelve days working on the music that will become the album Dark Side Of The Moon, in a rehearsal room in Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London, UK.
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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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Pink Floyd release a new album, Dark Side Of The Moon, in the UK.
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When space-rock band Gong play at the Town Hall, Cheltenham, England, UK, Europe, founder-member Daevid Allen quits the group claiming that an invisible force field has prevented him from going on stage.
Status Quo play at The Stadthalle, Oldenburg, Germany, Europe.
David Bowie's Station To Station tour plays in The Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Kraftwerk play at The Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
Adam And The Ants play at Tiffany's, Bristol, England, UK, Europe, supported by Martian Dance.
When Adam And The Ants play at Cleopatra's, Huddersfield, England, UK, Europe, a riot breaks out among the crowd. Support band is Martian Dance.
Motley Crue release their second album, Shout At The Devil, in the USA.
Jazz bandleader Harlan Leonard dies aged 78 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was best-known as leader of his band The Rockets.
Manowar, supported by Mercyful Fate, play at Bragwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales, UK, Europe.
The Tokyo Dome stadium is opened in Tokyo, Japan, Asia. It will be used for major sporting events and also concerts by superstars including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and the Backstreet Boys.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Sandstone Amphitheater, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays the second of three nights at The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Milton Keynes Bowl, Milton Keynes, England, UK.
David Bowie plays at The Point Depot, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
Hazel O'Connor and Megahype play at The Dominion Theatre, London, England, UK, supported by Duran Duran. Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran joins O'Connor to do backing vocals during her encore performance of David Bowie's Suffragette City.
David Bowie's band Tin Machine plays at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A funeral service is held for Freddie Mercury of Queen at Kensal Green Cremtorium, Harrow Road, London, England, UK, Europe. The service is conducted by a Zaroastrian priest, and the congregation includes David Bowie and Elton John. Mercury is later cremated but the subsequent location of his ashes remains unknown.
During his A Reality tour, David Bowie plays at Frognerbadet, Oslo, Norway, Europe. When someone from the crowd throws a lollipop at the stage, the stick lodges itself between Bowie's eyeball and his eye socket.
Kraftwerk play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Heavy rock magazine Metal Hammer wins the award for Best Entertainment Magazine Cover with their cover featuring Slayer as zombies at The Maggie Awards 2010.
Ann Kisten Kennis, the model whose face appears on the cover of the Vampire Weekend album Contra, files a $2m lawsuit against the band in Los Angeles, California, USA, claiming that photographer Tod Brady gave the group the image without her permission.
Vampire Weekend play the first of three nights at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
Eminem releases a new single, The Monster, featuring Rihanna, worldwide.
The medical examiner's office in Richmond, Virginia, USA, reports that Dave Brockie, the frontman for the heavy metal band GWAR, died of an accidental heroin overdose.
Roger Goula releases his debut LP, Overview Effect, on Cognitive Shift Recordings/One Little Indian, in the UK.
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Culture Club, Belinda Carlisle and Tom Bailey play at The First Direct Arena, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
A tape believed to have been the first demo recording of David Bowie's song Starman sells for £50,430 at Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, England, UK, Europe.