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Railway engineer George Stephenson's steam-powered engine The Rocket wins The Rainhill Trials in Liverpool, UK. In 2008, Stephenson's achievement will inspire UK band O Titus! to write Stephenson's Rocket, and a year later singer-songwriter John Standring will release his tribute song Rocket.

Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra with The Moon Men on backing vocals, record (Ghost) Riders In The Sky for RCA Victor Records in the USA. It will peak at No1 in the Billboard chart during a run of 22 weeks on the chart.
Frank Madeloni is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. He will find success as rock guitarist Earl Slick, best-known for his collaborations with David Bowie, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Robert Smith.
The Ice Capades Of 1953 present their version of the Lerner and Loewe musical Brigadoon at Chicago Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in Mexico, North 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 Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in Italy, 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 parents of London, UK, youngster Marc Feld, buy him a drumkit for his eighth birthday. He will grow up to be Marc Bolan of T.Rex.
The Clovers release a new Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller composed and produced single, Love Potion No9, on United Artists records in the USA.
Quincy Jones records Robot Portrait, Little Karen and Hard Sock Dance in Capitol Studios, New York City, USA.
Bobby 'Boris' Pickett And the Crypt Kickers perform Monster Mash on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, recorded at WFIL tv studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Neil Sedaka records The Closest Thing To Heaven, Fly Me To The Moon and You'll Never Know at RCA Victor Studio A, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Vinnie Moore is born in New Castle, Delaware, USA. He will find success as the guitarist in English hard rock band UFO.
Episode Six record a demo of the song Fortune Teller. The group includes bassist Roger Glover who will go on to become a member of Deep Purple.
Marvin Rainwater records Sing The Girls A Song, Indian Burial Ground and The Black Sheep for United Artists Records in Columbia Recording Studio B, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Davy Jones And The Lower Third release a new single, You've Got A Habit Of Leaving, in the UK on Parlophone Records. Davy Jones will become better known as David Bowie.
David Bowie records the second version of his song When I Live My Dream for Deram Records in London, England, UK, Europe.
An advertisement in the pages of UK music weekly Melody Maker states "Freaky lead guitarist, bass and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan." Bolan, having lately left John's Children, was in the process of creating his psychedelic-folk outfit Tyrannosaurus Rex. After just one gig as an electric band, however, Bolan will pare the membership back to just two and re-launch as an acoustic duo.
Young American musician Anthony Visconte acquires his first Certificate Of Registration as an alien residing in the UK. He will find success as record producer/arranger Tony Visconti, working with David Bowie, Marc Bolan and many others.
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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Dr. John, The Night Tripper, releases his debut LP, Gris Gris, on Atco Records in the USA.
In The Year 2525 by Zager And Evans reaches No1 in the Canadian singles chart.
As Neil Armstrong steps onto the surface of the moon, Pink Floyd are in a BBC tv studio in London, UK, playing live music to accompany the historic event. This moment will also provide inspiration for songs including Armstrong, Aldrin And Collins by The Byrds, and Moon Hop by Derrick Morgan, which will be covered by Symarip as Skinhead Moonstomp.
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American tv show Music Scene features live appearances from Tommy Roe performing Dizzy, Zager And Evans with In The Year 2525, Herbie Mann playing Memphis Underground, and the cast of Hair with a medley of Aquarius / Easy To Be Hard / Where Do I Go / Flesh Failures / Let The Sunshine In.
David Bowie, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Terry Reid, Daevid Allen And Gong play at Glastonbury Fayre, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK.
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Hawkwind play at an unofficial Glastonbury Festival, near Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK.
Cliff Richard enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with Devil Woman, which will become his biggest hit in America.
Bauhaus release a new single, Lagartija Nick, in the UK.
Manowar make a personal appearance at Shades, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe, at 12.30pm.
Manowar, supported by Mercyful Fate, play at Bragwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales, UK, Europe.
Manowar, supported by Mercyful Fate, come to the end of a British tour with a show at Rock City, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Hippodromo Las Mestas de Gijon, Gijon, Spain, Europe, with special guest Kim Wilde.
Gandalf / John Dyson, Mark Shreeve And Shaun D'Lear, Hi Q, Quiet Point, Drumbeg, Michael Shipway and Glyn Lloyd-Jones play at The UK Electronica, Sheffield University, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe. Journalist Johnny Black's diary entry about attending this event is attached here.
When Depeche Mode and Primal Scream play at Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, New York State, USA, vocalist Dave Gahan bites journalist Andy Perry backstage, and threatens to put a curse on him.
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The first Terrastock Festival, promoted and organised by music journalist/entrepreneur Phil McMullen, continues at the Rogue Lounge in Providence, New Jersey, USA. Artists appearing today, the second of the festival's three nights, include The Bevis Frond, Flying Saucer Attack, Neutral Milk Hotel, Mary Lou Lord and Tadpoles.
The third day of the Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, stars David Bowie, Suzanne Vega, Burt Bacharach and Willie Nelson.
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Two bands, Project Rocket and Fall Out Boy release a joint EP, popularly called Split, on Uprising Records in the USA.
Nik Turner's Space Ritual plays at The Princess Pavilions, Falmouth, England, UK.
Gorillaz release their second LP, Demon Days, on Parlophone Records in the UK.
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Kraftwerk play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Christina Aguilera releases her new album, Bionic, in Germany, The Netherlands and Australia.
David Bowie and his wife Iman attend the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Centre, New York City, USA.
Christina Aguilera releases her new album, Bionic, in the UK, France, Poland, Turkey and Malaysia.
On his 66th birthday, David Bowie releases Where Are We Now?, his first new single in ten years by putting it on sale in the iTunes store in 119 countries.
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David Bowie releases his 24th album, The Next Day, on ISO Records in Australia, Germany and Ireland.
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The Next Day by David Bowie enters The Official UK Album Charts at No1.
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Samong "Avaejee" Traisattha, vocalist for the black metal band Surrender of Divinity, is stabbed to death in his home in Bagkok, Thailand, Asia. Subsequently, a Facebook user takes credit for the slaying, posting a photo of Samong
David Bowie shares online a video for his recently released song, Lazarus, directed by sometime Breaking Bad director Johan Renck. The video, set in what appears to be a hospital ward where Bowie is bedridden and blindfolded, arrives the day before Bowie releases his next album, Blackstar.
Iron Maiden begin their The Book Of Souls World Tour with a show at The BB+T Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
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Former live music entrepreneur John Utsick is sentenced in the Disctrict Court, Miami, Florida, USA, to 18 years in jail for defrauding nearly 3,000 investors out of $200m. Utsick's company, Worldwide Entertainment, had put on concerts by artists including Aerosmith, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Elton John and Britney Spears.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The New Theatre, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.