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An item in Variety magazine complains of the "offensive, disgusting, effeminate male or 'fairy' impersonators" performing in music halls in New York City, USA.
Malcolm Winfield Travis is born in Niskayuna, New York State, USA. He will find acclaim as Malcolm Travis for his work as a drummer with for his work with Human Sexual Response, The Zulus, Sugar (with Bob Mould and David Barbe), No Man (with Roger Miller), and Kustomized (with Peter Prescott).
Alan Turing, widely considered the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, commits suicide at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK. A post-mortem examination establishes the cause of death as cyanide poisoning. When his body was discovered, an apple lay half-eaten beside his bed, and this was believed to be the means by which the fatal poison was consumed. The song The Apple [2013] on the album The Big Other by Fiction, is about Turing, who had been horrifically persecuted for his homosexuality.
A package tour, The Fantabulous Rock'n'Roll Show of '57, arrives at the Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, West Virginia, USA. Headliners are Ruth Brown, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bo Diddley, Smiley Lewis, The Five Satins and Paul 'Hucklebuck' Williams. When a female Bump'n'Grind duo called The Spence Twins take to the stage in flimsy negligee-like outfits, the place erupts and police have to be called in to stop the show. On the same day, amateur skiffle group The Quarrymen perform from the back of a lorry in Roseberry St, Liverpool, UK. Their guitarist is John Lennon, later to form The Beatles.
Bill Henderson is playing during a 22-day engagement at The Playboy Key Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Chess Records of Chicago, Illinois, USA, releases a statement to the press declaring that Chuck Berry has been acquitted of all charges, relating to the transportation of a 14-year-old Indian girl from El Paso, Texas, to St. Louis, Missouri, for immoral purposes.
Rusty Warren opens at The Roundtable, New York City, USA.
Belle Barth is playing at The Lafayette House, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
An Essex, UK, teenager claims to have set a World Record by dancing The Twist non-stop for 33 hours.
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US Army Private James Marshall Hendrix, [later to find fame as Jimi Hendrix] is officially discharged from the service. He will claim that this was because of a broken ankle, but his military records show that he told the army psychiatrist that he was a homosexual and was in love with one of his squad mates. Captain John Halbert recommended him for discharge, citing his 'homosexual tendencies'.
Jay And The Americans release a new single, Yes b/w Tomorrow, in the USA on United Artists Records.
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Long John Baldry And The Hoochie Coochie Men record the Willie Dixon song Hoochie Koochie Man at Studio 3, Abbey Road, London, UK.
When aspiring rock combo Sound Of The Seventh Son go to court in Los Angeles, California, USA, to have their contracts with Tower Records and SOS Productions approved, Judge A.A. Scott exclaims "They look like freaks! … I don’t know whether they are girls or boys … God help t hem if they get to some real men". The band includes Jimmy Greenspoon, who will find greater success as a member of Three Dog Night.
John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles hurriedly leave Rishikesh, India, Asia, where they have been staying on an ashram at the invitation of spiritual guru the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Their departure is caused by the pair being advised that the Maharishi is using his position to obtain sexual favours from female guests. Lennon's song Sexy Sadie will be inspired by this situation.
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In Rolling Stone magazine, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin claims to be the prize most sought after by groupies. "They all say I'm the best," he modestly admits.
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Jamaican reggae star Max Romeo arrives in the UK for a tour, only to discover that Mecca Ballrooms have banned him from appearing because of the salacious lyrics of his hit Wet Dream.
Chuck Berry records My Ding-A-Ling and other tracks at Ter-Mar Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Sex Pistols make a return visit to the Electric Circus, Manchester, UK, replacing a cancelled gig at the Civic Hall, Guildford. Also on the bill are The Clash, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, and The Buzzcocks.
The new Rolling Stones’ album Some Girls is released in the USA.
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When socio-political shock-rockers Ludus play at The Hacienda, Manchester, England, UK, Europe, they decorate the tables with blood-soaked tampons on paper plates, and their co-founder/singer Linder wears a dress made of meat, which she whips off halfway through the set to reveal a massive dildo.
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Queen release a new single, I Want To Break Free, in the UK.
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At a press conference in Los Angeles, California, USA, Michael Jackson's manager Frank DiLeo reads a statement from the troubled star refuting allegations about cosmetic surgery and his sexual orientation.
Madonna appears nude in issues of the magazines Penthouse and Playboy published today.
Robert Palmer reaches No1 on the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Addicted To Love.
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America's Spin magazine, set up two years earlier by Penthouse boss Bob Guccione, as a rival to Rolling Stone, ceases publication, having been hit by bans in major retail outlets related to the publication's 'explicit sexual content'.
MTV announces that it will air Cher's video for If I Could Turn Back Time at night only, explaining that the singer shows a little too much of her rear end in the clip.
Chad Smith and Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers are arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, and charged with sexually harassing a woman. They plead guilty.
After Motley Crue’s final show at The Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, Asia, two strippers are the special guests at a bachelor party in a disco for Nikki Sixx, soon to marry Playboy's October 1987 Playmate - Brandi Brandt.
Mafia-linked record company boss and nightclub owner Morris Levy dies of liver cancer in Ghent, New York Sate, USA. He was the owner of such labels as Roulette, Gee, Rama and Tico.
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In the light of unfolding child sex allegations against him, Paramount pulls the plug on Michael Jackson's proposed theme song for the movie Addams Family Values.
Lorena Bobbitt who chopped off her husband's penis, claiming it was in retaliation for him sexually assaulting her, is acquitted by a jury in Manassas, Virgina, USA, by reason of temporary insanity. Bobbitt's revenge will inspire several songs, including Bobbit Song by stand-up comedian Richard Morton and Lorena Bobbitt [2012] by Aaradhna. The Bee Gees also parodied their own song To Love Somebody as To Lose Your Penis on the Howard Stern Show in 1994.
R. Kelly marries 15 year old R'n'B vocalist Aaliyah at the Sheraton Gateway Suites in Rosemont. Believing the ceremony to be joke, Aailiyah plays along until, just a few hours later, she realizes she has been duped into a real, but illegal, marriage, complete with a faked certificate listing her age as 18. With the help of her family, the couple are soon separated and the marriage is annulled a few weeks later in Detroit, Illinois, USA.
When Alan Whitaker from Penzance, UK, appears on the British TV quiz show Mastermind, his specialist subject is The Sex Pistols. (1996)
British TV show Top Of The Pops issues a Top 40 chart based on the singles that had spent the longest time on the chart between 1964 and 2000. Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood is at No1.
In court in Chicago, Illinois, USA, R. Kelly is ordered to give a deposition in the civil suit filed by Tina Woods who claims that he videotaped her without her knowledge while they were having sex.
Londell McMillan, lawyer for the Jackson family, refutes actor Mark Lester's claim to be the sperm-donor responsible for the birth of Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. McMillan dismisses Lester's claim as "unproven and meaningless."
Fernado Flores, a former bodyguard of Britney Spears, files a sexual harassment lawsuit against the singer in the Superior Court of the State of California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Sex Pistols launch their own brand perfume in the USA. The product is described as "the spirit of punk in a bottle". The publicity for the perfume claims that, "Sex Pistols fragrance is inspired by anarchy and chaos, as the ideologies of the bend that made a revolution in UK in the 70s, spreading to the international music scene."
On her Crazy Cats Tour, Pixie Lott plays at The Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex, UK.
Jedward play at West Sands-Bunn Liesure, Selsey, West Sussex, England, UK.
A radio announcer describes to a court in London, UK, how former BBC Radio 1 deejay Dave Lee Travis grabbed her breasts while she was broadcasting live on BBC Radio 4. The evidence is given during the trial at Southwark Crown Court, London, UK, of Travis on 13 counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault relating to 11 women.
On his Black Panties tour, R. Kelly plays in The Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson, Mississippi, USA.
Ke$ha files a lawsuit against her former record producer Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) claiming that he sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her for ten years.
Electro-pop comedy duo The Lovely Electric release their debut LP Beautiful Filth on Pretty Dirty Records in the UK.
It is announced that John Legend will not be attending the L.A. Confidential magazine party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA, on Thursday, February 5th in light of the horrific anti-women and anti-LGBT policies approved by the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei.
Andy Fraser, bassist and songwriter of classic rock band Free, dies aged 62, having suffered from both cancer and AIDS, at his home in California, USA.
During an interview on satellite radio show Sirius XM, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden gives his opinion that performing oral sex on women was the reason why he contracted throat cancer in 2014. He specifically mentions the human papillomavirus, which can be transmitted via cunnilingus.
Following a two-year police inquiry, the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK announces that it will bring no charges of sexual abuse against pop/rock star Sir Cliff Richard. There is, says the prosecution service, "insufficient evidence to prosecute". On the same day, South Yorkshire Police apologise "wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused" to Sir Cliff by the force's "initial handling of the media interest" in its investigation into the singer, when the BBC was tipped off about a 2014 raid on his home and broadcast it live.
It is announced in Southwark Crown Court, London, England, UK, Europe, that entertainer and hit-maker Rolf Harris will not give evidence at his second trial for sex offences as he would only be able to tell jurors that he "cannot remember" being at the places where he is alleged to have carried out those offences. Harris is following proceedings at the court via video-link from prison.
Former DJ and hit-making record producer Jonathan King is on trial at Southwark Crown Court, London, England, UK, Europe, facing 24 serious sexual assault offences between 1970 and 1988. King denies the charges.