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Outspoken liberal poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca is shot dead by Fascist militia near Alfacar, Granada, Spain, Europe. Lorca will become a lifelong hero to Leonard Cohen, whose 1986 song Take This Waltz is a translation of the Lorca poem Pequeno vals vienes. The story of Lorca's death will provide inspiration for The Pogues' 1990 song Lorca's Novena, and in 2012 songwriter Joe Wilkes will release a song, Looking For The Grave Of Garcia Lorca, on an album of the same title.
Bo Diddley records I'm A Man, for Chess Records, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The track is an 'answer song' to Muddy Waters' and Willie Dixon's 1954 composition Hoochie Coochie Man. I'm A Man will, in its turn, inspire Muddy Waters to compose and record Manish Boy (aka Mannish Boy).
Sam Cooke leaves the USA to begin a tour of Jamaica, Trinidad and other parts of the West Indies.
Hank Snow And His Rainbow Ranch Boys, The Louvin Brothers, Bob Luman, Grandpa Jones, Margie Bowes, The Slater Sisters and Billy Thompson And His Melody Ramblers play in Wichita, Kansas, USA.
Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers release their debut single, My Bonnie, on Polydor Records in Germany, Europe. The Beat Brothers will find greater success as The Beatles.
Ray Charles plays at The Municipal Auditorium, Austin, Texas, USA.
The Beatles release a new single, Twist And Shout, in the USA.
Davie Jones and The Manish Boys play at Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, UK. Davie Jones will find greater fame after a name change to David Bowie.
The Beach Boys sixth album, All Summer Long, is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
The Animals perform Bring It On Home To Me on popular tv series Hullabaloo in the USA.
Lightnin' Hopkins plays the fourth of thirteen nights at The Ash Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Rising Sons (including Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal].
The Holy Modal Rounders play the second of two nights at Club 47, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Bob Dylan is booed off the stage at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, because he has introduced electric instruments into his music. Donovan and Joan Baez appear at the same show.
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The Electric Circus Club opens in New York City, USA. Nominally a discotheque, it will also host gigs by The Velvet Underground, Grateful Dead, Terry Riley, Raven, Soft White Underbelly (later known as Blue Öyster Cult), The Allman Brothers Band, Sly And The Family Stone and The Chambers Brothers.
The Beatles release a new single, Lady Mad onna / The Inner Light, on Odeon Records in Germany, Europe.
Fifty Beatles fans are special guests in Twickenham Film Studios, Twickenham, London, UK, at a live recording of The Beatles new single Hey Jude on the tv show Frost On Sunday, hosted by David Frost.
Proto-punk band The London SS is rehearsing in London, UK, with a line-up that includes future members of The Clash, The Damned and Generation X.
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Queen’s ground-breaking Bohemian Rhapsody video is broadcast on UK tv show Top Of The Pops for the first time.
UK electronic-rocker Gary Numan emergency-lands his Cessna light aircraft on the A3051 - an English public highway from Botley to Winchester - but escapes unhurt.
The Police play at Riverbend Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Santana, with Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 on vocals, release a new single, Smooth, on Arista Records in the USA. It will win three Grammy Awards (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals). In 2013, Smooth will be ranked as the second most successful song of all time by Billboard.
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Elvis Costello plays at The State Theatre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
The Killers play at Carling Academy, London, England, UK.
language.sex.violence.other? by The Stereophonics enters the UK albyums Chart at No1.
Green Day play at The Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, supported by My Chemical Romance.
Foo Fighters play at Studio Dreamaker, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Billy Corgan releases a new album The Future Embrace, in the USA. It includes Robert Smith of The Cure doing backing vocals on a cover of The Bee Gees' To Love Somebody.
McFly play at Telewest Arena, Newcastle, England, UK.
The film North Country, starring Charlize Theron, is released in the USA, featuring several Bob Dylan songs, including the newly-recorded Tell 'Ol Bill.
Lightspeed Champion plays at The Arts Centre, Norwich, UK.
The Decemberists play at Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland, Europe, supported by Blind Pilot.
On her Speak Now World Tour, Taylor Swift plays at The Palacio De Deportes, Madrid, Spain, Europe.
Bruce Springsteen takes part in the Stone Pony Reunion Show at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA.
Clarence Clemons, saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, suffers a stroke at his home in Singer Island, Florida, USA, and is immediately hospitalised. He undergoes brain surgery soon after.
On their Fallen Empires tour, Snow Patrol play at The Zenith Kulturhalle, Munich, Germany, Europe.
It is announced that Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger are to be among 198 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts And Sciences in October of this year.
Super Furry Animals founder Gruff Rhys releases a new album, American Interior on Turnstile records in the UK.
The Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho, USA, announces that it is cancelling Ted Nugent’s appearance scheduled for August 4. They state that the cancellation has come about because the casino has recently been made aware of, "Nugent’s history of racist and hate-filled remarks".
Delta Spirit play at The Orange Peel, Asheville, North Carolina, USA.
Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Trombone Shorty And Orleans Avenue, and Lake Street Dive play at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
Robbie Williams' wife Ayda Field gives birth to a baby boy, who will be named Charlton Valentine Williams. Robbie faced some criticism for the video diary he made of Ayda's time in hospital.
Wilko Johnson And His Band are among the artists playing at Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge, UK.
Duran Duran play at The Life Is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Singer-songwriter Ben Bedford spends the first of five days recording his fourth album, The Pilot And The Flying Machine, in Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, Springfield, Illinois, USA.
On a tour in support of his third album, Gilded, Blair Dunlop plays at The Railway Inn, Winchester, England, UK.
Rob Richings releases a new LP, Parkas And Boots on Crescent Records in the UK.
Steve Adey releases his third studio LP, Do Me A Kindness, on Grand Harmonium Records.
Tune-Yards play at The Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.