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Big Bill Broonzy records Bricks In My Pillow, Tell Me What You Been Doing, Ash Hauler and Evil Woman Blues for ARC in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dale Hibbert, who will become the first bass player for The Smiths, is born in Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Eight thousand fans see The Beatles at the NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London, UK. Also on the bill are Cliff Richard And The Shadows, Adam Faith, Joe Brown, Frank Ifield and Gerry And The Pacemakers. The awards are handed out by actor Roger Moore.
The Beatles continue their three-week long season at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
The Manish Boys, with Davie Jones (David Bowie) on vocals, have their first recording session at Regent Sound Studios in London, UK.
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The Animals appear on tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
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Them, including vocalist Van Morrison, play at Beachcombers, Bolton, UK.
Jefferson Airplane is formed in San Francisco, California, USA, by singer Marty Balin, who wants a band to play at the opening of his new club, The Matrix, in August.
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After strangling his mother to death and stabbing his wife, engineering student and former US Marine Charles Whitman kills fourteen people and wounds 32 others during a random shooting spree from the top of a tower at The University Of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA. The incident will inspire Harry Chapin to write his 1972 song Sniper. Other songs referring to Whitman include Psycho by Leon Payne, Down There By The Train by Tom Waits, The Ballad of Charles Whitman by Kinky Friedman and The Tower by Insane Clown Posse.
The Rolling Stones are in Olympic Studios, London, England, UK, Europe, working on a version of the song Jumpin' Jack Flash intended for use in a promotional video.
The Byrds play at The Piper Club, Rome, Italy, Europe.
Yes play at Mothers, Erdington, Birmingham, UK.
The Everly Brothers are recorded playing live at The Grand Hotel, Anaheim, California, USA, for The Everly Brothers Show, produced by Lou Adler.
Barclay James Harvest play at Neeld Hall, Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK.
Andy Fairweather Low plays at Queensway Hall, Dunstable, UK.
The Voyager 2 spacecraft is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, to begin a Grand Tour of the Solar System and beyond. On board (as was the case with Voyager 1) is the Voyager Golden Record, carrying a collection of 116 images plus a variety of natural sounds, including surf, wind, thunder and animal sounds. Examples of music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Johnson and others are also included.
The Eurythmics play at The Lyceum, London, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder induct nominees at the Grammy Awards Ceremony, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. Michael Jackson scoops a remarkable eight Grammies. The Police get Song Of The Year and Best Pop Performance By A Group With Vocal for Every Breath You Take, and Best Rock Performance By A Group With Vocal for Synchronicity 2.
The Paul McCartney movie Give My Regards To Broad Street goes on general release in London, England, UK, Europe.
Fairport Convention's two-day long Cropredy Festival begins at Cropredy, Oxfordshire, England, UK, Europe. Acts appearing over the weekend are Fairport Convention, The Balham Alligators, The Home Service, Neil Innes, Robin Williamson and Whippersnapper.
The Smiths play the final date of a brief Irish tour in Whitla Hall, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe. Heroin-addicted bassist Andy Rourke will be fired shortly after the band returns to England.
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Nick Cave appears at Marlborough Street Magistrates Court, London, England, UK, Europe, and admits possession of heroin. He is discharged on condition that he enters a rehabilitation clinic.
A dark day. Legendary American rock guitar virtuoso Roy Buchanan ties his shirt to a window grating and hangs himself from it in a jail cell at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, Virginia, USA. Just an hour or so earlier, he had been arrested for public drunkenness after a verbal fight with his wife. On the same day, Fred Below, Chicago-blues drummer for Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and others, dies of cancer, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and Robert Calvert of UK space-rock band Hawkwind dies of a heart attack.
Love And Rockets and The Pixies play at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers play at The Patriot Center, Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
Nirvana spend the third of five days recording at Smart Studios, owned by producer Butch Vig, in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Autopsy and Paradise Lost play at Queen's Hall, Bradford, England, UK.
On their Hot Fuss Tour, The Killers play the second of two nights at The Academy, Manchester, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at The Earle Chiles Center, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Jamie Cullum plays at Audley End, Saffron Walden, England, UK.
A Swedish court jails Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde, the men behind The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world's most high-profile file-sharing website. The four are found guilty of breaking copyright law, sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay $4.5m (£3m) in damages. Record companies welcome the verdict but the men are to appeal and Sunde says they will refuse to pay the fine.
On the Cosmic Love Tour, Florence And The Machine play the first of two nights at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Rod Stewart plays the first of three nights at the SECC, Glasgow, Scotland, Europe.
Status Quo play at Gutavallen, Visby, Sweden, Europe.
The Foo Fighters' new single, Rope, [the first release from their imminent album, Wasting Light], makes its debut on the band's official website, foofighters.com.
Bob Dylan plays at Shanghai Grand Stage, Shanghai, China, Asia.
Steely Dan play the second of two nights at Ravinia Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with special guest Sam Yahel.
Laura Marling, Public Image Ltd, Gruff Rhys, Anna Calvi, Graham Coxon, Beth Jeans Houghton and others take part in the BBC 6 Music 10th Anniversary event at The Southbank Centre, London, UK.
Bob Dylan plays the first of four nights at Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
On his Swing Tour Live, Robbie Williams plays at Palasport Olimpico, Turin, Italy, Europe.
Fleetwood Mac play at The Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Shires and Little Big Town play at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, England, UK, Europe.
Carl Barat And The Jackals play at The Electric Owl, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Howard Jones plays at The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds, England, UK.
On his Purpose World Tour Justin Bieber plays at The Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Henry Rollins plays a spoken word/slideshow gig at The Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, Florida, USA.
Speaking at a press conference in New York City, USA, Sir Elton John announces that he plans to retire from touring, after his next tour (Farewell Yellow Brick Road), in order to spend more time with his children, Zachary and Eiljah, and with his husband David Furnish.
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British music industry body the BPI reports that, according to its survey of leading music markets, British artists accounted for 13% of global music consumption in 2017. Also, one in eight albums sold worldwide was of British origin.
Catherine McGrath plays at The 02 Institute 3, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.