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Three major pop music acts make their debuts on the Ed Sullivan tv Show in New York City, USA. Buddy Holly And The Crickets, Sam Cooke and The Rays.
Johnny Cash records Still In Town and Matador at Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Beatles' first American album, Introducing The Beatles, was set for release on this date on Vee-Jay Records in the USA, but did not appear.
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The Beatles release a new single, Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand / Sie Liebt Dich on Odeon Records in Germany, Europe.
The Who play at The Blue Moon, Hayes, Middlesex, England, UK, Europe.
Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band play at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Francoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg and Warren Beatty spend the evening at the Regine nightclub in Paris, France, Europe.
Jimi Hendrix jams at his apartment in Warwick Hotel, West 54th St, New York City, USA, with Paul Caruso. Later, he jams again at Sound Center with Paul Caruso, Stephen Stills, Ken Pine, Jimmy Mayes.
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The NME's 1968 Poll Winners Concert is held at Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe, with The Rolling Stones headlining, and also featuring Dusty Springfield, The Bee Gees, Lulu, The Shadows, The Association, Scott Walker, The Herd, Amen Corner, Love Affair, Status Quo.
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A rough mix of the song Gypsy Eyes is made at Record Plant, New York City, USA, in Jimi Hendrix's absence.
When Traffic pull out of The Schaefer Music Festival in the Wollman Ice Rink, Central Park, New York City, USA, they are replaced by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Also on today's bill is Tim Buckley.
Slade play at The Ship And Rainbow, Wolverhampton, England, UK, Europe.
Simon and Garfunkel begin the first of six weeks at the top of the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with Bridge Over Troubled Water.
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U2 play at The Garden Of Eden, Tullamore, Ireland, Europe.
The Roches play the first of two nights at The Bottom Line, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, supported by The Erik Frandsen.
John Hartford, Mary McCaslin and Jim Ringer play at The Bottom Line, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
On his Serious Moonlight tour, David Bowie plays during three nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
On her Fun tour, Cyndi Lauper plays at The Tradewinds Beach Club, Sea Bright, New Jersey, USA.
The Kinks play at The Apollo, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
New Order play at The Fulcrum Centre, Slough, England, UK, Europe.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in the USA.
On his Spike tour, Elvis Costello plays at Veterans Memorial Park, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA.
On his Sound And Vision tour, David Bowie plays at Starlake Amphitheater, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, USA.
Phillip Phillips is born in Albany, Georgia, USA. He will achieve success as a singer-songwriter when he wins the eleventh season of the tv show American Idol in 2012.
The three-day long jam-orientated Bonnaroo Festival begins in Manchester, Tennessee, USA, with acts including Grateful Dead bassman Phil Lesh, Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, Jurassic 5, Bela Fleck, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ween, Norah Jones, Del McCoury, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Disco Biscuits and others. On the same day, Pulp play at Roseisle Forest, Elgin, Scotland, UK.
Blondie play at The Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, Asia.
Paul Anka releases a new LP, Rock Swings, in Canada.
Aimee Mann plays at Carling Academy, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Jason Mraz plays at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
The film I'm Not There, directed by Todd Haynes, goes on general release in Iceland, Europe. In the film, which claims to be 'Inspired by the music and the many lives of Bob Dylan', six different actors depict separate facets of Dylan's life and public persona. Dylan himself does not appear.
Bob Dylan plays at Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Bob Dylan plays at The Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays the second of five nights at Zepp, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
Lily Allen announces via a Twitter posting that she is pregnant. She posts a picture of herself with a mock-up of a front page story about her pregnancy in UK tabloid newspaper The Sun.
Mike And The Mechanics play at the Opera House, Blackpool, UK. The group has recently added Andrew Roachford as a featured vocalist.
On her Black Star tour, Avril Lavigne plays at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.
Guns N'Roses play at Warsteiner Hockey Park, Monchengladbach, Germany, Europe.
On her Born This Way Ball Tour, Lady Gaga plays at Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Central America.
Bastille play at Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Ellie Goulding plays at Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks play in The Parish at The House of Blues, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Suzanne Vega plays at The Town Hall, Cheltenham, England, UK.
On his All The Hits tour, Elton John plays at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Holly Herndon plays at Constellation, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Duran Duran play at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre San Diego, California, USA.
During the 3rd North American leg of their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at Little Ceasar's Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
On their This House Is Not For Sale tour, Bon Jovi play at The PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA.
The four-day-long BBC Music Biggest Weekend festival begins at Titanic Slipways, Belfast, Northern irlenad, UK, Europe, with acts including Orbital, Beck, Manic Street Preachers, The Breeders, Lykke Li and Father John Misty. Also, at Scone Palace in Scotland, Jamie Cullum, Eddie Reader, Nigel Kennedy and others are performing.
Hal Blaine, considered by many to have been the greatest sessions drummer in popular music history, dies aged 90 in Palm Desert, Los Angeles, California, USA. As a member of the Los Angeles session elite known as The Wrecking Crew, he played on over 40 singles which reached No1 in the Billboard pop singles chart in the USA, and worked with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Beach Boys, Simon And Garfunkel, The Ronettes and many others.