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22-year-old Frankie Baker shoots her lover, Allen Britt [aka Albert Britt] in an apartment at 212 Targee Street, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for cheating on her with another woman, Nellie Bly [aka Alice Pryor]. Britt will die four days later and the incident will become the basis of the song Frankie And Johnny, which has been recorded in over 250 versions by artists including Jimmie Rodgers (The Singing Brakeman), Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Patton, Taj Mahal, Sam Cooke, Lena Horne, Lonnie Donegan, Bob Dylan, Brook Benton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Fats Waller, Van Morrison, Brook Benton, Lindsay Lohan, Jack Johnson and Stevie Wonder.
Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kansas Joe McCoy, also known as Bill Wither, The Georgia Pine Boy, Hallelujah Joe, Big Joe McCoy and His Washboard Band, The Mississippi Mudder, The Hillbilly Plowboy, The Mud Dauber, and Hamfoot Ham, is born in Raymond, Mississippi, USA.
John Martyn Booker is born in London, UK. He will find fame as Johnny Martyn, founder-member and guitarist with influential UK skiffle group The Vipers.
  Under the name Bill McKinley, harmonica virtuoso Bill ‘Jazz’ Gillum records Poor Boy Blues for Vocalion Records in Chicago Illinois. The track also features Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam.
Sonny Boy Williamson records Groundhog Blues, Black Panther Blues and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois. He is accompanied on the session by Washboard Sam on washboard.
Sonny Boy Williamson 1st records Groundhog Blues, Black Panther Blues and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is accompanied on the session by Washboard Sam on washboard.
Buddy Featherstonhaugh and the Radio Rhythm Club Sextet, with Vic Lewis on vocals, record Washboard Blues and Woo Woo for HMV Records in London, UK.
Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kansas Joe McCoy, dies aged 44 of heart disease in Chicago, Illinois, USA. In a varied career, he was also known as Bill Wither, The Georgia Pine Boy, Hallelujah Joe, Big Joe McCoy and His Washboard Band, The Mississippi Mudder, The Hillbilly Plowboy, The Mud Dauber, and Hamfoot Ham.
Johnny Parker, with The Pete Rugolo Orchestra and The King Sisters, records Can't Seem To Laugh Anymore, Never Again, Our Little Ranch House and Two Weeks With Pay at MGM Studios, New York City, USA. The orchestra includes such jazz luminaries as Maynard Ferguson, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne and Kai Winding.
During a coffee break at a recording session in Decca Studios, Maida Vale, London, UK, by The Chris Barber Jazz Band, Barber and his banjo player Lonnie Donegan are allowed to record a couple of songs - Rock Island Line and John Henry - in a new style called skiffle. Donegan and skiffle will go on to become hugely successful among the youth of the UK.
Rock Island Line, Lonnie Donegan's skiffle-inflected cover version of an old Leadbelly song, peaks at No8 in the UK singles charts. This is the record which will inspire New York teenager Phil Spector to acquire a guitar.
UK skiffle star Lonnie Donegan records his version of the Leadbelly song Bring A Little Water Sylvie and Dead Or Alive, in London, UK.
Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group play at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK, with Billy Baxter and Mundy And Earle.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan begin a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the third night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the fourth night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
Cumberland Gap by Lonnie Donegan begins its second month at No1 in the UK pop singles chart.
Lonnie Donegan plays at The Empire, Liverpool, UK. After the show, Donegan repairs to The Cavern Club for a jam session.
After his band The Quarrymen finishes a set at St Peter's Church fete in Woolton, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, John Lennon meets Paul McCartney, his future partner in The Beatles. This meeting will inspire singer-songwriter Steve Forbert to write his song You'd See The Things That I See, which is an attempt to imagine what John Lennon might have been thinking after meeting Paul McCartney.
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Puttin' On The Style / Gamblin' Man by Lonnie Donegan spends the last day of two weeks at No1 in the UK pop music singles chart.
Skiffle king Lonnie Donegan plays at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys, Terry Lightfoot And His New Orleans Jazz Band and The Crescents play at St George's Hall, Bradford, UK. Lightfoot's band includes drummer Ginger Baker, later to find fame with 60s supergroup The Cream.
BBC TV rock show The Six Five Special expands into a live touring show, and plays its very first concert in Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. Tonight's cast includes Wee Willie Harris; Don Lang and The Frantic Five; Rosemary Squires; Jimmy Jackson; Carl Barriteau; Kenny Baker and his Half Dozen; The Blue Star Skiffle Group; Joe 'Mr Piano' Henderson.
BBC TV rock show The Six Five Special expands into a live touring show, and plays its very first concert in Salisbury. Tonight's cast includes Wee Willie Harris; Don Lang and The Frantic Five; Rosemary Squires; Jimmy Jackson; Carl Barriteau; Kenny Baker and his Half Dozen; The Blue Star Skiffle Group; Joe 'Mr Piano' Henderson.
Wee Willie Harris, The Southlanders, The Vagabonds, Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group, Tony Crombie and The Most Brothers play at The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. The Most Brothers include Mickie Most, who will go on to become one of the UK's top record producers in the 60s, working with The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Jeff Beck, Lulu, Duncan Browne and many others.
Popular UK tv music series Six-Five Special features the fourth heat in a skiffle group talent contest, Stanley Dale's National Skiffle Contest 1958. Tonight's heat features The Station Group and The Wild Five.
Wee Willie Harris, The Most Brothers, Tony Crombie And His Rockets and Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group play the last of six nights at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
UK pop weekly the New Musical Express reports that skiffle king Lonnie Donegan is dissatisfied with the handling of his records in the USA, and is looking for a new contract.
The Treniers, play at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, with The Hedley Ward Trio, The Chas McDevitt Group and Terry Wayne. [Jerry Lee Lewis was billed to headline but had to pull out when a scandal erupted over his under-age wife.]
Vic Lewis And His Orchestra, featuring Irma Logan, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe.
Cliff Richard And The Drifters play at The Granada, Mansfield, UK, supported by Chas McDevitt, The Betty Smith Quintet, The Four Jones Boys and Jimmy Tarbuck.
British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan records The House Of the Rising Sun, Take This Hammer, John Hardy and other tracks in London, UK, for his album Lonnie Rides Again.
Skiffle king Lonnie Donegan releases a new single, I Wanna Go Home (aka Sloop John B), in the UK.
The Swinging Blue Genes, later to find success as The Swinging Blue Jeans, play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] play at The Cavern, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
While in New York City, USA, on a business trip, Lonnie Donegan and his manager Cyril Berlin are staying at The Hotel Plaza.
Package tour A Star Spangled Night arrives at The Granada, Dartford, England, UK, Europe, starring Billy Fury, Eden Kane, The Karl Denver Trio, The Allisons, Chas McDevitt And Shirley Douglas, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Dave Sampson and Gordon Peters. The tour is promoted by impresario Larry Parnes.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. Also on the bill is Gerry And The Pacemakers.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans], The Searchers and Eric Allandale's New Orleans Knights play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
St. Louis Jimmy records Going Down Slow in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Spivey Records. His backing band consists of Willie Dixon, Homesick James, Washboard Sam and Evans Spencer.
Blues harmonica player St. Louis Jimmy Oden, with Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Washboard Sam on washboard, records Can
The Tridents, featuring future rock guitar hero Jeff Beck, play at Ken Colyer's Studio 51, Soho, London, UK.
The second day of the three-day-long Monterey Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, features Duke Ellington, The Modern Jazz Quartet, The Horace Silver Quintet, Joe Williams, The Junior Mance Trio, Big Joe Turner, Lou Rawls, Big Mama Thornton, Washboard Willie and Hank Crawford.
Lonnie Donegan appears in a Stars Organisation For Spastics show at The Palladium, London, UK.
Lonnie Donegan plays the second night in a two-week season at the Forty Thieves Club, Bermuda, Caribbean.
Lonnie Donegan plays at The Aquarium, Great Yarmouth, England, UK.
MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), a 200,000 square feet museum and venue focused entirely on music and musical instruments from around the globe opens in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
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