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A new theatre, The Opera House, opens in DuBois, Pennsylvania, USA. During silent movies, an in-house orchestra performs a musical soundtrack. The theater contains two balconies, with tickets for less expensive seats. The top balcony is nicknamed "peanut heaven" because younger patrons tended to throw peanuts and shells onto the people below. The venue will later change its name to The Avenue Theatre. Broadway stars including Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald, Ray Bolger and Buddy Ebsen will perform at the theatre.
Jack Wilton Marshall is born in El Dorado, Kansas, USA. He will find success as jazz guitarist, producer and composer Jack Marshall. As well as pursuing a solo career, Marshall will work with Art Tatum, and will compose hundreds of pieces for televsion and films. His best-remembered arrangement is for Peggy Lee's Fever, using only percussion, bass and finger snaps, which won him several awards.
The Hammond Organ, a revolutionary new musical keyboard invented by Laurens Hammond of Evanston, Illinois, USA, is first shown to the public at the Industrial Exposition in New York City, USA. It will revolutionise many forms of keyboard-based music.
Song lyric writer Fran Landesman marries writer/publisher Jay Landesman in New York City, USA. The couple will move to St. Louis, Missouri, where they will open a nightclub on Gaslight Square, The Crystal Palace, which will attract many big-name jazz stars including Barbra Streisand and George Shearing.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
Judy Garland plays during a month at The Curran Theater, San Francisco, California, USA.
Lyricist, popular song composer and publisher Will E. Dulmage dies aged 69 in Dearborn, Michigan, USA.
America's music business bible, Billboard magazine, reports that record companies are ready, five years after first announcing their existence, to begin supplying radio stations with seven-inch diameter 45 r.p.m. singles instead of the old 12-inch 78s.
Musical comedy The Boy Friend, with songs by Sandy Wilson, plays at The Royale Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 485 performances. The show stars Julie Andrews, and also features English singer Millicent Martin.
The Best-Selling record of 1960 according to the year-end poll in Cashbox Magazine in the USA is Theme From A Summer Place by Percy Faith.
Barbra Streisand continues with her month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand continues with a month-long residency at The Caucus Club in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand continues with her month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand comes to the end of a month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand makes her tv debut when she sings A Sleepin' Bee on tv's Jack Paar Show, in the NBC-tv studios, New York City, USA.
The original cast soundtrack album to the Broadway musical The Happiest Girl In The World is recorded in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records. The music is by Jacques Offenbach, and the lyrics are written by E.Y. Harburg. The performers include Cyril Ritchard, Janice Rule, Dran Seitz, Bruce Yarnell.
Comedy singing duo The Smothers Brothers continue with a three-week engagement at The Crystal Palace, Gaslight Square, St Louis, Missouri, USA. Second on the bill is teenage singer Barbra Streisand.
Barbra Streisand plays the eleventh night in a month-long engagement at The Bon Soir Club, New York City, USA.
Barbra Streisand plays the first night of two weeks at The Town'n'Country, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Barbra Streisand plays the eighth night of two weeks at The Town'n'Country, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Barbra Streisand plays the eleventh night of two weeks at The Town'n'Country, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Barbra Streisand plays the eighth of twenty-seven nights at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Elvis Presley spends a second day recording soundtrack songs for the movie Kid Galahad at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev'ry Mountain by Shirley Bassey.
Jazz trumpet virtuoso Chet Baker records Over The Rainbow, These Foolish Things, Blues In The Closet and other tracks in Rome, Italy, Europe, for RCA Records.
Judy Garland performs the third night of a week at The O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
RCA, in conjunction with Lear Jet, announces the launch of a radical new system for playing music tapes, known as The Lear Jet Stereo 8-track Cartridge tape player.
Actress/singer Judy Holliday is admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, USA, suffering from terminal cancer. She will die after drifting in and out of consciousness for twelve days.
Actor Peter Lawford hosts a party for Judy Garland on the occasion of her 43rd birthday.
A new tv rock show, Where The Action Is, hosted by Dick Clark, has its first broadcast in the USA. Paul Revere And The Raiders are the regular band every week, and guests on this first episode include Jan And Dean performing Surf City. The theme song, Action, is performed by Freddy Cannon.
Actress/singer Dorothy Dandridge, Hollywood's first African-American superstar, is found dead of an overdose of anti-depressants in her home in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jerry Vale plays at The Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
As the music industry recession bites deeper, EMI Records announce a £28m loss for the second half of 1979.
Harry Warren, composer of such songs as September In The Rain, I Only Have Eyes For You, Lullaby Of Broadway, Chatanooga Choo Choo, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, I’ll String Along With You and many others, dies in Los Angeles, California, USA.
David Buttolph, a film and tv music composer with over 300 film scores to his credit, dies aged 80 in Poway, California, USA.
Bette Midler plays at The Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma, USA.
Barbra Streisand's directorial debut, the musical movie Yentl, premieres at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Legendary Broadway singer Ethel Merman dies aged 76, of brain cancer, in New York City, USA.
The film soundtrack album, Purple Rain, produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince And the Revolution, begins a 24-week run atop the Billboard chart in the USA. It will eventually sell over thirteen million copies.
Prince wins the Best Original Score Oscar for his movie Purple Rain at the Academy Awards.
San Francisco-born voice actor Mel Blanc [aka The Man Of 1000 Voices] dies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, of heart disease and emphysema, aged 81. Blanc was beloved by millions as the voice of Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Daffy Duck and countless other animated characters in movies, on tv and on records. The inscription on his gravestone is headed, "That's all Folks!"
I'm Breathless (Dick Tracy Soundtrack LP) by Madonna peaks at No2 in the UK albums chart.
Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You racks up its 14th week at number one in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, thus becoming the longest running No1 single of all time. The song is a cover of a Dolly Parton composition.
Jazz guitarist and filmscore composer Attila Zoller dies of colon cancer in Townshend, Vermont, USA. In a long and acclaimed career, Zoller worked with Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock and many others.
The first portable mp3 player, The Diamond Rio PMP300, goes on sale in the USA, despite objections from the R.I.A.A. [Recording Industry Association of America]. The device costs $200 and can play about a dozen songs.
Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog electronic synthesiser which revolutionised the creation, production and performance of almost every type of popular music, dies of brain cancer, aged 71, at home in Asheville, North Carolina, USA.
Circa Survive, Motion City Soundtrack and Copeland begin a UK tour at Academy 3, Manchester, England, UK.
Glen Campbell releases a new EP, the soundtrack to the documentary film I'll Be Me - The Story Of The Rhinestone Cowboy.
James Horner, a composer best-known for his scores for Titanic and Avatar, dies when his S312 Tucano turboprop aircraft crashes into the Los Padres National Forest near Ventucopa, California, USA.
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