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is awarded patent No 394,105, in connection with a phonograph-recorder. He is also granted a patent, No 394106, in connection with his invention the phonograph-reproducer.
Adolf Adam Riggenbacher and his parents leave Basel, Switzerland to start a new life in the USA. In the 1920s, after having adapted his name to Adolph Rickenbacker
, he will found The Rickenbacker Manufacturing Company and, with vaudeville musician George Beauchamp
, he will design and patent the world's first electric guitar, known as The Frying Pan
, because of its long neck and round body.
Charles Harris Shaw of Brooklyn, New York City, USA, makes Patent Application No US709054A in respect of his invention of a new type of perforated music-sheet for automatic musical instruments.
Peter H. Foley of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, files a US patent application for his invention of a new type of banjo leg rest
, intended to free the performer from having to use both arms to support the instrument while playing.
Enea Flavio Giacardi of Milan, Italy, is granted a patent for his 16-selection 'Fonografo Giacardi Automatico' - a coin-operated phonograph.
The modern style jukebox
is born when Bertram C. Kenyon, Wilmur W. Boa, and Clifford H. Green apply for a patent for a coin-operated phonograph with a record changing mechanism. As a result, the Automatic Musical Instrument Co (AMI)
will introduce the first coin-operated, electrically amplified, 20-selection phonograph based on a mechanical ten-record system that plays both sides of each disc.
Gibson sound engineer and master luthier Lloyd Loar
dies aged 57 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Loar is famed for his F5 model mandolin, L5 guitar, H5 mandola, K5 mandocello, and A5 mandolin, and he was also one of the first people to design an electric pickup for acoustic instruments.
Rumours have begun circulating in the USA that an imminent shortage of vinyl could threaten the production of
The first commercial colour telecast
- an hour-long musical variety special titled Premiere - is transmitted by CBS from New York City, USA, to four other cities.
records Ju-ju and Pastime for East Wind Records in Van Gelder Studio
, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. Tristano will be widely criticised for using multi-track studio techniques to add extra piano parts to his compositions on this and other albums.
It is reported that consternation is being caused in the music business by so-called 'noise and sound' records. These are records on which modern recording techniques such as echo chambers, speeded up and reversed tapes are being used to create new sounds. Traditional songwriters and publishers are reported as being concerned that their efforts are being ignored in favour of 'noise and sound' releases.
Vocalist Chris Connor
records her first sides with The Stan Kenton
band, including And The Bull Walked Around, Ole, in Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
It is reported that Vee-Jay Records
of Chicago, Illinois, USA, is reducing the price of its stereo releases to match the price of its mono releases. Stereo jazz albums will be cut from $%.98 to $4.98, while pop LPs will be reduced from $4.98 to $3.98. High prices for stereo releases are felt to be restricting sales of those albums.
The relevance of stereo to the existing music market place is debated in a special session conducted by NARAS in The Great Northern Hotel, New York City, USA. Participants in the session include Enoch Light (musician and businessman), Bill Miltenburg (sound engineer), Dave Kapp (Kapp Records) and
The New York Times publishes a feature reporting that two Russian scientists, Gnady Sholomitsky and Nikolai Kardashev, have concluded that radio emissions from the distant quasar CTA-102
might indicate the existence of intelligent life in that region of space. Inspired by this story, The Byrds
will record the song CTA-102
in 1967, speculating on the possibility of life in outer space.
As astronauts James Lovell and Frank Borman hurtle back to earth aboard Gemini 7, NASA asks if there's any music they would particularly like to hear. Their answer is I'll Be Home For Christmas by Bing Crosby
, making it the first song request to be transmitted to outer space.
reports that 8-Track Tape Cartridge
units are experiencing a sales upsurge because the car industry is in a strong sales phase.
US music trade magazine
Guitarist Robert Fripp
performs a live Frippertronics concert at The Sound Warehouse in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
UK music trade magazine Record Retailer reports that, "Pre-recorded tapes are still the only bright area in a dull market."
A group of Polydor Records
management/executives fly in a private plane from Heathrow Airport, London, England, UK, Europe, to Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris, France, Europe, to visit Jean Michel Jarre in his home and hear his forthcoming LP, Zoolook
, for the first time. (See Johnny Black's diary entry, attached, for a brief glimpse into Jarre's world).
Russian cosmonauts take a cassette of the latest Pink Floyd
album, Delicate Sound Of Thunder, aboard Soyuz 7 and play it in orbit, making Pink Floyd
the first rock band to be played in space. Pink Floyd
members David Gilmour and Nick Mason attend the launch of the spacecraft.
Fragments of an object designated as Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9
are colliding spectacularly with the planet Jupiter. This is the first collision of two solar system bodies ever to have been observed. The Cure's
1996 song Jupiter Crash
is about a couple watching the crash from earth and the effect it has on them.
release their debut album, Smart
, on Indolent Records in the UK.
Cher enters the UK singles chart at No1 with Believe
. Noted for its use of Antares Auto-Tune
pitch-correction software on her vocals, it will become one of the best-selling singles of all time, selling over 10m copies worldwide.
Cornell Zachary of Los Angeles, California, USA, files a lawsuit against Duran Duran
claiming that, because his phone number was mistakenly given out as their contact number, he has been flooded with calls, resulting in invasion of privacy and emotional distress. More specifically, Zachary claims to have suffered "life-threatening high blood-pressure episodes" and developed a sleeping disorder.
The highest new entry in the UK singles chart is 'N Dey Say
, entering at No6. The Crazy Frog remains at No1 with Axel F. 'N Dey Say makes use of a significant sample taken from True by Spandau Ballet
A 'carbon neutral' CD edition of Bob Dylan
's classic 1966 album Blonde On Blonde is released in the UK.
An individual going by the name of @Gunn2urhead begins sending death threats via Twitter
to Shirley Manson, the singer with Garbage
. On this day alone, over 200 threats are sent.
is being sued by VMG Salsoul for copyright infringement, on the grounds that string and horn parts of The Salsoul Orchestra
's 1977 song Ooh I Love It [Love Break]
were buried in the mix of her hit single Vogue
The sample is said to have been purposely buried in the mix to avoid detection and was only detected through the use of sophisticated software analysis.
It is announced that
Howard H. Scott
, a member of the Columbia Records
team that introduced the long-playing vinyl record in 1948, dies aged 92 of cancer in Reading, Pennsylvania, USA.
Spotify drops a totally silent LP called Sleepify
, by a Los Angeles funk band called Vulfpeck, citing "violations of the service's content policies" as a reason. The album was intended as a protest against Spotify as well as a means of raising tour funding. Up to the time it was pulled off Spotify it had been streamed 5.5m times, earning the band almost $20,000
During an Apple product launch in Cupertino, California, USA, U2
perform The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), a track from their new album, Songs of Innocence
. They then reveal that the entire album is to be released free of charge on iTunes.
It is reported that online music service Apple Music, started just seven months earlier, now has 10m paying subscribers
. Apple's main rival, Spotify, took six years to reach the 10m mark.
Singer-songwriter Don McLean
posts a statement on Twitter declaring, "This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me. What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30-year relationship." The statement is in response to his recent arrest on charges of domestic violence
in Camden, Maine, USA, where he has a home with his wife, Patrisha.
magazine reports that SoundExchange, an organisation which collects and distributes digital royalties for labels and artists for non-interactive transmissions (Pandora, SiriusXM and others), may lose $200m in revenue in 2017
, because some major satellite, digital radio and cable music players are moving away from using compulsory licenses for recorded music, signing direct deals with record labels.
's Instagram profile, after seeing pictures on the internet of her former boyfriend The Weeknd
and Ms Gomez kissing, cuddling and holding hands in the restaurant Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Model Bella Hadid hits the 'unfollow' button on
During a Television Critics Association panel discussion for American Idol, Katy Perry
reveals that she has problems deciding how much and what kind of information to share with her fans. "It's like walking a tightrope," she says. "You don't have to answer any question. You're not under oath. You don't have to leave bread crumbs all over social media if you don't want to. But some people do that and need that and it's a tool
. Listen, all the fame stuff is just a by-product of what I do, it's not what I sought out to do. I just wanted to tell stories and sing and connect with people." Perry, at this point, has over 170m followers across Twitter and Instagram.