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is granted a patent, No 400646, in connection with his invention the phonograph-recorder and reproducer.
Francis Lincoln Young of London, UK, files patent application NoUS718410A in respect of his invention of a new type of music-roll for mechanical musical instruments.
The first West-East transatlantic radio transmission takes place between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Poldhu, Cornwall, England, UK, Europe, at a frequency around 182 kHz.
Theodor Weisser of Neustadt, Schwarzwald, Germany applies for a US Patent for an improved metronome which he has invented. It is described as a metronome, "in which hammerstrokes on a fixed bell are regulated by means of a sliding lever, one end of which I form or provide with a toothed or notched scale to indicate the different measures to which the mechanism for operating the bell is set and at the same time to lock said lever in position."
US patent number 723,235
is awarded to G.A Brachhausen of The Regina Music Box Company, Rahway, New Jersey, USA, for his invention of a novel design for an automatic mechanical musical instrument.
Radio broadcasting pioneer Frank Conrad
makes his first transmission using phonograph records from a low-power tube transmitter in a shed at the rear of his home at Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
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.
tests the first Keeler Polygraph
machine for the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although earlier polygraphs existed, Keeler's improved device is legally regarded as the first modern lie detector. The invention, although regarded by some as pseudo-science, will capture the public imagination and will inspire the writing of several songs including Lie Detector
 by Sleeper
, Lie Detector
 by The Reverend Horton Heat
, Lie Detector
 by Mya
Avedis Zildjian III of Quiney, Massachusetts, is granted a patent in the USA for a new type of 'high pitch cymbal'.
International Geophysical Year aka I.G.Y.
begins, and will run until December 31, 1958. The year (actually 18 months) is intended to signal a new era of international co-operation being made possible by the end of the Cold War. On his 1982 album The Nightfly, Donald Fagen will include the song I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World)
, expressing the hopes of a young man in the fifties looking forward to a bright new future for the world.
The Manchester Guardian newspaper reports that stereophonic discs
will be available in the UK within a few months. Critic Edward Greenfield notes that, "There are those who confidently believe that, ultimately, 'stereo' will take first place as a gramophone medium."
Lee De Forest
who, in 1915, invented an electronic instrument called The Audion Piano
, the first musical instrument to use a vacuum tube, dies in Hollywood, California, USA. At the time of his death, De Forest has just $1,250 in his bank account.
hi-fi tape cartridge
player selling at $99.95. It will not find wide public acceptance.
RCA announce the launch of "The Prompter", a new portable
advertises a new kind of juke box
called the Scopitone
, which features colour film clips to accompany each disc. The idea, invented in France, does not catch on.
The UK's singing milkman
The House Committee of Princeton University
, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, meets to discuss the installation of a new hi-fi in the music room.
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.
records Hey, Western Union Man
and Can't Forget About You, Baby, at Cameo-Parkway Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, with production duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
plays at the College of Technology, Ealing, London, England, UK, Europe.
British music paper Record Mirror reports that Island Records
has stopped releasing singles in mono. All future releases on the label will be in stereo.
The Third Ear Band play at the North Staffs College of Technology, North Staffordshire, England, UK, Europe, supported by
Records enter the CD age with their first eight releases in the new format.
release their debut album, Smart
, on Indolent Records in the UK.
is distraught when the accidental transmission of her pre-recorded vocal during a supposedly live appearance on tv show Saturday Night Live in the USA makes it obvious that she isn’t live at all. She quits the stage, leaving her band to finish the song without her.
The new 50 Cent album, Massacre, appears online before its scheduled release date, forcing the rapper to bring release forward from 7 March to 3 March.
A 'carbon neutral' CD edition of Bob Dylan
's classic 1966 album Blonde On Blonde is released in the UK.
Former Stranglers leader Hugh Cornwell sounds off against record companies' efforts to stop illegal downloading of music. "The internet is the perfect delivery system for music, so why not use it?," he demands. "I don't see it as being exploited at all - I think we are exploiting the internet."
Kodak announces the end of production of Kodachrome
film, because demand for the product has declined. Paul Simon
's song, Kodachrome
, which appeared on his 1973 album There Goes Rhymin' Simon
, included the line 'Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away'. Mama didn't but, on this day, Kodak did.
China's Ministry of Culture issues a notice
listing 68 online music sites which have violated the ministry
's regulations and failed to obtain the necessary operating license. Before the end of the month, more than twenty of the sites listed will close down.
notches up four billion views on her You Tube channel: RihannaVEVO. Rihanna
is the most viewed musician and the first person to reach this many views.
Spotify publishes a list of the top five acts who have seen the biggest increase in streams as a result of their appearances at this year's Glastonbury Festival
, as follows :
1. Ed Sheeran
- 195% increase
- 165% increase
3. Arcade Fire
- 148% increase
4. Rodrigo y Gabriela - 123% increase
5. Dolly Parton
- 95% increase
On his x (pronounced Multiply) Tour, Ed Sheeran
plays at The MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He later reveals that the concert brought the first-ever complaint he'd had at a live show, when a member of the audience demanded their money back claiming that Ed clearly had a secret band and backing track that the crowd couldn’t see. (In fact, Sheeran's shows are all performed entirely by himself, using a looping pedal to create multi-layered backing tracks over which he sings.)
Tweets that she has just worn "my own personal Iron Maiden
"NUMBER OF THE BEAST" tee-shirt on a major fashion cover" (for the magazine Fashion Book, Issue 7).
It is reported that Ed Sheeran
has made streaming history
by notching up a combined 13m global streams in the first 24 hours on sale of his single Shape Of You/Castle On The Hill. Shape Of You racked up 6,868,642 and Castle On The Hill accumulated 6,168,395, Ed has now overtaken the previous record holders, One Direction
, who notched up 4,759,698 streams with Drag Me Down in August 2015.
On their WorldWired
play the first of three nights at The Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe, supported by Hatesphere. This show marks the opening of The Royal Arena.
Singer Solange takes to Instagram to reveal her outfit for the recent Mardi Gras celebrations in her adopted hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The Instagram image shows Solange wearing a leather jacket and a black cowboy hat decorated with crystals to create a sparkling fringe. The outfit was reportedly designed by her teenege son, Julez.
is presented with a certificate to commemorate the recently discovered Asteroid 81948 being officially named after him. The presentation takes place at the prestigious science festival Starmus V, in Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.