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Thomas Edison is granted a patent, No 400646, in connection with his invention the phonograph-recorder and reproducer.
Thomas Edison applies for patent No. 484,583 in connection with his invention of a phonograph cutting tool.
The Brooklyn Eagle newspaper of Brooklyn, New York City, USA, is advertising a mechanical musical instrument, The Angelus Orchestral Piano-Player, at a price of $225. The ad claims that "With The Angelus, every member of your family can play the piano that has been standing idle in the parlor for years."
William Gabrielson of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, files a patent application for a "hollow bridge" device for stringed instruments which will, he claims, greatly improve "the volume of sound and the quality of the tone."
Peter Welin of Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, is granted US Patent No US694450 A for his invention of a new type of music-roll for automatic musical instruments.
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.
Harold W. Shonnard of New York City, USA, applies for a patent in respect of his invention of a self-playing musical instrument.
Robert Williard Pain of Manhattan, New York City, USA, is granted US patent NoUS725358A for his invention of a new type of music-sheet for mechanical musical instruments.
Harold W. Shonnard of New York City, USA,is granted Patent No. US824315A in respect of his invention of a self-playing musical instrument.
Roy Banks Joseph of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, applies for a US Patent for his invention, The Rolmonica, which is a harmonica played by means of a perforated paper music roll. Once manufactured, it will be advertised as a "veritable pocket-sized jazz band".
Australian engineer Ray Allsop demonstrates his new invention, the Raycophone sound projector, and exhibits four short sound-on-disc musical films he has produced. By mid-1937, 345 Raycophone systems will have been installed in Australian cinemas.
Construction of The Grand Coulee Dam begins on the Columbia River, Washington, USA, to produce hydro-electric power and provide irrigation for the region. The dam will provide the inspiration for Woody Guthrie's 1941 song, Grand Coulee Dam, written while he was commissioned by the Bonneville Power Administration to write songs as part of a documentary film project about the dam and related projects.
A patent for the Gibson EH-150 Pickup, also known as The Charlie Christian Pickup, is granted to Guy Hart of Gibson Guitars in the USA. This is the first electric guitar pickup, and will revolutionise popular music.
May Bay is granted a patent in the USA for a "Bass violin strummer" - a device intended to be used for plucking the strings of a bass violin.
RCA engineer Herbert Belar and his boss Harry F. Olson demonstrate one of the first experimental models of an electronic music synthesiser to RCA officials in New York City, USA, having it perform renditions of Home Sweet Home and Blue Skies.
Godtfred Kirk Christiansen of the Lego Company in Denmark, Europe, files a patent application for his company's plastic building brick toy which has been available on sale since 1949. The toy will inspire the 2011 song Lego House by Ed Sheeran.
Paul Anka is the guest musician on NBC-tv's Perry Como Show in the USA. Anka's performance is on videotape.
The patent for the Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone guitar effects pedal is filed in the USA.
The Serendipity Singers play at Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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.
It is announced that The Beatles will represent the BBC and Britain, by appearing in Our World, the world's first live television satellite link-up, which will be be seen by approximately 400 million people across five continents.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience play at the State Fair Music Hall, Dallas, Texas, USA, supported by Soft Machine, The Chessmen and Moving Sidewalks. During the day Jimi trades $40 and his own wah-wah pedal to acquire the superior Vox wah-wah unit belonging to The Chessmen's guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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At the Tinker Street Cinema, Woodstock, New York State, USA, Jimi Hendrix first uses his Uni-Vibe guitar effects unit.
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Tom Wilson, producer of albums for Bob Dylan, Simon And Garfunkel, The Mothers Of Invention and others, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 47.
The Cure release a new single, The Walk, in the UK on Fiction Records.
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Robotic duo Tik And Tok play at The Venue, London, England, UK, Europe.
Record producer and session guitarist Pete D rake who played with Bob Dylan, Don Gibson, Marty Robbins and many others, dies of emphysema at age 55, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He is best-remembered for his 1964 hit Forever which made groundbreaking use of a talk box connected to his pedal steel guitar.
Mariah Carey appears live by satellite on BBC1 tv show Top Of The Pops in the UK.
The first Minidisc version of Bob Dylan's classic 1966 album Blonde On Blonde is released in Japan, Asia.
R.E.M. play for 500 fans at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia, USA. The show, a benefit for Greenpeace, is recorded using a solar-powered mobile recording studio.
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.
Iron Maiden release Ed Hunter, on EMI/Chrysalis Records in The UK. The album is a 2-CD compilation including a computer game based on the band's mascot, Eddie. The tracks on the album form the sountrack to the computer game, and were chosen by fans who voted for them on the band's internet site.
New York City Police announce that thefts of MP-3 players, iPods etc have sparked a surge in street and subway crimes.
The US Supreme Court in Washington DC rules that file-sharing websites can be held responsible and sued if it can be shown that they are deliberately providing facilities with the intention that their customers should swap music and video recordings illegally.
Revered classic jazz label Blue Note launches a range of telephone ringtones based on the music of its artists including Thelonious Monk, Chet Baker and Herbie Hancock.
The original version of the computer-video game Rock Band is released in the USA.
The EVH Wolfgang, an allegedly unbreakable guitar designed by Eddie Van Halen and named after his son, makes its public debut at the NAAM Show in Anaheim, California, USA.
The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) issues its 2010 Annual report revealing that worldwide digital music sales rose by 12% to $4.2bn (£2.6bn) in the last year. However, it also estimates that overall music sales fell by 10% in the same period. Poker Face by Lady Gaga is reported to have scored the highest tally of downloads - 9.8m.
Rihanna steals the show at the Echo Music Awards in Berlin, Germany, Europe, with a spectacular performance in which she dances with two massive robots. The event is hosted by Robbie Williams who also wins in the Best Pop-Rock Singer category.
Recovery, the seventh studio album by Eminem reaches No1 in the French Digital Albums Chart.
It is announced that, according to the latest Nielsen / Billboard statistics, album sales in the USA fell by 12.7% during 2010 despite a 13.0% rise in digital album downloads. Total album sales across physical and digital fell to 326.2m units from 373.9m, and sales of CDs dropped for the fourth consecutive year.
Kanye West surprises party guests at The Dream Downtown hotel, New York City, USA, when he unexpectedly pulls out a laptop and plays some of his unreleased new music from the DJ booth.
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards event is held at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Justin Timberlake wins as top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 Artist for his The 20/20 Experience. Other multiple award winners include Imagine Dragons, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. One extraordinary aspect of the night was a 'performance' by a 'hologram' of Michael Jackson 'singing' Slave To The Rhythm with a live five-piece band and sixteen dancers onstage. (In fact the 'hologram' is actually an old stage magician's trick called Pepper's Ghost which uses a mirror to create a moving onstage image)
Roseanne Cash testifies before the Congressional House Judiciary Committee in Washington DC, USA, on the matter of music licensing and illegal downloading.
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.
Wilco release a new, 11-song album, entitled Star Wars, free via their website - for a limited time.
Will.i.am plays a free concert for 10,000 fans at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe, to mark the launch of his i.am+ Dial smartwatch. The show includes guest appearances by Rickie Wilson, Tinie Tempah and most of The Black Eyed Peas.
Lady Gaga posts a new photo to her Instagram page showing her preparing to sing at the halftime show in this year's upcoming Super Bowl.
Taylor Swift announces that she will launch a new app, The Swift Life, later in the year.
The Facebook page 'Native American Proud' reports that country icon Willie Nelson has fallen seriously ill and that his son (Eddie Nelson) has requested prayers to be said for Willie. There is no immediate confirmation of this report from any other authoritative source.
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