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Don Williams is born in Floydada, Texas, USA. His easy-going vocal style will score Top 10 hits every year from 1974 to 1991, including I Believe In You, You're My Best Friend and Tulsa Time.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry plays at The Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA.
Roy Orbison plays at The Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.
Young student Janis Joplin is suspended from high school in Port Arthur, Texas, USA, but she will eventually earn her degree.
Fats Domino plays in Wichita, Texas, USA, at the start of a nine day tour of Texas and Oklahoma that will gross $50,000.
Patsy Cline plays live in Dallas, Texas, USA.
As it hits No1 on the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA, Roy Orbison earns a gold disc for one million sales of Running Scared.
Lightnin' Hopkins records Blues In The Bottle, Drinkin' Wine Spo-dee-o-dee, DC-7 and other tracks in Houston, Texas, USA.
Jimmy Dean, Leroy Van Dyke, Patsy Cline, Billy Grammer and Rene Waters play at Wharton Fieldhouse, Moline, Illinois, USA. When the venue's 6,000 capacity is exceeded, thousands of fans have to be turned away, resulting in a traffic jam which the Moline Police Department say is bigger than anything they'd ever encountered before.
Jim Reeves is on a ten-day hunting trip in Texas and Mexico in search of wild boar, turkey, deer and bear.
Keech Rainwater is born in Plano, Texas, USA. He will find success as the drummer of Lonestar, whose best-remembered hits include No News, Amazed and I'm Already There.
Johnny Cash plays at The Big D Jamboree, in The Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas, USA.
P.J. Proby releases a new single in the UK, That Means A Lot, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
A package tour headlined by Roy Orbison and featuring Marianne Faithfull, The Rockin Berries and Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, plays at the Capitol, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
The Zombies' drummer Hugh Grundy is hospitalised with food poisoning on the day of a show in Odessa, Texas, USA. Jerry Allison of The Crickets fills in for him.
Lightnin' Hopkins plays the last of thirteen nights at The Ash Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Rising Sons [including Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal].
Herman's Hermits and The Lovin' Spoonful play at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, USA.
First generation San Francisco hippy band Big Brother And The Holding Company play at the Anderson Theater, New York City, USA. This is their first live show in New York. Support is provided by B.B. King. Ed Sanders of The Fugs attends the show and hangs out with Big Brother after the show.
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The LP Distant Drums by Jim Reeves is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Steve Miller Band, The Youngbloods and Kaleidoscope play the last of three nights at The Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
Roy Orbison plays the second night in a week of shows at the Variety Club, Batley, UK, Europe.
Roy Orbison plays the second of two nights at The Odeon, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The Monkees play at Oakland Coliseum, California, USA. Shortly aftwards, guitarist, singer and songwriter Mike Nesmith announces his intention to leave the group, thus bringing their first incarnation to an end.
A private funeral service is held fpr Janis Joplin, after which her body is cremated at The Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial Park, Glendon Avenue, Westwood Village, Los Angeles, California, USA. Her ashes are scattered from an aeroplane over Stinson Beach, near her last home in Marin County, California.
On their Worldwide Texas tour, ZZ Top play at Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, supported by Wet Willie. The tour features an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
Heart play in Austin, Texas, USA.
The Top Ten Singles on WABC Music Radio in New York City, USA, for this day are as follows :

1. Sexy Eyes - Dr. Hook (Capitol)

2. Call Me - Blondie (Chrysalis)

3. Funkytown - Lipps, Inc. (Casablanca)

4. Lost in Love - Air Supply (Arista)

5. Ride Like the Wind - Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)

6. Stomp! - The Brothers Johnson (A+M)

7. Another Brick In the Wall, Part II - Pink Floyd (Columbia)

8. Don't Fall In Love With a Dreamer - Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes (United Artists)

9. You May Be Right - Billy Joel (Columbia)

10. Hurt So Bad - Linda Ronstadt (Asylum)

Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker open the Republican National Convention in Detroit, Michigan, USA, with a duet version of The American National Anthem. Campbell later admits they were both, "higher than the notes we were singing." Others taking part in the convention include Vicki Lawrence, Donny And Marie Osmond and Pat Boone.
On their Eliminator tour, ZZ Top play at Victoria Hall, Hanley, England, UK, Europe.
On their Eliminator tour, ZZ Top play at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
$20,000 of damage is done at a Z.Z. Top concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Two fans are hospitalized and 149 chairs destroyed.
Legs by ZZ Top enters the ARIA singles chart in Australia, Oceania, at No41. It will peak at No6.
On her Blond Ambition World Tour, Madonna plays the second of two nights at Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Steve Earle And The Dukes play the second of three nights at The Town And Country Club, London, England, UK.
Carlos Santana is arrested at Houston Airport, Houston, Texas, USA, for possessing five grams of marijuana. Authorities decline to press charges because the amount is so insignificant.
Bowling For Soup play at The Guildhall, Southampton, England, UK.
Nanci Griffith plays the second of two nights at Olympia, Dublin, Eire, Europe, supported by The Crickets.
On their Destiny Fulfilled tour, Destiny's Child play the second of two nights at The Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
Gibson Custom announce the launch of the Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates Limited Edition Les Paul Standard guitar. The guitar is a replica of ZZ Top axeman Billy Gibbons' favorite instrument, his beloved Pearly Gates - a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard which has appeared on every track of every ZZ Top album to date.
Forty-three years after her death, Janis Joplin is awarded the 2,510th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, in front of the Musicians Institute. The unveiling of the star is is carried out by Kris Kristofferson and music mogul Clive Davis with Janis's brother and sister, Laura and Michael.
The No1 LP in the USA as the year begins is Beyonce by Beyonce.
George Strait ends his final tour with a show at AT+T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, USA. Guests for the evening include Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Jason Aldean, Lee Ann Womack, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill and Martina McBride.
It is reported that Michelle Shocked has released an album entitled Inaudible Women, which consists of eleven tracks of silence. Shocked, however, claims that it actually does contain sounds - at frequencies so high they can only be heard by dogs. Several of the 'silent' songs are named after record company executives. It is assumed that Shocked is making some sort of protest against the music industry, and specifically against the low payments made to artists by Spotify, but precise details prove difficult to pin down.
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Hilary Duff and Lea Michele attend the SoulCycle x Target Launch Event in New York City, USA.
Volbeat play at The Abraham Chavez Theatre, El Paso, Texas, USA.
On her Revival tour, Selena Gomez plays at The Barclays Centre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA, supported by DNCE and Bea Miller.
On their Revolution Radio tour, Green Day play at The Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
Reverend James Leg plays at The Garage Bar, Hoganas, Sweden, Europe.
On their DCX MMXVI World Tour, The Dixie Chicks play at Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, supported by Smooth Hound Smith.
Shantel Jackson, the girlfriend of rapper Nelly, defends him against recent sexual assault allegations in an Instagram post. Jackson states that Nelly could not have sexually assaulted the anonymous women currently accusing him because she was "at those venues, in the dressing rooms, and on that tour bus." (In October 2017, college student Monique Green had claimed that Nelly raped her on his tour bus after a concert in Washington state, and two more women have since claimed they experienced a similar ordeal.