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William H. Reitz records La kraquette, a Xylophone solo, and Felice, a bells solo, for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA. class="govMedia"
Prisoner Burruss Johnson records De Funiac Blues at Raiford State Penitentiary, Florida, USA. The performance is recorded by music archivist John Lomax.
Freddie Mercury of Queen spends the last of three days at Limehouse Studios, London, England, UK, Europe, making a video for his solo single I Was Born To Love You
Mark Allen Mothersbaugh is born in Akron, Ohio, USA. He will find success as Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of the band Devo and composer of music for films, television and video games.
William Shockley of Bell Laboratories is granted a patent on the junction transistor in the USA. The device will revolutionise electronics and will lead to the invention of Transistor Radios, which will soon become the teenager's first choice for listening to pop and rock'n'roll music. Several songs will be inspired by Transistors including Transistor Radio (1961) by Benny Hill, Magic Transistor Radio by The Beach Boys, Radio Girl by Rick Nelson and Transistor Sister by Freddy Cannon.
The Beach Boys record Surfin' USA, at Western Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA.
At Radio Recorders studio, Hollywood, California, USA, Elvis Presley begins recording soundtrack songs for his next movie, Fun In Acapulco.
Musician, record label owner, radio host, film and music video director, Joseph Patrick Escalante, aka Joe Escalante, is born in Long Beach, California, USA. He will become best-known as the bassist for 90s punk rock band The Vandals, and owner of their record label Kung Fu Records.
The Dave Clark Five spend the second of two days of filming at The Royal, Tottenham, London, UK, for a Pathe Pictorial feature.


Bridge Piece by Joseph Jarman of avant-garde jazz combo The Art Ensemble Of Chicago is performed at Ida Noyes Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The multi-media performance includes the band casually dressed, strobe lights, video projections, a smoke machine, strolling performers and someone carrying a portable radio tuned to a Top 40 music station. Some audience members are told to wear sacks over their heads, while others are draped in tinfoil. If any audience members are not casually dressed, they are asked to leave.
David Vetter, a child known to be suffering from a rare life-threatening genetic disease [severe combined immune deficiency syndrome (SCID)], is born in Houston, Texas, USA. Less than ten seconds after being removed from his mother's womb, David is placed into a plastic germ-free environment which will be his home for most of the twelve years of his life. He will become internationally-famous as The Boy In The Bubble, and the phrase will inspire the title of a 1986 Paul Simon song to indicate the many and varied ways in which science interacts with contemporary society.
Michael Jackson's video for Beat It is chosen Best Overall Clip at the Billboard Video Awards in Pasadena, California, USA. Duran Duran win Best Overall Long-form and Herbie Hancock's Rockit is named Most Innovative Clip.
Filming of the promo video for Queen's latest single, I Want To Break Free, begins in a warehouse next door to Limehouse studios in Docklands, London, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan shoots a video for Emotionally Yours, with actress Jill Hollier, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
At the third annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles, Bobby Brown wins Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Album of the Year award, while Michael Jackson takes the Best Single and Best Video awards.
The compilation video Who's Better, Who's Best, by The Who, is certified gold by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Madonna single Vogue has its video premiered on MTV in the USA.
Nirvana film a video for their single Smells Like Teen Spirit at GMT Studios in Culver City, California, USA. Costing less than $50,000 to make, the shoot features real Nirvana fans as the audience.
When Garth Brooks wins Entertainer and Video of the Year trophies at the 29th Academy Of Country Music awards on NBC-tv in the USA, he is not in Los Angeles to receive them, because his wife, Sandy, is giving birth to their daughter August Anna in Nashville.
No Doubt collect the Best Group Video trophy for their hit Don't Speak, at the MTV Awards in New York City, USA.
Big And Rich stage an extravagant parade featuring Gretchen Wilson, Gary Chapman and the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, as they shoot the video for their song, Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy).
The video for Days Go By by Keith Urban has its premiere on CMT in the USA.
R. Kelly shoots a video clip for his fourth single, the reggaeton song Burn It Up, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
During the MTV Europe Music Awards, Kanye West takes to the stage, interupting an award acceptance speech by Justice And Simian, and claiming that his video for Touch The Sky should have won because it "cost a million dollars and Pamela Anderson was in it."
The video for Love Story by Taylor Swift makes its debut on CMT in the USA.
British duo Hurts upload their amateur video for the song Wonderful Life to YouTube. Featuring a female dancer who had responded to an advert in a shop window and was paid
The Black Eyed Peas shoot videos for the songs Imma Be and Rock That Body on a desert road in Lancaster, California, USA. Filming, directed by Rich Lee, is briefly halted when an unexpected gust of sand sweeps the set, making it unsafe for the artists and crew.
Rapper, singer, songwriter, keyboardist and bassist Chilly B dies following a stroke, aged 47, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is best-remembered as a founder member of 1980s electro-rap group, Newcleus.
Florida woman Lastonia Leviston files a lawsuit against rapper 50 Cent in New York City, USA, alleging that he unlawfully released a homemade sex clip [which she made in 2008] on his website in 2009 after editing himself into the video.
K.T. Tunstall releases [Still A] Weirdo as the first single from her third album, Tiger Suit, in the UK.
Band Of Horses' music video for their song Dilly is premiered exclusively on IMDb. This is the first time IMDb has premiered a music video.
South Korean girl group A Pink release their debut EP, Seven Springs of Apink and the music video for its lead single, Mollayo, in South Korea, Asia.
Rebecca Black releases a new single, My Moment Black became an internet phenomenon earlier in the year when her debut single, Friday racked up over 30m views, but criticism of the song's lyrics, the use of Auto-Tune on Black's vocals, and the content of the video, combined to make it the most disliked video on YouTube.
Evanescence are filming a video for their upcoming single, What You Want, in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
A six-minute-long sex tape of UK singer Tulisa Contostavlos giving oral sex to her former boyfriend MC Ultra [real name Justin Edwards] goes online, available to download for £3.90.
Amelia Lily films the video to accompany her debut single, You Bring Me Joy, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Amelia Lily films the video for her third single, Party Over, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Billy Joel performs his first full concert in over three years at The Stone Music Festival in ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, Oceania. Also on the bill are Van Halen and Aerosmith.
Teenage pop singer-songwriter Tich releases her debut single in the UK.
Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
Shazad Iqbal From Bradford, UK, launches an online petition to have Katy Perry's latest video, Dark Horse, removed from YouTube on the grounds that it includes blasphemy against Allah.
It is reported that more than 60,000 people have signed an online petition by devout Muslim Shazad Iqbal of Bradford, UK, calling for YouTube to remove the video for Katy Perry's latest single, Dark Horse. Iqbal and his supporters consider the video to be blasphemous because it shows a man being burned alive, while wearing a pendant forming the word Allah.
The highest new entry on the Spanish Top 50 Singles chart comes from the recently deceased flamenco-jazz guitarist Paco de Lucia with Entre Dos Aguas, which enters at No3.
Moby releases the video for his track Saints, taken from his album Innocents.
Unofficially released security camera footage shows Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles, physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator while attending The Met Gala Afterparty in The Standard Hotel, New York City, USA.
Jennifer Lopez (featuring Iggy Azalea) releases the video for her song Booty, which is due for release as a single one week later.
On their Drones World Tour, Muse play at Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Lisa Mac releases the official video to her debut single, Hurricane.
It is announced in Southwark Crown Court, London, England, UK, Europe, that entertainer and hit-maker Rolf Harris will not give evidence at his second trial for sex offences as he would only be able to tell jurors that he "cannot remember" being at the places where he is alleged to have carried out those offences. Harris is following proceedings at the court via video-link from prison.
Drake shares the promo for his song God's Plan on Instagram, and simultaneously calls on his 39.7m fans on the social media site to follow his lead and do something selfless to put a smile on someone's face. The Canadian rapper recently gave almost $1m (£712,100) to local residents and organisations in need while he filmed his God's Plan music video in Miami, Florida, USA.
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