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22-year-old Frankie Baker shoots her lover, Allen Britt
[aka Albert Britt] in an apartment at 212 Targee Street, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for cheating on her with another woman, Nellie Bly [aka Alice Pryor]. Britt will die four days later and the incident will become the basis of the song Frankie And Johnny
, which has been recorded in over 250 versions by artists including Jimmie Rodgers (The Singing Brakeman), Lead Belly
, Big Bill Broonzy
, Johnny Cash
, Pete Seeger
, Mississippi John Hurt
, Charlie Patton, Taj Mahal
, Sam Cooke
, Lena Horne
, Lonnie Donegan, Bob Dylan
, Brook Benton
, Jerry Lee Lewis
, Elvis Presley
, Gene Vincent
, Fats Waller
, Van Morrison
, Brook Benton
, Lindsay Lohan, Jack Johnson
and Stevie Wonder
The Hood River Glacier of Hood River, Oregon, USA, reports that, "The newly-married couples on Lyman Smith avenue were liberally serenaded. Rolly Phelps got off easy by setting up the cigars for the boys. But Jim Kaiser was not so fortunate. The serenaders took his place by storm Sunday night. By promising to get some whiskey by next evening he got them
to let up on the 'music' they made with the horse fiddle and tin pans. Before the next evening he repented of his rash promises to get the whiskey. The boys came back Monday night, and when they found he had failed to procure the whiskey they bombarded his house with everything that would make a racket, beat the sides of it with scanting and yelled in a manner that would make a Comanche Indian take a back seat. Jim finally promised to raise $1.50 next day and leave it at one of the stores in town to treat the crowd, and the boys left."
At The Battle Of The Nek
[aka The Battle of Sari Bair], part of the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey, Europe, during the First World War, two regiments of the Australian 3rd Light Horse Brigade mount a tragic and futile attack on the Ottoman trenches on a knoll known as Baby 700. The disastrous engagement leaves nearly 400 Australian cavalrymen dead. This tragic story will inspire P.J. Harvey
to write her 2011 song The Colour Of The Earth
Satin-toned popular vocalist Johnny Mathis
is born in Gilmer, Texas, USA. His family will, however, move to San Francisco, California, where he will grow up and establish his musical career.
US tv's Tennesse Ernie Ford
Show is shot on location at Drury College, Springfield, Missouri, USA.
The Silver Beetles' van crashes on the road between Inverness and Fraserburgh, Scotland, injuring drummer Tommy Moore
. Despite concussion and the loss of several front teeth, a heavily sedated Moore is dragged onstage that night by Silver Beetle John Lennon
to play with the band. (The group will later change its name to The Beatles
Jazz and blues saxophonist Sax Mallard
posts an indefinite contract, on the Local 208 musicians' union list, with Casa Madrid, a favoured hangout of The Mob, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
When The Rolling Stones
play at the Ernst Merckhalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe, two thousand fans go on a rampage.
In Aarhus Hallen, Aarhus, Denmark, Europe, Roger Daltrey
of The Who punches out drummer Keith Moon
and is almost thrown out of the band. Later that night, they play a second gig in Fredrikstorv, Aalborg.
play at the Training College, Dunstable, UK.
releases a new single, Okie From Muskogee on Capitol Records
in the USA. Critical of marijuana smokers and long-haired men, it will become not only one of the most successful but one of the most controversial of Haggard's career. It was said he wrote the song after becoming disheartened by watching hippie anti-Vietnam War protests on tv, but in interviews he was always careful to avoid explaining what the song meant to him.
Four members of The Family
, a drug-addled hippy commune in California, USA, led by aspiring rock star Charles Manson
, are arrested for mass murder.
In a New York City, USA, court, former Sex Pistols
bassist Sid Vicious is charged with murdering his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Newspaper reports describe him as seeming to be in a trance. Bail is set at $50,000. He is admitted to the Detox Unit at Riker's Island prison.
Sixteen-year-old PLF militant Samir Kuntar and three others, brutally kill Danny Haran and his four year-old daughter, Einat, in the coastal city of Nahariya, Israel, Asia. Danny's wife, Smadar Haran, escapes death by hiding in a crawl space above the family bedroom with her two year-old daughter Yael
who, tragically, dies of suffocation when Smadar tries to stop her from crying, which would have revealed their hiding place. The song Hush, Yael
by Oh, Sleeper
tries to recreate those moments spent in hiding by Smadar and her tiny child.
When Pat Benatar
plays a concert as a live radio broadcast from Fort Lauderdale, Texas, USA, the show is interrupted by a bomb threat, which thankfully turns out to be a hoax.
UK tabloid newspaper The Daily Mirror runs a feature headlined "It's Murder! Maggie Gets Rock Mugging", ispired by the fact that the latest Iron Maiden
, shows the band's horror mascot Eddie crouching over the corpse of a freshly slain Margaret Thatcher, prime Minister of the UK.
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue
is charged with assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon, following an incident earlier in the evening outside the Rainbow Bar And Grille in Los Angeles, California, USA. Charges are dropped later in the year, and the incident will be immortalised in the Motley Crue
song Knock 'Em Dead, Kid.
After years of drug problems, jazz guitarist Lenny Breau
is found dead in a swimming pool
at his apartment complex in Los Angeles, California, USA. Breau's death is first assumed to be an accident but a coroner's report reveals that he had been strangled. No-one is ever charged and the case remains unsolved.
is convicted of shooting a man during a misunderstanding in a bar in Hillsboro, Ohio, USA. The man is only grazed by the bullet, and Paycheck will be pardoned after 22 months in prison.
Two stabbings take place during a David Bowie
gig at Slane Castle, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
At a Greenpeace press conference in London, England, UK, Europe, Chrissie Hynde
of The Pretenders jokes that she once firebombed McDonalds. The remark will provoke an angry response from the burger chain.
Nine police officers are injured and nine people are arrested when officers are pelted with bottles while trying to calm down an impromptu late-night street concert
at West Fourth Street and The Avenue Of The Americas in Greenwich Village
, New York City, USA. The injured officers, having suffered minor cuts and bruises, are all treated at St. Vincent's Hospital nearby and then released.
Per 'Dead' Ohlin
, Swedish vocalist of black/death metal bands Mayhem and Morbid, finally lives up to his nickname by slitting his wrists and throat with a knife and then shoooting himself in the forehead with a shotgun, at home in Krakstad, Norawy, Europe. He leaves a brief suicide note, which apologizes for firing a gun indoors and begins, "Excuse the blood"...
of Guns N'Roses
attacks a fan who is taking photographs at a concert in the Riverport Performing Arts Center, Maryland Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 2,500 fans riot, the show is stopped, $200,000 worth of damage is done, sixty people are injured and sixteen arrested.
of Guns N' Roses attacks a fan who is taking photographs at a concert in the Riverport Performing Arts Center, Maryland Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 2,500 fans riot, the show is stopped, $200,000 worth of damage is done, sixty people are injured and sixteen arrested.
Trouble breaks out during a Metallica
gig at Orlando Arena, Florida, USA, when fans dangle an usher
by his ankles from the balcony. The band is charged $38,000 (£22,353) for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashes the building.
Police are called to deal with a dispute between Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
and her football-player boyfriend Andre Rison at his house. Having caught him with another woman, she set fire to the teddy bears he had given her, which was followed by him striking her.
Popular singer Joni James
marries retired Air Force General Bernard Adolph Schriever, twenty years her senior, and leader of the crash program that had developed U.S. ballistic missiles — both ICBMs and IRBMs.
War On Terror
speech to a joint session of Congress in Washington DC, USA. Numerous songs will be inspired by the War On Terror, notably My Name Is Liar (2016) by Norwegian band Highasakite.
US President George W. Bush delivers his
While Mary Chapin Carpenter
is driving in her car on the first anniversary of 9/11, she hears one of the first responders tell a story on her car radio about how he felt that he and his co-responders hed somehow helped set free the spirits of people trapped in Ground Zero when the planes crashed. He also felt that some of those spirits had travelled with him to Grand Central Station, and caught their usual trains home. She is so moved by the story that she is inspired to write the song Grand Central Station
While out celebrating his 42nd birthday, country singer Doug Supernaw is arrested for having attacked five police officers during a scuffle outside a bar in Brenham, Texas, USA. He is held on an $11,150 bond on charges of assault, public intoxication and resisting arrest.
Rapper C-Murder's latest attempt to have his 2003 second-degree murder conviction overturned is denied by a Louisiana, USA, state appellate court.
Deejay Jerry Campos files a $575,000 lawsuit against Kid Rock
in the Circuit Court in Nashville, Tennessee
, USA. On the same day, the singer is given a suspended sentence after being found guilty of having punched Campos in Christie's Cabaret nightclub.
Ricky Javon Gray is arrested for the recent murders of Bryan Harvey
, guitarist of House Of Freaks
, his wife Kathryn, and daughters Stella and Ruby, in their home in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Gray, a drug user who had already spent more than one-third of his life in jail, will later confess to four other murders.
Ricky Javon Gray is sentenced to death for the murders of Bryan Harvey
, guitarist of House Of Freaks
, his wife Kathryn, and daughters Stella and Ruby, in their home in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Gray, a drug user who had already spent more than one-third of his life in jail, had also confessed to four other murders.
The Neil Diamond
song Sweet Caroline
is played immediately before the start of the Hamburg Marathon in Hamburg, Germany, Europe, as a gesture of solidarity with victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombings. Diamond's 1969 song has been played at every Boston Red Sox game in Fenway Park since 2002.
It is reported that troubled r'n'b singer Chris Brown
has left a rehab faclility in Malibu
, Los Angeles, California, USA, but will continue to be treated as an outpatient. He entered the facility just over two weeks earlier.
Travis Barker of Blink-182
and his ex-wife Shanna Moakler are arrested for making 'criminal threats', allegedly including threats of extreme violence, against each other at a residence they share in Los Angeles, California, USA.