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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.
Songwriter George M. Cohan reads a newspaper headline announcing that the United States of America has declared war on Germany. The story strikes a chord with Cohan who begins humming a tune which he completes by the end of the day. Cohan calls it Over There, and it will become a huge success, selling over two million copies by the end of the war.
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 FordShow 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.
Joe Barry enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with I'm A Fool To Care.
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When The Rolling Stones play at the Ernst Merckhalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe, two thousand fans go on a rampage.
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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.
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The Troggs play at the Training College, Dunstable, UK.
Newly established national UK pop music station Radio 1's first broadcast opens with former pirate radio deejay Tony Blackburn playing Flowers In The Rain by The Move. Listen : Audio Clip Of First Radio 1 show
Merle Haggard 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.
Brian Robertson, guitarist of Thin Lizzy, is injured at The Speakeasy Club, London, England, UK, Europe, when Gordon Hunte, guitarist of the band Gonzalez attacks Scottish vocalist Frankie Miller with a broken bottle. Robertson intercepts the attacker but suffers serious damage to tendons in his hand, obliging Thin Lizzy to cancel their upcoming tour of the USA.
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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 single, Sanctuary, shows the band's horror mascot Eddie crouching over the corpse of a freshly slain Margaret Thatcher, prime Minister of the UK.
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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.
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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.
Johnny Paycheck 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"...
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Axl Rose 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.
Axl Rose 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.
Johnny Cash performs Don't Take Your Guns To Town on the David Letterman Show on tv in the USA.
Police are called to deal with a dispute between Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC 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.
US President George W. Bush delivers his 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.
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.
Bill Nelson plays at The Stables, Milton Keynes, UK.
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.
Four dead dogs are discovered in 'sealed containers' at the Tennessee, USA, home of Vinnie Vincent, a former Kiss guitarist, during an investigation into charges of assault against his wife. Vincent is arrested by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department but is released after posting $10,000 bond.
Music executive John Atterberry who worked on albums by the Spice Girls and Jessica Simpson, is shot in the face and upper body in an apparently random attack as he drives his Mercedes-Benz near Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
At a court hearing in Los Angeles, California, USA, Chris Brown is sentenced to serve an additional 131 days behind bars for breaking the terms of his probation. Brown's probation relates to his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Singer Tulisa Contostavlos appears at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court, Chelmsford, England, UK, facing a charge of assault against showbiz blogger Savvas Morgan at the 2013 V festival.
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.
Over 59 people are killed and more than 500 injured by a gunman while Jason Aldean plays the headlining set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in The Mandalay Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The gunman, located on the 32nd floor of the hotel, kills himself shortly after.
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