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records Smoke On The Water, There's A Blue Star Shining In Heaven Tonight, Hang Your Head In Shame and You Sang My Love Song To Somebody Else in Chicago, Illinois, USA. A patriotic pseudo-religious war-mongering anti-Japanese/German/Italian rabble rouser, Smoke On The Water, will top the charts for thirteen consecutive weeks.
American vocalist Al Martino
, on tour in the UK, is threatened on the phone by John Cobb, who claims to have written Martino's hits Wanted and Here In My Heart. Unless he is financially compensated, says Cobb, he will knife Martino. Police are on the alert at Martino's Finsbury Park Astoria concert that night, but nothing transpires.
records Mack The Knife, Le Le La, The Song From Moulin Rouge and As Long As He Needs Me, at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee
record their first live session for BBC Radio at The Playhouse Theatre, London, UK. On the same evening, they play at Neeld Hall, Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK, provoking a riot in which local girls rush the stage and pursue the band out of the venue and down the street.
Major Oliver Smedley appears at Chelmsford Assizes, Chelmsford, UK, charged with the manslaughter of British impressario Reg Calvert, manager of The Fortunes
and Pinkerton's Assorted Colours. Smedley had killed Calvert with a shotgun in his home near Saffron Walden, UK, during a dispute about Radio City, a pirate radio station owned by Calvert. He is found not guilty by reason of self-defence.
, accused of violent behaviour while drunk, appears before Gothenburg Municipal Court, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe, and is fined around $2,500.
records Money Tree, Picture From Two Sides Of Life and The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session includes Glen Campbell
, Billy Mize and Lewis Talley [gtrs], Roy Nichols [steel], Howard Lowe [bass], Eddie Burris [drums], George French [piano] and Bonnie Owens [harmony vocal].
The Jimi Hendrix
Experience play at Symphony Hall, Newark, New Jersey, USA. (The day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.) In the evening, Jimi jams with Buddy Guy
at the opening of the new Generation Club in New York City.
The highest new entry in the Cash Box
magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, is Street Fighting Man
by The Rolling Stones
entering at No63. The song was inspired by Jagger taking part in a March 1968 anti-war protest rally at London's U.S. Embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000 people. He was further inspired by student riots in Paris, France, Europe.
Following what seem to be threatening phone calls from disciples of crazed hippy killer Charles Manson
, Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys
arranges for his home telephone line in California, USA, to be disconnected.
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.
play at The Palasport
, Turin, Italy, Europe, supported by The UK Subs, violent fights break out between local contingents of fascists and communists. Bricks are thrown at the stage but no-one is seriously injured.
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.
During a gig in the Hall Tivoli, Strasbourg, France, Europe, Robert Smith of The Cure
has a fight with bassist Simon Gallup, which results in both of them
leaving the band - briefly.
UK hitmakers Modern Romance become involved in a violent brawl at Elton's Disco, Tottenham, London, England, UK, Europe, where the band is celebrating the birthday of singer David Jaymes.
Violence breaks out at a Uriah Heep concert in Athens, Greece, Europe. Shots are fired by ticketless fans, resulting in three police officers being injured and sixteen people arrested.
While in jail, James Brown
is moved from a minimum security establishment to a medium security one, because large and unexplained amounts of cash have been found in his cell.
Thousands of rioting fans are dispersed with teargas at a Grateful Dead
concert at the Deer Creek Music Centre in Noblesville, Indiana, USA. On the same day, EMF drummer Mark Decloedt breaks the British salmon fishing record with a 70lb whopper caught from his local river.
fires a gun at a pair of noisy teenagers playing next door to her home in southern France, Europe. She will be put on eighteen months probation and ordered to seek psychological counseling.
and her husband Bobby Brown
are banned for life from The Bel Air hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, after wrecking their room. The couple had smashed up a TV and ripped two doors off their hinges. The walls and carpets were said to be stained by alcohol.
The Dixie Chicks
perform at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA, despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage. Maines had recently made controversial comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war. Maines is escorted to the show by police and afterwards directly to the airport.
Three people [Anthony Aldis, Steven Fullerton and Leanne Terry]
appear at the magistrates court, Waltham Forest, UK, on charges
relating to the murder of former Warrior Soul
drummer Mark Evans whose burnt body was recently
found stuffed into a wheelie bin
in a car park in east London.
Marion 'Suge' Knight, head of Death Row Records, is shot in the leg at an MTV party, hosted by Kanye West
, in the VIP Room of the Shore Club, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Big And Rich play live at a rally sponsored by human rights agencies in Washington DC, USA, to call attention to genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Kelly Osbourne voluntarily hands herself in at a Central London police station to face charges of assault stemming from a slapping incident involving a Sunday Mirror journalist in London, England, UK, Europe, nightclub Punk in August 08.
Robert Levon Been, bassist of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
, throws a water bottle into the audience during a gig at Backstage, Munich, Germany, Europe. In due course, he will be fined 18,500 euros and given a three month suspended sentence, because the bottle injured a fan's eye.
, of British boy band Blue
, is charged with assault after allegedly hitting his fiancee, Samantha Miller, as the couple drove through the West End of London, England, UK, the night before.
Rapper Gucci Mane
is arrested one day after being released on bail from prison in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where he was incarcerated for assaulting a man in an Atlanta nightclub with a bottle. Today's arrest is related to a probation violation.
Parker Isaac Adams files a lawsuit
against Chris Brown
and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy following an alleged assault outside The W hotel in Washington D.C., USA, during 2013.
and actor Orlando Bloom become involved in a scuffle in the Cipriani Restaurant, Ibiza, Spain, Europe. In the course of the incident, Bloom throws a punch at Bieber
, who leaves the restaurant soon after. Also reported to have been in the restaurant at the time are Diddy, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys
and his friend Michael Papayans are arrested by police outside the Hogs Breath Saloon in Key West, Florida, USA, following an alleged confrontation between the men and the saloon's security guards.
is in UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, undergoing psychiatric evaluation, following a week of cancelled shows, onstage outbursts and generally 'erratic behaviour'. The previous day, Dr Michael Farzam at UCLA had placed West on a 5150 hold, which allows a physician to forcibly admit a person with a mental disorder to the hospital, because he attacked a staff member at his trainer's residence/gym.