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German immigrant Emile Berliner applies for a patent in Washington, D.C. for his new sound-reproduction apparatus, the gramophone.
The Trocadero Quartette present "Their black-face character creation - The Telephone Agent" during a week at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA. Also on the bill are The Hungarian Gypsy Band, "comedy trick violinist" Chevriel and "The Dainty Singing And Dancing Comedienne" Kitty Fox Allen.
President William McKinley dies a few days after being shot by assassin Leon Czolgosz during a meet and greet session in The Temple Of Music, at The Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York State, USA. The murder will inspire at least three songs. The first will be White House Blues by Charlie Poole And The North Carolina Ramblers in 1926, followed by the 1929 folk song McKinley's Rag by Riley Puckett. The story of the assassin, Czolgosz, will be told in the song The Ballad of Czolgosz which appears in the Broadway musical, Assassins, written by Stephen Sondheim.
The Klaw And Erlanger Comedy Company, featuring Gus And Max Rogers, present the musical farce The Rogers Brothers In Washington, at The New National Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Ward And Vokes present their new "musical cut-up", The Head Waiters, at The Academy theatre, Washington DC, USA. The show features 55 people and a chorus of 40.
Miss Mignonette Kokin, described as a "dainty Parisian chanteuse" is appearing at Chase's Polite Vaudeville Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Weber And Fields' burlesque musical extravaganza Fiddle Dee Dee is playing at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Oriental Burlesquers, and "Champion Lady Bag Puncher" Belle Gordon, play at Kernan's Theatre, Washington, DC, USA.
Nesuhi Ertegun is born in Istanbul (aka Constantinople), Turkey, Europe. With his brother Ahmet Ertegun, he will move to the USA in 1935 and will become one of the founders of Atlantic Records, as well as a respected record producer.
The Washington Times reports that champion old-time fiddler Fiddlin' Charlie Bowman of the popular Hill Billies of Tennessee, is to volunteer his expert advice and management to an old-time fiddler's contest being staged the following Tuesday by radio station WRC in Washington DC, USA.
Country string band Vance's Tennessee Breakdowners record Washington County Fox Chase for Okeh Records in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On the same day, Al Bowlly records Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) and A Dream Of You, in Berlin, Germany, for Homochord Records.
Jimmy Wilbur Cobb is born in Washington D.C., USA. He will find success as an American jazz drummer, perhaps best-known for his work on the 1959 Miles Davis album Kind of Blue, but he has also provided propulsion for almost every great name in jazz from John Coltrane to Billie Holiday, Stan Getz and Wes Montgomery.
The play Green Grow The Lilacs, which features several folk songs performed by future singing cowboy Tex Ritter, plays the last of six days at The National Theatre, Washington DC, USA. The play will subsequently provide the plot for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma.
Bennie Moten and His Orchestra play the final night of a week of shows at the Howard Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at Forest Park Highlands, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play in The Panther Room at The Hotel Sherman, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show is broadcast live on radio.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play in The Panther Room at The Hotel Sherman, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show is broadcast live on radio.
Hot Lips Page plays the first night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Gene Krupa And His Orchestra the second night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Gene Krupa And His Orchestra the fourth night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Billy Eckstine plays at Uline Arena, Washington DC, USA, in a show which also features The George Shearing Quintet.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra record The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, Oh Lady Be Good, St. Louis Blues and Blue Skies for CBS Records in New York City, USA.
Judy Garland plays the first of seven nights at The Empire Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
The Cecil Young Progressive Quartet plays in the Concert of Cool Jazz, a fund-raising benefit show for The Cerebral Palsy Fund, at The Metropolitan Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA. The show is recorded and the tapes will earn Young a contract with King Records.
Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and jump blues vocalist Roy Brown play the second night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Influential gospel singer and musician Washington Phillips dies from complications resulting from a fall, aged 74, in Teague, Texas, USA.
Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps play the second night of a week at the Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
Frank Sinatra plays at The Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA.
The Marcels, Jerry Butler, Dee Clark and Maxine Brown play the sixth night of a week at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Duane Eddy plays the first night of a week at The Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The Astoria (aka The Rainbow), Finsbury Park, London, UK.
Jimi Hendrix is re-united with his family in Seattle, Washington, USA. Plans to play at his old school, Garfield High, are scrapped when equipment isn't available. Hendrix makes a brief speech instead. Later, he is given the key to the city, then flies to Los Angeles for a show at Ackerman Ballroom, UCLA.
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Tim Buckley plays the first of two nights at The Kinetic Playground [aka The Electric Theater], 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Michael And The Messengers.
The Velvet Underground, supported by Tim Buckley, play the first of three nights at The Avalon, San Francisco, California, USA.
Black Sabbath, Yes and Wild Turkey play at The Coliseum, Spokane, Washington, USA.
Queen begin a two and a half month long North American tour with a show in The Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) tells a Senate Judiciary Committee that, “Home taping has exploded … it threatens the very livelihoods of thousands of retailers, distributors, suppliers and manufacturers who make the industry work.”
Johnny Cash plays a gig in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Nirvana play at Legends, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
Frank Zappa, Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew and Joey Ramone of The Ramones are among musicians who condemn today's appointment of Al Gore as Bill Clinton's Presidential running mate in the USA. Their objections primarily focus on his wife, Tipper Gore, founder of the Parents Music Resource Centre, a pro-censorship body which forced record labels to put warning stickers on albums with content unsuitable for minors.
Pam Bricker, jazz singer and frequent collaborator with Washington DC band The Thievery Corporation, takes her own life in Maryland, USA. She had suffered for some time with clinical depression.
Amerie releases her second studio LP, Touch, on Columbia Records in Australia, Oceania.
The four day long Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington, continues with performances by Elvis Costello, Common, The Pharcyde, Talib Kweli, Son Volt, Bo Diddley, Damien Jurado, The Duhks, The Posies, Israel Vibration, Midival Punditz, Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, Hothouse Flowers, Marlena Shaw, Billy Preston, Pepper, The Locust, Jesse Sykes And the Sweet Hereafter, Juana Molina, Mary Gauthier, Pretty Girls Make Graves, STREB and Marc Broussard.
Dream Theater play at The Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
On his All The Hits All Night Long tour, Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green play at Key Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Jorma Kaukonen plays the third of four nights at Double Dose Specialty, Fur Peace Ranch, Pomeroy, Ohio, USA.
Jorma Kaukonen plays at Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Speaking at a Senate hearing in Washington DC, USA, Sir Elton John states that AIDS could be eradicated in his lifetime, but only if the US government continues funding the fight against the virus.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California, USA, supported by Mumford And Sons.