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Fourteen crew members are killed and two injured when the United States Navy dirigible airship Shenandoah, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Zachary Lansdowne, is wrecked in a storm near Caldwell, Ohio, USA, while flying from Lakehurst, New Jersey, to St. Louis. Later in the same year, popular singer Vernon Dalhart will tell the sorry tale in his recording of The Wreck Of The Shenandoah.
Lonnie Johnson records Falling Rain Blues and Mr. Johnson's Blues in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for Okeh Records.
A radio broadcast on the NBC Red network in the USA, sponsored by Philip Morris, features Phil Duey, the Leo Reisman Orchestra and The Four Eton Boys performing songs including A Chapel In The Moonlight, Winter Wonderland, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, The Skater's Waltz, Jingle Bells and Silent Night.
Legendary clarinettist Artie Shaw records My Blue Heaven, September In The Rain and other tracks in New York City, USA.
Trade Winds by Bing Crosby enters the Billboard Top 10 Singles chart in the USA at No9. Another version of the same song, by Frank Sinatra And The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, enters at No10. Remaining at No1 for the ninth consecutive week is I'll Never Smile Again by Sinatra, Dorsey and The Pied Pipers.
While flying an Airspeed Oxford for the Air Transport Auxiliary from Blackpool to RAF Kidlington near Oxford, renowned aviatrix Amy Johnson goes off course in adverse weather conditions. Reportedly out of fuel, she bails out as her aircraft crashes into the Thames Estuary and her body is never recovered. The 1976 song Flying Sorcery by Al Stewart is one of the best-known numbers inspired by Johnson's exploits, but others include Amy by Horatio Nicholls [1930], Johnnie, Our Aeroplane Girl sung by Jack Lumsdaine [1930] and Queen Of The Air [2008] by Peter Aveyard.
Frank Sinatra is heard performing the songs On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Begin The Beguine and God's Country on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA.
Leonard Feather And The Swinging Swedes record Rain On The Roof, Moonlight Saving Time, The Daring Young Swedes and A Handful of Stars for Cupol Records in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Perry Como records the Cole Porter song I Concentrate On You and Over The Rainbow in The Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
Ralph Flanagan records Singing Winds for RCA Victor in the USA.
Hank Snow And His Rainbow Ranch Boys play at The Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The show also features C. Cedric Rainwater and Eddie Zack.
The Bill Evans Trio records Come Rain Or Come Shine, Autumn Leaves and other tracks at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City, USA, for Riverside Records.
Rory Storm And The Hurricanes begin a two-month season at The Kaiserkeller, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
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Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Beatles and Rory Storm And The Wild Ones play an afternoon gig at The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. Local girl Priscilla White gets up and sings with The Beatles. She will find success after changing her name to Cilla Black.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, I Feel So Bad / Wild In The Country, on RCA Records in the USA.
Rory Storm And The Hurricanes play at The Plaza Ballroom, St. Helens, Merseyside, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan visits the home of his friends Eve and Mac Mackenzie in New York City, USA, who tape him performing several songs including A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, House Of The Risin' Sun and Cocaine.
The Vi Redd Sextet records Control Yourself, Lady Soul, Your Love Is Like The Wind and Salty Papa Blues for Atco Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Lesley Gore records Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows at A + R Studios, New York City, USA. The track is produced by Quincy Jones and arranged by Klaus Ogerman.
Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell and organist Jimmy Smith record Fever, Soft Winds and other tracks at Bell Sound Studios, New York City, USA, for their Verve Records album Blue Bash!
Stonewall Jackson releases Wild Wild Wind on Columbia Records in the USA.
Lightnin' Hopkins plays at The Matrix, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Jefferson Airplane.
The Joe Pass Quartet records I Believe In You, It's A Wonderful World, Hello Dolly, Summer Night and The Sweetest Sound at Pacific Jazz Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chet Atkins and Hank Snow record Blue Tango, I Can't Stop Loving You, Dark Moon, Vaya Con Dios and other tracks in RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Peter Comton Big Band records Da Capo, By Request, Over The Rainbow and other tracks for 77 records in London, England, UK.
The Chico Hamilton Quintet opens at The Rainbow Grill, New York City, USA.
The Chambers Brothers, The Sunshine Company and The Siegel Schwall Blues Band, with lights by Holy See, play the first of three nights at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Who record Call Me Lightning at Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA. It is highly probable that they also record John Entwistle's song Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde on this day.
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The Beatles, minus John Lennon, have the first recording session for the George Harrison song Here Comes The Sun at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
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The Twelfth Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is held in Los Angeles, California, USA. Blood Sweat And Tears win Best Album, Best Musical Arrangements and Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance. Joni Mitchell wins Best Folk Performance for Clouds. Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young win Best New Artist.
Bob Dylan is in Columbia Recording Studio E, New York City, USA, working on a new version of Blowin' In the Wind.
The Ramones play at Clouds, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, supported by The Rezillos.
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Jazz saxophonist Bill Kirchner's Nonet spend the second of two days recording his album Infant Eyes for Sea Breeze Records in New York City, USA.
Prince's movie Purple Rain goes on general release in the UK.
Strings and vocals are added to the Prince song Raspberry Beret in Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA. Prince does not attand the session.
The band Red Hot And Blue, appearing tonight at Bogart's, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, is actually Prince and the Revolution playing an unannounced 'secret' concert, as a warm-up for the Purple Rain tour.
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Alien Sex Fiend play at Clouds, Preston, England, UK, Europe.
Rain Parade play at The International, Manchester, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Jazz Butcher.
The Rain Parade play at The Venue, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Thunder release the LP 'Live' in Japan, Asia, on Victor (JVC), with three bonus tracks.
Kiss The Rain by Billie Myers enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No4 during a nine-week run on the chart.
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Rock'n'roll pioneer Fats Domino, feared dead in the devastation caused in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, by Hurricane Katrina, is proved to be alive when his daughter recognises him in a newspaper photograph in which he is being rescued.
OK Go and Bonerama release a new EP, You're Not Alone, on Capitol Records in the USA. The EP, a fundraiser for New Orleans musicians displaced in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, includes a version of the Bob Dylan song I Shall Be Released.
Charli XCX releases a new single, Nuclear Seasons, on This Is Music Records.
On their Fallen Empires tour, Snow Patrol play the last of three nights at The O2 Arena, London, UK.
The Growlers, Feeding People, The Rezonars, Thee Rain Cats, TRMRS, Tommorows Tulips, Audacity and Sam Flax play on the second of two nights night of The Beach Goth Party 2012, at the Observatory in Santa Anna, California, USA.
Yelawolf and Travis Barker play at the RAIN Nightclub at Palms Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Gloryhammer play at SWX, Bristol, England, UK, Europe, supported by Beast In Black and Wind Rose.
Gloryhammer play at Turbinenhalle II, Oberhausen, Germany, Europe, supported by Nekrogoblikon and Wind Rose.
Gloryhammer play at Hirsch, Nuremberg, Germany, Europe, supported by Nekrogoblikon and Wind Rose.