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Musical extravaganza, The Defender, is playing at The Herald Square Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of sixty performances. The show is best remembered for introducing the song In The Good Old Summer Time, which will become a popular standard.
Green Bailey records The Santa Barbara Earthquake and The Fate Of Ellen Smith for Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana, USA.
Duke Ellington opens at The Windsor Theatre, The Bronx, New York City, USA, with Stump And Stumpy, Ivie Anderson, Bill Bailey, Mary Bryant and The Hot Harlem Revue.
Johnnie Ray holds half of the Top 6 positions on the Billboard national music charts in the USA. At No1 is Cry, with Please Mr. Sun at No3 and The Little White Cloud That Cried at No6.
Grandpa Jones, with Steven Sholes as producer, records Bread And Gravy, Dear Old Sunny South, Papa's Corn Likker Still and Old Rattler's Son at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Sessioneers on the tracks are guitarists Chet Atkins and Henry Haynes, mandolin player Kenneth Burns, Steel guitarist Jerry Byrd, bassist Charlie Grean and fiddler Tommy Jackson.
Leigh Bowery is born in Sunshine, Australia, Oceania. Best-known as an outrageous gay icon and performance artist, Bowery will also form several UK-based rock bands in the 90s, including Minty, Raw Sewage and The Quality Street Wrappers.
The Shirelles play during a week of shows at The Hurricane Room, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
Johnny And The Hurricanes play at Belmont Park, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Chubby Checker plays the second night of a week-long engagement at The Rainbow Room, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, including drummer Ringo Starr, are fulfilling a three month residency at the Rock And Calypso Ballroom, Butlins, Skegness, England, UK, Europe.
Alma Cogan, Josh Macrae, Russ Sainty, Michael Redway, The Rhet Stroller Group, The Del-Fi's, Tommy Sanderson And The Sandmen, The Monty Sunshine Band and Beryl Bryden perform live on the BBC Light Programme radio show Saturday Club, from London, England, UK, Europe. The show is presented by Brian Matthew.
The Top Ten singles on the Fabulous 56 Survey of WQAM Radio in Miami, Florida, USA, for the week ending on this date are as follows :

1. Hey Paula - Paul And Paula

2. Ruby Baby - Dion

3. Baby Doll - Carlo

4. Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers

5. Rhythm Of The Rain - The Cascades

6. Walk Like A Man - The Four Seasons

7. Wild Weekend - The Rebels

8. Proud - Johnny Crawford

9. Linda - Jan And Dean

10. Lone Teen Ranger - Jerry Landis [who will later find success as Paul Simon]

Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer by Nat King Cole is the highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, entering at No63.
Half of the singles in the newly published Billboard Top Ten Singles Chart in the USA are by British acts. BILLBOARD MAGAZINE - SINGLES CHART - July 4,1964
1. I GET AROUND - THE BEACH BOYS
2. My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
3. Memphis - Johnny Rivers
4. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying - Gerry And The Pacemakers
5. People - Barbara Streisand
6. A World Without Love - Peter And Gordon
7. Chapel Of Love - The Dixie Cups
8. Rag Doll - The Four Seasons
9. Bad To Me - Billy J.Kramer And The Dakotas
10. Can't You See That She's Mine - The Dave Clark Five
Glenn Yarbrough records Baby The Rain Must Fall, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The session features David Gates as orchestral conductor and Glen Campbell on guitar. The song will be used as the title track to a Steve McQueen movie,
What Have They Done To The Rain by The Searchers peaks at No7 in the Singles Chart in Sweden, Europe.
Jimmy Dean releases a new single, Harvest Of Sunshine, on Columbia Records in the USA.
Summer In The City by The Lovin' Spoonful is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Jethro Tull release their debut single, Sunshine Day/Aeroplane, on MGM Records in the UK, but their name is mis-spelled on the record as Jethro Toe.
Hour Glass and The Sunshine Company play the last of three nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA. Hour Glass, features Gregg and Duane Allman, later to form The Allman Brothers Band.
The Kinks play at the De Montford Hall, Leicester, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Herd and Gary Walker And The Rain.
Elvis Presley records Kentucky Rain at American Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Jimmy Ruffin, Jackie Lomax, Nanette, Peter Sarstedt, Sacha Distel andSue And Sunny appear live on UK tv show Top Of The Pops.
Bob Dylan is in Columbia A+R Studios, New York City, USA, overseeing organ overdubs by Paul Griffin on the song Idiot Wind, for the album Blood On The Tracks.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, is filmed for the CBS-tv documentary special Hard Rain, at Hughes Stadium, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
Mount St. Helens in Skamania County, Washington, USA, erupts into volcanic, lava-spitting action. Numerous songs will be inspired by the eruption including Mount St. Helens Blues by Blue Lights, Volcano Rag by Joe D. Lake and Eruption 1980 by Buddy Foley.
At Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA, Bob Dylan records versions of Every Grain Of Sand and Caribbean Wind.
Earth, Wind And Fire play at The Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam, Holland, Europe.
Prince And The Revolution debut several new songs including Purple Rain at First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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The Glove, a 'supergroup' formed by Robert Smith of The Cure and Steve Severin of Siouxsie And The Banshees, release their only album, Blue Sunshine, on Wonderland Records in the UK.
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On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the first of three nights nights at The Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, USA.
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Approaching the end of his Purple Rain tour, Prince issues a statement that he is about to stop live performances.
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On his Rain Dogs 1985 tour, Tom Waits plays at The Casino de Paris, Paris, France, Europe.
Pink Floyd's second of five shows at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York State, USA, is filmed for their concert video, Delicate Sound of Thunder.
Ringo Starr adds his vocal contribution to a charity recording, Spirit Of The Forest, in SARM West studios, London, England, UK, Europe. The completed track, aimed at raising money to preserve the rain forests, will feature contributions from Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Ringo Starr and others.
Rock vocalist Chris Hutton approaches guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs in a pub in Manchester, England, UK, and suggests that they should form a band. Bonehead agrees and, with another friend, Paul 'Guigs' McGuigan, they will form The Rain. In due course, Hutton will be supplanted as vocalist by Liam Gallagher, and the group will evolve into Oasis.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds play at South Street Seaport, Pier 16, New York City, USA.
Italian singer-songwriter Fabrizio De André releases a new LP, Le nuvole (The Clouds), on Ricordi, Fonit Cetra, in Italy, Europe.
Thunder begin a whistle stop tour of Japan, Asia.
The Live8 Concert in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, is opened by Paul McCartney and U2 performing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, followed by among others Coldplay, Dido, Keane, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Razorlight, Scissor Sisters, Snoop Dogg, Joss Stone, Stereophonics, Sting, Robbie Williams, U2, REM, Velvet Revolver, Bob Geldof, The Killers, Mariah Carey and Snow Patrol, before Pink Floyd took the stage as the penultimate act of the night.
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Pearl Jam and Robert Plant play in a Hurricane Katrina benefit show, with tickets costing $1,000 each, at The House Of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Hilton Ruiz, who found success as a Nuyorican jazz pianist in the Afro-Cuban jazz mold, and as a talented bebop player, dies in New orleans, Louisiana, USA. He had been performing in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck, and was injured in the ensuing chaos. He was taken to a local hospital, but had slipped into a coma, and died without regaining consciousness one week after his 54th birthday.
Suze Rotolo dies of lung cancer, aged 67, in Manhattan, New York City, USA. She is best-remembered as an early girlfriend of Bob Dylan, seen at the age of nineteen on the cover of Dylan's Freewheelin' album - strolling arm-in-arm with him down a snow-covered street in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland. During this show, they play a 60-minute set from which The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie is broadcast live on the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Swedish House Mafia throw a Black Tie Rave at Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, USA, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
In the face of severe storm conditions, Kings Of Leon are obliged to cancel their headlining slot at The Governor's Ball Festival, Randall's Island, New York State, USA. However, they return the next morning to play a 45 minute set for the fans who have remained on site despite the weather.
Radio Moscow, Kings Destroy and Holy Serpent play at Rolling Thunder Festival, Town Hall, Collingwood, Australia, Oceania.
Earth, Wind And Fire play at Paradise Cove, Tulsa, USA.
Gloryhammer play at The Academy, Dublin, Ireland, Europe, supported by Beast In Black and Wind Rose.
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