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Eleanor Rigby, a 44-year-old woman, dies in Liverpool, England, UK, and will be buried soon after in Woolton Cemetery adjacent to St Peter's Church, where Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles first met. Many believe that she was the inspiration for The Beatles song, Eleanor Rigby. Plausible though the theory seems, Paul McCartney has always denied this explanation.
Larry Wayne Fischer is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. Despite suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (not to mention attacking his mother with a knife), he will find international cult celebrity status under the name Wild Man Fischer after being discovered by Frank Zappa and releasing his debut LP, An Evening With Wild Man Fischer, in 1969.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe's 'wedding concert' takes place in Griffith Stadium, Washington DC, USA. In front of an audience of 20,000 fans, Sister Rosetta exchanges marriage vows with her third husband, Russell Morrison, former manager of The Ink Spots. The event is billed as "the most elaborate wedding ever staged" and also as the "world's greatest spiritual concert". Also performing are The Harmonizing Four Of Richmond, The Rosettes and The Sunset Harmonizers. This blessed occasion is later released as an LP - The Wedding Ceremony Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe - on Decca Records.
Chuck Willis, best known for his version of C.C.Rider, dies in hospital, aged 30, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He had suffered from stomach ulcers for many years, and died of peritonitis during surgery in a Chicago hospital. Ironically, his current single on the day he died was entitled What Am I Living For?.
Acclaimed jazz guitarist Arv Garrison, dies in Toledo, Ohio, USA, by drowning during an epileptic seizure. As well as pursuing a career in his own name, he had played and recorded with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
The Rolling Stones play the second of two days at The Teen Fair, Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Also on the bill are George Jones and Bobby Vee. The Stones are, reportedly, booed off stage and a troupe of performing Monkeys who had been on before the Stones are brought back on stage for another performance.
A round table discussion, moderated by pioneering heart transplant surgeon Dr. Christian Barnard, at Cape Town Medical School, Capetown, South Africa, is recorded and will be released as a 2-LP set by Decca Records in the UK.
While in the town of Appleton, Wisconsin, USA, for a concert, The Fugs perform an exorcism on the grave of Senator Robert McCarthy, leader of the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s.
Florence LaRue, lead singer of The Fifth Dimension, marries the group's manager Marc Gordon, in a balloon floating over California, USA.
After The Who's Keith Moon opens a disco in Hatfield, England, UK, Europe, his Bentley is surrounded by skinheads who batter the outside of the car. Moon’s chauffeur, Neil Boland, gets out to deal with the rabble but is knocked down, run over and killed by the Bentley.
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When vocalist Mr Twister, of rock band Christopher Milk, pours hot wax over himself and bites audience members in The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA, a blazing row erupts with the club owner Doug Weston.
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On the occasion of Bob Dylan's 30th birthday, around 500 fans (organised by controversial 'Dylanologist' A. J. Weberman) arrive outside Dylan's house on MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA. Weberman supplies a birthday cake decorated with hypodermic needles instead of candles and, when a face appears at a window Weberman shouts, 'We've got you surrounded, Bob' although, in fact, Dylan is not at home. One member of the crowd is busted for littering after he scatters play money on Dylan's doorstep.
Dr. Irving Root examines a charred and unreconisable body at Wiefels And Son Mortuary, Yucca Valley, California, USA. Dr. Root concludes that it is most probably the corpse of Gram Parsons of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, upon which he had done an autopsy some days earlier. Parsons' body had subsequently been stolen and burned at Cap Rock in The Joshua Tree National Monument.
Gary Rossington, guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, loses several teeth, breaks a kneecap and suffers numerous lacerations when his car hits a telegraph pole, then a tree and finally a house, on his way home from a party in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
White chocolate lollipops shaped like teddy bears are given out to the audience, when soul crooner Teddy Pendergrass performs a show ‘For Women Only’ at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, USA.
King Kurt play in The Hacienda Club, Manchester, England, UK, Europe. It is later reported that a woman in the audience broke a leg but didn't notice until after the show was over.
West Tech Security sends a guard to Nikki Sixx's home in Los Angeles, California, USA, where they find him naked and waving a shotgun, accusing the guard of bugging his house. He imagines Mexicans and midgets running around his house, and neighbours report having seen the drug-crazed rocker crawling naked around his yard with the shotgun days earlier.
The Durutti Column release their new album The Guitar And Other Machines on Digital Audio Tape in the UK, despite the fact that DAT players are not yet being marketed to the British public.
Bill Wyman, middle-aged bassist of The Rolling Stones announces his intention to marry 19 year old Mandy Smith.
Manufactured pop duo Milli Vanilli are named Best New Artist at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards. The award is later revoked.
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On the final night of the Glastonbury festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, Europe, a female fan is crushed against the barriers in front of the stage, and The Cure's set is interrupted by a helicopter descending during Fascination Street to rescue the injured fan.
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Sinead O'Connor disguises herself with a brown wig and baseball cap to watch demonstrators at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York State, USA, protesting her refusal last week to allow the playing of the American national anthem before a concert. She watches as about 10 demonstrators sing the anthem outside the arts center gates and urge fans not to enter. Later, during her concert, she thanks her fans for their support.
Glam-metal icons Kiss jam with country star Garth Brooks on the song Hard Luck Woman, during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in Burbank, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When Kiss fan Bill Rexer is married at a Kiss convention in New York City, USA, the best man is bassist Gene Simmons, and the bride is given away by guitarist Paul Stanley.
During a performance at The Astoria, London, England, UK, Europe, DJ Sid of American shock-rockers Slipknot throws himself off a 35ft high balcony. Apparently uninjured, he does it again later, this time falling backwards.
Ol' Dirty Bastard of The Wu-Tang Clan pleads not guilty to crack cocaine and marijuana possession charges in court in New York City, USA. The court is told that when the rapper was arrested in July 99, he tried to get police to overlook the crack. "Can you make the drugs disappear?" asked the rapper, "The marijuana charge, I'll take. Make the rocks disappear - the kids look up to me. I'm a role model. Do the right thing. You're gonna know who I am."
During a hearing about crack cocaine possession charges at a Criminal Court in Queens, New York, USA, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard makes lewd comments to a female district attorney, asking her if she thinks he is ‘horny’. He also ignores Judge Charles Heffernan and nods off to sleep at one point during the proceedings.
During a private visit to Berlin, Germany, Europe, Michael Jackson shocks fans gathered outside the Adlon Hotel, when he dangles his nine month old son, Prince Michael Jackson II, aka Blanket, over the balcony outside his fifth floor room.
The first day of a three day long Bruce Springsteen Symposium takes place at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. The event includes over 150 academic papers including 'A Marxist Perspective On Darkness On The Edge Of Town' and 'The Boss And The Bible'.
The annual Forbes listing of the earnings of dead stars reveals that Kurt Cobain of Nirvana has overtaken Elvis Presley as the highest earning dead celebrity.
Bluegrass banjo star Eddie Adcock plays his Deering GoodTime banjo while undergoing brain surgery at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A debilitating hand tremor was threatening Adock's career, and he played banjo on the operating table so that surgeons could see precisely where to operate on his brain. Adcock immediately regained his ability and was able to play at full speed once again.
Rock band Black Lips is forced to cut short a tour of India when trouble erupts at their Campus Rock Idol gig in Chennai, Tamil. Guitarist Cole Alexander reportedly infuriated promoters by stripping off and jumping into the crowd, before proceeding to get back on stage and kiss other band members.
After Girls Aloud play at Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Cheryl Cole is accidentally bitten on the lip by a "hysterical" fan outside the city's Malmaison Hotel.
Aziz Daki, artistic director of the imminent Mawazine festival in Rabat, Morocco, Africa, rejects calls from The Islamist Justice and Development Party for a ban on Elton John playing at the festival. The opposition party had claimed that the star's appearance would pose "a risk of encouraging homosexuality in Morocco."
Cofactor Genomics, a DNA research company based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, announces that it intends to map Ozzy Osbourne's DNA, in an attempt to discover why he has survived so many years of substance abuse.
Nick Franglen, one half of the electronica duo Lemon Jelly, spends the day creating a 24-hour-long piece of music, Hymn to London Bridge, live beneath the arches of London Bridge, London, UK, Europe. Franglin uses an electronic instrument called a theremin, an expresso machine and a bank of effects pedals to create what he calls "washes of sound" which are then modified by pedestrians passing overhead who unwittingly trigger a sensor which interacts with the music. Franglin has also worked as a session musician for Primal Scream, Bjork, Pulp, and Blur.
When Badly Drawn Boy plays at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA, he shouts, curses and threatens his audience saying he will "never play live again". He also complains that the sound is "swampy" and he can't hear his own vocals, before throwing his harmonica on the ground and leaving the stage, declaring, "You cunts can shut the fuck up! I'm going for a cigarette. I might be back."
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A feature published by Nature Neuroscience reveals that the delicious chills felt by music lovers when listening to their favorite pieces of music are caused by a spike in the level of dopamine in their brains. Dopamine is the same neurotransmitter that's involved in reward, motivation, and addiction.
The results of a survey carried out on behalf of the Lite Sprites toy range are published. The survey asked 1000 four to 16 year-olds in the United Kingdom to name their most magical people. Places 1 and 2 are occupied by mum and dad, with X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz coming third.
Sinead O'Connor reveals via a Twitter posting that she has now reconciled with her therapist husband Barry Herridge. She married him in December 2011 at a drive-thru wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, but broke up with him just a few days later.
Former Busted singer/guitarist/songwriter Charlie Simpson earns a Guinness World Record by playing the world's coldest gig ever - a fifteen minute solo acoustic set in the remote Siberian village of Oymyakon, Siberia, Europe, also known as the 'Pole of Cold'. Now the frontman of Fightstar, Simpson endures temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius and is only allowed breaks of 30 seconds between each song.
On the second night of his mammoth Out There tour Paul McCartney plays in Serra Dourada Stadium, Goiania, Brazil, South America. Unexpectedly, the stage is swamped by a swarm of grasshoppers, several of which perch on McCartney's shoulders during the performance. During Hey Jude, he inclines his head towards the insects as he sings the line, "The movement you need is on your shoulder." At another point, he jokingly introduces the audience to a grasshopper on his arm, saying, "He's called Harold."
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The world's first playable beer bottle is unveiled at The Semi-Permanent Gathering in Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania. Named the Beck's Edison Bottle, it is a one-off product based on Thomas Edison's cylinder recording system. The music etched into the bottle is Here She Comes by New Zealand band Ghostwave.
It is reported that an autopsy, carried out into the recent death in Miami, Florida, USA, of Ecuadorian DJ Betty Pino, nicknamed The Queen Of Radio, has concluded that she died from complications caused by cosmetic surgery.
Taylor Swift releases a new 'single' entitled Track 3 in Canada. The track consists of eight seconds of white noise, despite which it goes immediately to No1 in the Canadian iTunes chart.
During an Enrique Iglesias concert at Plaza Monumental de Playas, Tijuana, Mexico, North America, the singer's hand is injured when he tries to fend off a flying drone camera. He requires treatement to stop the bleeding offstage, but returns to perform for another thirty minutes in his blood-spattered t-shirt.
It is reported that convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has written a song while in jail criticising his victims and describing them in insulting terms. The lawyers for his victims have now called for Harris to be denied parole.
Music artists Ohm And Sport announce that Spotify has, in effect, shut down their recently-launched app, Eternify, which enabled listeners to stream music from Spotify in 30-second increments to generate royalties for their favorite artists.
It is reported that Justin Bieber has given away Todd - a chow puppy he acquired just six months earlier - claiming that he can't look after it properly because of his hectic work schedule. Bieber, who earned $56m in 2016, has given the pup to one of his dancers, C.J. Salvador, who immediately found himself faced with an $8000 vet's bill for corrective surgery and had to start a charitable fund to be able to afford it. Bieber did not contribute.
Wolf - a guitar played for much of his career by Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead - fetches over $1.9m at an auction in the Brooklyn Bowl music venue in New York City, USA. Ther guitar which was built in 1973 for $1500, is now the third most expensive guitar ever sold.
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