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Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni writes to his wife Gerda, in Berlin, Germany, Europe, telling her that he has just seen, in a Cologne variety theatre, a marionette performance which included an entire puppet orchestra. He describes the orchestral performance with the words, "the conductor conducted very exactly, according to the rhythm and even according to the character of the piece. And the marionettes' first violin and double bass players bowed with precision. I was charmed by it."
During a German air raid, the London String Quartet under Alfred Hobday records Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in G Minor in the offices of Columbia Records in Clerkenwell Road, London, UK. The sound of bombs exploding half a mile away is clearly audible when the recordings are issued.
During a concert at the Mechanic's Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, ragtime and jazz bandleader, arranger and composer James Reese Europe is attacked with a knife and killed by percussionist Herbert Wright. Europe is just 38 and dies from a severed jugular vein.
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Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad is born in the village of Bjørkåsen, in Ballangen near Narvik, Norway, Europe, to a Norwegian mother, Synni Lyngstad, and a German father, Alfred Haase, a sergeant in the Wehrmacht, not long after the end of the Second World War during the German occupation of Norway. She will grow up as one of thousands of children known as Tyskerbarnas (or German children), the result of a bizarre Nazi experiment to 'enrich' the Aryan gene pool. Anni-Frid will find fame as a member of Abba.
Billboard magazine in the USA reviews a new novelty release, There's A New Sound by Tony Burrello, declaring it to be "a studied attempt to be as screwy as possible." The track is an example of early experimentation with new recording techniques such as reversing, speeding up and slowing down of tapes, sometimes called 'noise and sound' recordings.
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?.
"PROBABLY THE ONLY BANJO-PLAYING UNICYCLIST IN DENVER". The Denver Post in Denver, Colorado, USA, applauds the talent of local sixteen year old student Otis Taylor, hailing him as 'probably the only banjo-playing unicyclist in Denver.' He will go on to make a name for himself internationally as a blues multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and recording artist.
Controversial stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce is injured when he falls, stark naked, forty feet from a window in the Swiss American Hotel, 534 Broadway, San Francisco, California, USA. Ambulance attendants tape his mouth shut after he shouts obscenities at them. The Great Society (with vocalist Grace Slick) will record the song Father Bruce about this incident, and other aspects of Bruce's outrageous life and acreer.
Johnny Cash is set to play a show at The Auditorium, Waterloo, Iowa, but that morning his band find him passed out on his hotel room bed, unconscious because of amphetmine abuse. Nevertheless, he recovers sufficiently to play the show in the evening.
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The start of a Led Zeppelin gig at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, USA, is delayed because Jimmy Page has sprained his finger on the fence at LA airport.
The tv special James Paul McCartney, featuring Paul McCartney, is broadcast on ABC in the USA. The climax of the show comes with a performance of Live And Let Die, during which McCartney's piano is rigged with pyrotechnics, intended as an explosive end to the song. Unfortunately, too much explosive has been packed into the piano, causing McCartney and other band members to be blown over. Luckily, no-one is seriously injured.
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.
ZZ Top complete the fifth and final leg of their Worldwide Texas tour, with a gig at The Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, supported by Jay Boy Adams. The tour has featured an onstage menagerie of typically Texan live animals such as a longhorn steer, a black buffalo, two vultures and two rattlesnakes. Various Texan plants, such as yucca, agave and cacti, also decorate the stage, which has been built in the shape of Texas.
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An entire housing estate in Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, is opened, in which all the street names are releated to The Beatles.
Tommy Tucker, whose only major hit was Hi Heel Sneakers in 1964, dies aged 48. While renovating the floors of his New York home he is overcome by poisonous fumes from the carbon tetrachloride he is using.
R.E.M. play at The Arts And Science Auditorium, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA. Earlier in the day, pseudo classical crossover grand piano duo Ferrante And Teicher played on the same stage.
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Dolly Parton opens the Dolly Parton Wellness and Rehabilitation Center of Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center in the USA.
The People, a UK-based tabloid newspaper, runs a feature claiming that Chuck Berry's wife, Toddy, was recently enraged by finding a magazine spread featuring pictures of Chuck stark naked in the company of no less than eight women.
"Papa's got a brand new bridge!" declares the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, at the opening ceremony of the newly constructed James Brown Soul Centre Of The Universe Bridge in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA.
Matthew John Trippe of Tampa, Florida, USA, finally drops an unusual lawsuit which he had filed in 1988 against Motley Crue. Trippe, who has a history of mental health issues and trouble with the law, had claimed that he was secretly hired to pose as Nikki Sixx and toured, wrote and recorded with the band for a time during 1983 and 1984.
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.
Neil Young is obliged to cancel European tour dates, having accidentally sliced a finger open while cutting a ham sandwich in half during rehearsals.
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In a British newspaper interview, Rod Stewart calls for marriage vows to be changed to bring them into line with modern times. His specific suggestions include the notion that marriage vows should be renewed annually and that their wording should be simplified to be more like a dog licence.
A Jeff Koons sculpture, entitled Michael Jackson And Bubbles, is sold for $5.6m at Sotheby's Auction House, New York City, USA. The porcelain statue of Michael Jackson and his pet chimpanzee is life size and was created by Koons in 1988 as part of his Banality series.
Britney Spears' marriage to her childhood friend, Jason Allen Alexander, is annulled. The pair had married just two days earlier at the Little White Chapel On The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, but twelve hours later she contacted her lawyers to ask to have their union annulled.
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'.
At the end of an eleven-week-long reality tv series, Rock Star: INXS, J.D.Fortune is chosen from fifteen contestants to become the new vocalist with INXS.
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Nona Paris Lola Jackson, a British woman claiming to be the biological mother of Michael Jackson's three children, has her case thrown out by a Los Angeles Court.
Brian May, guitarist of Queen, is put on a round-the-clock watch after a schizophrenic, claiming to be the real Brian May, delivers a letter to his home blaming him for his mental illness, and making death threats.
One-legged rock fan Andrew Miller removes his prosthetic limb and waves it around during an Alice Cooper gig in Southampton, England, UK, Europe. When John Lynch, sitting nearby, asks him to calm down, Miller punches him several times and is later charged with causing actual bodily harm.
Folk-rock singer-songwriter Taylor Mitchell dies, aged 19, of blood loss after being bitten by coyotes while walking in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
When Stereophonics play at Fort Canning Park, Singapore, Asia, the show is stopped after singer Kelly Jones is hit in the face by a flip-flop thrown by a member of the audience. After the man responsible is thrown out by security, the band returns to the stage to finish their set.
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.
Michael Edward 'Mikey' Welsh, best-known as the former bassist of Weezer, makes a post on Twitter stating, "dreamt i died in chicago next weekend [heart attack in my sleep]. need to write my will today". This was then followed by "correction - the weekend after next". Eerily, he will be found dead on October 8, in a room at The Raffaello Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA, from a suspected drug overdose leading to a heart attack. Welsh was aged 40.
When Bono of U2 goes busking on Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland, with Damien Rice and The Frames' singer Glen Hansard, local police do not recognise any of the three, and try to move the famous trio on.
Via a posting on her website, Sinead O'Connor announces the end of her 18-day marriage to Barry Herridge. Her post states that, "within three hours of the ceremony being over the marriage was kyboshed by the behavior of certain people in my husband's life."
It is reported that Disney has removed from sale t-shirts bearing an image of Mickey Mouse which closely resembled the artwork on the cover of Joy Division's 1979 album Unknown Pleasures. There had been criticisms earlier in the week, not just on the grounds of plagiarism, but on the suitability of using - on a t-shirt aimed at children - an image widely associated with a band whose singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide.
It is reported that that men's urinals shaped like the famous Rolling Stones' lips logo, set to be installed in a soon-to-be-opened Rolling Stones Fan Museum in the town of Luechow, Germany, Europe, are causing controversy because women feel they convey a misogynistic message.
Janet Jackson is observed to be meticulously wiping clean her seating area [including the window, her chair, tray table, phone and the wall] on a first-class British Airways flight from London, England, UK, Europe, to Los Angeles, California, USA. Jackson's hyper-hygenic activity is noticed by onlookers including Victoria Beckham. One passenger stated that, "Janet had anti-bacterial spray, and was pulling one tissue out of a bag after another."
Panic! At The Disco release their fourth album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die, in the USA.
John Lydon, the former Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols, scourge of the music biz turned face-of-Country-Life-butter, picks up an Icon Award from the BMI at a ceremony in London, England, UK, Europe.
Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, the fourth album by Panic! At The Disco, enters the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA at No2.
American singer Tito Torbellino is reported to have been shot dead by two gunmen while dining at a restaurant in Ciudad Obregon, in Sonora state, Mexico, North America. Torbellino specialised in a style of music called narco-corridos - a musical genre extolling the glories of the drug trade.
A new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring John Lydon (Sex Pistols), Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), is cancelled due to poor advance ticket sales. The show had been set to open in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, in early June.
Kiss and Def Leppard play at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA. During the show, Gene Simmons of Kiss appears to find himself unable to control his over-filled bladder and solves the problem by urinating onstage three minutes and forty seconds into their performance of Paul Stanley's Hide Your Heart. He later explains that the stream of liquid seen to be running down the front of his costume was, simply, water, which he was using to clean up his outfit after his celebrated blood-spitting stunt in the previous song.
It is reported that a significant number of One Direction fans have requested "compassionate leave" from work, after being left 'distraught' by singer Zayn Malik's recent departure from the pop group. The Employer Advice Service has received over 220 such calls from One Direction fans.
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Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters breaks his leg when he mis-judges a jump onto a ramp during a gig at Ullevit Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe. He is rushed to hospital but returns one hour later with his leg in a cast to complete the show.
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.
Ed Sheeran makes his return to social media after a year away by tweeting a plain blue square, with no text. The colour is later revealed to be the colour theme of his upcoming singles and album.
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American presidential candidate Kanye West on Friday photoshopped his face onto Mount Rushmore — then Tweets an image showing his face photoshopped alongside revered former US Presidents on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA, with the caption '2020.'
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