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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.
US Patent Serial No. 193,229 is filed by Roman E. Shvetz of New York City, USA, for his invention of a combination Rocking-chair and musical-box.
A program entitled What's New In Music?, on WQXR Radio in New York City, USA, features musical works composed by computers, including Illiac Suite For String Quartet by The Illiac Electronic Computer at the University Of Illinois, and Rhapsodic Variations For Tape Recorder And Orchestra by Otto Luenin and Vladimir Ussachevsky.
The Jimmie Davis Tabernacle, a non-denominational place of worship named after the famous country music singer of You Are My Sunshine, is dedicated near Jonesboro, Louisiana, USA.
The Byrds and Peter Fonda attend a party at The Beatles' rented home in Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills, California, USA. During the party, Fonda and George Harrison have a conversation which will, in due course, inspire John Lennon to write the song She Said, She Said. During the day, two girl fans hire a helicopter to fly over the Benedict Canyon mansion, one of whom jumps from it into the swimming pool.
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Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band play a live session for deejay John Peel at the BBC in London, England, UK, Europe. Due to Musicians' Union restrictions on American rock bands playing live on UK radio, Peel's producer is obliged to dupe the Ministr y Of Labour into issuing a 'variety act' licence by describing the quintet as a touring group of magicians. During the session, Beefheart insists on performing while lying flat on his back, so a microphone has to be rigged up specially to catch the sound of his voice.
Charlie Schwedler, singer and leader of the Nazi propaganda jazz band Charlie And His Orchestra during World War 2, dies in Tegernsee, Bavria, Germany, Europe. The band's bizarre repertoire included such songs as Let's Go Bombing and Submarines, along with Nazi-oriented parodies of popular American jazz hits of the day.
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.
During a gig in Berkeley, California, USA, the Grateful Dead sets aside an area within which fans can bootleg the show.
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.
It's Over by Level 42 is the first CD Video single to be offered for sale in the UK - even though no CDV players have yet reached the shops.
Bill Wyman, middle-aged bassist of The Rolling Stones announces his intention to marry 19 year old Mandy Smith.
Funk star Rick James is arrested on charges of imprisoning and torturing a 24 year old woman during a bizarre three-day orgy of sex and violence at his home in Hollywood, California, USA.
Jeff Porcaro, drummer of Toto, dies at the age of 38. Porcaro fell ill after spraying insecticide in the yard of his home in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, and died later that evening at Humana Hospital-West Hills. It is widely reported that his death came from an allergic reaction to the pesticide, but The Los Angeles County Coroner's office lists the cause of death to be a heart attack from the hardening of the arteries caused by cocaine use.
Varg Vikernes, aka Count Grishnackh of Norwegian death metal band Burzum, is arrested for the murder by stabbing of another Burzum member, Oystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous.
Baron Frederik Jan Gustav Floris van Pallandt of popular 1960s folk duo Nina And Frederick, is shot dead in Puerto Talera, The Philippines, in what police describe as "a mysterious professional killing", thought to have been carried out by a member of a drug trafficking syndicate with which van Pallandt was affiliated.
The National Constitution Center releases the results of a telephone survey of 600 teenagers (aged 13-17), which finds that 95 percent can identify Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but only 2 percent can identlfy William Rehnquist - the chief justice of the US Supreme Court.
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.
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.
An environmental audit, commission by UK newspaper The Sunday Times, reveals that 50,000 trees would need to be planted and maintained for 100 years to offset the amount of CO2 produced by the recent Hail To The Thief tour and album by Radiohead.
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'.
Former 60s pop idol Wayne Fontana arrives at the Crown Court, Derby, England, UK, Europe, dressed as Liberty, The Lady Of Justice, to face charges of having set light to a debt collector's car while the man was inside. Judge Andrew Hamilton sentences him to jail, declaring, "He has come dressed as a fool and he wants to act like a fool. I hope they give him a prison uniform at Nottingham Prison to keep him warm."
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.
When Oasis play at the Benicassim Festival in Spain, Europe, a female fan runs on to the stage, punches and kicks security men and then crawls under the stage. She is taken away before any members of the band are hurt.
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.
Evelyn Evelyn - described as the world's only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo - play at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA. They are, in fact Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) and folk-punk musician Jason Webley, dressed in connected garments.
Fans watching the first episode of series seven of British tv talent show The X Factor are angered to realise that auto-tune is being used to enhance the vocal performance of teenage contestant Gamu Nhengu, during her rendition of the Katrina and the Waves' hit Walking On Sunshine. Many viewers write to complain.
A mere thirty years after their international No1 hit single Video Killed The Radio Star, the original line-up of The Buggles play their first full live gig, a fundraising show at The Supperclub, London W10, England, UK, supported by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark aka OMD.
Cage Against The Machine, a one-off supergroup consisting of Pete Doherty, The Kooks, Enter Shikari, UNKLE, Orbital, Billy Bragg, Imogen Heap, Dan Le Sac, Reverend Jon McClure, Crystal Fighters, Mr Hudson, Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots), The Big Pink, Coldcut, Does It Offend You Yeah?, Penguin Prison, Aeroplane, John Foxx, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Kilford The Music Painter release their re-recording of avant-garde musician John Cage's celebrated composition, 4'33", which comprises of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence. Their aim is to make the silent single the UK's No1 song at Christmas.
Canned Heat headline the Woofstock Festival - a dog-oriented music festival - at Halvorsen Park And Waterfront, Eureka, California, USA.
Convinced that the world is about to end, Justin Godfrey, guitarist with doom metal band The Abominable Iron Sloth, calls police in Oroville Police Department, Butte County, California, USA, and invites them to arrest him, claiming that he is the 'Angel of Death', is in possession of an assault weapon and has been eating mushrooms. Godfrey later gives himself up to police, is charged with two felonies related to guns and jailed, with bail set at $30,000.
Courtney Love storms offstage during Hole's performance at the SWU Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil, South America, after a crowd member holds up a picture of her late husband, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.
Shakira is attacked by an angry sea lion while on holiday in Cape Town, South Africa.
Speaking on Australian news and current affairs programme Sunday Night, Sir Elton John rekindles his public feud with Madonna, claiming that her recent album MDMA was a "disaster". He also states that "she looks like a f*cking fairground stripper." He completes his tirade by predicting the end of her career, while saying, "it couldn't happen to a bigger c***."
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.
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.
Niall Horan of One Direction undergoes knee surgery in the USA to correct a floating kneecap, said to have been caused by a squirrel attack in Battersea Park Park, London, England, UK, Europe, in 2012.
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In a British tv interview, Canadian dentist Dr Michael Zuk reveals his plans to clone John Lennon of The Beatles using samples of his DNA.
An analysis of Wikipedia articles by the University of Toulouse suggests that Frank Sinatra is the most important person in the English-speaking world, based on the methods used by Google to analyse Wikipedia pages and determine which individuals have the most important articles linking to them. Sinatra is followed by Michael Jackson and in third place is Pope Pius XII.
It is officially announced that pop/opera vocalist Sarah Brightman has paid $52m to secure the honour of becoming the first professional musician to sing from space. Assuming all goes to plan, she would achieve her goal during a 2015 flight to the International Space Station, organised by a company called Space Adventures.
It is reported that a pine tree, planted in 2004 in Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, California, USA, in honour of George Harrison, guitarist of The Beatles, has died as a result of an infestation by beetles.
In a speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, USA, Kanye West announces his intention to run for the Presidency of the USA in 2020.
Madonna invites a female fan, 17 year-old Josephine Georgiou, to join her on stage during show at The Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania, then pulls down Miss Georgiou's corset top exposing one of her breasts to thousands of fans at the venue. The fan later declares it to have been "the greatest moment of my life".
On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play at Echo Arena, Liverpool, England, Europe.
The biographical book Seasick Steve - Ramblin' Man by Matthew Wright, is published by John Blake Publishing in the UK. The book focusses in considerable detail on the fact that 'authentic bluesman' Steve's perceived public identity is largely a sham, fancifully invented by Steve. Ten years younger than he claimed to be in media interviews, he was never an itinerant hobo bluesman. In reality, among other things, he played in a San Francisco-based hippy band, Shanti, and also in a disco combo called Crystal Glass. His 'real' name was not, as he said, Steven Gene Wold but Steve Leach.
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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Willie Nelson is given a Christmas jumper emblazoned with the message "Smoke weed every day" by his friend Snoop Dogg.
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