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Lawrence Duh? is born in La Place, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a jazz clarinetist and bandleader working with the New Orleans Creole Orchestra, Kid Ory and others.
John Stillwell Clark, a music publisher based in Sedalia, Missouri, USA, buys the Scott Joplin composition Maple Leaf Rag, for fifty dollars plus royalties of one cent per copy. This is said to be the first time in history that a composer had earned royalties. It will eventually sell a million copies, allowing Stark to open offices in St. Louis and New York City, and enabling Joplin to begin full-time work as a composer.
Mildred Rinker is born in Tekoa, Washington. She will find fame as singer and recording artist Mildred Bailey in the 1930s, working with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, The Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, and her husband, Red Norvo.
Jazz tenor saxophone player Leon 'Chu' Berry, who will work with Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway and Benny Carter, is born in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA.
Successful record producer Bob Shad is born in New York City, USA. He will work with Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, Big Brother And The Holding Company and others.
Guitarist Billy Byrd is born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. After working with Little Jimmy Dickens and George Morgan, he will back Ernest Tubb from 1949-1959, then return for two more stints with The Texas Troubadours.
Ten days after arriving in the UK, American bandleader Paul Specht and his band are granted work permits enabling them to perform in Britain. They had been refused work permits, but US Secretary of State, Charles Hughes, who had travelled on the same ship, used his influence with the British Government to have the permits granted.
Blind Alfred Reed records Explosion In The Fairmount Mines for RCA Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA. The song tells the tragic story of a mining disaster in 1907 which killed hundreds of miners in West Virginia.
Session saxophonist Clarence Ford is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will be best known for his work with Fats Domino.
Songwriter, arranger and conductor David Whitaker is born in Kingston Upon Thames, UK. Whitaker will become acclaimed as a songwriter and arranger in London's Denmark Street [aka Tin Pan Alley] in the 1960s, working with Marianne Faithfull, Nico, Vashti Bunyan, Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Serge Gainsbourg, Air, Simply Red, The Eurythmics and others. His best-known piece of music, however, is a string arrangement written for The Andrew Oldham Orchestra's cover version of The Last Time by The Rolling Stones. Whitaker's arrangement was later sampled and became the hook for The Verve's 1998 hit Bittersweet Symphony.
Blues and r'n'b guitarist Harry 'Big Daddy' Hypolite is born in St. Martinville, south of Lafayette, Lousiana, USA. He will work as a sideman for more than forty years, notably alongside Zydeco great Clifton Chenier, before establishing himself as a bandleader and recording artist in his own right.
Jazz saxophonist Sax Mallard joins Local 208 of the American Federation of Musicians, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra, with Billie Holiday on vocals, record Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Nice Work If You Can Get It and other tracks for Brunswick Records in New York City, USA.
Robert Joseph Sheen is born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. he will find success as rhythm and blues singer Bobby Sheen, best-known for his work with Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans, The Robins and The Coasters.
Jazz pianist/organist Don Pullen is born in Roanoke, Virginia. He will work with Nina Simone, Art Blakey and Charles Mingus, as well as pursuing a successful career in his own right.
Robert John Daisley is born in Sydney, Australia. He will find acclaim as prolific rock and blues bassist Bob Daisley, working with Chicken Shack, Mungo Jerry and Ozzy Osbourne to name only a few.
Tom Russell is born at California Lutheran Hospital in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will become a successful singer-songwriter and recording artist, working largely in the country-rock area.
The Walt Disney animated film Cinderella, including the songs A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, So This is Love, Sing Sweet Nightingale, The Work Song, and Cinderella, is released to cinemas in Brazil.
Brian Epstein, later to become manager of The Beatles, starts work in his father's furniture store in Liverpool, UK.
The Walt Disney animated film Cinderella, including the songs A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, So This is Love, Sing Sweet Nightingale, The Work Song, and Cinderella, is released to cinemas in Sweden.
Montana, USA, newspaper The Billings Gazette reports that a destructive epidemic of black stem rust, which damages wheat crops, has spread to most counties in North Dakota, USA. Bob Dylan was a young teenage boy, living in neighbouring Minnesota, when this ecological disaster took place. His song The Ballad Of Hollis Brown is about a [fictional] farmer who, driven to distraction by the loss of his livelihood to black stem rust, kills himself and all of his family.
After a show in El Paso, Texas, USA, Chuck Berry meets Janice Norine Escalanti - a fourteen year old Apache Indian girl who, apparently unknown to Berry, is working as a prostitute. That night they begin the drive to St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Sam Cooke's Wonderful World enters the UK singles chart, with a writer's credit shown as Barbara Campbell. Miss Campbell however, does not exist, and is the nom de plume of Cooke plus producer Lou Adler and trumpeter Herb Alpert working as a trio.
Mike Porco of Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, offers emerging folk singer Bob Dylan the chance to support John Lee Hooker at Gerde's for a fortnight in April.
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Gene Vincent arrives in the UK for a tour, but he is without his Bluecaps, because the Musicians' Union has banned them. For the tour, Vincent is backed by British band Sounds Incorporated
Teen heart-throb Billy Fury leaves the UK for a working holiday in America.
Brenda Lee has the second of three recording sessions in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, working on tracks which will appear on her album Brenda, That's All. On this day she records I Hadn't Anyone Til You, Someday You'll Want Me To Want You, Just Out Of Reach and It Started All Over Again. The session is produced by Owen Bradley, and musicians on the tracks include guitarists Grady Martin, Harold Bradley and Ray Edenton; pianist Floyd Cramer; saxophonist Boots Randolph and The Anita Kerr Singers.
The Henry 'Red' Allen Quartet records St Louis Blues, Sleepy Time Gal, Nice Work If You Can Get It and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Swingville Records.
The Johnny Lytle Quintet records Moon Child, Work Song, The Nearness Of You, The Moor Man, A Taste Of Honey, When My Dreamboat Comes Home, Moonlight In Vermont and The House Of Winchester for Jazzland Records in New York City, USA.
Jazz drummer Martin France is born in Rainham, Kent, UK. He will find acclain working with Loose Tubes, First House, Lee Konitz and many others.
Handyman by Del Shannon enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Bob Dylan is working on the songs Just Like A Woman, Pledging My Time and Absolutely Sweet Marie in Columbia Records' Studios, Music Row, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for his Columbia Records album Blonde On Blonde.
Bob Dylan is in Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, working on the songs Lay, Lady, Lay, I Threw It All Away, To Be Alone With You, No Light Will Shine On Me and One More Night.
The Velvet Underground are recording tracks for their fourth album, Loaded. Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, Doug Yule and Atlantic Records engineer Adrian Barber are working on Ride Into The Sun, Ocean, I Love You, Walk It And Talk It, and Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall.
Bob Dylanis in Studio C, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, USA, working on Sammy's Song with David Bromberg.
Stevie Wonder is in Electric Lady Studios, New York City, USA, working on his album Talking Book. This is the first of three days on which guitarist Jeff Beck is also in the studio. Over the three days, the pair work together on the songs Superstition, Maybe Your Baby and Looking For Another Pure Love.
XTC enter the UK singles chart with Senses Working Overtime. It will become their biggest hit, peaking at No10.
Joe Elliott of Def Leppard rings guitarist Pete Willis to tell him that, because of his drinking problems, the band no longer requires his services.
Bob Dylan is in the Power Station, New York City, working on tracks for his album Infidels. Mark Knopfler is acting as co-producer. Knopfler also plays guitar on the album, along with former Rolling Stones' axeman Mick Taylor. On this day, Dylan works on the songs Sweetheart Like You, and Blind Willie McTell.
Bob Dylan is in the Power Station, New York City, working on tracks for his album Infidels. Mark Knopfler is acting as co-producer and also plays guitar on the album. On this day, Dylan works on the song Neighbourhood Bully.
After taking a brief break, Bob Dylan has resumed work on the album Oh Mercy at Soniat Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with producer Daniel Lanois.
Police play loud pop music, including songs by Rod Stewart and Julio Iglesias, in an attempt to force protesters at Strangeways prison in Manchester, England, UK, Europe, to end their six-day occupation of parts of the jail. The attempt fails.
Ginny Simms dies aged 78, of a heart attack in Palm Springs, California, USA. She had found success as an actress and big band singer working with Kay Kyser and others.
Ten weeks after undergoing surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, drummer Brian Prout returns to live work with his band Diamond Rio at Sam's Town in Robinsville, Mississippi, USA.
Blind jazz/R'n'B vocalist Al Hibbler dies, aged 85 at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After working with Duke Ellington, he will score a No1 hit in 1955 with Unchained Melody.
Figures released by the PRS for Music reveal Status Quo to be the hardest working band in the U.K. - having notched up the most arena concerts in 2008, playing for over 300,000 fans during 35 performances. Take That earn second place with 34 major gigs during their successful comeback. The Kaiser Chiefs, Sugababes, and the reformed Spice Girls complete the top five hardest working bands.
English electronic music producer Andy Hughes, best-known for his work with The Orb, dies at the Liver Intensive Care Unit at Kings College Hospital in London after a short illness.
French police begin investigations to discover why a stage for a Madonna concert at the Velodrome, Marseilles, France, Europe, collapsed, killing two workers.
Jazz guitarist Herb Ellis dies of Alzheimer's disease in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 88. Ellis is perhaps best-remembered for his work as a member of The Oscar Peterson Trio.
A study published online by Germany's Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology, shows that musicians are 1.45 times as likely as non-musicians to have any type of hearing problem, and 3.6 times more likely to have noise-induced hearing loss.