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Inventor Thomas Edison
finishes work on the first phonograph
, which records sound onto a tinfoil sheet glued around a fixed cylinder. Although it does record, at this stage of its development the device is little more than a novelty.
Nick LaRocca is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a jazz bandleader and cornettist, working with The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
A group of Black vaudevillian entertainers, including songwriters, bandleaders and performers, form what is thought to have been the first African-American organization for theatrical professionals - The Frogs Club - in Harlem, New York City, USA. Until this time, black entertainers were refused membership of the city's theatrical clubs.
is born in Albany Street, London, UK. An accomplished player of the violin, viola, oboe, clarinet and saxophone, he will work with the the
orchestras of Ambrose
and Carroll Gibbons
before finding success as leader of his own easy-listening orchestra.
Virginia Simms is born in San Antonio, Texas, USA. She will find success as Ginny Simms
, an actress and big band singer working with Kay Kyser
is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although
never achieving major success, Holiday will become a well-respected
vocalist working with bands including the Glenn Miller
Force Band (under Miller's successor Ray McKinley) and Charlie
Spivak. He will also make recordings for several labels.
is born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a vocalist, guitarist and pianist working in the r'n'b, cajun and zydeco styles of music.
is born in La Crosse, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, USA. He will work as a country music fiddler, guitarist, mandolin-player and singer with, among others, Roy Acuff
, and Bill Monroe And
His Bluegrass Boys
, The Briarhoppers
The Moody Brothers
is born in in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada. He will find success as a country singer. His biggest success will be The Lumberjack, an international hit single that will sell over 1.5m copies, peaking at No5 on the Billboard
Country Chart in the USA in 1965.
The Grand Coulee
begins on the Columbia River, Washington, USA, to produce hydro-electric power and provide irrigation for the region. The dam will provide the inspiration for Woody Guthrie
's 1941 song, Grand Coulee Dam
, written while he was commissioned by the Bonneville Power Administration to write songs as part of a documentary film project about the dam and related projects.
Blues tenor saxophonist Eddie Shaw
is born in Stringtown, Mississippi, USA, but will spend much of his career working in Chicago, Illinois, working with Muddy Waters
and Howlin' Wolf
Jeffery Hanlon is born in Blackpool, UK. After moving to Manchester and changing his name to Jef Hanlon [to sound more like Jet Harris of The Shadows
], he will go on to become one of the most successful music promoters in the UK, working with Johnny Mathis
, Chuck Berry
, Gary Glitter
and many others.
is born in Lafayette, Indiana, USA. A talented multi-instrumentalist on piano, guitar, banjo and harmonica, he will work in the country music field with Roy Acuff
, Glen Campbell
American music trade magazine Billboard
reports that 'Bluesfolk singer Huddie [Leadbelly
] Leadbetter is critically ill at his home, 414 East 10th Street ... he has been unable to work for some months.'
An advance team from Twentieth Century Fox arrives in Boothbay
Harbor, Maine, USA, to begin pre-production work on the movie
version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein
has a recording session at Radio Recorders
, Hollywood, California, USA, during which she records It Had To Be You, Nice Work If You Can Get It and other tracks.
is in Master Recorders studio, Los Angeles, California, USA, working on the tracks I Got It, Send Me Some Lovin' and She's Got It.
Having failed all his exams except art, guitarist George Harrison
leaves school, planning to find a job to support him while playing with local Liverpool, UK, group The Quarrymen
. He will find greater success as a member of The Beatles
and His Orchestra with Joe Williams on vocals, is working on music for the film Cinderfella, in Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
records Sixteen Tons
, Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette, Gotta Travel On and other songs with producer Don Law at Bradley Film And Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee
, USA. The band for the session includes guitarists Grady Martin
, Harold Bradley and Ray Edenton, bassist Joseph Zinkan, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Floyd Cramer
and trumpeter Bill McElhiney.
The Kingston Trio
, with Voyle Gilmore as producer, record The Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos), Four Strong Winds and Turn Around in Coast Recorders, 1340 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, USA.
is in Columbia Records
' Studio B, New York City, USA, working on various tracks including You Ain't Goin' Nowhere and I Shall Be Released.
is in Muscle Shoals
Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, working on songs including Gotta Serve Somebody and Precious Angel.
During sessions for his second gospel-influenced album, Saved
, Bob Dylan
is working on the songs Covenant Woman and Saved, at Muscle Shoals
Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama.
although they have not yet chosen that name - start work in
Seattle, Washington, USA, on demos which will become their debut
Jazz pianist Nat Pierce, best known for his work in the Woody Herman Herd
, dies in Los Angeles, California, USA, of complications from a bleeding ulcer, aged 66.
begins working on tracks for his next album at the Palms Recording Studio, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, in collaboration with producer/songwriters RedOne