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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.
Steve J. Lewis is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will make his name as a jazz pianist, working with Sidney Bechet, King Oliver, Johnny Dodds and many others. He will also record with Piron's New Orleans Orchestra, Lela Bolden and Willie Jackson.
Jazz trombonist Wilbur De Paris is born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA. He will work and record with Louis Armstrong, Armand J Piron, Noble Sissle and Sidney Bechet.
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.
George Melachrino 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.
Alto saxophonist Willie Smith is born in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Smith will play with Jimmie Lunceford's band from 1929 until 1942, before going on to work with Harry James, Duke Ellington and Billy May.
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 and others.
Johnny Holiday 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 Army/Air Force Band (under Miller's successor Ray McKinley) and Charlie Spivak. He will also make recordings for several labels.
Giacinto Figlia is born in Palermo, Sicily. He will find success in America as a bop pianist and composer, George Wallington, working with Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker and others.
AT and T [American Telephone And Telegraph] establishes Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., in New York City as a joint venture with Western Electric. Both companies have been working since at least 1914 on technologies that will provide the ingredients of what will later became electrical recording.
Alan Littlejohns is born in Highgate, London, UK. He will find success as a jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and bandleader, remembered for his work with Ben Webster, Earl Hines, Bill Coleman, Alvin Roy, Billy Butterfield and others. (1928).
Tabby Thomas 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.
Fiddlin' Dwight Moody 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, Red Foley, and Bill Monroe And His Bluegrass Boys, The Briarhoppers and The Moody Brothers.
Hal Willis 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.
Construction of The Grand Coulee Dam 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.
Tommy LiPuma is born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. LiPuma will enjoy a long and acclaimed career as a pop and jazz record producer, working in many capacities over the years with artists as diverse as Randy Newman, Jackie DeShannon, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole and Dr. John to name but a few.
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.
Blues, folk, and rock guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, best-known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, is born in Washington DC, USA.
Robert Covington is born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA. He will find success as a blues-based drummer working with Big Joe Turner, Ernie K-Doe, Buddy Guy, Little Walter and Sunnyland Slim.
Innovative rock guitarist Robert Quine is born in Akron, Ohio, USA. In a long and acclaimed career Quine will work with Richard Hell, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and many others.
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.
Larry McNeely 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 and others.
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.'
Sarah Vaughan records Mean To Me, Come Rain Or Come Shine and Nice Work If You Can Get It, for Columbia Records at their studio in New York City, USA. Playing trumpet on the session is Miles Davis.
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 musical Carousel.
Billie Holiday 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.
Little Richard 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.
Count Basie and His Orchestra with Joe Williams on vocals, is working on music for the film Cinderfella, in Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Beatles continue their 58-night residency at The Kaiserkeller, Hamburg, during their first visit to Germany, Europe. On this day, guitarist George Harrison is deported from Germany for working under age.
Jazz bassist and solo recording artist Brian Bromberg is born in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He will work with Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Monty Alexander, Dizzy Gillespie, Richie Cole, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, and Freddie Hubbard.
The Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson on vibes, record The Work Song, Heartstrings and other tracks for Verve Records, in New York City, USA.
Jimmy Dean 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.
In New York City, at the end of a tour of the USA, The Beatles' PR man, Derek Taylor, quits his job because he is finding it difficult to work with their manager, Brian Epstein.
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A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out by The Beatles, on the basis of advance orders.
Master Jack by South African group Four Jacks And A Jill reaches No1 in the Canadian singles chart.
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Bob Dylan 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.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, USA, working on the song Trouble In Mind, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on guitar.
Bob Dylan 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.
Pearl Jam - although they have not yet chosen that name - start work in Seattle, Washington, USA, on demos which will become their debut album, Ten.
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.
Quit Your Day Job release a new album, Sweden We Got A Problem, on Bad Taste Records in the UK.
Michael Jackson begins working on tracks for his next album at the Palms Recording Studio, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, in collaboration with producer/songwriters RedOne and Akon.
Ticketmaster boss Irving Azoff issues a public apology to Bruce Springsteen over irregularities that took place when the company put tickets for his Working On A Dream tour on sale.
The earthquake and tsunami which takes more than 13,000 lives and wipes whole towns off the map of Japan, also washes away a great record collection of over 10,000 jazz albums, the life's work of Ken Terui, a jazz aficionado and owner of Johnny's Jazz Cafe in Morioka.
The Gaslight Anthem [and their dog] are in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, working on their album Handwritten.
Depeche Mode are obliged to cancel their imminent concert in Istanbul, Turkey, Europe, after their production trucks are blocked by striking Bulgarian truckers from crossing the border into Turkey.