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Jazz drummer Adolphe Paul Barbarin is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will work with King Oliver (1924-25), Luis Russell (1928-32), Louis Armstrong (1935-38), Red Allen (1942-43) and others.
Joe 'Bebop' Carroll, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He will become best-known for working with Dizzy Gillespie's band and helping to popularise the be-bop singing style.
Jazz trumpeter, cornetist and bandleader Billy Butterfield is born in Middleton, Ohio, USA. He will work with Austin Wylie, Bob Crosby, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and others.
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.
Joe Harnell is born in The Bronx, New York City, USA. He will find success as an easy listening composer and arranger. He will work as an accompanist for Judy Garland, Maurice Chevalier, Marlene Dietrich and Peggy Lee, but is best known for his 1963 arrangement of Fly Me to the Moon, which won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Harnell also composed music for numerous tv series including The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation, and V.
Tom Dowd is born in Manhattan, New York City, USA. Dowd will become a revered Grammy-winning record producer, working with Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Ray Charles, The Coasters, John Coltrane, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin and many others.
American hard bop and West Coast jazz double bassist Curtis Counce is born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Counce will become an in-demand sessioneer, working with Johnny Otis, Lester Young, Shelley Manne and others.
Wilbert Harrison is born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He will find international success largely because of two major hit singles, Kansas City [1959] and Let's Stick Together [1969], aka Let's Work Together.
Nicholas Stabulas is born in New York City, USA. He will will find success as jazz drummer Nick Staboulos, working with Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Carmen McRae, Mose Allison and more.
Benny Spellman is born in Pensacola, Florida, USA. He will find some success on the New Orleans r'n'b scene, working with Allen Toussaint and others.
Eighteen men are killed in an explosion at the MacBeth Mine, owned by the Hutchinson Coal Company in Logan, West Virginia, USA. The tragedy will inspire the song McBeth Mine Explosion by country music trio Cap, Andy And Flip on their own Fireside Melodies label.
Blues guitarist James Wheeler is born in Albany, Georgia, USA. He will work with Otis Clay, The Impressions, Otis Rush and others, as well as making albums in his own name.
Blues pianist Joshua Altheimer [aka Josh Altheimer], dies aged 30 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. A revered accompanist, his best work can be found on recordings by Big Bill Broonzy and Sonny Boy Williamson 1st.
The Colonial Sugar Refinery begins mining blue asbestos at Wittenoom Gorge, Pilbara, Western Australia. In the years since, over 2000 workers and residents of Wittenoom have died from asbestos-related diseases. As a result, operations at Wittenoom have come to be regarded as the worst industrial disaster in Australian history. The 1990 song Blue Sky Mine by Midnight Oil is inspired by the disaster.
Humphrey Lyttelton records Working Man’s Blues, for Parlophone Records in London.
Eddy Arnold releases a new single, A Full Time Job, on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
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.
Chuck Berry is arrested on a Mann Act charge of transporting a minor across a state line for immoral purposes. He insists that he has brought Janice Escalanti (who he met on the 1st) to work as a hat-check girl in his St. Louis, Missouri, USA, club.
Ray Smith records Travlin' Salesman, I Won't Miss You, Candy Doll and hey Boss Man in Sun Custom Recording Studio, 319 17th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Hargus Robbins plays piano on the session.
The Top 5 singles for the week beginning on this date on Radio WABC, New York City, USA, is as follows :

1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens (RCA)

2. The Twist - Chubby Checker (Parkway)

3. Peppermint Twist, Part 1 - Joey Dee And The Starliters (Roulette)

4. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes (Tamla)

5. Run To Him - Bobby Vee (Liberty)

Frank Sinatra records I Won't Dance, Nice Work If You Can Get It and other tracks in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Reprise Records.
Bob Dylan spends the second of two days working in London, UK, on the BBC tv play The Madhouse On Castle Street.
Stan Getz and Luiz Bonfa, with Antonio Carlos Jobim on guitar, record Sambalero, How Insentive and Um Abraco No Getz for Verve Records in Webster Hall, New York City, USA.
American hard bop and West Coast jazz double bassist Curtis Counce dies of a heart attack, aged 37, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Counce was an in-demand sessioneer, working with Johnny Otis, Lester Young, Shelly Manne and others.
The Drifters record their version of the Antonio Carlos Jobim song Desafinado, plus The Good Life, On the Street Where You Live and other tracks for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
The Beatles begin work on We Can Work It Out, for the album Rubber Soul, at EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London.
Syd Barrett, formerly of Pink Floyd, is working on the songs Golden Hair and Octopus, in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
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The Beatles work on Something, You Never Give Me Your Money and Maxwell's Silver Hammer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
The Kinks start their first tour of the USA in four years. The long gap between tours was caused by their reputation for drinking and fighting on stage, which meant that the American Federation of Musicians had been unwilling to give them work permits.
The Beach Boys are working on material for the album Sunflower in leader Brian Wilson's home studio in Bel Air, California, USA.
Pink Floyd spend the first of twelve days working on the music that will become the album Dark Side Of The Moon, in a rehearsal room in Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London, UK.
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Bob Dylan is in Studio A, A&R Recording, New York City, USA, working on the songs You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go, Tangled Up In Blue, Simple Twist Of Fate, Idiot Wind and others.
Bob Dylan is working on Walk Out In The Rain, Coming From The Heart (The Road Is Long), Stop Now and New Pony, at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, working on songs including When You Gonna Wake Up, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on guitar.
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.
During re-record sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, working on songs including Heart Of Mine, Minute By Minute and Watered-Down Love.
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, working on overdubs for the songs Every Grain Of Sand, Shot Of Love and Property Of Jesus.
Bob Dylan records Airplane Blues, while working with beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA.
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 Foot Of Pride, Someone's Got A Hold Of My Heart and others.
Ashim Kemson is born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, Asia. He will find success as a musician, songwriter and singer in the Sufi, rock and folk styles.
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.
R. E. M., Lauryn Hill and No Doubt play in a charity event, Love Rocks, honouring Bono of U2 as Humanitarian of the Year, for his work on debt relief. The show is staged in the Kodak Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA, and Cher and Bono both make guest appearances.
It is reported that Leona Lewis has - with regret - turned down an invitation to perform for US President Barack Obama at The White House, because she is too busy working on her second album.
It is reported that work has been stopped on Spider-Man - Turn Off the Dark, a Broadway musical adaptation of Spiderman with music by U2, because of cash-flow problems.
As a promotional stunt for his new LP, Good Ass Job, Kanye West visits the Facebook HQ in Palo Alto, California, USA, where climbs onto a table and raps to the assembled employees.
Leading Russian music critic Art Troitsky, goes on trial in criminal proceedings brought by rock star Vadim Samoylov, arising out of a Ren-TV production in which Troitsky referred to Samoylov as a "trained poodle for Surkov" - implying that the singer/guitarist was working hand-in-glove with Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin
A posthumous exhibition of works by Dee Dee Ramone of The Ramones begins at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA, to mark the 10th anniversary of his death. The exhibition, titled Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition, features nineteen canvases, five paintings on wood and one mixed-media work on card stock. It is set to run until November 17th.
A new musical, The Last Ship, opens at The Bank Of America theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The musical is written by Sting, who joins the cast onstage during a curtain call and leads them in a song. Other celebrities attending the opening night include Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
It is reported that Bradley Steyn, a security man on Morrissey's current tour of the USA, has filed a legal suit in Los Angeles, California, USA, against Morrissey for unfair dismissal. Steyn claims that Morrissey asked him to cause injury to fan website operator David Tseng. Steyn further alleges that when he refused, Morrissey sacked him. Soon after, Morrissey denies the allegations.