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Isidore Caesar is born in Manhattan's Lower East Side, New York City, USA. He will find fame as lyricist and composer Irving Caesar. Although he will be credited with over 700 compositions in his long career, he is perhaps best-known as the lyricist of Tea For Two, Swanee, Just A Gigolo and Animal Crackers in My Soup.
Haley's Full Concert Band plays at Chesapeake Beach, Washington, DC, USA.
The musical comedy The Wild Rose is presented at The Knickerbocker Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 136 performances.
The Arena in Chesapeake Junction, Washington DC, USA, is open for dancing every evening with attractions including "Shady Park And Grounds Excellent Cafe and Good Music". The venue is, however, described as a "Colored Pleasure Resort" and is "Exclusive for colored people".
Blues guitarist John Cephas is born in Washington DC, USA. He will become best-known as guitarist in the Piedmont-style blues duo Cephas And Wiggins.
Musical revue The Show Is On, starring Beatrice Lillie and Bert Lahr, plays at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 236 performances.
Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra, with vocalist Frank Sinatra, continue with their fourteen-week engagement at The Astor Hotel, New York City, USA.
The film Young Man With A Horn [aka Young Man Of Music], opens in cinemas in Japan. The film, based loosely on the life of Bix Beiderbecke, stars Kirk Douglas as a troubled young jazz trumpeteer, and includes acting roles for popular vocalist Doris Day, and songwiter Hoagy Carmichael.
Dinah Washington fails to appear for a gig in Trenton, New Jersey, USA, as a result of which legal action will be taken against her.
Frankie Laine is playing at The Riverside, Reno, Nevada, USA.
The Robins, later to become The Coasters, play at The Savoy Ballroom in Los Angeles, California, USA, with Richard Lewis and his Band.
Italian car manufacturer Fiat launches the Nuova Cinquecento (New 500), a two-cylinder rear-engined four-seater, intended as an Italian "people’s car." 3.5m of these 500s will be sold between 1957 and 1975, when Fiat halted production. The 1996 song 500 (Shake Baby Shake) by Lush was inspired by the Fiat 500, which songwriter Emma Anderson coveted.
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The Coasters and The Falcons play the second night in a week of shows at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Carter Stanley (of The Stanley Brothers) tells a crowd in Luray, Virginia, USA, that Flatt and Scruggs refused to play at the All Day Bluegrass Festival because The Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe were there.
Gerry And The Pacemakers play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Seven-year-old Larry Franklin plays his first fiddle concert. He will become a Nashville studio musician appearing on hits by Shania Twain, Deana Carter, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Gretchen Wilson, among others. He will also play with Asleep At The Wheel for seven years.
Bill Fulton is born in Oakland, California, USA. He will enjoy success, largely in the realms of tv and movie soundtracks, as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, music producer and pianist/keyboardist after moving to Los Angeles in 1987.
Folk musician 'Red' Buck Estes records a wordless vocal improvisation entitled Whoopin', at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA.
The Ike And Tina Turner Revue, featuring The Ike-etts, Jimmy Thomas, Vanetta Fields, Vernon Guy, Robbie Montgomery, Bobby John, Flora Williams and Stacy Johnson, plays at Sunset Lake Park, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA.
Sandie Shaw plays at The Futurist Theatre, Foreshore Road, South Bay, Scarborough, England, UK.
Fiddler On The Roof, starring Luther Adler and Dolores Wilson, is running during a lengthy engagement at McVickers Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The musical Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, is performed at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, during a run of 1,847 performances.
Gary Puckett And The Union Gap and Lou Rawls play at the Summer Music Festival, JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Tim Buckley and the Illinois Speed Press play the second of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Graham Nash records the song Simple Man, about the end of his relationship with Joni Mitchell.
The Ramones and Blondie play at CBGB's, New York City, USA.
The musical Your Arms Too Short To Box With God is presented at The Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will run on Broadway for 429 performances. The musical is based on the Biblical Book of Matthew.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Blue Öyster Cult, REO Speedwagon, Randy Hansen, Sammy Hagar and Triumph play at The Day On The Green, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California, USA.
Badfinger re-forms after five years apart.
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue fires a huge rocket from his backyard in Los Angeles, California, USA. It sets fire to a 40 foot palm tree which then falls onto his 1965 Mustang convertible, setting it ablaze.
Dislocation Dance play at The International, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Paul Stanley of Kiss suffers neck injuries in a car crash in Pelham, New York State, USA, which necessitates the cancellation of one upcoming show.
The Replacements play their final concert together, in The Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses attacks a fan who is taking photographs at a concert in the Riverport Performing Arts Center, Maryland Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 2,500 fans riot, the show is stopped, $200,000 worth of damage is done, sixty people are injured and sixteen arrested.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany, to an audience of 70,000.
Steven Rappaport of 1963 one-hit-wonder band The Ran-Dells dies of a heart attack in Maui, Hawaii, USA. The band's solitary hit single, Martian Hop, remains a novelty pop classic.
The Foo Fighters play at a private concert for President Barack Obama on The White House lawn in Washington, DC, USA.
Allen Klein the controversial rock entrepreneur who handled the financial affairs of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, dies in New York City, USA, aged 77, after a battle with Alzheimer's.
The Jon Amor Band plays at the Keynsham Music Festival, Keynsham, UK.
The Pretty Reckless, Melissa Auf Der Mar and Guano Apes play in the Miles Davis Hall, Montreux, Switzerland, during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival.
Beat Connection play at The Bar Night Club, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Everclear play at The Socorro Entertainment Center, El Paso, Texas, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at The Kunstrasen Gronau, Bonn, Germany, Europe.
Mark Knopfler plays at the Filmnachte Am Elbufer, Dresden, Germany, Europe.
Jay-Z releases his twelfth studio album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail, as a digital download worldwide [except the UK, Australia, Germany, Canada and the USA].
Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Tinie Tempah and others play at The Wireless Festival, Finsbury Park, London, UK. West is loudly booed during a lengthy mid-song rant in Runaway during which he claims that the fashion industry is discriminating against him.
On their Drones World Tour, Muse play at The Main Square Festival, Arras, France, Europe. Also on the bill are Skip The Use, Rival Sons, Twin Atlantic and Circa Waves.
On their Rock Or Bust tour, AC/DC play at Wembley Stadium, London, England, Europe, supported by Vintage Trouble.