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A "continuous Vaudeville" show at The Columbia Theater, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, features The Four Musical Colbys, Gracie Emmett And Co, Hughes And Anger, Rossley And Lee, Jefferson Caspers, Radford And Winchester, Hayes And Healy and others.
Billed as "The latest musical sensation", The Explorers, featuring a cast of 80, is playing at The Metropolitan Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The musical comedy The Sultan Of Sulu is presented at Wallack's Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 192 performances.
Under the name Pinewood Tom, blues singer and guitarist Joshua White [aka The Singing Christian] records Black Man, Bed Springs Blues and New Milk Cow Blues, in New York City, USA. White, who used the Pinewood Tom pseudonym for his non-religious blues material, will later find greater fame as Josh White, singing in a folksier idiom.
Richard Cole And His Orchestra play in The Cooper Club, Henderson, Texas, USA.
Harry James And His Orchestra record Chesterfield Time radio show No229 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Guitar maker Leo Fender pays Race And Olmstead to make him a tool to trim the tabs off Kluson Deluxe tuners, thus making the tuners suitable for use with the new range of Fender solid-bodied guitars.
Morton Gould And His Orchestra record Pavanne (a new version) and Ay! Ay! Ay! for Columbia Records in the USA.
The musical Bet Your Life is running at The London Hippodrome, London, England, UK, starring Julie Wilson, Brian Reece, Arthur Askey, Sally Ann Howes. Songs in the show include I Love Being in Love, It’s the Female of the Species, Hook Line and Sinker, I Want a Great Big Hunk of Man, All on Account of a Guy.
Bandleader Benny Strong is playing at The Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA, during a seven week stand.
Lee Lawrence plays the last night in a week of shows at The Empire, Shepherd's Bush, London, UK.
It is reported that statistics covering six major record labels (Capitol, Columbia, Decca, Mercury, M-G-M, and RCA Victor) show a drop of 27% in the number of pop records released in the first quarter of the year. The six companies are releasing larger numbers of records in the hillbilly (country) and r'n'b genres.
Future Rolling Stones' vocalist Mick Jagger attends his first concert - Buddy Holly at The Granada, Woolwich, England, UK, Europe, along with Dick Taylor who will later play guitar for The Pretty Things. Supporting acts are The Montanas, The Tanner Sisters, Gary Miller and Ronnie Keene And his Orchestra. Des O'Connor is the compere.
The musical Irma La Douce is running at The Plymouth Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It runs at The Plymouth for more than a year before transferring to The Alvin Theatre.
Jimmie Rodgers plays the sixth of fourteen nights at The Statler-Hilton Hotel, Dallas, Texas, USA.
The Coasters play at IDES Hall, Hayward, California, USA.
The Beatles release a new single, Twist And Shout, in the USA.
Tom Shipley plays at The Village Corner Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He will go on to greater success as one half of Brewer And Shipley.
In Obertauern, Austria, Europe, The Beatles begin filming scenes for their second film, Help! On this day - among other things - they are filmed falling backwards into snow.
On the same day that their single For Your Love enters the UK charts, The Yardbirds play at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond Athletic Association Club House, Richmond, UK.
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Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band play at The Skyline Ballroom, Hull, UK, Europe.
Pink Floyd play at The Van Dike Club, Devonport, Plymouth, UK.
Free release their debut album, Tons Of Sobs, on Island Records in the UK.
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Terry Lightfoot plays at The 100 Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
Mary Ann Ganser of The Shangri-Las dies of a drug overdose in Queens, New York City, USA.
Brook Benton reaches No1 on the Billboard R'n'B chart in the USA with Rainy Night In Georgia.
Black Sabbath play at The City Hall, Newcastle, UK, supported by Badger and Necromandus.
Bob Dylan plays the last of three nights at the Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia.
The musical 42nd Street is presented at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will subsequently move to the Majestic Theatre and then to The St. James Theatre, before finally closing in 1989, having racked up a total of 3,486 performances.
Bob Marley, suffering from terminal cancer, is undergoing treatment at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, Europe. He will remain at the clinic until May 1981.
Bleeding ulcers cause severely alcoholic Eric Clapton to be hospitalised in St Paul, Minnesota, USA, forcing him to cancel all the remaining dates of his massive tour of the USA in support of the album Another Ticket.
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Re-Flex, Perfect Crime and Hollywood Killers play at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, UK, Europe.
It is reported that Michael Jackson's album Thriller has now outsold Bing Crosby's single White Christmas, making it the biggest-selling music recording ever.
Marino The Band play at The Golden Lion, Fulham, London, England, UK, Europe.
Grace Slick reveals that she is leaving Starship.
Chad Smith and Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers are arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, and charged with sexually harassing a woman. They plead guilty.
Britny Fox play at T.A. Verns, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Buddy Guy is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Eric Clapton and B.B. King. At the same event, Bruce Springsteen inducts U2, Neil Young inducts The Pretenders, Justin Timberlake inducts The O'Jays, and Rod Stewart inducts Percy Sledge.
When Bright Eyes end their UK tour at The Astoria, London, Morrissey is in the audience to see them. Support band is Rilo Kiley.
Rated R by Rihanna drops from No9 to No15 on the UK Official Album Chart, but simultaneously rises to No2 on the UK R'n'B Chart, its new peak.
Rick Wakeman plays at The Opera House, Buxton, UK.
On their Ending On A High Note Tour, A-ha play at Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, South America.
On her Freedom Tour, Alicia Keys plays the second of two nights at the MGM Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
John Prine plays at Symphony Center, Chicago, IL, USA
Kate Miller-Heidke releases her fourth solo LP, O Vertigo, on Cooking Vinyl Records in Australia.
Jazz drummer Ralph Penland dies aged 61, due to complications from a stroke, in Los Angeles, California, USA. In an acclaimed career he worked with Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Carmen Lundy, Etta James and k.d. lang to name but a few.
SuG play at DIME, Takamatsu, Japan, Asia.
Royal Blood play at Rock City, Nottingham, UK.
On her We Were Here Tour, Lights plays at Delmar Hall, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.