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The Choral Society Concert in the First Methodist Church Hall, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, features Dra ke And His Ducks, harpist Maud Morgan and singer Mrs. Lucie Boice Wood. The show is reviewed in The New Burnswick Home News as "A joyful night of song, aided by the merry tenors and basses."
John Levy is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will become a respected double-bass player and, later, the first African-American personal manager in jazz, directing the careers of Ahmad Jamal, Cannonball Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, George Shearing, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson and many more of the biggest stars in jazz.
Eva Nadauld is born in Rexburg, Idaho, USA. She will find success first as singer Eve Young and then, after being dropped by RCA in 1950, as Karen Chandler on Coral Records.
Broadway Melody Of 1929, the first musical released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, opens in the USA. It is Hollywood's first all-talking musical, and introduces the popular hit You Were Meant For Me by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, as well as providing the talkie debut for George M. Cohan's classic Give My Regards To Broadway.
Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra play the first night of a week of shows at The Savoy Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Stick McGhee And His Buddies record Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA. The track is a re-make of a song he had previously recorded for a smaller label with no success, but this new version will launch Atlantic Records into the charts for the first time. At the same session, McGhee also records Tall Pretty Woman Blues, Lonesome Road Blues, Blues Mixture, I'll Always Remember and Blues And Broken Hearted. Brownie McGhee plays guitar on the session.
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Ragtime pianist Johnny Maddox becomes the first artist ever recorded on Dot Records in Gallatin, Tennessee, USA. At the session, Maddox records Crazy Bone Rag and St. Louis Tickle.
The Tanner Sisters play the first of two nights in Cardiff, Wales.
Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Witherspoon and Floyd Dixon play the first of three nights as part of a Battle Of The Bands at the Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Louvin Brothers record Hoping That You're Hoping and The First One To Love You for Capitol Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The space race begins as the Soviet Union successfully launches Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite. Weighing 83.6kg, Sputnik 1 was about the size of a beach ball and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. The event also triggered the imaginations of many songwriters and artists, first of whom was probably rockabilly vocalist Skip Stanley with Satellite Baby (1956), but there were others including Sputnik Baby by Roosevelt Sykes (1957), Sputnik Dance (1958) by The Equadors and Jerry Engler with Sputnik (Satellite Girl) (1958).
The Everly Brothers play the first of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Bobby Day, Little Willie John, The Upsetters and Big Jay McNeely play the first night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Bill Doggett plays the first night in a week of shows at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The first Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars package tour plays in Peoria, Illinois, USA. with acts including Paul Anka, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Annette, The Coasters, The Skyliners and Bobby Rydell.
The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson debuts on tv in the USA, with a theme tune written by Paul Anka. Carson's first musical guests on the show are Tony Bennett and Rudy Vallee.
The Beatles play at the first Mersey Beat Poll Awards Show, Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead, UK.
The first episode of The Judy Garland Show is taped at CBS Television City, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, in front of an audience including Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Natalie Wood, Hedda Hopper, Louella Parsons, Agnes Morehead, Clint Eastwood, Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner and Van Heflin.
The Rolling Stones play their first American show at Lynn, Massachusetts, USA. During the same evening, they make a live tv appearance on the Les Crane Show.
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Frank Ifield plays the first of six nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Birmingham's Spencer Davis Group plays its first headlining gig at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK.
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Wilma Burgess releases her first hit, Baby, on Decca Records in the USA.
The Grateful Dead, Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band, and The Doors play the first of three nights at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience hit the headlines when Jimi sets fire to his guitar on the first night of a Walker Brothers package tour at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe. Also on the bill are Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck.
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Chuck Berry plays the first of six nights at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA. Also on the bill are Eric Burdon And The Animals plus The Steve Miller Band.
The Band make their debut on the UK singles chart with The Weight.
Bob Dylan and The Band play the first of two nights at the Capitol Center, Washington DC., USA
Bob Dylan's four-hour film, Renaldo And Clara, shot during the first half of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour, goes on general release in the USA to mixed reviews.
Terence Trent D'Arby has his first UK singles chart entry with If You Let Me Stay, which will peak at No7.
The First Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference takes place in The Hyatt Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA.
Mariah Carey scores her first top five entry in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with Vision of Love - her first of many top five titles.
Ebeneezer Goode by The Shamen reaches No1 in the UK singles chart for the first of four weeks.
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On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Chamsil Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea, to an audience of 50,000.
The controversial BBC tv documentary special, Living With Michael Jackson, is broadcast in Denmark for the first time.
The first Recording Arts Day is held at The US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA. Taking part as representatives of the musical community are are Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Jam, Desmond Child, Randy Jackson, Earl Klugh, Jon Secada, Crystal Gayle and Dave Koz.
When Sheryl Crow headlines the first night of Sunfest, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, she is joined by Eric Clapton for a performance of the Stevie Wonder classic Superstition.
British folk-rock quartet Mumford And Sons release their debut album, Sigh No More, in the USA and Canada.
On his Battle Studies World Tour, John Mayer plays the first of two nights at The Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, New York State, USA.
Hold My Hand, the first new Michael Jackson single since his death is released on Epic Records. The track is a duet recorded in 2007 with Akon.
LMFAO release Party Rock Anthem, the first single from their second album, Sorry For Party Rocking.
Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin play in the Auditorium Stravinsky, Montreux, Switzerland, on the first day of the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival.
Believe by Justin Bieber enters the Billboard 100 Albums Chart in the USA at No1 with sales of 374,000 in its first week. It also reaches No1 in Canada on sales of 57,000 copies.
Rita Ora does a signing session to promote her debut album, Ora, at HMV's Bayswater store, Whiteleys Shopping Centre, London, UK.
Jazz-fusion supergroup Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin and Dennis Chambers release their debut album, HBC, on Music Theories Recordings, in the UK.
Iggy Azalea releases her debut album The New Classic in Europe (excluding the UK).
super-Earth, a new band fronted by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney, makes its live debut at Secret Society, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Sam Smith releases his debut LP, In The Lonely Hour, on Capitol Records in the UK.
Ed Sheeran's x (Multiply) tour plays the first of its 179 gigs in Osaka, Japan, Asia, and will continue through Europe, the Americas, Oceania and Asia until December 12, 2015, ending in New Zealand.
FKA Twigs releases her debut album, LP1, on Young Turks Records in the USA.
Bess Atwell releases her debut LP, Hold Your Mind on Bullnose Hoop Records in the UK.