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David Foster is born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He will secure 15 Grammies as a songwriter-producer-pianist, working with Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton and others.
Susan Hayward wins the award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Musical Film for her leading role in With A Song In My Heart at The 10th Golden Globe Awards in the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single He'll Have To Go by Jim Reeves.
Brenda Lee plays the first night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The show is advertised as Lee's headlining debut in Vegas, ignoring the fact that she headlined the city's Frontier Hotel when she was eleven. During this season, she will be presented with a plaque in recognition of her membership to the ranks of Decca Records million-sellers.
Bob Dylan is given The Tom Paine Award by the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee for his work to advance civil rights, at the Bill Of Rights Dinner in the Americana Hotel, New York City, USA.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks.
Duke Ellington is presented with an honourary degree, Doctor Of Humanities, at Milton College, Milton Junction, Wisconsin, USA. In the evening, the Duke And His Orchestra play at Janesville High School Auditorium, Janesville, Wisconsin.
Georgie Fame wins the British R'n'B Section of the Melody Maker Readers' Poll, beating The Rolling Stones into second place.
Buddy Holly And The Crickets are awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A. for the hit single That'll Be The Day - a decade after its original release.
Pendulum, the sixth album by Creedence Clearwater Revival, earns a gold disc in the USA.
The compilation album The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane by Jefferson Airplane is certified as a US gold disc by the R.I.A.A.
Freddie Mercury of Queen is given an Ivor Novello Award for Killer Queen by the Songwriters Guild Of Great Britain.
Spandau Ballet play their first-ever gig, at The Blitz Club, Great Queen Street, London, England, UK.
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At the 1982 Juno Awards in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, controversial bondage-oriented band Rough Trade is asked not to sing particular lyrics from their song High School Confidential which "depicted putatively inappropriate lesbian lust". The band's singer Carole Pope performs the song anyway, including the controversial line, "She makes me cream my jeans / When she's coming my way."
Prince wins in the Best Group Rock Vocal Performance category for Purple Rain and R'n'B Song Of The Year for I Feel For You at the 27th annual Grammy Awards.
Bob Dylan presents the Hall Of Fame award to singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot at the Juno Awards ceremony in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Crossroads by Tracy Chapman is certified as a Platinum Album in Canada.
Lost In The Fifties Tonight by Ronnie Milsap is certified as a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Waylon Jennings Day is declared in the country singer's hometown of Littlefield, Texas, USA.
Michael Jackson escorts Madonna to the 63rd Annual Academy Awards Ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA, where she performs Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man) by Stephen Sondheim from the film Dick Tracy.
The hit single MMMbop by Hanson is awarded a platinum disc in the UK by the BPI.
Reba McEntire gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California, USA. McEntire's star is located next to Meryl Streep's, at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard.
Santana, with Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 on vocals, release a new single, Smooth, on Arista Records in the USA. It will win three Grammy Awards (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals). In 2013, Smooth will be ranked as the second most successful song of all time by Billboard.
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The R.I.A.A. announces that, with sales of 117.5 million units, Elvis Presley is now officially the biggest selling solo artist in American history.
In Chicago, Illinois, USA, Judge Vincent Guaghan orders R'n'B star R. Kelly, who is awaiting trial on child pornography charges, to stay away from Michael Jackson, who is facing child molestation charges, at the Grammy Awards ceremonies next month. This is regarded as odd, because Jackson is not expected to attend the Grammies.
The Brit Award nominations are announced in London, UK, with Scottish band Franz Ferdinand heading up the list. They have a tally of five possible awards, including Best British Group, Album, Breakthrough Act, Rock Act and Live Act.
The former home of Bob Marley, at 56 Hope Road, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica, Caribbean, is declared a protected heritage Site.
Kylie Minogue is given a Lifetime Achievement Style Award at the Elle Style Awards, held in Spitalfields market, London, UK. Will Young and Jamelia also win awards as the Most Stylish Music Stars.
Three-times Grammy-nominated cabaret singer Bobby Short, a fixture at his piano in the Carlyle Hotel, New York City, USA, for more than 35 years, dies of leukaemia, aged 80.
Alicia Keys is given the Starlight Award at the 2005 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York City, USA. Les Paul gets the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. Steve Cropper, John Fogerty, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Richard and Robert Sherman, and Bill Withers are also inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
Glory Defined by Building 429 wins the Best Song Award at the BMI Christian Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
During the BRIT Awards at Earl's Court, London, England, UK, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announces, 'You won’t see us at one of these for many, many years.' Many observers assume he means that the group is splitting up but the band quickly denies that this is the case.
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The town of Parma, Italy, Europe, names streets after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
Canada Post (the Canadian Post Office) issues limited edition postage stamps bearing the images of Anne Murray, Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
Famed jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe finally returns home to Laurel, Mississippi, USA, from which he had run away in 1938 in search of fame. In recognition of his lifetime of musical achievement Lowe is given a key to the city by Mayor Melvin Mack.
Need You Now, the second studio album by country-rock trio Lady Antebellum is awarded a platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
At the Music Week Awards in London, Polydor wins record company of the year, Bella Union wins best independent label, Nick Raphael and Jo Charrington of Epic Records win the A&R award, and Nick Detnon collects manager of the year for his work with Dizzee Rascal. Celebrity guests attending the event include Duffy, Dizzee Rascal, Gary Barlow of Take That and Lemar.
Green Day play at the Tony Awards in New York City, USA.
Bryan Adams gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Annie Lennox is presented with the prestigious O2 Silver Clef Award at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards Lunch in The Hilton, Park Lane, London, England, UK, Europe.
James Taylor [the singer-songwriter, not the jazz musician] is presented with the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award at the Salon Vert of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, during The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
The three-day-long London A Cappella Festival, curated by the 5-time Grammy- winning vocal group The Swingle Singers, begins at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, UK.
The album Babel by Mumford And Sons is awarded double-platinum status by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Kevin Rowland of Dexys Midnight Runners is awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by The University Of Wolverhampton, in a ceremony at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, UK.
Beyonce, with an estimated $115m income for the past year, tops the Forbes 100 List of the World's Most Powerful Celebrities. Other musicians high in the listing include Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Rihanna and Katy Perry.
B.B. King and Loretta Lynn are both honored with the Governor's Arts Award at the Tennessee Governor's Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
It is announced that Ed Sheeran's album x (pronounced Multiply) has overtaken Adele's 21 to become the longest-charting UK top 10 album ever released by a British artist. It was the fastest-selling album of 2014, and has now remained in the Official UK Albums Top 10 for 73 consecutive weeks, breaking Adele's 71-week record. Sheeran's album has sold over 10m copies worldwide, and received 59 platinum certifications.
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LL Cool J is awarded the 2,571st Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, California, USA. Sean "Diddy" Combs and Queen Latifah attend the event.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, Bob Dylan records his response to having won the 2016 Nobel Prize In Literature. He will publish it one day later.