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Bandleader Karl King
is honoured with a surprise testimonial dinner held in the Savory Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, with congressman James Dolliver presiding. Two hundred and fifty guests attend, including Paul Yoder, Glenn Cliff Bainum, and A.A. Harding. Governor William Beardsley presents a plaque declaring King to be the foremost composer of band music and an inspiration to millions of young musicians.
It is reported that Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Connie Francis
has been chosen as the Christmas Seal
Song for 1961 by the Natuional Tuberculosis Association in the USA.
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson presents The Beatles
with their Show Business Personalities of the Year (1963) Award at The Dorchester Hotel
, London, UK.
From their chartered plane 23,000 feet above Kansas, USA, en route to Cincinnati, The Beatles
transmit thank-you messages to guests at a Melody Maker
awards lunch in London, UK.
attends The Valentines Awards ceremony held by UK pop weekly Disc, in London, England, UK, Europe.
is awarded a gold disc for his single Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy) by the R.I.A.A.
in the USA.
UK pop weekly the NME publishes its annual readers' poll, showing The Jam as Best Group of 1981.
Other NME Poll Winners : Altered Images - Best New Act
Siouxsie Sioux - Best Female Singer
- Best Male Singer
(The Jam) - Best Songwriter
The Specials' Ghost Town - Best Single
Echo And The Bunnymen
- Heaven Up Here - Best Album.
, Booker T. And The MGs, Jimi Hendrix
, Sam And Dave, Bobby "Blue" Bland, guitar maker Leo Fender, songwriter Doc Pomus and The Yardbirds
, including Eric Clapton
are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA.
Silhouette by Kenny G is certified as a triple platinum album by the R.I.A.A.
in the USA.
, 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
It is announced that Bono of U2
is among the nominees for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, because of his efforts to promote awareness of the effects of HIV/AIDS in Africa.
, The Jordanaires
, The Tokens and The O'Jays
are inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in The Convention Hall, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
receive their first music program award on M! Countdown in South Korea, Asia, for their single, Never Again. Indeed, as hosts of the show, they present themselves with the award.
Multi-award winning guitarist and producer Steve Dawson
releases his second solo album, We Belong To The Gold Coast, in Canada.
The hit single Boondocks by Little Big Town is awarded gold status by the R.I.A.A.
in the USA.
Folksinger and activist Judy Collins
is awarded the Eugene O'Neill
Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish American Writers and
Artists, Inc [IAW&A].
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister
is the subject of The Revolver/Guitar World Rock and Roll Roast, at the City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California, USA.
Seventeen years after dying in a plane crash, John Denver is awarded the 2,531st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Spotify announces that David Guetta
has surpassed 2 billion streams on their service. Guetta thus becomes both the first EDM artist and first French artist ever to pass the landmark. Prior to Guetta only Ed Sheeran
have notched up a billion streams.
are among the artists performing live at the Brit Awards 2016 in The O2 Arena, London, England, UK, Europe. Adele
collects four awards, One Direction
scoop the British Artist Video Of The Year award.
Award-winning blues guitarist Tommy Castro
and Shana Morrison play in The Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, California, USA.