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Jazz saxophonist Sax Mallard joins Local 208 of the American Federation of Musicians, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
William Martin Aucoin is born in Ayer, Massachusetts, USA. he will find success as Bill Aucoin, manager of Kiss, Billy Idol and Billy Squier.
It is reported that vocalist Savannah Churchill has signed a contract with Irving Berman and will be booked exclusively by the Gale Agency.
Brian Ferriman is born in London, Ontario, Canada. He will become a powerful artist manager and president of Savannah Music. In September 2008 he will be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Future country music star Faron Young drops out of Centenary Methodist College in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, before completing his first term. He had enrolled as a business major and his classes included Spanish, physical education, algebra, and American history.
In Washington DC, USA, The House Judiciary Sub-Committee on copyrights and patents resumes its hearing on The Bryson-Kefauver Juke Box Copyrights Bill. Mitch Miller, director of Columbia Records' popular records division, attacks the bill as a threat to music and hails the juke box industry for its support of musical talent.
Jim Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, fires Hank Williams for having missed an appearance on the show two days earlier.
During a city-wide slump in live business, The Beachcomber Club in Miami, Florida, USA, closes down. The club has lost $700,000 in two years.
Popular pianist, tv celebrity and recording artist Al Morgan files a bankruptcy petition in the US District Court, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, listing debts of $130,280 against assets of $19,900.
Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard is born in Strijen, Netherlands, Europe. He will find massive international acclaim as Anton Corbijn, the long-term creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode and U2. Corbijn's unique style has also graced works by Coldplay, Nirvana, Bryan Adams and others.
John Coltrane signs a contract with Prestige Records to produce three albums per year with a payment of $300 per LP.
Elvis Presley complains to his manager Col Tom Parker that the sound on test pressings of his next single, Are You Lonesome Tonight, is unacceptable.
Top Atlantic Records songwriting and production team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller announce plans to form two new record labels, Daisy and Tiger, which will provide finished masters for major labels to release and distribute.
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Mike Porco of Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, offers emerging folk singer Bob Dylan the chance to support John Lee Hooker at Gerde's for a fortnight in April.
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Time magazine reports that My Fair Lady has now scored three all-time records - by grossing $18m on Broadway, $37m on the road and $15m from sales of the original cast album. It also reports that Warner Bros has now offered $5.5m for the film rights.
Frank Sinatra sells his 223 shares in a company called Puccini Inc.
After her concert at The Odeon, Leicester Square, London, UK, Shirley Bassey throws a midnight party, with guests including EMI boss Sir Joseph Lockwood, record producer George Martin, Tommy Steele, Russ Conway, Matt Monro, Vic Lewis, Alan Klein and scriptwriter Alun Owen. Music at the event is provided by The Paramounts, who will become better known as Procol Harum.
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson presents The Beatles with their Show Business Personalities of the Year (1963) Award at The Dorchester Hotel, London, UK.
The Newbeats and The Dixie Cups play at The University Of Puget Sound Fieldhouse, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
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Judy Garland is at the Astor Tower, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for a press conference to promote her upcoming concert at The Arie Crown Theater.
Frank Zappa re-names his band, which has been recording in and around Los Angeles, California, USA, under several names, as The Mothers. (When their record label decides the name is potentially offensive, Zappa will change it again to The Mothers Of Invention).
Keyboardist Ray Manzarek runs into lyricist/singer Jim Morrison on Venice Beach, California, USA. Encouraged by Manzarek's interest, Morrison sings him his song Moonlight Drive. Suitably inspired by their encounter, they discuss the idea of forming a band together. In due course that group will become The Doors.
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Having completed his O-levels, Simon Nicol and his friend Ashley Hutchings convene to rehearse their Ethnic Shuffle Orchestra at Simon's parents' house, Fairport, in Muswell Hill, London, England, UK. They will eventually become much better known as Fairport Convention.
Frank Sinatra signs a contract with The National Broadcasting Company, in which NBC agrees to air the tv special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, paying Sinatra a sum of $525,000 for the show.
Summer In The City by The Lovin' Spoonful is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
A contract comes into force whereby Elvis Presley agrees that his manager, Col Tom Parker, should receive 50% of his recording royalties and profits from his movie ventures.
Simon And Garfunkel's Songs Of America tv special is aired. The show's sponsor, ATAndT, has dropped out because of the left-wing political slant of the show and the music.
Graham Parker And The Rumour sign a recording contract with Phonogram Records in the UK.
Legendary Liverpool 'supergroup' Big In Japan, plays its final date, at Eric's, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. The group's membership had included Ian Broudie (later of Lightning Seeds], Dave Balfe [later of Teardrop Explodes], Bill Drummond [later of KLF], Budgie [later of Siouxsie And The Banshees] and Holly Johnson [later of Frankie Goes To Hollywood].
Iron Maiden hold auditions at Hollywood Studios, London, UK, to find a second guitarist. Paul Todd is chosen but, in due course, he turns down their offer.
U2 are signed to a recording contract by Island Records, allegedly in the ladies' toilet at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK.
Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac files for bankruptcy in California, USA, citing debts of $3.7m against assets of $2.4m.
Country star Conway Twitty sells his 20% share in the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team.
A new nightclub, Fabric opens in Islington, London, England, UK. It will become a popular and influential dance-music venue.
Dave Mustaine, lead singer of Megadeth, sues former bass guitarist David Ellefson, claiming that Ellefson has used the group's name without Mustaine's permission.
Mayor Jack Ellis of Macon, Georgia, USA, announces that the city's resident rock legend Little Richard is to play a gig in the town on October 8. Ellis runs into opposition, however, when he asks local business leaders to join together to pay the $75,000 costs of staging the show.
Sugarland post a message on the band's website announcing that Kristen Hall is leaving the trio to concentrate on songwriting.
James Blunt scoops two honours, Most Performed Work and International Hit Of The Year, for his song You're Beautiful, at the 51st annual Ivor Novello Awards in London, UK. (2006)

The full list of 2006 Ivor Novello winners is as below :

Best Song Musically And Lyrically: KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See

Most Performed Work: James Blunt - You're Beautiful

Best Television Soundtrack: Rob Lane - Elizabeth I

Outstanding Song Collection: New Order

Best Selling UK Single: Shayne Ward - That's My Goal

Best Album: The Kaiser Chiefs - Employment

The Ivors Classical Music Award: Sir Harrison Birtwistle

International Hit of The Year: James Blunt - You're Beautiful

Best Original Film Score: Evil

Best Contemporary Song: Athlete - Wires

International Achievement: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)

Songwriters of the Year: Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz)

PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Ray Davies

The Academy Fellowship: Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb (Posthumous), Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees).
When smart phone manufacturer Palm Inc's shares soar by 34 per cent, U2's Bono earns a tidy $84m (£56.4m). The singer had invested $100m (£67.1) in the company a month earlier to help rescue it.
It is reported that Joss Stone is desperate to leave her record label, EMI, because she feels her relationship with the company has broken down. She is said to be prepared to pay back £2m to EMI to free herself of the contract.
It is reported that Alice Cooper has been banned from playing an upcoming show in Finland, Europe, because, according to Harri Wiherkoski, managing director of the Tampere Areena Oy, "artists who express suspicious values from Christianity's point of view cannot be allowed to perform at the venue."
60s pop idol Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas calls for Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles and others [including Kramer] to be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Non Performers.
The fifth annual Record Store Day is held in record shops across the world. For this year, Iggy Pop is the official Record Store Day Ambassador.
It is announced that sales of individual singles in the UK have surpassed the 100m mark in the year so far.
Dutch DJ Tiesto tops the Forbes Electronic Cash Kings list, ranking as the world's highest paid DJ with reported annual earnings of $14m. Skrillex comes in second with $9.7m and French DJ David Guetta sits fourth, earning $8.7m in the past year.
Using data based on analysing the total combined streams for each artist, Rihanna and Drake are named as music's most powerful couple by Spotify.
Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the former manager/financial advisor of The Rolling Stones, dies in his sleep, aged 80, after a long illness, in London, England, UK.
Elton John and UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez take part in the Sixth Biennial UNICEF Ball Honoring David Beckham and C. L. Max Nikias presented by Louis Vuitton at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Sam Smith are among the guests attending the Saint Laurent Los Angeles show at The Palladium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Bonnevilles hold a launch party for their LP, Arrow Pierce My Heart, at The Shaklewell Arms, London, England, UK.