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Gordon William Mills is born in Madras, India, Asia. After moving to the UK, Gordon Mills will become a successful London-based music industry manager and songwriter, best-remembered for guiding the careers of Tom Jones
, Engelbert Humperdinck and Gilbert O'Sullivan.
In a move designed to boost Capitol Records
' blues and r'n'b roster, Dakota Staton
is signed to a recording contract with the label in the USA.
A four-page contract is signed by Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, and Jamboree Attractions for a performance in the venue by Elvis Presley
, Carlos Santana
and Wayne Shorter hold a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Asia, to announce their 'Emissaries For Peace' concerts, to be held in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Yokohama and Osaka between July 27 and August 2.
The Best-Selling record of 1960 according to the year-end poll in Cashbox
Magazine in the USA is Theme From A Summer Place by Percy Faith
On a promotional tour in support of his novelty single Baby Sittin' Boogie
, Buzz Clifford
visits deejays and other music business contacts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
plays at The Gaumont Ballroom, Bradford, England, UK, Europe, supported by Sounds Incorporated. The show is promoted by the notorious rock'n'roll entrepreneur Don Arden
Singing cowboy Gene Autry
becomes the owner of The Four Star Record Company in Los Angeles, California, USA.
During a performance at Carnegie Hall
, New York City, USA, Johnny Cash
's drug and drink-ravaged voice is virtually inaudible. Indeed, it is so below-par that Columbia Records
producer Don Law, who had planned to make a live album of the event, doesn't even bother to switch on the recording equipment.
Gary U.S. Bonds
files a $100,000 suit against Chubby Checker
. The charge is that Checker plagiarised Bonds' hit Quarter to Three and turned it into the song Dancin' Party. The case will be settled out of court.
It is reported in the UK music press that The Animals
have left EMI and signed to Decca Records
in the UK. They will begin recording for Decca in the spring of 1966 - when their contract with independent record producer Mickie Most
and Bruce Johnson of The Beach Boys
are among a number of recording artists who speak out live on the airwaves of Radio London, because the Marine Offences Act has made offshore radio stations illegal. Stevens bemoans the loss of the pirate radio station which had helped create his first hit record, while Johnson thanks the station for having helped promote the music of the Beach Boys
The Love Affair
fly to Vienna, Austria, Europe, to make an appearance on Austrian tv.
slips in her bathtub at The St. Moritz hotel in New York City, USA, injuring her left shoulder and collarbone. She is admitted to St. Claire's Hospital and given demerol for the pain. Lacking funds to play the medical bill, she is forced to pawn two of her diamond rings for $1000 at The Provident Loan Society on Park Avenue.
Now resident in Los Angeles, California, USA, The Jackson 5
affirm in court that they are happy and satisfied with their recent Motown
Records contract, which had been signed in Detroit, Illinois, USA. "I think this is a good contract," states Michael. The court appearance is simply to ensure that the contract satisfies Californian labour laws, but their words will be used against the group six years later when they try to sue Motown
The Hemdale Group, (incl director Patrick Meehan), already managers of Black Sabbath
, buys the remaining two and a half years of the group's recording contract with Essex Music Group for a reported $1,837,000.
Maurice Kinn, Executive Director of UK rock paper the New Musical Express (NME), retires after more than thirty years. His retirement party is attended by Tony Bennett
, Vera Lynn
, Max Bygraves
, Noddy Holder of Slade
and John Entwistle of The Who.
is awarded $144,700 worth of damages at the end of a court case against Roulette Records
owner Morris Levy
in New York City, USA, who had improperly released an album of Lennon material.
When The Grateful Dead
play at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA, Bob Weir changes the lyrics of their song Jack Straw from "we used to play for silver, now we play for life," to "we used to play for silver, now we play for Clive." This is a reference to Clive Davis
, the boss of Arista Records, for which the band records. In several subsequent concerts, Weir will make the same change in the song's lyric.
RCA Records in the USA raises the price of a 45rpm single from $1.69 to $1.99.
Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Lindsey Buckingham
of Fleetwood Mac
meets with the rest of the band to discuss his recent decision not to tour in support of their latest album, Tango In The Night
. The meeting ends in a screaming match in the driveway between Buckingham and his former partner Stevie Nicks
. She subsequently identifies this as the date on which "the new history of Fleetwood Mac
Country star Conway Twitty
sells his 20% share in the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team.
cause criminal damage at the offices of their former label, Revolver Records in Wolverhampton, UK, by splattering paint around the offices and over the car of label owner Paul Birch. They were angered by the label re-issuing an old track, Sally Cinnamon, as a cash-in single now that they were successful.
Steven Adler, drummer of Guns N'Roses
, signs an agreement requiring him to quit the band in the next month.
play a media showcase gig at the Powerhaus, London, England, UK, Europe, where they are seen by Dave Massey of Sony Music, who agrees to sign the group worldwide via a Creation Records' licencing deal.
The album Blues, by Jimi Hendrix
, is certified as a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. [Recording Industry Association of America] in the USA.
It is reported that Jay-Z
has decided against buying a $6.5m New York City, USA, penthouse after posters about his criminal record were put up in the building.
UK-based music retailer HMV announces a 10% sales increase, pushing profits for the last year up to £136m.
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.
It is announced that Depeche Mode
fans will be able to buy advance tickets for the band's tour of the USA next month when they download the band's forthcoming album from iTunes.
Pianist Myleene Klass treats passengers arriving into Heathrow Airport, London, England, UK, Europe, with a live performance of the Vangelis song Chariots of Fire, as part of the London 2012 Olympic media barrage.
Hillary Clinton is among the guests at the Elton John
AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani, Wall Street, New York City, USA.
Guitarist Brian May of Queen signs copies of his newly published book "Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell" during a promotional appearance at Barnes And Noble in New York City , USA.
Prince declares that he is now based in London, UK, which he regards as his home, and that he has plans to play more 'guerilla' gigs at venues around the city.
is among the celebrities attending the SUSC Shoah Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala in Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
It is reported that U2
, Foo Fighters
, Prince and a number of other high profile artists have cancelled their live dates after the brutal attack on concert goers at an Eagles Of Death Metal show at The Batlacan in Paris, France, Europe.