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John Grayton Dolphin is born in Beatrice, Alabama, USA. He will find success as jazz, Doo-woop, R'n'B and Rock'n'Roll music producer John Dolphin, aka Lovin John and The Toast of the Coast. He will work with, among others, Sam Cooke, Jesse Belvin, Charles Mingus, Pee Wee Crayton, Major Lance, Scatman Crothers, Harry Caesar, Tony Allen, Gene Forrest , Percy Mayfield, Damita Jo, Marvin Phillips, Jesse Belvin, Illinois Jacquet and Linda Hayes. Dolphin will also become a political activist, organising campaigns against racial intimidation in the music business.
Anthony H. Wilson (Tony Wilson) born in Hope Hospital, Salford, UK. Wilson will found Manchester's influential Factory Records and co-found The Hacienda nightclub.
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Hank Williams misses a scheduled appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Two days later, Opry manager Jim Denny will fire Williams.
Fred Rose, co-founder of the Acuff-Rose country music publishing empire, dies aged 57, of a heart attack, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
On an extensive nationwide promotional tour in support of his novelty single Baby Sittin' Boogie, Buzz Clifford visits deejays and other music business contacts in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
While in New York City, USA, on a business trip, Lonnie Donegan and his manager Cyril Berlin are staying at The Hotel Plaza.
When Ernest Tubb plays at East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, he offers Jack Greene a job as drummer in his band. Six months later, Greene joins the band.
Two Beach Boys' songs, Lonely Sea and 409, are registered for copyright by their composers, Brian Wilson and Gary Usher.
Aspiring r'n'b band The Rolling Stones sign a management contract with management team Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton, in London, UK.
With no less than eight Bob Dylan songs in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA, Variety magazine runs a Dylan feature headlined, "A One-Man Music Biz in Creation Of Rock-Folk Genre." Forty-eight Dylan songs have been recorded or commisioned by other artists in the last month alone.
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Capitol Records in the USA issues a new single by The Beatles - Boys/Kansas City. It is withdrawn after a week when the group's manager Brian Epstein objects that it does not represent the group's current style.
The Kinks latest single, Sunny Afternoon, enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No14.
The members of San Francisco band Moby Grape each sign an addendum to their individual management agreements with manager Matthew Katz in which they relinquish their right to use the band name unless they have the consent of Katz. This will cause considerable problems for the band in later years.
British weekly music newspaper NME announces that Steve Winwood is to leave the Spencer Davis Group in early April, in order to form a new band with Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason and Chris Wood.
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Mrs Mary Wilson, wife of Prime Minister Harold Wilson, holds a meeting in No10 Downing Street, London, UK, with the aim of raising funds for The Roundhouse, an arts venue in Chalk Farm, London. The event raises
Guitarist Dave Gilmour accepts Roger Waters' invitation to join Pink Floyd, because the band's original guitarist and singer Syd Barrett has become unreliable.
UK pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, is towed away by a Dutch salvage company, Wijsmuller Transport, from its mooring to Amsterdam, to secure unpaid bills for servicing.
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Music radio station WBCN in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, switches to a progressive rock format. The first song played to initiate the change is I Feel Free by Cream. The station is based in the dressing room at The Boston Tea Party – a local rock venue.
At St Katherine's Dock, near Tower Bridge, London, England, UK, Europe, The Rolling Stones are photographed for the cover of the compilation album Through The Past, Darkly. It will prove to be their last photo shoot with guitarist Brian Jones.
It is announced that The Beach Boys’ record label, Brother Records, has signed a foreign distribution deal with EMI Records in London, UK.
Eddy Grant suffers a heart attack, which forces him to quit his internationally successful band, The Equals.
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It is announced that keyboardist/songwriter Vince Clark is to quit Depeche Mode. (He will go on to achieve further success with Yazoo, The Assembly and Erasure)
Bay City Rollers' manager Tam Paton is convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to three years in jail. On the same day, in London, the Queen Mother is presented with a platinum disc in recognition of her services as patron of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
A gig at The Marquee, London, England, UK, Europe, by former Sweet frontman Brian Connolly is cancelled because he has been hospitalised.
The Jam play together for the last time, with a gig at The Centre, Brighton, England, UK, Europe, supported by Apocalypse.
Bob Dylan delivers a brief acceptance speech and is awarded a platinum disc when his first 25 years in the music business is celebrated at the Whitney Museum in New York.
Whitney Houston signs a development deal with 20th-Century Fox to produce and star in several projects.
Gett Off by Prince is certified as a gold single by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Tupac Shakur is released from Clinton Correctional Facility, New York State, USA, on $1.4m bail, posted by Suge Knight. In return Tupac signs a three-album deal with Knight's Death Row Records.
It is reported that country teen star LeAnn Rimes, previously always managed by her father, Wilbur, is now to be managed by Tom Ross, former head of the Creative Artist Agency's music division.
It is reported that, despite having sold over 15,000 tickets, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have cancelled their late August concert in Tel Aviv due to Israel's current political unrest.
The third and last day of The International Live Music Conference is held at The Royal Garden Hotel, London, UK.
The Stereophonics make two in-store appearances at UK Virgin Megastores in one day. First, at 8.00am they play in the Cardiff, Wales, megastore, then they rush to London in time to appear in the Oxford Street megastore at 18.00.
An announcement is posted on the Static-X website declaring that the band has parted company with guitarist Tripp Eisen, who was recently arrested on charges of under-age sex.
In an interview on the UK's BBC Radio One, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age claims that he sacked bassist Nick Oliveri from the band some months earlier because he had been physically abusing his girlfriend.
In an interview with Billboard magazine, former Guns N'Roses frontman Axl Rose states categorically that either he or guitarist Slash would have to die before their old band could get back together.
Music trade magazine Billboard reports that sales of digital albums in Germany grew 51% in both unit terms and value terms in first six months of 2010 compared to the same period a year earlier.
A feature published by Nature Neuroscience reveals that the delicious chills felt by music lovers when listening to their favorite pieces of music are caused by a spike in the level of dopamine in their brains. Dopamine is the same neurotransmitter that's involved in reward, motivation, and addiction.
Sylvia Robinson, perhaps best-remembered as one half of hitmaking R'n'B duo Mickey And Sylvia, dies aged 76 of congestive heart failure at the Institute of Neuroscience in Secaucus, New Jersey, USA. Robinson also co-founded Sugar Hill Records and was instrumental in bringing rap to mainstream audiences with such releases on the label as Rapper's Delight and The Message.
British music trade magazine Music Week reveals that 1.0m albums and 5.7m singles were downloaded in the UK during the last week of 2011, the biggest week ever for digital sales of both formats.
It is reported that the US rights of six of The Beatles' earliest songs, including She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and From Me To You, is to change hands for the first time in almost half a century. The small music publisher Round Hill Music has bought the rights which were first acquired by New York song promoter George Pincus in 1963.
In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, several of the British music business's richest men urge the government to create "a strong domestic copyright framework" which, they claim, will "stimulate growth in sectors where Britain has a competitive edge". Those signing the letter include Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, Sir Elton John, Robert Plant, Professor Green, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Simon Cowell and Tinie Tempah.
Jennifer Lopez launches her Jennifer Lopez for Kohl's Fall 2013 Collection at Gary's Loft, 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.
Spotify drops a totally silent LP called Sleepify, by a Los Angeles funk band called Vulfpeck, citing "violations of the service's content policies" as a reason. The album was intended as a protest against Spotify as well as a means of raising tour funding. Up to the time it was pulled off Spotify it had been streamed 5.5m times, earning the band almost $20,000.
Jason Orange announces that he has decided to leave Take That.
The Bonnevilles hold a launch party for their LP, Arrow Pierce My Heart, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
Lady Gaga announces via Instagram that she has built a dance floor in her back yard to practice for her upcoming Super Bowl appearance in Houston, Texas, USA.
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The Lynnes fly out of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, to Heathrow Airport, London, England, UK, Europe, to begin a British tour.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Kanye West has begun a $10m legal suit against various syndicates of insurer Lloyd's of London, including Cathedral Syndicate, alleging that they are stalling on paying out claims emanating from his recent canceled tour dates. It is thought that the insurers believe Kanye’s use of marijuana may provide them with a basis on which to deny the claim.
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