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James Bracken is born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. As Jimmy Bracken, he will found Vee-Jay Records in Chicago in 1953. With acts like The Spaniels, Jimmy Reed, The Impressions and Gene Chandler, his company will become a major competitor with Chess Records. In the early 60s, Vee-Jay was the first label to issue The Beatles material in America.
Sam Mitchell is born to a musical family in Liverpool, UK. As well as pursuing his own career as a performing and recording artist, he will become one of the most respected slide guitarists in the UK, working with Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Ralph McTell, Stefan Grossman and many others.
How Much Is That Doggie In The Window by Lita Roza reaches No1 the UK singles chart. The success of this song - which she famously hated and refused to sing live - makes Lita Roza both the first female vocalist to top the UK singles chart and the first person from Liverpool, long before The Beatles or Cilla Black.
Julian Cope is born in Deri, Glamorgan, Wales. As well as leading The Teardrop Explodes, he will enjoy a long solo career as a beloved UK cult act.
UK pop weekly the New Musical Express reports that two British pop idols, Liverpool-born Frankie Vaughan and Cockney rock'n'roller Tommy Steele, have been injured in the past week as a result of encounters with over-enthusiastic fans.
The Quarrymen play at the opening night of The Casbah Club in Liverpool, UK. The group includes three future members of The Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. This is also their first meeting with Pete Best, who will become the first drummer for The Beatles.
Paul McCartney of The Beatles takes part in the last of four performances of Saint Joan, a school play at Liverpool Institute, Liverpool, UK. McCartney is cast in the role of 'Assessor'.
The Beatles play the eighth night of a three month engagement at The Indra Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Rory Storm And The Wild Ones play at The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Clyde Valley Stompers play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Beatles play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. Also on the bill is Gerry And The Pacemakers.
Package tour A Star Spangled Night arrives at The Gaumont Ballroom, Bradford, England, UK, Europe, starring Billy Fury, Eden Kane, The Karl Denver Trio, The Allisons, Chas McDevitt And Shirley Douglas, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Dave Sampson and Gordon Peters. The tour is promoted by impresario Larry Parnes.
The Beatles play their first gig in the south of England, in a so-called Battle Of The Bands, at The Palais Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire, UK, Europe, to an audience of just eighteen teenagers, because the local newspaper failed to run an advertisement for the show. The other band in the battle is Ivor Jay And The Jaywalkers.
Johnny Sandon And The Searchers play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
Billy Fury and Marty Wilde play at The Windmill, Great Yarmouth, UK.
Joe Brown And His Bruvvers play at Cambridge Hall, Southport, UK, supported by The Beatles, The Dakotas With Pete MacLaine, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Billy Kramer with The Coasters, and The Four Jays [later to become The Fourmost].
Gerry And The Pacemakers play a lunchtime gig at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
The Beatles play a lunchtime session at Cavern Club.
Supporting Frank Ifield at The Embassy Cinema, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, UK, The Beatles' egos are dented by a disastrous reception. Also on the bill are The Lana Sisters, The Ted Taylor Four, 'vibes duo' Tommy Wallis And Beryl and Moya Moray, with Joe Black as compere.
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Carter-Lewis And The Southerners have a guest spot on BBC radio show Saturday Club, which rather more prominently features The Beatles.
The Merseybeats play at The Town Hall, Cheltenham, UK.
The Beatles release a new EP featuring the tracks Long Tall Sally, I Call Your Name, Slow Down and Matchbox on Odeon Records in France, Europe.
Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas, Dick And Dee Dee, The Blossoms and Bobby Sherman appear on tv show Shindig!, recorded in ABC-tv studios, New York City, USA.
The Beatles record the Buck Owens song, Act Naturally with Ringo Starr on vocals, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK. On the same day, they complete work on Yesterday and record Wait.
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Ringo Starr of The Beatles spends £37,000 on a new house, Sunny Heights, in Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK.
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Yesterday is released on Capitol Records in the USA as the new single by The Beatles. In the UK, it remains an album track.
The Everly Brothers play at the ABC, Exeter, UK, in the Brian Epstein-promoted Star Scene 65 tour, supported by Liverpool hitmakers Cilla Black and Billy J. Kramer.
The Beatles play at the ABC Cinema, Ardwick, Manchester, UK, supported by The Moody Blues. During the day, they meet with producer Walter Shenson to discuss a film project, A Talent For Loving, which is later abandoned.
The 9th Annual Grammy Awards are held, with the event split between venues in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York City, USA. Winners include Strangers In The Night by Frank Sinatra as Record Of The Year; Michelle by The Beatles as Song Of The Year; Eleanor Rigby by Paul McCartney of The Beatles as Best Contemporary Rock'n'Roll Solo Vocal Performance and Monday Monday by The Mamas And The Papas for Best Contemporary Rock And Roll Group Performance. The shock of the evening is the award of Best Contemporary Rock And Roll Recording to Winchester Cathedral - a 1920s jazz pastiche by The New Vaudeville Band.
Jack Bruce releases the album Songs For A Tailor in the UK. George Harrison of The Beatles plays guitar on the song Never Tell Your Mother She's Out Of Tune.
John Lennon of The Beatles is offered the title role in the musical Jesus Christ, Superstar.
At a press conference the New Science Center, Ontario, Canada, John Lennon of The Beatles announces a three-day Peace and Poetry Festival to be held in Mosport Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but it never materialises.
Barbara Dickson plays at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK.
The Young Ones play at The Marquee Club, London, UK. They will not last long, but one member, Paul 'Wix' Wickens, will go on to a lengthy career as MD in Paul McCartney's band.
Elvis Costello and Squeeze play at a benefit show in the Top Rank, Swansea, Wales, UK, Europe, for the family of Johnny Owen, a UK boxer whose injuries in a recent fight led to his death.
The funeral of Liverpudlian pop heart-throb Billy Fury takes place at St John's Wood Church in London, UK. The choir sings I'm Lost Without You, one of his sixties hits.
Thriller by Michael Jackson enters the Billboard US Top Ten Singles chart in its second week on the chart. The last single to achieve this feat was Imagine by John Lennon in 1971.
Paul McCartney comes to the end of three days filming a video for his song Only Love Remains, at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, UK.
In London, Paul McCartney secures a court order preventing Christie's auction house from selling his handwritten lyrics to The Beatles' song Hey Jude.
The Wombats begin a UK tour at the HMV Institute, Birmingham, supported by Team Me.
A Hofner fiddle bass guitar donated by Sir Paul McCartney is auctioned for charity at the annual Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award event in The Hilton, Park Lane, London, England, UK, Europe.
Cabbage, The Shimmer Band and April play at EBGBS, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.