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Edward Eliscu is born in New York City, USA. He will find success as a playwright, actor, producer, songwriter and composer, working mostly in the movies.
British record producer and composer Norrie Paramor is born in London, UK. He will become particularly well known for his lengthy working association with Cliff Richard at EMI Records.
Cliffie Stone is born in Stockton, California, USA. He will find success as a country singer, musician, record producer, music publisher, and radio and TV personality.
The Ziegfeld Theatre, named for pioneering Chicago-born music and dance spectacular producer Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., opens at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 54th Street in New York City, USA.
In a makeshift studio set up by producer Ralph Peer in The Taylor-Christian Hat Company warehouse in Bristol, Tennessee, USA, Ernest V. Stoneman's Dixie Mountaineers record Are You Washed in the Blood?, Skip To Ma Lou, Mountain Courtship and Corn Shuckin', for Victrola Records. This is the first day of recording in what has since become known as The Bristol Sessions. Subsequent days will feature local country and gospel acts including Blind Alfred Reed, Henry Whitter, Albert Karnes, Ernest Phillips and His Holiness Quartet, B.F. Shelton, El Watson, The Johnson Brothers, J.P. Nextor and Norman Edmonds, Dad Blackard And The Shelors, The Alcoa Quartet, Mr. And Mrs. J.W. Baker, Red Snodgrass and The West Virginia Coonhunters.
Mike Howlett is born in Lautoka, Fiji. He will find success as a bass player in Gong and Strontium 90, before going on to become an in-demand producer working with Martha And The Muffins, Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark, A Flock Of Seagulls and others.
Dick Shurman is born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. He will find success as a record producer working mainly in the blues field, with guitarists including Albert Collins and Johnny Winter.
Composer, arranger, record producer and guitarist Richard Niles is born in Hollywood, California, USA.
William Shockley of Bell Laboratories is granted a patent on the junction transistor in the USA. The device will revolutionise electronics and will lead to the invention of Transistor Radios, which will soon become the teenager's first choice for listening to pop and rock'n'roll music. Several songs will be inspired by Transistors including Transistor Radio (1961) by Benny Hill, Magic Transistor Radio by The Beach Boys, Radio Girl by Rick Nelson and Transistor Sister by Freddy Cannon.
Sun Ra records the album Sun Song in Universal Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois. Producer on the session is Tom Wilson, who will go on to produce albums by Frank Zappa, Simon and Garfunkel , Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground.
Sam Cooke records [I Love You] For Sentimental Reasons at Radio Recorders studio, Hollywood, California, USA, with producer Bumps Blackwell.
R'n'b vocal quintet The Stereos record I Really Love You, Please Come Back To Me and A Long Time From Never, for Cub Records in New York City, USA, with producer Otis Blackwell.
Tommy Sands, with producer Ken Nelson, records Jimmy's Song, Queen In Calico, The Wrong Side Of Love, Five Foot Deep In Teardrops and Just A Little Bit Blue in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Backing vocals on the session are provided by The Jordanaires.
Brenda Lee, with producer Owen Bradley, records Organ Grinder's SwingLet The Four Winds Blow, Hold Me and I'll Always Be In Love With You for Decca Records in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features guitarists Hank Garland and Grady Martin, bassists Harold Bradley and Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Floyd Cramer, harmonica player Charlie McCoy, sexophonist Boots Randolph and the Anita Kerr Singers.
Red Foley records I Can't Twist, The Happy Song and Wasted Years, at Bradley Film And Recording Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with producer Owen Bradley.
Johnny Tillotson records What'll I Do and I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, with producer Archie Bleyer, for Cadence Records in RCA Victor Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Eddy Arnold records Comin' Green, My Own True Love, My Darling Nellie Gray and Old Folks, with Chet Atkins as producer, RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Harmonica on the session is played by Charlie McCoy.
Bobby Darin records La Bamba, Guantanamera and When Their Mama Is Gone, with producer Nik Venet [aka Nick Venet], in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Record producer Norman Petty and instrumental group The Fireballs overdub additional backings for several songs recorded by Buddy Holly before his death, including Because I Love You, Baby Won't You Come Out Tonight and It's Not My Fault.
Visiting Liverpool, UK, on Beatles business, EMI producer George Martin is persuaded to see Brian Epstein's new discovery, Gerry And The Pacemakers in Birkenhead. Later, at The Cavern, he sees The Beatles and The Fourmost, and is introduced to the club's hat-check girl, Cilla Black.
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Odetta plays during two weeks of shows at The Prince Charles Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
Guitarist Roy Clark, with producer Ken Nelson, records Wildwood Twist, Talk About A Party and As Long As I'm Movin' in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session includes Billy Strange [gtr], Churly Chalker [steel gtr], Howard Roberts [bass gtr], Mark Tully [bass], Marty Alfred [drums], Frank Maio and Glenn Blair [saxes].
Sonny And Cher arrive in the UK for live dates and tv appearances.
The Beach Boys play at The Municipal Auditorium, Fresno, California, USA.
Manfred Mann record Tired Of Trying, Bored With Lying, Scared Of Dying, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, with producer John Burgess.
John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers are in Decca Records' studios, West Hampstead, London, UK, working on tracks for their next album, A Hard Road. Featuring Peter Green on lead guitar, the album is produced by Mike Vernon.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys records a vocal insert for the song Wonderful, co-written with Van Dyke Parks, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
In Studio One, Abbey Road, London, England, UK, Europe, The Beatles oversee recording of the orchestral middle and end sections of A Day In The Life.
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Atticus Matthew Cowper Ross is born in Ladbroke Grove, London, England, UK. He will find success as a musician, songwriter, record producer and audio engineer under the name Atticus Ross. He is perhaps best-known as a member of Nine Inch Nails.
Darlin' by The Beach Boys enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No11.
Led Zeppelin score eight first prizes in the Hot Licks poll in New Zealand, Oceania. Their wins in the poll are - best group in the world; world's finest vocalist for Robert Plant; world's foremost guitarist and producer for Jimmy Page; No1 bassist and third-best keyboardist for John Paul Jones; world's greatest drummer for John Bonham. Page and Plant are also awarded the top prize for their song writing abilities and John Paul Jones takes first place in the miscellaneous instrument category along with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.
On his Nude Tour Prince plays at Parc Des Princes, Paris, France, Europe.
On his Nude tour, Prince plays the second of two nights at The Globe Arena, Stickholm, Sweden, Europe.
The Beach Boys play at Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Tevin Campbell releases a new single, Round And Round, in the USA. The track is produced and written by Prince
BBC1-TV in the UK airs the documentary "Omnibus - The Prince of Paisley Park" about Prince.
It is announced at The Rhythm And Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards at Sony Pictures, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA, that The Artist (aka Prince) has made a sizeable donation, rumoured to be $100,000, to help the Foundation do its work.
Omar Rodriguez, who drove his Lincoln Navigator into four security guards at a Prince concert is sentenced at Multnomah County Circuit Court, Oregon, USA, to six and a half years in prison.
Good Vibrations, a stage musical based on the songs of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, closes after having run for 94 performances at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
James Brown plays at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England, UK.
At the murder trial of legendary record producer Phil Spector in Los Angeles, California, USA, gunshot wound expert Dr Vincent DiMaio tells the court that, in his opinion, actress Lana Clarkson committed suicide.
Bonobo releases his fourth LP, Black Sands, on Ninja Tune Records.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at the TW Classic Festival, Werchter, Belgium, Europe. Also on the bill are Mika, The Scissor Sisters, Amy MacDonald and others.
On his Welcome 2 America tour Prince plays the third show of a 15-night [21 shows] run at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chase And Status play at The Phones 4U Arena, Manchester, UK.
Kanye West plays at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oceania.
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers play at The O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK.
Prince releases his new album, HitNRun Phase One, exclusively through Jay Z's Tidal streaming service.
Lady Gaga is among the guests attending Mark Ronson's Grammy Afterparty at Elyx House, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) plays the second of three nights at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.