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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.
Record producer John Hammond offers Billie Holiday a recording contract with Brunswick Records in New York City, USA.
Jack Nitzsche, who will become a legendary songwriter, arranger and producer is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Michael Peter Hayes is born in Aldershot, UK. With a name change to Mickie Most, he will produce hit singles for The Animals, Donovan, Jeff Beck, Lulu, Hot Chocolate and many more.
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Jeff Wayne is born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, USA. He will find success first as a tv commercial composer, then as a record producer [notably for David Essex] and finally as the creator of a musical version of the H.G. Wells story The War of The Worlds.
Ossie Hibbert is born in Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. He will become an acclaimed reggae pianist contributing to countless hit records but also writing, producing, arranging and engineering many more.
Revered UK record producer Joe Meek starts his own label, Triumph Records.
Martha Carson, with producer Wink Martindale, records Can't You Love Me?, Everything Happens For The Best and other songs for Dot Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calornia, USA.
Tommy Sands, with producer Ken Nelson, records Everyday, in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Backing vocals on the session are provided by The Jordanaires.
Hurricane Hattie makes landfall near Belize City, Belize, Central America, killing over 300 people and destroying most of the city. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, fourteen year old Jimmy Cliff will write and the song Hurricane Hattie, with producer Leslie Kong of Beverly's Records in Kingston, Jamaica. It will give Cliff his first of many hit singles.
Patti Page records You Don't Know Me, Most People Get Married, Every Time I Heard Your Name and Invitation To The Blues at Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The session is produced by Shelby Singleton, Jr., and the band features guitarists Grady Martin, Jerry Kennedy and Harold Bradley, bassist Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Floyd Cramer and saxophonist Boots Randolph.
Clint Black is born in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. Raised in Houston, he will earn the Country Music Association's 1989 Horizon award at the outset of a career that will include hits such as A Better Man, Something That We Do and Put Yourself In My Shoes.
Duane Eddy records tv series theme The Ballad Of Paladin, Stretchin' Out and The Wild Westerners with producer Lee Hazlewood at RCA Victor Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Personnel on the session include Duane Eddy on guitar; Barney Kessel on guitar, Bill Pitman on guitar, James Bond on bass, Earl Palmer on drums, Larry Knechtel on piano, Plas Johnson on saxophone and George Tracy on harmonica.
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.
Mississippi John Hurt spends the last of three days recording his LP Worried Blues with producer Pete Kuykendall in Wynwood Recording Studio, Falls Church, Virginia, USA.
UK pop/rock band The Manish Boys, (not yet including David Bowie), audition for top UK producer Joe Meek, at Studio 304, Holloway Road, London, UK.
Big Joe Williams completes the recording of tracks for his album Classic Delta Blues, with producer Pete Welding and engineer Norman Dayron, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The day before setting off on a tour of the USA, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys breakfasts with his new wife, Marilyn Rovell, in Tiny Naylor's Coffee Shop, Los Angeles, California, USA. The pair are trying to overcome the problems that are already besetting their marriage.
The Beach Boys are in the studio in Los Angeles, California, USA, recording Do You Wanna Dance and In The Back Of My Mind.
The Beach Boys play at The Colonial Theatre, Keene, New Hampshire, USA.
The Beach Boys play the first of two nights at the Waikiki Shell, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys remembers, "Carl Wilson and I really loved She Belongs To Me by Bob Dylan. I remember in the Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel, we had a record player in the suite and we just played that song over and over and over."
Although they have not yet released a record, when The Lovin' Spoonful play at The Night Owl coffee house in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, the crowd includes Bob Dylan, The Byrds and Phil Spector.
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Independent record producers George Martin, John Burgess, and Ron Richards open a new recording studio, Associated Independent Recordings [AIR (Record Productions)] London, Ltd., in London, England, UK.
Treat Her Right by Roy Head enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No2.
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Jody Miller records Magic Town (written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) and Yesterday with producer Steve Douglas in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jimmy Dean, with producers Chet Atkins and Felton Jarvis, records I'll Fly Away, Lord I'm Coming Home, These Hands and Just A Closer Walk With Thee in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Bobby Bare with Chet Atkins as producer, records, Don't Do Like I Done Son, When Am I Ever Gonna Settle Down and Maggie, in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session includes Fred Carter and Jerry Reed [gtrs], Junior Huskey [bass], Jerry Carrigan [drums], Floyd Cramer [piano] and Ray Stevens [vibes].
Bob Dylan is working with producer Bob Johnston in Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on the songs Early Morning Rain, Woogie Boogie, Copper Kettle, Belle Isle and All The Tired Horses.
John Lennon and Phil Spector file copyright on their joint composition, Here We Go Again.
Iron Maiden refuse to mime to their single Running Free on tv series Top Of The Pops in London, UK, and insist on performing it live, against the wishes of the show's producers.
Prince makes his British debut with a show at The Lyceum, London, England, UK.
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Prince plays the second of two nights in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Prince plays the first of two nights at The Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA.
Finlay Dow-Smith is born in Bromley, UK. He will find success as songwriter, producer, remixer and DJ Starsmith, working with Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Robyn, Timbaland, Katy Perry, Little Boots, Passion Pit, Paloma Faith, Marina And The Diamonds and others.
Bob Dylan begins three weeks of recording with producer Daniel Lanois at Studio-On-The-Move, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The sessions will result in the album Oh Mercy.
On behalf of Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli, the first of 24 lawyers’ letters are sent to their record producer, Frank Farian, asking that the duo be allowed to sing on its next album.
Prince plays at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA.
George David Clark III is born in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He will find success as Kidd Flow of the hip hop and record production duo Young Duece.
Prince performs for the first time at The Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA, for a specially-invited audience of under-privileged children's groups from the local community.
Eye Hate U by Prince peaks at No12 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, as his LP The Gold Experience hits No4 in its week of entry to the UK Album Chart.
The album Emancipation by Prince is certified double-platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
1999 The New Masters (EP) by Prince peaks at No150 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA.
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, the 20th LP by Prince, reaches No42 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA.
Alan Caddy, guitarist with UK instrumental hitmakers The Tornados, dies aged 60 in London, England, UK, Europe. The cause of his death is not released, but he was known to have been an alcoholic for much of his life. The band is best-remembered for their international hit single Telstar, written and produced by the controversial Joe Meek.
Record producer and musician Roger Greenawalt performs his "Beatles Complete On Ukulele" concert for the first time, by playing all 185 original songs written by The Beatles in one day on ukulele with sixty guest singers at Elizabeth Streb's SLAM Action Lab in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Brian Wilson plays at The Mann Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Legendary electronic musician and record producer Brian Eno criticises the continued Israeli bomb strikes in the Gaza Strip during a public demonstration in London, England, UK, Europe.
Girl by Pharrell Williams makes its debut at No1 in the Official UK Albums Chart.
Beach Boys' founder Brian Wilson announces a 2016 world tour during which he will perform the classic album Pet Sounds for a final time, in honour of its 50th anniversary.
Nouvelle Vague play at Grand Train, Showcase, Paris, France, Europe.