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Having recently defeated an English army at the Battle of Prestonpans, Bonnie Prince Charlie is crowned King of Scotland. Numerous songs have been inspired by Charlie's life and deeds, including Charlie Is My Darling, My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, The Skye Boat Song and Will Ye No Come Back Again.
Folk blues singer Lead Belly, recently pardoned on murder charges, begins a business relationship with folklorist/record producer Alan Lomax.
Harold Ray Ragsdale is born in Clarkdale, Georgia, USA. He will find fame as Nashville-based songwriter, producer and performer Ray Stevens, known for hits including Gitarzan, Everything Is Beautiful and The Streak.
Peter Malick is born in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA. He will find success as a blues guitarist and record producer, spending much of his working life in Chicago.
Judy Garland attends a reception honouring producer Arthur Freed, at his home in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Robert B. Rivkin is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He will find success as drummer and record producer Bobby Z, best known as a member of Prince's band.
A uniquely British musical form, skiffle gets its first television airing in the USA as Lonnie Donegan makes his American TV debut, singing his huge UK hit Rock Island Line on NBC's Perry Como Show in New York City. The song was first recorded in 1934 in a field recording by inmates in an Arkansas State Prison, but Donegan's version is adapted from a 1944 recording by Leadbelly. Intriguingly, though, Donegan's version will inspire New York teenager Phil Spector to acquire a guitar and thus begin the career which will introduce a whole new production style, The Wall Of Sound, to popular music.
Buddy Holly plays lead guitar on recording sessions for vocalists Jack Huddle and Jim Robinson at producer Norman Petty's recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico, USA.
Chicago, Illinois-based indie producer Phil Bonnet is born. In a lengthy career, he will work with Smoking Popes, The Slugs, Fig Dish, Eleventh Dream Day, New Duncan Imperials and others.
Jazz drummer, producer and composer Phil Haynes is born in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA.
Dance/house/electronica/techno DJ, producer, recording artist, composer, and remixer Mario Fargetta is born in Lissone, Milan, Italy, Europe.
Marlon Williams is born in Queens, New York City, USA. He will find fame as hip-hop producer Marley Marl, working with LL Cool J, Roxanne Shante, Chaka Khan and many others.
The Isley Brothers, produced by Bert Berns, record My Little Girl, Open Up Her Eyes and other tracks for United Artists Records at Bell Sound Studios in New York City, USA.
The Animals play a gig in Liverpool, UK, then drive down to London for a recording session with producer Mickie Most, at which they will record The House Of The Rising Sun.
Record producer, engineer, and mixer Mark Howard is born in Manchester, UK, but will spend much of his career based in Canada. He will work with many artists including Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Marianne Faithfull, Emmylou Harris, U2, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Neil Young, and The Neville Brothers.
Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA, prepares stereo mixes from the three-track concert tape of The Beatles performing at Hollywood Bowl four days earlier. The plan is to release a live album but it will be stopped by the band and producer George Martin who are not happy with the quality of the performances.
The Honeycombs release their Joe Meek-produced debut album, The Honeycombs, in the UK. On the same day, they play at The Raith, Kirkcaldy, Scotland.
The Beach Boys play at The Colonial Theatre, Keene, New Hampshire, USA.
The Beach Boys are recording Then I Kissed Her, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bobby Bare records A Little Bit Later On Down The Line, Got Leavin' On Her Mind and Try To Remember, in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with Chet Atkins as producer. Musicians on the session include guitarists Fred Carter, Jr., Wayne Moss and Ray Edenton, with bassist Norbert Putnam, drummer Jerry Carrigan, Onie Wheeler on harmonica, Hargus Robbins on piano, Floyd Cramer on vibes and The Anita Kerr Singers.
Brenda Lee records White Christmas, Jingle Bells and Silent Night, with producer Owen Bradley, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Beach Boys announce that they have launched their own record label, Brother Records.
The Beach Boys, ? And The Mysterians, The Left Banke, The Electric Prunes and Keith play at the Robertson Memorial Field House, Peoria, Illinois, USA.
The Top Ten singles being played on WCOL Radio, Columbus, Ohio, USA, for the week beginning on this date, are as follows :

1. Love Is Blue - Paul Mauriat

2. Bottle Of Wine – The Fireballs

3. Soul Coaxin' - Raymond Lefevre

4. Soul Struttin' - Jamie Lyons

5. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred And His Playboy Band

6. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight And The Pips

7. Darlin' - The Beach Boys

8. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces

9. I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight - Tommy Boyce And Bobby Hart

10. Susan - The Buckinghams

I'm The Urban Spaceman by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band is released in the USA. Producer of this hit single is Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
Sly And The Family Stone play the second of two nights at the Fillmore East, New York City, USA, supported by Clarence Carter and Rotary Connection.
Elton John and Bernie Taupin meet up in London, UK, for the first time with producer Gus Dudgeon and arranger Paul Buckmaster to discuss Elton's upcoming second album.
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On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays at Louisville Gardens, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Prince plays at The Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
Purple Rain by Prince peaks at No2 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA.
After this final show of the Purple Rain tour, at the Orange Bowl, Florida, USA, Prince confirms that he is retiring from live performances.
The Beach Boys play at Carowinds Paladium, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
BBC1-TV in the UK airs the documentary "Omnibus - The Prince of Paisley Park" about Prince.
Sexy MF by Prince peaks at No66 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA. meanwhile, however, despite being banned by all radio stations in the UK, Sexy MF/Strollin' hits No4 on the British Singles chart.
Prince's new single, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, receives its premiere on CBS-TV's Miss USA Pageant in the USA.
Country stars Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Janis Gill, Carlene Carter, Reba McEntire and Clint Black are all featured in cameo roles in the movie Maverick, which opens today at cinemas across the USA.
Prince performs Peach at MTV's inaugural European Music Awards, at the Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Prince, Bo Diddley and The Isley Brothers are among the artists attending The Rhythm And Blues Foundation ceremonies in the Ballroom of The Sheraton Hotel, New York City, USA.
Sheena Easton files for divorce from producer Timothy Delarm, her third husband, to whom she has been married for just eleven months.
Brian Eno releases a new album, Another Day On Earth, in the UK on Hannibal Records.
Guitarist, vocalist, producer and composer Stephen Bruton, dies aged 60 of complications arising from throat cancer, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Mayer Hawthorne And The County begin a five-date UK tour at ULU, London, England.
Katie Melua's fourth studio album The House, produced by William Orbit, enters the Billboard pan-European albums chart at No1.
Prince plays in The Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
A lawsuit filed in Chatham County State Court, Georgia, USA, by the parents of 27-year-old Sarah Jones, names Allman Brothers Band guitarist Gregg Allman and the producers of the movie Midnight Rider as being responsible for the death of their daughter, who was hit by a train on the first day of filming.
Scores of concertgoers are hospitalised, mainly because of drug and drink problems, after a concert by DJ and producer Avicii at TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, is declared to have been the most watched video of 2015 on Vevo, with over one billion views. The full Top Ten most watched videos on Vevo are as follows :

1. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk 1,135,011,558

2. Taylor Swift - Blank Space 1,055,708,218

3. Maroon 5 – Sugar (2015 debut) 908,567,807

4. Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do (2015 debut)

5. 842,425,620 Taylor Swift - Shake It Off 762,904,682

6. Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass 692,419,231

7. Taylor Swift - Bad Blood (2015 debut) 656,351,040

8. Adele – Hello (2015 debut) 593,957,168

9. Sia - Chandelier 593,251,569

10. Enrique Iglesias - Bailando (Español) 533,037,712

Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) plays at The Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England, UK.
Diplo plays at The Colosseum, Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia.
Die Antwoord headline the third and final night of the BBK Live Festival in Bilbao, Spain, Europe. Also on the bill are Two Door Cinema Club, Brian Wilson and others.