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George Bragg is born in Meridian, Mississippi, USA. He will grow up to become the founder of the Texas Boys Choir and a two-time Grammy Award winner.
A Fred Astaire tv special, Astaire Time, is broadcast by NBC-tv in the USA. It will win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program.
A UK Silver Disc is presented to the hit single Apache by guitar instrumental band The Shadows.
Henry Mancini is presented with The Annual Texas Music Festival Award at Texas State Fair, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Frank Ifield qualifies for a gold disc for one million worldwide sales of his hit single Lovesick Blues.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Bad To Me by Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas. The song is composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single I Think Of You by The Merseybeats.
Liza Minnelli makes her Broadway, New York City, USA, debut in "Flora, The Red Menace" at The Alvin Theatre, playing a young woman whose boyfriend is a communist. The show closes after 87 performances, but Minnelli wins the Tony Award as best musical actress.
The Beach Boys Today! is certified as a gold album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA. On the same day, The Beach Boys play at Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
The LP How Great Thou Art by Elvis Presley is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Legend Of Xanadu by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich is awarded a Silver Disc in the UK, Europe.
The LP Are You Experienced by the Jimi Hendrix Experience is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The hit single Mrs. Robinson by Simon And Garfunkel is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The LP Wheels Of Fire by The Cream is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Bob Dylan is awarded an honorary Doctorate Of Music by Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.
The album Abraxas by San Francisciso band Santana is awarded a gold disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Indian Reservation, a Billboard No1 hit single by The Raiders is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA, recognising sales of over 1m copies.
Wishbone Ash, supported by Vinegar Joe, Renaissance and Al Stewart, play a Christmas concert at Alexandra Palace, London, England, UK, billed as Christmas At The Palace. During this gig, Wishbone Ash are presented with a gold disc for their album Argus.
Kiss make imprints of their feet in the Walk of Fame outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The album Give Me The Night by jazz and r'n'b guitarist George Benson is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
The album Tonight I'm Yours by Rod Stewart is awarded a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The album Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me by The Cure is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The R.I.A.A. certifies that the album Madonna has now notched up four million sales in the USA.
Lita Ford is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for sales of the hit single, Close My Eyes Forever.
Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks is certified as a quadruple-platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Cover Girl by New Kids On The Block is certified as a Gold Single in Canada.
Out Of Order by Rod Stewart is certified as a Quintuple Platinum Album in Canada.
Michael Jackson attends a 'City Of Hope' Gala honouring Tommy Mottola, President of CBS' Record Division.
At the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, USA, The Ramones are inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam.
After attending the Mobo Awards in London, England, UK, Janet Jackson avoids the official party and goes out to the Kabaret club.
The R.I.A.A. certifies Good Rockin' Tonight by Elvis Presley as a gold disc in the USA, thus bringing his total US singles sales to 50m.
Mariah Carey arrives in Tokyo, Japan, Asia, to attend the MTV Video Music Awards show the following day.
Bob Dylan's 32nd studio album, Modern Times, wins the Grammy award for best contemporary folk/Americana album, while the song Someday Baby wins for solo rock vocal performance. This brings his total of Grammy Award wins to ten.
George Harrison of The Beatles gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1750 Vine Street, next to former bandmate John Lennon's star. Appropriately, because Capitol Records was The Beatles' American record label, both stars are located in front of the Capitol Studios HQ building.
Grammy-winning artist Usher files for divorce from his wife of nearly two years, Tameka Foster, at the Superior Court in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The Legal papers do not cite an official reason for the split, but it is understood that the couple have been living apart for some while.
The hit single I Run To You by country-rock trio Lady Antebellum is awarded a platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Legendary folk musician Pete Seeger receives the 2010 WhyHunger Chapin Award at the WhyHunger 35th anniversary celebration in Gotham Hall, New York City, USA. Songwriting duo Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson receive the ASCAP-Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award.
Animal by Neon Trees is awarded a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Axl Rose announces that he is rejecting his imminent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His open letter to the Hall Of Fame committee states, "I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no-one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf."
Kate Bush is made a Commander Of The British Empire in the Queen's New Year's Honours list in the UK.
International Clash Day is inaugurated when John Richards, a host and producer at Seattle radio station KEXP, plays Clash songs throughout the morning. The event will subsequently be recognized via official proclamations from cities including Seattle, Vancouver, Washington DC, and Austin, Texas, as well as the state of Washington.
Neil Diamond, Jay-Z, John Legend, John Mayer, Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit, Este, Alana and Danielle Haim, Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT, Joy Williams, Adele and Darren Criss attend a luncheon honouring Columbia Records Chairman Rob Stringer as UJA-Federation Music Visionary of 2013 at The Pierre Hotel, New York City, USA.
The British Country Music Awards take place in The Concorde Suite, Crane Lodge Road, Heathrow, London, UK, with winners including some of Britain’s rising new wave of country acts including Raintown, The Shires, Ward Thomas and Luke And Mel.
Country musician, songwriter and record producer Wayne Carson dies aged 72, having suffered from various ailments including congestive heart failure. He is perhaps best-known as the co-writer of Always on My Mind of which over 300 recordings have been made by artists including Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Gwen McCrae and Loretta Lynn.
Mana are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chris Martin, John Legend, Kesha, Little Big Town, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Lambert and Sam Smith play at I'm Still Standing: A Grammy Salute to Elton John in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City USA.
Sir Elton John is presented with the Legion of Honour, France's highest award, during a visit to the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Europe. Before the award, Sir Elton and French President Emmanuel Macron address a crowd at France's annual music festival, the Fete de la Musique. Macron uses the occasion to address replenishing a global fund to fight AIDS.
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