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Grammy-winning gospel singer Tramaine Hawkins is born in San Francisco, California, USA. Although most of her career will be spent in gospel music, she will briefly be a member of the pop group The Honey Cone in the 1970s.
Brenda Lee Day is declared by State Governor Ernest Vandiver in the singer's home state of Georgia, USA. Decca Records uses the event to promote Brenda's latest album, Emotions, nationwide, resulting in sales of 125,000 copies of the disc on this day.
The Original Cast Album for the musical The Flower Drum Song is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single No Arms Can Ever Hold You by The Bachelors.
The LP Lady Soul by Aretha Franklin is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Hey Jude by The Beatles is awarded a Gold Disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA
Rolling Stone magazine in the USA votes Jimi Hendrix Performer Of The Year for 1968.
Tony Bennett, Beverly Sills and Charley Pride perform live at the Annual Record Industry Association Of America (R.I.A.A.) Cultural Award Dinner in the Ballroom Center of the Hilton Hotel, Washington DC, USA.
Pendulum, the sixth album by San Francisco band Creedence Clearwater Revival, earns a gold disc in the USA.
The album Weekend In LA 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 Private Eyes by Daryl Hall And John Oates is certified both gold and platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Guitarist John Osborne is born in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. With his younger brother T.J., he will form Brothers Osborne, who will collect Vocal Duo of the Year honors in 2015 from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.
It is reported that Michael Jackson's album Thriller has now outsold Bing Crosby's single White Christmas, making it the biggest-selling music recording ever.
Earl Thomas Conley becomes the first artist in any genre to score four chart-topping songs from the same album (Don't Make It Easy For Me), when his song Angel In Disguise hits No1 in the Billboard Country Chart in the USA. As well as Angel in Disguise, the album provided a hit with its title track, plus Your Love's On The Line and Holding Her And Loving You.
Andy Warhol attends the first MTV Video Awards, in Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA, with Diana Ross. Lou Reed is in the same row but pointedly does not acknowledge Warhol. Madonna hijacks the event when, dressed as a bride and singing Like A Virgin, she simulates sexual activity on the stage. Also performing at the event are ZZ Top and Rod Stewart.
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Eye Of The Zombie by John Fogerty is awarded a gold album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul is certified as a five-times platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
In the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, New York City, USA, songwriting team Carole King and Gerry Goffin are inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame. Graham Nash inducts The Kinks. Phil Spector inducts The Platters. A brief live performance by The Who is included in the ceremony, and they are inducted into the Hall of Fame by Adam Clayton of U2.
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The Haunted Fishtank by Love And Rockets is certified as a gold video by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor is certified as a platinum single by the R.I.A.A. in the USA. The song is composed by Prince.
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, USA, honours a former student, folk singer Burl Ives, by naming an art studio after the 81-year-old recording artist and actor, who enrolled at the college in 1929 but dropped out in his third year as his grades slipped. Ives attends the naming ceremony and says it felt good to be back at Eastern, despite not having a degree.
The album Blue Sky Mining by Midnight Oil is awarded platinum sdtatus in Canada.
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got by Sinead O'Connor is certified as a double-platinum album in the USA by the RIAA.
Waylon Jennings Day is declared in the country singer's hometown of Littlefield, Texas, USA.
A statue of the late American avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa is unveiled in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, Europe.
The LP (What's The Story) Morning Glory by Oasis is awarded a UK 14x platinum disc by the BPI.
When The Vibe Awards are held in Santa Monica, California, USA, a fight breaks out involving rappers Young Buck and Dr Dre.
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Nominations for Canada’s upcoming Juno Awards are announced, including Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, Sum 41, The Tragically Hip, Ron Sexsmith, Shania Twain, Finger Eleven, Billy Talent, Celine Dion and Diana Krall.
A statue of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott is unveiled outside Bruxelles, a pub just off Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland, Europe. Later, a tribute concert takes place at Dublin's Point Theatre featuring former bandmates and friends - Gary Moore, Eric Bell, Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson and Brush Shiels.
During the MTV Europe Music Awards, Kanye West takes to the stage, interupting an award acceptance speech by Justice And Simian, and claiming that his video for Touch The Sky should have won because it "cost a million dollars and Pamela Anderson was in it."
A bronze plaque, intended as a permanent memorial to country music star John Denver, is unveiled by The California Friends of John Denver and The Windstar Foundation, close to the location where his plane crashed, killing the singer, near Pacific Grove, California, USA. The site had previously been marked by a driftwood log carved by Jeffrey Pine of Colorado displaying the singer's name.
The Oklahoma State Legislature announces that The Flaming Lips' song Do You Realize?? has been chosen as the official rock song of the band's home state, Oklahoma, USA. Over 21,000 Oklahomans took part in a state-wide poll to choose the song.
Lady Antebellum is awarded Top Vocal Group, Song of the Year (Need You Now), and Single of the Year (Need You Now) at the 45th Academy Of Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The 55th annual Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast live from Telenor Arena, Baerum, Oslo, Norway, Europe. The winner is German vocalist Lena with the song Satellite. Britain's Josh Dubovie comes last, scoring just ten points with That Sounds Good To Me, written by Pete Waterman.
Paul McCartney is awarded the Gershwin Prize by US President Barack Obama at The White House in Washington, DC, USA.
Willie Nelson is inducted into The National Recording Registry, at The Library Of Congress, Washington DC, USA. The Registry is a list of sound recordings considered to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States."
Annie Lennox receives the Harper's Bazaar Women Of The Year Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at One Mayfair, London, UK.
A PRS For Music poll reveals Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out Of My Head to have been the most-played song of the past ten years in the UK. Toxic by Britney Spears takes second place, with Robbie Williams' Angels coming in third.
James Taylor [the singer-songwriter, not the jazz musician] is presented with the Montreal Jazz Festival Spirit Award at the Salon Vert of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, during The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
It is announced that 21, the second album by Adele, has reached a new milestone, becoming the 21st album to sell more than 10m copies in the USA since Nielsen SoundScan began keeping track in 1991.
Alison Moyet is presented with the Nordoff Robbins 2013 Silver Clef Investec Icon Award at The London Hilton, London, UK. (2013).
The 2013 MTV EMA Awards bash is held at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Holland, Europe. Katy Perry is among the stars in attendance
Neil Young is awarded a special commendation from The National Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences, "for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music", at the Village Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA. The award partly recognises Young
Ellie Goulding, Lorde and Katy Perry are among the guests attending the Universal Brits' After Party At Soho House Pop-Up, London, UK.
Beacon City Council, Beacon, New York State, USA, passes a resolution renaming the local Riverfront Park in honour of folk musician Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi. The new name is the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park.
On his That's My Kind of Night Tour, Luke Bryan plays at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA, with Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Cole Swindell and DJ Rock. With over 60,000 fans attending, the show sets an all-time record for a single day country concert in the history of the venue.
The Libertines are presented with the Best Headline Performance Award for their British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, UK, show during a ceremony at The 11th annual UK Festival Awards in The Roundhouse, London.
Ed Sheeran is presented with the first Official Number 1 Album Award ahead of his three sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe.
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.
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