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Virtuoso saxophonist and lifelong pioneer of avant garde improvisation, Lol Coxhill is born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK.
Glen Tipton, guitarist of Judas Priest, is born in Birmingham, UK.
The Coasters enter the UK singles chart for the first time, with Searchin', which will peak at No30.
British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan records The House Of the Rising Sun, Take This Hammer, John Hardy and other tracks in London, UK, for his album Lonnie Rides Again.
Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, The Tony Sheridan Trio and Georgie Fame play the fourth of six nights at The Empire, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
The Fraser Hayes Four provide live music on the BBC Home Service radio show Beyond Our Ken, broadcast from London, England, UK, Europe.
Geoffrey Burton is born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK. Adopting the name John Balance, he will found the influential, experimental UK 80s rock band Coil.
The Beatles play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK, supported by The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] and The Fourmost.
UK rock weekly the New Musical Express (NME) reports that Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones is likely soon to record a solo single.
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Manfred Mann play at The Corn Exhcnage, bristol, UK.
Ray Charles And His Orchestra with The Raelets play at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
King Of The Road by Roger Miller reaches No1 in the UK singles chart, for one week.
Connie Francis spends the second of two days of a recording session in EMI Recording Studio, 3 Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, London, England, UK. Over the two days she records songs including Mack The Knife, What Now My Love, The Girl From Ipanema, Milord and Stardust.
The Seekers, The Dave Clark Five, Tommy Quickly and Bobby And Laurie begin a tour of Australia, Oceania, with a show at The Capitiol Theatre, Perth.
The Seekers spend Christmas at home with their families in Melbourne, Asutralia, Oceania.
Fairport Convention make their stage debut with a performance at St. Michael's Hall, Golders Green, London, UK.
The three-day long Grande Gala Du Disques opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe. Among the artists appearing is Dusty Springfield.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience continue working on the song Gypsy Eyes, at The Record Plant, New York City, USA.
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The Jeff Beck Group, with Rod Stewart on vocals, plays the first of two nights at The Catacombs, Houston, Texas, USA.
Cream play their final gig at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, supported by Yes, and Taste [featuring guitarist Rory Gallagher]. The concert is recorded and released as Goodbye Cream.
Touring in support of their fifth LP Deceptive Bends, 10cc play the first of two nights at The Gaumont, Southampton, England, UK.
Iron Maiden hold auditions at Hollywood Studios, London, UK, to find a second guitarist. Paul Todd is chosen but, in due course, he turns down their offer.
U2 play at The Sounds Of Ireland Festival, Acklam Hall, London, England, UK, Europe, as support to Berlin.
The Cure release a new single, The Caterpillar, in the UK, where it will peak at No14.
Freddie Mercury of Queen meets opera diva Montserrat Caballe at the Hotel Ritz, Barcelona, Spain, Europe, to discuss the possibility of working together.
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Uriah Heep, the first major Western rock band to perform live in Russia, play the last of ten nights at Olympijskiy Stadium, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
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On their The Prayer tour, The Cure play at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Shelleyan Orphan.
Shakin' Stevens plays at The Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke, England, UK.
[spunge], Farse and Spankboy play at The Reading Rooms, Dundee, Scotland, UK.
Athlete play at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK, supported by Hot Chip and Oversol.
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Mark Mulcahy plays at Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush, London, England, UK.
Astrid Williamson plays at Sussex Arts Club, Brighton, England, UK.
Rooster release their fourth single, Deep And Meaningless, in the UK on Brightside Records.
Lucinda Williams plays at The Academy, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Ricky Martin releases a new single, I Don't Care, in the UK on Sony/BMG Records.
In a shock announcement that publicly reveals his homosexuality, former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes announces that he recently married his boyfriend Richard Cullen in a civil partnership ceremony in London, UK.
On their Somewhere Back In Time tour, Iron Maiden play at The TT Circuit, Assen, Netherlands
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Billy Ocean plays at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The three-day-long Coachella Music and Arts Festival continues at the Empire Polo Field, Indio, California. Artists appearing on this, the second, day include Muse, Faith No More, DJ Tiesto, The Dead Weather, The Raveonettes, MGMT, Coheed And Canbria and Cironne Bailey Rae.
Toots And The Maytals play at The O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK.
Lily Allen attends the premiere of Tamara Drewe at The Odeon, Leicester Square, London, UK. The Stephen Frears-directed movie uses some Lily Allen music in its soundtrack and her mother, Alison Owen, worked as a producer on the film.
Let's Get Ready To Rhumble by PJ And Duncan (aka Ant And Dec) returns to No1 in the UK Official Singles Chart nineteen years after its original release.
It is reported that London-based prog-rock band Messenger has signed a record deal with Svart Records.
Barclay James Harvest, with guests Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman, play at The Junction, Cambridge, UK.
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones attends a special screening of Get On Up hosted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences in The Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International, New York City, USA.
Ed Sheeran plays the first of two nights at The Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, UK.
A survey conducted by OnePoll claims that I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers is the biggest 'earworm' ever. N.B. The Oxford English Dictionary describes an 'earworm' as "a catchy tune which persistently stays in a person’s mind, especially to the point of irritation."
On her Live 2016 Tour, Adele plays the first of six nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Ed Sheeran begins the second North American leg of his ÷ Tour, with a show at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, USA, supported by Snow Patrol and Anne-Marie.