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And His Royal Victoria Hotel Calypsos release a new 2-EP 45rpm set, A Second Album Of Bahamian Songs, on Art Records in the USA.
Fred Knobloch is born in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. He will go on to earn hits as a solo artist and as a member of Schuyler, Knobloch And Overstreet during the 1980s. He will also write Meanwhile for George Strait
and Back In Your Arms Again for Lorrie Morgan.
Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard is born in Strijen, Netherlands, Europe. He will find massive international acclaim as Anton Corbijn
, the long-term creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode
. Corbijn's unique style has also graced works by Coldplay
, Nirvana, Bryan Adams
scores his first Billboard
Hot 100 Singles Chart hit in the USA, when Just Because
enters the chart, where it will peak at No29 during a run of six weeks on the chart. The song's melody is inspired by A Little Word
(1956) recorded by fellow New Orleans-based performers, Shirley And Lee
. Looking further back, the melody of A Little Word is clearly derived from the aria Caro Nome in the 1851 opera Rigoletto by Verdi
An indication that rock'n'roll is fast overtaking country music comes when country promoter Harry 'Hap' Peebles, complains in The Music Reporter magazine that he recently lost about $1,000 a day on a tour featuring some of country music's biggest stars.
Bluegrass fiddler Earl Johnson
dies aged 78 of a heart attack, in Georgia, USA.
Julie Driscoll releases her debut single, Don't Do It No More, on Parlophone
Records in the UK.
Ray Brown And The Whispers
reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart. The song's lyric is remarkably similar to the 1963 hit Mockingbird
by Inez And Charlie Foxx.
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record the LP Live 'N Wild at The Hub, in The Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda, Caribbean.
Roy Drusky, with producer Jerry Kennedy, records When The Snow Is On The Roses, Warm And Tender and Shadow Of Her Mind, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee
The Soul Flutes
record Try A Little Tenderness, In The Wee Small Hours, Cigarettes And Coffee and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio
, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for CTI Records.
The British Board of Trade releases figures showing that, for the first time in the history of the British recording industry, album production has outstripped singles. Of almost 42m discs produced in the first five months of 1969, 23m were albums and only 19m singles.
begin three days of recording tracks for a new album, in London, UK.
, Michael Jackson
and Prince perform together onstage at The Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA. The music they perform is, regrettably, unmemorable, but the event is one which will never be repeated.
Simon Townshend releases a new single, I'm The Answer, produced by his brother Pete Townshend
of The Who.
Licenced To Ill, the debut album by white rap-rockers The Beastie Boys
, becomes the first rap album to top the Billboard
Albums chart in the USA, where it remains for seven weeks.
It is announced by Elton John
's manager, John Reid, that the star and his wife Renate Blauel have decided to 'continue living apart', but have no plans for a divorce.
/Healing Hands by Elton John
reaches No1 in the UK singles chart for the first of five weeks.
Rock'n'roll singer, guitarist and recording artist Johnny Carroll dies aged 57 at Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Texas, USA, following a failed operation to treat a congenital liver ailment.
's second wife, Diana Alexander, files for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, citing 'irreconcilable differences'.
Parks vs LaFace Records
- brought on behalf of civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks against the hip-hop duo Outkast
and their producer and record labels, is settled with Parks being paid an undisclosed cash settlement and the duo agreeing to work with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in creating educational programs about the life of Rosa Parks. The record labels and Outkast
admitted to no wrongdoing.
A lwasuit -
, best-remembered as composer of Frank and Nancy Sinatra's international hit Somethin' Stupid
, dies of kidney failure aged 69, in St Mary's, Georgia, USA.
, vocalist with hardcore punk bands including RKL (Rich Kids On LSD) and Snot, dies in a clinic in Tijuana
, Mexico, North America, while undergoing treatment with the controversial drug ibogaine in hopes of overcoming his addiction problems.
, known for many years as 'The French Elvis', seeks medical help in Los Angeles, California, USA, where he "presented himself to casualty with shivers and back pains". After examination and tests it is concluded that he is suffering from excessive alcohol consumption and respiratory problems linked to a life of heavy smoking. Soon after, to alleviate the symptoms, Hallyday is placed in a coma
The movie My Own Love Song
, whose soundtrack includes music written by Bob Dylan
[including Life is Hard from his 2009 album Together Through Life
] premieres in France, Europe. A road movie, it stars Renee Zellweger, Forest Whitaker, Madeline Zima and Nick Nolte.
Following an unauthorised online leak Taylor Swift
rush-releases her new single, Mine
, to digital retailers two weeks earlier than planned.
releases her second album, Endlessly
, in Germany, Argentina and Australia.
Travis Barker of Blink-182
and his ex-wife Shanna Moakler are arrested for making 'criminal threats', allegedly including threats of extreme violence, against each other at a residence they share in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Yoon Jong Shin
releases a new single, Thank You, on CJE+M Records in South Korea, Asia.