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Blind Blake 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 and U2. Corbijn's unique style has also graced works by Coldplay, Nirvana, Bryan Adams and others.
Lloyd Price 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.
The Twist, by Chubby Checker reaches No1 in Cashbox magazine's chart of the best-selling pop singles in the USA.
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Shane Fenton And The Fentones release a new single, I'm A Moody Guy on Parlophone Records in the UK. Fenton will find greater fame after a name-change to Alvin Stardust in the mid-1970s.
Popular folk group The Limeliters record a live album, Through Children's Eyes, accompanied by a 70-strong children's choir, at The Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, California, USA, for RCA Victor Records.
Donovan releases his debut LP, What's Bin Did And What's Bin Hid on Pye Records in the UK.
The Walker Brothers and Goldie And The Gingerbreads play at The Odeon, Leeds, England, UK. The Walkers are deputising for The Kinks who dropped out of the tour after guitarist Dave Davies was injured in an onstage fight with drummer Mick Avory.
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.
Fool, Fool, Fool by 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.
The Savages record the LP Live 'N Wild at The Hub, in The Princess Hotel, Hamilton, Bermuda, Caribbean.
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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, USA.
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.
Marmalade begin three days of recording tracks for a new album, in London, UK.
The final overdub session for the Bob Dylan album Self Portrait is held in Columbia Records Music Row studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Charlie Daniels adds guitar and Albert W. Butler adds sax and clarinet to the song Alberta.
Kate Bush releases her fourth album, The Dreaming, in the UK.
Madonna releases her debut single, Everybody, on Sire Records in the USA.
James Brown, 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.
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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.
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The O'Kanes record If I Could Be There, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for Columbia Records.
Sacrifice/Healing Hands by Elton John reaches No1 in the UK singles chart for the first of five weeks.
Make It Big by Wham! is certified as a five-times platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
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.
Calypso singer and songwriter Lord Kitchener, best-remembered for his popular song Cricket, Lovely, Cricket, dies aged 77 in Champs Fleur, Trinidad, Caribbean.
Lionel Richie's second wife, Diana Alexander, files for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, citing 'irreconcilable differences'.
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Erasure release a new album, Nightbird, on Mute Records in the UK.
When Bright Eyes end their UK tour at The Astoria, London, Morrissey is in the audience to see them. Support band is Rilo Kiley.
A lwasuit - 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.
We Belong Together by Mariah Carey rises from No2 to No1 in the Billboard Singles Top 100 in the USA.
Carson Parks, 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.
Nu metal band Maximum The Hormone release a DVD LP, Debu Vs Debu, on VAP Records in Japan, Asia.
Jason Sears, 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.
Leonard Cohen plays two shows at The O2 Arena, London, England, UK.
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Johnny Hallyday, 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.
Johnny Hallyday, known for many years as 'The French Elvis', leaves Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, California, USA, having recently undergone surgery for colon cancer.
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.
Duffy releases her second album, Endlessly, in Germany, Argentina and Australia.
Katy Perry and Kanye West shoot a sci-fi themed video for their duet, E.T., a re-mix version of a track from Perry's album Teenage Dream.
Rapper Puff Daddy, aka Sean Combs, is awarded an honorary degree in humanities from Howard University, Washington DC, USA.
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.
Andy Dog Johnson, an artist best-known for his Some Bizarre label record sleeves, dies aged 57 of a brain tumour, in England, UK.
Ricardo Donoso releases a new LP, Calibrate, on Denovali Records.