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John Levy is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will become a respected double-bass player and, later, the first African-American personal manager in jazz, directing the careers of Ahmad Jamal, Cannonball Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, George Shearing, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson and many more of the biggest stars in jazz.
Dario Soria, co-founder of Cetra-Soria Records and co-founding manager (along with his wife, producer Dorle Jarmel Soria) of Angel Records, is born in Rome, Italy.
Bryan Anthony Morrison, the son of an accountant, is born in Hackney, London, England, UK, Europe. He will find success as music business agent and publisher, Bryan Morrison, looking after the affairs of The Pretty Things, Pink Floyd, Wham!, Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees and others.
Brian Ferriman is born in London, Ontario, Canada. He will become a powerful artist manager and president of Savannah Music. In September 2008 he will be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Tito Burns And His Band play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe.
Backstage at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, after a series of disputes over money and a fistfight with the venue's manager, The Drifters' manager George Treadwell fires the entire group and installs another group, The Five Crowns, in their place, simply renaming them The Drifters. This lineup, featuring lead tenor Ben E. King, will prove to be the most popular critically and commercially, releasing hits including There Goes My Baby, This Magic Moment, and Save the Last Dance for Me.
Teenager Raymond Jones asks Brian Epstein of NEMS record store in Liverpool, UK, for the German recording of My Bonnie by The Beatles. Epstein has none in stock, but resolves to find out more about the group. In due course, he will become their manager. (N.B. This story was told by Epstein himself, but is widely believed to have been a fabrication).
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Impresario Larry Parnes' package tour, Star Spangled Nights, plays at The Granada, Harrow, England, UK, Europe. Featured artists include Billy Fury, Eden Kane, Joe Brown, Tommy Bruce, The Allisons, The Viscounts, The Karl Denver Trio, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Terry Hale and newcomer Georgie Fame.
Impresario Larry Parnes' package tour, Star Spangled Nights, plays at The Regal, Colchester, England, UK, Europe. Featured artists include Billy Fury, Eden Kane, Joe Brown, Tommy Bruce, The Allisons, The Viscounts, The Karl Denver Trio, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Terry Hale and newcomer Georgie Fame.
Impresario Larry Parnes' package tour, Star Spangled Nights, plays at The Coventry Theatre, Coventry, England, UK, Europe. Featured artists include Billy Fury, Eden Kane, Joe Brown, Tommy Bruce, The Allisons, The Viscounts, The Karl Denver Trio, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Terry Hale and newcomer Georgie Fame.
At The Casbah, West Derby, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, The Beatles' recently appointed manager Brian Epstein shows the group a contract he has drawn up for the group to consider. That night, they play at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool.
Ron White, General Manager of EMI Records in London, England, UK, Europe, writes to Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, to tell him that the company is not interested in working with the group.
Funded by local club owner Mike Jeffery, The Alan Price Rhythm And Blues Combo [later to become The Animals] record four r'n'b covers in a farm building in the village of Wylam, outside Newcastle, UK.
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The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein writes to George Harrison's older sister Louise Harrison Caldwell asking for her help in promoting the band in the USA. He writes, "I will really be more than grateful for anything that you can do with the records, because we really are very anxious indeed that their records will eventually 'break' in the States." He encloses copies of The Beatles' first British album, Please Please Me, and single, From Me to You.
Would-be singer Robert Wace and his friend-manager Grenville Collins drop in on a rehearsal of The Boll-Weevils at the Athenaeum Ballroom in Muswell Hill, London, England, UK, Europe. Seeing potential in the Boll-Weevils as a backing band for Wace, he and Collins repair to the Clissold Arms with the band to discuss the possibilities. The band, formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies, will however eventually become The Kinks, managed by Wace and Collins.
The Dynamics release a new single, Misery, in the USA on Big Top Records in the USA. The song will 'inspire' Pete Meaden, manager of London-based band The High Numbers, to write a song called Zoot Suit which they will release as their debut single in 1964. Musically identical to Misery, Zoot Suit will not be a hit, but the High Numbers will find global success under another name, The Who.
The Kinks record Long Tall Sally, You Still Want Me, You Do Something To Me, I Don't Need You Any More and I Took My Baby Home at Pye Studios, London, UK.
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UK pop group Davie Jones And The Kingbees release their first single, Liza Jane. One day their singer will metamorphose into David Bowie. Although the song is credited to manager Leslie Conn, it is actually written by Bowie and his friend/guitarist George Underwood.
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The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein hosts an 'At Home' party in his Knightsbridge, London, apartment. Guests include The Beatles, Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Judy Garland, Alma Cogan and Lionel Bart.
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In a meeting with Elvis Presley at MGM Studios, Culver City, California, USA, his manager Col Tom Parker accuses the star of becoming obsessed by religious and spiritual matters - largely as a result of the influence of his hairdresser, Larry Geller.
The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein signs The Silkie to a NEMS management contract, securing the quartet a recording contract with Philips.
The Estates Committee of Bromley Borough Council refuses to give planning permission to a proposal by deejay Brian Matthew and The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein to build a new theatre - The Pilgrim Theatre - in Bromley, Kent, UK.
Capitol Records in the USA issues a new single by The Beatles, Boys/Kansas City. It will be withdrawn one week later when the group's manager Brian Epstein objects that it does not represent the group's current style.
Derek Lassiter is born in the Bronx, New York City, USA. He will find success as a singer, actor, poet and publishing manager.
Ed Denson plays at The Jabberwock, Berkeley, California, USA.
UK music biz manager Kenneth Pitt meets with Mike Pruskin, manager of Marc Bolan, to decide whether or not to buy his contract. He decides instead to take on another aspiring pop star, David Bowie.
According to painter and author Jan Cremer, he spent this evening dining in the Chelsea Hotel, New York City, USA, with Bob Dylan, Jayne Mansfield and her manager Irving Arthur. Dylan is alleged to have expressed an interest in using one of Cremer's paintings as the cover of his album Blonde On Blonde.
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The members of San Francisco band Moby Grape each sign an addendum to their individual management agreements with manager Matthew Katz in which they relinquish their right to use the band name unless they have the consent of Katz. This will cause considerable problems for the band in later years.
While Chuck Berry is performing at The Saville Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, two fans clamber on stage. The safety curtain is lowered, almost hitting Berry, so theatre owner Brian Epstein fires house manager Michael Bullock. John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles are in attendance.
The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein dies of a drug overdose in bed at his home in Chapel Street, Belgravia, London, UK.
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It is reported that Jefferson Airplane have split from their manager, the music business entrepreneur Bill Graham.
ANIM management, the company run by Jimi Hendrix's co-manager Mike Jeffery, is closed down.
When The Jimi Hendrix Experience play at Kennedy Stadium, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, their manager Chas Chandler is arrested on a charge of being drunk and disorderly.
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Blue Mink, a group of British session players, enter the UK singles chart with their first hit, Melting Pot, which will peak at No3.
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At Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, Jimi Hendrix, Judy Collins, The Rascals, Peter Paul and Mary, Blood Sweat And Tears, Richie Havens, Harry Belafonte, Dave Brubeck and others perform in the Winter Festival For Peace, a benefit for the Vietnam Moratorium Committee. When Hendrix staggers off-stage halfway through his set, manager Mike Jeffery fires drummer Buddy Miles.
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Pink Floyd begin a tour of the USA for their album Dark Side Of The Moon, at The Madison Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
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When XTC play at The Ritz, New York City, USA, they are visited backstage by music business mogul Robert Stigwood.
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An 85 page report, claiming that Elvis Presley's manager, Col Tom Parker, defrauded Presley out of $2.7m, is presented to a court in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Doc McGhee, manager of Bon Jovi and Motley Crue, faces a possible five year stretch after pleading guilty to smuggling twenty tons of marijuana into the USA.
Michael Jackson sacks Frank Dileo, his manager of the past five years. "I lived before Michael," responds Dileo, "I'll live after Michael."
AC/DC manager Crispin Dye dies in hospital in Sydney, Australa, Oceania. He had been badly beaten the day before, by thieves while on his way to visit his mother for Christmas.
Crystal Ball - a four-CD set of jams and previously unreleased tracks by Prince peaks at No62 in the USA. The increasingly independent artist is currently without a manager or a major label deal.
Smashing Pumpkins’ manager Sharon Osbourne resigns from her job, claiming that frontman Billy Corgan is impossible to work with.
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John Coletta, former manager of Deep Purple and Whitesnake, dies .
French music industry veteran Francis Dreyfus dies aged 70 in hospital in Paris, France, Europe. He is best-remembered as the manager of Jean Michel Jarre but spent the last twenty years of his life looking after jazz artists including Marcus Miller and Michel Petrucciani.
After a heated argument with his estranged wife, hip-hop music mogul Chris Lighty commits suicide by shooting himself outside his New York City, USA, apartment. Lighty was the manager of both 50 Cent and P. Diddy.
19 Recording, founded by tv pop mogul Simon Fuller, files a lawsuit against Sony Music seeking royalties said to be due to former American Idol contestants including Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. The lawsuit asserts that Sony has deprived the singers of royalties relating to lucrative streaming deals with Google, Apple and Spotify.
When an unpredicted tsunami strikes Indonesia, four members of the rock band Seventeen are killed after the wave hits the stage on which they are playing at Tanjung Lesung beach, Carita, Indonesia. Four members of the band - bassist M. Awal "Bani" Purbani, road manager Oki Wijaya, guitarist Herman Sikumbang and crew member Ujang - are among the more than 400 people who die as a result of the tsunami.
Music business entrepreneur Scooter Braun (manager of Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Ariana Grande), buys Taylor Swift's record label Big Machine as part of a $300m (£237m) deal. Braun thus owns the masters of Swift's six albums.
Stephen Roachford, the manager and tour guitarist for Andrew Roachford, dies.
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