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Peter Smith Dawson is born in Adelaide, Australia. He will find success as famed baritone and popular recording artist Peter Dawson. His best-remembered recordings include The Road To Mandalay and The Floral Dance.
Elizabeth Raub is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She will find success as theater and motion picture organist Rosa Rio, who will become a leading organist on network radio for soap operas and dramas. She will continue working to the age of 107.
Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers record Noah's Blues, Heart Breakin' Blues, Ripley Blues, Pig Ankle Strut, Hollywood Rag and Feather Bed, for Victor Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Hollywood Starlets, featuring the Hollywood Starlets Trio aka The Gumm Sisters, play the fifth of seven nights as part of a Franchon And Marco Show, at Loew's State Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA. One of the sisters, Frances Ethel Gumm, will go on to much greater fame as Judy Garland.
Angelo Badalamenti is born in Brooklyn, New York. He will become famed as an arranger and composer of soundtracks for the films of David Lynch, but will also work with pop and rock acts as diverse as Julee Cruise, the Pet Shop Boys, Orbital, Anthrax and James vocalist Tim Booth.
Ted Heath And His Music record Rag Mopp, Didn't We, Go To Sleep and Beautiful Lovable for Decca Records in London, UK.
Dean Martin records Wham! Bam! Thank You, Ma'am! and The Peddler's Serenade for Capitol Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Alfred Hitchcock film Stage Fright, starring Jane Wyman and Marlene Dietrich, goes on general release to cinemas in Portugal, Europe. The film features an original Cole Porter song, The Laziest Gal In Town, which is performed by Dietrich.
The romantic MGM movie musical Two Weeks With Love, starring Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalban, is released in France, Europe.
Doris Day and Frank Sinatra release a new 10" LP, Young at Heart, on Columbia Records in the USA. the album consists of songs from the soundtrack of the movie Young at Heart.
Bill Haley And His Comets play at Brooklyn High School, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Also on the bill are Elvis Presley and Pat Boone. Presley is paid $350 for a twenty minute set, and the event is filmed for a teen movie, The Pied Piper Of Cleveland. The movie never materialises.
A new John Wayne movie, The Searchers, opens at The State Theatre, Lubbock, Texas, USA, for three weeks. While it is there, it is seen by local musicians Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison who are so taken by Wayne's catch-phrase, 'That'll Be The Day', that they write a song of that title when they return home. The title of the same movie will later also inspire the name of a popular Liverpool band of the 1960s.
The Eddie Duchin Story, a Hollywood movie about the life of jazz bandleader Eddie Duchin, is released to cinemas in the USA.
Frankie Ford, Johnny And The Hurricanes, The Addrisi Brothers and Skip And Flip play at Sanford Civic Centre, Sanford, Florida, USA.
Steven John Hamper is born in Chatham, Kent, England, UK. He will find success as Billy Childish, a painter, author, poet, photographer, film maker, singer and guitarist. He will lead and play in bands including The Pop Rivets, Thee Milkshakes, Thee Headcoats, and The Musicians of the British Empire, primarily working in the genres of garage rock, punk and surf. A prolific musician, he will release more than 100 albums.
Elvis Presley continues with location filming his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Crystal River, Florida, USA.
The teen-oriented movie, Teen-Age Millionaire, featuring Chubby Checker, Dion, Marv Johnson, Bill Black's Combo, Jimmy Clanton, Vicki Spencer and Jack Larson, has its premiere in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, prior to opening in 18,000 theatres worldwide.
Elvis Presley is on location in Idyllwild, California, USA, filming scenes for his movie Kid Galahad.
The soundtrack album for the Elvis Presley film Blue Hawaii enters the UK Pop Albums Chart, where it will peak at No1 during a stay of 65 weeks.
Red Foley records Home, at Bradley Film And Recording Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with producer Owen Bradley.
Elvis Presley continues with filming studio scenes for his next movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, USA.
Jo Stafford records Shrimp Boats and Make Love To Me for Capitol Records in Hollywood, California, USA.
During a recording session at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA, The Beach Boys make a demo of the song Ride Away.
Elvis Presley continues with the shooting of location scenes for his latest movie, Roustabout, at locations in and around Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with the shooting of location scenes for his latest movie, Roustabout, at locations in and around Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Grammy Awards Ceremony is held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA. Among the main results are the following :
Record Of The Year - Days Of Wine And Roses by Henry Mancini.
Album of the Year - The Barbra Streisand Album
New Artist - The Swingle Singers
Vocal Group Performance - Blowin' In the Wind by Peter, Paul And Mary
Rock And Roll Recording - Deep Purple by Nino Tempo And April Stevens
Rhythm And Blues Recording - Busted by Ray Charles
Country And Western Recording - Detroit City by Bobby Bare
Best Instrumental Arrangement - I Can't Stop Loving You by Quincy Jones for Count Basie
The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night has its Swedish premiere, suitably sub-titled, in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, Blue Christmas/Wooden Heart, in the USA on RCA Records.
Elvis Presley's 16th movie, Roustabout, opens in Italy, Europe.
Stan Laurel of movie comedy duo Laurel And Hardy dies in Santa Monica, California, USA. They will enjoy their only hit single posthumously when On The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine reaches No2 in the UK during 1975.
Stan Kenton conducts The Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra performing Fanfare For The New, Prelude And Fugue, Music For An Unwritten Play and Piece For Soft Brass, Woodwinds And Percussion in Studio A, Capitol Tower Studios, Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
MGM extends its existing three film contract with Elvis Presley to include four more movies at a fee of $850,000 each.
Teen movie Muscle Beach Party opens at cinemas in Mexico, Central America. The movie stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and features music by Dick Dale And His Del-Tones, Frankie Avalon and Little Stevie Wonder.
The Monkees are working on the songs Seeger's Theme and Merry Go Round, at Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jo Jo Gunne, featuring Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes (former members of Spirit,), play at the Alex Disco in the Alexandra Rooms, New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Bob Dylan's live album Hard Rain enters the Billboard US albums chart where it will peak at No17 during a five-week run.
Elton John releases a new single, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, in the UK. On the same day, Kraftwerk play at The Roundhouse, London, supported by Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Liza Minelli enters the Betty Ford Drug Center, Milwaukee, Wisonsin, USA, for treatment.
Composer, bandleader, pianist and electronic music inventor Raymond Scott dies aged 85 in North Hills, California, USA. His melodies, adapted by Carl Stalling, were heard in over 120 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
On their Into The Millennium tour, The Backsteet Boys play in the Stadio Comunale, Via Reggio, Italy, Europe.
The three impoverished daughters of South African songwriter Solomon Linda, who composed the song variously known as Mbube, Wimoweh or The Lion Sleeps Tonight, in 1939, win a lengthy court battle which secures them 25% of all past and future royalties from the song. Linda was a cleaner at a Johannesburg record company when he wrote the song, but he received virtually nothing for his work, dying with just $25 in his bank account in 1962. The song has been recorded by, to name but a few, Pete Seeger [as Wimoweh], The Kingston Trio, The Tokens, Karl Denver [as Wimoweh], Robert John, Tight Fit, Brian Eno and R.E.M. It was also prominently featured in the Disney film The Lion King, from which usage alone it was estimated to have earned $15m.
Music, film and culture magazine Paste names Danger Mouse, the founder of hit-making duo Gnarls Barkley, as Best Producer Of The Decade.
Justin Bieber plays a Valentine's Day concert at The Hollywood, Palladium, Hollywood, California, USA.
At the 82nd Oscar Awards ceremony in the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA, the award for Best Original Song is won by The Weary Kind from the film Crazy Heart. The song is written by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett. Best Original Score goes to Michael Giacchino for Up.
The Swarovski-crystal-studded glove worn by Michael Jackson during his 1984 Victory Tour sells for $190,000 [£127,000] in an auction at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Ryan Adams plays at The Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Grammy-winning Latin rock band Mana is inducted into The RockWalk, at the original Guitar Center location on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Cee Lo Green presents his Cee Lo and Friends show at Planet Hollywood Resort And Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Coldplay are filming the video for their song True Love on Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Idina Menzel releases a new LP, Idina, on Warner Bros. Records worldwide.