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George M. Cohan is starring in The Yankee Prince at The Harnois Theater, Missoula, Montana, USA.
The Binkley Brothers hold the first ever Nashville, Tennessee, USA, recording session, at the YMCA Hall, recording I'll Rise When The Rooster Crows, under the guidance of producer Ralph Peer for Victor Records.
Guitarist/singer-songwriter/playwright/director/producer David Kramer is born in Worcester, South Africa.
Arranger, composer and music producer Masataka Matsutoya is born in Tokyo, Japan, Asia. His wife is singer-songwriter, composer, and lyricist Yumi Matsutoya.
Gordon Gregory Johnson is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He will achieve success as jazz bassist, composer, bandleader and producer Gordon Johnson.
Bernard Sumner is born in Manchester, UK. He will find success as the guitarist in Joy Division and guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer with New Order.
Sun Ra records the album Sun Song in Universal Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois. Producer on the session is Tom Wilson, who will go on to produce albums by Frank Zappa, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground.
The Crickets [including Buddy Holly], record That'll Be The Day in Clovis, New Mexico, USA, with producer Norman Petty. The title of the song is derived from John Wayne's catchphrase in the movie The Searchers [which will later also inspire the name of a popular Liverpool band of the 1960s]. Although recorded as a demo, at a cost of $60, this version will in due course be released by Brunswick Records as a single.
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Sam Cooke records Little Things You Do, with producer Bumps Blackwell, at Rex Productions, Los Angeles, California, USA.
California-based singer, songwriter and producer Wayne Shanklin is divorced from his wife Gloria.
Del Shannon arrives at Bell Sound Studios, 237 West 54th St, New York City, USA, to record his latest composition, Runaway.
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Chet Atkins releases a new single, The Slop, on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Singer and songwriter Hank Cochran, with Joe Allison as producer, records Has Anybody Seen Me Lately and Lonely Little Mansion at Bradley Film And Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features guitarists Harold Bradley and Ray Edenton, steel guitarist Buddy Emmons, bassist Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman and pianist Hargus Robbins.
The teen-oriented movie Hey Let's Twist, starring Joey Dee And The Starliters, Teddy Randazzo and Jo Ann Campbell is released to cinemas in the USA.
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Farley Keith Williams is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find success as house music dj and producer Farley Jackmaster Funk.
Bill Monroe records When The Bees Are In The Hive, Big Ball In Brooklyn and Columbus Stockade Blues in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with producer Owen Bradley.
Country singer Jimmy Dean records Steel Men and Little Black Book, with producer Don Law, at Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Personnel on the session are Grady Martin, Billy Bird and Ray Edenton on guitars, Joe Zinkan on bass, Floyd Cramer on piano, Buddy Harman on drums and Jimmy Riddle on harmonica.
The Beach Boys are recording Fun, Fun, Fun and The Warmth Of The Sun in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The song is inspired by Salt Lake City teenager Shirley Johnson England, daughter of KNAK radio station owner Howard Johnson, who took her father's Ford Thunderbird and naughtily cruised State Street.
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Lou Christie has his last recording session for Roulette Records, taping Outside The Gates Of Heaven and You May Be Holding My Baby at Bell Sound Studios, New York City, USA. Producer is Bert Berns, and Brill Building songwriter Ellie Greenwich is also at the session.
Skeeter Davis, with producer Chet Atkins, records What Am I Gonna Do With You, Don't Let Me Stand In Your Way, Let Me Get Close To You and La La La at RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features guitarists Ray Edenton, Jerry Hubbard and Wayne Moss, steel guitarist Pete Drake, pianists Floyd Cramer and Ray Stevens, bassist Henry Strzelecki, drummer Buddy Harman, plus The Nashville Strings
Burl Ives records Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Winter Wonderland in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with Owen Bradley as producer.
Jerry Reed, with Chet Atkins as producer, records Ain't That Just Like A Fool, I'll Get Over You and Love's Battleground, in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Michael Alec Anthony West, better known in the musical world as Rebel MC, is born in Islington, London, England, UK.
Claude Gray, with Owen Bradley as producer, record Crazy Arms, Little Ole Wine Drinker Me and Just Between Us Tears at Bradley's Barn, Bender's Ferry Road, Mount Juliet, Tennessee, USA.
The Beach Boys record Friends, title track of their forthcoming album, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sonny Bono of hippy pop duo Sonny And Cher writes in his diary, "It's a new year, and I think it's going to be a different year. It's time, not just for us, but for all people. For some reason I feel I have been chosen to fight for the salvation of Man."
Muddy Waters, plus an all-star band including guitarist Mike Bloomfield and harmonica player Paul Butterfield of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T And The MGs and Sam Lay, spend the last of three days recording tracks with producer Norman Dayron for the album Fathers And Sons at Ter-Mar Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan spends the last of four days recording tracks including When I Paint My Masterpiece, at Blue Rock Studio, New York City, USA. Leon Russell and Bob Johnston are acting as co-producers.
The Eagles begin recording their eponymous debut album with producer Glyn Johns in London, England, UK, Europe.
Dion begins recording his next LP with Phil Spector as his record producer.
Carl Anthony Falk is born in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. He will find success as songwriter, record producer and musician Carl Falk, and will work with artists including Demi Lovato, One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Ellie Goulding, Madonna, Avicii, Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth and Jason Derulo.
Michael Jackson releases the album Thriller in the UK, Europe. It will sell over fifty million copies worldwide and solidify him as the 80's king of pop. It will also make history as the first and only album to be America's top-seller for two years running.
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Dennis Wilson, drummer of The Beach Boys, is admitted to hospital with serious head injuries, after being beaten up by a male friend of his estranged wife — nineteen-year-old Shawn Love Wilson — at the Santa Monica Bay Inn, Santa Monica, California, USA.
Prince ends the year with the second of two nights at the Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas, USA.
On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the third of five nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
On the Purple Rain tour, Prince And The Revolution play the second of six nights at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elton John celebrates his 40th birthday with a lavish party at Lockwood House, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK. The 350 guests include former Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr, plus Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Bob Geldof, Lionel Richie, Virgin Records founder Richard Branson and producer Mickie Most. His birthday gifts include an £80,000 Ferrari Testarossa from his manager, John Reid, who owns the house. Elton's wife Renate Blauel is noticeably absent.
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The Beach Boys play at Pilot Field, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Martin Hannett, producer of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and U2, dies of a heart attack in Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Prince plays the third of eight nights at Earls Court, London, England, UK.
Country stars Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Janis Gill, Carlene Carter, Reba McEntire and Clint Black are all featured in cameo roles in the movie Maverick, which opens today at cinemas across the USA.
Prince flicks the switch at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, England, to launch VH1 in the UK. The first video to air is a Prince song, Dolphin.
Prince's 18th studio album, Chaos And Disorder, enters the Billboard Chart in the USA at No26, which will prove to be its highest position.
The Greatest Romance Ever Sold by Prince makes peaks at No63 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
Convicted paedophile, former pop star and record producer, Jonathan King releases a new LP, Earth To King, which includes a song entitled The True Story Of Harold Shipman. In the song, King suggests that Shipman, by far the most prolific serial killer in English criminal history, was a victim of police and media malpractices. It is clear however that King is, in fact, attempting to compare his own conviction with Shipman's.
Brian Wilson plays at The Dome, Brighton, UK, supported by The Magic Numbers.
On his Smile tour, Brian Wilson plays at Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York State, USA.
Broken Bells play at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Record producer Steve Lillywhite is named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [CBE] by Britain's Queen Elizabeth in her New Year's Honours List. Lillywhite is best known for his work with U2, Peter Gabriel and The Rolling Stones.
Prince plays at The LG Arena, Birmingham, England, UK.