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The Philharmonic Ladies Quartette from Shullsburg, Wisconsin, USA, is fulfilling a three-night engagement in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the northernmost town in northwestern Canada.
William Doyce Killen is born in Florence, Alabama, USA. He will achieve success as record producer and music publisher Buddy Killen, working with artists including Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and Bill Anderson.
Noted record producer Jimmy Bowen is born in Santa Rita, New Mexico, USA. Bowen will work with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Garth Brooks, to name just a few.
Robert J. Kulick is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. He will find fame as guitarist and producer Bob Kulik, working with Kiss, W.A.S.P., Meatloaf, Lou Reed and others.
Harry Williamson is born in Ilfracombe, North Devon, UK. He will make his mark as a musician, record producer and inventor. He is the son of noted author Henry Williamson, best-known for his 1928 book Tarka The Otter.
Local farmer and folk singer John Strachan spends the first of two days recording songs in Crichie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with folklorist/producer Alan Lomax which will appear on the LP Songs From Aberdeenshire.
The Clovers release a new Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller composed and produced single, Love Potion No9, on United Artists records in the USA.
Murry Wilson, father of three of The Beach Boys, plays their demo tapes to Capitol Record producer Nick Venet, who is sufficiently impressed to purchase them with a view to release.
Surfin' USA by The Beach Boys enters the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No3.
The Fourmost record their debut single, Hello Little Girl (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles] at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, with producer George Martin.
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Surfin' USA by The Beach Boys enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No34.
Surfer Girl by The Beach Boys peaks at No3 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Little Deuce Coupe by The Beach Boys peaks at No15 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, Julie Grant, The Flintstones and The Rolling Stones play at The Gaumont, Ipswich, England, UK, Europe.
The Beach Boys play at San Diego Arena, San Diego, California, USA.
Burl Ives, with producer Owen Bradley, records Girl Sittin' Up In A Tree, Salt Water Guitar and Christmas Child in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Beach Boys, Ray Charles and The Byrds play at Yankee Stadium, New York City, USA.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, The Beach Boys have another recording session for the album Beach Boys Party! During this session they record their version of Barbara Ann.
The single California Girls by The Beach Boys peaks at No26 in the UK.
Dion And The Wanderers record new versions of I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound and All I Want To Do Is Live My Life in Columbia Studio A, New York City, USA, with Tom Wilson as producer.
Atticus Matthew Cowper Ross is born in Ladbroke Grove, London, England, UK. He will find success as a musician, songwriter, record producer and audio engineer under the name Atticus Ross. He is perhaps best-known as a member of Nine Inch Nails.
Producer/engineer Glyn Johns creates a second mix and running order for The Beatles album Get Back at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England, UK, Europe.
Recording sessions for John Lennon's sixth solo album, Rock'n'Roll, begin at A+M Studios, Los Angele, California, USA. Phil Spector is producer, but he will abandon the sessions before they are completed.
In Manchester, England, UK, Europe, tv producer Anthony Wilson (Tony Wilson) is given a copy of the LP Horses by Patti Smith. He will go on to found the influential Factory Records, home of Joy Division and New Order.
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Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic are refused entry to the exclusive Studio 54 night club in New York City, USA. The pair are so angry that they are inspired to write a song called "F**k Off" which will eventually be released under a more commercially-marketable title, Le Freak.
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Prince's backing band The Time release their eponymous debut album in the USA, but it is widely considered that Prince himself created most of the music.
Prince records Raspberry Beret, in Studio 2, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California, USA, for Paisley Park / Warner Bros Records.
Famed reggae producer/artist Lee 'Scratch' Perry And The Upsetters play at Dingwalls, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
On the Purple Rain Tour, Prince And The Revolution play at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. After the show, he records 4 The Tears In Your Eyes, as his contribution to the USA For Africa album.
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At the BPI BRIT Awards in the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, England, UK, Europe, Prince collects the Best International Artist and Best Soundtrack album awards. Wham! is Best British Group. Frankie Goes To Hollywood collect awards for Best Single (Relax), Best New Group and Best Producer (Trevor Horn). Police scoop the Outstanding Contribution To British Music trophy. Duran Duran win the Best British Music Video award for Wild Boys.
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Prince plays his first London gig in five years at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe.
When Prince plays the last of three nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe, he is joined by Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones and Sting, for a version of Miss You.
Clint Black reaches No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA with his debut single, A Better Man.
Batdance by Prince reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA.
Record producer Gary U sher dies aged 51, of cancer, in Los Angeles, California, USA. In a highly respected career, he produced records with The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Dick Dale, The Hondells and others.
Anouar EL Ghannam is born in Casablanca, Morocco, Africa. He will find success as popular singer, songwriter and producer AnoGhan, one of the first artists to sing Moroccan R'n'B and pop inspired by American artists such as Ne-Yo, Usher and Chris Brown.
On his Nude Tour, Prince plays at Festival Terrein, Werchter, Belgium, Europe.
Come by Prince enters the UK album chart at No1. The album is essentially a compilation of previously unreleased tracks.
Prince begins his month-long The Ultimate Live Experience European tour at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, set to end on the 30th at The Point, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
Prince performs at an open-house evening with a $5 cover admission at his Paisley Park Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The event includes use of a recreation center with late-night dancing and music videos.
Prince guests on CBS-TV's Late Show With David Letterman in the USA.
The album Emancipation by Prince is certified double-platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Verve record Bittersweet Symphony. Their use of a sample from a track by Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham will involve them in a costly legal battle with rock entrepreneur Allen Klein.
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Oscar Brown Jr. dies aged 78 of respiratory failure in hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. In a long career, he found acclaim as a songwriter, composer, actor, singer, director, producer and playwright but was also acknowledged as a social activist, visionary, and social commentator.
Bonobo releases his fourth LP, Black Sands, on Ninja Tune Records.
The surviving members of The Beach Boys begin their first tour together in over twenty years at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
The newly-published results of a music-oriented poll conducted by Public Policy Polling finds widespread support for several genres and music and artists - but reveals that Americans seem united in their dislike of teen pop sensation Justin Bieber. PPP tested the favorability ratings of several music stars and found that Taylor Swift, Adele, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake all received positive reviews from voters. Others, including Chris Brown, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber were rated unfavorably by 50% or more. Jay-Z and Rihanna also had net-negative favorability ratings. Veteran British rocker Morrissey and dubstep pioneer Skrillex were the least known of the artists tested.
Chase And Status play at The O2, London, UK.
Record producer Rick Hall, best-known as the owner and proprietor of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA, dies aged 85, after returning from a stay in a local rehabilitation center for physical therapy as part of his battle against prostate cancer. Hall was influential in recording and promoting country and soul music, and in helping develop the careers of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Duane Allman, Etta James and others.
The John Butler Trio begin a European tour with a show at Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.