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George M. Cohan
is starring in The Yankee Prince at The Harnois Theater, Missoula, Montana, USA.
Guitarist/singer-songwriter/playwright/director/producer David Kramer
is born in Worcester, South Africa.
Gordon Gregory Johnson is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He will achieve success as jazz bassist, composer, bandleader and producer Gordon Johnson
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.
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.
Farley Keith Williams is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find success as house music dj and producer Farley Jackmaster Funk
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.
, 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
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
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."
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.
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
, Avicii, Ariana Grande
, Charlie Puth and Jason Derulo
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.
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.
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.
plays the third of eight nights at Earls Court, London, England, UK.
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.
The Greatest Romance Ever Sold by Prince makes peaks at No63 in the Billboard
Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
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.
Convicted paedophile, former pop star and record producer,
On his Smile tour, Brian Wilson
plays at Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York State, 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