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Clement Seymour Dodd is born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Under the name Sir Coxone, he will become revered as perhaps the greatest producer of ska, reggae and dub music thee world has ever seen. He will work with Prince Buster, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Toots And The Maytals, The Skatalites, Bob Marley And The Wailers and many others.
Rick Chertoff is born in New York City, USA. He will find success as a record producer working with Cyndi Lauper, The Hooters, Joan Osborne, Sophie B. Hawkins and others. 1950)
Record company boss, producer and electronic musician Daniel Miller is born in London, UK. He will found Mute Records and help establish the careers of Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Silicon Teens, Fad Gadget and others.
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James O'Gwynn records What Do You Want From Me, Slowly, When You're Lonesome and Don't We All Have The Right [To Be Wrong]?, with producer Shelby Singleton in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Guitarists on the session are Kelso Herston, Harold Bradley and Jerry Kennedy.
Del Shannon records Swiss Maid, Dream Baby, She Thinks I Still Care and Runaround Sue with producer Harry Balk for Big Top Records at Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Personnel on the session include Boots Randolph on saxophone, The Jordanaires on backing vocals, Grady Martin and Harold Bradley on guitars, Buddy Harman on drums, Bob Moore on bass and Hargus 'Pig' Robbins on piano, organ and harpsichord.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys acts as producer for Rachel And The Revolvers at Harmony Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band records The Revo-lution and Number One, both songs written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher.
Young musician Anthony E. Visconti Jr. receives his official cabaret card, enabling him to work in nightclubs in New York City, USA. After moving to the UK in 1967, he will find greater success as record producer Tony Visconti, working with David Bowie, Marc Bolan and others.
Jean-Yves Prieur is born in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France, Europe. he will find success as electronic pop artist and producer Kid Loco.
Porter Wagoner, with Chet Atkins as producer, records I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning, Little Cabin Home On The Hill, Cotton Fields, Blue Moon Of Kentucky and other tracks at RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Martin Raynor And The Secrets record the Holland, Dozier and Holland composition Candy To Me, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK, with producer Bob Barratt. The group's vocalist will find solo success in the 70s as Clifford T. Ward.
Terry Melcher records a version of The Beach Boys' song Help Me Rhonda in Western Recorders Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, but it is never released.
Chuck Woolery records I Hear A Little Rock Calling, I'll Follow Each Rainbow, Over And Over Again and Those Evening Bells in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with Chet Atkins as producer.
While working with Bob Dylan on his new electric music, Columbia Records producer Tom Wilson has some free studio time. Using Dylan's musicians, he overdubs electric guitar and drums onto The Sound Of Silence, a song by acoustic folk duo Simon And Garfunkel, in the hope that it might be a hit during the current folk-rock boom.
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The Beach Boys release the single California Girls in the USA on Capitol Records.
The Byrds record She Don't Care About Time, The World Turns All Around Her and the Bob Dylan composition The Times They Are A-Changin', with producer Terry Melcher in CBS Recording Studio, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Top Ten Singles on WABC Radio in New York City, USA, for the week beginning on this date are as follows :

1. Help! - The Beatles (Capitol)

2. I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher (Atco)

3. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan (Columbia)

4. Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire (Dunhill)

5. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers (Philles)

6. California Girls - The Beach Boys (Capitol)

7. Hang On Sloopy - The McCoys (Bang)

8. Catch Us If You Can - The Dave Clark Five (Epic)

9. The "In" Crowd - The Ramsey Lewis Trio (Argo)

10. It's the Same Old Song - The Four Tops (Motown)

In American music trade magazine Billboard, Donovan's business manager, Ashley Kozak, denies that rival manager Allen Klein is negotiating a deal for Donovan with influential record producer Mickie Most. Their rivalry will result in Pye Records deleting Donovan's next release, Sunshine Superman.
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Returning to England after a brief French tour, Jimi Hendrix meets Viv Prince of The Pretty Things at the Scotch Of St James, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Norma Jean, with Bob Ferguson as producer, records It's About Time, Jackson Ain't A very Big Town, Ride Ride Ride and Walk Through This World With Me at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features George McCormick and Pete Wade [gtrs], Buck Trent [banjo], Pete D rake [steel],Junior Huskey, [bass], Jerry Carrigan [drums], Hargus "Pig" Robbins [piano] and Mack Magaha [fiddle].
Hearts And Flowers, with producer Nick Venet, record Second-Hand Sundown and Colour Your Daytime in Los Angeles, California, USA. The group includes Bernie Leadon, later to find greater success as a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Eagles.
Richard Barbary records the Bacharach-David composition Let The Music Play and Nothin' In This World with producer Creed Taylor in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for A+M Records.
During a BBC live radio session for John Peel's Top Gear, Dave Edmunds' Love Sculpture perform a rock version of Khatchaturian's Sabre Dance so powerful that Peel plays it twice in the same show. When Parlophone Records hear it, they insist that Edmunds should record it as a single, so he does, gaining a No5 chart entry as a result.
Bob Dylan spends the second 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.
Michael Colombier dies in Santa Monica, California, USA, aged 65. He had enjoyed a successful career as a film score composer, with movies including Against All Odds, The Golden Child and The Money Pit. He had also worked with several rock acts, notably Prince on his film Purple Rain and Madonna on her film Swept Away.
John Lennon, music publisher Morris Levy and Lennon's attorney Harold Seider meet for lunch at Club Cavaliero, 58th Street, New York City, USA, to discuss why Lennon had failed to record three songs owned by Levy on his recently released LP Walls And Bridges. Lennon explains to Levy that he had indeed recorded three Big Seven songs for what he thought would be his "next" LP, Rock'n'Roll, but that producer Phil Spector had disappeared with the tapes.
Rude Boy, a film based on the life of a Clash roadie, opens at The Prince Charles Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Beach Boys play in Washington D.C., USA.
Prince plays for 300 people at Bowen Field House, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA.
The album Controversy by Prince is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Culture Club spend the second of two days of demo sessions at EMI studios, Manchester House, London, UK, with producer Steve Levine. They work on the songs White Boy and I'm Afraid Of Me.
On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the fourth of five nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Prince releases a new double album, Sign O' The Times.
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The Beach Boys play at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK.
Ringo Starr adds his vocal contribution to a charity recording, Spirit Of The Forest, in SARM West studios, London, England, UK, Europe. The completed track, aimed at raising money to preserve the rain forests, will feature contributions from Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Ringo Starr and others.
Nirvana spend the fourth of five days recording at Smart Studios, owned by producer Butch Vig, in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
The Beach Boys play at The Circle Star Theater, San Carlos, California, USA.
On his Nude Tour Prince plays the first of two nights at Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
On his Nude Tour, Prince plays the second of three nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK.
Diamonds And Pearls by Prince peaks at No3 in the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA.
The Love Symbol by Prince debuts at No5, which will prove to be its peak, in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA.
The Cure, now slimmed down to a trio, record a new version of Faith at producer Mike Hedges' West Side Studio, London, England, UK, for i-Tunes.
Babyface releases a new album, Grown And Sexy, on Arista Records in the USA.
Brian Wilson plays at Tollwood, Munich, Germany, Europe.
U2 release a new album, No Line On The Horizon, on Mercury Records.
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Barry Beckett, record producer and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, dies aged 66 after suffering cancer and strokes.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, 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.
Naughty Boy releases his debut album Hotel Cabana in the UK.
The body of singer, songwriter, musician and producer Prince is found dead, aged 57, in a lift at his Paisley Park recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA. CPR was performed but it was not possible to revive him. He is pronounced dead on the scene at 10:07 AM Central Time. The cause of his death is not immediately established.
Victoria Beckham (the former Posh Spice of The Spice Girls) and Sir Elton John attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Windsor, near London, England, UK, Europe.