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Songwriter/producer "Cowboy" Jack Clement is born in Whitehaven, Tennessee, USA. He will write hits for Bobby Bare and Jim Reeves; produce hits by Charley Pride, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis; and enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Russell Glyn Ballard is born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, UK. He will find success as guitarist, pianist, songwriter, producer and performer Russ Ballard. His hit compositions will include God Gave Rock'n'Roll To You for Argent, I Don't Believe In Miracles for Colin Blunstone, New York Groove for Hello and Since You Been Gone for Rainbow.
Music producer Gunther Mende is born in Wiesbaden, Germany, Europe. He is best-known for his work with Celine Dion, Falco, Jennifer Rush and Tina Turner.
Hank Snow with The Jordanaires records Honeymoon On A Rocket Ship, In Daddy's Footsteps, The Gloryland March and A Message From The Tradewinds in Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Producer on the session is Stephen Sholes.
The Cecil Taylor Quartet records its debut album Jazz Advance with producer Tom Wilson for Transition Records in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It will come to be regarded as the first album of a style known variously as New Wave Jazz, avant-garde, free jazz, abstrract jazz and even Anti-jazz.
Buddy Holly plays lead guitar on recording sessions for vocalists Jack Huddle and Jim Robinson at producer Norman Petty's recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico, USA.
TV pop show producer Jack Good sparks off a UK controversy when he is reported in a newspaper feature stating that, "I don't think Cliff Richard would have existed at all as a singer without Elvis Presley."
Red Foley records Home, at Bradley Film And Recording Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with producer Owen Bradley.
Burl Ives, with producer Owen Bradley, records Sunshine In My Soul, Where He Leads Me and other songs in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Pianist on the session is Floyd Cramer.
Duane Eddy records tv series theme The Ballad Of Paladin, Stretchin' Out and The Wild Westerners with producer Lee Hazlewood at RCA Victor Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Personnel on the session include Duane Eddy on guitar; Barney Kessel on guitar, Bill Pitman on guitar, James Bond on bass, Earl Palmer on drums, Larry Knechtel on piano, Plas Johnson on saxophone and George Tracy on harmonica.
Floyd Cramer records Secrets and Going Home with producer Chet Atkins at RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Norma Jean, with producer Chet Atkins, records Lonesome Number One, One Way Ticket To The Blues and other tracks at RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Beach Boys are recording Amusement Parks USA and Graduation Day, in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Capitol Records.
The Byrds record the Bob Dylan song It's All Over Now Baby Blue, with producer Terry Melcher in CBS Recording Studio, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jonathan King, Dana Gillespie, Hedgehoppers Anonymous, Alan David, Nita Rossi, Ronnie Jones and The Preachers make an afternoon appearance at the Radio London Club in The Marquee, London, England, UK. In the evening, the same line-up plays at The Palais, Wimbledon, London, England, UK.
The Big TNT Show, produced by Phil Spector, is filmed at The Moulin Rouge Club, Los Angeles, Caliufornia, USA. The show features Ray Charles, The Byrds, The Lovin' Spoonful, Ike And Tina Turner, Bo Diddley, Donovan, The Ronettes, Roger Miller , Joan Baez, Petula Clark, The Modern Folk Quartet. In the audience are Frank Zappa, Sky Saxon, singer and frontman for The Seeds, and Ron Mael and Russell Mael, who will later form the band Sparks. The show, effectively a sequel to The T.A.M.I. Show, will be released as a movie in 1966.
Sly And The Family Stone play at The Fillmore East, New York City, USA.
The Beach Boys play at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Paul Revere And The Raiders.
Jay And The Americans record Walkin' In The Rain, for United Artists Records at A + R Recording Corp, New York City, USA. The song is composed by Phil Spector, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil].
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The first ever interview with Prince is published, in the Central High School newspaper, illustrated with a picture of the afro-topped hopeful sitting at his piano.
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Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue are partying at the home of record producer Roy Thomas Baker in Los Angeles, California, USA. Sixx sets off in his Porsche to rendezvous with Lita Ford at her house. Reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph, he wraps the German sports car around a telephone pole. A couple driving by pull Sixx into their car and take him to the hospital, where he is treated for a separated shoulder.
Duran Duran headline a Mencap charity concert at The Dominion, London, England, UK, Europe, in the presence of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
The film soundtrack album, Purple Rain, produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince And the Revolution, begins a 24-week run atop the Billboard chart in the USA. It will eventually sell over thirteen million copies.
The 57th Annual Oscars are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. County Music Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. Prince wins an Oscar for Best Original Song Score, in his movie Purple Rain. At the same ceremony, Stevie Wonder gets the Best Song award for I Just Called To Say I Love You. He dedicates his award to Nelson Mandela.
10,000 Maniacs finish recording their second album, The Wishing Chair, for Elektra Records, with producer Joe Boyd in London, England, UK, Europe.
Prince plays the sixth of seven non-consecutive nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe, on his Lovesexy tour.
On his Nude Tour, Prince plays at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA.
Prince plays the fifth of eight nights at Earls Court, London, England, UK.
William Orbit releases the compilation LP, The Best of Strange Cargos, on I.R.S. records in the UK.
Gregory, the recently-born son of Prince and his wife Mayte, dies at the Children’s Health Care Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, because of severe birth defects (skeletal abnormalities). Gregory was a little over one week old.
Prince begins his Jam Of The Year world tour at Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, Michigan, USA.
Songwriter, playwright, producer and actor Edward Eliscu dies in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. Some of his best-known songs included Carioca, More Than You Know and Without A Song.
The album Newpower Soul by Prince (with The New Power Generation) peaks at No22 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA in its week of entry.
Purple Rain, the sixth album by Prince, is honoured for having achieved sales in excess of 10m, at the inaugural Diamond Awards in The Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Brian Wilson plays at Hampton Court Palace, London, England, UK.
The three-day long Glastonbury Festival begins at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, UK, featuring acts including Basement Jaxx, White Stripes, Magic Numbers, Coldplay, The Belly Dance Superstars, Razorlight, New Order, Brian Wilson, The Wailers, James Blunt, Beautiful South, Baaba Maal, Babyshambles, The Killers, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Ska Cubano,  K.T Tunstall,  Kaiser Chiefs, The Subways, Chas n Dave, The La’s,  Elvis Costello, Taj Mahal And Royksopp. Attendance is 153,000. Tickets cost £125 including programme.
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Brian Wilson plays at Liverpool Pops, Liverpool, England, UK.
Brian Wilson plays at The Filene Center/Woftrap Vienna, Virginia, USA.
Brian Wilson plays at The Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville, Oregon, USA.
After nine weeks of the retrial of record producer Phil Spector on charges of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, the prosecution rests its case after testimony is given by Donna Clarkson, mother of the deceased actress.
It is reported that leading independent publisher Bug Music has concluded a deal with award-winning producer and songwriter Carson Chamberlain, composer of numerous country hits for artists including Alan Jackson and George Strait.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA.
Trey Anastasio of Phish, and his father Ernie, attend a hockey game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, at which Anastasio's favorite hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers, win the Prince of Wales Trophy in the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference championship.
While on his way to New York City, USA to make tv appearances promoting his memoir, SoulaCoaster, R. Kelly is taken ill. He returns to Chicago for emergency medical treatment arising from complications from surgery he had in 2011 to treat an abscess on his vocal cords.
Thom Yorke of Atoms For Peace (and Radiohead) and his producer/colleague Nigel Godrich, remove their music from Spotify, claiming that the service is "bad for new music.. The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model.. It's an equation that just doesn't work."
Diplo and Skrillex attend a basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) plays at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra plays at The Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
When Justin Bieber is asked by TMZ if he enjoys The Weeknd's music, he responds, ""Hell nah. That s**t's wack!" His opinion is thought to be somewhat influenced by the fact that his former girlfriend Selena Gomez is now dating The Weeknd.
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