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Norman Petty, songwriter and record producer for Buddy Holly, is born in Clovis, New Mexico.
Time magazine reviews Earl Carroll's recently-opened Broadway musical review Earl Carroll's Sketchbook, saying "a large and lovely group of girls attired in summery yellow dresses crowd out upon the stage, lie on their backs on an imitation grass terrace, raise their legs high in the air and wave them slowly to and fro. This revel sets the pitch for the rest of the entertainment, which fulfills every standard - anatomical, luxurious, careless - that is associated with Producer Carroll."
Folk blues singer Lead Belly, recently pardoned on murder charges, begins a business relationship with folklorist/record producer Alan Lomax in Texas, USA.
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Paul Worley is born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He will make his mark on the music business as a record producer and session guitarist, known primarily for his work in country music.
Gary Loren Hahn is born in Northern California, USA. He will find success as record producer, musician, singer and songwriter Skip Hahn.
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.
John Lee is born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He will find success as a jazz bassist, producer and recording engineer working with, among others, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, Larry Coryell, Paquito D'Rivera, Gregory Hines, Claudio Roditi, Arturo Sandoval, Joachim Kühn and Philip Catherine.
Antonio Reid is born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He will find fame as multiple Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, record producer and music business executive, L.A. Reid.
Patsy Cline begins recording her third studio album, Sentimentally Yours, for Decca Records, with producer Owen Bradley at the Bradley Film and Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Pendletones [later to become The Beach Boys] record a second version of their song Surfin' at World Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA. @BeachBoys
Guitarist Roy Clark, with producer Ken Nelson, records Dented Fender, A Maiden's Prayer, Weepin' Willow Twist and Twelfth Street Rag in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session includes Billy Strange [gtr], Churly Chalker [steel gtr], Howard Roberts [bass gtr], Mark Tully [bass], Marty Alfred [drums], Frank Maio and Glenn Blair [saxes].
Guitarist Roy Clark, with producer Ken Nelson, records Over The Waves, Chicken Wire, Drifter's Polka and Golden Slippers in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session includes Billy Strange [gtr], Churly Chalker [steel gtr], Howard Roberts [bass gtr], Mark Tully [bass], Marty Alfred [drums], Frank Maio and Glenn Blair [saxes].
Bill Monroe And His Bluegrass Boys, with Owen Bradley as producer, record John Hardy, Bugle Call and Old Joe Clark in Bradley Film And Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Bobby Austin, with producer Ken Nelson, records Look Out Heart, I Wouldn't Know Where To Begin, Let It Ring and Put Me Back Together Again, in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Beatles record their third single, From Me To You, and its b-side, Thank You Girl, at Abbey Road, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Record producer George Martin makes mono mixes of The Beatles' tracks Devil In Her Heart, Money, You Really Got A Hold On Me, Please Mister Postman, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, All My Loving and It Won't Be Long in the control room of EMI's Abbey Road Studio 3, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most and the Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones play at The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Honeys release a new single, The One You Can't Have, on Capitol Records in the USA. The song is written and produced by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys copyrights songs with the following titles - Back Home, If It Can't Be You, Funny Boy, No Big Thing, Part Of Me and Rock And Roll Bash in the USA.
Sarah Vaughan, with Quincy Jones as producer, records Quiet Nights and Jazz Samba for Mercury Records in New York City, USA.
Help Me, Rhonda by The Beach Boys enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No27.
A feature in The Corpus Christi Times reports on the burgeoning success of Motown Records as a force on the Detroit, Michigan, financial scene. The feature states that Motown all-girl trio The Supremes recently earned $100,000 each from record sales in the previous six months, and the company as a whole grossed about $10m in the past year. According to the feature, Motown has become the second-largest producer of singles in the USA, immediately behind Capitol Records.
The Righteous Brothers release a new single, Hung On You, on Philles Records in the USA. the song is written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and produced by Phil Spector. The b-side, Unchained Melody, will be released as a single in 1990 and will become a major hit.
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.
Independent record producers George Martin, John Burgess, and Ron Richards open a new recording studio, Associated Independent Recordings [AIR (Record Productions)] London, Ltd., in London, England, UK.
Today's edition of pop tv show Shindig in the USA features, The Byrds, Carole Shelyne, Ketty Lester, Sandie Shaw and The Beach Boys.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys oversees the recording of an instrumental backing track for The Little Girl I Once Knew, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Mamas And The Papas record California Dreamin' for Dunhill Records at Western Recorders, 6000 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, with producer Lou Adler. The band is accompanied by P.F. Sloan on guitar, Joe Osborn on bass, Hal Blaine on drums and Larry Knechtel on keyboards.
The Beach Boys release a new non-album single, The Little Girl I Once Knew, on Capitol Records in the USA. One of the songs many distinctive features is a seven second break of silence.
Patti Page, with producer Bob Johnston, records Till You Come Back To Me and Custody for Columbia Records in CBS Recording Studio, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Modern Folk Quartet comes to the end of recording sessions for their song This Could Be The Night in Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The track is produced by Phil Spector, and is co-written by Harry Nilsson.
A joint birthday party is held for Patti Boyd and jazz flute player Paul Horn at the meditation centre of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, India, Asia. The party is attended by George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles, plus Mike Love of The Beach Boys and Donovan. Also attending is McCartney's girlfriend Jane Asher.
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Following what seem to be threatening phone calls from disciples of crazed hippy killer Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys arranges for his home telephone line in California, USA, to be disconnected.
The Beach Boys, supported by Paul Revere And The Raiders, play at The Paramount Theatre, Portland, Oregon, USA.
After being brought together by music biz svengali / record producer Kim Fowley, drummer Sandy West and guitarist Joan Jett form The Runaways, the first ever all female heavy rock band.
The Sonny And Cher Show begins a 34 episode run on tv in the USA, immediately achieving a top ten rating.
Having been delayed for nine months by legal problems, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Brian Eno and David Byrne (of Talking Heads), enters the UK album chart, where it will peak at No29.
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Prince releases his seventh album, Around The World In A Day, on Paisley Park/Warner Bros Records in the USA.
Prince releases a new single, Raspberry Beret, in the UK.
Brian Wilson plays a brief solo set, accompanying himself on piano, for the ESQ Beach Boys Convention in The Handlery Hotel, San Diego, California, USA.
Prince plays the last of three nights to a sellout crowd in Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
Prince performs the first of two Thanksgiving dates at Paisley Park Studios, 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Music producer Paul Rothchild, dies of lung cancer, aged 59, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. In a long and acclaimed career he worked with The Doors, Janis Joplin, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and many others.
The album Emancipation by Prince is certified double-platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Grammy-winning producer Ron Kersey dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Kersey was a member of The Trammps, co-writer of the hit single Disco Inferno, and one of the main keyboardists of MFSB, playing on many Philadelphia International hits.
The Beach Boys play at Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, Virginia, 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.
Broken Bells, a new group formed by producer Danger Mouse, (founder of hit-making duo Gnarls Barkley) and James Mercer of The Shins releases its eponymous debut album.
American music producer Tommy LiPuma dies aged 80 in New York City, USA. In his long career, he received 33 Grammy nominations, 5 Grammy wins, and his productions sold over 75m albums