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British record producer and A + R man Johnny Franz is born. He will produce hits for Philips label artists including The Walker Brothers, Dusty Springfield, The Four Pennies and Shirley Bassey.
During two weeks of field recordings supervised by producer Ralph Peer in the warehouse of The Taylor-Christian Hat Company on State Street, Bristol, Tennessee, USA, the first family of country music, The Carter Family, undertake their very first recording session. They record Bury Me Beneath The Willow, The Storm Is On The Ocean and Single Girl, Married Girl for Vocalion Records. The two weeks of recording will become enshrined in the annals of country music as The Bristol Sessions.
The musical comedy film Paris is released to cinemas in the USA by Warner Brothers who paid celebrated French music hall star and Broadway chanteuse Irene Bordoni $10,000 a week to star. She is partnered by British theatre and film actor, singer, producer and director Jack Buchanan.
Record producer and graphic designer Scott Billington is born in Melrose, Massachusetts, USA. He will become noted for his work with Johnny Shines, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Solomon Burke, Buckwheat Zydeco and others.
James Douglas Vallance is born in Chillawack, British Columbia, Canada. He will find success as musician, songwriter, arranger and producer Jim Vallance.
Ronald Bruce Rogers is born in Soundview, South Bronx, New York City, USA. He will find success as songwriter, composer, Ze / Island Records recording artist and record producer Ron Rogers.
Wee Willie Harris, plays at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, with The Southlanders, The Vagabonds, Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group, Tony Crombie and The Most Brothers (featuring future superstar record producer Mickie Most).
Californian group The Pendletones, later to become The Beach Boys, meet with publisher Hite Morgan, who invites them to record their song Surfin' at his home studio.
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Brenda Lee, with producer Owen Bradley, records Organ Grinder's SwingLet The Four Winds Blow, Hold Me and I'll Always Be In Love With You for Decca Records in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features guitarists Hank Garland and Grady Martin, bassists Harold Bradley and Bob Moore, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Floyd Cramer, harmonica player Charlie McCoy, sexophonist Boots Randolph and the Anita Kerr Singers.
Hank Snow records Ancient History and I've Been Everywhere, with producer Chet Atkins, at RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Johnny Burnette records I'm Losing My Mind and The Old Man In the Country for Chancellor Records, with producer Jimmy Bowen at Western Recorders in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The tracks will, however, not be released.
On hearing that President Kennedy has been assassinated, Phil Spector recalls his newly-released Christmas album, A Christmas Gift For You.
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Top record producer Phil Spector is one of the panellists on UK tv pop show Juke Box Jury.
The Knights record Hot Rod High in Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, with Gary Usher as producer.
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The Beach Boys play in Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, supported by The Sir Douglas Quintet, Johnny And The Hurricanes and Actions Unlimited.
The Beach Boys play at The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers are in Decca Records' studios, West Hampstead, London, UK, working on tracks for their next album, A Hard Road. Featuring Peter Green on lead guitar, the album is produced by Mike Vernon.
George Harrison of The Beatles is working on his song Within You, Without You at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Marion Worth, with producer Owen Bradley, records Then I'll Be Over You, I Know My Limitations, Mama Sez and Wondering, in Bradley's Barn, 722 Bender's Ferry Road, Mount Juliet, Tennessee, USA.
Hearts And Flowers, with producer Nick Venet, record Extra Extra 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.
Donovan records Hurdy Gurdy Man in London, England, UK, Europe, with Mickie Most as producer. Guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, both later to become founder members of Led Zeppelin, play on the track.
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The Rolling Stones are in Olympic Studios, London, UK, working on the title song for their album Let It Bleed with producer Jimmy Miller.
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Muddy Waters, plus an all-star band including guitarist Mike Bloomfield and harmonica player Paul Butterfield of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T And The MGs and Sam Lay, spend the first of three days with producer Norman Dayron recording tracks for the album Fathers And Sons at Ter-Mar Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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Jimi Hendrix receives a letter from Alan Douglas stating that he can no longer continue as Hendrix's record producer.
California-based singer, songwriter and producer Wayne Shanklin diesw of a heart attack in Orange County, California, USA.
John Lennon begins five days in Record Plant East Studios, New York City, USA, recording more tracks for his album Rock'n'Roll, which had been abandoned when producer Phil Spector unexpectedly quit the project. The band on these sessions includes guitarists Jesse Ed Davis and Eddie Mottau, pianist Ken Ascher, bassist Klaus Voormann, drummer Jim Keltner and percussionist Arthur Jenkins. They will record versions of the rock'n'roll classics Be-Bop-A-Lula, Stand By Me, Rip It Up/Ready Teddy, Ain't That A Shame, Do You Wanna Dance?, Slippin' And Slidin', Peggy Sue, Bring It On Home To Me/Send Me Some Lovin' and Ya Ya.
Led Zeppelin score eight first prizes in the Hot Licks poll in New Zealand, Oceania. Their wins in the poll are - best group in the world; world's finest vocalist for Robert Plant; world's foremost guitarist and producer for Jimmy Page; No1 bassist and third-best keyboardist for John Paul Jones; world's greatest drummer for John Bonham. Page and Plant are also awarded the top prize for their song writing abilities and John Paul Jones takes first place in the miscellaneous instrument category along with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.
Sweet Talkin' Woman by the Electric Light Orchestra (aka ELO) peaks at No17 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA.
Paul McCartney is at producer George Martin's AIR studio in London, England, UK, Europe, jamming with the Michael Schenker Group.
Prince plays to a packed house at The Ritz, New York City, USA.
Joni Mitchell marries producer and bassist Larry Klein, at the home of her manager, Elliott Roberts, in Malibu, California, USA.
Filming continues on the Prince movie Purple Rain in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Prince's movie Purple Rain has its world premiere at Graumann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Guests at the screening include Little Richard, Eddie Murphy, Steven Spielberg and Lionel Richie.
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On behalf of manufactured pop duo Milli Vanilli, the first of 24 lawyers’ letters are sent to producer Frank Farian, asking that the duo be allowed to sing on its next album.
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On his Nude Tour, prince plays at La Coruna, Corunna, Spain, Europe.
A mini-album of re-mixes of the Prince single My Name Is Prince enters the UK Singles Chart at No51 for just one week.
Prince performs the first of two Thanksgiving dates at Paisley Park Studios, 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Now referring to himself simply as The Artist, Prince performs an outdoor concert at the window of NBC's Manhattan, New York City, USA, studio as part of the Today concert summer series.
Dinner With Delores by Prince peaks at No36 in the UK pop singles chart during a two-week chart stay.
Alan Caddy, guitarist with UK instrumental hitmakers The Tornados, dies aged 60 in London, England, UK, Europe. The cause of his death is not released, but he was known to have been an alcoholic for much of his life. The band is best-remembered for their international hit single Telstar, written and produced by the controversial Joe Meek.
R. Kelly and Jay-Z play in their co-headlining Best Of Both Worlds tour at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, New York State, USA.
A date, September 16, 2005, is set for the start of the trial of reclusive record producer Phil Spector in connection with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, at Spector’s California, USA, home.
Black Eyed Peas play at The MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Canada.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Grammy-winning Nashville-based record producer Larry Butler dies aged 69 of natural causes in Pensacola, Florida, USA. Butler is best-known to public as keyboardist for The Gentrys whose Keep On Dancing reached No4 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA. However, as an acclaimed record producer, Butler worked with Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Rich, John Denver, Bill Anderson, Dottie West and Waylon Jennings, to name but a few.
Cheryl Cole is a front seat passenger in a Cadillac driven by Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas when it smashes into a parked car in Los Angeles, California, USA, at 3.30am. Neither is seriously injured, but Will.i.am is treated at nearby Cedars-Sinai hospital.
A lawsuit filed in Chatham County State Court, Georgia, USA, by the parents of 27-year-old Sarah Jones, names Allman Brothers Band guitarist Gregg Allman and the producers of the movie Midnight Rider as being responsible for the death of their daughter, who was hit by a train on the first day of filming.
Mark Ronson releases his fourth studio album, Uptown Special, on Columbia Records in the UK.
It is announced that songwriter and producer Clarence Henry Reid, also known by the stage name and alternate persona Blowfly, has recently been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, and has been admitted to a hospice in Florida, USA.
Tony Visconti, Stewart Copeland, Bob Geldof and Holy Holy play in A Life In Music at The Union Chapel, Islington, London, England, UK, Europe. The show is a celebration of Visconti's career, but also features several unsigned new talents.