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Michael Robert Smith is born in Barking, Essex, England, UK, Europe. He will become a Decca Records producer, under the name Mike Smith, and will work with Billy Fury, Brian Poole, Georgie Fame and many others. Smith will also invite The Beatles to audition at Decca in 1962, but the group will be turned down.
Stephen Friedland is born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He will find some success and notoriety as singer and songwriter Brute Force, whose best-known composition The King Of Fuh prominently includes a double entendre, referring repeatedly to the "Fuh King", i.e. a King in the Land of Fuh. George Harrison of The Beatles will acquire the track, produced by The Tokens in New York City, and will overdub 11 strings of the London Phiharmonic Orchestra. However, after learning that neither EMI in the UK or Capitol Records in the USA would distribute the single, Apple Records will press and distribute a limited edition of 1,000 copies in 1969.
Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hoffman accidentally absorbs a new substance he has synthesised, LSD, through his fingertips. The powerful hallucinogenic effects of the drug will have bona fide medical applications, but LSD will also inspire and encourage an entire musical movement, psychedelia, in the mid-1960s. Songs inspired by LSD include Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles, White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, Lysergic Bliss by Of Montreal and The Acid Commercial by Country Joe And The Fish.
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The Silver Beetles perform at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Wallasey, England, UK, Europe. When drummer Tommy Moore doesn't show up, a local teddy boy gang leader named Ronnie steps in, but proves to be completely useless. Violent scenes are barely avoided as Ronnie is removed from the stage. The Silver Beetles will, in due course, become The Beatles.
The Beatles play at The Casbah, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Beatles continue their 92 day residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Beatles play the last of three Sunday night engagements at Blair Hall, Walton, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles are on holiday in Paris, France, Europe.
The Beatles play at The Cavern, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Beatles play at The Odd Spot, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, is interviewed by Pathé News commentator Bob Danvers-Walker at a New Year's Eve party in the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
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The Beatles release a new single, Ticket To Ride/Yes It Is, in the UK on Parlophone Records.
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The Vejtables record Anything and a second version of I Still Love You at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Kinks, The Yardbirds and Goldie And The Gingerbreads play another show in their 21-date UK tour, at The Granada, East Ham, London, England, UK. Unit 4 Plus 2 also appear, for one night only.
Help! by The Beatles reaches No1 in the Billboard singles chart in the USA, for the first of three weeks. On the same day it reaches No1 in the Australian Pop Singles Chart.
The second night of the three day long Trips Festival is held at Longshoremen's Hall in San Francisco, featuring the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Loading Zone, Chinese New Years' Lion Dancers and Drum and Bugle Corps, Stroboscopic Trampoline, and Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters.
The Animals play at the opening of a new club, Tiles, in London, UK, supported by The Koobas. Resident deejay is Kenny Everett.
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British newspaper The Daily Mail runs a story with the headline 'A-level girl dumps car and vanishes'. The girl, 17-year-old Mel anie Coe, had run away from home leaving everything behind. Inspired by reading the story, Paul McCartney of The Beatles will begin writing the song She's Leaving Home.
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The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein writes to avant-garde German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen to obtain confirmation in writing of his permission to use his photograph on the cover of their next album, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Beatles perform All You Need Is Love on the BBC's international tv broadcast, Our World from studios in Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Moby Grape play the first of three nights at the 2nd Fret, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Skip Bifferty play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service play the first of two nights at Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Hour Glass and The Sunshine Company play the second of three nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA. Hour Glass, features Gregg and Duane Allman, later to form The Allman Brothers Band.
The Beatles single Lady M adonna/The Inner Light, is released in Sweden, Europe, on Parlophone Records. It will peak at No1, spending eleven weeks in the Swedish chart.
Pink Floyd play at The Stage Club, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
The Gods play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Mandala play at The Action House, Long Island, New York State, USA, supported by The Fallen Angels.
Traffic play at The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Pink Floyd play at Westfield College, Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe, and have an Abbey Road Studios, London, recording session, working on See Saw.
The Beach Boys and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi play at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Big Brother And The Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin, play the last of three nights at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA. Also on the bill are H.P.Lovecraft and the Clara Ward Singers.
Spirit record Jewish, Now Or Anywhere and Fog for their Columbia Records album The Family That Plays Together.
Big Brother And The Holding Company play in White Plains, New York City, USA.
The Edgar Broughton Band plays at The Speakeasy, London, England, UK, Europe.
John Lennon of The Beatles is in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, working on music for his album with Yoko Ono, which will be released as The Wedding Album.
Rotary Connection play the first of three nights at The Kinetic Playground, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bassist Bob Mosley quits San Francisco-based band Moby Grape to become a US Marine.
The Doors play the first of two nights at The Allen Theater, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Love play at Falkoner Teatret, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Quintessence play at Rush Green College, West Ham, London, England, UK, Europe.
Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Paul Rodgers, Bill Wyman, Kenney Jones, Charlie Watts and others take part in another fund-raising benefit concert, in Dallas, Texas, USA, for former Small Faces and The Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Julian Cope plays at Rock City, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
The Moody Blues play at Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York State, USA.
On his Dark Side Of The Moon tour, Roger Waters plays at Ciudad Atarfe, Granada, Spain, Europe.
Norwegian psychedelic guitar band Motorpsycho release the Blissard Box Set, a 4CD set.
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Temples play at Shibuya Club Quattro, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Animal Collective play at The Stanser Musiktage Festival, Stans, Switzerland, Europe.