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Sammy Davis Jr. records I'm A Fool To Want You, Lush Life, The Tender Trap and other songs in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Reprise Records.
Brenda Lee has the first of three recording sessions in the USA, working on tracks which will appear on her album Brenda, That's All.
Elvis Presley continues with filming studio scenes for his next movie, Girls! Girls! Girls!, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, USA.
John Coltrane completes two weeks [with Mondays off] at Birdland, New York City, USA.
The John Coltrane Quartet records Tunji and Out Of This World for Impulse! Records at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Paul Anka plays the seventh of eight nights at Freedomland Amusement Park, The Bronx, New York City, USA.
The hit single I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles earns a gold disc from the R.I.A.A. for sales of over one million copies in the USA.
In weekly UK music paper the NME [New Musical Express] writer Nat Hentoff describes Bob Dylan as 'the most exciting talent in years.'
Return To Sender by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No2 during a fourteen-week run. (1962)
The MGM movie Look In Any Window, starring Paul Anka as voyeuristic teenager Craig Fowler, is released in Finland, Europe.
Lonnie Donegan appears in a Stars Organisation For Spastics show at The Palladium, London, UK.
Alexander 'Skip' Spence, drug-damaged former member of Moby Grape, begins work in Columbia Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on his solo album, Oar.
John Lee Hooker records I Don't Wanna Go To Vietnam, Messin' Round With The Blues and Hold On Baby, at Vault Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA. Earl Hooker plays guitar on these tracks.
The second day of the three-day long Wild West Festival takes place in San Francisco, California, USA, with Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Sons Of Champlin, Jimmy Witherspoon and the Anonymous Artists of America playing at The Family Dogg, while Jefferson Airplane, Aum and Los Flamencos De Santa Lucia appear at The Fillmore Auditorium. [The original event, with a somewhat over-ambitious line-up, had been planned to take place at Kezar Stadium, but it fell apart.]
Led Zeppelin play at Sheffield University, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK.
Mott The Hoople, produced by David Bowie, record All The Young Dudes in a secret recording recording session the dead of night at Olympic Studios, London, UK.
Caravan play at the Fiesta Suite, Plymouth, UK.
My Sharona by The Knack reaches No1 in Australia's Kent Music Report singles chart.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York State, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue overdoses at a dealer's house in London, England, UK, Europe. The dealer allegedly tries to beat the life back into Sixx with a bat, then throws the unconscious rocker into a nearby dumpster.
Madonna's bustier is stolen from a display in Frederick's of Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. A US$1,000 reward is offered for its return.
Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Guns N' Roses perform at the 19th MTV Video Music Awards. Britney Spears and Eminem are also in attendance.
Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice plays in the Great American Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Rapper The Game releases his debut LP, The Documentary, on Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope in the USA. It will debut at No1 on The Billboard 200 Albums Chart with 586,000 copies sold in the first week.
Rapper Snoop Dogg is bottled off during a gig at Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, UK.
The iTunes Music Store in Japan, Asia, officially opens with one million songs available.
The 2005 MTV Music Video Awards ceremony, hosted by P. Diddy. is held at The American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA. Video Of The Year is Boulevard Of Broken Dreams by Green Day.
When rapper Fabolous plays at Quo, New York City, USA, the show has to be stopped by security guards when a drunk member of the audience jumps stage and begins rapping with the artist.
Muse play the second of two nights at The Stade De France, Paris, France, Europe.
EMI Music Publishing announces that it has extended its co-publishing agreement with Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Jim Jonsin, composer of hits for Lil Wayne, Beyonce, T.I., Usher and Jamie Foxx.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The Parque de Exposicoes, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, South America.
On their Mylo Xyloto tour, Coldplay play the second of two nights at The O2 Arena, London, UK.
The UK-based HMV Group reports an overall loss in in the 26 weeks to October 29, 2011, of £50.1m, compared with £30.9m loss in the same period of 2010.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that Vince Neil is seriously considering quitting Motley Crue after their run of concerts at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, in February. 'It's not definite, but I am thinking seriously about it,' declares Neil.
The star-studded Seventh Annual BET Hip Hop Awards are held at The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Kanye West wins seven awards but fails to show up for the event. Wiz Khalifa opens the live performances, but the big event of the night is a tribute by 50 Cent, Missy Elliott and others to recently-deceased hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty who shot himself after an argument with his estranged wife at his apartment in South Riverdale, The Bronx, New York.
South Korean pop-rapper Psy apologises publicly for past concerts featuring anti-American lyrics, ahead of a holiday performance to be attended by U.S. President Barack Obama and his family. The lyrics in question were part of a protest against the deaths of two teenage South Korean girls who were run over by a U.S. tank stationed in the country.
A major exhibition opens at The Victoria And Albert Museum, London, UK, examining the eclectic range of artistic influences in the work of David Bowie.
Popular singer, actress and Mouseketeer Annette Funicello dies at the age of 70, of complications arising from multiple sclerosis in Mercy Southwest Hospital, Bakersfield, California, USA.
The Orb play at The Guildhall, St. Ives, Cornwall, UK., supported by Night Motor.
Mumford and Sons, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The xx, Bobby Womack, Vampire Weekend, Smashing Pumpkins, Editors, Of Monsters and Men, Lianne La Havas, Kenny Rogers, Rufus Wainwright, PiL, I Am Kloot, Sergio Mendes, Phoenix, Lucinda Williams, Gabrielle Aplin, Cat Power, Steve Mason, Stornoway, James Blake and more play at Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, UK.
SBTRKT, featuring Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, releases a video for the song New Dorp, New York.
A listening session for the Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin is held at The Museum Of Modern Art, New York City, USA. The album exists as one single copy, and is to be sold to the highest bidder. The group claims to have already received offers as high as $5m, but the eventual sale price will turn out to be considerably less.
Playback.fm publishes a list of the world's richest living musicians, showing Andrew Lloyd Webber at No1 ($1.2bn), Paul McCartney at No2 ($1.2bn) and Herb Alpert at No3 ($850m). Others on the list are Madonna, Dr. Dre, P. Diddy, Celine Dion, Bono of U2, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey.
Rick Ross holds his birthday celebration in Fayetteville, Georgia, USA.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar is honoured with the Key To The City of his hometown, Compton, California, USA. Mayor Aja Brown presents Lamar with the award during a special ceremony on 13 February, when he will be given the key to represent his significant contributions to their community.
Swizz Beatz takes part in the Lime-A-Rita National Margarita Day event at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, USA.
On his Saint Pablo tour, Kanye West plays at The Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA.
Big Sean releases his fourth album, I Decided.
Dub Pistols play at The Factory, Barnstaple, England, UK, Europe.