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Songwriter Irving Berlin signs a contract with Paramount to write songs for the film Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby. The completed soundtrack includes White Christmas, which will become the world’s best-selling song.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
Judy Garland plays the fourth of seven nights at The Empire Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman with 4 Hits And A Miss and Matty Matlock's All Stars record In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. The song is recorded for the soundtrack of the film Here Comes The Groom.
Judy Garland plays the sixth of seven nights at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
Roman Bunka is born in Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany, Europe. He will find success as a guitarist and composer, working with Embryo, Fathy Salama, Mal Waldron, Dissidenten, Trilok Gurtu, Charlie Mariano, Mohamed Mounir, Malachi Favors and others.
Songwriters Charles Tobias and Peter DeRose are in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, to promote the movie About Face, for which they composed the score.
Judy Garland marries Sid Luft at a ranch belonging to a friend in Hollister, near San Francisco, California, USA.
Barbra Streisand continues with a month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand continues with her month-long residency at The Caucus Club , Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand plays the penultimate night of a month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The original cast soundtrack album to the Broadway musical The Happiest Girl In The World is recorded in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records. The music is by Jacques Offenbach, and the lyrics are written by E.Y. Harburg. The performers include Cyril Ritchard, Janice Rule, Dran Seitz, Bruce Yarnell.
Barbra Streisand plays the thirteenth night in a month-long engagement at The Bon Soir Club, New York City, USA.
Barbra Streisand plays the seventh night of two weeks at The Town'n'Country, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Barbra Streisand performs A Sleepin' Bee and Lover Come Back To Me on New York City based tv show P.M.East.
Barbra Streisand plays the ninth of twenty-seven nights at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Cliff Richard and The Shadows record The Young Ones, Lessons In Love and What Is There To Say?, for the soundtrack to their film The Young Ones, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
Judy Garland comes to the end of her 1961 concert tour with a show at The Armory, Washington DC, USA.
The world premiere of Judy Garland's latest movie, Judgement At Nuremberg, takes place in Berlin, West Germany, Europe, with Garland in attendance.
Barbra Streisand performs at The Frolics, Revere, Massachusetts, USA.
Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs make the first of seven on-screen appearances in the CBS sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, for which they provided the theme song. On this occasion, they introduce a new song, Pearl Pearl Pearl, addressed to the show's Pearl Bodine.
Carol Lawrence and Jonathan Winters appear on The Garry Moore Show on CBS-tv in the USA.
Elvis Presley has a recording session at United Artists Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the film soundtrack album Frankie And Johnny.
Actress/singer Judy Holliday is admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, USA, suffering from terminal cancer. She will die after drifting in and out of consciousness for twelve days.
Judy Garland has a disastrous concert engagement in Cincinatti Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, during which the show is cancelled half-way through when her doctor takes the stage and announces that she is too ill to continue because of a virus infection.
Isaac Hayes plays as an in-house keyboardist for Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, during an Otis Redding session.
Peter, Paul And Mary and Henry Mancini And His Orchestra play the fourth of six nights at The Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Having completed a series of shows at The Circle Star Theatre in San Carlos, Judy Garland flies from San Francisco, California, USA, to Los Angeles.
The musical Hot September opens at The Shubert Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, where it will run until October 9.
George Harrison of The Beatles begins four days of recording sessions in Bombay, India, Asia, which will result in his soundtrack for the film Wonderwall.
George Harrison of The Beatles completes recording of the Wonderwall film soundtrack at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
Jack Cassidy is playing during two weeks at The Shamrock Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA.
Celine Dion is born in Charlemagne, Canada.
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Marlene Dietrich plays the first of eleven nights at The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
The album Memories by Barbra Streisand is awarded a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Andrew Lloyd Webber marries singer Sarah Brightman in Kingsclere, Hampshire, England, UK, Europe. The newly-married couple then race back to London to meet the Queen at a preview of Webber's new musical, Starlight Express.
Randy Travis records four songs, including Prairie Rose and On The Other Hand at Nineteenth Avenue Sound in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, in his first session for Warner Bros. Records.
Prince is named Best International Solo Artist and Purple Rain wins in the Best Film Soundtrack category at the fourth annual BRIT Awards, in the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, UK.
Barbara Dickson plays at The Apollo Theatre, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
The ninth annual BRIT Awards are held at the Dominion Theatre, London, UK. Fine Young Cannibals are chosen as Best British Group, while their album The Raw And The Cooked is Best Album by a British Artist. The band, however, later returns the trophies stating 'it is wrong and inappropriate for us to be associated with what amounts to a photo-opportunity for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party.' Batman by Prince is Best Soundtrack. Queen collect the Outstanding Contribution to British Music trophy, with Freddie Mercury making his final public appearance. Other winners this year include Annie Lennox and Phil Collins.
The hit single Men In Black by Will Smith is awarded a platinum disc in the UK by the BPI.
The single Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks is released on Monument Records in the USA. It will hit No1 on the Billboard Country singles chart in the USA, spending four weeks there in November 1998.
Daphne Oram, composer, electronic music pioneer and founder of the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop, dies, aged 77, in Maidstone, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
Circa Survive, Motion City Soundtrack and Copeland play at The Zodiac, Oxford, England, UK.
James Blunt scoops two honours, Most Performed Work and International Hit Of The Year, for his song You're Beautiful, at the 51st annual Ivor Novello Awards in London, UK. (2006)

The full list of 2006 Ivor Novello winners is as below :

Best Song Musically And Lyrically: KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See

Most Performed Work: James Blunt - You're Beautiful

Best Television Soundtrack: Rob Lane - Elizabeth I

Outstanding Song Collection: New Order

Best Selling UK Single: Shayne Ward - That's My Goal

Best Album: The Kaiser Chiefs - Employment

The Ivors Classical Music Award: Sir Harrison Birtwistle

International Hit of The Year: James Blunt - You're Beautiful

Best Original Film Score: Evil

Best Contemporary Song: Athlete - Wires

International Achievement: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)

Songwriters of the Year: Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz)

PRS Outstanding Contribution to British Music: Ray Davies

The Academy Fellowship: Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb (Posthumous), Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees).
The movie My Own Love Song, whose soundtrack includes music written by Bob Dylan [including Life is Hard from his 2009 album Together Through Life] has its first American showing at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, New York City, USA. A road movie, it stars Renee Zellweger, Forest Whitaker, Madeline Zima and Nick Nolte.
Fritz Sennheiser, inventor of the hugely popular Sennheiser headphones worn by millions of music lovers, dies aged 98 at his home in Wedemark, Germany, Europe.
Frank Marocco is dies aged 81 in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA, of complications following hip replacement surgery. In a long and acclaimed career he became one of the most-recorded accordionists in the world, finding success in jazz and film-music, as a player arranger and composer.