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Bobby Thompson, a great banjo and guitar player, is born in Converse, South Carolina, USA. He will become one of the most in-demand studio musicians in Nashville, Tennessee, during the 70s and 80s, and will be nominated for a Grammy Award in 1969 for his recording of Area Code 615, and a CMA Award in 1985 for his performances in The Hee Haw Band. His picking can be heard on tracks by Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Jim And Jesse, Hank Snow, Tammy Wynette, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton, Perry Como, Eddy Arnold, Les Paul, Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Trini Lopez, The Monkees, Olivia Newton-John, Melanie, Jimmy Buffett, Dr Hook, Leon Russell, Neil Young and many others.
Country fiddler Eck Robertson begins a week of recording sessions at Jack Sellers Studios in Dallas, Texas, USA, during which he will record 100 fiddle tunes.
Jesse Willard Carr is born in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. He will find success as guitarist Pete Carr, first as a member of The Hour Glass but later as a studio session player with the world-famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
Bill Monroe records Kentucky Waltz, Prisoner's Song, Swing Low Sweet Chariot and Angels Rock Me To Sleep, in Castle Studio at The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Accompanying musicians include guitarists Grady Martin and Jimmy Selph, Ernie Newton on bass, Tommy Jackson on fiddle, Farris Coursey on drums and Owen Bradley on piano.
Hot young jazz saxophonist Art Pepper undertakes his first studio date as a group leader with The Art Pepper Quartet, recording Surf Ride, Brown Gold, These Foolish Things and Holiday Flight for Discovery/Savoy Records at MacGregor Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Cliffie Stone and His Square Dance Band record Virginia Reel, American Patrol, Shot Gun Boogie and Moonwinks in Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Charlie Parker All-Stars appear in a broadcast at CBC-TV Studio, Montreal, Canada.
Frankie Laine and Jimmy Boyd record Let's Go Fishin' and Poor Little Piggy Bank in Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Capitol Records opens its new headquarters, the world's first round office building, at the corner of Hollywood And Vine, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Johnny Horton records The Battle Of New Orleans during an evening session at the Bradley Film And Recording Studio, Music Row, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Cliff Richard begins filming his latest movie, The Young Ones, at Elstree Studios, near London, England, UK, Europe.
Jazz saxophonist Yusef Lateef records the album Lost In Sound at Peter Ind Studio, New York City, USA.
Tenor sax virtuoso Gene Ammons records The Breeze And I, Lester Leaps In and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA, for Prestige Records.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra record Bon Amour and Paris Blues Pts 1 and 2 at Columbia Studios, New York City, USA.
Joe Dowell, with Shelby Singleton as producer, records (I Wonder) Who's Spending Christmas With You, A Kiss For Christmas and The Sound Of Sadness, in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenues South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Jimmy Smith Trio records Winter Wonderland, God Rest Ye Merry gentlemen, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and Jingle Bells for Verve Recors in Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Record producer George Martin overdubs a piano part onto The Beatles recording of Slow Down in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Work starts on another album by The Beatles at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK. As yet un-named, it will be released as Beatles For Sale. On this day they record Baby's In Black.
Don Gibson, with producer Chet Atkins, records 'Cause I Believe In You, Then I'll Be Free and A Love That Can't Be, in RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with Floyd Cramer on piano, Jerry Reed on guitar, The Jordanaires on backing vocals and Buddy Harman on drums.
The Beatles record six tracks, including I Feel Fine, Rock And Roll Music and Kansas City, for their next album, Beatles For Sale, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
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Johnny Cash records Thunderball at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with harmony vocals supplied by The Carter Family and The Statler Brothers. The song is intended as the theme for the James Bond movie, but it is not used.
Connie Francis spends the first of two days of recording sessions in EMI Recording Studio, 3 Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, London, England, UK. Over the two days she records songs including Mack The Knife, What Now My Love, The Girl From Ipanema, Milord and Stardust.
Scott McKenzie records There Stands The Glass and Wipe The Tears in Capitol Recording Studio, 151 W, 46th Street, New York City, USA.
The Seeds record Pushin' Too Hard, Nobody Spoil My Fun and Out Of The Question, in Western Recorders studio, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Kinks spend the first of eight days recording tracks for their album The Kink Kontroversy in Pye Studios, London, England, UK, Europe. One track recorded at these sessions, If I Remember, will be held over until the release of their 1966 album Face To Face.
The Beatles add sound-effects and scat harmonies to their songPenny Lane at Studio Three, Abbey Road, London, England, UK, Europe.
Agnetha Faltskog records Jag Var Sa Kar (I Was So In Love) at Philips Studio, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. It will reach No1 in the Swedish Pop Singles Chart and Agnetha will find greater international success as a member of Abba.
The Monkees spend a second day working on the song Zor And Zam at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Buffalo Springfield record Questions and Merry-Go-Round in Sunset Sound studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience continue working in The Record Plant, New York City, USA.
Blood, Sweat And Tears record Sometimes In Winter, at CBS 30th Street Studio (aka Columbia 30th Street Studio, aka 'The Church'), Manhattan, New York City, New York
The Temptations finish recording the track Don't let The Jonses Get You Down, at Hitsville Studios, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Beatles release a new album, Abbey Road, whose cover shot of Paul McCartney barefooted sparks further rumours of his demise.
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The End record My Friend and So Free at Olympic Studios, London, UK, with Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones as producer.
Kraftwerk are recording the album Kraftwerk 2 at Star Musik Studio, Hamburg, Germany.
Bob Dylan is in Studio C, Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, USA, working on Sammy's Song with David Bromberg.
The Shadows record the album Live At Abbey Road, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England, Europe.
The Real World Week Of Recording begins at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios complex in Box, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. Artists taking part include Sinead O'Connor, The Holmes Brothers, The Grid and Van Morrison.
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Michael Jackson comes to the end of recording sessions in Ocean Way Studio, Los Angeles, California, USA, for his album Dangerous.
Eric Clapton records a live session at Bray Studios, Berkshire for MTV’s Unplugged.
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Paul Westerberg plays a private show at a new retail outlet being opened by The First Act Guitar Studio, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Stooges, reunited with rock wildman Iggy Pop, begin recording their first album in 33 years at legendary grunge producer Steve Albini's studio in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
To mark the 40th Anniversary of The Beatles' classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a re-recording of every track by contemporary artists including Oasis, The Killers, Travis and Razorlight is broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in the UK. The new versions were recorded by the album's original engineer, Geoff Emerick, using the original 1966 Abbey Road equipment to record the new versions of the songs.
Warner Music UK announces that it has entered into an agreement with Dee Bahl of 1554 Management, manager of Biffy Clyro, to co-manage the band ahead of the release of their forthcoming studio album, Only Revolutions, set for release in November.
Linkin Park release their fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns, in the UK, Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and most of Europe (excluding Hungary and Poland).
While touring in support of her tenth studio album, Let England Shake, PJ Harvey plays the second of two nights at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe.
While touring in support of her tenth studio album, Let England Shake, PJ Harvey plays at The Electric Picnic Festival, Stradbally, Ireland.
Adam Lambert releases his second studio album, Trespassing in the UK.
Taylor Swift releases We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, in the UK. It is the first single from her upcoming fourth studio album, Red.
Menomena release their fifth studio album, Moms, on Barsuk Records.