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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.
Eddie Crosby And His Sugarfoot Shufflers record Foolish Notion and Blues Stay Away From Me in E.T.Herzog Recording Studio, 811 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Lonzo And Oscar record Metro Polka, Wild Women From The South and I Lithp Ekthept When I Thay Ithaca, in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Ruby Wright records Waltz Of The Wind, You Don't Know What You're Getting and Rummy Dumb Bunny, in King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Married duo Boots Faye and Idaho Call record Cryin' My Heart Out, I'm Losing Your Love, That's My Heart Talkin' and Shiftin' Sands in Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California, USA.
Tennessee Ernie Ford records Sixteen Tons and You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry in Capitol Records' Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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In the UK, teen idol Marty Wilde announces that he intends to move away from rock and 'do real class ballad stuff like Sinatra.' On the same day, Frank Sinatra records It's All Right With Me and C'est Magnifique, in Capitol Records Studio A, Hollywood, California.
Trumpet virtuoso Al Hirt records tracks for his album Honey In The Horn at RCA Victor Studio A, New York City, USA.
Nat King Cole records It's Only A Paper Moon and Sweet Lorraine in Capitol Recording Studios, 151 West 46th Street, New York City, USA.
Bobby Lewis appears on popular tv show American Bandstand, at WFIL-tv studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, singing Tossin' And Turnin'. Also on today's edition is Carla Thomas performing A Love Of My Own.
The original cast soundtrack album to the Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, featuring Rudy Vallee, is recorded in Webster Hall, New York City, USA.
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.
The Supremes record Your Heart Belongs To Me, for Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Fifteen-year-old Susan Summers performs Mummy And Daddy Were Twistin' on popular tv show American Bandstand during a special edition with an ice skating theme broadcast from Drexelwood Inn, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Also in the same edition, The Belmonts perform I Need Someone.
Jan And Dean record Fiddle Around and My Favourite Dream, in United/Western Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, for Liberty Records.
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Eric Clapton plays one of his first gigs as guitarist for The Yardbirds at Studio 51, Leicester Square, London, UK.
The Newbeats perform Bread And Butter on tv pop show Shindig!, recorded in ABC-tv studios, New York City, USA.
Dion records a second version of Kickin' Child at Columbia Studio A, New York City, USA. This version will be released as a single.
Sun Ra records the LP The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol. 1, for ESP Records at RLA Sound Studios, New York City, USA.
The Hollies record Look Through Any Window with Ron Richards as producer in Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK. The track will be released as their ninth single. Also recorded on this day are Lawdy Miss Clawdy, You Must Believe Me and Little Bitty Pretty One.
Jerry Lee Lewis and Linda Gail Lewis record North To Alaska, Walk Right In, Wolverton Mountain, King Of The Road and Detroit City, in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Beatles are in Studio 2, Abbey Road, London working on the song Think For Yourself. During this day they also record The Beatles Third Christmas Record for distribution to members of their Fan Club.
The Pretty Things spend the second of two days in EMI's Abbey Road studio, London, working on the song Walking Through My Dreams.
The Monkees continue working on the song Can You Dig It at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The last recording session to feature the classic lineup of Love takes place at Sunset Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA. A future single, Your Mind And We Belong Together requires 44 takes, and a great deal of discussion between leader Arthur Lee and the rest of the group. On the same date, a mere ten takes are required for Laughing Stock, the b-side of Your Mind And We Belong Together.
The Monkees are working on the songs Long Title and Tear The Top Right Off My Head, at Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs (aka Flatt And Scruggs) record The Story Of Bonnie And Clyde, Another Ride With Clyde, Picture Of Bonnie and other Bobbie And Clyde-themed tracks in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Jimi Hendrix is in Sound Center, 247 West 46th St, New York City, USA, recording 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be), Somewhere, Moon Turn The Tides. Later, Jimi jams with The Hollies at The Scene Club.
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The Fifth Dimension begin recording sessions at Wally Heider Recording, Los Angeles, California, USA, for their album The Age Of Aquarius.
Blood, Sweat And Tears record the Laura Nyro composition And When I Die at CBS 30th Street Studio (aka Columbia 30th Street Studio, aka 'The Church'), Manhattan, New York City, USA. At the same session, they also record Blues - Part 2.
The Mal Waldron Trio records Free At Last in Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany, Europe, for ECM Records.
The Who record their next single, The Seeker, at IBC Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
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The Rolling Stones brand new Rolling Stones' mobile studio, constructed inside an large truck, is now ready for operation. The studio, although fully mobile, is usually based at singer Mick Jagger's house, Stargroves, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra records It Only Happens Every Time and Tiptoe for Blue Note Records in A + R Studios, New York City, USA.
The Grant Green Octet records A Day In The Life, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles, for Blue Note Records at A + R Studios, New York City, USA. At the same session, they also record Ain't It Funky Now, I'll Never Fall In Love Again and other tracks.
Ringo Starr of The Beatles continues work on his solo album, Sentimental Journey, at EMI’s Abbey Road studios, London, England, UK, Europe, re-recording his vocals for Let The Rest Of The World Go By and Have I Told You Lately That I Love You. He also records his own song, It Don’t Come Easy, with George Harrison on guitar and Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young, on piano.
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Elton John records Levon and Goodbye, at Trident Studios in London, UK, for his album Madman Across The Water. He also fits in a gig at Bradford University, Bradford, UK.
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Bob Dylan begins recording his fifteenth studio album Blood On The Tracks at A&R Recording, New York City, USA.
The Rolling Stones finish mixing their album Some Girls at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City, USA.
George Strait records Unwound at Music City Music Hall in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It will provide him with his first hit single.
The Smiths resume work on their next album, now tentatively titled Margaret On A Guillotine, at Jacobs Studios, Ridgeway House, near Farnham, Surrey, England, UK, Europe. (The album will be released as The Queen Is Dead)
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Ringo Starr adds his vocal contribution to a charity recording, Spirit Of The Forest, in SARM West studios, London, England, UK, Europe. The completed track, aimed at raising money to preserve the rain forests, will feature contributions from Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Ringo Starr and others.
Bruce Springsteen records Happy at A+M Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Pendulum release their third studio album, Immersion, worldwide [with the exception of Australia and Ireland, where it was released three days earlier].
Carlos Santana releases his 18th studio album, Guitar Heaven in the USA.
Say Anything release their fourth studio album, Anarchy My Dear, on Equal Vision Records in the UK.
Menomena release their fifth studio album, Moms, on Barsuk Records.
Submotion Orchestra play at Studio 24, Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Knut Reiersrud Band spends the last of four days recording the LP Heat at Paradiso Studios, Oslo, Norway, Europe.
On her Christmas Time Is Here tour, Sierra Hull plays at Tangled String Studios, Huntsville, Alabama, USA. The tour is partnered with Toys For Tots and/or a local food bank.