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Jazz, doo-woop, R'n'B and Rock'n'Roll music producer John Dolphin, aka Lovin John and The Toast of the Coast, is murdered aged 55 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Dolphin is murdered behind the desk of his office in Hollywood by frustrated singer and shipping clerk Percy Ivy. His murder is witnessed by young musicians Bruce Johnston, Sandy Nelson and Dave Shostac, who were trying to get Dolphin interested in their music. In a long career, Dolphin worked with, among others, Sam Cooke, Jesse Belvin, Charles Mingus, Pee Wee Crayton, Major Lance, Scatman Crothers, Harry Caesar, Tony Allen, Gene Forrest , Percy Mayfield, Damita Jo, Marvin Phillips, Jesse Belvin, Illinois Jacquet and Linda Hayes. He was also a political activist, organising campaigns against racial intimidation in the music business.
The Regents release Barbara-Ann on Columbia Records in the UK.
Frances Love, wife of Mike Love, later to find fame with The Beach Boys, gives birth to their first child, Melinda.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra are playing at The Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.
The Beach Boys' debut single, Surfin', gets its first radio airplay, on KFWB Radio in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Dick Dale and The Del-Tones release a seminal surf music single, Misirlou, on Deltone Records in the USA.
The Beach Boys record Little Girl, Land Ahoy and Summertime Blues, at Capitol Studio, Hollywood, California, USA.
Paul Petersen records She Rides With Me in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, for Colpix Records. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys produces the track.
Brian Wilson and Mike Love of The Beach Boys register copyright on the song I'm Waiting For The Day which will appear on the Pet Sounds album two years later.
Fun Fun Fun by The Beach Boys peaks at No5 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
In the wake of allegations that The Kingsmen's hit single Louie, Louie, includes pornographic lyrics, the FBI reports that it cannot accurately decipher the lyrics of the song.
Capitol Records throw a party in honour of The Beach Boys in New York City, USA.
When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) by The Beach Boys peaks at No9 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
The T.A.M.I. Show is recorded in the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, USA. The show is hosted by Jan And Dean, and its amazing line-up includes The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Leslie Gore, Billy J Kramer, The Barbarians and more. TAMI is believed to have been an acronym for Television Audience Measurement Index.
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The Beach Boys play at The War Memorial, Rochester, New York State, USA.
The Beach Boys are working on the song Do You Wanna Dance at Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beach Boys play at The Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Beach Boys release a new single, Do You Wanna Dance, in the USA.
The Beach Boys play at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Beach Boys fly from Los Angeles, California, USA, to New Orleans, Louisiana, where they are to begin a tour in two days time. Unfortunately they have no bassist, so old friend Bruce Johnston is invited to join the group on a temporary basis.
The Honeys record Guess I'm Dumb in Los Angeles with Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys as producer, and Glen Campbell among the session players.
The Beach Boys play at The Civic Centre, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The Beach Boys appear on Andy Williams Show, which is televised from North Hollywood, California, USA.
The Beach Boys have recording sessions for You're So Good To Me, Girl From New York City, I'm Bugged At My Old Man and And Your Dreams Come True, at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA. Guitarist Glen Campbell is among the session players.
The Beach Boys, Ray Charles and The Byrds play at Yankee Stadium, New York City, USA.
Help Me, Rhonda by The Beach Boys reaches No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
The Beach Boys play at Portland Exposition Hall, Portland, Maine, USA.
Congressman Buchanan of Alabama, USA, speaking in The House Of Representatives, Washington DC, describes the recently broadcast CBS-tv music special It's What's Happening, Baby! as "disgraceful and disgusting". The show, partly funded by the US Office Of Economic Opportunity, featured performances by Jan And Dean, Martha And The Vandellas, Mary Wells, The Dave Clark Five, Gary Lewis And The Playboys, The Supremes, Tom Jones, Bill Cosby, Patti LaBelle And The Bluebelles, The Drifters, The Miracles, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, The Ronettes, Chuck Jackson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Righteous Brothers and Little Anthony And The Imperials
Filming begins on the movie Easy Come, Easy Go, in Los Angeles, California, USA, starring surf pop duo Jan And Dean. The film will be abandoned just three days later when Jan Berry is seriously injured during filming.
The Beach Boys play at The Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Beach Boys and The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi play at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys demo an early version of the song Do It Again, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beach Boys release their fourteenth album, Friends, in the USA on Capitol Records.
Do It Again by The Beach Boys enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No1.
Much-loved Bellevue teen-dance mecca the Lake Hills Roller Rink, Bellevue, Seattle, Washington, USA, is severely damaged by fire. The venue had hosted shows by artists including Jerry Lee Lewis, Them (with Van Morrison), Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs, The Turtles, The Lovin' Spoonful, Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Kingsmen and Merrilee And The Turnabouts.
Karl Engemann of Capitol Records writes to Nick Grillo at The Beach Boys' label, Brother Records, expressing Capitol's keenness to continue working with the band despite the fact that the band is currently engaged in suing Capitol.
The Turtles and The Temptations perform at The White House, Washington DC, USA. While there, Turtles Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman snort cocaine from the top of Abraham Lincoln's desk.
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The Beach Boys enter the Billboard albums chart in the USA with Holland, recorded in the country of that name.
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John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and several others take part in a somewhat ramshackle, unstructured jam at Lennon's rented beach house in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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The Tourists play at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Barracudas. Two members of the Tourists, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, will go on to form Eurythmics.
The Tourists play at the Assembly Rooms, Derby, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Barracudas. Two members of the Tourists, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, will go on to form Eurythmics.
The Tourists play at Colston Hall, Bristol, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Barracudas. Two members of the Tourists, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, will go on to form Eurythmics.
The Beach Boys play in Saratoga, New York State, USA.
The Beach Boys play an afternoon show at Washington Monument, Washington DC, USA, with Ringo Starr as their special guest. By the evening, they have flown on to Miami, Florida, where they play again.
Brian Wilson plays a brief solo set, accompanying himself on piano, for the ESQ Beach Boys Convention in The Handlery Hotel, San Diego, California, USA.
Nirvana play with new drummer Dave Grohl for the first time at The North Shore Surf Club, Olympia, Washington, USA.
Brian Wilson plays at The Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
The Beach Boys (not including Brian Wilson), Felix Cavaliere's Rascals and The Lovin' Spoonful (not including John Sebastian) play at Jones Beach, Long Island, New York State, USA.
Agent Orange and Drink Hunters play at Petit Bain, Paris, France, Europe.
Brian Wilson plays at Amoeba Music, Hollywood, California, USA.
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