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Bonnie Ruth Blunt is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. She will find some success as a singer with garage rock band The Crusaders.
William Shockley of Bell Laboratories is granted a patent on the junction transistor in the USA. The device will revolutionise electronics and will lead to the invention of Transistor Radios, which will soon become the teenager's first choice for listening to pop and rock'n'roll music. Several songs will be inspired by Transistors including Transistor Radio (1961) by Benny Hill, Magic Transistor Radio by The Beach Boys, Radio Girl by Rick Nelson and Transistor Sister by Freddy Cannon.
At Chess Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA, Chuck Berry records Sweet Little Sixteen, Reelin' And Rockin', Johnny B. Goode and other tracks. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys will enjoy Sweet Little Sixteen so much that he will be inspired to use its melody as the tune for their 1963 hit Surfin' USA.
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The Ventures release a new single, Walk - Don't Run, on Blue Horizon Records in the USA. This famous guitar-based instrtumental is widely regarded as the first surf music song to reach the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart.
Joe Jones performs California Sun on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Dick Dale and The Del-Tones make their first appearance at The Rendezvous Ballroom, Balboa, California, USA. Dale will eventually find fame as "King of the Surf Guitars" but on this occasion, a mere seventeen of his mates turn up for the show.
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The Pendletones, who will find fame after a name change to The Beach Boys, spend the third of five days of rehearsing in Hawthorne, California, USA.
The Beach Boys play at a Surf Night in the Presbyterian Church on 54th and Mullen in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Johnny Carson makes his debut as the new host of The Tonight Show in the USA. His first late-night guests include Tony Bennett, Joan Crawford, and Mel Brooks. Carson's remarkable career as a tv host will inspire the 1977 song Johnny Carson by The Beach Boys.
The Beach Boys record Chug-a-lug, The Shift and Ten Little Indians for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jan And Dean perform Surf City on tv's Steve Allen Show in KFMB Studios, San Diego, California, USA.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and Nick Venet produce the tracks Pray For Surf and Hide Go Seek for girl-group The Honeys, in Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Survivors release a new single, Pamela Jean, in the USA. The vocalist is actually Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, who also produced the track.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys is overseeing the recording of instrumental tracks for the song Pom Pom Playgirl, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Paul And Paula, The Surfaris and The Joy Boys play the first of two nights in Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia.
The Beach Boys release a new album, Shut Down Vol2, in the USA on Capitol Records.
The Beach Boys are legally incorporated as Beach Boys Entertainment Enterprises Inc.
The Beach Boys have a recording session at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA, working on Hushabye, Wendy, Don't Back Down and other tracks.
The divorce of Mike Love of The Beach Boys and his wife Frances becomes final.
The Beach Boys are recording Merry Christmas Baby and other tracks for their Christmas album in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Knights record Hot Rod High in Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, with Gary Usher as producer.
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Jan And Dean record Sidewalk Surfin' in Western Studios, Los Angeles, for Liberty Records.
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The Beach Boys play at The Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Top Ten Records played on K-BOX Radio, Dallas, Texas, USA, for the week beginning on this date are as follows :
1. Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes.
2. G.T.O. - Ronnie And The Daytonas
3. Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
4. A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
5. House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals
6. I'm Into Something Good - Earl Jean
7. Rag Doll - The Four Seasons
8. C'Mon And Swim - Bobby Freeman
9. Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl - Patty And The Emblems
10. She's The One - The Chartbusters.
The Animals, Jan And Dean, Chuck Berry and Del Shannon play the seventh of ten nights at The Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
The Beach Boys play at the Njordhallen, Oslo, Norway, Europe.
The Beach Boys play at The Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA, with Glen Campbell standing in as a temporary replacement for leader Brian Wilson, but only for stage performances.
Dance, Dance, Dance by The Beach Boys enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No24.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys is working on the song Girl Don't Tell Me at Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beach Boys play at The Auditorium Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA, supported by Glen Campbell, Dick And Dee Dee and The Moonrakers.
It is reported that the average teen-age girl in the USA spends between $8 and $10 per month for rock'n' roll records. Young people buy 80% of all single (45rpm) records and 40% of all albums sold each year.
The Beach Boys play at Portland Exposition Hall, Portland, Maine, USA.
Chad And Jeremy, The Kingsmen, The Zombies and The Searchers play the last of three nights at The Arie Crown Theatre, McCormick Pace, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Beach Boys play in The Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, Southern Carolina, USA.
When The Beatles play at Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA, Carl Wilson and Mike Love of The Beach Boys visit the Mop Tops in their dressing room, and the audience includes famed beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who will write a poem about the event.
The Beach Boys' single California Girls peaks at No3 in the Billboard Top 40 Chart in the USA.
Sonny And Cher, Donovan, Jan And Dean, Bob Lind, The Knickerbockers, The Mamas And The Papas, The Modern Folk Quintet, Otis Redding and The Turtles play in a sold-out benefit concert at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA. All profits go to the Braille Association Of America.
The Beach Boys play at The Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Kingsmen play at Northampton Commerical College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.
The Beach Boys appear on Happening 68, a Dick Clark-produced tv special on tv in the USA.
The Beach Boys play at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
The Turtles latest album, Turtle Soup (produced by Ray Davies of The Kinks] , peaks at No117 in the Billboard albums chart in the USA.
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David Sandler, a musical associate of The Beach Boys, makes a demo recording, Sing Out A Song, in Brian Wilson
Set entirely around music by The Beach Boys, a new ballet, Deuce Coupe Ballet, opens in New York City, USA.
The Tourists come to the end of a British tour at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, UK, supported by The Barracudas. Two members of The Tourists, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox will go on to form Eurythmics.
The Beach Boys play at L.A. County Fairgrounds, Pomona, California, USA.
Twenty two years after their last chart-topping single in the USA, Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys return to No1 with the single Kokomo.
Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys undergoes cardiac bypass surgery.
Good Vibrations, a stage musical based on the songs of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, closes after having run for 94 performances at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
H.D. Hausmann release a new LP, Wring The Moisture From The Surf on Marshall Teller records in the UK.