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Lorenz Hart, the celebrated lyricist best-known for his work in collaboration with Richard Rodgers, is born in New York City, USA.
Singer George Broderick records The Armorer's Song for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Joe Montgomery is born in Kentwood, Louisiana, USA, He will find some acclaim as a blues pianist, working and recording with J.B.Lenoir, and is said to have been an influence on Otis Spann.
Jazz tenor saxophone player Leon 'Chu' Berry, who will work with Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway and Benny Carter, is born in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA.
Having spent two days aboard the S.S. Berengaria in Southampton, UK, American bandleader Paul Specht and his band are given permission to disembark. They had been refused work permits, but US Secretary of State, Charles Hughes, who had travelled on the same ship, used his influence with the British Government to gain them entry.
Willie Mitchell is born in Ashland, Mississippi, USA. After moving to Memphis, Tennessee, he will become an influential record producer and musician, working with Al Green and dozens of others.
Jimmy Wilbur Cobb is born in Washington D.C., USA. He will find success as an American jazz drummer, perhaps best-known for his work on the 1959 Miles Davis album Kind of Blue, but he has also provided propulsion for almost every great name in jazz from John Coltrane to Billie Holiday, Stan Getz and Wes Montgomery.
Minstrel show musician Emmett Miller accompanied by his Georgia Crackers, records The Licker Taster, Sam And Bill At The Graveyard and Sam's New Job Parts 1 And 2, for Okeh Records in New York City, USA. The Georgia Crackers include Eddie Lang, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey and Gene Krupa.
Hal Willis is born in in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada. He will find success as a country singer. His biggest success will be The Lumberjack, an international hit single that will sell over 1.5m copies, peaking at No5 on the Billboard Country Chart in the USA in 1965.
Jazz bassist Scott LaFaro, perhaps best-known for his work with Bill Evans, is born in Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Having recently moved to New York City, USA, Jelly Roll Morton writes to his friend Roy Carew, about the new band he is forming, stating, "It is a hard thing to organize a band . . . it seems impossible to work alone any more".
Thomas Lesslie Garrett is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. He will find success as record producer Snuff Garrett working with Bobby Vee, Gene McDaniels, Gary Lewis And The Playboys, Johnny Burnette, Sonny And Cher, J.J.Cale and others.
Wilhelm Rabenbauer is born in Viechtach, Bavaria, Europe. He will find success as filmscore composer Peer Raben, working memorably on the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Keith Grant, a recording engineer who will become widely-known for his work at London's Olympic Studios on tracks by The Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, Scott Walker and others, is born in Freebridge, Norfolk, UK.
John Greaves is born in Prestatyn, North Wales. He is perhaps best-known as bassist of the avant-rock group Henry Cow, but is also well-respected for his work as a musician and composer with National Health, Peter Blegvad and others.
Paul Worley is born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He will make his mark on the music business as a record producer and session guitarist, known primarily for his work in country music.
John D'earth is born in Holliston, Massachusetts, USA. He will find acclaim as a post bop/hard bop jazz trumpeter, working with Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, The Dave Matthews Band and others as well as pursuing his own career.
Country singer Bob Newman records A Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues, and Turtle Dovin' at King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Shrimp Boats by Jo Stafford enters the Billboard magazine popular singles chart, where it will peak at No2 during a seventeen-week run.
Johnnie Ray is reportedly being sued for $100,000 by his former publicist, Herman Prujansky, who claims to have been fired from his $200-a-week job without cause.
Wee Willie Harris, The Southlanders, The Vagabonds, Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group, Tony Crombie and The Most Brothers play at The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. The Most Brothers include Mickie Most, who will go on to become one of the UK's top record producers in the 60s, working with The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Jeff Beck, Lulu, Duncan Browne and many others.
Miles Davis completes work on his album Sketches Of Spain in Columbia Records 30th Street Studios, New York City, USA.
Sterling Campbell is born in New York City, USA. He will find success as a rock and funk drummer, working with high-profile acts, including Duran Duran, Soul Asylum, Cyndi Lauper and David Bowie.
A Hard Days Night by The Beatles is the UK's new No1 single.
The Beatles start work on the song I'm Looking Through You, for the album Rubber Soul, at EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Pink Floyd play at The Dance Hall, Eel Pie Island Hotel, Middlesex, England, UK, Europe. Work also continues at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK, on the Floyd tracks The Gnome, Pow R Toc H, The Scarecrow and Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk.
The Monkees are in RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, California, USA, working on the song Lady's Baby. Guitarist Stephen Stills and drummer Dewey Martin of Buffalo Springfield play as session men on the track.
Bob Dylan is working on overdubs for his album Self Portrait in Columbia Studio B, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Pink Floyd spend the first of twelve days working on the music that will become the album Dark Side Of The Moon, in a rehearsal room in Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London, UK.
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Bob Dylan is working on Golden Loom, Isis, Sara and other songs in Studio E, Columbia Records Studios, New York City, USA, during sessions for the album Desire.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, working on songs including Slow Train, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on guitar.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, USA, working on songs including Slow Train and Trouble In Mind, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on guitar.
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, working on the songs Caribbean Wind, Lenny Bruce and Dead Man, Dead Man.
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, working on mixes of the songs Mystery Train and Heart Of Mine.
Bob Dylan is in the Power Station, New York City, working on tracks for his album Infidels. Mark Knopfler is acting as co-producer. Knopfler also plays guitar on the album, along with former Rolling Stones' axeman Mick Taylor. On this day, Dylan works on the song Foot Of Pride.
Van Morrison plays at a benefit show for striking UK coal miners, at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
Paul McCartney meets winners of a Meet Paul McCartney competition in the Plaza Hotel, New York City, then flies to Chicago, Illinois, for further promotional work on his single No More Lonely Nights.
Joe Le Taxi by Vanessa Paradis reaches No1 in the French pop singles chart. The track, produced by her boyfriend, Lenny Kravitz will go on to become a massive international hit.
Bob Dylan is working on the album Oh Mercy at Soniat Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with producer Daniel Lanois.
A diverse group of musicians and composers, including Simon Jeffes of Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Little Feat release their 13th album, Chinese Work Songs, on CMC International Records in the USA.
Blind jazz/R'n'B vocalist Al Hibbler dies, aged 85 at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. After working with Duke Ellington, he will score a No1 hit in 1955 with Unchained Melody.
Simon Neil, guitarist, singer and songwriter of Biffy Clyro, marries his girlfriend Francesca Pieroni, an English teacher at Cumnock Academy, at St Columba Church, Ayr, Scotland, UK, Europe. There is no live music at the wedding, because Neil - being a band member - feels he has faced enough live music over the years as part of his job.
UK rapper Lady Sovereign is forced to cancel her 'secret' gig at Pianos in New York City, when she fails to get a US work visa.
Bruce Springsteen's album Working On A Dream debuts at No1 in the Billboard charts in the USA with 224,000 first-week sales.
Bruce Springsteen's album Working On A Dream debuts at No1 in the European albums chart.
Influential British record producer Martin Rushent dies aged 63. Rushent was best-known for his work with The Human League, The Stranglers and The Buzzcocks.
Record producer Steve Lillywhite is named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [CBE] by Britain's Queen Elizabeth in her New Year's Honours List. Lillywhite is best known for his work with U2, Peter Gabriel and The Rolling Stones.
Gwen Stefani arrives at LAX airport, Los Angeles, California, USA, to start work on No Doubt's first studio album in over ten years.
B.B. Cunningham, best remembered for his 1967 garage-rock hit Let It All Hang Out with The Hombres, is shot dead while working as a security guard in the Cherry Crest Apartment block in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.