- The Beatles tape 15 songs at an audition for Decca Records in London, but are rejected by the company (probably by A&R man Dick Rowe). Brian Poole and the Tremoloes also audition and are successful.
- Guy Pratt born (London) English rock bassist, composer, writer, session player. Worked with the Transit Kings, Pink Floyd and others.
- Robin Guthrie born (Grangemouth) Scottish rock guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Founder member of the Cocteau Twins and solo artist.
- Martin McAloon born (Durham) English pop bass guitarist. Member of Prefab Sprout from 1978. Brother of Paddy McAloon (b.1957)
- Arthur Butterworth’s The Quiet Tarn op.21 for orchestra & The Green Wind op.22 for orchestra premiered in Manchester
- The BBC Light Programme broadcasts the first edition of Pick of the Pops, the first regular chart radio show in the UK
- Thea Musgrave’s Theme and Interludes for orchestra premiered in Glasgow
- Ray Charles has the charges against him of heroin possession dropped by an Indianapolis judge on a technicality
- Henry Cowell’s Air and Scherzo for alto saxophone and piano premiered in Lafayette, LA
- (& 11th) McCoy Tyner makes his first recordings as leader for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. McCoy Tyner (p) Art Davis (b) Elvin Jones (d). Tracks cut are included on the album Inception.
- Usko Meriläinen’s ballet Arius premiered in Helsinki
- Chubby Checker has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with The Twist
- Tony Rebel aka Patrick Barrett born (Manchester, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay and singer.
- Paul Webb born (Essex) English rock multi-instrumentalist, producer. Member of Talk Talk from 1981 to 1988. Also worked as O.Rang and Rustin’ Man.
- Ari Up aka Ariana Forster born (Munich) Anglo-German rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of the Slits and solo artist. Died 2010
- Claude Jones (60) dies at sea whilst working as a mess steward on the SS United States
- Kenneth Leighton’s Piano Concerto No.2 premiered in Manchester
- David Arnold born (Luton, Beds) English film composer.
- Enrique Maciel (64) dies in Buenos Aires
- Duke Ellington plays his first solo concert as pianist in New York
- Brian Epstein is appointed manager of the Beatles
- Farley “Jackmaster” Funk aka Farley Keith Williams born (Chicago, IL) American house producer, DJ.
- Andrzej Panufnik’s Piano Concerto premiered in Birmingham
- David Diamond’s Symphony no.7 premiered in Philadelphia
- Fritz Kreisler (86) dies in New York
- Peter, Paul & Mary sign to Warner Brothers
- The Dave Clark Five play their first show at the South Grove Youth Club in Tottenham, London. Dave Clark (d) Mike Smith (vo, keys) Lenny Davidson (g) Denny Payton (sax, hca, g) Rick Huxley (b)
- Solomon Burke – Cry to Me / I Almost Lost My Mind (Atlantic)
- Gene Chandler – Duke Of Earl / Kissin’ In The Kitchen (Vee-Jay)
- Patsy Cline – She’s Got You / Strange (Decca)
- Falcons – I Found a Love / Swim (Lu Pine)
- Howlin’ Wolf – You’ll Be Mine / Goin’ Down Slow (Chess)
- Ikettes – I’m Blue / Find My Baby (Atco)
- Elmore James – Look On Yonder Wall / Shake Your Moneymaker (Fire)
- Ketty Lester – Love Letters / I’m a Fool to Want You (Era)
- Cliff Richard – The Young Ones / We Say Yeah (EMI Columbia UK)
- Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Mosaic (Blue Note)
- Miles Davis – Someday My Prince Will Come (Columbia)
- Bo Diddley’s a Twister (Checker)
- Stan Getz – Focus (Verve)
- Dexter Gordon – Dexter Calling… (Blue Note)
- Howlin’ Wolf (Chess)
- Roland Kirk – We Free Kings (Mercury)
- Roy Orbison – Crying (Monument)
- Tomoyasu Hotei born (Takasaki, Japan) Japanese singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, guitarist.
- John Cage’s 27’10.554” for percussionist premiered in Munich
- Iannis Xenakis’ Herma for piano premiered in Tokyo
- Clint Black born (Long Branch, NJ) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer.
- Jacques Ibert (71) dies in Paris
- Doug Watkins (37) dies in a car crash in Holbrook, AZ
- (to 7th) Ray Charles records the album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music for ABC-Paramount in New York. A further session takes place on 15 Feb in Hollywood. Ray Charles (vo, p) Hank Crawford (as) with arrangements by Gil Fuller, Marty Paich and Gerald Wilson
- Ringo Starr plays his first shows with the Beatles in Liverpool, deputising for an unwell Pete Best
- Axl Rose aka William Bruce Rose born (Lafayette, IN) American rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of Guns N’ Roses.
- Garth Brooks born (Yukon, OK) American country singer, songwriter, musician.
- David Bryan born (Perth Amboy, NJ) American rock keyboard player, singer, songwriter, musical theatre composer. Member of Bon Jovi from 1984.
- Morton Feldman’s Intervals for bass-baritone singer, trombone, cello, percussion and vibraphone premiered in New York
- The Beach Boys record a session for Candix in Los Angeles. Tracks cut include Surfin’ Safari & Surfer Girl
- Cliff Burton born (Castro Valley, CA) American rock bass guitarist. Member of Metallica from 1982 to 1986. Died 1986
- Sheryl Crow born (Kennett, MO) American pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer.
- Leo Parker (36) dies in New York following a heart attack
- Brian Epstein meets George Martin with a view to getting the Beatles a deal with Parlophone
- Ray Charles records I Can’t Stop Loving You for ABC-Paramount in Hollywood
- Vittorio Giannini’s opera Rehearsal Call premiered in New York. Lib. Robert A. Simon
- Max Roach records the first of three sessions for the album It’s Time for Impulse! in New York. Richard Williams (tp) Julian Priester (tb) Clifford Jordan (ts) Mal Waldron (p) Art Davis (b) Max Roach (d) Earl Baker (vo) Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (cond) plus sixteen piece choir. Also 26 & 27 Feb
- Virgil Thomson’s A Solemn Music for wind band premiered in New York
- John Balance aka Geoffrey Burton born (Mansfield) English avant-garde and electronica singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer. Founder member of Coil. Died 2004
- Darius Milhaud’s Symphony no.12 “Rural” premiered in Davis, CA
- David McComb born (Perth, Australia) Australian rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of the Triffids. Died 1999
- Bruno Walter (85) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
- Gene Chandler has the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Duke of Earl
- Chuck Berry begins a three year sentence in Terre Haute, IN for violating the Mann Act. He serves 18 months
- Igor Stravinsky’s The Dove Descending Breaks the Air for chorus premiered in Los Angeles
- Mark Arm aka Mark McLaughlin born (Seattle, WA) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of Green River from 1984 to 1988 and Mudhoney from 1988.
- Attila the Hun aka Raymond Quevedo (69) dies in Port of Spain, Trinidad
- Vivian Fine’s Duo for Flute and Viola premiered in New York
- Igor Stravinsky’s cantata A Sermon, a Narrative and a Prayer premiered in Basel
- Michelle Shocked aka Karen Michelle Johnson born (Dallas, TX) American folk, country and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.
- Havergal Brian’s Symphony No.18 premiered in London
- (& 27th) Max Roach records the second and third of three sessions for the album It’s Time for Impulse! in New York. Richard Williams (tp) Julian Priester (tb) Clifford Jordan (ts) Mal Waldron (p) Art Davis (b) Max Roach (d) Earl Baker, Abbey Lincoln (vo) Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (cond) plus sixteen piece choir. Also 15 Feb
- Jali Musa Jawara aka Djeli Moussa Diawara born (Kankan, Guinea) Guinean kora, balafon and guitar player, composer.
- Broadside magazine, founded by Agnes “Sis” Cunningham and Gordon Friesen, publishes its first issue
- Al Jardine leaves the Beach Boys to go to college. His replacement is David Marks
- Arthur Alexander – You Better Move On / A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (Dot)
- Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby / Dream Girl (Smash)
- Buddy Guy – Stone Crazy / Skippin’ (Chess)
- Roy Orbison – Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) / The Actress (Monument)
- Shadows – Wonderful Land / The Stars Fell on Stockton (EMI Columbia UK)
- Mary Wells – The One Who Really Loves You / I’m Gonna Stay (Motown)
- The Cannonball Adderley Sextet In New York (Riverside) recorded live at the Village Vanguard in January 1962
- Donald Byrd – The Cat Walk (Blue Note)
- Ornette Coleman – Ornette! (Atlantic)
- John Coltrane – Coltrane “Live” At The Village Vanguard (Impulse!) recorded live at the Village Vanguard in November1961
- Gil Evans Orchestra – Into the Hot (Impulse!)
- Quincy Jones – The Quintessence (Impulse!)
- Jackie McLean – Bluesnik (Blue Note)
- Oliver Nelson – Afro American Sketches (Prestige)
- Jimmy Smith – Midnight Special (Blue Note)
- Lennie Tristano – The New Tristano (Atlantic)
- Stanley Turrentine – Dearly Beloved (Blue Note)
- Nancy Wilson / Cannonball Adderley (Capitol)
- Jon Bon Jovi aka John Bongiovi born (Sayreville, NJ) American rock singer, songwriter, musician, actor. Founder member of Bon Jovi.
- Scott La Rock born (New York, NY) American hip hop DJ, producer. Member of Boogie Down Productions from 1986 to 1987. Murdered 1987
- Ernst Krenek’s Kanon Igor Strawinsky zum 80. Geburtstag [Canon for Igor Stravinsky’s 80th birthday] for chorus premiered in Los Angeles
- Hilding Rosenberg’s Riflessioni no.2 for strings premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm
- Stevie Wonder makes his first recordings for Tamla with producer Clarence Paul in Detroit. Two parts of I Call It Pretty Music, but the Old People Call It the Blues are cut
- Kato Hideki born (Nagoya, Japan) Japanese avant-garde and rock bassist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer. Member of Ground Zero and Death Ambient.
- Charlie Reid born (Leith) Scottish pop singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Proclaimers. Twin brother of Craig Reid.
- Craig Reid born (Leith) Scottish pop singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Proclaimers. Twin brother of Charlie Reid.
- Morton Feldman’s The Swallows of Salangan for chorus premiered in Brussels
- Frank Navetta born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock guitarist. Member of the Descendents from 1979 to 1985. Died 2008
- Rezső Kókai (56) dies in Budapest
- The Beatles make their first radio appearance in Manchester on a BBC Light Programme show called Teenager’s Turn – Here We Go. Three songs were played – Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream?); Memphis, Tennessee & Please Mr Postman
- Jacques Brel leaves Philips and signs for the Barclay label
- Harry Partch’s Water! Water! for chorus and ensemble of original instruments premiered in Urbana, IL
- Michael Tippett’s Magnificat and Nunc dimittis for chorus and organ premiered in Cambridge
- Thea Musgrave’s Serenade for flute, clarinet, harp, viola and cello premiered in London
- Arthur Butterworth’s Concertante op.27 for orchestra premiered in Middlesbrough
- Richard Rodgers and Samuel Taylor’s musical No Strings opens on Broadway (580 performances)
- Clare Grogan born (Glasgow) Scottish pop singer, actress, broadcaster. Member of Altered Images from 1979 to 1983.
- Rudi Spring born (Lindau, Germany) German composer, pianist, teacher.
- Blues Incorporated play their first show in Ealing, London. Alexis Korner (g) Cyril Davies (hca) Dave Stevens (p) Dick Heckstall-Smith (sax) Andy Hoogenboom (b) Charlie Watts (d)
- Mel Brooks, Lee Adams and Charles Strouse’s musical All American opens on Broadway (80 performances)
- Barbara Lewis makes her first recordings for Atlantic in Chicago. Tracks cut include The Longest Night Of The Year & My Heart Went Do Dat Da
- Harold Rome and Jerome Weidman’s musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale starring Barbra Streisand opens on Broadway (300 performances)
- György Ligeti’s Fragment for ten players premiered in Munich
- Renee Rosnes born (Regina, Saskatchewan) Canadian jazz pianist, composer.
- Jean Goldkette (69) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
- The Shadows have the UK number one single for the first of eight weeks with Wonderful Land
- Emmett Miller (62) dies in Macon, GA of liver cancer
- MC Hammer aka Stanley Kirk Burrell born (De Soto, MO) American rapper
- Richard Lester’s film It’s Trad, Dad! Opens starring Helen Shapiro and Craig Douglas. Other music acts appearing include Chubby Checker, Del Shannon, Gene Vincent, John Leyton and Acker Bilk.
- Crystals – Uptown / What a Nice Way to Turn Seventeen (Philles)
- Shirelles – Soldier Boy / Love Is A Swingin’ Thing (Scepter)
- Muddy Waters – Going Home / Tough Times (Chess)
- Bob Dylan (Columbia)
- Bill Evans – Waltz For Debby (Riverside) recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York in June 1961
- Grant Green – Grantstand (Blue Note)
- Milt Jackson Quartet – Statements (Impulse!)
- Julie London – Sophisticated Lady (Liberty)
- Jackie McLean – Lights Out (Blue Note)
- Hank Mobley – Workout (Blue Note)
- Peter, Paul & Mary (Warner Bros)
- Ike Quebec – Heavy Soul (Blue Note)
- Paul Revere & the Raiders – Like, Long Hair (Gardena)
- Jean Ritchie – Precious Memories (Folkways)
- Frank Sinatra – Point of No Return (Capitol) Orchestra conducted by Axel Stordahl
- Frank Sinatra – Sinatra & Strings (Reprise) Orchestra conducted by Don Costa
- Mike Ness born (Lynn, MA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Social Distortion.
- Simon Raymonde born (London) English rock bass guitarist, songwriter. Founder of Bella Union records. Member of the Cocteau Twins from 1984 to 1997.
- Manolis Kalomiris (78) dies in Athens
- Stuart Sutcliffe (21) dies in Hamburg following a brain haemorrhage
- Ian ‘Stan’ Cullimore born (Cambridge) English rock and pop guitarist, songwriter, children’s author, broadcaster. Member of the Housemartins from 1983 to 1988.
- Carlo Giorgio Garofalo (75) dies in Boston, MA
- Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet Brian Jones for the first time at a Blues Incorporated concert at the Ealing Club in London
- Izzy Stradlin aka Jeffrey Dean Isbell born (Lafayette, IN) American rock guitarist, songwriter, singer. Member of Guns N’ Roses from 1985 to 1991 and solo artist.
- Harry Partch’s gymnastic ballet Rotate the Body in all its Planes for soprano, chorus and ensemble of original instruments premiered in Urbana, IL
- Henry Mancini’s music for Blake Edwards’s film Breakfast at Tiffany’s wins the best dramatic score Oscar at the 34th Academy Awards. Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal’s music for Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’s film West Side Story wins the award for best musical score
- Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Symphony No. 3 premiered in Helsinki
- John Coltrane records the first session of four for the album Coltrane for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. John Coltrane (ss, ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Jimmy Garrison (b) Elvin Jones (d). The others take place on 19, 20 & 29 June
- Columbia records Bob Dylan’s concert at Town Hall, New York for a possible live album
- Hillel Slovak born (Haifa, Israel) Israeli-American rock guitarist, singer. Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1983 to 1988. Died 1988
- John Graas (45) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
- The Beatles begin a 48 night residency at the Star Club, Hamburg
- Pierre Henry’s Le Voyage for electronics premiered in Cologne
- The 1962 New Musical Express Pollwinners’ Concert takes place in London featuring Adam Faith, Billy Fury, Brenda Lee, Cliff Richard, the Shadows, Helen Shapiro and the Springfields
- Ian Mackaye born (Washington, DC) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Co-founder of Dischord Records. Founder member of the Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Fugazi and Evens.
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s Polymorphia for 48 string instruments premiered in Hamburg
- Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Rappresentazione e festa di Carnasciale e della Quaresima [Representation and celebration of Carnasciale and Lent], lib. Malipiero, premiered in Venice
- Carol Van Dijk born (Vancouver, Canada) Dutch-Canadian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Bettie Serveert.
- Sam Cooke records Bring It On Home To Me & Having A Party at a session for RCA in Hollywood
- Bob Dylan records the first of eight sessions for the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan for Columbia in New York. The others take place on 25 Apr, 9 Jul, 26 Oct, 1 & 14 Nov, 6 Dec 1962 and 24 Apr 1963. 36 takes of 16 songs are recorded including Corrina, Corrina; Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues; Rocks And Gravel & Let Me Die In my Footsteps
- Françoise Hardy makes her first recordings for Vogue in Paris. Tracks cut include Tous les garçons et les filles
- Eddie South (57) dies in Chicago
- Thea Musgrave’s Chamber Concerto No. 1 premiered in Glasgow
- Pierre Henry’s ballet Le Voyage premiered in Cologne
- Igor Stravinsky’s Eight Instrumental Miniatures for small orchestra premiered in Toronto
- William Bell – You Don’t Miss Your Water / Formula Of Love (Stax)
- James Brown – Night Train / Why Does Everything Happens To Me? (King)
- Ray Charles – I Can’t Stop Loving You / Born to Lose (ABC-Paramount)
- Chuck Jackson – Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird) / The Prophet (Wand)
- Ben E King – Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) / The Hermit Of Misty Mountain (Atco)
- Marvelettes – Playboy / All The Love I’ve Got (Tamla)
- Miracles – I’ll Try Something New / You Never Miss a Good Thing (Tamla)
- Gene Pitney – (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance / Take It Like a Man (Musicor)
- Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller / Lipstick Traces (Minit)
- Jacques Brel – 6 aka Les Bourgeois (Barclay France)
- Benny Carter – Further Definitions (Impulse!
- Ray Charles – Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (ABC-Paramount)
- Sonny Clark – Leapin’ And Lopin’ (Blue Note)
- Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba (Verve)
- João Gilberto (Odeon Brazil)
- Freddie Hubbard – Ready For Freddie (Blue Note)
- Milt Jackson & Wes Montgomery – Bags Meets Wes! (Riverside)
- Jazz Crusaders – Lookin’ Ahead (Pacific Jazz)
- Yusef Lateef – Eastern Sounds (Moodsville)
- Charles Mingus – Mingus Oh, Yeah! (Atlantic)
- Sandy Nelson – Drums Are My Beat (Imperial)
- Sonny Rollins – The Bridge (RCA Victor)
- Shirelles – Baby It’s You (Scepter)
- Brian Jones places an advert in Jazz News seeking musicians to form an R&B group
- Malcolm Williamson’s Piano Concerto No.2 premiered in Perth, Australia
- David Diamond’s Night Music for accordion and string quartet premiered in New York
- The Shirelles have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Soldier Boy
- Lionel Bart’s musical Blitz! opens in London (568 performances)
- Martha and the Vandellas make their first recordings for Gordy in Detroit
- Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart’s musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opens on Broadway (964 performances)
- Dave Gahan born (Basildon) English pop and rock singer, songwriter, musician. Member of Depeche Mode from 1980 and solo artist.
- Paul Heaton born (Bromborough, Merseyside) English pop singer, songwriter. Founder member of the Housemartins and the Beautiful South.
- Peter Maxwell Davies’ Sinfonia premiered in London
- Johnny Cash plays Carnegie Hall, New York, supported by George Jones and the Carter Family
- Henry Cowell’s Triple Rondo for flute and harp premiered in New York
- György Ligeti’s Volumina for organ premiered in Amsterdam
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s String Quartet no.1 premiered in Cincinnati
- Brett Gurewitz born (Los Angeles) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Founder of Epitaph Records. Member of Bad Religion from 1979 to 1983, 1986 to 1994 and from 2001.
- Ian Astbury born (Heswall, Merseyside) English rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of the Cult aka Southern Death Cult. Also worked with the Doors.
- Erwin Gutawa born (Djakarta) Indonesian composer, conductor, bassist. Father of Gita Gutawa (b.1993).
- Darius Milhaud’s Traversée op.393 for chorus premiered in Cork
- Ján Cikker’s opera Vzkriesenie [resurrection] premiered in Prague. Lib. Cikker after Leo Tolstoy
- Pete Seeger is acquited after appealing his conviction of 4 Apr 1961
- Andrew Garton born (Sydney) Australian composer, multimedia artist, multi-instrumentalist
- Ralph Peterson, Jr. born (Pleasantville, NJ) American jazz drummer, bandleader, teacher.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Momente for soprano singer, four choirs, four trumpets, four trombones, three percussionists and two electric keyboards premiered in Cologne
- Ernst Krenek’s opera What Price Confidence? premiered in Saarbrucken. Lib. Krenek
- Egon Petri (81) dies in Berkeley, CA
- Felix Mendelssohn’s opera Die beiden Pädagogen [The two teachers], lib. J.L. Casper, written when he was 12, premiered in Berlin
- Herbie Hancock makes his first recordings as leader for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Freddie Hubbard (tp, flh) Dexter Gordon (ts) Herbie Hancock (p) Butch Warren (b) Billy Higgins (d). Tracks cut are included on the album Takin’ Off
- Henryk Górecki’s Genesis I: Elementi op.19/1 for violin, viola and cello premiered in Kraków
- Michael Tippett’s opera King Priam premiered in Coventry. Lib. Tippett after Homer
- The fourth Grammy Awards are held in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Henry Mancini wins record of the year for Moon River and Judy Garland wins album of the year for Judy at Carnegie Hall. Other winners include Igor Stravinsky, Mahalia Jackson, Stan Kenton, Chubby Checker and Ray Charles
- Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem for choir and orchestra premiered in Coventry to mark the consecration of the rebuilt St Michael’s cathedral
- Corey Hart born (Montreal) Canadian rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer.
- Eduard Toldrà (67) dies in Barcelona
- Darius Milhaud’s cantata Invocation à l’ange Raphaël op.395 [Invocation of the Angel Raphael] premiered in Paris
- Arthur Alexander – Where Have You Been (All My Life) / Soldier of Love (Dot)
- Jacques Brel – Madeleine / Les Bourgeois (Philips France)
- Solomon Burke – I’m Hanging Up My Heart for You / Down in the Valley (Atlantic)
- Freddy Cannon – Palisades Park / June, July And August (Swan)
- Sam Cooke – Bring It On Home To Me / Having A Party (RCA Victor)
- Dick Dale – Misirlou / Eight Till Midnight (Del-Tone)
- Howlin’ Wolf – Just Like I Treat You / I Ain’t Superstitious (Chess)
- Isley Brothers – Twist & Shout / Spanish Twist (Wand)
- Stevie Wonder – (I Call It Pretty Music, But…) The Old People Call It the Blues parts 1 & 2 (Tamla)
- Arthur Alexander – You Better Move On (Dot)
- Gene Ammons – Up Tight! (Prestige)
- Johann Sebastian Bach / Glenn Gould – The Art of the Fugue (Columbia)
- Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World Volume 2 (Blue Note)
- Jacques Brel – L’Olympia 1961 (Philips France 12″) Recorded live at L’Olympia, Paris in 1961. Contains all 6 live songs from Jacques Brel 6 plus 9 others
- Dave Brubeck – Countdown: Time In Outer Space (Columbia)
- Florence Foster Jenkins – The Glory (???) of the Human Voice (RCA Victor) Posthumously released collection of all 9 of Foster-Jenkins’ arias
- Serge Gainsbourg No 4 (Philips France)
- Do The Pop-Eye With The Mar-Keys (Atlantic)
- The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra (Savoy)
- Jean Redpath’s Scottish Ballad Book (Elektra)
- Jimmy Smith – Bashin’: The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith (Verve)
- Michael Clark born (Aberdeen) Scottish dancer, choreographer.
- Ray Charles has the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with I Can’t Stop Loving You
- Island Records releases its first single in the UK – Twist Baby / Patricia by Owen Gray
- Bernard Trontin born (St Julien en Genevois, France) French rock drummer. Member of the Young Gods and November
- The Beatles audition for George Martin and Parlophone at Abbey Road Studios
- Nick Rhodes born (Birmingham) English rock and pop keyboard player, songwriter, record producer. Member of Duran Duran from 1978.
- John Ireland (82) dies in Washington, Sussex of heart failure
- Eugene Aynsley Goossens (69) dies in London of rheumatic fever
- Hugh Mundell born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter. Murdered 1983
- Igor Stravinsky’s opera The Flood premiered on CBS television, lib. R. Craft
- Alfred Cortot (84) dies in Lausanne, Switzerland
- Johnny Cash headlines a one day country festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Also on the bill are Patsy Cline, George Jones, the Carter Family, Merle Travis, Flatt & Scruggs and Gene Autry
- Femi Kuti born (London) Nigerian afro-beat and jazz saxophonist, composer, singer, bandleader. Son of Fela Kuti (1938-97), brother of Seun Kuti (b.1982).
- John F Kennedy hosts a party at the White House in Washington to celebrate Igor Stravinsky’s eightieth birthday
- Manuel de Falla’s opera Atlántida premiered in Milan, lib. Falla
- Paula Abdul born (San Fernando, CA) American pop singer, songwriter, choreographer, dancer, actress.
- Volkmar Andreae (82) dies in Zürich
- (& 20th) John Coltrane records the second and third sessions of four for the album Coltrane for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. John Coltrane (ss, ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Jimmy Garrison (b) Elvin Jones (d). The others take place on 11 Apr & 29 Jun
- Morton DaCosta’s musical film The Music Man opens starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. Music by Meredith Willson
- Kenneth Leighton’s Concerto for String Orchestra premiered in London
- Viktor Tsoi born (St Petersburg) Russian rock singer, songwriter. Member of Kino from 1981 to 1990. Died 1990
- Bobby Gillespie born (Glasgow) Scottish rock singer, songwriter, drummer. Member of the Wake from 1982 to 1983, the Jesus and Mary Chain from 1984 to 1986 and Primal Scream from 1982.
- Steve Shelley born (Midland, MI) American rock drummer. Member of the Crucifucks from 1981 to 1985 and Sonic Youth from 1985 to 2011.
- Ray Charles has the Billboard number one album for the first of fourteen weeks with Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
- Paul Hindemith’s Mainzer Umzug [Mainz parade] for three solo singers, choir and orchestra premiered in Mainz
- Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra premiered in Bath
- Michael Ball born (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire) English musical theatre actor, singer, broadcaster.
- Iannis Xenakis’ Atrées for ten instruments premiered in Paris
- Rodolphe Mathieu (71) dies in Montreal
- John Coltrane records the final session of four for the album Coltrane for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. John Coltrane (ss, ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Jimmy Garrison (b) Elvin Jones (d). The others take place on 11 Apr, 19 & 20 Jun
- Beach Boys – Surfin’ Safari / 409 (Capitol)
- Contours – Do You Love Me? / Move Mr Man (Gordy) Vocal group formed in Detroit in 1959. 1962 line-up: Billy Gordon, Joe Billingsea, Billy Hoggs, Billy Rollins & Sylvester Potts
- Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man / Three Bags Full (Blue Note)
- John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom / Drug Store Woman (Vee-Jay)
- Brian Hyland – Sealed With a Kiss / Summer Job (ABC-Paramount)
- Little Eva – The Loco-motion / He Is The Boy (Dimension)
- Lord Creator – Independent Jamaica / Remember (Island UK). Island Records’ first UK release. Adopted as the official song celebrating Jamaica’s independence on 6 Aug 1962. Lord Creator born Kentrick Patrick c.1940 in San Fernando, Trinidad
- Muddy Waters – You Shook Me / Muddy Waters Twist (Chess)
- Sam Cooke – Twistin’ the Night Away (RCA)
- John Lee Hooker – Burnin’ (Vee Jay)
- Lightnin’ Hopkins – Mojo Hand (Fire)
- John Christie (79) dies in Glyndebourne, Sussex
- Hugh Wood’s String Quartet No.1 premiered in Cheltenham
- (to 8th) The 1962 Newport Jazz Festival takes place. Acts appearing include Coleman Hawkins, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Roy Eldridge, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Louis Armstrong, Sonny Rollins, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Roland Kirk
- Pierre Boulez’s Livre pour quatuor IIIa, IIIb, IIIc for string quartet premiered in Darmstadt
- Bob Dylan records a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Baby, I’m In The Mood For You; Bob Dylan’s Blues; Blowin’ In The Wind; Quit Your Lowdown Ways; Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance; Down the Highway & Worried Blues
- Roger Wolfe Kahn (54) dies in New York following a heart attack
- The Rolling Stones make their debut at London’s Marquee Club. Line-up: Mick Jagger (vo), Keith Richards (g), Brian Jones (g), Dick Taylor (b), Ian Stewart (p), Tony Chapman (d)
- Benjamin Frankel’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in Cheltenham
- (& 14th) The Horace Silver Quintet record the album Tokyo Blues for Blue Note in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Blue Mitchell (tp) Junior Cook (ts) Horace Silver (p) Gene Taylor (b) John Harris Jr. (d)
- The Beach Boys sign to Capitol Records
- Peter Maxwell Davies’ cantata Leopardi Fragments premiered in London
- Maceo Pinkard (65) dies in New York
- Steve Albini born (Pasadena, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording engineer. Founder member of Big Black, Rapeman and Shellac.
- The Tornados, produced by Joe Meek, record Telstar for Decca in London. Alan Caddy, George Bellamy (g) Roger LaVern (keys) Heinz Burt (b) Clem Cattini (d) plus Geoff Goddard (clavioline)
- Ernst Krenek’s television opera Ausgerechnet und verspielt [Calculated and playful], lib. Krenek, premiered on Austrian television
- Martin McCarrick born (Luton) English cellist, session player. Worked with This Mortal Coil, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Therapy and the McCarricks.
- Leonardo De Lorenzo (86) dies in Santa Barbara, CA
- Benjamin Britten’s Psalm 150 for choir and organ premiered in Thorpe Morieux
- Douglas Lilburn’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Wellington, New Zealand
- The Four Seasons make their first recordings for Vee-Jay under their new name. Frankie Valli (vo, d) Thomas DeVito (vo, g) Bob Gaudio (vo, g, keys) Nick Massi (vo, b)
- Ray Charles – You Don’t Know Me / Careless Love (ABC Paramount)
- Bo Diddley – You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover / I Can Tell (Checker)
- Marvin Gaye – Stubborn Kind Of Fellow / It Hurt Me Too (Tamla)
- Marvelettes – Beechwood 45789 / Someday Someway (Tamla)
- Chris Montez – Let’s Dance / You’re the One (Monogram)
- Peter, Paul & Mary – If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) / Gone the Rainbow (Warner Bros)
- Shadows – Guitar Tango / What a Lovely Tune (EMI Columbia UK)
- Mary Wells – You Beat Me To The Punch / Old Love (Motown)
- Mose Allison – I Don’t Worry About A Thing (Atlantic)
- John Coltrane – Coltrane Plays The Blues (Atlantic)
- Lou Donaldson – Gravy Train (Blue Note)
- Marvelettes – Playboy (Tamla)
- Miracles – I’ll Try Something New (Tamla)
- Modern Jazz Quartet – Lonely Woman (Atlantic)
- The Quintet – Jazz at Massey Hall (Debut) Recorded live at Massey Hall, Toronto on 15 May 1953
- Lee Mavers born (Liverpool) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the La’s.
- Bob Dylan legally changes his name from Robert Zimmerman
- Andrew Glover born (Birmingham) English composer, flautist.
- Kool Moe Dee aka Mohandas Dewese born (New York, NY) American rapper, broadcaster. Founder member of the Treacherous Three and solo artist.
- A&M Records releases its first single – The Lonely Bull by label co-founder Herb Alpert
- Bragi Ólafsson born (Reykjavik) Icelandic rock bass guitarist, writer, publisher. Member of the Sugarcubes from 1986 to 1992.
- Israel Crosby (43) dies in Chicago following a heart attack
- Pete Best plays his last show with the Beatles at the Cavern, Liverpool
- The Beatles fire Pete Best and replace him with Ringo Starr
- Gilby Clarke born (Cleveland, OH) American rock guitarist, session player, record producer. Member of Guns ‘n’ Roses from 1991 to 1994.
- Paul Bastide (83) dies in Vichy, France
- Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins record the album Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins for Impulse! in New York. Ray Nance (cor, vln) Lawrence Brown (tb) Johnny Hodges (as) Coleman Hawkins (ts) Harry Carney (bars, bcl) Duke Ellington (p) Aaron Bell (b) Sam Woodyard (d)
- Ringo Starr plays his first show with the Beatles in Birkenhead
- Henry Cowell’s Supplication: Processional for organ, two trumpets, two trombones and chorus premiered in Chicago
- Shaun Ryder born (Little Hulton, Manchester) English rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of Happy Mondays and Black Grape.
- John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell in Liverpool
- Vivian Campbell born (Lisburn, Antrim) Irish rock guitarist. Member of Dio from 1982 to 1986, Whitesnake from 1987 to 1988 and Def Leppard from 1992.
- Ernst Krenek’s Alpbach Quintet op.180 for wind quintet and percussion premiered in Alpbach, Austria
- Dexter Gordon records the album Go! For Blue Note in Englewood, NJ. Dexter Gordon (ts) Sonny Clark (p) Butch Warren (b) Billy Higgins (d)
- Darius Milhaud’s Cantate de l’initiation op.388 [Cantata of the initiation] premiered in Jerusalem
- Bob Dylan signs a management contract with Albert Grossman
- Booker T & The MGs – Green Onions / Behave Yourself (Stax)
- Four Seasons – Sherry / I’ve Cried Before (Vee-Jay)
- Françoise Hardy – Tous les garçons et les filles / J’ suis d’accord (Vogue France)
- Carole King – It Might As Well Rain Until September / Nobody’s Perfect (Dimension)
- Tornados – Telstar / Jungle Fever (Decca UK) Instrumental group formed in London in 1961. George Bellamy (g) Alan Caddy (g) Roger LaVern (keys) Heinz Burt (b) Clem Cattini (d)
- Art Blakey – 3 Blind Mice (United Artists)
- Patsy Cline – Sentimentally Yours (Decca)
- Judy Collins – Golden Apples of the Sun (Elektra)
- John Coltrane – Coltrane (Impulse!)
- Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall (Columbia) recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York on 19 May 1961
- Bill Evans & Jim Hall – Undercurrent (United Artists)
- Roy Haynes – Out of the Afternoon (Impulse!)
- Ian Tyson & Sylvia Fricker – Ian & Sylvia (Vanguard)
- Charles Mingus – Wonderland (United Artists)
- The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (Verve)
- Max Roach – It’s Time (Impulse!)
- McCoy Tyner – Inception (Impulse!)
- Michael Tippett’s Piano Sonata no.2 premiered in Edinburgh
- The Beatles make their first recordings for Parlophone at Abbey Road Studios, the first with Ringo Starr on drums. Tracks cut include the original take of Love Me Do
- Hanns Eisler (64) dies in Berlin following a heart attack
- The Beatles record a session for Parlophone at Abbey Road studios with guest drummer Andy White. Tracks cut include Love Me Do; PS I Love You and an early version of Please Please Me
- Peter Maxwell Davies’ First Fantasia on an In Nomine of John Taverner for orchestra premiered in London
- Marcel Delannoy (64) dies in Nantes, France
- The Four Seasons have the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with Sherry
- Henryk Górecki’s Genesis 2: Canti Strumentali op.19/2 for 15 players premiered in Warsaw
- The Duke Ellington Trio record the album Money Jungle for United Artists in New York. Duke Ellington (p) Charles Mingus (b) Max Roach (d)
- Najma Akhtar born (Chelmsford, Essex) English ghazal singer, songwriter, session musician.
- Curley Weaver (56) dies in Covington, GA of uraemia
- Martha and the Vandellas sign to Motown. Line-up: Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford, Annette Beard
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s Kanon for strings and two tape players premiered in Warsaw
- Farhad Darya born (Kabul) Afghan singer, composer.
- Aaron Copland’s Connotations for orchestra premiered in New York
- Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto premiered in New York
- Vivian Stanshall and Rodney Slater form the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band in London
- Tracey Thorn born (Brookmans Park) English pop singer, songwriter. Member of the Marine Girls from 1980 to 1983, Everything But the Girl from 1982 to 2000 and solo artist.
- Duke Ellington and John Coltrane record their eponymous album for Impulse! in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. John Coltrane (ss, ts) Duke Ellington (p) Aaron Bell, Jimmy Garrison (b) Sam Woodyard, Elvin Jones (d)
- György Ligeti’s Trois Bagatelles for piano premiered in Wiesbaden, Germany
- Johnny Stein (c. 71) dies in New Orleans
- Arthur Alexander – Anna / I Hang My Head And Cry (Dot)
- Solomon Burke – I Really Don’t Want to Know / Tonight My Heart She Is Crying (Love Is a Bird) (Atlantic)
- Sam Cooke – Nothing Can Change This Love / Somebody Have Mercy (RCA Victor)
- Crystals – He’s A Rebel / I Love You Eddie (Philles). Not actually the Crystals, but Darlene Love and the Blossoms
- Roy Orbison – Workin’ for the Man / Leah (Monument)
- Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt Kickers – Monster Mash / Monster Mash Party (Garpax)
- Donald Byrd – Royal Flush (Blue Note)
- Sonny Rollins – What’s New? (RCA Victor)
- Stanley Turrentine – That’s Where It’s At (Blue Note)
- Sigtryggur Baldursson born (Reykjavik) Icelandic rock drummer, sound recordist, singer, soundtrack composer. Member of Þeyr from 1980 to 1983, KUKL from 1983 to 1986 and the Sugarcubes from 1986 to 1992.
- Tommy Lee Bass born (Athens) Greek-American rock drummer. Member of Motley Crue from 1981 to 1999 and from 2004.
- Marc Minkowski born (Paris) French conductor, bassoonist.
- William Schuman’s Symphony No.8 premiered in Washington, DC
- The first Beatles single Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You is issued in the UK by Parlophone
- The Tornados have the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with Telstar
- Scrapper Blackwell (59) shot and killed during a mugging in Indianapolis
- Aram Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody for violin and orchestra premiered in Yaroslavl, Russia
- Michael Abels born (Phoenix, AZ) American composer.
- Solomon Linda (c. 53) dies in Soweto, South Africa of renal failure
- Little Richard begins a rock ‘n’ roll comeback tour in London
- Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Klavierstück X for piano premiered in Palermo
- Chris Botti born (Portland, OR) American jazz trumpeter, composer.
- LaMonte Young’s Trio for strings premiered in New York
- Don Everly is hospitalised in London after taking an overdose of ritalin
- Flea aka Michael Peter Balzary born (Melbourne) American-Australian rock bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor. Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1983.
- The Miracles record You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me for Tamla in Detroit. Smokey Robinson, Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White, Bobby Rogers (vo) Marv Tarplin (g) plus the Funk Brothers (uncredited)
- The Motown Records Motor Town Revue opens in Washington, DC, the first date of a two month national tour. Acts appearing include the Contours, Marvin Gaye, Marv Johnson, the Marvelettes, the Miracles, the Supremes, Mary Wells and Stevie Wonder
- Mark Ibold born (Stockton, CA) American rock bass guitarist. Member of Pavement from 1992 to 1999.
- Henry “Rubberlegs” Williams (55) dies in New York following a heart attack
- The Beatles make their TV debut on the Granada show People and Places transmitted only in the North-West of England
- Irving Berlin, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse’s musical Mr. President opens on Broadway (265 performances). Irving Berlin’s final stage musical
- Henry Cowell’s Trio for for flute, violin and harp premiered in Oakland
- Peter, Paul and Mary have the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks with Peter, Paul and Mary
- Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Monster Mash
- Monette Moore (60) dies in Garden Grove, CA following a heart attack
- J.D. “Jelly Jaw” Short (59) dies in St Louis, MO following a heart attack
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s Fluorescences for orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen
- Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf born (Mannheim) German composer, author, music editor.
- Samuil Feinberg (72) dies in Moscow
- James Brown records Live at the Apollo for King at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, NY. James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett, Lloyd Stallworth (vo) Lewis Hamilton, Roscoe Patrick, Teddy Washington (tp) Dicky Wells (tb) St. Clair Pinckney, Clifford MacMillan (ts) Al Blark (bars) Lucas Gonder (org) Les Buie (g) Hubert Perry (b) Clayton Fillyau (d)
- John Cage’s 0’0” for solo performer premiered in Tokyo
- Albert Ayler makes his first recordings live at the Main Hall at Stockholm’s Academy of Music. Tracks cut later appear on the albums The First Recordings vols 1 & 2 (Bird Note Sweden). Albert Ayler (ts) Torbjorn Hultcrantz (b) Sune Spangberg (d)
- Ernst Krenek’s Nach wie vor der Reihe nach [Serially As Before] for two speakers and orchestra premiered in Stuttgart
- Iannis Xenakis’s Polla ta dhina for children’s chorus, wind and percussion premiered in Stuttgart
- Benjamin Britten’s Deus in adjutorium meum for choir premiered in London
- Bob Dylan records a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Corrina, Corrina; Mixed Up Confusion & That’s All Right Mama
- The Rolling Stones make their first demo recordings in London
- Jeff Barry marries Ellie Greenwich in New York
- Einar Örn Benediktsson born (Reykjavik) Icelandic rock singer, songwriter, trumpet player, politician. Founder of Smekkleysa [Bad Taste] Records. Member of Purrkur Pillnikk from 1981 to 1982, KUKL from 1983 to 1986 and the Sugarcubes from 1986 to 1992.
- Joni Mitchell plays her first gig at The Louis Riel, Saskatoon, Canada
- Otis Redding makes his first recordings for Volt in Memphis. Booker T. Jones (org) Johnny Jenkins (g) Steve Cropper (g, p) Lewis Steinberg (b) Al Jackson (d) Otis Redding (vo). Tracks cut include These Arms Of Mine & Hey Hey Baby.
- John Barry – James Bond Theme / The Blacksmith Blues (EMI Columbia UK)
- Beatles – Love Me Do / PS I Love You (Parlophone UK) Two versions exist with Ringo Starr or Andy White on drums
- Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica / Gold Digger (Island UK)
- Cookies – Chains / Stranger in My Arms (Dimension)
- Drifters – Up On The Roof / Another Night With The Boys (Atlantic). 1962 line-up: Rudy Lewis, Gene Pearson, Charlie Thomas, Tommy Evans
- Four Seasons – Big Girls Don’t Cry / Connie-O (Vee-Jay)
- Françoise Hardy – Le temps de l’amour / La fille avec toi (Vogue France)
- John Lee Hooker – She’s Mine / A New Leaf (Vee-Jay)
- Esther Phillips – Release Me / Don’t Feel Rained On (Lenox)
- Elvis Presley – Return to Sender / Where Do You Come From (RCA Victor)
- Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares for Me / He Needs Me (Bethlehem)
- Irma Thomas – It’s Raining / I Did My Part (Minit)
- Dionne Warwick – Don’t Make Me Over / I Smiled Yesterday (Scepter)
- Mary Wells – Two Lovers / Operator (Motown)
- Joan Baez in Concert (Vanguard) Recorded at various venues during 1962
- Ray Charles – Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume II (ABC Paramount)
- Duke Ellington & Count Basie – First Time! The Count Meets the Duke (Columbia)
- Herbie Hancock – Takin’ Off (Blue Note)
- Sandy Nelson – Compelling Percussion (Imperial)
- Just Jimmy Reed (Vee Jay)
- Shadows – Out Of The Shadows (EMI Columbia UK)
- Horace Silver – The Tokyo Blues (Blue Note)
- Magne Furuholmen born (Oslo) Norwegian rock and pop keyboard player, guitarist, singer, songwriter, painter. Member of A-Ha from 1982 to 2010.
- Calvin Johnson born (Olympia, WA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer. Founder of K Records. Founder member of the Beat Happening and solo artist.
- Anthony Kiedis born (Grand Rapids, MI) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor. Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1983.
- The Beatles begin their second residency at the Star Club, Hamburg. This time for two weeks
- Bob Dylan records a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Rocks And Gravel; Mixed Up Confusion & That’s All Right Mama
- Mervyn LeRoy’s musical film Gypsy opens starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood and Karl Malden. Music by Jule Styne
- Graham Waterhouse born (London) English composer, cellist.
- The Crystals have the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with He’s a Rebel
- Aram Khachaturian’s Violin concerto premiered in Moscow
- Susanne Lewis born (Stuttgart) American rock and avant-garde singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player, painter. Worked with Thinking Plague and Hail.
- Humphrey Searle’s Symphony No.4 premiered in Birmingham
- Steve “Silk” Hurley born (Chicago) American house music producer, DJ, composer.
- Brix Smith aka Laura Elisse Salenger born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, fashion retailer. Member of the Fall from 1983 to 1989 and the Adult Net from 1985 to 1990.
- Darius Milhaud’s Ouverture philharmonique op.397 for orchestra premiered in New York
- John Coltrane records five of the eight tracks for the Impulse! album Ballads in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. John Coltrane (ss, ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Jimmy Garrison (b) Elvin Jones (d). The other three are from sessions recorded on 21 Dec 1961 and 18 Sep 1962
- Bob Dylan records a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right; Mixed Up Confusion; Ballad Of Hollis Brown; Kingsport Town & Whatcha Gonna Do
- Michael Tippett’s Praeludium for brass, bells and percussion premiered in London
- Toscha Seidel (62) dies in Los Angeles
- Gary Mounfield aka Mani born (Failsworth) English rock bass guitarist. Member of the Stone Roses from 1987 to 1996 and from 2012 and Primal Scream from 1996 to 2012.
- Darius Milhaud’s Concert de chambre op.389 for piano, wind quintet and string quintet premiered in Dartmouth, MA
- Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Quintette Instrumental for harp, flute, violin, viola and cello premiered in Rio de Janeiro
- Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh and Neil Simon’s musical Little Me opens on Broadway (257 performances)
- The Four Seasons have the Billboard number one single for the first of five weeks with Big Girls Don’t Cry
- Kirk Hammett born (San Francisco) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of Metallica from 1983.
- Jeff Ward born (?) American rock drummer. Worked with Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and Lard. Died 1993
- Kim Weston makes her first recordings for Tamla in Detroit
- Neil Fraser born (Nottingham) English rock guitarist. Member of Tindersticks from 1991.
- John Squire born (Altrincham) English rock guitarist, songwriter, painter. Member of the Stone Roses from 1984 to 1996 and from 2012 and the Seahorses from 1996 to 1999.
- The Beatles record their second single Please Please Me / Ask Me Why for Parlophone at Abbey Road studios
- Charlie Benante born (New York) American rock drummer, guitarist, songwriter, singer. Member of Anthrax from 1983.
- Mike Bordin born (San Francisco) American rock drummer. Member of Faith No More from 1981 to 1998. Also worked with Ozzy Osbourne.
- Krzysztof Penderecki’s Stabat mater for chorus premiered in Warsaw
- Matt Cameron born (San Diego, CA) American rock drummer, singer. Member of Skin Yard from 1983 to 1986, Soundgarden from 1986 to 1997 and from 2010 and Pearl Jam from 1998.
- Rudy Toombs (48) murdered in the hallway of his house in New York after disturbing burglars
- Dick Taylor leaves the Rolling Stones and returns to art college
- Cascades – Rhythm of the Rain / Let Me Be (Valiant). Vocal and instrumental group formed in San Diego, CA in 1960. John Gummoe (vo) Eddie Snyder (g, vo) Von Lynch (vo, keys) Ronald Lynch (sax, vo) Dave Stevens (b, vo) Jim Owens (d, vo)
- Exciters – Tell Him / Hard Way To Go (United Artists). Vocal group formed in New York in 1961. Brenda Reid, Carol Johnson, Lillian Walker & Herb Rooney
- Miracles – You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me / Happy Landing (Tamla)
- Bobby Vee – The Night Has a Thousand Eyes / Anonymous Phone Call (Liberty)
- Beach Boys – Surfin’ Safari (Capitol)
- Art Blakey And The Afro-Drum Ensemble – The African Beat (Blue Note)
- Booker T & The MGs – Green Onions (Stax)
- Ornette Coleman – Ornette On Tenor (Atlantic)
- Dick Dale – Surfers’ Choice (Deltone)
- Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan – Two of a Mind (RCA Victor)
- Stan Getz / Gary McFarland – Big Band Bossa Nova (Verve)
- Grant Green – Sunday Mornin’ (Blue Note)
- Françoise Hardy – Tous les garçons et les filles (Vogue France)
- IBM 7090 computer and Digital to Sound Transducer – Music from Mathematics (Decca) Collection of computer generated sounds recorded at Bell Laboratories. Includes the earliest known recording of a computer-synthesized voice singing a song (Daisy Bell)
- Roland Kirk – Domino (Mercury)
- Jackie McLean – A Fickle Sonance (Blue Note)
- Masaru Sato – Yojimbo OST (MGM)
- Frank Sinatra – All Alone (Reprise)
- Nikolai Anosov (62) dies in Moscow
- Mercy Dee Walton (47) dies in Murphys, CA of a brain haemorrhage
- José Cura born (Rosario, Argentina) Argentinian tenor singer, conductor, photographer.
- Juan Atkins born (Detroit, MI) American electronic musician, DJ, producer. Also recorded as Cybotron, Model 500 and Infiniti.
- Ben Watt born (London) English rock, pop and dance guitarist, songwriter, producer, DJ. Member of Everything But the Girl from 1982 to 2000.
- Bob Dylan records a session for Columbia in New York. Tracks cut include Hero Blues; Oxford Town; I Shall Be Free; A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall & Whatcha Gonna Do
- Charles Ives’s Set no.3 for chamber orchestra (complete work) & Chromâtimelôdtune for small orchestra premiered in New York
- Henri Pousseur’s Répons for ensemble premiered in Darmstadt
- Kirsten Flagstad (67) dies in Oslo of bone marrow cancer
- Bill Wyman replaces Dick Taylor in the Rolling Stones after passing an audition primarily because of his equipment
- Alan Freed is found guilty of accepting bribes to play records and is fined $300
- Andy Sannella (62) dies in New York following a seizure
- Paul Haslinger born (Linz, Austria) Austrian composer, electronic musician, programmer. Member of Tangerine Dream from 1986 to 1990 and solo artist.
- Harry Barris (57) dies in Burbank, CA of alcohol-related causes
- Jean-Claude Éloy’s Étude III for orchestra premiered in Paris
- Bill Wyman plays his first show with the Rolling Stones at the Ricky-Tick, Windsor
- Nivek Ogre aka Kevin Graham Ogilvie born (Calgary) Canadian rock singer, musician, songwriter, actor. Founder member of Skinny Puppy and Ohgr.
- Iannis Xenakis’s Bohor for tape premiered in Paris
- Iannis Xenakis’s Morsima-Amorsima for piano, violin, cello and bass premiered in Athens
- The Beatles begin their third and final residency at the Star Club, Hamburg. This time for thirteen nights
- Bob Dylan plays his first UK date at the Troubador Club, London
- Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony no.13 ‘Babiy Yar’ premiered in Moscow
- Roy Palmer (70) dies in Chicago
- The Tornados have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks with Telstar, the first US chart-topper by a British group.
- Christian Fennesz born (Vienna) Austrian avant-garde guitarist, electronic musician, composer.
- Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera Lėdi Makbet Mtsenskogo uyezda [Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District] premiered in Moscow in its revised version after being banned for 28 years. Lib. Shostakovich and A. Preys
- Michel Petrucciani born (Orange, Vaucluse, France) French jazz pianist. Died 1999
- Hans Rosbaud (67) dies in Lugano, Switzerland
- Bella Alten (85) dies in London
- Manfred Mann formed in London. Manfred Mann (keys) Mike Hugg (d vib) Mike Vickers (g) Dave Richmond (b) Paul Jones (vo)
- Beach Boys – Ten Little Indians / County Fair (Capitol)
- Bobby Bland – That’s The Way Love Is / Call On Me (Duke)
- Solomon Burke – Go On Back to Him / I Said I Was Sorry (Atlantic)
- Skeeter Davis – The End of the World / Somebody Loves You (RCA Victor)
- Bob Dylan – Mixed Up Confusion / Corrina Corrina (Columbia)
- Marvin Gaye – Hitch Hike / Hello There Angel (Tamla)
- Howlin’ Wolf – Mama’s Baby / Do the Do (Chess)
- Rooftop Singers – Walk Right In / Cool Water (Vanguard) Folk trio formed in New York in 1962. Erik Darling, Bill Svanoe (vo, g) Lynne Taylor (vo)
- Del Shannon – Little Town Flirt / The Wamboo (Big Top)
- Muddy Waters – You Need Love / Little Brown Bird (Chess)
- Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans – Know What I Mean? (Riverside)
- Georges Brassens – N° 9 (Philips France)
- Bill Evans – Moon Beams (Riverside)
- Dexter Gordon – Go! (Blue Note)
- Quincy Jones – Big Band Bossa Nova (Mercury)
- Wes Montgomery – Full House (Riverside)
- Ike Quebec – Bossa Nova Soul Samba (Blue Note)
- Freddie Roach – Down To Earth (Blue Note)
- Meet The Supremes (Motown)
- Jill Birt born (Tambellup, Western Australia) Australian rock keyboard player, singer, architect. Member of the Triffids from 1983 to 1989.
- Tony Buck born (Sydney) Australian jazz and avant-garde drummer. Member of the Necks from 1987 and Peril from 1992 to 1996.
- Moritz von Oswald born (Berlin) German electronic musician, producer, Basic Channel label co-founder with Mark Ernestus. Worked with Palais Schaumberg, Maurizio, Basic Channel and others.
- John Wright born (Victoria, BC) Canadian rock drummer, songwriter. Member of NoMeansNo from 1979 and the Hanson Brothers from 1984. Brother of Rob Wright (b.1954).