Michel Mathieu, composer.
Ignaz Franz von Beecke, German composer, born in Wimpfen, Germany.
Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky, Russian-Ukrainian harpsichordist and composer (Tantum Ergo), born in Glukhov, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) .
Johann Schneider, German composer and organist.
Henri Bertini, French classical composer and pianist, born in London.
Karl Georg Lickl, Austrian composer, born in Vienna.
John Thomson, Scottish composer, born in Sprouston, Scotland.
Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, Spanish composer, born in Madrid.
Andrés Isasi, Spanish Basque composer, born in Bilbao, Spain.
Louis de Meester, Belgian pianist and classical and electronic music composer (The Great Temptation of St Anthony), born in Roeselare, Flanders, Belgium.
Arthur Altman, American songwriter (All or Nothing at All), born in Brooklyn, New York
Alfonso Montecino, Chilean-American composer, born in Osorno, Chile.
Cleo Laine, jazz singer, (1961 UK No.5 single ‘You’ll Answer To Me’).
Charlie Daniels who is known for his No.1 country hit ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008. He died of a hemorrhagic stroke on 6 July 2020, age 83.
Graham Bond, UK R&B keyboard player, saxophonist with The Graham Bond Organization. He died on 8th May 1974. Bond had worked with Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.
Country bluegrass performer Bill Monroe was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
British singer Wayne Fontana, who had the 1966 UK No.2 single with Mindbenders, ‘Groovy Kind Of Love’, and the 1965 US No.1 single ‘Game Of Love’. Fontana died from cancer on 6 August 2020 at the age of 74.
Hank Marvin, guitar, The Shadows, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘Foot Tapper’, plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles. Also played on many hits with Cliff Richard. Member of Marvin, Welch and Farrar.
Telma Hopkins, singer from American pop music group Dawn who were popular in the 1970s. Their signature hits include ‘Candida’, ‘Knock Three Times’, and ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree’.
Desmond Child, American musician, songwriter, and producer who has co-written over 70 Top 40 singles, with songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. His collaborations include Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler, Aerosmith, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cher, Katy Perry, among other Latinos musicians
As half of the duo Buddy & Bob, Buddy Holly opened for Marty Robbins at a concert in Lubbock, Texas.
At the Capitol Tower in Hollywood, Dean Martin recorded his biggest hit, “Memories Are Made of This.” It was the #1 pop single for five weeks.
The No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley. With this song Presley became the first artist to follow himself into the No. 1 position. After 11 weeks of “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog,” “Love Me Tender” stayed at No. 1 for five weeks.
Stephen Morris, drums, Joy Division, (1980 UK No.13 single ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’). New Order, (1983 UK No.9 single ‘Blue Monday’). The Other Two, (1991 UK No.41 single ‘Tasty Fish’).
William Reid, The Jesus and Mary Chain, (1987 UK No.8 single ‘April Skies’).
Neville Henry, from British new wave group The Blow Monkeys who had the 1986 hit ‘Digging Your Scene’ and the 1987 UK No.5 single ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’.
Raymond Jones went into Liverpool’s NEMS Record store trying to buy The Beatles records that had been released in Germany. Shop manager Brian Epstein promised to investigate further.
Italian musician and singer-songwriter, Eros Ramazzotti who has sold over 55 million records and worked with artists such as Cher, Tina Turner, Andrea Bocelli, Patsy Kensit, Anastacia, Joe Cocker, Nicole Scherzinger and Ricky Martin.
American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ben Harper. Two-time Grammy Award winner, winning awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, in 2005.
The Canadian rock group Guess Who‘s single ‘Laughing’ was certified Gold.
John & Yoko recorded the Vietnam war protest song “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” in NYC.
David Bowie played the first of seven sold-out nights on his Diamond Dogs Tour at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was “Island Girl” by Elton John. The song was John’s third No. 1 song of the year.