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Christmas

James Kimble Gannon is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. He will find acclaim as song lyric writer Kim Gannon, best known for songs including I'll Be Home For Christmas, Angel In Disguise and I Understand./a>.
While striking miners are enjoying a Christmas Party in The Italian Hall, Calumet, Michigan, USA, a mass panic is caused when someone shouts 'Fire!'. In the ensuing rush for the doors, seventy-three people are trampled to death, fifty-nine of them children. The horrific tragedy, known as The Italian Hall Disaster, will be recorded in Woody Guthrie's 1941 song, 1913 Massacre.
Frances Gumm and The Jess Stafford Orchestra perform a Christmas show at the Warner Bros Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA. Frances will find greater fame after a name-change to Judy Garland.
Bing Crosby records the Irving Berlin composition White Christmas for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. It will go on to become the best-selling song the world has ever known.
Bob Atcher And Bonnie Blue Eyes record Truly I Love You, Christmas Island, Blue Christmas and Peek-a-boo for Capitol Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Tommy Scott records Santa Claus Shuffle, Uncle Sammy, Everything Reminds Me Of You and It's You, for King/Federal Records at King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Elton Britt And The Beaver Valley Sweethearts record Merry Texas Christmas, The Rovin' Gambler and Just For You, at RCA Victor Studio 1, 155 East 24th St., Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Perry Como records The Christmas Song [Merry Christmas To You] and C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S with Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra at The Manhattan Center, New York City, USA, for RCA Victor Records.
Perry Como records The Twelve Days of Christmas, Joy To The World and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, for RCA Victor Records in The Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
Seven year old Barry Gordon records novelty song Nuttin' For Christmas for MGM Records in New York City, USA.
Christmas Alphabet by popular vocalist Dickie Valentine reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
Deejay Alan Freed's Christmas Rock'n'Roll Spectacular starts its ten day season at Loew's Theatre, New York City, USA, starring Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Jackie Wilson, The Everly Brothers, Johnnie Ray, Frankie Avalon and The Moonglows.
The fourth day of deejay Alan Freed's ten-day long Christmas Rock'n'Roll Spectacular is held at Lowe's Theater, New York City, USA, starring Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Jackie Wilson, The Everly Brothers, Johnnie Ray, Frankie Avalon and The Moonglows.
The Christmas lights of North End, Portsmouth, UK, are switched on by popular singer Malcolm Vaughan.
The Kingston Trio release their Christmas album, The Last Month Of The Year, in the USA on Columbia Records.
Clay Cole's Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show plays the fifth of ten days at The Brooklyn Paramount, New York City, USA, featuring Neil Sedaka, Dion, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony, The Skyliners, Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vee and Dante And The Evergreens.
Clay Cole's Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show plays the seventh of ten days at The Brooklyn Paramount, New York City, USA, featuring Neil Sedaka, Dion, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony, The Skyliners, Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vee and Dante And The Evergreens.
Neil Sedaka, Dion, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony, The Skyliners, Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vee and Dante & The Evergreens play the eighth of ten days in the Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show at the Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City.
It is reported that Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Connie Francis has been chosen as the Christmas Seal Song for 1961 by the Natuional Tuberculosis Association in the USA.
Brenda Lee plays the eighth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Brenda Lee plays the seventeenth night of a pre-Christmas season in the Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The first Motown Christmas Show continues in The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA, with the fifth day of a week of four live shows a day featuring The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes.
The Christmas Pantomime at The Odeon, Salisbury, features the My Boy Lollipop girl, Millie Small, plus Jess Conrad, Jimmy Wheeler and Des Lane.
Brenda Lee records White Christmas, Jingle Bells and Silent Night, with producer Owen Bradley, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Patti Page records Christmas Bells and Pretty Snow Flakes with producer Bob Johnson in Columbia Recording Studio A, 799 7th Avenue, New York City, USA.
Big Brother And The Holding Company hold their Christmas Party at Sokol Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Sadie (The Cleaning Lady) by Johnny Farnham, rises from No7 to No3 in the Go Set National Top 40 singles Chart in Australia, Oceania. Snoopy's Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen remains in the No1 position.
Fresh Air play at the Xmas Dance, Newcastle College of Further Education, Newcastle, UK, supported by Black Sabbath.
Tom Jones stars in his own Christmas Day tv special on the ATV network in the UK.
Wizzard enter the UK singles chart with I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, which will peak at No4 during a nine-week run. The song will go on to become a perennial frequently re-released Christmas favourite.
It is announced by RCA Records that David Bowie has departed for the South Seas of the Pacific where he is to begin filming Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence.
It is reported that Michael Jackson's album Thriller has now outsold Bing Crosby's single White Christmas, making it the biggest-selling music recording ever.
BBC tv journalist Michael Buerk reports on the terrible famine that has hit Ethiopia, Africa. The dispatch subsequently airs on 425 stations around the world, and will lead Bob Geldof to organise the Live Aid event and the Band Aid single Do They Know It's Christmas?
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Michael Jackson spends Christmas Day in Tokyo, Japan, during his Dangerous World Tour.
The National Endowment for the Arts, in conjunction with the RIAA, announces its Top Ten songs of the 20th century. At No1 is Judy Garland's rendition of Over The Rainbow. Also making the list: Bing Crosby's White Christmas [No2], Aretha Franklin's Respect [No4], Don McLean's American Pie [No5], and The Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling [No9].
It is reported on the ISIS website that in May, 2009, Bob Dylan recorded an album of Christmas songs at Jackson Browne`s Groove Masters studio in Santa Monica, California, USA. It is, however, not known if it will be released.
Carla Bley releases a new album, Carla's Christmas Carols, on Watt Records.
Christmas In The Heart by Bob Dylan reaches No1 in the Billboard Folk Albums Chart in the USA.
Rage Against the Machine reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Killing In The Name, thus ending tv-pop mogul Simon Cowell's four year domination of the Christmas number one slot. A well-orchestrated Facebook campaign helped the Californian nu-metallers outsell The Climb by X-factor winner Joe McEdlerry.
It is announced that Mariah Carey's 1994 hit All I Want For Christmas Is You is the most-played Christmas song of the last ten years, according to research carried out by PRS for Music and PPL.
Annie Lennox releases a new album, A Christmas Cornucopia on CD in the USA.
LeAnn Rimes reveals via a Tweet that she and Eddie Cibrian became engaged over the Christmas holiday period.
Arch Enemy play at The Christmas Metal Festival, Geiselwind, Germany, Europe.
Poetry/music collective Little Machine play at The North London Reading Group Xmas Party, King's Cross, London, UK.
Linkin Park, Rise Against, Bush, Gaslight Anthem, Garbage, Slightly Stoopid, Awolnation, The Lumineers, Walk The Moon, Two Door Cinema Club, Youngblood Hawke play in the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Show at The Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Idina Menzel releases a Christmas-themed LP, Holiday Wishes, on Warner Bros. in the UK.
Carols by Kindlelight, featuring performances by Annie Lennox, Imelda May, Alfie Boe and others is held at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK. The event, in which the studio is illuminated only by Kindle screens, is filmed in order to be made available exclusively for Amazon Prime members.
The Weeknd returns to No1 in the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with Starboy. A Pentatonix Christmas by Pentatonix had been at No1 for the Christmas and New Year period.
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