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Christmas

Augustus Aiken is born in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. He will pursue a career under the name Gus Aiken as a jazz trumpet player, working with Louis Armstrong, Luis Russell and Charlie Johnson, as well as playing sessions on records by Mary Jackson, Eliza Christmas Lee, Daisy Martin, Lavinia Turner, Louise Vant, Essie Whitman, Lena Wilson, Ethel Waters, Clara Smith and Cindy Smith.
The first Christmas broadcast of television from Alexandra Palace, London, UK, presents a programme of old-time music hall performers, a television studio party, and a Father Christmas who vanishes into thin air by means of camera trickery.
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.
The 5 Keys record Darling, Yes Sir That's My Baby and It's Christmas Time for Aladdin Records at RCA Studios, New York City, USA.
Lowell Fulson records Kissa Me Baby, Hey Now, The Snow Is Falling and Misery In My Heart in Los Angeles, California, USA. Ray Charles plays piano on the session.
Billie Holiday ends a two-week Christmas season at the Rodeo Stage Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
British recording star Alma Cogan attends a Christmas Party in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Bing Crosby stars in the fifth of his annual CBS radio specials A Christmas Sing With Bing in the USA.
The Kingston Trio release their Christmas album, The Last Month Of The Year, in the USA on Columbia Records.
The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra records White Christmas, Silent Night, and other tracks, in Capitol Studios, New York City, USA, for Roulette Records.
Bob Dylan spends Christmas visiting his acquaintance Kevin Krown, and sleeping on friends' floors, in Chicago, Illinois.
Clay Cole's Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show plays the sixth 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 And The Evergreens play the seventh of ten days in the Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
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.
With Christmas looming, Tennessee Ernie Ford releases a new album, Hymns At Home, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Brenda Lee plays the ninth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Elvis Presley is staying at The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, for the Christmas period.
The Christmas No1 single in the USA and Canada is The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens.
Miles Davis records Blue Christmas and Nothing Like You for his Columbia Records album Sorceror, in Columbia Studio A, New York City, USA.
The Beatles Christmas Show continues at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
The Beach Boys are recording Merry Christmas Baby and other tracks for their Christmas album in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Another Beatles Christmas Show continues its run at Hammersmith Odeon, London, starring The Beatles, with support acts including Freddie And The Dreamers, The Yardbirds, Elkie Brooks, Sounds Incorporated , Mike Cotton Sound and Jimmy Savile as compere.
Lonnie Donegan stars in a Christmas pantomime, Aladdin, at The Gaumont, Hanley, UK.
Another Beatles Christmas Show ends its twenty night season at The Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK. The show also feature Freddie And The Dreamers, The Yardbirds, Elkie Brooks, The Mike Cotton Sound and Sounds Incorporated
Burl Ives records Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Winter Wonderland in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with Owen Bradley as producer.
The Beatles record their 1966 Fan Club Christmas Record - Pantomime : Everywhere It's Christmas – at the home of music publisher Dick James, New Oxford Street, London, UK.
Seminal San Francisco hippy band Big Brother And The Holding Company play at their own Christmas party in Lagunitas, California, USA.
Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris becomes the Christmas No1 single in the UK.
The Christmas No1 single in the USA is The Tears Of A Clown by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles.
Bing Crosby records Christmas Star and We Love Old St. Mary's in San Francisco, California, USA, for inclusion in an LP issued to benefit Old St Mary's Church, San Francisco.
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.
Christmas In The Heart by Bob Dylan reaches No1 in the Billboard Folk Albums Chart in the USA.
Sleigh Bells release a new album, Treats, on Mom And Pop Music in the USA.
Sleigh Bells release a new single, Tell 'Em on Columbia Records in the UK.
Julian Lennon releases a Christmas single, Sleep For England, in the UK. Profits from the release will go to Julian’s charity The White Feather Foundation, which tackles environmental and humanitarian issues.
Singing Adams - a new project from former Broken Family Band member Steven Adams, play at The End Of The Road Xmas Party, XOYO, London, UK.
Rihanna spends Christmas Day at a house party thrown by her brother in Babados.
LeAnn Rimes reveals via a Tweet that she and Eddie Cibrian became engaged over the Christmas holiday period.
Justin Bieber switches on the Christmas lights at Westfield in London, UK. The event is overshadowed by recent claims from 20-year old Mariah Yeater that she gave birth to Bieber's son three months earlier. Bieber has agreed to take a paternity test.
Having announced their break-up earlier in the year, R.E.M. send out their last-ever fan club singles - two live songs from their final tour in 2008. The tradition of sending free Christmas tracks to R.E.M. fanclub members extends back to 1988.
Having announced their break-up earlier in the year, R.E.M. send out their last-ever fan club singles - two live songs from their final tour in 2008. The tradition of sending free Christmas tracks to R.E.M. fanclub members extends back to 1988.
Justin Bieber spends Christmas at home with his family in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Lady Gaga releases a previously unheard song, Stuck On Fuckin' You, via her Twitter page as a Christmas treat for her fans. The track was recorded during sessions for her album Born This Way.
Rufus and Martha Wainwright's Christmas 101, featuring Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, with guests including Van Dyke Parks, Emmylou Harris and Maria Muldaur, plays at The Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, USA.
Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and their children spend Christmas Day in Aspen, Colorado, USA, before jetting off to Australia where Carey is to begin a tour.
It is announced that Adele's second album, 21, has become the most returned and exchanged Christmas gift of 2012. 47,315 copies of the album were traded in by users of the musicMagpie website on Christmas day. Second place went to Our Version Of Events by Emeli Sande [41,038 returns] and Up All Night by One Direction [37,846 returns].
Something I Need by Ben Haenow reaches No1 in the UK Official Singles chart, making the Xmas No1 single of 2014. The song is a cover version of a One Republic track.
Britney Spears spends Christmas Day with her boyfriend, Charlie Ebersol, and her sons Sean and Jayden.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra begins its annual Christmas tour with a show at The State Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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