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Christmas

The Haydn Quartet record Annie Laurie, Farmyard Medley, Cornfield Medley and A Sleigh Ride Party for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Dick Robertson and His Orchestra record Rollin' Plains and I Want You For Christmas for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Songwriter Irving Berlin signs a contract with Paramount to write songs for the film Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby. The completed soundtrack includes White Christmas, which will become the world’s best-selling song.
Composer Leroy Anderson records his version of his own compoasition Sleigh Ride, for Decca Records in the USA.
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Louis Jordan And His Orchestra record May Every Day Be Christmas, Please Don't Leave Me, Bone Dry, Three-Handed Woman and other tracks in New York City, USA.
Hank Williams undergoes spinal surgery at Vanderbilt Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It is hoped he will leave hospital by Christmas but he is expected to convalesce for at least six weeks.
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.
Louis Armstrong, with Benny Carter And His Orchestra, records Only You, Christmas In New Orleans, and other songs in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Decca Records.
Radio deejay Al Priddy of KEX in Portland, Oregon, USA, is fired for violating the station's ban against playing Elvis Presley's version of White Christmas, which had been deemed irreligious by the management.
The Christmas lights of North End, Portsmouth, UK, are switched on by popular singer Malcolm Vaughan.
Bob Dylan spends Christmas visiting his acquaintance Kevin Krown, and sleeping on friends' floors, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Clay Cole's Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show plays the third 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.
Bob Dylan spends Christmas visiting his acquaintance Kevin Krown, and sleeping on friends' floors, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Brenda Lee plays the tenth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Country music songwriter Harlan Howard and his wife, the singer Jan Howard, give their boys a collie for Christmas. They name the puppy Bucko, for Buck Owens.
The highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the US is the re-issued perennial White Christmas by Bing Crosby, entering at No85.
Ray Conniff, His Orchestra And Chorus record a medley of Christmas songs including Oh Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel and We Wish You A Merry Christmas, in CBS Recording Studio, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beatles are in EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, UK, recording I Want To Hold Your Hand and This Boy. They also record their first Christmas disc for distribution to their fan club members.
The Beatles Christmas Show continues at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
The Beatles Christmas Show comes to the end of its run at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
The Beach Boys record Frosty The Snowman and I'll Be Home For Christmas for their Christmas Album at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Christmas edition of BBC radio show Saturday Club, hosted by Brian Matthew, features live performances by The Beatles, Brenda Lee, Joe Brown And His Bruvvers, Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames and The Bobby Patrick Big Six.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays the third of seven nights as part of the Christmas Holiday Spectacular Show in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays the fifth of seven nights as part of the Christmas Holiday Spectacular Show in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly, The Rustiks, The Remo Four and Danny Williams appear in the fifth night of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Liverpool, UK.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays the last of seven nights as part of the Christmas Holiday Spectacular Show in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly, The Rustiks, The Remo Four and Danny Williams appear in the first of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Leeds, UK.
Another Beatles Christmas Show, hosted by UK radio deejay Jimmy Savile, and featuring The Beatles, The Yardbirds, Freddie And The Dreamers, Sounds Incorporated and Elkie Brooks, continues its seasonal run at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Cliff Bennet and the Rebel Rousers, The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly, The Rustiks, The Remo Four and Danny Williams appear in the second of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Glasgow, Scotland.
Ernest Tubb And The Texas Troubadours record Blue Christmas Tree, What Am I Bid? and Who's Gonna Be Your Santa Claus This Year? in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
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.
Georgie Fame continues with his three-week long Christmas engagement at the Mayfair Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
Twenty years after it was first released, a gold record is finally awarded by the R.I.A.A. in the USA to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by singing cowboy Gene Autrey.
Jackie De Shannon releases a new single, Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?, on Imperial Records in the USA.
Georgie Fame plays at the Bristol Polytechnic Christmas Dance, in the Top Rank Suite, Bristol, UK.
Tom Jones stars in his own Christmas Day tv special on the ATV network in the UK.
Midge Ure of Band Aid (and Ultravox) travels to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, frica, with the first shipment of relief supplies funded by sales of Do They Know It's Christmas.
Johnny Marks dies in New York City, USA. Marks found success as a songwriter, specializing in Christmas songs - despite being Jewish. His hits included Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and Run Rudolph Run.
A crowd of 1500 fans turn up when Peter Andre switches on the Christmas Lights at Yate Shopping Centre, Yate, UK.
Yeasayer record their album Live at Ancienne Belgique, at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium. The album will be released online just before Christmas on a 'pay however much you like' basis.
Miranda Cosgrove, Matthew Morrison, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox and Andrea Bocelli join President Obama and his family at the 2010 Christmas in Washington concert in Washington, DC, USA.
Sleigh Bells play at Ritz Ybor, Tampa, Florida, USA.
When The Nicki Minaj Christmas Extravaganza is held at Webster Hall, New York City, USA, the star of the show takes the stage two and a half hours late.
Harry Styles of One Direction spends Christmas in Cheshire, UK, with his family.
It is announced that Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid 30 has become the fastest-selling single of the year so far. The single is an all-star charity fund-raiser to raise money to fight the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.
Band Aid 30 release a new CD single version of Do They Know It's Christmas? as a fund-raising single to raise money to fight the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.
Editors, The Charlatans and Slow Club play a special Christmas charity show at Union Chapel, London, England, UK, to mark charity organisation Save The Children’s 'Christmas Jumper Day'.
Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory asks Hayley Williams of Paramore to marry him, and she accepts. Soon after, they announce their betrothal via Twitter and Instagram and receive messages of congratulation from Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
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