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Manuel Manetta is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a jazz multi-instrumentalist working with The Eagle Brass Band, The Tuxedo Brass Band, Kid Ory and Papa Celestin.
Wally Varner, b est-remembered as the pianist for American gospel group the Blackwood Brothers during the 1950s & 1960s, is born.
Paul Specht And His Orchestra record Static Strut, under the name of The Consolidated Club Orchestra, for Pathe Actuelle Records in London, UK.
The Savoy Orpheans record Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue and London And Daventry Calling - Parts 1 and 2, for HMV Records in Hayes, Middlesex, UK.
Chuck Rainey is born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He will find fame as a hugely respected bass player in the fields of pop, rock, jazz fusion and rhythm and blues, working with Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Rascals and Steely Dan to name but a few.
Freddie Evans And The Gospel Trio record When The Pearly Gates Unfold and Even Me for Savoy Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Grandpa Jones records T.V. Blues, Stop That Ticklin' Me, Mountain Laurel and Retreat (Cries My Heart), at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
R. W. Blackwood and Bill Lyles of country and gospel music group The Blackwood Brothers, die in a plane crash near Clanton, Alabama, USA.
Country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer and composer Ricky Skaggs, is born in Cordell, Kentucky, USA.
The Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree, featuring Hank Snow, Mother Maybelle And The Carter Sisters, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Martha Carson And Her Country Gentlemen, The Davis Sisters (including Skeeter Davis) and The Jimmie Rodgers Show plays in Port Arthur Arena, Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada.
The Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree, featuring Hank Snow, Mother Maybelle And The Carter Sisters, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Martha Carson And Her Country Gentlemen, The Davis Sisters (including Skeeter Davis) and The Jimmie Rodgers Show plays in The Coliseum, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
Gospel group The Silver Quintette records Father Don't Leave, for Vee Jay Records. The track is notable for being one of the first gospel tracks to make use of a rock'n'roll rhythm section.
Ronnie Aldrich And The Squadronaires, featuring Cliff Townshend And His Swinging Saxophone, appear on Pan-European radio station Radio Luxembourg. Cliff Townshend's son will find fame as Pete Townshend, leader of rock band The Who.
Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers play the last night of two-weeks at the Palladium, London, UK.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, UK, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe comes to the end of a UK tour at The Coliseum, London, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
B.B. King marries his second wife, Sue Evans, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The wedding is conducted by the Reverend C. L. Franklin, father of singer Aretha Franklin.
Blues and gospel recording artist the Rev. Willie Lee Morganfield marries Jane Anne Sturdevant, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. (The Rev Willie Lee is a first cousin of Muddy Waters).
Dinah Dee And Her All-Girl Orchestra play at The Victory Memorial Hall, Northwich, Cheshire, UK.
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in South Bend, Indiana, USA.
The Olympics, Aretha Franklin, The Capris, Johnny Hartman and The Dells play the sixth of seven nights at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Folk star Bob Gibson and gospel quartet The Grandison Singers are playing at The Gate Of Horn, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Country gospel duo Reno And Smiley play at WSVA-tv, Harrisonburg, Virgina, USA.
The Reverend Gary Davis records You Got To Move, I'll Fly Away, Crucifixion and other tracks, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, for Bluesville Records.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Springfield, Missouri, USA.
Kitty Wells, Johnnie And Jack, Marvin Rainwater, Jimmy Newman, Bill Phillips and The Tennessee Mountain Boys play a show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
Gospel group the Rev. H.B. Crum And The Golden Keys record Fighting For Jesus, I Am the Way and other tracks for Sharp Records in the USA.
Kitty Wells, with Owen Bradley as producer, records Paul's Mini stry and Do You Expect A Reward From God? in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features guitarists Harold Bradley and Ray Edenton, steel guitarist Buddy Emmons, bassist Joe Zinkan and Junior Huskey, drummer Buddy Harman and pianist Owen Bradley.
With Christmas looming, Tennessee Ernie Ford releases a new album, Hymns At Home, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Black Nativity, subtitled 'A gospel song-play' opens at The 41st Street Theater, New York City, USA, starring gospel vocalists Professor Alex Bradford, Marion Williams and The Stars Of Faith. The show is is a retelling of the classic Nativity story with an entirely black cast, traditional Christmas carols sung in gospel style, plus a few songs created specifically for the show.
Sam Cooke records One More Time, Don't Cry On My Shoulder and Somebody's Gonna Miss Me at RCA Victor Studio, 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan, Mahalia Jackson, Joan Baez, Odetta and other musical celebrities turn out to hear Martin Luther King deliver his 'I have a dream' speech at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., USA.
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The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, USA, inspired almost as many songs as it did conspiracy theories. Among the most memorable are He Was A Friend Of Mine by The Byrds [and others], Abraham, Martin And John by Marvin Gaye [and others], Dallas 1pm by Saxon and November 22nd 1963 by Destroy All Monsters. And let's not forget JAMES DOTSON - A Tragedy In Dallas, THE JUSTICE BROTHERS - The Tragedy Of John F. Kennedy, THE SOUTHERN GOSPEL BAND - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, HASIL ADKINS - Memories Of Kennedy, JIM KLINK - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, BUDDY PASTUCK - John F. Kennedy, BILL KUSHNER - J.F.K.bAnd That Terrible Day, HONORABLE BOB PETERS - A Sunny Day In Dallas, HAYDEN PRIVETT - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, JOHNNY DEE - A Tribute To President Kennedy, RALPH RYAN - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, LOWELL YODER - Don't Blame The State Of Texas, HASILADKINS - Memories Of Kennedy, JOHNNY TUCKER - Mr. Kennedy, BOBBY JENZEN - Two Brothers, HOMER HENDERSON - Lee Harvey Was A Friend Of Mine.
The American Folk, Blues And Gospel Caravan, featuring Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mississippi John Hurt, Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee, Reverend Gary Davis and Cousin Joe Pleasants plays at The New Victoria Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Della Reese is playing during a three-week engagement at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Country gospel quintet The Oak Ridge Boys release a new LP, I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now, in the USA.
LeRoy Wolfgramm is born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Oceania. One of nineteen Wolfgramm siblings, he will play guitar in the family's successful gospel/soul/pop group The Jets.
Wilson Pickett, Ike And Tina Turner, Santana, Willie Bobo, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples and The Voices of East Harlem play in the Soul To Soul concert in Black Star Square, Accra, Ghana, Africa. During the show, famed drummer Kofi Ghanaba (aka Guy Warren of Ghana) gives a thunderous performance with an ensemble of gourd players from Benin.
During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York State.
During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, Connecticut.
During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Civic Theatre, Akron, Ohio.
Ray Charles is, posthumously, the big winner when The Grammy Awards are held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. His final album Genius Loves Company, scoops no less the eight Grammys including Record of the Year, Gospel Performance, Pop Vocal Album, Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), Best Engineered Album (non classical), and Best Surround Sound album. Other awards : Velvet Revolver - Best Hard Rock Performance - Slither.
When Eric Clapton and Robert Cray play at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the show is a sellout [13,442 tickets sold] and grosses $1.25m.
The Levon Helm Band plays one its regular Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol 3, in Helm's barn in Woodstock, New York State, USA. Guest musicians taking part in the session include Amy Helm.
Rx Bandits play their last-ever show at The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
Gordon Stoker, leader of legendary gospel/country/rock'n'roll vocal group The Jordanaires (best-known for their work with Elvis Presley), dies in Brentwood, Tennessee, USA.
A section of highway in Woodstock, New York State, USA, is renamed Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard. Formerly Route 375, the portion of highway connects Route 28 in West Hurley and Route 212 in Woodstock, where drummer Helm's group The Band lived and worked for many years.
Patti Labelle is charged with assault following a violent altercation with Aretha Franklin at a gig in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Labelle and Franklin had also had a run-in at the recent Women Of Soul concert in The White House, Washington DC, USA.
Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula perform together on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One tv in the UK.