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Uncle Tom's Cabin, a play with music, opens at The Academy Of Music, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 88 performances.
Rosetta Nubin is born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA. She will find fame as gospel star Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Blues and gospel composer and recording artist Thomas Andrew Dorsey, aka Georgia Tom, marries Nettie Harper in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Cassietta Baker is born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. As gospel singer and composer Cassietta George she will find success as a member of The Caravans, a popular touring gospel group from the late '50s to the mid-'60s. She will subsequently embark on a solo career, recording over sixteen albums albums in Los Angeles for Audio Arts Inc.
The Tindley Quaker City Gospel Singers record Hallelujah Side for OKeh Records in New York City, USA.
Jazz, blues and gospel vocalist Ethel Waters is the musical guest on tv show This Is Show Business in the USA.
The Beyers Brothers record Standing In The Safety Zone and Search Me Lord for Savoy Records in the USA, but the tracks will not be released.
Gospel star Mahalia Jackson makes her Carnegie Hall, New York City, debut.
James And Martha Carson release a new single, I Ain't Gonna Sin No More/Lay Your Burdens At His Feet, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Martha Carson and The Gospel Singers with Chet Atkins on guitar, record Beyond The Shadow, I'm Gonna Walk And Talk With My Lord, He Keeps His Promise and Jesus Is A Rock at Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue, North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Jordanaires, with Chet Atkins on guitar, record Dry Bones, Stand By Me, You Better Run and other tracks at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Under the headline 'Mystery Hit', Time magazine in the USA, reports on the unexpected success of the folksy pop song Oh Happy Day by High School Junior Don Howard of Cleveland, Ohio. The song will peak at No4 in the Billboard national chart. (N.B. This song should not be confused with the gospel hit of the same name)
Ted Heath And His Music play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
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 Terry Arena, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, USA.
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.
The Paramount Pictures musical St. Louis Blues is released to cinemas in the USA with a cast featuring such jazz, blues and gospel greats as Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Eartha Kit, Pearl Bailey, Mahalia Jackson and Barney Bigard.
Paul Robeson, whose passport had been taken from him by the government of the USA, is vindicated when the Supreme Court rules that, "The State Department was not authorized by Congress to withhold people's passports because of alleged beliefs or associations." Robeson's passport is returned to him the following day.
Popular vocalist Jimmy Clanton plays the second of six nights at the Jolla Club, Tucson, Arizona, USA, supported by Roy Orbison.
Jazz saxophonist Walter Benton records Out Of This World, Blues Mood and other tracks for Jazzland Records in New York City, USA.
Sam Cooke releases a new single, That's It - I Quit - I'm Movin' On - on RCA Records in the USA.
The Original Blind Boys of Alabama record Honey In The Rock for Savoy Records' subsidiary label Gospel, in Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in Statesville, North Carolina, USA.
Aretha Franklin plays the twelfth night in a three week season at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Soul Stirrers play the third night of a week-long gospel revue at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Kitty Wells, Johnny And Jack, Marvin Rainwater, Jimmy Newman, Bill Phillips and The Tennessee Mountain Boys begin a tour with a show in Aurora, Illinois, USA.
Little Richard releases a new single, Ride On King Jesus, on Mercury Records in the USA.
The Joy Harmonizers gospel group records Live For Jesus, Put Your Trust In Jesus and other tracks for Savoy Records in the US,
The Gospel Clefs record Be Still My Soul, I Prayed And Got Religion, Somewhere, Stand The Storm, Let The Lord Come In and Abide With Me for Savoy Records in the USA.
Female gospel group The Smith Sisters record Lord Be Merciful, Use Me Lord and other tracks for Savoy Records in the USA.
The first Lucie E. Campbell Appreciation Day is celebrated by The National Sunday School and the Baptist Training Union Congress of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. Gospel singer, songwriter Campbell is regarded as the "first lady of music" in church circles.
Kitty Wells, Johnny And Jack, Marvin Rainwater, Jimmy Newman, Bill Phillips and The Tennessee Mountain Boys play a show in Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA.
Muddy Waters, The Rev Blind Gary Davis and Sonny Terry And Brownie McGee play in The Folk, Blues And Gospel Caravan at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, UK.
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 Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England, UK, Europe.
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Doris Akers And The Statesmen Quartet record I Was There When The Spirit Came, I Cannot Fail The Lord, Wanna Go To Heaven, Get On Board, It Rained, Old-Time Religion and more in RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Smith Sisters record You Got To Move, Greater Love and other tracks for Savoy Records in the USA.
The Band record The Weight at A And R Recording, New York City, USA. It will appear on their debut album, Music From Big Pink.
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Cliff Richard and the Northern Counties Confederation Choir perform a live gospel-oriented concert at the City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
Clara Ward And The Ward Singers play the second of two nights of benefit shows for The Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital, at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The American Folk, Blues And Gospel Festival 69, starring Albert King, Otis Spann, John Lee Hooker and Champion Jack Dupree plays at The Market Hall, Carlisle, UK.
During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Memorial Theater, Worcester, Massachusetts.
During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Ocean State Performing Arts Center, Providence, Rhode Island.
Pete Seeger, The Limeliters, Fred Holstein, Jim Post and The Barrett Sisters play at a 40th Anniversary concert for Sing Out! magazine in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In this day's edition of popular US tv series Ellen, the lead character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, reveals that she is a lesbian [as is DeGeneres in real life]. Disturbed by the revelation, Gospel duo Angie and Debbie Winans write and release the controversial openly anti-gay song Not Natural.
The Sword play at Reggie's Rock Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at The Festival Internacional de Benicassim, Benicassim, Spain, Europe.
Following accusations that recently-deceased DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile had sexually abused teenage girls in the 1970s, a footpath sign commemorating him has been taken down by the council in Scarborough, UK.
Olly Murs and Ian Hunter are the musical guests on the BBC tv show Breakfast, live from Media City, Salford Quays, Manchester, UK.
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.
The Reverend Shawn Amos releases his fifth LP, Loves You, on Put Together Records in the UK.