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At the age of 59, celebrated comedienne and torch singer Fanny Brice
suffers a massive cerebral hemorrhage and is rushed to Cedars of Lebanaon Hospital, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, where she will die a few days later. (The film Funny Girl is based on the career of Fanny Brice
MGM's movie remake of the Kern-Hammerstein musical play Show Boat
, starring Howard Keel, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson, premieres at the Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer
records his debut album, Songs Of Tom Lehrer
in TransRadio studio in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, at a total studio cost of $15. Lehrer then has the discs pressed privately and released in an edition of 400 10" long-players.
Susan Hayward wins the award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Musical Film for her leading role in With A Song In My Heart
at The 10th Golden Globe Awards in the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
In The Still Of The Night by US doo-wop R'n'B band The Five Satins enters the Billboard
Top 40 singles chart, where it will peak at No24. Nevertheless, it will go on to become a genre classic, and eventually achieve multi-platinum sales.
While rehearsing a dance sequence for the film Jailhouse Rock at the MGM Soundstage, Hollywood, California, USA, Elvis Presley
inhales a cap from one of his teeth into his lung.
Folk group The Brothers Four fly to New York City, USA, to begin recording their debut album for Columbia Records
plays at The Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA, to an audience of 8,700 people. The show grosses $45,000.
The Four Preps
record a new single, The Big Draft
, live at North Hollywood High School, California, USA. The song is a novelty number, suggesting how popular music groups would fare if sent off to serve in the US forces. The Barron Knights
will adapt the idea for the UK market under the title Call Up The Groups.
enters the Billboard
Singles Chart in the USA with Town Without Pity
, which will give him his first Top 20 entry, peaking at No13. The song is the title theme from the movie of the same name.
's year-end income for 1961 includes $902,610 from his movies and $775,078 from records and music publishing.
plays the second of seven nights at The Forty Thieves Lounge, Bermuda.
continues with filming of studio scenes for his eighteenth film, Tickle Me
, at Allied Artists studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Los Angeles-based music newspaper KRLA Beat reports (incorrectly) that the title for the second movie by The Beatles
has finally been chosen, and it will be Eight Arms To Hold You.
, singing star of Vaudeville, movies and records, known as the Last Of The Red-Hot Mamas, dies of lung cancer, aged 82 in Weathersfield, Connecticut, USA.
are filming scenes for their tv special, Magical Mystery Tour, at Hangar No2, West Malling Air Station, Maidstone, Kent, UK.
complete recording of the Mike Nesmith
song While I Cry at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Weather Report enter the Billboard
US Top 40 Albums chart with Heavy Weather
, which will peak at No30 during a five-week run.
Dance Craze, a film starring such Two-Tone acts as The Beat, Bad Manners and The Specials, opens in London, England, UK, Europe.
Film director John Landis hires his director of photography Robert Paynter, choreographer Michael Peters, and his own wife, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, as costume designer, for the imminent filming of Michael Jackson
's Thriller video
in Los Angeles, California, USA. Auditions for dancers also begin on this day.
It is announced that 2 Live Crew
leader Luther Campbell has paid filmmaker George Lucas more than $300,000 in an out-of-court settlement, and has also agreed to stop using the name Luke Skyywalker. Some months earlier, Lucasfilm Ltd. had filed a $300m federal trademark infringement lawsuit
against Campbell, who had been performing under the name Luke Skyywalker. Lucasfilm asserted that despite the two Ys, the name was too similar to their Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
's bustier is stolen from a display in Frederick's of Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. A US$1,000 reward is offered for its return.
Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
's star is unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Backsteet Boys begin their Into The Millennium
tour, with the first of two nights at the Belgium Expo, Ghent, Belgium, Europe.
announce that their drummer Stuart Cable, a founder member of the band, has been sacked because of lack of commitment to the band.
A DVD of the Raymond Briggs' animated movie When The Wind Blows
is released by Channel Four Video in the UK. The movie features a soundtrack by Roger Waters
The film North Country
, starring Charlize Theron, is released in Austria, Italy, Sweden and Iceland. The movie features several Bob Dylan
songs, including the newly-recorded Tell 'Ol Bill.
attends The Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, Europe.
The music biopic Get On Up
, based on the life of James Brown
, opens at cinemas in Argentina, South America.