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Tommy Christian And His Orchestra begin a three-month engagement at the Mounds Country Club, East St. Louis, Illinois, USA, operated by the notorious St. Louis gangster William Patrick 'Bow Wow' McQuillan.
Bernard William Jewry is born in London, UK. He will find fame first as UK pop idol Shane Fenton, then after a drastic image-revamp, as Alvin Stardust.
Hank Williams performs Nobody's Lonesome For Me and Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet on the fifteen minute long Mother
Hank Williams performs Everything's Okay on the fifteen minute long Mother
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.
Bing Crosby is heard singing Just The Way You Are, You And Your Beautiful Eyes, Hello My Baby, In My Merry Oldsmobile, Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon, Walkin' My Baby Back Home, You Made Me Love You and May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You on The Chesterfield Cigarettes Radio Show in the USA. Judy Garland, Bing's guest on the show, sings several of the tracks as duets with Bing. The show was pre-recorded in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA on 27 january.
Eddy Arnold records Heart Strings, Bundle Of Southern Sunshine, When You And I Were Young Maggie and A Sinner's Prayer, in RCA Victor Studio 1, 155 East 24th Street, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
The Church of Scientology is incorporated in California, USA. Numerous songs have been inspired by Scientology, a modern pseudo-religion, regarded by adherents as a genuine faith and a way of life, but by detractors as a transparently money-grubbing brainwashing cult. Frank Zappa's 1979 song A Token of My Extreme lampoons Scientology, as does Scientology WTF by MC Lars.
Country gospel duo Reno And Smiley play at WSVA-tv, Harrisonburg, Virgina, USA.
Rockabilly vocalist Wanda Jackson continues in a month-long season at the Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Neosha, Missouri, USA.
Little Richard releases a new single, Ride On King Jesus, on Mercury Records in the USA.
The Clefs Of Calvary record Save Me, Trouble Of This World and other tracks in their first session for Tru-Sound Records in New York City, USA.
Popular country-gospel vocalist and recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman is born in Paducah, Kentucky, USA.
The Greater Philadelphia Citizens Committee holds an event, The Sound Of Freedom, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, with Dr. Martin Luther King as guest speaker, and special musical performances by artists including Mahalia Jackson.
Last Kiss by J. Frank Wilson And The Cavaliers reaches No1 in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
Dion records My Babe, Kind Hearted Woman, The Devil's Got My Woman and other tracks, for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Roger Miller, with producer Jerry Kennedy, records Little Green Apples, When They Ring Those Golden Bells, Peace In The Valley and Whispering Hope, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. None of these tracks will be released.
The Weight, a classic single by The Band, peaks at No 63 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Oh Happy Day by The Edwin Hawkins Singers is released in the UK, Europe. It will become the first black gospel record to reach the UK Top Five.
Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Catch Bull At Four by Cat Stevens reaches No1 in the Kent Music Report Australian Albums Chart.
Harvey Jett, guitarist of southern boogie band Black Oak Arkansas, quits the band, moves to Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and determines to devote his life to Jesus.
On US tv show Saturday Night Live, Bob Dylan reveals that he has become a Born-again Christian. He sings three of his new Christian songs and, after the show, he is photographed with Mark David Chapman, who will kill John Lennon a year later.
Elton John releases a new single, Dear God. It bombs.
The Jesus And Mary Chain play at The Power Station, Melbourne, Florida, USA, supported by Nine Inch Nails.
The Flaming Lips release their fourth LP, In a Priest Driven Ambulance, on Restless Records in the USA.
Oasis release a new single, The Hindu Times, in the UK.
On their Vertigo tour, U2 play at GM Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
David Cassidy, David Essex, The Osmonds and Les McKeown's 70s Bay City Rollers play at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England, UK.
George Strait releases a new single, I Saw God Today, on MCA Records to radio in the USA.
Anne Wiggins Brown, the African-American soprano who starred as the original Bess in George Gershwin's landmark folk opera Porgy and Bess only to see her career limited by racial discrimination, dies aged 96.
U2's 360 tour plays the first of three nights at Croke Park, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
It is reported that Alice Cooper has been banned from playing an upcoming show in Finland, Europe, because, according to Harri Wiherkoski, managing director of the Tampere Areena Oy, "artists who express suspicious values from Christianity's point of view cannot be allowed to perform at the venue."
The DVD/Blu-Ray U2 360 At The Rose Bowl is released in Canada. The release features an October 2009 concert by U2 at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, USA. The concert was filmed using 27 high-definition camera, and was also broadcast live over the internet attracting nearly 10m viewers from 188 countries.
Yusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens, plays the second of two nights at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Biffy Clyro release a new single, God And Satan, in the UK on 14th Floor Records.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at The Angel Stadium Of Anaheim, Anaheim, California, USA, supported by Lenny Kravitz.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at The TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, supported by Interpol.
It is announced that a new religion, Kopimism, has been officially acknowledged by the Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet. Followers of Kopimism believe that file sharing or copying is a religious activity. The music industry, on the other hand, believes file sharing is a crime and prefers to call it internet piracy.
Bob Dylan plays in The Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile, South America.
A coastal footpath in Scarborough, UK, is renamed Savile's View. The path, near the former home of recently-deceased DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile, had been frequently used by the entertainer for exercise.
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.
Black metal musician and neo-nazi sympathiser Varg Vikernes, (a convicted murderer and former leader of Norwegian death metal band Burzum), is arrested at his farm in Southwestern France, Europe, because the French Ministry of the Interior deemed him "likely to prepare a large-scale act of terrorism." Two days later he will be released without charge.
On the Hell Not Hallelujah tour, Marilyn Manson plays at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan, Asia.
Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger play at The Soul Kitchen, Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger play at The Pageant, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger play at The Complex, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger play at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.