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Bent Fabricius-Bjerre is born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He will find international success as a jazz pianist and filmscore composer under the name Bent Fabric, notably for his hit single Alley Cat in 1961.
Billed as "100% all talking", the film extravaganza musical comedy Glorifying the American Girl is released to cinemas in the USA. With songs by Irving Berlin, Walter Donaldson and Rudolf Friml, it stars Mary Eaton and includes cameo appearances by Rudy Vallee, Helen Morgan, Eddie Cantor, Texas Guinan and Irving Berlin.
Al Bowlly, accompanied by Ray Noble And His All-Star American Orchestra, performs Now, Little Old Lady, There's Something In The Air, Easy To Love and I'll Forsake All Others on the radio show, Coty Salute To Youth in the USA.
The musical revue Boys And Girls Together, with music by Sammy Fain, is playing at The Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 191 performances.
Over 350 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes launch a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, killing 2,402 people and wounding a further 1,282. The attack will lead directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. Numerous patriotic songs will be inspired by this attack, notably Remember Pearl Harbour, a major hit for bandleader Sammy Kaye. Country music singer and songwriter Carson Robison recorded two; Remember Pearl Harbour [a different song with the same title] and We're Gonna Have To Slap The Dirty Little Jap, while bluesman Pete 'Doctor' Clayton released Pearl Harbour Blues.
The musical comedy Annie Get Your Gun, by Irving Berlin, is presented during a run of 1,147 performances at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
The musical comedy, Call Me Madam, with music by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, is playing at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 644 performances.
Webb Pierce records I'll Go On Alone for Decca Records in Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Connie Francis plays the seventh night of a four-week season at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
The album Merry Christmas by Johnny Mathis is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Jim And Jesse and The Virginia Boys record Gosh, I Miss You All The Time, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for Columbia Records.
The musical Kean, based on the life of 18th Century Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean, is playing at The Broadway Theater, New York City, USA, during a run of 92 performances.
Wanda Jackson is playing at the recently-opened Loon Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
At the EMI Annual General Meeting in London, England, UK, Europe, Chairman Sir Joseph Lockwood reports that in the first half of the year, sales of all products reached $231m, about two-fifths of that total being made up of record sales.
Ricky Nelson (aka Rick Nelson) records Poor Loser and Congratulations in Master Recorders, 533 North Fairfax Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session features James Burton, Glen Campbell and Jerry Puckett [gtrs], Joe Osborn [bass], Richie Frost [drums] and Ray Johnson [piano].
Del Shannon releases a new single, Little Town Flirt, on Big Top Records in the USA.
The Righteous Brothers release a new single, Little Latin Lupe Lu, on Moonglow Records in the USA.
King Curtis is playing during a two-week season at The Latin Casino, Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Folksinger Paul Sykes is appearing at The Ice House, Pasadena, California, USA.
Sonny Boy Williamson II plays at the Star Club, Croydon, England, UK, Europe, backed by The Yardbirds.
Gene Vincent, backed by Sounds Incorporated, performs Suzie Q, Good Golly Miss Molly, She She Little Sheila and Roll Over Beethoven on the BBC radio show Saturday Club in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Billy J. Kramer Pop Parade tour, featuring Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, The Caravelles, The Fourmost, Houston Wells, Tommy Quickly and The Marauders plays at The Odeon, Bolton, England, UK, Europe.
Duncan Miller of 80s pop hopefuls Blue Mercedes is born in London, UK.
The Max Roach Trio records Hope So Elmo, Off My Back Jack, Play Not Play Not and To Inscribe, for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
Sergio Mendes records The Girl From Ipanema, Useless Panorama and Sambinha Bossa Nova for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA. The tracks will appear on his album Sergio Mendes - The Swinger From Rio.
The Dave Clark Five play in Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays at The Town Hall, Birmingham, UK.
The stage musical Man Of La Mancha is playing at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of almost two and a half years.
The Adderley Smith Blues Band plays at Catcher, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Otis Redding completes a two day recording session in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, during which he cuts [Sittin' On] the Dock Of The Bay. The song was written while Otis was staying on a houseboat in Sausalito, California, USA, overlooking San Francisco Bay.
Jeff Beck plays the third of four nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA, with Spirit as support.
Neil Diamond's fifth album, Touching You, Touching Me, is certified as a gold disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Andy Fairweather Low plays at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales.
Bob Dylan plays at the Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Clive Gregson Band plays at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Rhythm Sheds.
Brighton-based band Live Sex release their debut LP, An Expression Of Faith, on Hopewell Records in the UK.
English anarcho-punk band Conflict plays at The Hope And Anchor, Islington, London, England, UK, Europe.
Savatage release their debut LP, Sirens, on Music For Nations in the UK. It had been released two years earlier in the USA.
George Melly And John Chiltern's Feetwarmers play at The Half Moon, Putney, London, England, UK, Europe.
CBS tv in the USA broadcasts the 10th Anniversary Johnny Cash Christmas Special, featuring guests Jerry Lee Lewis and Larry Gatlin, along with Roseanne Cash and June Carter Cash.
Renowned British jazz trumpeter Kenny Baker dies in Felpham, West Sussex, UK, aged 78, after suffering from a viral infection for more than three weeks.
Ozric Tentacles, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Litmus play at The Marquee, Islington, London, England, UK.
Bon Iver plays at The Apollo Victoria Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Johnny Hallyday, known for many years as 'The French Elvis', seeks medical help in Los Angeles, California, USA, where he "presented himself to casualty with shivers and back pains". After examination and tests it is concluded that he is suffering from excessive alcohol consumption and respiratory problems linked to a life of heavy smoking. Soon after, to alleviate the symptoms, Hallyday is placed in a coma.
The Horrors play at The Bataclan, Paris, France, Europe.
Status Quo And Special Guests play at The City Hall, Sheffield, UK.
The three-day-long All Tomorrow's Parties festival, curated by The National, begins at Camber Sands Holiday Centre, East Sussex, UK. Artists appearing over the three days of festival include The Kronos Quartet, The Antlers, Deerhoof, Owen Pallett, Michael Rother presents the music of Neu! And Harmonia, Menomena, Local Natives, Boris, Kurt Vile And The Violators, Nico Muhly, Stars Of The Lid, Tim Hecker, Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten, Bear In Heaven, Youth Lagoon, Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Kathleen Edwards, Lower Dens, Wild Beasts, The Philistines JR, Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus, Ethan Lipton, Hauschka, Richard Reed Parry [Arcade Fire], Megafaun, Suuns, Dark Dark Dark, Buke and Gase, This Is The Kit, So Percussion, and Hayden.
The Albion Christmas Band releases a live LP, One For The Road, on Rooksmere Records in the UK.
Justin Bieber plays an intimate acoustic show, entitled An Evening With Justin Bieber, for 1,500 fans at Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ONtario, Canada.
On their 20th Anniversary Tour, Ash play at Lido, Berlin, Germany, Europe.