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Musical comedy The Toreador is presented at The Gaiety Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, during a run of 675 performances.
Musical comedy The Girl From Kay's is playing at The Comedy Theatre, London, England, UK, during a run of just over one month.
Edith Giovanna Gassion is born in the Hospital Tenon in the Rue de Chine, Paris, France, Europe. She will grow up to become legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf, known as the 'little sparrow'.
Blind Alfred Reed records Explosion In The Fairmount Mines for RCA Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA. The song tells the tragic story of a mining disaster in 1907 which killed hundreds of miners in West Virginia.
Zal Yanovsky, guitarist with The Lovin' Spoonful, is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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.
Wynonie Harris records I Want My Fanny Brown for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The American-Yiddish musical revue Bagels And Yox is playing at The Holiday Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 208 performances.
John Gerrard McAvoy is born in Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK. Under the name Gerry McAvoy, he will earn acclaim playing bass with The Rory Gallagher Band, Nine Below Zero, Band of Friends and others.
The Clovers record One Mint Julep, In The Middle Of The Night and Comin' On for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
Sonny Thompson And His Orchestra are playing during a string of dates in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Hank Williams plays at The Skyline Club, Austin, Texas, USA.
The Stargazers star in Have One With The Stargazers [The Good Wholesome Beer Programme], on Pan-European radio station Radio Luxembourg.
Little Willie John releases a new single, No Regrets, on King Records, in the USA.
Frank Sinatra records A Foggy Day, Let's Fall In Love and other tracks during his first session for his new label, Reprise Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The stage musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, starring Rudy Vallee, is playing at the 46th Street Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1,417 performances.
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.
Lambert, Hendricks And Ross are playing during a two-week engagement at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Emergency Civil Liberties Committee sends out a letter to all attendees of the recent dinner at which Bob Dylan was, controversially, given The Tom Paine Award by for his work to advance civil rights. The letter defends the Committee's decision to confer the award on Dylan.
The Emergency Civil Liberties Committee sends out a letter to all attendees of the recent dinner at which Bob Dylan was, controversially, given The Tom Paine Award by for his work to advance civil rights. The letter defends the Committee's decision to confer the award on Dylan.
Having been banned by many radio and TV stations in the USA, Lena Horne's racial integration plea, Now, is released in the UK. The BBC and ITV both decide not to ban it.
The Pretty Things play at The Palais, Peterborough, UK.
Dick Dale And The Del-Tones play at Ciro's, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beatles' new album, Beatles For Sale, reaches No1 in the UK, displacing A Hard Day's Night.
The Beatles compilation album, A Collection Of Beatles Oldies, is released in France on Odeon Records.
The rock musical Hair (which includes a scene with a fully nude cast) is presented during a run of 1,997 performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe. The cast includes Marsha Hunt, Paul Nicholas, Sonja Kristina and Jimmy Winston.
John Gary opens for four weeks at The Fremont Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Trapeze play at The Park Hall Hotel, Wolverhampton, UK.
Swindon-born rock star Justin Hayward marries Marie Guirron. The Moody Blues' song Nights In White Satin is said to be about their relationship.
Dire Straits, Mike Oldfield, Roxy Music and Talking Heads play the first of two nights in Rock Pop In Concert at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany, Europe.
The Wiz, an all-black remake of The Wizard of Oz, starring Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow and Diana Ross as Dorothy, is released in Finland.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play the first of two nights at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the fourth of eight non-consecutive nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.
B.B. King plays Merry Christmas Baby for an audience including Pope John Paul II and sundry assembled cardinals during a concert at The Vatican, Rome, Italy, Europe. Before the show King was granted an audience with The Pope, during which he gave one of his treasured 'Lucille' guitars to the pontiff.
Police officers in Macon, Georgia, USA, are called out to the home of Ronnie Hammond, lead singer for the southern rock band The Atlanta Rhythm Section. Hammond is threatening to commit suicide and is evidently suffering an emotional breakdown following a broken relationship.
Einsturzende Neubauten play at Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Not Breathing.
Billie Piper enters the UK pop singles chart with She Wants You, which will peak at No3.
The Bob Dylan compilation Essential Bob Dylan is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
American tv music mogul Dick Clark files a $10m lawsuit against Grammy Awards President C. Michael Greene|. Clark feels that The Grammy Awards deliberately ignore musicians including Michael Jackson and Britney Spears who have appeared on Clark's American Music Awards just before The Grammies.
The Hush Sound play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Joe Satriani plays at the Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Status Quo come to the end of a UK tour at St. George's Hall, Bradford.
Muse play at Bassendean Oval, Perth, Australia, supported by Biffy Clyro.
Jade Maze plays at Hyde Park Union Church, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at La Cigalle, Paris, France, Europe.
To dispel widespread rumours that he had been found unconscious in a room at the Empress Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, Jon Bon Jovi posts a picture of himself on Twitter with a Christmas tree in the background and holding a note that reads, 'Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey. Dec 19th 2011 6.00'.
Rufus and Martha Wainwright's Christmas 101, featuring Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, with guests including Van Dyke Parks, Emmylou Harris and Maria Muldaur, plays at The Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, USA.
Adele is named Entertainer Of The Year by the Associated Press, coming in at No1 ahead of Taylor Swift and Psy in the poll which is voted for by 137 editors and broadcasters employed by the global news service.
Andrew Bird plays at The First Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Bula Quo Tour, Status Quo play at Newcastle Arena, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.