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The musical Fiddler On The Roof, starring Zero Mostel, is performed at The Majestic Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will run continuously (but at three different theatres) until 1972 notching up 3,242 performances.
The rock musical Your Own Thing is presented at The Orpheum Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 937 performances.
The musical Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, is performed at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, during a run of 1,847 performances.
The controversial hippy musical, Hair is playing at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1750 performances.
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.
The Paupers play at El Patio, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones begins the year on an extended holiday in Sri Lanka, Asia, with his girlfriend Suki Poitier.
Jimi Hendrix is working in The Record Plant, New York City, USA.
When Kirby Stone And Company play at The London House, Chicago, Illinois, USA, the performance is broadcast live on radio as part of the All-Star Parade Of Bands New Year Show.
Graeme Edge of The Moody Blues marries Carol Mayers.
Led Zeppelin are playing at Salem Armoury Auditorium, Salem, Oregon, USA. This is the most significant rock gig of this day, heralding the birth of heavy metal music which will flourish as 1969 proceeds.
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WRKO-FM radio in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, becomes Stereo 98.5, WROR, featuring Bill Drake's all-automated 'Hit Parade '69' format - a forerunner of what would later be called a 'gold-based' contemporary format, mixing rock'n'roll oldies with new releases.
George Harrison of The Beatles returns to London, England, UK, after having spent Christmas in Woodstock, New York State, USA, with Bob Dylan.
Hound Dog Taylor plays at Florence's Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Yes play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, supported by Octopus.
The Top Ten singles being played on KOIL Radio, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, for the week ended on this date are as follows :

1. Abraham, Martin And John - Dion

2. I Love How You Love Me - Bobby Vinton

3. Love Child – The Supremes

4. Soulful Strut – Young-Holt Unlimited

5. Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell

6. Stormy - Classics IV

7. Promises, Promises - Dionne Warwick

8. Gabriel - Billy Joe Royal

9. Vance - Roger Miller

10. Will You Be Staying After Sunday - Peppermint Rainbow

Leo Kottke plays at Scholar Coffeehouse, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Hot Tuna play a live set at KSAN Studios, San Francisco, California, USA.
A 1956 book of poetry by Leonard Cohen, entitled Let Us Compare Mythologies, is re-published.
Pink Floyd play at The Fishmongers' Arms, Wood Green, London, England, UK.
Popular Canadian band Mandala play their last show together, at the Hawk's Nest, Toronto, Canada.