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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 stage musical On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Burton Lane, is playing at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 280 performances.
The Temptations release their third LP, The Temptin' Temptations on Gordy Records in the USA.
Kris Kristofferson arrives in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, where he takes a job as a janitor at the Columbia Recording Studios. The gig is an intermediate step before he becomes one of the town's most influential songwriters.
The Young Rascals play at The Phone Booth, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Judy Collins releases her fifth LP, cunningly entitled Fifth Album, on Elektra Records in the USA. The album includes three Bob Dylan compositions. It will peak at No. 69 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts. (N.B. Some sources claim this LP was released in September 1965)
Wilma Burgess releases her first hit, Baby, on Decca Records in the USA.
The Rolling Stones play at the War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York State, USA, supported by Patti Labelle And The Bluebelles plus The Rockin' Ramrods.
Jimmy James And The Vagabonds play at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Conway Twitty records Ribbon Of Darkness, Honky Tonk Man and other tracks at Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for Decca Records.
The Warlocks play at Pierre's, San Francisco, CA, USA. The group will find global success after a name change to The Grateful Dead.
The Byrds record He Was A Friend Of Mine at Columbia Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
In manager Don Arden's office in Carnaby Street, London, England, UK, Europe, Ian 'Mac' MacLagan is offered the job of keyboardist in The Small Faces. He accepts.
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Sonny Rollins plays at The Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland, Europe, during the Second Annual Helsinki Jazz Festival.
Frankie Avalon and Susan Hart set off on a promotional/press tour covering 18 cities in thirteen countries in support of their sci-fi spoof movie Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine. The film has a title song performed by The Supremes.
Sandie Shaw begins a three-week season at The Savoy Hotel restaurant room, London, England, UK, Europe. The opening night is roundly criticised by the music press. Her backing group for these dates is The Paramounts, later to find success as Procol Harum.
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The Supremes release two albums on the same day - first is the live set The Supremes At The Copa, and second is their seventh album, Merry Christmas on Motown Records in the USA.
Thelonious Monk plays the first of four nights at The Colonial Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Cliff Richard releases a new album, Love Is Forever, in Canada on Capitol Records.
TV show Hullaballoo in the USA features performances by The Lovin' Spoonful, Lesley Gore and Herman's Hermits.
TV rock show Where The Action Is in the USA features The Sunrays performing I Live For The Sun. Dionne Warwick appears on the same show.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys oversees recording of instrumental tracks for the songs In My Childhood (later changed to You Still Believe In Me) and Trombone Dixie, at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Who play at the Bluesville Club, St. Matthew's Baths Hall, Ipswich, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Peter Bardens Quartet. This was the only concert performed at this venue during 1965.
Wilma Burgess releases her first hit, Baby, on Decca Records in the USA.
Stu James And The Mojos play at Shoreline Club, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England, UK, Europe.
Gerry And The Pacemakers begin a week of shows at The Fiesta, Stockton, England, UK, Europe.
Jordan Christopher And The Wild Ones release the original version of the Chip Taylor composition Wild Thing, in the USA. The song will not become a hit until it is re-recorded six months later by British band The Troggs.
The first of two days is spent recording the TV special The Music Of Lennon and McCartney, at Studio 6, Granada TV Centre, Manchester, England, UK, Europe. Performing artists include The Beatles, Lulu, Billy J. Kramer, Peter Sellers, Cilla Black, Marianne Faithfull, Henry Mancini, Esther Phillips and Peter And Gordon.
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Bob Dylan plays at Kleinhan's Music Hall, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
The Yardbirds play at Bath Pavilion, Bath, England, UK, Europe.
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.