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Banjo player Vess L. Ossman records Peace Forever March for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Billed as "The Premier of Modern Minstrelsy", Lew Sully is appearing at The Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. Also on the bill are popular contralto Miss Julia Heinrich and Mlle. Chester with her "$10,000 Statue Dog".
The 1st Academy Awards are presented at a private dinner in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, California, USA. Warner Brothers Production receive an 'honorary award' for 'producing The Jazz Singer, the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revolutionized the industry'. Tickets cost $5 and only 270 people attend the fifteen minute-long event.
Alex McEwan, sixth Laird of Bardrochat in Carrick is born in Marchmont, Polwarth, Scotland. He will come to prominence in the 1950s as a folk-singer and recording artist. He and his brother Rory McEwan will appear regularly on the BBC current affairs programme tonight.
Jazz vocalist Lee Wiley, accompanied by Bud Freeman and His Summa Cum Laude Orchestra, makes a live radio broadcast from the Panther Room at The Hotel Sherman, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, with music by Jule Styne, and starring Carol Channing, is presented at The Ziegfeld Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 740 performances.
David Alan Friedman is born. He will find success as a filmscore composer, mainly for feature-length Disney animations, but will also write songs for , Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Petula Clark and others.
Guy Lombardo And His Orchestra are playing during a two-month stay at The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, USA.
The popular musical Guys And Dolls is running at The Shubert Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Frank Sinatra plays during a two week engagement at The Coconut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The musical revue New Faces Of 1952, opens at The Royale Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 365 performances. The revue is perhaps best remembered because it features Eartha Kitt making her Broadway debut with the spectacular song, Monotonous, based on real events in her life.
The musical Irma La Douce is running at The Plymouth Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It runs at The Plymouth for more than a year before transferring to The Alvin Theatre.
Barbra Streisand plays the eighth night in a month-long engagement at The Bon Soir Club, New York City, USA.
Jim Reeves plays a live gig in Roswell, New Mexico, USA.
Pat Boone records Speedy Gonzales, The Rains Came, Where Are You, Angel Talk and Going To New York, at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Guitar on the session is played by future country superstar Glen Campbell.
Ray Conniff, His Orchestra And Chorus record a medley of Christmas songs including Oh Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel and We Wish You A Merry Christmas, in CBS Recording Studio, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Hank Ballard And The Midnighters play the third of fourteen nights at The Roundtable Club, New York City, supported by Dale Hawkins.
Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley is the highest new entry in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, entering at No60.
Tommy Tucker releases a new single, Long Tall Shorty, which will become a live favourite for many UK bands, notably The Who.
Chuck Berry (backed by The Nashville Teens) plays at the Midlands Ballroom, Swadlincote, UK, supported by Carl Perkins (also backed by The Nashville Teens) and The Animals, Kingsize Taylor and The Dominoes, and The Swinging Blue Jeans.
Chapel Of Love by The Dixie Cups on Red Bird Records, co-written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector, enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
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The Manish Boys, (not yet including David Bowie), play at The Good Companions Club, Rochester, UK.
Country music guitarist Doc Watson and The Danny Kalb Quartet [later known as The Blues Project] play the eleventh of fifteen nights at The Gaslight Cafe, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Burt Bacharach marries actress Angie Dickinson in the Silver Bell wedding chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Free play at Mothers, Erdington, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Merle Haggard records Workin' Man Blues at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Spirit play the third of four nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, supported by Poco and Gypsy.
The Rolling Thunder Revue, a traveling cavalcade headed by Bob Dylan and featuring an ever-changing cast of his long-time musical comrades, continues its second leg at Tarrant County Convention Center Arena, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Some performances from this show will appear on the live album Hard Rain.
The musical Your Arms Too Short To Box With God is presented at The Lyceum Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will run on Broadway for 429 performances. The musical is based on the Biblical Book of Matthew.
Ray Charles plays at The Howard Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
In Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Dr. George C. Nichopoulous is indicted on fourteen charges of over-prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and others.
The Vapors release their new LP, New Clear Days, in the UK.
The Thompson Twins play at the University of London Union, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Any Trouble.
Paul McCartney releases a new LP, McCartney II, on Parlophone Records in the UK.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Randy California plays at The Royal, Guildford, England, UK, Europe.
The Big Heat play at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Starwood Amphitheatre, Antioch, Tennessee, USA.
The Stone Roses play at Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden, Europe.
Affection by Lisa Stansfield is certified as a gold album in Canada.
Fugazi play at The Country Club, Reseda, California, USA.
The studios and offices of Chess Records at 2120 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, are designated an official Chicago Landmark. Chess was the home of many of the most influential blues and rock'n'roll artists of the 50s and 60s including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Etta James and Howlin’ Wolf.
Saga play at The Music Hall, Worpswede, Germany, Europe.
The Neil Cowley Trio play at The Junction, Cambridge, England, UK.
Chuck Brown, known as The Godfather of Go Go, dies aged 75 of multiple organ failure following pneumonia, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Coldplay release their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and New Zealand.
In a posting on his website, Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 reveals that he has been in hopsital for most of the past month, suffering from the effects of alcoholism, including the collapse of his liver and kidneys.
Bobby McFerrin plays at Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Europe.
Lisa Stansfield plays at Le Trianon, Paris, France, Europe.