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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 musical Zizi is presented at The Broadway Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 49 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 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.
Mose Allison is headlining for three weeks at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Mel Torme is playing during two weeks at Mister Kelly's, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Al Martino is playing during three weeks at Basin Street East, New York City, USA.
The Supremes are playing during ten days at the Café Pompeii in the Eden Roc Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA.
The Biggest Show Of Stars For '65, featuring The Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha And The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Junior Walker And His All-Stars, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Kim Weston, Willie Tyler and Lester and The Choker Campbell Band) plays during a week of shows at The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Mary Wells is headlining at the Howard Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Musician, record producer, mixer and audio engineer Neal Avron is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will make his breakthrough as co-producer of Everclear's 1997 album So Much For The Afterglow before going on to produce/mix a string of successful albums from artists including Switchfoot, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, Weezer, You Me at Six and Anberlin.
Dizzy Gillespie plays with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in The Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The Generation, Group Rocamar and Grog And The Reefer play at The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Action play at The Birdcage, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Lothar and The Hand People play at The Mad Dog, Aspen, Colorado, USA.
The Blues Project, including Al Kooper, ends the year with a gig at the Café Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Lionel Hampton Orchestra plays in Nyack, New York State, USA.
The Doors play at a private party in Los Angeles, California, USA, for friends of guitarist Robby Krieger.
The Kingston Trio play the second of three nights at The Circle Star Theater, San Carlos, California, USA, supported by We Five.
The Beach Boys play in a 'New Year Spectacular" at UPS Field House, Tacoma, Washington, USA, with Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Yardbirds, The Beau Brummels, The Vegetables, Alexys and The Mojo Men (with Sly Stone one keyboards).
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The Fugs play a midnight show at The Bridge Theatre, 4 St. Mark's Place, New York City, USA.
Gary Farr and The T-Bones and The Mark Leeman Five play at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Judy Garland and her husband Mark Herron attend a New Year’s Eve party given by the English actress, author and screenwriter, Pamela Mason.
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, with Eric Clapton on lead guitar, play at Bluesville, Manor House, London, England, UK, Europe.
Ed Denson plays at The Jabberwock, Berkeley, California, USA.
Brian Poole And The Tremeloes embark on their third successive New Year tour of Scandinavia.
Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band play at The Flamingo Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Peter B's Looners. The Looners include guitarist Peter Green and drummer Mick Fleetwood, both of whom will become founder-members of Fleetwood Mac.
Sack of Woe plus Chris Boyle And The Look play at The Mexican Hat, Worthing, England, UK, Europe.
The Opposition play in Market Harborough Youth Club, Leicester, England, UK, Europe. John Deacon of The Opposition will, in due course, achieve international acclaim as the bass player of Queen.
Peter Wheat And The Breadmen and The Emeralds play in The Rollarena, San Leandro, California, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Booker Ervin plays in Doug’s Night Club, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones sends a signed personal letter to a fan in which he apologises for ending his letters with the phrase 'I must rush.' and for not being able to give the vendor his telephone number.
The Ramsey Lewis Trio release their version of The McCoys' hit Hang On Sloopy on Chess Records in the UK.
John Lennon of The Beatles and his wife Cynthia attend a party thrown by EMI staff producer and songwriter Norman Newell in 40 Montague Mansions, London, England, UK, Europe. Meanwhile, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, George Harrison and Pattie Boyd welcome in 1966 at a New Year's Eve party hosted by EMI executives in London.
UK pop newspaper the NME [New Musical Express] publishes its table of chart success for the year, in which 30 points are awarded for a No1 hit, 29 for a No2 and so on down to one point for a No30.

Artist Points

1. Rolling Stones 836

2. The Seekers 813

3. The Beatles 760

4. The Animals 656

5. Sandie Shaw 649

6. Cliff Richard 631

7. Ken Dodd 617

8. The Yardbirds 607

9. Manfred Mann 569

10. The Hollies 567

Ronnie Dio and the Prophets play at The Jacinta Lounge, Endwell, New York State, USA.
The Nashville Teens play at The Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Pentads.
Freddie Lennon, long-lost father of John Lennon of The Beatles, releases a single, That's My Life/The Next Time You Feel Important on Pye Records in the UK.
Freddie King, Bobby Crown And The Capers, James Brown Jr., plus exotic dancers Tammi True, Gale Raven and Miss Galore, play in The Texas Arthur Shindig a Go-Go at The Skyliner Ballroom, Jacksboro Highway, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Lulu and Chris Andrews appear on TV show The New Year Starts Here, a special edition of Ready Steady Go in the UK.
Yusef Lateef plays at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
At year's end, Beatles VI, The Beatles' seventh Capitol Records release in the United States, has sold 899,025 copies in that territory.
The Modernaires are playing during nine days at The Imperial Room of the Royal York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels play for the Gala New Year's Eve Party at The Hullabaloo Club, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz trumpeter Jonah Jones comes to the end of a series of show at The Rainbow Grill, New York City, USA.
The Small Faces play a gig in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
The Riot Squad play at The Greenford Hotel, Slough, Berkshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Mothers Of Invention, led by Frank Zappa, sign a recording contract with Verve/MGM Records in the USA.
Calne-based band The Pack play a New Year's Eve gig at the Top 20 Club, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Justin Hayward releases a new single, London Is Behind Me / Day Must Come on Pye Records in the UK. Hayward will find greater fame as a member of The Moody Blues.