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Christmas

Bing Crosby records the Irving Berlin composition White Christmas for Decca Records in Los Angeles. It will go on to become the best-selling song the world has ever known.
Re-released by Decca, Bing Crosby's definitive version of the Irving Berlin composition White Christmas returns to No1 in the Billboard Popular Singles Chart in the USA, thus becoming the only single with three separate runs at the top of the American charts.
When Artie Shaw and his Orchestra play at The Ritz Ballroom, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA, he draws an audience of 2,093 fans, which is hailed as, but isn't, a local record for a Christmas Day show.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. The position is achieved by amalgamating sales of versions of the song by crooner Bing Crosby and singing cowboy Gene Autry.
Victor Young, with The Jud Conlon Singers and The Singing Strings, records Littlest Angel's Christmas for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
An item in The Saturday Evening Post in the USA reveals that Irving Berlin
Peggy Lee records Ring Those Christmas Bells for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Louis Armstrong, with Benny Carter And His Orchestra, records Only You, Christmas In New Orleans, and other songs in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Decca Records.
Christmas Alphabet by popular vocalist Dickie Valentine reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
Bing Crosby stars in the fourth of his annual CBS radio specials A Christmas Sing With Bing in the USA.
Ninth day of deejay Alan Freed's ten-day-long Christmas Rock'n'Roll Spectacular, at Lowe's Theater, New York City, USA. starring Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Jackie Wilson, The Everly Brothers, Johnnie Ray, Frankie Avalon and The Moonglows.
Sonny Boy Williamson 2 records Checking Up On My Baby, Open Road, Santa Claus and I Can't Do Without You, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records. His band includes Otis Spann on piano.
Just in time for Christmas, 19 year old Chubby Checker learns that the Philadelphia Orphans Court, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, has raised his weekly allowance from $150 to $200. With three Top 40 dance hits already under his belt, Chubby may get by without the raise.
The Bing Crosby radio special, A Christmas Sing With Bing, is transmitted in the UK by the BBC Light Programme.
Clay Cole's Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show plays the fifth of ten days at The Brooklyn Paramount, New York City, USA, featuring Neil Sedaka, Dion, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony, The Skyliners, Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vee and Dante And The Evergreens.
Brenda Lee plays the fourth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Brenda Lee plays the fifth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Bob Dylan records I Was Young When I Left Home, while visiting Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA for the Christmas period. The song is based on the traditional folk song 500 Miles.
Country music songwriter Harlan Howard and his wife, the singer Jan Howard, give their boys a collie for Christmas. They name the puppy Bucko, for Buck Owens.
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.
Eddie Fisher writes a letter to Elvis Presley and his manager Colonel Parker at Paramount Studios , Los Angeles, California, USA, thanking them for their Christmas card.
Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby record We Wish You The Merriest and Go Tell It On The Mountain, for Reprise Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beach Boys record Frosty The Snowman and I'll Be Home For Christmas for their Christmas Album at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beach Boys release a new single, The Man With All The Toys, on Capitol Records in the USA.
The KQV Christmas Shower of Stars, in The Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, features Roy Orbison, Jackie Wilson, The Shangri-Las and more.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays the fifth of seven nights as part of the Christmas Holiday Spectacular Show in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Another Beatles Christmas Show, hosted by UK radio deejay Jimmy Savile, and featuring The Beatles, The Yardbirds, Freddie And The Dreamers, Sounds Incorporated and Elkie Brooks, continues its seasonal run at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
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Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly, The Rustiks, The Remo Four and Danny Williams appear in the second of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Leeds, England, UK.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly, The Rustiks, The Remo Four and Danny Williams appear in the last of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Leeds, UK.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly, The Rustiks, The Remo Four and Danny Williams appear in the second of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at the Odeon, Glasgow, Scotland.
Tennessee Ernie Ford records Little Gray Donkey, What Child Is This and The Virgin's Slumber Song, in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beatles record their 1966 Fan Club Christmas Record - Pantomime : Everywhere It's Christmas – at the home of music publisher Dick James, New Oxford Street, London, UK.
Big Brother And The Holding Company, including Janis Joplin, hold their Christmas Party at Sokol Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Homer And Jethro record Rudolph The Flat-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Bay, Ornaments, Santa's Movin' On, All I Want For Christmas Is My Upper Plate and Santa Claus The Original Hippie, in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Buck Owens And His Buckaroos record One Of Everything You Got, Good Old Fashioned Country Christmas and The Jolly Christmas Polka at Capitol Tower recording Studio, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Frank Sinatra records The Christmas Waltz, The Twelve Days Of Christmas and The Bells Of Christmas, for Reprise Records in the USA.
A party for children of staff and friends is held at the Apple Building in London, UK. John Lennon of The Beatles and Yoko Ono both appear as Father Christmas.
Bob Dylan spends Christmas at home in Woodstock, New York State, with George Harrison of The Beatles as a house guest.
Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris becomes the Christmas No1 single in the UK.
CBGB's Club in New York City, USA, continues its Christmas Rock Festival, with the second of two nights featuring The Ramones and Mink De Ville.
Malice, later to be known as The Cure, perform live for the school Christmas Concert at St Wilfrid's Comprehensive, Crawley, UK.
The Annual Jingle Bell Jam, featuring David Bowling, Jimmy Damon and Shay Jones, takes place at Rizzo's Live, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Pete Doherty, The Kooks, Enter Shikari, UNKLE, Orbital, Billy Bragg, Imogen Heap, Dan Le Sac, Reverend Jon McClure, Crystal Fighters, Mr Hudson, Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots), The Big Pink, Coldcut, Does It Offend You Yeah?, Penguin Prison, Aeroplane, John Foxx, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Kilford The Music Painter gather at Dean Street Studios, Soho, London, UK, to re-record avant-garde musician John Cage's celebrated composition, 4'33", which comprises of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence. The aim is to make the silent single the UK's No1 song at Christmas.
The Black Keys, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Brandon Flowers, The Temper Trap, Neon Trees, Florence And The Machine, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros and Broken Bells play in the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show at Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, Los Angeles, California, USA. During Florence And The Machine's set, the venue's revolving stage is activated before they have finished playing, and the band disappears out of sight during Dog Days Are Over.
George Michael releases an updated version of his Christmas song, December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas), though his website.
LeAnn Rimes reveals via a Tweet that she and Eddie Cibrian became engaged over the Christmas holiday period.
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'.
Soul and jazz vocalist Clairdee holds her 11th Annual Christmas Eve Show at Yoshi's San Francisco, California, USA.
The BPI in the UK announces that vinyl is becoming increasingly popular as a music gift item and could help deliver more than 1m vinyl LP sales in this Christmas period - estimated up 26% on the same 4 weeks in 2016.
Carly Paoli releases a new single, My Christmas Dream Is You. All proceeds from sales and streams of the song go to the Soldiering On Awards, for which she is an ambassador.
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