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Christmas

The song One Horse Open Sleigh, written by James Lord Pierpont is registered for copyright. It will, in due course, become better known as the Christmas standard Jingle Bells (1857)
Augustus Aiken is born in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. He will pursue a career under the name Gus Aiken as a jazz trumpet player, working with Louis Armstrong, Luis Russell and Charlie Johnson, as well as playing sessions on records by Mary Jackson, Eliza Christmas Lee, Daisy Martin, Lavinia Turner, Louise Vant, Essie Whitman, Lena Wilson, Ethel Waters, Clara Smith and Cindy Smith.
Frances Gumm and The Jess Stafford Orchestra perform a Christmas show at the Warner Bros Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA. Frances will find greater fame after a name-change to Judy Garland.
A radio broadcast on the NBC Red network in the USA, sponsored by Philip Morris, features Phil Duey, the Leo Reisman Orchestra and The Four Eton Boys performing songs including A Chapel In The Moonlight, Winter Wonderland, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, The Skater's Waltz, Jingle Bells and Silent Night.
The Nat 'King' Cole Trio records The Christmas Song for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Oklahoma Ramblers, featuring Lee Lumpkins And the vocal trio, play in the Christmas Dance at The Skyview Club, near Lawton, Oklahoma, USA.
Mario Lanza, with the Jeff Alexander Choir, records We Three Kings Of Orient Are and The Lord's Prayer in Republic Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Perry Como records I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, for RCA Victor Records in The Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
Seven year old Barry Gordon records novelty song Nuttin' For Christmas for MGM Records in New York City, USA.
Bing Crosby stars in the first of his annual CBS radio specials A Christmas Sing With Bing in the USA.
Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) by Adam Faith enters the UK Top Ten Singles chart at No9.
Clay Cole's Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show plays the third 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.
Clay Cole's Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show plays the fourth 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.
Clay Cole's Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show plays the ninth 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.
Billboard magazine in the USA reports that Christmas-themed LPs are dominating the new entries appearing on this week's album charts. Albums such as Merry Christmas by Johnny Mathis, Christmas Music by Mantovani and Lanza Sings Christmas Carols by Mario Lanza have all charted high.
Elvis Presley is spending Christmas at The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Phil Spector is producing tracks for his album A Christmas Gift For You (aka The Phil Spector Christmas Album) in Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys drops in today, and plays piano on Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
The album Christmas With Coniff by Ray Coniff is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
The Beatles Christmas Show continues at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
The Beatles Christmas Show comes to the end of its run at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
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 have a recording session in Los Angeles, California, USA, working on the track Little Honda, and further material for their Christmas Album.
The Beach Boys are working on Santa Claus Is Coming To Town and other tracks for their Christmas Album at Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The first Motown Christmas Show continues in The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA, with the fourth day of a week of four live shows a day featuring The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes.
The first Motown Christmas Show continues in The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA, with the last day of a week of four live shows a day featuring The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes.
Another Beatles Christmas Show continues at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK. The show also features Freddie And The Dreamers, The Yardbirds, Sounds Incorporated, The Mike Cotton Sound and Elkie Brooks.
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 fifth of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Glasgow, Scotland.
Liza Minnelli, Vic Damone and The Animals star in the television musical The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood, featuring songs by Jule Styne and Robert Merrill, on ABC-tv in the USA.
A Cliff Richard tv special, Cliff Richard's Christmas Cheer is shown in the UK, also featuring The Shadows and Frank Ifield.
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by The Supremes peaks at No1 in the singles chart in Singapore, Asia.
Seminal San Francisco hippy band Big Brother And The Holding Company play at their own Christmas party in Lagunitas, California, USA.
Frank Sinatra records Cycles, My Way Of Life and Whatever Happened To Christmas, for Reprise Records in New York City, USA.
The first Glastonbury Festival comes to an end in The Vale Of Avalon, Somerset, UK. The 1,500 fans who attended have paid £1 each to see Marc Bolan, Stackridge, Amazing Blondel, Quintessence, Keith Christmas and Al Stewart over the course of the two day event, which included free milk from the farm owned by festival organiser Michael Eavis.
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Midge Ure of Band Aid (and Ultravox) travels to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Africa, with the first shipment of relief supplies funded by sales of Do They Know It's Christmas.
The Pogues play their Christmas Special Show at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Lindisfarne Christmas Show is playing at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
The hit single Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid II is awarded a platinum disc in the UK by the BPI.
Barry Manilow releases Because It's Christmas, the first of his three Christmas albums, on Arista Records in the USA.
Michael Jackson, limping from a spider bite, returns to court in Santa Maria, California, USA, to testify in the Marcel Avram Millenium concerts lawsuit. Reporters pepper Jackson with questions but he answers all queries with the words "Merry Christmas".
Sleigh Bells release a new album, Treats, on Mom And Pop Music in the USA.
Annie Lennox releases a new album, A Christmas Cornucopia on CD in the UK.
Victoria And Jacob, Goodluck Jonathan, Oh! Gunquit!, Rum Shebeen and Ilia Darlin play in Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, UK, to mark the switching on of Camden's Christmas Lights.
Train release a new single, Shake Up Christmas, in the UK.
Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and their children spend Christmas Day in Aspen, Colorado, USA, before jetting off to Australia where Carey is to begin a tour.
It is announced that Adele's second album, 21, has become the most returned and exchanged Christmas gift of 2012. 47,315 copies of the album were traded in by users of the MusicMagpie website on Christmas day. Second place went to Our Version Of Events by Emeli Sande [41,038 returns] and Up All Night by One Direction [37,846 returns].
Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs, Rizzle Kicks, Naughty Boy, Tinie Tempah, James Arthur and Union J play at The Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball, The O2 Arena, London, UK.
On his Jeb's Teetotal Pub Crawl tour, Jeb Loy Nichols plays at Heavenly Social Christmas Market, London, England, UK.
On her Christmas Time Is Here tour, Sierra Hull plays at Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The tour is partnered with Toys For Tots and/or a local food bank.
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