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Billy Hayes is born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He will find success as a songwriter, his best-known hit being Blue Christmas, recorded by Elvis Presley and many others.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by singing cowboy Gene Autry reaches No1 in the Billboard Best-Sellers In Stores chart in the USA. It will go on to sell 2.5m copies in its first year, eventually reaching a total of 25m, becoming the second best-selling record of all time until the 1980s.
Lindsay Crosby, with John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra, records That's What I Want For Christmas and Dear Mr. Santa Claus for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. Lindsay Crosby is the son of Bing Crosby.
Bill Monroe releases a new single, First Whippoorwill / Christmas Time
Singing cowboy Gene Autry records Sleigh Bells and I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus, for Columbia Records in Hollywood, California, USA.
British singing star Alma Cogan appears in a Christmas pantomime, Aladdin, at The Empress Theatre, Brixton, London, UK.
Radio deejay Al Priddy of KEX in Portland, Oregon, USA, is fired for violating the station's ban against playing Elvis Presley's version of White Christmas, which had been deemed irreligious by the management.
Bing Crosby stars in the third of his annual CBS radio specials A Christmas Sing With Bing in the USA.
Top British jazz trombonist Chris Barber records Swipsy Cakewalk, Reindeer Ragtime Two-Step and Georgia Cakewalk, in London, UK.
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.
Teddy Randazzo, Molly Bee, Jo-Ann Campbell and Carding Cruz with his 24-piece orchestra play at Araneta Coliseum, The Philippines, Asia, during The Christmas Cavalcade Of International Stars.
Brenda Lee plays the thirteenth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms peaks at No3 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Gary 'US' Bonds, Timi Yuro, Joey Dee, Bobby Lewis, The Isley Brothers, Jan And Dean, The Crystals, The Belmonts, The Vibrations and The Chantels play in Murray The K's Gigantic Christmas Show at the Academy Of Music, New York City, USA. Dion headlines today's show, which is the last of the series.
Paul Anka plays the last night of a Christmas season residency at the Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Little Stevie Wonder continues with his Christmas season booking at L'Olympia, Paris, France.
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 are recording Merry Christmas Baby and other tracks for their Christmas album in Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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 Beach Boys release a new single, The Man With All The Toys, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays the fifth of seven nights as part of the Christmas Holiday Spectacular Show in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays the last of seven nights as part of the Christmas Holiday Spectacular Show in Seattle, Washington, USA.
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.
Following today's second performance of Another Beatles Christmas Show' at the Hammersmith Odeon, The Beatles visit the annual Boat Show, Earl's Court, London, UK, after the event has been closed to the general public.
Jimmy Dean records Yes, Patricia, There Is A Santa Claus in Columbia Recording Studio, 799 7th Avenue, New York City, USA.
The Bee Gees switch on the Xmas illuminations in Carnaby Street, London, UK.
Georgie Fame continues with his three-week long Christmas engagement at the Mayfair Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
Badfinger play a few songs live at The Beatles' Apple Records Christmas Party in London, UK.
Robbie Bachman of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is given a drum kit for Christmas. He will eventually become the drummer for Country Joe And The Fish, Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks, Cat Mother, Jamilla Salin-Tour and the Bal-Anat Dancers perform in the Second Annual Christmas Celebrations at Pacific High Recorders, San Francisco, California, USA.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, enters the UK Top 50 Singles Chart where it will peak at No43 during a three-week stay.
Bing Crosby records Christmas Star and We Love Old St. Mary's in San Francisco, California, USA, for inclusion in an LP issued to benefit Old St Mary's Church, San Francisco.
The hit single Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid II is awarded a platinum disc in the UK by the BPI.
Bob Dylan releases his Christmas album, Christmas In The Heart.
Rage Against the Machine reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Killing In The Name, thus ending tv-pop mogul Simon Cowell's four year domination of the Christmas number one slot. A well-orchestrated Facebook campaign helped the Californian nu-metallers outsell The Climb by X-factor winner Joe McEdlerry.
Sleigh Bells release a new single, Tell 'Em on Columbia Records in the UK.
Yeasayer record their album Live at Ancienne Belgique, at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium. The album will be released online just before Christmas on a 'pay however much you like' basis.
Miranda Cosgrove, Matthew Morrison, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox and Andrea Bocelli join President Obama and his family at the 2010 Christmas in Washington concert in Washington, DC, USA.
Nicki Minaj, Lloyd Banks and Fabolous play at the Hot 97 Christmas Concert in the Paradise Theater, New York City, USA.
Michael Buble releases a new album, Christmas, in Ireland, Europe.
Jazz vocalist Michael Buble releases a new album, Christmas, in the USA.
Katy Perry and her new boyfriend John Mayer attend a performance of A Christmas Story: The Musical on Broadway in New York City, USA. This marks the first time the pair have appeared in public as a romantically-linked couple.
Dave Koz And Friends play in their Christmas In San Francisco show at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Harry Styles of One Direction spends Christmas in Cheshire, UK, with his family.
Soul and jazz vocalist Clairdee holds her 11th Annual Christmas Eve Show at Yoshi's San Francisco, California, USA.
OutKast play on the last day of The CounterPoint 2014 festival, Kingston Downs, Rome, Georgia, USA. Also on today's bill are Thievery Corporation, Run The Jewels, Tycho, Sleigh Bells, Flux Pavilion and others.
Idina Menzel releases a Christmas-themed LP, Holiday Wishes, on Warner Bros. in the UK.
Editors, The Charlatans and Slow Club play a special Christmas charity show at Union Chapel, London, England, UK, to mark charity organisation Save The Children’s 'Christmas Jumper Day'.
Something I Need by Ben Haenow reaches No1 in the UK Official Singles chart, making the Xmas No1 single of 2014. The song is a cover version of a One Republic track.
On his Jeb's Teetotal Pub Crawl tour, Jeb Loy Nichols plays at Heavenly Social Christmas Market, London, England, UK.