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The four-part song In a Drear-Nighted December, with words by John Keats and music by John Pointer, is published by Musical Times Publications in the UK.
Johnny Marks is born in Mount Vernon, New York, USA. He will find success as a songwriter, specializing in Christmas songs - despite being Jewish. His hits will include Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and Run Rudolph Run.
Lord Executor records Christmas Is A Joyful Day, with Gerald Clark And His Caribbean Serenaders, in New York City, USA.
Vic Damone is playing during the Xmas holiday season at The Roxy, New York City, USA.
A new radio series Crazy People, begins on the BBC Home Srevice in the UK, featuring the comedy talents of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe plus The Ray Ellington Quartet, Max Geldray and The Stargazers. The show will later be re-named The Goon Show, and many of the songs specially written for the show (The Ying Tong Song, I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas etc) will become comedy classics.
The Perry Como Show on CBS-tv in the USA features 13-year old guest artist Jimmy Boyd singing his hit I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. When first released, Boyd's record had been banned in Boston, Massachgusetts, by the Roman Catholic Church on the grounds that it mixed sex with Christmas.
Seven year old Barry Gordon records novelty song Nuttin' For Christmas for MGM Records in New York City, USA.
Louis Armstong, with Benny Carter and His Orchestra, records Only You, Christmas In New Orleans, and other songs in Los Angeles, for Decca Records.
The Penguins have a recording session for Mercury Records in Los Angeles, California, USA, at which they tape A Christmas Prayer and Jingle Jangle.
Christmas Alphabet by popular vocalist Dickie Valentine enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No12. During a run of seven weeks on the chart, it will become the first Christmas song to reach No1 in the UK.
At Chess Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA, Chuck Berry records Merry Xmas Baby and Run Rudolph Run.
Eric Clapton is given a Grundig Cub reel-to-reel tape recorder for Christmas and begins singing into it, accompanied by records.
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Brenda Lee plays the third 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.
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.
Brenda Lee plays the sixteenth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Priscilla Beaulieu flies from Germany, Europe, to Idlewild Airport, New York State, USA, from where she travels on to Memphis, Tennessee, USA, to spend Christmas with Elvis Presley.
Connie Francis appears on Ed Sullivan's Christmas show on tv in the USA.
Dave Berry And The Cruisers, supported by The Liverbirds, play in The Xmas All-Nighter at The Esquire Club, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
The Beatles Christmas Show continues at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
The Beatles Christmas Show has its penultimate night 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.
The Hank Crawford Septet records Mellow Down, Merry Christmas Baby and Blues In Bloom, for Atlantic Records in New Yok City, USA.
Doris Day records White Christmas, Silver Bells, Snowfall and Be A Child At Christmas Time for her Columbia Records LP The Doris Day Christmas Album, in the USA.
The Beach Boys are recording Frosty The Snowman and other tracks for their Christmas Album in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On the same day that The Beach Boys make their debut on tv show Shindig! in the USA, performing their Christmas song Little Saint Nick, their leader Brian Wilson suffers a nervous breakdown aboard a plane headed for a concert at The Music Hall, Houston, Texas, USA.
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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 night of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Liverpool, 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 first of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Millie, Jess Conrad, Jimmy Wheeler and Des Lane play in the Christmas Pantomime at The Odeon, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Jimmy Dean records Yes, Patricia, There Is A Santa Claus in Columbia Recording Studio, 799 7th Avenue, New York City, USA.
Brenda Lee records White Christmas, Jingle Bells and Silent Night, with producer Owen Bradley, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Elvis Presley sends a Christmas card showing a nativity scene to Sheila Leyden in Merton Park, England, UK, Europe, with the return address showing the card was from Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Beatles' Third Christmas Record is sent out to members of the group's fan club in the UK and USA.
Kim Wilde is interviewed about her plans for 1986 during the Christmas special of the ITV show Razzmatazz in the UK.
The Top of the Pops 1985 Christmas Special in the UK is presented by John Peel, Janice Long, Steve Wright, Gary Davies and Dixie Peach. Artists appearing in the show include King performing Love And Pride, Colonel Abrams with Trapped; Alison Moyet – That Ole Devil Called Love, Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), Baltimora – Tarzan Boy, Billy Ocean – Suddenly, Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart and Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away.
In a show entitled Wham! This Christmas on BBC Radio One in the UK, deejay Mike Read talks to George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley about their career and music.
It is reported on the ISIS website that in May, 2009, Bob Dylan recorded an album of Christmas songs at Jackson Browne`s Groove Masters studio in Santa Monica, California, USA. It is, however, not known if it will be released.
It is announced that all of Bob Dylan's international royalties from his forthcoming album, Christmas In The Heart, will be donated to the World Food Programme and Crisis UK in perpetuity. Over the next Christmas period, Dylan's donations will provide 500,000 meals to school children in the developing world and 15,000 meals to homeless people in the United Kingdom through Crisis.
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 album, Treats, on Mom And Pop Music in the USA.
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.
On sales of just over 227,000, Michael Buble reaches No1 in the Billboard 200 Chart in the USA with his album, Christmas. Nickelback's new album, Here And Now, debuts at No2.
It is announced that Rod Stewart has signed a long-term worldwide recording deal with Universal Music Group and is planning an album of Christmas songs.
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.
Britney Spears spends Christmas Day with her boyfriend, Charlie Ebersol, and her sons Sean and Jayden.
On her Christmas Time Is Here tour, Sierra Hull plays at Tangled String Studios, Huntsville, Alabama, USA. The tour is partnered with Toys For Tots and/or a local food bank.
Mariah Carey is spending the Christmas period in Aspen, Colorado, USA, with her eight-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, and her boyfriend Bryan Tanaka.