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Vera Ellen Westmeier Rohe is born in Norwood, Ohio, USA. She will find success as Broadway and Hollywood dancer and singer Vera-Ellen, appearing in films including White Christmas and On The Town.
The Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers record Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn for Brunswick Records at the Merchandise Mart studios in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On Christmas Day, for reasons never conclusively established, sharecropper Charlie Lawson murders his wife and six of his seven children at their farm on Brook Cove Road in Germanton, North Carolina, USA, before shooting himself in the woods nearby. This terrible tragedy will inspire the 1930 song The Murder Of The Lawson Family by The Carolina Buddies
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.
Perry Como records It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas, in New York City, USA, for RCA Records.
Louis Armstrong With The Commanders records Zat You, Santa Claus?, Cool Yule, Someday You'll Be Sorry and The Gypsy, for Decca 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.
The final day of deejay Alan Freed's ten-day-long Christmas Rock'n'Roll Spectacular, at Lowe's Theater, New York City, USA. stars Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Jackie Wilson, The Everly Brothers, Johnnie Ray, Frankie Avalon and The Moonglows.
The Rebel Rousers, The Deltones, The Black Hawks and The Skyliners play in the Christmas Eve Rock Special at Lathom Hall, Liverpool, UK.
Cliff Richard sings Living Doll on tv in Hughie Green's Christmas Day Special in the 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.
During a break in the filming of Wild In The Country, Elvis Presley spends Christmas at home in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, with Priscilla Beaulieu.
Neil Sedaka, Dion, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony, The Skyliners, Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vee and Dante And The Evergreens play the seventh of ten days in the Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Ray Anthony And The Bookends record Christmas Kisses for Capitol Records in the USA.
The Christmas No1 single in the USA and Canada is The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens.
Gary 'US' Bonds, Timi Yuro, Joey Dee And The Starliters, The Isley Brothers, Jan And Dean, Bobby Lewis, The Crystals, 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.
The Christmas-oriented compilation album Jingle Bell Jazz is released by Columbia Records in the USA, featuringtracks by Chico Hamilton, Paul Horn, The Manhattan Jazz All-stars and others.
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.
Popular accordionist Frankie Yankovic releases the album Christmas Party, on Columbia Records in the USA.
The Drifters complete a three day recording session in New York City, USA, during which they have recorded three songs, Spanish Lace, The Christmas Song and I Remember Christmas, for Atlantic Records.
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 third 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 third of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Leeds, England, UK.
Patti Page records Christmas Bells and Pretty Snow Flakes with producer Bob Johnson in Columbia Recording Studio A, 799 7th Avenue, New York City, USA.
Paul McCartney of The Beatles gives Unforgettable, a specially made Christmas Record, manufactured as a limited edition of four copies, to his girlfriend Jane Asher, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
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.
Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees are in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, with their manager Robert Stigwood during a week of business discussions.
The Beatles release their Seventh Christmas Record in the UK and USA simultanously, on Lyntone Records.br>
Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris becomes the Christmas No1 single in the UK.
The two-day Pilton Pop, Folk And Blues Festival begins at Worthy Farm, Pilton, in The Vale Of Avalon, Somerset, UK. The 1,500 fans who attend pay £1 each to see T.Rex, Amazing Blondel, Quintessence, Stackridge, Sam Apple Pie, Keith Christmas, Ian Anderson and Al Stewart over the course of the two day event, which includes free milk from the farm owned by festival organiser Michael Eavis. The event is, in effect, the first Glastonbury Festival.
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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.
Three armed intruders break in to Johnny Cash's holiday home, Cinnamon Hill, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean, and rob the assembled Cash family and guests of an estimated $35,000 – $50,000 in cash and jewellery, plus 175 pairs of shoes intended as donations for a local orphanage for Christmas. Two of the men are later caught at Montego Bay airport waiting for a flight to Miami, and will eventually die while in police custody.
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It is announced by RCA Records that David Bowie has departed for the South Seas of the Pacific where he is to begin filming Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence.
Last Christmas by Wham! is awarded a UK platinum single by the BPI.
B.B. King plays Merry Christmas Baby for an audience including Pope John Paul II and sundry assembled cardinals during a concert at The Vatican, Rome, Italy, Europe. Before the show King was granted an audience with The Pope, during which he gave one of his treasured 'Lucille' guitars to the pontiff.
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 reported on the ISIS website that Bob Dylan recorded an album of Christmas songs in May, 2009, at Jackson Browne`s Groove Masters studio in Santa Monica, California, USA. It is, however, not known if it will be released.
Former Spice Girls member Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, and husband David Beckham, have tv chef Gordon Ramsay round for christmas dinner in their home.
LCD Soundsystem play at Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California, USA, with guests Hot Chip and Sleigh Bells.
George Michael releases an updated version of his Christmas song, December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas), though his website.
Annie Lennox appears on UK tv show Breakfast (BBC1) to promote the release of her new album, A Christmas Cornucopia.
Michael Buble releases a new album, Christmas, in the USA.
Justin Bieber switches on the Christmas lights at Westfield in London, UK. The event is overshadowed by recent claims from 20-year old Mariah Yeater that she gave birth to Bieber's son three months earlier. Bieber has agreed to take a paternity test.
Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, The Band Perry and Victoria Justice perform for US President Obama and his family at the 30th annual Christmas in Washington concert, in the National Building Museum, Washington DC, USA.
Justin Bieber spends Christmas at home with his family in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Pregnant Una Healy of The Saturdays spends Christmas in Ireland, but her fiancee Ben Foden remains in England.
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure reveal that an all-star group of contemporary rock and pop artists under the name of Band Aid 30 will shortly be recording a new version of Do They Know It's Christmas to raise money to fight the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.