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Christmas

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.
In the special Christmas edition of the MGM "Lion's Roar" radio program, broadcast by the 3AW network in Melbourne, Australia, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra are featured artists. The show is pre-recorded.
Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra, records White Christmas in New York City, USA.
Perry Como launches the Christmas Se al Campaign at The Town Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, by singing One Little Candle.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry records Sleigh Bells and I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus, for Columbia Records in Hollywood, California, USA.
The first record pressed in Columbia Records new 36,000 sq. ft. pressing plant on North Fruitridge Avenue in Terre Haute, Indiana, is Christmas With Arthur Godfrey. (N.B. the album had been released several months earlier)
Pete Miller And The Offbeats play in the Christmas Dance at Chantry Hall, Norwich, UK.
The album Merry Christmas by Johnny Mathis is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
A tv special, Tonight With Belafonte, starring Harry Belafonte, is broadcast by BBC-tv in the UK.
Joe Dowell, with Shelby Singleton as producer, records (I Wonder) Who's Spending Christmas With You, A Kiss For Christmas and The Sound Of Sadness, in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenues South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Brenda Lee plays the sixth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Brenda Lee plays the tenth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Brenda Lee plays the last night of a pre-Christmas season in the Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Ray Conniff, His Orchestra And Chorus record medleys of Christmas songs including We Wish You A Merry Christmas and The Little Drummer Boy, in CBS Recording Studio, 6121 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Frank Sinatra records An Old Fashioned Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy and I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day, for Reprise Records in Los Angeles, California, USA, backed by Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians.
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.
The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein gives a large rocking horse to John Lennon's son Julian for Christmas.
The Rolling Stones take out an ad in pop weekly newspaper The NME wishing hairdressers a happy Christmas.
The first Motown Christmas Show continues in The Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA, with the second 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 third 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.
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, 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 third of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Leeds, England, UK.
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 Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK.
Following today's second performance of Another Beatles Christmas Show at Hammersmith Odeon, The Beatles visit the annual Boat Show, Earl's Court, London, England, UK, after the event has been closed to the general public.
Another Beatles Christmas Show ends its twenty night season at The Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe. The show also featured Freddie And The Dreamers, The Yardbirds, Elkie Brooks, The Mike Cotton Sound and Sounds Incorporated
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, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Millie, Jess Conrad, Jimmy Wheeler and Des Lane play in the Christmas Pantomime at The Odeon, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
The Beatles are in Studio 2, Abbey Road, London working on the song Think For Yourself. During this day they also record The Beatles Third Christmas Record for distribution to members of their Fan Club.
Lulu flies from the UK to New York City, USA, to appear in DJ Murray The K's Christmas Show at The Brooklyn Fox Theatre.
The Bee Gees switch on the Xmas illuminations in Carnaby Street, London, UK.
Big Brother And The Holding Company, including Janis Joplin, hold their Christmas Party at Sokol Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Elvis Presley spends Christmas at home in Gracelands, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, with his wife Priscilla.
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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The Christmas No1 single in the USA is The Tears Of A Clown by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles.
As a Christmas present, Marvin Gaye gives his father an unlicensed Smith + Wesson .38 Special pistol with which to protect himself from intruders. A few months later, Gaye Sr. will use it to shoot his son dead.
The National Endowment for the Arts, in conjunction with the R.I.A.A., announces its Top Ten songs of the 20th century. At No1 is Judy Garland's rendition of Over The Rainbow. Also making the list: Bing Crosby's White Christmas [No2], Aretha Franklin's Respect [No4], Don McLean's American Pie [No5], and The Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling [No9].
Bob Dylan officially announces that he will release a Christmas album, Christmas In The Heart, later in the year.
Sleigh Bells release a new album, Treats, on Columbia Records in the UK.
Pregnant Una Healy of The Saturdays spends Christmas in Ireland, but her fiancee Ben Foden remains in England.
Sleigh Bells release a new album, Reign Of Terror, in the USA.
Poetry/music collective Little Machine play at The North London Reading Group Xmas Party, King's Cross, London, UK.
Lady Gaga posts a Twitter message stating, 'Merry Christmas little monsters! Terry Richardson @Terry_World is making a #LadyGagaMOVIE documenting my life, the creation of ARTPOP + you!'. This is taken as the official announcement of a forthcoming Lady Gaga documentary.
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.
Soul and jazz vocalist Clairdee holds her 11th Annual Christmas Eve Show at Yoshi's San Francisco, California, USA.
A Facebook campaign by fans of Iron Maiden begins to buy digital downloads of their track Number Of The Beast in hopes of making it the Christmas No1 Single in the 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 The Smoky Mountain Center For The Performing Arts, Franklin, North Carolina, USA. The tour is partnered with Toys For Tots and/or a local food bank.
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