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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.
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.
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.
Top British jazz trombonist Chris Barber
records Swipsy Cakewalk, Reindeer Ragtime Two-Step and Georgia Cakewalk, in London, UK.
, 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.
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.
plays the last night of a Christmas season residency at the Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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.
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.
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.
continues with his three-week long Christmas engagement at the Mayfair Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
, 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'.
On his Jeb's Teetotal Pub Crawl tour, Jeb Loy Nichols
plays at Heavenly Social Christmas Market, London, England, UK.