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Christmas

At the end of the first English Civil War, influenced by the Puritans, the British Parliament passes a law banning any celebration of Christmas. This new law is much disliked and will cause riots in the streets. The popular ballad The World Is Turned Upside Down will be inspired this law, and is best known in a version by Maddy Prior And The Carnival Band.
The Chapel Quartet records Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear and other Christmas songs for Decca Records in the USA.
Clarence Carter is given his first guitar as a Christmas gift in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. He will grow up to be a hit-making singer in the 1960s.
Christmas Alphabet by popular vocalist Dickie Valentine becomes the first Christmas song to reach No1 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK.
Ella Fitzgerald records White Christmas, Sleigh Ride and other tracks, at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA, for Verve Records.
Three Aces And A Joker release a new single, Sleigh Bell Rock, on GRC Records, in the USA.
Neil Sedaka, Dion, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony, The Skyliners, Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vee and Dante And The Evergreens< play the eighth of ten days in the Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show at the Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Neil Sedaka, Dion, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony, The Skyliners, Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vee and Dante And The Evergreens play the eighth of ten days in the Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Brenda Lee plays the seventeenth night of a pre-Christmas season in the Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Gary U.S. 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. Johnny Mathis headlines today's show.
Popular singer Max Bygraves presents Max Bygraves Invites You To Meet The Kids in hospital this Christmas, as a live outside broadcast for BBC-tv at The Hospital for Sick Children In Great Ormond Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
Burl Ives, with producer Owen Bradley, records Beautiful Annabel Lee, A Holly Jolly Christmas and Hobo Jungle in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band includes guitarists Grady Martin, Ray Edenton and Harold Bradley, with Buddy Harman on drums, Hargus Robbins on piano, Charlie McCoy on harmonica and the Anita Kerr Singers.
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 are recording Frosty The Snowman and other tracks for their Christmas Album in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, 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.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, Blue Christmas/Wooden Heart, in the USA on RCA Records.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows open for the Christmas season in the pantomime Aladdin, at The London Palladium, London, England, UK.
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The Hollies and Gerry And The Pacemakers play a special Christmas Show in Liverpool, UK.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows continue with their Christmas season in the pantomime Aladdin, at The London Palladium, London, England, 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 night of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Liverpool, UK.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows continue with their Christmas season in the pantomime Aladdin, at The London Palladium, London, UK.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows continue with their Christmas season in the pantomime Aladdin, at The London Palladium, London, UK.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows continue with their Christmas season in the pantomime Aladdin, at The London Palladium, London, UK.
Another Beatles Christmas Show, starring The Beatles, Freddie And The Dreamers, Sounds Incorporated, Elkie Brooks, The Yardbirds and The Mike Cotton Sound continues at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK.
Another Beatles Christmas Show continues at The Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, with The Beatles, Freddie And The Dreamers, Sounds Incorporated, Elkie Brooks, The Yardbirds and The Mike Cotton Sound.
The Christmas Pantomime at The Odeon, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, features the My Boy Lollipop girl Millie, Jess Conrad, Jimmy Wheeler and Des Lane.
Millie, Jess Conrad, Jimmy Wheeler and Des Lane play in the Christmas Pantomime at The Odeon, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
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.
Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, announces the NEMS artists who will be in pantomime in 1965, including Cilla Black (Little Red Riding Hood), Gerry and the Pacemakers (Cinderella) and Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas (Mother Goose).
'Another Beatles Christmas Show', starring The Beatles, opens at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK. It runs until 16 January, with support acts including Freddie And The Dreamers, The Yardbirds, Elkie Brooks, Sounds Incorporated , The Mike Cotton Sound and Jimmy Savile as compere.
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Twenty years after it was first released, a gold record is finally awarded by the R.I.A.A. in the USA to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by singing cowboy Gene Autrey.
Robbie Bachman of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is given a drum kit for Christmas. He will eventually become the drummer for 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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Ella Fitzgerald is the musical guest on the Christmas Day special edition of US tv show This Is Tom Jones.
Johnny Marks dies in New York City, USA. Marks found success as a songwriter, specializing in Christmas songs - despite being Jewish. His hits included Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and Run Rudolph Run.
Schoolboy Ed Sheeran of Framlingham, Sussex, England, UK, Europe, is given a guitar for Christmas. The first song he learns is Layla by Eric Clapton.
Monkton Farleigh resident Midge Ure oversees the recording of a new version of Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas at Abbey Road studios, London, featuring artists including Coldplay, Keane, Robbie Williams and The Darkness. The song will be released under the name Band Aid 20.
A Soulful Christmas, a concept concert featuring r'n'b/jazz multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson, plus Gerald Albright, Howard Hewett, Nick Colionne and Sheldon Reynolds, plays at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Christmas In The Heart by Bob Dylan reaches No1 in the Billboard Folk Albums Chart in the USA.
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.
LCD Soundsystem play at Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California, USA, with guests Hot Chip and Sleigh Bells.
Coldplay release a new single, Christmas Lights, as a digital download.
Michael Buble releases a new album, Christmas, in Ireland, Europe.
Rihanna plays the sixth night of her 777 tour, [seven gigs in seven cities over seven days, transported on a Boeing 777] at The Forum, London, UK. Earlier in the day she took time to switch on the Christmas lights at Westfield Stratford City shopping mall.
Poetry/music collective Little Machine play at The North London Reading Group Xmas Party, King's Cross, London, UK.
Linkin Park, Rise Against, Bush, Gaslight Anthem, Garbage, Slightly Stoopid, Awolnation, The Lumineers, Walk The Moon, Two Door Cinema Club, Youngblood Hawke play in the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Show at The Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid 30 goes to No1 in the Official UK Singles Chart, with 312,000 copies sold so far. The single is an all-star charity fund-raiser to raise money to fight the Ebola crisis in Western Africa.
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.
Low play at St. George's Hall, Bristol, England, UK, Europe, supported by Kat Hawkins and Erik.
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The BPI announces that Ed Sheeran's huge hit single, Shape of You has achieved 5x Platinum status in the UK. Only Elton John’s Candle In The Wind '97 and Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? have now sold more copies in the UK. Since its release in January, Shape Of You has spent 14 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Official Singles Chart, has been streamed over 224m times and been downloaded nearly 765,000 times.
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