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One of the most popular female vocalists of the 1920s, Aileen Stanley divorces her piano accompanist, Robert Buttenuth in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on grounds of his drunkenness. In her career, Stanley sold some 25 million copies of her Victrola recordings.
Emily Drinkard is born in Newark, New Jersey, USA. She will achieve success as soul and gospel vocalist Cissy Houston.
Leo Reisman, Ray Heatherton, Eve Symington, Arlene Francis and Fred Utell perform songs including Ridin' High, Summer Night, On The Beautiful Blue Danube, Gone, Love And Learn, Arthur Schwartz , Aunt Hagar's Blues, Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup and Under Your Spell on radio show The Schaefer Beer Nine O'clock Revue, in the USA.
Clarinettist Matty Matlock of The Bob Crosby Band is beaten severely by a police officer during an altercation involving a drunk sailor in the lobby of The Avery Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
American music trade magazine Billboard reviews the new album At The Piano by Erroll Garner, declaring that it, 'should find favour with collectors as well as those in pursuit of piano stuff suitable for cocktail hour spins.'
Big Bill Broonzy records It Feels So Good, Southbound Train, Trouble In Mind and Whiskey Head Man in London, England, UK, Europe, for Nixa Records.
National Steel lap guitarist Black Ace (born Babe Kyro Lemon Turner) records I Am The Black Ace, Drink On Little Girl and Bad Times Stomp, for Heritage Records in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Judy Garland plays at The Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA. After the show, a midnight party is held for Garland at Cafe De Paris.
Bob Dylan brings in the new year drinking beer with his folk-singer friend Martin Carthy in London, UK.
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Here We à Go Go Again!, the second album by Johnny Rivers peaks at No38 on the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA. It will remain on the chart for a total of 23 weeks.
The Graham Bond Organisation records Neighbour Neighbour at Olympic Sound Studios, Carton Hall, Carton Street, London, England, UK, Europe. The tracks are produced by Robert Stigwood for Columbia Records, but will not be released. The band includes Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker who will find greater success when joining up with Eric Clapton as members of Cream.
Carl Butler And Pearl record It's Called Cheatin', Can I Draw The Line and Beers And Tears in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Pearl was Butler's wife.
The Top Ten Singles beging played on WCOL Radio, Columbus, Ohio, USA, for the week beginning on this date are as follows :

1. I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Gladys Knight And The Pips

2. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred And The Playboy Band

3. Soul Struttin' – Jamie Lyons

4. Bottle Of Wine – The Fireballs

5. Soul Coaxin' – Raymond LeFevre

6. Nobody But Me – Human Beinz

7. Bend Me, Shape Me – The American Breed

8. Skinny legs And All – Joe Tex

9. Love Me Two Times – The Doors

10. Darlin' – The Beach Boys

Steppenwolf and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers play the last of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Traffic play the first of four nights at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Nazz play the last of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA. The group includes future solo star Todd Rundgren.
Three Dog Night and Smokestack Lightning play the first of four nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Taj Mahal and Tim Buckley play the first of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA
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The Buddy Miles Express play the second of five nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Hugh Masekela And Big Black, Chicago Transit Authority and The Illinois Speed Press play at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood,California, USA.
Hugh Masekela plays the second of six nights at The Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Chicago Transit Authority.
Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart.
War play the second of two nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Gypsy.
The Doors' singer Jim Morrison is forcibly removed from a Continental Airlines flight at Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and arrested for causing a disturbance while intoxicated.
The Allman Brothers Band plays the third of four nights at the Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
After a gig at the Agora Club, Columbus, Ohio, USA, Elvis Costello and Attraction Bruce Thomas retire to the bar of the local Holiday Inn. Within hearing of Steven Stills and Bonnie Bramlett, Costello describes Ray Charles as "a blind, ignorant nigger." He is immediately set upon by Bramlett and knocked to the ground.
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The official coroner's report on the recent death of singer Bon Scott of AC/DC, who passed away in a car in Overhill Road, London, England, UK, Europe, is death by misadventure – acute alcohol poisoning.
The Whisky A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, California, USA, closes its doors to rock music for an unspecified period, with a show by The Plimsouls and Tom Petty.
David Byron, vocalist for Uriah Heep, dies of a heart attack brought on by long-term drug and alcohol abuse, near Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Clash's Joe Strummer is banned for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Assault charges against Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses are dropped when he and a neighbour he allegedly hit with a wine bottle agree to try to avoid each other.
Louise Dean of UK soul/dance trio Shiva is killed by an uninsured drunk driver as she crosses the street near her home in Linthwaite, England, UK, Europe. Her group had entered the UK Top 40 singles chart for the first time a month earlier with the song Working Out.
David Byrne, with The Tosca Strings, plays at The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California, USA.
Taylor Swift is honoured at a private dinner in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, where her 6x Platinum album, Fearless, is officially recognized as the Most Awarded Album in the History of Country Music. Fearless is the only album to have won the all-genre Album of The Year Grammy, plus Country Album of the Year Awards from the Grammys, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the American Music Awards.
On her Fearless tour, Taylor Swift plays the first of two nights at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Mark Owen of Take That checks himself out of The Priory rehabilitation clinic in London, England, UK, where he has been undergoing treatment for alcoholism. He takes his family to Wandsworth Park for the day.
Beyonce celebrates her 29th birthday at a party with her husband Jay-Z plus Kayne West, P Diddy, Serena Williams and Alicia Keys at The Darby restaurant, New York City, USA.
Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is arrested following an allegedly drunken altercation with a flight attendant during a Jet Blue flight from Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, USA. Scantlin's arrest causes the flight to divert and make a landing in Austin, Texas. Scantlin will counter-claim that he was wrongfully arrested, and that police roughed him up in the process.
The Suntory liquor company makes available a special edition of Rolling Stones blended whiskey to mark the band reaching its 50th anniversary. Limited to just 150 bottles, the whiskey comes in a specially-designed bottle shaped like The Stones' famous tongue-and-lips logo and sells for, er, $6,300.
Ed Sheeran takes his good friend Taylor Swift out for a drink at The Station pub in his home town, Framlingham, Suffolk, England, UK, Europe.
Rapper Mazaradi Fox, a close associate of 50 Cent, is shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York City, USA.
When Lee Ann Womack plays at The City Winery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, she is unexpectedly joined onstage by gospel group The Fairfield Four, who sing with her on Children Go Where I Send Thee and I Hope You Dance.
Despite having three sold-out Wembley shows starting the next day, Ed Sheeran drops in to The Lock Tavern bar, Camden, London, England, UK, Europe, for an impromptu jam in the beer garden.
It is announced that a Lemmy Kilmister Tribute Mod has been launched, enabling players of the game Grand Theft Auto to play using the recently-decesaed Motorhead frontman as their avatar. Players are reportedly able to "make Lemmy drink, smoke, rock out on the guitar, ride a bad ass chopper, and throw Molotov cocktails, just like the real Lemmy."
Hot Tuna play at The City Winery, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
On their A Head Full Of Dreams tour, Coldplay play at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
On her 80-date Dangerous Woman tour Ariana Grande plays at The Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, supported by Victoria Monet and Little Mix.
The Posies play at The City Winery, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Los Lobos play at The City Winery, New York City, USA.
Touring in support of their album Skin Suit, The Bobby Lees play a socially-distanced/masks mandatory gig at The Rumba Cafe, Columbus, Ohio, USA.