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Robert Hicks is born in Walnut Grove, Georgia, USA. He will find fame as blues singer, guitarist and recording artist Barbecue Bob.
The ragtime composition Corn Palace by Ray Stewart Soladay is published by Advocate Printers of Fulton, South Dakota, USA.
The 1st Academy Awards are presented at a private dinner in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, California, USA. Warner Brothers Production receive an 'honorary award' for 'producing The Jazz Singer, the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revolutionized the industry'. Tickets cost $5 and only 270 people attend the fifteen minute-long event.
The first Stage Door Canteen is opened in New York City, USA, as a nightspot where GIs can enjoy premium entertainment free of charge. Run by a volunteer organization called the American Theatre Wing, the canteen offers servicemen nights of dancing, entertainment, food and nonalcoholic drinks, and even opportunities to hobnob with celebrities. By November 1945, a chain of Stage Door Canteens will have entertained and fed 11 million Allied servicemen in eight US cities and London and Paris. Entertainers including Duke Ellington and Marlene Dietrich will provide music for dancing.
Big Bill Lister records Help Wanted, Beer Drinkin' Blues, Lovin' Country Style and RC Cola And Moon Pie in for Capitol Records in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Session players include guitarists Chet Atkins and Grady Martin plus bassist Ernie Newton.
Grandpa Jones records T.V. Blues, Stop That Ticklin' Me, Mountain Laurel and Retreat (Cries My Heart), at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
It's indicative of the upheaval in popular music when 11 of the 23 awards at the BMI Annual Awards Dinner in New York City, USA, go to r'n'b songs, including Maybelline by Chuck Berry, and Pledging My Love by Johnny Ace and I Hear You Knockin' by Smiley Lewis.
Elvis Presley's first live show since being demobbed from the army is a charity concert in Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The show features guest appearances by Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer and Georgie Jessel. Local authorities declare this to be 'Elvis Presley Day'. Elvis also attends a luncheon in the Clardige Hotel, Memphis.
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Peanut Butter by The Marathons [aka The Vibrations] is the highest new entry in the Cashbox magazine chart of the best-selling pop singles in the USA, entering at No71.
The Downliners Sect play at The Club Noreik (formerly The Corner Cinema), Tottenham, London, UK.
The Who play at The Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, UK.
Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames play at The Corn Exchange, Chelmsford, Essex, UK.
The Herbie Mann Octet records Watermelon Mann, Jive Samba and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records.
The highest new entry in Cash Box magazine chart of the 100 best-selling singles in the USA is Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows by Lesley Gore, entering at No79.
Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames play at The Ricky Tick, Windsor, England, UK.
The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein buys a manor house in Rushlake Green, East Sussex, England, UK, Europe, at a cost of £35,000.
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The Checkmates Ltd are appearing during an extended engagement at The Cave Supper Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Sammy Davis Jr. plays at The Fight For Freedom dinner, Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Bobby Darin is the first performer to appear at a new supper club, Mr. D's, in San Francisco, California, USA. During the evening, Darin learns that Robert F. Kennedy has been shot.
Andy Williams opens for a week of shows at The Carousel Theatre, Framingham, Massachusetts, USA, supported by The Osmond Brothers. In the evening, Columbia Records throws a lavish aftershow supper in the Riviera Room of the Maridor Restaurant.
Tony Bennett begins a two-week season at Cocoanut Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Thunderclap Newman play at the Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Hard Meat play at Mothers, Erdington, Birmingham, UK.
One of the first electronic pop hits, Popcorn by Hot Butter, enters the UK pop singles chart at No41. It will peak at No5. The song is composed by Gershon Kingsley of electronic duo Perrey And Kingsley
Charges of marijuana possession against Linda McCartney (wife of Paul McCartney) are dropped in Los Angeles, California, USA, when she completes a drugs counselling course in London, UK.
Squeeze release a new single, Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) in the UK. On the same day, they play at World Of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Russ Solomon, President of Tower Records is honoured with a testimonial dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On their Chinese tour, Wham! spend a free day in Canton, with a banquet in the evening given by the Chinese Cultural Exchange Centre.
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Simon Jeffes, leader of the Penguin Café Orchestra, dines at the Balzac Bistro, Shepherd's Bush, London, England, UK, Europe, with Austrian composer Hans Joachim Roedelius.
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Pat Boone plays the second of five nights at Drury Lane Dinner Theatre, Evergeen Park, Illinois, USA.
Pat Boone plays the last of five nights at Drury Lane Dinner Theatre, Evergeen Park, Illinois, USA.
Dr. Feelgood play at the Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Feeder play at The Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England, UK.
Bowling For Soup play at The University, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
Whitney Houston begins vomiting as a result of food poisoning, on a flight bound for Paris, France, Europe. She receives treatment in the airport on landing, and is taken to a hospital.
Lisa Marie Presley plays at The Supper Club, New York City, during her What Now? tour.
Michael McDonald, with back-up vocals from Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, performs a live set at the World Hunger Year/Chapin Awards Dinner at Chelsea Piers, New York City, USA.
The Notting Hill Carnival sets West London, England, UK, alight with the very best in West Indian music, dance, food and culture, drawing in a crowd of 750,000 people.
Bob Dylan plays in Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.
Sean Lennon and his mother Yoko Ono dine at Da Silvano, New York City, USA.
Pixie Lott appears on UK tv show Breakfast to promote her imminent single, What Do You Take Me For, and album, Young, Foolish, Happy.
Taylor Swift and Zac Efron enjoy dinner together at Pace, an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Midge Ure appears on BBC 1 tv show Breakfast to promote the release of a new album, Brilliant, by Ultravox.
Leo Sayer appears on BBC1 tv show Breakfast in Salford Quays, Manchester, UK, to promote his upcoming tour.
Lady Gaga celebrates the first anniversary of her romance with boyfriend Taylor Kinney by dining out at upmarket eatery Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois, USA, eating oysters and caviar.
Ed Sheeran is interviewed live on the BBC-1 tv show Breakfast at Salford Quays, Manchester, UK.
Justin Bieber and actor Orlando Bloom become involved in a scuffle in the Cipriani Restaurant, Ibiza, Spain, Europe. In the course of the incident, Bloom throws a punch at Bieber, who leaves the restaurant soon after. Also reported to have been in the restaurant at the time are Diddy, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
A launch party for a new Eminem mix-tape release, ShadyXV, is held at the Mikey Likes It Ice Cream parlour in New York City, USA. Specially for the occasion, the parlour creates a limited edition Eminem Ice Cream including Detroit-related ingredients such as Michigan cherries, Sanders hot fudge and Vernors ginger ale.
Daryl Hall performs a live New Year's Eve show at his recently-opened Daryl's House Restaurant And Live Music Club, in Pawling, New York State, USA. The concert is streamed live.
Meat Loaf plays at The Hard Rocksino, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.