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The Haydn Quartet record Massa's In The Cold Cold Ground, Nearer My God To Thee and Tenting On The Old Campground for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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R'n'b and gospel singer Mabel Scott is born in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
The Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers record Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn for Brunswick Records at the Merchandise Mart studios in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Heavenly Gospel Singers record Lead Me To The Rock, for Bluebird Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Inez Foxx, half of the successful soul duo of Inez and Charlie Foxx, is born in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
Richard Sterban is born in Camden, New Jersey, USA. In 1972 he will join The Oak Ridge Boys, for whom he will provide the distinctive bass vocal parts on such hits as Elvira, Bobbie Sue and Love Song.
In an effort to have his passport returned to him, popular singer Paul Robeson visits The State Department in Washington DC, USA, and asks to see Secretary of State Dean Acheson. He is offered the return of his passport, but only if he will sign statement that he will not make any speeches while abroad. Robeson refuses, maintaining that his freedom of speech is not negotiable, that it is his inalienable right, as an American citizen, to travel freely and speak as he wishes.
Gospel group The Silver Quintette records Father Don't Leave, for Vee Jay Records. The track is notable for being one of the first gospel tracks to make use of a rock'n'roll rhythm section.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Victoria Hall, Hanley, UK, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
Sam Cooke plays the fifth night in a week of shows at the The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Della Reese opens at The Paramount Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in South Bend, Indiana, USA.
Sam Cooke plays at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Lancaster, Ohio, USA.
Aretha Franklin plays the sixteenth night in a three week season at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Ripley, Mississippi, USA.
Sam Cooke plays a one-nighter in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
Country-gospel group The Masters Family record the album Gospel Sing for Decca Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Gospel group the Rev. H.B. Crum And The Golden Keys record Fighting For Jesus, I Am the Way and other tracks for Sharp Records in the USA.
Steven Eugene Grove, better known as Euge Groove, is born in Hagerstown, Maryland, USA. As well as carving out a successful solo career, he will play saxophone in the bands of Huey Lewis, Richard Marx, Joe Cocker and Tina Turner.
Johnny Tillotson appears on daily tv pop show American Bandstand in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, performing I Can't Help It.
Kitty Wells, with producer Owen Bradley, records Repenting, She's No Angel, I Can't Help Wondering, I Gave My Wedding Dress Away, I Don't Claim To Be An Angel and The Lonely Side Of Town, in Columbia Recording Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
R'n'B and gospel vocalist Joe Henderson dies aged 27, of a heart attack. He is found in his apartment by his friend, soul singer Arthur Alexander.
Vic Dana, The Guilloteens, Joe And Eddie and The Preachers appear on syndicated tv pop show Shivaree, recorded for KABC in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Haini Wolfgramm is born in San Francisco, California. One of nineteen Wolfgramm siblings, she will be a founding member of the family's successful gospel/soul/pop group The Jets.
Clara Ward And The Ward Singers play the second of two nights of benefit shows for The Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital, at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Aretha Franklin plays at Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Gospel artist Shirley Caesar is presented with a scroll in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in recognition of her crusade for civil rights.
After creating a disturbance in a Detroit, Michigan, USA, parking lot, Aretha Franklin is arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. Released on bail of $50, she crashes her car into a street sign on leaving the police station.
The American Folk, Blues And Gospel Festival 69, starring Albert King, Otis Spann, John Lee Hooker and Champion Jack Dupree plays at the City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland.
Joe Cocker And His Grease Band, Fleetwood Mac, King Crimson and The Voices Of East Harlem play the second of two nights at the Fillmore East, New York City, USA.
When Aretha Franklin plays the first of two days at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California, USA, the concert is recorded and tracks will be released on her third live album, Amazing Grace.
Joe Cocker and Cissy Houston play at The Dr. Pepper Music Festival, Central Park, New York City, USA.
Sweet Honey In The Rock play the second of two nights at The UDC Auditorium, Washington DC, USA.
Steve Arrington plays at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Aretha Franklin releases a new single, Jumpin' Jack Flash, in the USA. The song is written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones.
The second day of the Cambridge Folk Festival at Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, England, UK., features Mavis Staples, The Proclaimers, K T Tunstall, Kathryn Tickell, Hayseed Dixie and others.
The third day of the Cambridge Folk Festival at Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, England, UK., features Lucinda Williams, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Jimmy Webb, Kate Rusby, Altan and others.
Rx Bandits play at The Bottom Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Gillian Welch plays at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A section of highway in Woodstock, New York State, USA, is renamed Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard. Formerly Route 375, the portion of highway connects Route 28 in West Hurley and Route 212 in Woodstock, where drummer Helm's group The Band lived and worked for many years.
Leon Bridges plays at The Lexington, London, England, UK.
Aretha Franklin plays at Caesar's Casino, 2100 Pacific Avnue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Record producer Rick Hall, best-known as the owner and proprietor of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA, dies aged 85, after returning from a stay in a local rehabilitation center for physical therapy as part of his battle against prostate cancer. Hall was influential in recording and promoting country and soul music, and in helping develop the careers of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Duane Allman, Etta James and others.