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Charles Luckeyeth Roberts is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. he will find success as stride jazz pianist and composer Luckey Roberts.
Vocalist Herbert Goddard (aka Emilio de Gogorza) records Stars Of A Summer Night, and O Holy Night for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Clara Ward is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She will find success as a member of the hugely popular gospel group The Ward Singers.
The Tindley Quaker City Gospel Singers record Hallelujah Side for OKeh Records in New York City, USA.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe records Rock Me and That's All, for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
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Popular Scottish country dance group The Jimmy Shand Band makes its first New Year broadcast on BBC Radio in the UK. The group will become almost a permanent fixture on New Year shows in later years.
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.
The Gold Rock Gospel Singers record How Sweet He Is and Jesus I'll Never Forget for Savoy Records in the USA, but the tracks will not be released.
The Ward Singers record Oh My Lord What A Time and I Heard The Voice Of Jesus for Savoy Records in New York City, USA.
Grammy-winning gospel singer Tramaine Hawkins is born in San Francisco, California, USA. Although most of her career will be spent in gospel music, she will briefly be a member of the pop group The Honey Cone in the 1970s.
Paul Robeson addresses the World Peace Rally, sponsored by The National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, in New York City, USA.
The Ames Brothers record Shadrack, Blind Barnabas, Dry Bones and Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho at Decca Recording Studio, Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York City, USA.
A quartet consisting of H. Evans, Joe McClure, T.P. Fields, and F.A. Teague records Where We Will Never Grow Old and Bring Them In, at Coggin Baptist Church in Brownwood, Texas, USA, for Gilliam Radio And Sound.
A Federal District Court judge refuses to order the US State Department to issue a passport to singer Paul Robeson, but implies that one could be issued if Robeson denounces the Communist party. Robeson refuses, and tells reporters, "Of course I won't sign it. I consider it an invasion of every constitutional liberty I have."
Former Gospel singer Aretha Franklin records her first pop tracks for Columbia Records.
Sam Cooke plays the fifth of seven nights at The Town Hill Club, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Della Reese opens at The Paramount Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
Aretha Franklin plays the twentieth 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 Houston, Texas, USA.
Gospel vocal group The Cavaliers record God Is On My Side, I Can't Tarry and other tracks for Savoy Records in New York City, USA.
With Christmas looming, Tennessee Ernie Ford releases a new album, Hymns At Home, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Female gospel group The Smith Sisters record Lord Be Merciful, Use Me Lord and other tracks for Savoy Records in the USA.
Gospel singer Brother James Anderson records ten tracks including I'm Gonna Move In The Room With The Lord and My Soul Needs Resting, at Sun Studios, 639 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Inspired by the questions asked in Bob Dylan's song Blowin' In the Wind, Sam Cooke records A Change Is Gonna Come for RCA Victor Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The American Folk, Blues And Gospel Caravan, featuring Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mississippi John Hurt, Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee, Reverend Gary Davis and Cousin Joe Pleasants plays at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
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The Greater Philadelphia Citizens Committee holds an event, The Sound Of Freedom, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, with Dr. Martin Luther King as guest speaker, and special musical performances by artists including Mahalia Jackson.
The Back Porch Majority, Danny Cox, The Clara Ward Singers and The Yachtsmen Quartet play in the Disneyland After Dark Hootenanny, Disneyland, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Byrds debut single, a cover of Bob Dylan's Mr Tambourine Man, hits the No1 spot in the USA for the first of two weeks and sparks the folk-rock boom.
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Sam Cooke releases a new single, Sugar Dumpling, on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Gospel musician and recording artist Lonnie Hunter is born in Harvey, Illinois, USA.
The Stanley Brothers record Seek Jesus, God's Highway, The End Of The Road and other tracks in King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The Gospel play at the Alex Disco in The Alexandra Rooms, New Street, Salisbury, Witlshire, England, UK, Europe.
Jazz trumpet virtuoso Woody Shaw plays at the Left Bank Jazz Society, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Gospel star Mahalia Jackson presents the keys of a 12-seater bus to the Salvation Army Children's Home in Sydenham, Kent, England, UK, Europe. The bus was a gift from a leisure arts company. In the evening Jackson plays a concert at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
The American Folk, Blues And Gospel Festival 69, starring Albert King, Otis Spann, John Lee Hooker and Champion Jack Dupree, plays at the Sports Centre, Bracknell, UK.
Johnny Cash finishes filming on his movie The Gospel Road. He sends a telegram to his personal assistant, Barbara John, which reads, "Jesus film finished today. First rate full-length movie. More than pleased. Release next April."
During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York State.
During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Rich Mullins dies when his jeep rolls over on I-39 north of Bloomington, Illinois, USA. When a passing semi-trailer truck swerves to avoid the overturned Jeep, Mullins, is hit by the oncoming vehicle and dies instantly.
The Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is designated a National Historic Landmark.
Country music singer-songwriter Martha Carson, known as the First Lady Of Gospel Music, dies in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 83.
Aretha Franklin plays the first of two nights at Harrah's in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Gospel legend Ronald Winans of The Winans dies of heart disease at Harper Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Gospel singer the Rev. Claude Jeter, a founding member of gospel group the Swan Silvertones, dies aged 94, in the Bronx, New York City, USA.
On the first leg of their Unleashed tour, Fleetwood Mac play at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
The compilation album How Many Roads - Black America Sings Bob Dylan is released by Ace Records in the UK. The album features versions of Bob Dylan songs by Solomon Burke, The Persuasions, The Neville Brothers, Patti LaBelle, Esther Phillips, The Staple Singers, Bobby Womack, The Isley Brothers, The O'Jays, Brook Benton, Gary 'US' Bonds and others.
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Mumford And Sons reach No1 in the Albums Charts in both the USA and UK with their second album, Babel.
Celine Dion, Arcade Fire, Patrick Watson, Coeur de pirate, Ian Kelly, Vincent Vallieres and others take part in a benefit concert in Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in memory of lighting technician Denis Blanchette, who died tragically on September 4 during a shooting incident at a Parti Quebecois' election-night party.
Aretha Franklin plays the first of two nights at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
X Ambassadors play live on Late Night with Seth Meyers on tv in the USA.