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The Union Gospel Tabernacle opens in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for public services. After a name change to Ryman Auditorium, it will become internationally famous as the home of the country music showcase, The Grand Ole Opry, from 1943 to 1974.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, a play with music, is presented at The Academy Of Music, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 88 performances.
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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The Heavenly Gospel Singers record Lead Me To The Rock, for Bluebird Records, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Evelyn Dall makes a live broadcast with Ambrose And His Orchestra in a 'Starlight' show from the BBC tv studios at Alexandra Palace, London. UK.
Paul Robeson gives a concert at Cornell University, New York, USA.
Gospel star Mahalia Jackson makes her Carnegie Hall, New York City, debut.
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.
Deneice Chandler is born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She will grow up to be successful US vocalist Deneice Williams.
Christopher O'Doherty is born in Auckland, New Zealand. He will find success as a musician, artist and designer under the name Reg Mombassa. He will be a co-founder of Australian band Mental As Anything, but will also pursue his interest in painting [mainly portraits and landcapes] and create cartoonish designs for surfwear company Mambo Graphics.
Sam Cooke has his fourth recording session for Specialty Records with the Soul Stirrers at Universal Recording Studios, Hollywood, California, USA. They record five songs, including Nearer To Thee and One More River.
The Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree, featuring Hank Snow, Mother Maybelle And The Carter Sisters, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Martha Carson And Her Country Gentlemen, The Davis Sisters (including Skeeter Davis) and The Jimmie Rodgers Show plays in Terry Arena, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, USA.
Frankie Laine, Frankie Lymon, Nelson Riddle and Tex Williams are the musical guests on tv series Star Time in the USA.
Country gospel group The Blackwood Brothers Quartet play in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet play a gig in Springfield, Missouri, USA.
Former Gospel singer Aretha Franklin records her first pop tracks for Columbia Records.
Sam Cooke supported by Little Anthony And The Imperials and Aretha Franklin, plays the fourth of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Sam Cooke plays the last night in a week of shows at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in South Bend, Indiana, USA.
Cupid by Sam Cooke enters the popular singles chart in the UK, where it will peak at No7.
Kitty Wells, Johnnie And Jack, Marvin Rainwater, Jimmy Newman, Bill Phillips and The Tennessee Mountain Boys play a show in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.
Johnny And Jack, Kitty Wells and Jimmy Newman play a concert in O'Neill, Nebraska, USA.
Kitty Wells, Johnnie And Jack, Marvin Rainwater, Jimmy Newman, Bill Phillips and The Tennessee Mountain Boys play a show in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
With Christmas looming, Tennessee Ernie Ford releases a new album, Hymns At Home, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Eddie Bond records the LP Eddie Bond Sings Greatest County Gospel Hits for Phillips International Records in Madison Avenue studio, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The first Lucie E. Campbell Appreciation Day is celebrated by The National Sunday School and the Baptist Training Union Congress of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. Gospel singer, songwriter Campbell is regarded as the "first lady of music" in church circles.
Roy Orbison plays in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Tennessee Ernie Ford releases a new album, Great Gospel Songs, with vocal backing by The Jordanaires, in the USA on Capitol Records.
Cliff Richard is in Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, recording On My Word, Paradise Lost, Just Another Guy and The Minute You're Gone, with vocal backing by The Jordanaires.
Della Reese is playing during a three-week engagement at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Shake/A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Country gospel quintet The Oak Ridge Boys release a new LP, I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now, in the USA.
The Band record To Kingdom Come at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA. It will appear on their debut album, Music From Big Pink.
Aretha Franklin records I Say A Little Prayer, The House That Jack Built, Night Time Is The Right Time, at Atlantic Studios, New York City, USA.
Aretha Franklin releases a new single, Think, in the USA. It will peak at No7.
Aretha Franklin releases her fifteenth album, Aretha Now, on Atlantic Records in the USA.
The Staple Singers are signed to Stax Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Byrds embark on their tour of South Africa without singer and guitarist Gram Parsons, who refuses to set foot in a nation where apartheid is official policy. Parsons announces that he will form a new 'Southern soul group playing country and gospel oriented music with a steel guitar.' Thus The Flying Burrito Brothers are born.
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The first International Gospel Festival, a two-day event, comes to an end at the Municiapal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Pony Poindexter, dies aged 62 in Oakland, California, USA. In an acclaimed career, he recorded with Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon and others.
Jazz trombonist, composer and musical arranger Melba Liston dies in Los Angeles, California, USA, after suffering from repeated strokes. In a long and acclaimed career, she worked with Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Billie Holliday to name but a few.
A new $37m Country Music Hall of Fame opens in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The ribbon is cut by Charley Pride, Brenda Lee and Kitty Wells, while other stars attending the ceremony include Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride and Bill Anderson.
Aretha Franklin plays at Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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.
The four day long Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington, USA, continues with performances by Trey Anastasio, Citizen Cope, John Butler Trio, Digable Planets, Lemony Snicket, Andre Feriante, DeVotchKa, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Samite, Minus the Bear, Harvey Danger, Visqueen, The Academy Is..., Hidden In Plain View, Mavis Staples, Tift Merrit, Billy Joe Shaver, The Bill Frisell Trio, The Charlie Hunter Trio and The Duke Robillard Band.
The Levon Helm Band plays one its regular Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol 3, in Helm's barn in Woodstock, New York State, USA.
Folk, blues, gospel and pop singer Phoebe Snow dies aged 60 in Edison, New Jersey, USA, as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage which left her in a coma from which she never recovered.
Blues guitarist and singer Darren Johnson plays at The Blues Can, 1429 9th Avenue SE, Inglewood, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Humming House play at Chickie Wah Wah, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Aretha Franklin plays the second of two nights at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.