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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.
Blues, jazz and gospel singer Ethel Waters (also a noted actress) is born in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Revelers, a male vocal quartet with piano, record Swinging On The Gate for Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Lee Morse And Her Bluegrass Boys [strangely enough, a jazz group] record With All My Heart, Jersey Walk and The Little White House, for Pathe Actuelle Records in New York City, USA.
Roe Erister Hall is born in Forest Grove, Tishomingo County, Mississippi, USA. He will find success as Rick Hall, best-known as the owner and proprietor of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA. Hall will be 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.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe records Rock Me and That's All, for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
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Having recently been denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall by the DAR (Daughters Of The American Revolution) because of her colour, popular singer Marion Anderson performs live at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, USA. The concert was arranged at the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, who convinced Harold Ickes to put the show on.
Popular gospel group The Johnson Family Singers make another of their regular appearances on the show Hymn Time on WBT Radio, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. On tonight's broadcast they sing The Lord Is There, We Are Going Down the Valley and Jesus Is Living in Me.
The Masters Family record While The Ages Roll On, Let The Spirit Descend and other tracks at Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Martha Carson And The Gospel Singers record Fear Not, I Wanna Rest and other tracks in Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Guitar on these tracks is played by Chet Atkins, and Bill Carlisle is one of the harmony vocalists.
Hank Snow with The Jordanaires records Honeymoon On A Rocket Ship, In Daddy's Footsteps, The Gloryland March and A Message From The Tradewinds in Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Producer on the session is Stephen Sholes.
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 The Coliseum, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers play the last night of two-weeks at the Palladium, London, UK.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet play a gig in Clanton, Alabama, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Frankie Lymon, Larry Williams, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and others play in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, in Alan Freed's annual Big Beat Show.
Sam Cooke, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Don And Dewey and The Acorns play the first of three nights at The Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Sam Cooke releases a new single, That's It - I Quit - I'm Movin' On - on RCA Records in the USA.
The Original Blind Boys of Alabama record Honey In The Rock for Savoy Records' subsidiary label Gospel, in Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in Greenville, Ohio, USA.
Mahalia Jackson plays a live concert in Paris, France, Europe.
Variety magazine reviews a recent show at The Village Gate, New York City, USA, by the Aretha Franklin Trio, declaring her to be 'a stylish singer who can play lively piano.'
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.
The Tommy Brown Gospel Singers record Once I'm In His Care, Don't Wonder About Him, When The Saints Go Marching In, Come On In The Room Gospel, Come On In The Ark and I'm A Pilgrim for Gospel Records [a subsidiary of Savoy Records] in the USA.
Kitty Wells, Johnny And Jack, Marvin Rainwater, Jimmy Newman, Bill Phillips and The Tennessee Mountain Boys play a show in Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA.
Miles Davis fails to perform a scheduled show at The Uptown Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, which also features Aretha Franklin and Jimmy Smith. Davis will be sued and will have to pay $8,000 to deejay George Woods in compensation for lost ticket income.
Sam Cooke appears in a New Year's Day gospel concert in New York City, USA.
Sam Cooke records Little Red Rooster for his album Night Beat, in RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Organ on this track is played by Billy Preston.
Sam Cooke records Fool's Paradise, Lost And Lookin' and Please Don't Drive Me Away for his album Night Beat, in RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sam Cooke, Jerry Butler, The Drifters, and Esther Phillips play a live show in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
Sam Cooke plays the last night of a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Sam Cooke plays the third night of a week at The Regal, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sam Cooke, Dion, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Willie John, Baby Washington, The Tymes, The King Pins, Freddie Scott, Gorgeous George and Joe Scott And His Orchestra play at The Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
Sam Cooke, Dion, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Baby Washington, The Tymes, The Kingpins, Little Willie John and Freddie Scott play at Keil Opera House, St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Don Gibson, with a band including Chet Atkins and Velma Smith [gtrs], Junior Huskey [bass], William Ackerman [drums], Jerry Smith [piano] and The Jordanaires, records He's Everywhere, You Don't Knock and other tracks in RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Georgia Sea Island Singers perform live at The Old Campus, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Della Reese is playing during a three-week engagement at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Gospel musician and recording artist Lonnie Hunter is born in Harvey, Illinois, USA.
The Band record In A Station in the USA. It will appear on their debut album, Music From Big Pink.
The Doors play at McArthur Court, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Traffic, The Staple Singers and Crome Syrcus play the first of two nights at The Fillmore East, New York City, USA.
Kathi Wolfgramm is born in San Diego, California, USA. One of nineteen Wolfgramm siblings, she will play keyboards and percussion in the family's successful gospel/soul/pop group The Jets.
Sly And The Family Stone release a new single, (You Caught Me) Smilin' on Epic Records in the USA.
Aretha Franklin releases a new single, Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing, in the USA.
During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at The Memorial Theater, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
Bill Anderson and Roy Acuff release a new single, I Wonder If God Likes Country Music/Ride Off In The Sunset, on MCA Records in the USA.
The Inspirational Choir plays at The Guildhall, Southampton, England, UK, Europe.
It is reported that Pope Benedict XVI has signed a recording contract with Geffen Records to cut an album of songs and prayers to the Virgin Mary. The deal puts Pope Benedict on the same label as Snoop Doggy Dogg and Ashlee Simpson.
Bono of U2 joins the Soweto Gospel Choir in St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa, the day before Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday to sing a birthday tribute for the retired archbishop.