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Gospel group The Fisk Jubilee Singers sail from the USA to begin a tour of Europe.
Philip Brown's Grosvenor Band records Crazy People, Troubles Are Like Bubbles, Mean Music and Love In Lilac Time, for Columbia Records in London, UK.
Gospel singer and music promoter Virgil Oliver Stamps dies of heart disease in Dallas, Texas, USA. He will be best-remembered for having written the music and melody for the famous gospel song When the Saints Go Marching In.
Richard R. Baker IV is born in Washington DC, USA. He will find success as fingerstyle guitarist and recording artist Duck Baker, combining genres as varied as rags, blues, country, gospel, cajun, bluegrass, Celtic music, ballads and jazz, swing, New Orleans jazz and free jazz.
During an extensive tour, singing cowboy Gene Autry plays in Danville, Virginia, USA.
Mighty Man Maxwell records Goodnight Irene and I Feel Like Shouting for Discovery Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
Cindy Walker records Oh How Sweet It Is To Love Jesus and Hold To God's Unchanging Hand in Radio Recorders Studio, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
Teresa Fay Gibbs Daughtry is born in Miami, Florida, USA. She will find success as country and gospel singer Terri Gibbs, best-known for her 1981 hit Somebody's Knockin. (1954)
Gerry Mulligan records Makin' Whoopee and Westward Walk for Mercury Records in the USA.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Dome, Brighton, UK, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
Sam Cooke has his ninth recording session with the Soul Stirrers at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California. They record That's All I Need To Know and I Don't Want To Cry.
The Paramount Pictures musical St. Louis Blues is released to cinemas in the USA with a cast featuring such jazz, blues and gospel greats as Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Eartha Kit, Pearl Bailey, Mahalia Jackson and Barney Bigard.
During a huge public protest outside Davidson Courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, following the bombing of the home of black lawyer Z. Alexander Looby, a young white man called Guy Carawan strums his guitar and sings an old gospel song, I Will Overcome Some Day, with its lyric changed to We Shall Overcome. Soon the whole crowd is singing along. The civil rights revolution now has its anthem, which will be sung by protest movements worldwide.
Trini Lopez plays the third night of a week at Ye Little Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Stanley Brothers And The Clinch Mountain Boys are signed to Curtis Artists Productions of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, USA.
Sam Cooke plays the third night in a week of shows at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA, supported by Rochell And The Candles.
Sam Cooke plays the last night in a week of shows at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Aretha Franklin plays the second night in a three week season at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
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.'
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Houston, Texas, 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.
The Southern Stars gospel vocal group record Jesus Is Waiting, Old Death and other tracks for Gospel 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.
The Freedom Singers play at Club 47, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Martin Luther King delivers a rousing speech in Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA, in which he first uses the phrase "I have a dream". The speech is recorded by Gordy Records and will be released as The Great March To Freedom album. (N.B. This is not the more famous I Have A Dream speech which will not delivered until August, in Washington DC.)
Alan Lomax, Bessie Jones And The Georgia Sea Island Singers, Ed Young and Sonny Terry play at The American Folk Festival 1963 in Asheville City Auditorium, Asheville, North Carolina, USA.
Gospel vocalist and recording artist Guy Penrod is born in Abilene, Texas, USA.
Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Lloyd Price and Wilson Pickett play at The Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Sam Cooke releases a new album, Ain't That Good News on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
A 70-foot Billboard is unveiled in New York City's Times Square, announcing Sam Cooke's upcoming two-week engagement at The Copacabana.
Della Reese is playing during a three-week engagement at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Tommy Scott's Gospel Singers are in Globe Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA, recording a selection of gospel songs for Katona Records.
President of the USA Lyndon Johnson uses the phrase "We shall overcome" in a speech before Congress in Washington DC. The phrase is borrowed from the title of the gospel song We Shall Overcome, which has become powerfully identified with the politics of the Civil Rights movement. Only a few days before Johnson's speech, Bloody Sunday had occurred on the Selma to Montgomery protest marches, so Johnson was using the song title to suggest a measure of government sympathy and solidarity with the Civil Rights movement.
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Nina Simone plays the fifth night of a ten-day residency at The Charade, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Band record Lonesome Suzie for Capitol Records in the USA. It will appear on their debut album, Music From Big Pink.
A celebratory luncheon event is held in the St. Regis Hotel, New York City, USA, to publicise Aretha Franklin's new long-term recording deal with Atlantic Records.
The Rolling Stones play the first of two nights at The Capitol Center, Largo, Washington DC, USA, supported by the Mighty Clouds Of Joy.
Viola Wells dies in Belleville, New Jersey, USA, aged 82. Often referred to as Miss Rhapsody, she was one of America's most successful jazz and gospel vocalists of the 30s and 40s.
While promoting their compilation album Songs To Learn And Sing, Echo And The Bunnymen play the second of two nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, Europe. Support on this gig is provided by The Woodentops.
The Wonder Stuff play at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK.
Wild Nothing and Ducktails play at Subterranean, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Panic! At The Disco play at The O2 Academy, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at The Festival Vielles Charrues, Carhaix, France, Europe.
Justin Bieber plays at The Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The London Community Gospel Choir plays the first of two nights at The Jazz Cafe, Camden, London, UK.
Aretha Franklin plays at Caesar's Casino, 2100 Pacific Avnue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
It is reported that Aretha Franklin is gravely ill at her home near Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is stated that she is surrounded by friends and family and "under hospice care". Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson, among others, have lately visited her.