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Christopher Columbus's expedition seeking a Western route from Europe to India, makes landfall in The Bahamas, thus accidentally discovering the 'new world' of North America. In 1936, Chu Berry and Andy Razaff will be inspired to write the song Christopher Columbus, which will be recorded by Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, The Ink Spots, Duke Ellington and many others. Adherents of the Rastafarian religion, however, see Columbus as an oppressor, thus the Burning Spear reggae song Christopher Columbus castigates the explorer for claiming to have discovered the West Indies when, in fact, they were already inhabited by the Arawak tribe. Another song inspired by Columbus is Christopho Columbo, performed by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong in the 1951 movie Here Comes The Groom. The 1960 Jimmy Jones hit, Good Timin', also refers to Columbus' achievements, with the lines "Who in the world woulda ever known what Columbus could do, If Queen Isabella hadn't hawked her jewels in 1492".
British record producer and composer Norrie Paramor is born in London, UK. He will become particularly well known for his lengthy working association with Cliff Richard at EMI Records.
Jazz critic Steve Race writes a feature in UK pop music weekly Melody Maker celebrating what he believes to be the demise of rock'n'roll. When teenager Ian Samwell reads it, he is inspired to write the song Move It, which will become the first genuine British rock'n'roll hit, sung by Cliff Richard.
Cliff Richard performs Move It, One Night and High Class Baby at the New Musical Express Annual Poll Winners Concert in The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. K0" allowfullscreen>
Cliff Richard and The Shadows release the EP Expresso Bongo and the single A Voice In The Wilderness, in the UK, Europe.
The Biggest Show Of Stars 1960 Winter Edition package tour plays at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Acts on the bill include Freddy Cannon, Clyde McPhatter, The Clovers, Bobby Rydell, Johnny And The Hurricanes, The Isley Brothers, The Crests, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Sammy Turner and Linda Laurie.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single A Voice In The Wilderness, by Cliff Richard and The Shadows.
The Cliff Richard movie Expresso Bongo opens at The Sutton Theater, New York City, USA.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Please Don't Tease by Cliff Richard and The Shadows.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows record What'd I Say, Unchained Melody andother tracks in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows record What'd I Say, Unchained Melody and other tracks in EMI's Abbey Road studios, London, UK.
British pop idol Cliff Richard appears in a UK tv show, Birthday Honours, which compares his '1,000 a week lifestyle with that of a student living on '6 a week.
The 9th annual New Musical Express (NME) Poll Winners concert, held at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe, is televised for the first time by ABC to an audience estimated at 15 million. Connie Francis presents awards to Adam Faith, The Shadows and skiffle king Lonnie Donegan. Performing live are Bert Weedon, Billy Fury, Emile Ford And The Checkmates, Adam Faith and The John Barry Seven, and Cliff Richard And The Shadows.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows play a show for black audiences only in The Alhambra Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa. Box office receipts go to local charities.
Michael by The Highwaymen enters the Lever Hit Parade pop singles chart in New Zealand, Oceania, at No2, but cannot dislodge the current No1, Will I Ask You by Eden Kane.
Tony Meehan, former drummer with The Shadows, is appointed as A + R man for Cliff Richard and The Shadows' new company, Shad-Rich.
Teen movie Summer Holiday, starring Cliff Richard And The Shadows, is released to cinemas in Sweden, Europe.
Cliff Richard is in the Canary Islands filming his next movie, Wonderful Life.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows are in the Canary Islands, Spain, Europe, working on the film Wonderful Life.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows' tour plays at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
Cliff Richard is in Columbia Studios, New York City, USA, recording Again, My Heart Is An Open Book and Lies And Kisses.
Cliff Richard is in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK, recording German-language versions of the songs Spanish Harlem and On the Beach.
1. UK pop newspaper the NME [New Musical Express] publishes its table of chart success for the preceding year, in which 30 points are awarded for a No1 hit, 29 for a No2 and so on down to one point for a No30.
Artist Points
1. The Beatles 1232
2. The Bachelors 1035
3. The Rolling Stones 1005
4. Jim Reeves 958
5. Roy Orbison 824
6. The Searchers 749
7. Cliff Richard 747
8. Manfred Mann 676
9. Cilla Black. 618
10. The Hollies 610
The Minute You're Gone by Cliff Richard reaches No1 in the UK singles chart, where it will remain for one week. On the same day, Cliff is in Studio 3, Abbey Road, London,England, UK, recording songs in English and German.
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Cliff Richard and The Shadows end an 80-date Scandinavian tour in Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
Cliff Richard and The Shadows begin a European tour in Frejus, France, Europe.
Prudence Farrow, along with her actress sister, Mia Farrow, travels with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from New York City, USA, to India, Asia, where she begins studying the Maharishi's transcendental meditation techniques at his Ashram in Rishikesh. When The Beatles arrive at the ashram in mid-February, they notice that Prudence has become obsessed by her meditative practice, and virtually never leaves her room. John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles undertake to help her return to something closer to normality. Inspired by her dilemma, Lennon writes the song Dear Prudence, encouraging her to realise that there is more to life than meditation.
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Cliff Richard records a German version of the song Congratulations, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
Cliff Richard and The Shadows record Girl On The Bus, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Bee Gees, Cliff Richard, The Hollies, The Tremeloes and The Seekers all appear on the 50th edition of BBC radio show Saturday Club, in London, England, UK, Europe.
Cliff Richard attends the premiere of his latest movie, Two A Penny, at the Prince Charles Cinema, London, England, UK, Europe. In the film, Cliff's character is converted to Christianity by American evangelist Billy Graham.
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I'll Love You Forever Today by Cliff Richard (from the soundtrack of his movie Two A Penny) enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No27 during a six-week run. The b-side is Cliff's cover of the Neil Diamond composition Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon.
Ravi Shankar plays the second of two nights at The HemisFair, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Engelbert Humperdinck enters the UK singles chart with Les Bicyclettes De Belsize, which will peak at No5.
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The Bee Gees, Barry Ryan and Peter Sarstedt appear live on UK tv show Top Of The Pops.
Gerry Lockran plays at The Barnet And Whetstone Folk Club, Totteridge, London, England, UK, Europe.
David 'Honeyboy' Edwards records the LP Mississippi Delta Bluesman for Folkways Records at India Navigation, New York City, USA.
Norrie Paramor dies of cancer in Barnet, London, UK. Although best-known as a record producer and composer working with Cliff Richard at EMI Records, Paramor had learned his craft by playing piano and doing arrangements for London dance bands, working with Maurice Winnick's Orchestra, Noel Coward, Mantovani, Jack Buchanan and Harrry Gold And His Pieces Of Eight.
Enduring UK pop idol Cliff Richard is awarded the MBE.
Cliff Richard begins a UK tour during which he performs gospel music.
Cliff Richard is playing during four nights at The International Centre, Bournemouth, England, UK, Europe.
Jerry Hall, wife of Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, holds her birthday party at the Bombay Brasserie, London. Guests include David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. On the same day, Eric Clapton attends the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon to watch his chum John McEnroe.
Bombay Bicycle Club play at The Albert Hall, Manchester, England, UK.
Bombay Bicycle Club play at The Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Colorado, USA.
Engelbert Humperdinck and Ron Sexsmith release a Christmas duet single, Something to Hold On To, featuring a children's choir.
Following a two-year police inquiry, the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK announces that it will bring no charges of sexual abuse against pop/rock star Sir Cliff Richard. There is, says the prosecution service, "insufficient evidence to prosecute". On the same day, South Yorkshire Police apologise "wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused" to Sir Cliff by the force's "initial handling of the media interest" in its investigation into the singer, when the BBC was tipped off about a 2014 raid on his home and broadcast it live.
It is reported that Sir Cliff Richard has accepted a payout from South Yorkshire Police after demanding "substantial damages" over the force disclosing his private information to the BBC. The payout related to a police raid at Sir Cliff's apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, after he was accused of a sex offence against a boy under 16 dating back to 1985.
Indian folk singer Dipali Barthakur, known as The Nightingale Of Assam, dies aged 77 at Nemcare Hospital, Guwahati, Assam, India, Asia, after a prolonged illness.