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Pioneering early harmonica manufacturer Matthias Hohner dies in Germany, Europe.
James Pasco Gourley Jr. is born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He will find success as jazz guitarist Jimmy Gourley, working in a long career with Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Anita O'Day, Stephane Grapelli and many others.
Artie Shaw And His Orchestra record Frenesi in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Xavier Cugat And His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra record Bim Bam Bum for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Cliff Beckford And His Swingalong Orchestra are playing in a Christmas Morning Concert at Coke Hall, Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. At the same event, vocalist Gene McDonald performs a selection of popular songs and a musical revue entitled Tropicano, featuring a troupe of 25 dancers, depicts "the fruits of Jamaica"
Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff headline Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA, for the first of two nights. This is the first country music show ever presented in that venue, and people had to be turned away from the doors.
A new character, Spike Dyke, modeled on zany jazz bandleader Spike Jones, appears in Chester Gould's nationally syndicated Dick Tracy comic strip in the USA.
Tiny Bradshaw records Walkin' The Chalk Line for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Louis Andrew Grammatico is born in Rochester, New York, USA. He will find success as Lou Gramm, rock vocalist and songwriter, best known as lead vocalist and co-writer of many of the songs for the rock band Foreigner.
Gay Claridge And His Band are playing at The Martinique, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sid Phillips And His Band play in Malvern, England, UK.
Cliffie Stone and His Orchestra record Pretend, The Last Round and The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart) at Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Californias, USA.
The Keith Christie Quartet records Sultry Serenade, Baby Please Stop, Cottontail, Never No Lament, Mainstem, I Got It Bad, Drop Me Off at Harlem and It Don't Mean A Thing, for Esquire Records in London. The group line-up is Keith Christie (tb), Johnny Dankworth ("Dee") (as), Bill Sutcliffe (b) and Allan Ganley (d).
Fats Domino plays at Club Bolero, Wildwood-by-the- Sea, New Jersey, USA.
Sam Cooke, Danny And The Juniors and Conway Twitty are the main attractions when US tv's Dick Clark Show undertakes a live broadcast from the Southeastern Fair, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Ray Charles plays the sixth day in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Don Rendle plays at the Modern Jazz Club, Deer's Leap, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. (1960) N.B. Click here to visit SwindonMusicScene for an in-depth look at this era of Swindon music.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers play in WHK Auditorium, later to become The Agora, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Bunky Green records The Blues Walk [aka Somebody Done Stole My Blues], Blues [Ttraditional], A Minor Passage, Stella By Starlight and Don't Blame Me for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Avant garde jazz composer Sun Ra records the album The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra, for Savoy Records in New York City, USA.
Impresario Larry Parnes' package tour, Star Spangled Nights, plays at The Granada, England, UK, Europe. Featured artists include Billy Fury, Eden Kane, Joe Brown, Tommy Bruce, The Allisons, The Viscounts, The Karl Denver Trio, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Terry Hale and newcomer Georgie Fame.
The Beatles and The Yorkshire Jazz Band play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Joey Dee And The Starliters play at The Zebra Lounge, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
Alexis Korner's influential white blues band Blues Incorporated plays at the opening night of The Ealing Club, Ealing, London, UK. The band includes two future Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts), harmonica virtuoso Cyril Davies and future Cream bassist Jack Bruce.
Emile Ford And The Checkmates play at The Majestic Ballroom, Bradford, UK.
Maurice Winnick, who found success as a big band leader and recording artist during the 1930s and 1940s, dies in England, aged 60, after a long illness.
Bobby Darin plays the ninth of twelve nights at The Three Rivers Inn, Syracuse, New York State, USA.
Jazz history is made at The Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, California, USA, when Dave and Iola Brubeck, with Louis Armstrong and his band; Lambert, Hendricks And Bavan and Carmen McRae perform Brubeck's controversial jazz musical The Real Ambassadors. A highly political work, it addresses the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, the music business, America
The Rolling Stones, Georgie Fame And The Blues Flames, Carter Lewis And The Southerners, The Yardbirds and The Graham Bond Organisation, play in "A Concert In Rhythm'n'Blues" at the Civic Hall, Guildford, England, UK, Europe.
Vocalist Al King records Reconsider Baby and On My Way for Shirley Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz vocalist Sylvia Syms records God Bless The Child, More Than You Know and other tracks in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela plays the first of ten nights at The Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Wilber DeParis Jazz Band plays at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman plays a live concert in Rome, Italy, Europe.
This Guy's In Love With You by Herb Alpert reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart. The song is composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
From this date, Atlantic Records in the USA stops accepting returns of monaural discs from dealers. They had ceased production of mono records several months earlier.
Hard rock keyboard player Steve Ferlazzo is born. He will play with Tribe Of Judah, Chuck Mangione, Dale Bozzio and others.
The Mills Brothers play at The Ilikai Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Jimmy Smith plays the last of three nights at the King Pleasure Jazz Club, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Weather Report play at The Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway.
The highest new entry in the Billboard US Jazz LPs Chart is Rhapsody And Blues by The Crusaders, entering at No23.
Pioneering jazz trombonist and recording artist Preston Jackson dies in Blytheville, Arkansas, USA.
Jazz guitarist and flute player Les Spann, who led his own quintet but also worked with Phineas Newborn, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones, dies aged 56.
When Metal Church play at The Marquee, London, England, UK, their support band Vertigo is actually Metallica playing a secret gig.
Elton Dean and Paul Rutherford play at Jazz Rumours, London, N16, UK.
Barret Deems, a jazz percussionist often billed as 'the world's fastest drummer', dies of pneumonia at Columbus Grant Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Deems played with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Red Norvo and many more.
Hard bop and free jazz drummer Clifford Jarvis, who worked and recorded with Sun Ra Arkestra from 1962 to 1976, dies in London, UK.
On her The Architect Summer Tour, Paloma Faith plays at Delamere Forest, Delamere, near Northwich, Cheshire, England, UK, Europe.