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Stephen Friedland is born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He will find some success and notoriety as singer and songwriter Brute Force, whose best-known composition The King Of Fuh prominently includes a double entendre, referring repeatedly to the "Fuh King", i.e. a King in the Land of Fuh. George Harrison of The Beatles will acquire the track, produced by The Tokens in New York City, and will overdub 11 strings of the London Phiharmonic Orchestra. However, after learning that neither EMI in the UK or Capitol Records in the USA would distribute the single, Apple Records will press and distribute a limited edition of 1,000 copies in 1969.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the fifth of six nights at the Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the second of six nights at The Hippodrome, Manchester, UK.
The Silver Beetles' van crashes on the road between Inverness and Fraserburgh, Scotland, injuring drummer Tommy Moore. Despite concussion and the loss of several front teeth, a heavily sedated Moore is dragged onstage that night by Silver Beetle John Lennon to play with the band. (The group will later change its name to The Beatles).
The Silver Beatles (later to become The Beatles] visit The Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool, UK, where they meet with Pete Best, who will become their drummer.
The Beatles play at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
A new club, The Blue Angel, opens in Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, with cabaret vocalist Alma Warren and The Terry Francis Quartet.
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The Beatles continue their 92 day residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Swinging Blue Genes (later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans) play at The Cavern, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Impresario Larry Parnes' package tour, Star Spangled Nights, plays at The ABC, Dover, 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.
John Lennon of The Beatles places four personal ads in Merseybeat magazine in Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. The four messages read "Happy XMAS - Jurgen.", "Hello from Norman Lennon Vollmer.", "FROLICHE FUSSBODEN - Herr Vollmer." and "GOOD MORNING, Jurgrow, from George." They are taken to be humourous messages to Jurgen Vollmer, the young German who gave the group their famed Beatle-cut hairstyles.
Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers record their version of the Chris Montez hit Let's Dance in Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Billy Fury plays at the Gaumont, Worcester, UK, supported by Mark Wynter. Tickets cost
The Beatles EP [extended player] The Beatles Hits, is released in Germany on Apple Records.
The Rolling Stones headline the Group Scene 64 Tour as it kicks off at The Granada Theatre, Harrow, UK. Other acts on the bill are The Ronettes, Swinging Blue Jeans, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates and Marty Wilde.
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Top Ten singles of this week as played by WABC Radio, New York City, USA, are as follows :

1. I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles (Capitol)
2. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen (Wand)
3. There! I've Said It Again - Bobby Vinton (Epic)
4. Forget Him - Bobby Rydell (Cameo)
5. Dominique - The Singing Nun (Philips)
6. Since I Fell For You - Lenny Welch (Cadence)
7. Popsicles and Icicles - The Murmaids (Chattahoochee)
8. Wives and Lovers - Jack Jones (Kapp)
9. Somewhere - The Tymes (Parkway
10. You Don't Own Me - Lesley Gore (Mercury)
Elvis Presley sends a telegram to his manager, Col Tom Parker, about the imminent arrival of The Beatles in the USA. He says, "I just hope the fans over here are as good to them as the fans in England are to me."
Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart.
The Beatles release a single, Do You Want To Know A Secret / Thank You Girl on Capitol records in Canada.
Don't Throw Your Love Away by The Searchers is the highest new entry in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, entering at No74.
The Searchers, Dick And Dee Dee, Ronnie Dio And The Prophets and Ronnie Cochran play at Sports-O-Rama, Syracuse, New York State, USA, as part of The Liverpool Express package tour.
Adam Faith and Tony Jackson (formerly of The Searchers) appears on UK tv show Ready, Steady, Go!, in London, UK.
The Silkie release their version of You've Got To Hide Your Love Away on Fontana Records in the UK. The song is written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles. The record is produced by Lennon, with McCartney adding some guitar parts.
The Beatles spend the day making promotional films with NEMS Head Of Promotions Tony Bramwell, at Twickenham Film Studios, Twickenham, UK.
The Pretty Things release a new single, Midnight To Six Man, in the UK on Fontana Records. On the same day, The Beatles' Third Christmas Record is sent out to members of the group's fan club in the UK and USA.
The Beatles, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull attend a lecture about Transcendental Meditation, in the Park Lane Hilton Hotel, London, UK, by Indian mystic The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
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The Hollies, The Scaffold and Paul Jones play at The ABC, Stockton, UK, Europe.
The Beatles begin recording the George Harrison composition While My Guitar Gently Weeps, in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Ringo Starr of The Beatles is recording Blue Turning Grey Over You, which will appear on his solo album Sentimental Journey, at Wessex Sound Studios, London, UK.
Badfinger play a few songs live at The Beatles' Apple Records Christmas Party in London, UK.
The ITV network in the UK transmits With A Little Help From My Friends, an all-star musical extravaganza presented by The Beatles' producer George Martin, starring many the acts he worked with including Ringo Starr, The Hollies and Lulu.
During their first-ever European tour The Jackson 5 play at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
Paul McCartney enters the UK singles chart with Tug Of War, which will peak at No53 during a three-week run.
Paul McCartney releases the album Coming Up.
Echo And The Bunnymen play at The City Hall, St. Albans, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Sound.
Simple Minds play at The Royal Court, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan spends the last of four days participating in a Ringo Starr recording session at Three Alarm Studio, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Wet Wet Wet and Billy Bragg reach No1 in the UK pop singles chart with their double A-side Childline charity cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends and She's Leaving Home.
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The Drifters, Charlie Gracie, Jack Scott and P.J.Proby play at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
Fritz Spiegl dies in Liverpool, UK. He made his mark as a journalist and broadcaster but also as a gifted musician and composer, perhaps best-remembered for composing the theme music for the British tv police series Z Cars, which reached the Top Ten during the mid-1960s. A long-time resident of Liverpool, Spiegl was principal flautist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for more than a decade.
It is revealed that, after an eighteen-month battle, pictures of Paul McCartney have been removed from the walls of MacDonalds, Sefton Street, Liverpool, England, UK. McCartney, well-known to be a vegetarian, objected to his image being used as if to endorse the eating of meat products.
The Hoodlums play at The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, UK.
Kathryn Williams plays at Junction 2, Cambridge, UK.
Kathryn Williams plays at The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, UK.
On their 3-D Concerts tour, Kraftwerk play at The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.