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Musical entertainers at The Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA, on this day include Al Leach And The Three Rosebuds, Genaro And Bailey, Ed Latell and The Bison City Quartette.
Billy Eckstine plays at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Lowell Fulson records Kissa Me Baby, Hey Now, The Snow Is Falling and Misery In My Heart in Los Angeles, California, USA. Ray Charles plays piano on the session.
The movie comedy musical Sailor Beware, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, is released to cinemas in the USA.
Steven King is born in New York City, USA. He will find success as a virtuoso, award-winning fingerstyle guitar player and recording artist.
Amos Milburn records Three Times A Fool, Why Don't You Do Right, Let Me Go Home Whiskey and Please Mr. Johnson for Aladdin Records in Radio Recorders studio, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Leo Fender is granted a patent for his Precision Bass, a pioneering instrument in the development of the electric bass guitar.
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The musical comedy movie Call Me Madam, written by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor and George Sanders, opens in Finland, Europe.
Barbra Streisand plays the sixth of ten nights at The Caucus Club in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
When Judy Garland plays a comeback show at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA, the show is recorded for an album which will hit No1 in the USA in September.
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Elvis Presley continues filming scenes for his next movie, Fun In Acapulco, at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley arrives at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, to begin pre-production work on his next film, Roustabout.
Pamela Polland, backed by guitarist Ry Cooder, plays at The Ash Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at The Troy Armory, Troy, New York State, USA.
The English Folk Dance and Song Society Festival gets underway at Keele Universty, Keele, England, UK. "Five hundred 'traditional' folk singers, some strumming guitars, others with Jew's-harps in their pockets, converged this afternoon on Keele University for the biggest folk festival ever held in Britain," reported The Guardian. Attendees are adamant that their is 'traditional' not 'commercial' folk of the sort Bob Dylan and The Byrds have recently made popular.
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The Beach Boys play at The Forum, Montreal, Canada, supported by Sonny And Cher.
Rising English pop star David Jones changes his name to David Bowie, allegedly to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees.
Elvis Presley is filming his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gene Vincent records Hurtin' For You Baby, Poor Man's Prison and Born To Be A Rolling Stone in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Dearly Beloved play at Gazzari's, 9039 Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band perform live on the beach in front of The Martinez Hotel, during the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, Europe.
Harpers Bizarre and The Lemon Pipers appear in the Mod Night at Ravinia Festival, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
New York City-based cafe society pianist Cy Walter, dubbed the "Art Tatum of Park Avenue", dies aged 52, in New York City, USA.
Bruce Berry, a long-time friend and roadie to Neil Young, dies of an overdose of heroin, just a few months after Crazy Horse songwriter, singer and guitarist Danny Whitten has met the same fate. Bruce Berry's story has been immortalized in the lyrics to Young's song Tonight's The Night.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Patti Austin begins work on her first album for Quincy Jones' Qwest label, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rock movie Eddie And The Cruisers, starring Tom Berenger and Michael Pare, is released in West Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at The Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
While Janet Jackson is on the VIP tour at Universal Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, she is annoyed by a persistent fan who thinks she is her brother Michael.
Heart Of Stone by Cher is certified as a platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
On the Trash Tour, Alice Cooper plays at K. B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
On her Blond Ambition World Tour, Madonna plays the second of five nights at Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On her Heart Of Stone tour, Cher plays at The ASU Activity Center, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
Drummer Steven Adler files suit in Los Angeles, California, USA, against his former band, Guns N'Roses. He claims that band members pressured him to use heroin and then dropped him after he entered a rehabilitation program.
Former Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth is arrested for buying marijuana in Washington Square Park, New York City, USA.
Ray Charles plays at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
Music Week reports that album sales in the USA have taken a tumble - 20.4% down on last year's tally in the same week. Overall sales were just 5.6m - the lowest in any seven-day cycle since SoundScan started quantifying data in 1991.
Rage Against the Machine reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Killing In The Name, thus ending tv-pop mogul Simon Cowell's four year domination of the Christmas number one slot. A well-orchestrated Facebook campaign helped the Californian nu-metallers outsell The Climb by X-factor winner Joe McEdlerry.
On her Fearless tour, Taylor Swift plays at The Ford Centre, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
On her Nothing But Love tour, Whitney Houston plays the first of three nights at The O2 Arena, London, UK.
Tom Petty And the Heartbreakers play at The Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The Sonisphere '10 festival is held at Stora Skuggan, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. Artists appearing include Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Iggy And The Stooges, Slayer, Anthrax and Hammerfall.
Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, The Band Perry and Victoria Justice perform for US President Obama and his family at the 30th annual Christmas in Washington concert, in the National Building Museum, Washington DC, USA.
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and his son Bronx attend a screening of 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi' at The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA.
Madame Tussauds unveil a new wax figure of Taylor Swift in celebration of her latest album ‘1989’ at Madame Tussauds, Washington DC, USA.
Brown Eyed Girls play at Feria, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On their Hippopotamus tour Sparks play at The Waterfront, Norwich, England, UK, Europe.
Via an instagram message, Demi Lovato announces the cancellation of her gig tonight at The O2, London, England, UK, Europe, stating that she has fallen very sick.
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Peter Tork of The Monkees dies of cancer, aged 77, at his home in Mansfield, Connecticut, USA.
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