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Billy Hayes is born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He will find success as a songwriter, his best-known hit being Blue Christmas, recorded by Elvis Presley and many others.
Leonard Caston is born in Sumrall, Mississippi, USA. He will find acclaim as blues pianist/guitarist Baby Doo Caston, often working with Willie Dixon as well as pursuing his own solo career.
Country string band Vance's Tennessee Breakdowners record Washington County Fox Chase for Okeh Records in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On the same day, Al Bowlly records Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) and A Dream Of You, in Berlin, Germany, for Homochord Records.
Risque country blues singer and guitarist Bo Carter, who is also a member of The Mississippi Sheiks, records Pussy Cat Blues in New York City, USA.
George Chambers, bassist and vocalist of pioneering psychedelic soul group The Chambers Brothers, is born in Flora, Mississippi, USA.
Blues singer and guitarist Robert Johnson dies, aged 27, in a shack on the Star Of The West Plantation, Greenwood, Mississippi, USA. His death is thought to have been caused by drinking strychnine-laced whiskey during an evening with Sonny Boy Williamson I. The drink damaged Johnson's immune system, so when he caught pneumonia, he died.
Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra record Baby Won’t You Please Come Homa and Shanty Boat On The Mississippi for Decca Records.
John Emerson Moore Jr is born in West Point, Mississippi, USA. H will find success as Chicago-based soul vocalist Johnny Moore. (Not to be confused with Johnny Moore of The Drifters, trumpeter Johnny Moore of The Skatalites or guitarist Johnny Moore of The Three Blazers).
Blues harmonica star Sonny Boy Williamson (No1) dies after being mugged and brutally beaten while returning home after playing at the Plantation Club on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Lee Bell records Beatin' Out The Boogie [On The Mississippi Mud], Get Ready With Those Tears, Let Me Love You and I Get The Biggest Thrill for RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Muddy Waters records Manish Boy (aka Mannish Boy) for Chess Records, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The song is not just an arrangement of but also an "answer song" to Bo Diddley's March 1955 song I'm A Man, which was in turn inspired by Waters' and Willie Dixon's Hoochie Coochie Man.
On his 25th birthday, Sam Cooke signs a $100,000 deal with RCA Records.
Having been deposed by Jerry Butler's He Will Break Your Heart for one week, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters return to No1 in the Billboard Singles Chart with Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go.
Clay Cole's Christmas Rock'n'Roll Show opens for the first of ten days at The Brooklyn Paramount, New York City, USA, featuring Neil Sedaka, Dion, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Chubby Checker, Little Anthony, The Skyliners, Johnny Burnette, Bobby Vee and Dante And The Evergreens.
Sam Cooke begins a week of shows at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA, supported by Rochell And The Candles.
Sam Cooke plays the second night in a week of shows at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA, supported by Rochell And The Candles.
Elvis Presley begins rehearsals at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA, on songs for the upcoming movie Blue Hawaii.
Location filming for the next Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii, continues in Hawaii, USA.
The Marcels, Jerry Butler, Dee Clark and Maxine Brown play the first night of a week at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
The Marcels, Jerry Butler, Dee Clark and Maxine Brown play the second night of a week at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
The Marcels, Jerry Butler, Dee Clark and Maxine Brown play the third night of a week at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
I Feel So Bad, by Elvis Presley is the highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling pop singles in the USA, entering at No49.
Surrender, by Elvis Presley is the new No1 single in the UK.
Blues guitarist Syl Johnson records Little Sally Walker, I've Got To Find My Baby and other tracks for Federal Records in the USA.
Elvis Presley continues with location filming his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Crystal River, Florida, USA.
Sam Cooke, Ben E. King, The Olympics, Carla Thomas, Ernie K. Doe, The Sheppards and Slim Harpo are playing during a week of shows at The Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Blue Hawaii by Elvis Presley reaches No1 on the Billboard Hot 100 albums chart in the USA.
When Bob Dylan attends a Civil Rights Voters' registration rally on Silas McGee's farm in Greenwood, Mississippi, USA, he performs a previously unheard song, Only A Pawn In Their Game. Pete Seeger and Theodore Bikel also perform at this event.
Principal photography on the next Elvis Presley movie, Frankie And Johnny, continues at Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
For the second day running, Elvis Presley is scheduled to begin recording soundtrack material for his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style, at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, but he fails to turn up, claiming to be ill.
Elvis Presley continues location filming for the movie Paradise Hawaiian Style, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Elvis Presley is filming his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Hank Williams Jr. plays a live concert in Jackson, Mississippi, USA.
Successful 90s country performer and recording artist Lisa Stewart is born in Louisville, Mississippi, USA.
Brass parts are overdubbed onto the Elvis Presley recording of the song Almost at American Sound Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Jazz trombonist (aka George Brunies and Georg Brunis) dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He first found success as a jazz trombonist working on the Mississippi Riverboats. He played with Ragbaby Stevens, The New orleans Rhythm Kings, Louis Prima, Ted Lewis, Muggsy Spanier, Eddie Condon and others. He earned himself the nickname "The King Of The Tailgate Trombone".
Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian is born in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. She will find success as country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes.
Good-time rocker Jimmy Buffett bids for a 35-acre tract of marsh near Key West, Florida, USA, hoping to prevent developers from moving in.
Prince, Bo Diddley and The Isley Brothers are among the artists attending The Rhythm And Blues Foundation ceremonies in the Ballroom of The Sheraton Hotel, New York City, USA.
The newly-published Guinness Book of British Hit Singles reveals that - decades after his death - Elvis Presley remains the No1 all-time UK chart artist with 1,185 weeks in the charts.
Scotty Moore, the original guitarist for Elvis Presley, plays at Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, Europe.
Drummer Kenny Buttrey dies in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A member of the groups Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry, he was also an in-demand session player for Elvis Presley, Simon And Garfunkel, Neil Young, The Pointer Sisters and Kris Kristofferson. He also played on the Bob Dylan albums Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline.
Jazz, country and rock'n'roll guitarist Hank Garland, who worked with Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, George Shearing, Charlie Parker, Chet Atkins, Patsy Cline and many others, dies of a staph infection, aged 74, in Orange Park, Florida, USA. In a successful solo career, he achieved a million-selling hit in 1949 with Sugarfoot Rag.
B.B.King plays the first of two nights in Pickens, Mississippi, USA.
Mose Allison plays at Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
On her Femme Fatale tour, Britney Spears plays at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Todd Harrell, bassist of 3 Doors Down, is taken into custody after police find him passed out in his vehicle at a street intersection in D'Iberville, Mississippi, USA. He is charged with a second-offense DUI involving a substance other than alcohol, and is subsequently suspended from the band.
Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and George W. Bush all attend the Saints vs the Minnesota Vikings NFC Championship game in The Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Word release their second LP, Soul Food, on Vanguard Records in the USA. (The band, whose debut LP was released fourteen years earlier, includes members of the North Mississippi Allstars)
Britney Spears becomes stuck atop a tree stage prop when a mechanical harness malfunctions during her Britney: Piece of Me concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.