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Arthur Godfrey is born in New York City, USA. Through his tv series Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, he will help launch the careers of musicians including Julius LaRosa, Pat Boone, Tony Bennett, Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis and Patsy Cline. He will also famously turn down auditions by Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.
Acoustic country blues fiddler, guitarist and vocalist Will Batts is born in Michigan, Mississippi, USA.
Al Bowlly records Muddy Water [A Mississippi Moan] and A Dream Of You, in Berlin, Germany, Europe, for Homochord Records.
Country-blues singer/guitarist Mississippi John Hurt records Big Leg Blues and Avalon Blues for Okeh Records in New York City, USA.
Singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman is born in Harlingen, Texas, USA. Although enjoying a successful recording career, she will become even better known for writing country hits, including This Kiss for Faith Hill, Here We Are for Alabama, Five Minutes (Lorrie Morgan) and You Say You Will (Trisha Yearwood).
Sam Cooke supported by Little Anthony And The Imperials and Aretha Franklin, plays the fourth of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley performs his last live show for eight years, a benefit show at Bloch Arena, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, USA, which raises $62,000 for the USS Arizona Memorial Fund.
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Elvis Presley is in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, beginning preparations for his next film, Blue Hawaii.
Location filming for the next Elvis Presley film, Blue Hawaii, continues in Hawaii, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with location filming on his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Crystal River, Florida, USA.
Warren Smith releases a new LP, The First Country Collection, on Liberty Records in the USA.
I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door by Eddie Hodges reaches No1 in the Australian Top Twenty singles chart.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Jerry Butler, Maxine Brown, The Cleftones, Bobby Lewis, The Blue Notes and Doc Bagby's Combo play during a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The American Folk, Blues And Gospel Caravan, featuring Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mississippi John Hurt, Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee, Reverend Gary Davis and Cousin Joe Pleasants plays at The New Victoria Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Elvis Presley buys a fleet of motorcycles, one for each of his trusted staff members.
Filming continues on the Elvis Presley movie Frankie And Johnny at Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Bing Crosby writes to Elvis Presley's manager, Col Tom Parker, thanking him for Presley's recording of the Crosby hit White Christmas.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, I'm Yours, on RCA Records in the USA.
Roosevelt Holts records Corrina and Louise Blues for The Franklinton Muscatel Society in Franklinton, Louisiana, USA.
Elvis Presley is filming his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley is filming his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley is filming his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bo Diddley plays at The Birdcage Club, Portsmouth, England, UK.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, Guitar Man, on RCA Victor Records in the USA. It will spend a week at No1 on the Billboard Country Music Singles Chart.
Hank Williams Jr. plays a live concert in Jackson, Mississippi, USA.
Priscilla Presley and her new baby Lisa Marie, join Elvis Presley in their new home at 1174 Hillcrest Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kaleidoscope play the first of two nights at The Straight Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by James Cotton and It's a Beautiful Day.
Liza Minelli and The Sandpipers play at The Auditorium Theatre Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan, John Lennon and George Harrison are in the audience at Madison Square Garden when Elvis Presley plays his first concert in New York City, USA.
Bo Diddley plays at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London, England, UK, Europe.
On their Eliminator tour, ZZ Top play the second of three nights at Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas, USA, supported by Albert King.
Nudie Cohn, the designer of extraordinary rhinestone apparel for country music stars including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers and Gram Parsons, dies aged 81, in Burbank, Los Angeles, California, USA. He also made Elvis Presley's famed $10,000 gold lame suit, as well as outfits for John Lennon and Elton John.
Bo Diddley plays at The Vogue, a nightclub in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Charley Pride and Faron Young are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame by The Country Music Association in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Blues guitarist and recording artist Big Daddy Kinsey dies of prostate cancer, aged 74, in Gary, Indiana, USA.
Scotty Moore, the original guitarist for Elvis Presley, plays at Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, Europe.
The great jazz and pop guitarist Barney Kessel dies of brain cancer, aged 81, in San Diego, California, USA. Kessel's guitar was heard on records by artists as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
A woman in Northam, near Perth, Western Australia, Oceania, stabs her husband repeatedly with a pair of scissors for driving her to distraction by repeatedly playing Burning Love by Elvis Presley.
When Tim McGraw and Faith Hill play at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, they are unexpectedly joined by Tony Bennett for a rendition of the Hank Williams classic Cold, Cold Heart.
Eli "Paperboy" Reed And The True Loves play at Oran Mor, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Despite having died in 1977, Elvis Presley tops a newly-released chart of the all-time best-selling solo artists in the UK, with combined sales of over 21.7m. The chart, compiled from statistics collected by The Official Charts Company, shows Cliff Richard in second place [21.5m] with Michael Jackson in third place [15.5m].
Harold Battiste dies, aged 83, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He found success for several decades as a composer, arranger, performer and teacher, working with Sam Cooke, Joe Jones, Lee Dorsey, Sonny and Cher, Dr. John and others.
The funeral of recently-deceased blues singer Otis Clay is held at Liberty Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Afterwards, he is buried at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago.
About 300 rare and valuable guitars, including instruments associated with Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley and Eddie Van Halen, go up for auction at Guernsey's, New York City, USA.
Major Lazer, Diplo's electronic/dancehall trio, play a free show at the Tribuna Jose Marti, Havana, Cuba, Caribbean.
D.J. Fontana, longtime drummer for Elvis Presley, dies aged 87, in his sleep in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. At his time of death, he is suffering from complications of a broken hip.