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, Vicar of St Michael's Church, Bray, Berkshire, England, UK, Europe, dies. In his lifetime, he became notorious for having changed his religious beliefs from Catholic to Protestant and back again in order to match the beliefs of whichever king or queen was on the throne of England. This ploy helped him retain his valued position as Vicar Of Bray. His devious ways inspired the 17th century ballad The Vicar Of Bray
which can still be heard today, as performed by folk artists including The Broadside Band and Dick Gaughan.
The Ward Singers
record Tell The Angels I'm On My Way, Tell Jesus All, When I Wake Up In Glory and That Awful Day Will Surely Come for Savoy Records
in the USA.
is born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. He will find success as a Contemporary Christian Music singer and songwriter.
, subtitled 'A gospel song-play' opens at The 41st Street Theater, New York City, USA, starring gospel vocalists Professor Alex Bradford, Marion Williams and The Stars Of Faith. The show is is a retelling of the classic Nativity story with an entirely black cast, traditional Christmas carols sung in gospel style, plus a few songs created specifically for the show.
Awake, the magazine of the Jehovah's Witness religion, publishes an
article criticising The Twist
dance craze for its immoral influence on young people. Later, articles in Awake will claim that The Twist has its origins in "pagan fertility dances".
, with producer Chet Atkins
, records Farther Along, Jesus Wept, Rich Man Am I and other tracks, in RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee
, USA. The band on the session includes guitarists Harold Bradley and Jerry Shook, steel guitarist Joseph Tanner, bassist Junior Huskey, drummer Buddy Harman, pianist Hargus Robbins, vibraphonist Joe Layne plus The Anita Kerr Singers.
Pope Paul VI gives an address at the United Nations in New York City, USA, which will be released by Spoken Arts Records as the LP United Nations Address
The Beach Boys
and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi play at Iona College, New York City, USA.
The Beach Boys
and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi play at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
renounce their association with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as 'a public mistake'.
's 31st movie Change Of Habit opens in the USA. This film also marks his final acting role.
releases a new single, Dear God. It bombs.
play at the City Hall, St Albans, England, UK, Europe.
’s Unforgettable Fire tour arrives at the Musensaal, Mannheim, Germany, Europe.
play a free open air concert at the Embarcadero Center, Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, California, USA. During the show, Bono climbs onto a modern sculpture by Armand Vaillancourt, and spray paints it with the words "Rock and Roll" and "Stop The Traffic." The city of San Francisco issues a warrant
for his arrest and fines him for vandalizing public property.
's second show at the Flaminio Stadium, Rome, Italy, Europe, is cancelled, due to poor ticket sales. Her show was recently criticised by the Italian Bishops' Conference as 'an offence to good taste.'
Gregory, the son of Prince
and his wife Mayte, is born at the Children's Health Care Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, with severe birth defects (skeletal abnormalities) which will lead to his death just a few days later.
play the second of two nights at The GM Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
play at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, UK, supported by Athlete
play at The Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany, Europe, supported by Keane
and The Zutons
The first day of a three day long Bruce Springsteen
Symposium takes place at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. The event includes over 150 academic papers including 'A Marxist Perspective On Darkness On The Edge Of Town' and 'The Boss And The Bible'.
To promote the imminent release of their new LP No Line On The Horizon, U2
play an unannounced twenty minute-long gig on the roof of BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, England, UK, Europe.
As fans gather in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, USA, to pay their last respects at the funeral of rock star, Ronnie Dio
, members of an extreme right wing anti-devil worship congregation from The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), protest by forming a picket line at the cemetary gate
and waving anti-gay and other placards.
On their 360 Degree
play the first of two nights in Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland, Europe, supported by Razorlight
plays at The Hop Farm Music Festival, Tonbridge, Kent, UK.
plays at The Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
plays at Salzburgarena, Salzburg, Austria, Europe.
Following accusations that recently-deceased DJ, TV presenter and charity fundraiser Sir Jimmy Savile
had sexually abused teenage girls, it is reported that a memorial plaque at his former home on The Esplanade, Scarborough, UK, is has been removed
. The plaque had been defaced with graffiti in the form of the words "paedophile" and "rapist".
and Sir Mick Jagger
of The Rolling Stones
tweet messages of support to British tennis player Johanna Konta, who is playing in the Wimbledon Women's Final.
In an interview published today
by entertainment media outlet Vulture, Eryka Badu claims that she can see the "good" in Adolf Hitler and other controversial figures, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Her comment swiftly draws criticism from Anti-Defamation League chief Johnathan Greenblatt who calls on her to issue an immediate publiuc apology.
publishes the results of a study
which claims that Christians and committed churchgoers tend to avoid "rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock," which perhaps suggests "moral aversion based on a perceived incitement to sex and violence associated with the lyrical content. Classical music is less explicit on such themes, and has also been central to some Christian liturgy." Aarons adds that, "More theologically conservative Christian groups are also much more likely to shun popular forms of music than the non-religious… Conversely, Christians and committed churchgoers lead the way for highbrow genres such as classical music and opera. Of regular church attendees, 43% regularly attended classical music concerts and operas, compared with 29% of those who never attend church."
Australian sociology lecturer Haydn Aarons,
On their 40th Anniversary tour The Specials
play the second of four nights at The Old Cathedral, Coventry, England, UK, Europe.