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Violinist Charles D'Almaine, with piano accompaniment, records The Holy City, Cavatina, Then You'll Remember Me, Medley Of Irish Airs and Shepherd's Dance for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA.
The Haydn Quartet record Massa's In The Cold Cold Ground, Nearer My God To Thee and Tenting On The Old Campground for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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The Columbia Mixed Quartet records Silent Night, Adeste Fideles, Oh Come All Ye Faithful and other hymns for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra record All God's Chillun Got Rhythm, The Lady From Fifth Avenue and Let's Have Another Cigarette, in New York City, USA.
During a huge public protest outside Davidson Courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, following the bombing of the home of black lawyer Z. Alexander Looby, a young white man called Guy Carawan strums his guitar and sings an old gospel song, I Will Overcome Some Day, with its lyric changed to We Shall Overcome. Soon the whole crowd is singing along. The civil rights revolution now has its anthem, which will be sung by protest movements worldwide.
David Howell Evans is born in Barking, Essex, England, UK, Europe. He will grow up to become The Edge, guitarist of U2.
The Jehovah's Witness magazine Watchtower runs a feature about the morality of dancing The Twist, concluding that, "even if a Christian can participate in a dance with a good conscience before God, because of having no wrong motive, that is not enough. He must consider the effect upon the onlooker."
Roy orbison plays the last of three nights in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Soul Satisfiers record Deliver Me, So Glad and other tracks for Savoy Records in the USA.
Jimmie Davis records It's All Coming Home To You, I Wonder If She's Blue, Alimony Blues, When It's Round Up Time In Heaven and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
One Tin Soldier by The Original Caste reaches No1 in the Canadian singles chart.
Count Basie records The Huckle-Buck, Oh Pretty Woman, Go Away Little Girl, Bye Bye Love and He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, for Reprise Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. The tracks will appear on his album Pop Goes The Basie.
The Bachelors are the musical guests on tv show The New London Palladium Show in London, England, UK.
Cat Stevens takes a break from recording his first album in London to perform live on BBC radio show Saturday Club.
Johnny Cash, June Carter, The Tennessee Two, The Statler Brothers and Carl Perkins hold their second day of rehearsals in the Banquetting Room of El Rancho Motel, Sacramento, California, USA, for their upcoming live show at the nearby Folsom Prison. During this day's rehearsal, California governor Ronald Reagan, who is at the hotel for an after-dinner speech, visits the band and offers his encouragement. A major part of the rehearsal is spent learning Greystone Chapel, a song written by Folsom Prison inmate Glen Sherley.
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Cat Stevens releases a new single, Lovely City, on Deram Records in the UK, Europe.
John Lennon of The Beatles and Yoko Ono stage an 'Acorn Event' in Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, England, UK, Europe, during which they plant acorns to symbolise the coming together of east and west. Within a week, the acorns will be stolen.
Entering at No45, the highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the top-selling singles in the USA is Oh Happy Day by The Edwin Hawkins Singers.
John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles have a meeting with Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktiven-danta Swami Prabhupada, at Tittenhurst Park, Berkshire, UK.
Eleven Lebanese Fatah fighters land on a beach in northern Israel and hijack two buses full of passengers on the Haifa - Tel-Aviv road, shooting at passing vehicles in what will become known as the Coastal Road massacre. They kill 37 and wound 76 Israelis before being killed in a firefight with Israeli forces. In retaliation, Israel will invade Lebanon three days later. The 1984 Human League song, The Lebanon, will be inspired by the many years of ongoing violence in the region.
U2 play at the 77 Club, Nuneaton, England, UK, Europe, supported by Fashion.
U2 play at the Boat Club, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe, supported by Fashion.
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U2 play at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, UK, Europe.
The film The Jazz Singer, starring Neil Diamond as a young Jewish cantor with a secret life as a jazz singer, goes on general release to cinemas in France. The film is a re-make of an Al Jolson movie, originally released in 1927.
Bob Dylan is in the Power Station, New York City, USA, working on tracks for his album Infidels. Mark Knopfler is acting as co-producer. Knopfler also plays guitar on the album, along with former Rolling Stones' axeman Mick Taylor. On this day, Dylan works on the song Blind Willie McTell.
With Or Without You by U2 enters the UK pop singles chart, where it will peak at No4.
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Ozzy Osbourne sends US tv preacher Oral Roberts $1.00 for "psychiatric treatment" after Roberts announces that God would take his life unless he received $1 million in donations.
TV Evangelist Jimmy Lee Swaggart gives his infamous "I Have Sinned" speech live on tv in the USA, saying, "I have sinned against You, my Lord, and I would ask that Your Precious Blood would wash and cleanse every stain until it is in the seas of God's forgiveness." Although he does not specify his sins, it is clear that he is referring to recent revelations about his frequent use of prostitutes. Later in the year, Ozzy Osbourne will be inspired by this very public confession to write his song Miracle Man.
The Jesus And Mary Chain play at The Power Station, Melbourne, Florida, USA, supported by Nine Inch Nails.
Bruce Springsteen records Seven Angels at Oceanway Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Syria Mosque, built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1911 as "mystical" shrine for the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (aka the Shriners), is demolished. It became internationally known as a venue for music concerts featuring top rock, pop, soul, jazz and blues artists until its demolition. The Mosque was also considered to have been the birthplace of network television.
Kings Of Leon play at The Barfly, Glasgow, Scotland.
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U2 play at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, UK, supported by Athlete.
U2 play at Croke Park, Dublin, Eire, Europe, supported by Paddy Casey And Snow Patrol.
U2 play at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, UK, supported by The Killers.
Sony announces that its karaoke-based console game SingStar has topped 20m unit sales.
On their Hello Hurricane tour, Switchfoot play the second of two nights at Wiston House, West Sussex, England, UK.
Napoleon IIIrd plays at Stereo, York, UK.
Robert Fripp [guitars] and Theo Travis [horns and woodwinds] are filmed live in St. Peter's Church, Newlyn, Cornwall, England, UK, Europe. The recordings will be issued on the DVD Follow in 2012.
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards are held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Eminem and Justin Bieber dominate the event, each taking home six trophies, while Taylor Swift and five others secure three each. Beyonce gets the Millennium Award. Also in attendance are U2 and Lil Wayne.
Bob Dylan plays the second of four nights at Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
During her Born This Way Ball Tour, Lady Gaga is obliged to cancel tonight's sold-out show at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia. The cancellation comes in the wake of threats from the Islamic Defenders Front that they would disrupt the show because it amounts to "satanic worship".
Celine Dion, Arcade Fire, Patrick Watson, Coeur de pirate, Ian Kelly, Vincent Vallieres and others take part in a benefit concert in Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in memory of lighting technician Denis Blanchette, who died tragically on September 4 during a shooting incident at a Parti Quebecois' election-night party.
It is confirmed that the video for Katy Perry's latest single, Dark Horse, has been edited following an online petition signed by 65,000 people claiming that it was blasphemous.
Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger play at The House Of Blues, San Diego, California, USA.
Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger play at MacEwan Hall, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger play at Webster Hall, New York City, USA.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the first of two nights at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by The Lumineers.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona, Spain, Europe, supported by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.