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Simon Aleyn, 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 Haydn Quartet records The Chapel for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Kathryn Jewel Thorne is born in Houston, Texas, USA. She will find success as boogie-woogie pianist Katie Webster, notable for her contributions as a session player with Lightnin' Slim, Lonesome Sundown and other artists.
The fantasy movie The Devil And Daniel Webster is released by RKO in the USA. The film's story of a good man corrupted by evil supernatural forces will inspire John Fogerty to write the 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival hit Bad Moon Rising.
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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.
Jeoffrey Benward is born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. He will find success as a Contemporary Christian Music singer and songwriter.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Town Hall, Leeds, UK, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Town Hall, Middlesbrough, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
Carter Stanley (of The Stanley Brothers) tells a crowd in Luray, Virginia, USA, that Flatt and Scruggs refused to play at the All Day Bluegrass Festival because The Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe were there.
Birmingham, Alabama-based gospel group The Gospel Harmonettes record Joyous Tidings, Jesus Is Real To Me and other tracks for Savoy Records in the USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Monroe, Louisiana, USA.
Black Nativity, 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".
Hank Snow, 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.
Last Kiss by J. Frank Wilson And The Cavaliers reaches No1 in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
Having been briefly deposed by Elvis Presley's Crying In The Chapel, I'm Alive by The Hollies returns to the UK Singles Chart No1 slot.
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.
Georgie Fame, Cat Stevens, Julie Felix and Sounds Incorporated play the twelfth night of a 14–day run in 'Fame In 67' at Brian Epstein's Saville Theatre, London, England, UK.
Cat Stevens takes a break from recording his first album in London to perform live on BBC radio show Saturday Club.
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.
The Beatles renounce their association with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as 'a public mistake'.
Ringo Starr of The Beatles arrives in New York City, USA, aboard the liner QEII. While there, he will undertake some additional filming for the movie The Magic Christian.
Elvis Presley's 31st movie Change Of Habit opens in the USA. This film also marks his final acting role.
Bruce Springsteen plays at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Elton John releases a new single, Dear God. It bombs.
U2 play at the City Hall, St Albans, England, UK, Europe.
U2’s Unforgettable Fire tour arrives at the Musensaal, Mannheim, Germany, Europe.
U2 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.
A demolition order on St Mary’s Church, Oconee Street, Athens, Georgia, USA, is approved. This is the church in which R.E.M. rehearsed and played its first gigs.
Madonna'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.
U2 play the second of two nights at The GM Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The White Stripes release their fifth album, Get Behind Me Satan, worldwide except for the USA, where it will appear one day later.
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U2 play at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, UK, supported by Athlete.
U2 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 tour U2 play the first of two nights in Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland, Europe, supported by Razorlight.
Bob Dylan plays at The Hop Farm Music Festival, Tonbridge, Kent, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at The Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan 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".
Bono of U2 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.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the first of four nights at Estadio Nacional de Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America, supported by Noel Gallagher's High FLying Birds.
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.
Australian sociology lecturer Haydn Aarons, 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."
On their 40th Anniversary tour The Specials play the second of four nights at The Old Cathedral, Coventry, England, UK, Europe.
Katy Perry testifies for 35 minutes in court in Los Angeles, California, USA, where she and her songwriting team stand accused of having improperly copied elements of Christian rapper Flame (a.k.a. Marcus Gray)'s 2008 song Joyful Noise in Perry's 2013 hit Dark Horse. Perry asserts that she had never heard the song Joyful Noise before she was accused of infringing on its copyright.
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