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Fernest Arceneaux is born in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. He will become a versatile accordion player, guitarist and singer leading Fernest And The Thunders on the Blues Unlimited label in the 1970s.
Pamela Agatha Nestor is born in Berbice, Guyana, West Indies. After moving to the UK, she will find a measure of success as singer-songwriter Pam Nestor, noted for her influence on and contributions to the songs of Joan Armatrading.
Frank Sinatra is heard performing the songs Should I?, Bye Bye Baby, My Foolish Heart and Body And Soul on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA.
The Miracles, from Detroit, Michigan, USA, release a new single, Bad Girl, locally on the Motown Records label, and nationally on Chess Records in the USA.
Chubby Checker, The Drifters, Maxine Brown and Chuck Jackson play the last night of a week at The Regal, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Fats Domino plays a live concert in Austin, Texas, USA.
The Soul Stirrers headline a week-long gospel revue at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
James Brown plays the first night of a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, supported by Ben E. King, The Spinners and Lee Dorsey.
James Brown plays the sixth night of a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, supported by Ben E. King, The Spinners and Lee Dorsey.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, is the place to be tonight, because not only is Ray Charles playing live at The Civic Auditorium, but The Isley Brothers are on the seventh of nine nights at The Peppermint Lounge West, while Aretha Franklin, The Coasters and The Contours continue their two-week season at the recently opened Zanzibar Club.
The Isley Brothers play the eighth of nine nights at The Peppermint Lounge West, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Hooka Tooka by Chubby Checker enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No17.
The Searchers, Bobby Vee, Dusty Springfield, Big Dee Irwin, The Echoes and others play at The Odeon, Manchester, UK.
Herbie Mann And His Big Band record Soul Montuno, Spanish Grits, Esta Bien and Soul Guajira for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
Bobby Freeman performs S-W-I-M on weekly tv pop show American Bandstand in Los Angeles, California, USA. Dick And Dee Dee are on the same show performing The Mountain's High.
The highest new entry in Cash Box magazine chart of the 100 best-selling singles in the USA is It's The Same Old Song by The Four Tops, entering at No70.
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TV rock show Where The Action Is in the USA features Billy Joe Royal performing Down Tn The Boondocks and The Ikettes performing Peaches N' Cream.
Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band play at The Flamingo Club, Soho, London, UK, supported by Peter B's Looners. The Looners include guitarist Peter Green and drummer Mick Fleetwood, both of whom will become founder-members of Fleetwood Mac.
Mandala play the first of three nights at The Cheetah, 1 Navy Street, Santa Monica, California, USA.
Georgie Fame continues with his three-week long Christmas engagement at the Mayfair Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Tremeloes and Solomon King are the musical guests on the BBC1-tv show Dee Time, hosted by Simon Dee, in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Cliff Bennett Show plays at the Alex Disco in the Alexandra Rooms, New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, with DJ Kazoon.
Tom Jones is playing at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
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The First Edition (led by Kenny Rogers) play during a week of shows at Soul City, Dallas, Texas, USA.
The Showstoppers play at The Orchid Ballroom, Purley, England, UK, Europe.
The Byrds embark from London, England, UK, Europe, on their tour of South Africa without singer and guitarist Gram Parsons, who states that he will not set foot in a nation where apartheid is official policy. Parsons announces that he will form a new 'Southern soul group playing country and gospel oriented music with a steel guitar.' Thus The Flying Burrito Brothers are born.
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Baby Come Back by The Equals is awarded a Silver Disc in the UK, Europe.
Joe Cocker plays at Mothers, Erdington, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
The Jimmy Smith Trio plays at The Royal Festival Hall, London, UK.
Bobby 'Blue' Bland and Smokestack Lightning play the second of five nights at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Joan Armatrading plays at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England, UK, Europe, supported by Kim Beacon.
Diana Ross plays at The Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The first Rock In Rio Festival, featuring Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Yes and Iron Maiden is claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The event hosts 1,380,000 people over the course of ten days.
House Party, a teen-oriented comedy movie starring Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid 'n Play, is released by New Line Cinema in the USA.
Kree Annette Harrison is born in Port Arthur, Texas, USA. She will come to prominence as a singer and musician Kree Harrison - the runner-up on the twelfth season of American Idol.
On his In Step tour, Stevie Ray Vaughan plays at The Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre, Dallas, Texas, USA, supported by Joe Cocker, B.B. King, Dr. John and Irma Thomas.
Laura Nyro plays a live concert in New York City, USA.
During a 22-date tour in support of her album Square The Circle, Joan Armatrading plays at The Dome, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson arrives in Moscow, Russia, Europe, and is greeted at The White Hall by mayor Yuri Luzhkov.
Destiny's Child, including Beyonce, play at The Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
On her Greatest Hits tour, Donna Summer plays in The Bank Boston Pavilion, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Joan Armatrading plays at The Grand Opera House, York, England, UK.
It is reported that Michael Jackson intends to visit the African state of Rwanda next year to undertake charity work.
Rod Stewart plays the first of two nights at Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
It is announced that Bruno Mars dominated the digital download charts in 2011, racking up the two biggest-selling singles of the year. Just The Way You Are, sold 12.5m copies worldwide, while Grenade was the second-biggest-seller with 10.2m digital copies sold. Both tracks are from his album Doowops And Hooligans.
Paolo Nutini plays at The Marquee, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
Rachel Platten makes a personal appearance, signing copies of her debut album Wildfire at Barnes And Noble at The Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Versatile vocalist Al Jarreau, who sold millions of records and won a string of Grammys for his work in jazz, pop and R'n'B, dies aged 76 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He had been hospitalised two weeks earlier for exhaustion.
Dennis Edwards, who was the lead vocalist of The Temptations from 1968 to 1989 dies aged 74, in hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. No cause of death is disclosed at this time, but he had suffered from meningitis for some time.
Nick Waterhouse releases a new LP, Nick Waterhouse, on Innovative Liesure Records in the USA.