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A free Vaudeville variety show is presented every day during this week at Columbia Pleasure Park, Washington DC, USA.
Harry Gilfoil plus Klaw And Erlanger's Troubadours, featuring "thirty of the hansomest young women on the stage" perform in Harry B. Smith's comedy The Liberty Belles at The Columbia Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Sousa's Band records a Chopin Waltz and a Chopin Polonaise for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Moung Toon And Moung Chet (The Burmese Wonders), Bert Howard And Leona Bland, Gillette's Musical Dogs, The Rossow Midgets, Frank Gardiner and Lottie Vincent, Charlie Rossow and The Chamberlains are appearing at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Gay Butterfly Extravaganza Company, featuring The Meredith Sisters vocal group plus 'two burlesques and 25 pretty girls', opens at The Empire Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Haverly's Mastodon Minstrels play at Sweeney And Combs Opera House, Houston, Texas, USA. The show is billed as including "Waltz Me Again" George Wilson, The Assassin Of The Blues. The show is also advertised as featuring "a band like Sousa's".
The Silver Slipper, billed as "John C. Fisher's gorgeous musical production" is playing at The National Theater, Washington DC, USA.
The Marine Band provides music for A Ball For The Benefit of The Home For Incurables, at The New Willard, Washington DC, USA.
Milton Aborn, Dorothy Morton and others star in "the funniest of all operas" The Mascot at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Bostonian Burlesquers are appearing at The Gayety, Washington DC, USA.
Jitney Bus Rag, composed by Grover Thompson, is published by the Marks-Goldsmith Company of Washington DC, USA.
Burlesque troupe The Rosey Posey Girls are appearing at The Gayety Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Golden Crook Musical Extravaganza Company, featuring Billy Arlington, is appearing at The Gayety Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra play during a second week at The Palladium, London, England, UK, Europe.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at Riverside Beach Park, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The Grand Ball of The Elks Convention in the Municipal Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr is born in Buffalo, New York State, USA.
R'n'b vocal group The Cap-Tans lease three masters - Yes, I Thought I Could Forget You and Waiting At The Station, to Gotham Records of Washington DC, USA.
In Washington Square Park, New York City, USA, folk singers Ralph Rinzler, John Cohen and Lionel Kilberg perform a special concert for the entertainment of Woody Guthrie, who is dying of Huntington's chorea.
Duane Eddy plays the second night of a week at The Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers play the third of six nights at Abart’s, Washington DC., USA.
Ruth Brown, The Vibrations, Jimmy Jones, The Sensations , Joe Turner, The Clovers, Little Anthony, David Ruffin and Arthur Prysock play the fourth night in a week of shows at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dave 'Baby' Cortez plays the fifth of seven nights at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Dave 'Baby' Cortez plays the last of seven nights at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
The Top Ten records on WMCA Radio, New York City, USA, for the week starting on this date are as follows :

1. BE MY BABY - The Ronettes (Philles)

2. BLUE VELVET - Bobby Vinton (Epic)

3. WASHINGTON SQUARE - The Village Stompers (Epic)

4. CRY BABY - Garnet Mimms And The Enchanters (United Artists]

5. BUSTED - Ray Charles (ABC-Paramount)

6. THEN HE KISSED ME - The Crystals (Philles)

7. TALK TO ME - Sunny And The Sunglows (Tear Drop)

8. DONNA THE PRIMA DONNA - Dion Di Muci (Columbia)

9. PART TIME LOVE - Little Johnny Taylor (Galaxy)

10. SALLY, GO 'ROUND THE ROSES - The Jaynetts (Tuff)

Jazz trombonist and bandleader Chris Barber records Black And Tan Fantasy in London, England, UK, Europe. The song was originally recorded by Duke Ellington.
Using footage filmed months earlier, The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite in the USA runs a story about the phenomenon of Beatlemania, inspired by the success of The Beatles, in the United Kingdom. Marsha Albert, a young music fan listening to the radio broadcast will write to her local radio station, WWDC, in Washington DC, and ask to have a Beatles' track played. The response to the track, played on December 17, will quickly put it into heavy rotation.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the second of five nights at Tin Pan Alley, Redwood City, California, USA.
John Fahey spends the last of three days recording his album The Dance of Death And Other Plantation Favorites for Takoma Records in Adelphi Studios, Adelphi, Maryland, USA.
CBS-tv in the USA broadcasts the documentary Duke Ellington Swings Through Japan.
The Ramsey Lewis Trio play the first of three nights at Bohemian Caverns, Washington DC., USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra record Sugar Hill Penthouse, Berige and Cy Runs Rock Waltz in Universal Studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Golden Sheaf Bakery presents Country Joe And The Fish, Wildflower and John Fahey, with lights by Bill Ham, at The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, Berkeley, California, USA.
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The Jimi Hendrix Experience play the third of five nights at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC, USA, supported by San Francisco band Natty Bumpo.
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, with the Central Connecticut State College Choir are recording choral selections for Ellington's Second Sacred Concert in Fine Studios, New York City, USA.
Johnny Cash has his passport renewed by the Washington DC passport authorities in the USA.
The second day of the three-day long Sky River Rock Festival, is held in fields near Sultan, Washington, USA. Acts playing over the three days include Santana, Big Mama Thornton, James Cotton, Country Joe And The Fish, Richard Pryor, Dino Valenti, Byron Pope, It's a Beautiful Day, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Alice Stuart Thomas, The Youngbloods, New Lost City Ramblers, and local groups such as Juggernaut and Easy Chair. On the last day, The Grateful Dead arrive unscheduled.
Duke Ellington plays with and conducts the Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
In the largest anti-war rally in American history, over 500,000 peace protesters take part in the March Against Death in Washington DC., USA. Performers at the rally include Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul And Mary, Arlo Guthrie, John Denver, Mitch Miller, and the touring cast of Hair.
Eric Clapton plays the last of three nights at The Paramount, Seattle, Washington, USA, during a North American tour in support of his album Another Ticket.
Duran Duran's Sing Blue Silver tour plays at The Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Aida Ward who found success as a jazz singer in the 1920s and 1930s in New York, on Broadway and at The Cotton Club in Harlem, dies aged 84 of a respiratory ailment at Howard University Hospital, Washington DC, USA. At the Cotton Club she had been a featured singer with the orchestras of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.
Nirvana mix Sappy at Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Hot Tuna play at The Backstage Tavern, Ballard, Washington, USA.
Garth Brooks, James Taylor, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow perform liveon the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural event for president-elect Barack Obama in Washington DC, USA.
Cloud Nothings play at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Jorma Kaukonen plays at Boulton Center for the Arts, Bayshore, New York State, USA.
Billie Eilish plays at The Anthem, Washington DC, USA.