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The Beatles Christmas Show continues at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
The Rolling Stones play at The Country Club, West Hampstead, London, UK.
Ben E. King begins his first UK visit, during which he will undertake tv and radio dates.
The Beatles are interviewed for WABC Radio in New York City, USA.
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The Undertakers play at the Oasis Club, Lloyd Street, Manchester, UK, supported by The Meteors.
The Bee Gees release a new single, Peace Of Mind, in Australia. It flops.
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On arrival in Washington, DC, for their first live concert in the USA, The Beatles give a brief press conference.
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The Lonely Ones, later to become The Soul Agents play at The Guildhall, West Marlands Road, Southampton, Hampshire, UK, with The Kinsmen.
The Top Ten Records for this week on WMCA Radio, New York City, USA, are as follows :
1. She Loves You - The Beatles (Swan)
2. Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong And The All Stars (Kapp)
3. I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles (Capitol)
4. Dawn (Go Away) - The 4 Seasons (Philips)
5. Please Please Me - The Beatles (Vee-Jay)
6. Needles And Pins - The Searchers (Kapp)
7. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Betty Everett (Vee-Jay)
8. Java - Al Hirt (RCA Victor)
9. The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Temptations (Gordy)
10. Fun, Fun, Fun - The Beach Boys (Capitol)
Manfred Mann record Ain't That Love at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays at The Town Hall, Birmingham, UK.
For the first time ever, the UK Top Ten singles chart features only British acts. The acts in question are Cilla Black, The Dave Clark Five, Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas, The Bachelors, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, The Searchers, The Merseybeats, Eden Kane and Kathy Kirby.
Liberty Records releases the compilation LP 5-String Banjo Greats, in the USA. The album features tracks by Jim McGuinn (later to form The Byrds), David Lindley, Mason Williams, Jim Helms, Billy Cheatwood, Mike Seeger, Joe Maphis and others.
Denny Laine And The Diplomats play at The Moathouse Club, Birmingham, UK.
Professor Irwin Corey, Tony Hendra and Nick Ullett come to the end of four nights at Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The Top Ten records played on WABC Radio in New York City, USA, on this date, are as follows :
1. Do You Want to Know A Secret - The Beatles (Vee-Jay)
2. Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong (Kapp)
3. Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles (Capitol)
4. Ronnie - The Four Seasons (Philips)
5. Twist And Shout - The Beatles (Vee-Jay)
6. Bits And Pieces - The Dave Clark Five (Epic)
7. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Betty Everett (Vee-Jay)
8. My Guy - Mary Wells [Motown]
9. Love Me Do - The Beatles (Tollie/Capitol)
10. Suspicion - Terry Stafford (Crusader)
Them (with Van Morrison on lead vocals) play on the regular weekly r'n'b night at The Maritime Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
Rufus and Carla Thomas release the single That's Really Some Good on Stax Records.
Bill Wyman (bass), Ian Stewart (keyboards), Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page (guitars) and others play four songs together during a jam at Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London, UK.
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The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, Mark Wynter, The Mojos, The Hollies and Frank Berry play at The Gaumont, Hanley, UK.
Them (with Van Morrison on lead vocals) play on the regular weekly r'n'b night at The Maritime Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Record producer George Martin overdubs a piano part onto The Beatles recording of Slow Down in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Jimmie Rodgers performs The World I Used To Know on weekly tv pop show American Bandstand in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Claude King records Sam Hill, Big Ole Shoulder, and Whirlpool (Of Your Love at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Musicians on the session include Grady Martin, Harold Bradley, Ray Edenton, Joseph Zinkan, Buddy Harman and Floyd Cramer.
The Crickets play at The Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK.
The Poets play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
The Cumberland Trio (actually a quartet) play at The Hotel Greystone, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA.
The Dexter Gordon Quartet do a live radio broadcast from Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
The Beach Boys are in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, adding vocals to the backing tracks for When I Grow Up (To Be A Man).
House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No1.
Glasgow council in Scotland announces that all boys and men with Beatle-cuts - i.e. haircuts in the the style of The Beatles - will henceforth have to wear bathing caps, because a committee has been told that hair from 'Beatle-cuts' is clogging the pool's filters.
Save It For Me by The Four Seasons enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No10.
Legendary jazz violinist Stuff Smith and vocalist/organist Nina Russell (of The Sepia Tones) perform together at Russell's retirement party in her home in the west end of south central Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Animals, Jan And Dean, Chuck Berry and Del Shannon play the last of ten nights at The Paramount Theater, New York City, USA.
The Meditation Singers record I Know You're Gonna Miss Me, Lord I've Tried, Wait On Jesus and other tracks for Gospel Records at Medallion Studios, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
The Applejacks play at The Gaiety, Ramsey, UK.
The Missing Links do a promotional performance for electrical goods retailer H.G. Palmer in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, billed as "the new Rock and Roll Group with the 'Rolling Stones Sound'".
The Pretty Things play at Queens Hall, Leeds, UK. The audience, annoyed that the advertised headliner, Little Richard, has unexpectedly cancelled, pelts the band with coins and orange peel.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single You Really Got Me by The Kinks.
The Beach Boys perform I Get Around on the tv series Age Tendre Et Tete De Bois, in Paris, France, Europe.
Nic Dalton, bass player with The Lemonheads is born in Washington, D.C.
The Squires, including Neil Young on lead guitar, play the first of two nights at The Fourth Dimension, Fort William, Ontario, Canada.
The Heartbeats Of Sierra Leone record sixteen tracks during their second live recording session at The Voice Of America Studios, Liberia, Africa.
On the same day that The Beach Boys make their debut on tv show Shindig! in the USA, performing their Christmas song Little Saint Nick, their leader Brian Wilson suffers a nervous breakdown aboard a plane headed for a concert at The Music Hall, Houston, Texas, USA.
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