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Recovery by Fontella Bass is the highest new entry in the Cash Box chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, entering at No 71.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, Joan Baez writes a two-page letter to her friend Wendy Hanson, the personal assistant of Brian Epstein (manager of The Beatles) in London, England, UK, Europe. The letter, which includes details of Baez' recent romantic life, will not be posted until Jan 12.
Loading Zone play at the Open Theare, Berkeley, California, USA.
The Beach Boys play at Shinjuku Kousei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
The Move play their first-ever gig at The Belfry, Wishaw, West Midlands, England, UK, Europe. On the same day, they also play at The Cedar Club (aka Club Cedar) in Birmingham.
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My Love by Petula Clark reaches No1 in the Canadian Top 20 singles chart.
I Confess by The New Colony Six peaks at No2 on the WLS Singles Chart in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan is working on the songs I'll Keep It With Mine and Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands, in Music Row, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for his double album Blonde On Blonde.
The Jefferson Airplane perform at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Turtles are playing at The Phone Booth, New York City, USA, during a ten-day engagement.
Quicksilver Messenger Service play at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, USA.
Pinkerton's Assorted Colours play at the Locarno Ballroom, Swindon.
The Blues Project play the fourth of nine nights at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
As part of the Week of the Angry Arts, the Vietnam Mobilisation Benefit is held at the Longshoremens Hall, San Francisco, California, USA, featuring Sopwith Camel, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe And The Fish and The Grateful Dead, with lights by Dan Bruhns.
Graeme Clark, bassist for Wet Wet Wet, is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, supported by Jefferson Airplane, play at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA.
Time magazine runs an article titled 'The Dangers Of LSD', reporting on the increasing use of the drug among young people in the USA.
Bob Dylan plays at the Palais Royal, Adelaide, Australia.
Prior to playing two Scandinavian dates, Bob Dylan is interviewed for Swedish Radio by Klas Burling at the Hotel Flamingo, Solna, Sweden.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band play their first paid performance at The Paradox in Orange, California, USA.
Janet Dameta Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She will find fame as Janet Jackson.
The Incredible String Band plays at MacLellan Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Little known guitarist Peter Green is drafted in to replace Eric Clapton in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
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Love, The Grateful Dead and Group B play at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium.
The Kinks release a new single,Sunny Afternoon, in the USA.
The Elvis Presley movie Girl Happy opens at cinemas in France, Europe.
The Four Tops release a new single, Reach Out, I'll Be There, in the USA. The song is said to have been inspired, at least in part, by Bob Dylan.
When The Yardbirds play at Tulsa Assembly Center Exhibit Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, vocalist Keith Relf falls sick, so Jim McCarty takes over. The band at this point includes both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
Jon Stewart, guitarist of 90s Britpop band Sleeper is born in Sheffield, UK.
First generation San Francisco hippy band Big Brother And the Holding Company, including Janis Joplin, play the twenty-first night in a month of dates at Mother Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jefferson Airplane play at The Fillmore, San Francisco, supported by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Muddy Waters.
The Nashville Teens play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, supported by The Meddy Evils.
The Beau Brummels play the fourth of eleven nights at The Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Monkees release their eponymous debut album in the USA.
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Major Oliver Smedley appears at Chelmsford Assizes, Chelmsford, UK, charged with the manslaughter of British impressario Reg Calvert, manager of The Fortunes and Pinkerton's Assorted Colours. Smedley had killed Calvert with a shotgun in his home near Saffron Walden, UK, during a dispute about Radio City, a pirate radio station owned by Calvert. He is found not guilty by reason of self-defence.
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The Searchers enter the UK singles chart with Have You Ever Loved Somebody, on Pye Records, which will peak at No35 during a three-week run.
US tv rock show Where The Action Is features Bob Lind performing San Francisco Woman. The Left Banke appear in the same show.
The Doors begin a month-long residency at Ondine's, New York City, USA.
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Country Joe And The Fish play the last of five nights at The Jabberwock, Berkeley, California, USA.
Big Brother And The Holding Company play the fourth of six nights at The Matrix, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Righteous Brothers, with Nino Tempo And April Stevens, appear at the USF Gymnasium, San Francisco, California, USA.
Quicksilver Messenger Service and The James Cotton Chicago Blues Band plays at a Student Non-Violent Co-ordinating Committee (SNCC) fundraiser at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA.
Moby Grape play the second of three nights at The Matrix, San Francisco, California, USA.
First generation San Francisco hippy band Jefferson Airplane play the fourteenth of fifteen nights at the Whisky A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, California, USA, supported by The Peanut Butter Conspiracy.
The Five Americans play the first of two nights at The Catacombs, Houston, Texas, USA, supported by The Heard and The Basic Things.
Seminal San Francisco hippy band Big Brother And The Holding Company play at The Ark, Sausalito, California, USA.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience play at The Hillside Social Club, Folkestone, England, UK, Europe, and, later, attend a New Year's Eve party at bassist Noel Redding's mother's house nearby. It is a bitterly cold night, so Hendrix asks if he can stand next to the fire. Inspiration strikes and he will later use the line as the main vocal hook in his song Fire. [It's also said that the family's Great Dane was hogging the fire, which inspired the throwaway line, "Aw, move over, Rover, and let Jimi take over..." which Hendrix inserts just before the song's guitar solo.]
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Moby Grape and Country Joe And The Fish play the second of two nights at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
George Harrison of The Beatles is refused entry to Annabel's nightclub, London, England, UK, Europe, for not wearing a tie. Undeterred, he and his wife Pattie, plus Brian Epstein and Eric Clapton celebrate the New Year at a Lyon's Corner House restaurant in Coventry Street.