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The Steven Sondheim musical Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman, is performed on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 702 performances.
The musical Irma La Douce is running at The Plymouth Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It runs at The Plymouth for more than a year before transferring to The Alvin Theatre.
UK pop hitmaker Anthony Newley is playing in a one-man show, Stop The World I Want To Get Off, at Queen's Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, which runs for 485 performances.
Lonnie Donegan, Miki And Griff, Suzie Miller, The Dallas Boys, Gil And Freddie Levedo, The Tiller Girls and Norman Vaughan are appearing in Putting On The Donegan at The Winter Gardens Pavilion, Blackpool, England, UK, Europe.
Dean Martin is playing during three weeks at The Sands, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Noel Coward-composed musical Sail Away is presented at The Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 167 performances.
Jerry Butler, Bobby Lewis, Maxine Brown, The (Detroit) Spinners, The Blue Notes, The Wanderers and Tommy Hunt play during a week of shows at The Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Biggest Show Of Stars For '61 package tour plays at Wichita Forum, Wichita, Kansas, USA, with stars including Brook Benton, The Platters, Del Shannon, Dee Clark, The Drifters, Gary 'US' Bonds, Gene McDaniels, The Jarmels, Curtis Lee, Phil Upchurch, The Cleftones all backed by Paul Williams And His Show Of Stars Orchestra.
Jimmy Rodgers plays during a week of shows at The Moore Theater, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Big Joe Williams records the album Blues For Nine Strings, with Willie Dixon on bass and Larry Johnson on harmonica, for Bluesville Records in New York City, USA.
Female rockabilly star Wanda Jackson marries former IBM programmer Wendell Goodman, who will also become her business manager.
Crying by Roy Orbison reaches No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
The front page of UK music weekly newspaper Melody Maker reports that three trad jazz bands (Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and The Temperance Seven) will appear at this years Royal Variety Show in London, England, UK, Europe.
Matt Monro is performing at The Round Table nightclub in New York City, USA.
Songwriter Tommy Barnes is born in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA. His biggest successes will be the platinum single Indian Outlaw by Tim McGraw, and the gold single My Love by Little Texas.
Dizzy Gillespie reveals that his upcoming concert at Tulane University (Oct 19), in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, has been cancelled. Gillespie is certain that the cancellation has been caused by the presence of a white pianist, Lalo Schifrin, in his otherwise black band.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles are on holiday in Paris, France, Europe.
The highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA is Everlovin' by Ricky Nelson, entering at No63.
Mario Lanza Day is declared in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A mass is sung in memory of the singer at St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church where, as a young altar boy, Lanza had sung the Ave Maria.
John Jacob Niles performs a concert at St. Mark's School, South-boropugh, Massachusetts, USA.
UK music weekly newspaper Disc reports that an American ban on songs from the Anthony Newley - Leslie Bricusse musical Stop The World - I Want To Get Off has been lifted.
Rock music singer and actor Brian Mannix is born in Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Glen Gray (leader of The Casa Loma Orchestra) spends the first of two days undertaking promotional activities for his new LP, Shall We Swing?, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Peter Cassidy is born in Sound Beach, New York State, USA. He will find success a guitarist Spike Cassidy of crossover thrash band D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles).
Judy Garland signs a contract to play two performances in December 1961 at the O'Keefe Center in Toronto, Canada.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra are playing at The Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
In New York City, USA, the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie closes after 607 performances.
Ray Price And His Cherokee Indians play a live show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
The Chantels, The Bobbettes, Gladys Knight And The Pips and Big Maybelle play the fifth of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The musical Milk And Honey, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, is playing at The Martin Beck Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 543 performances.
The stage musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, starring Rudy Vallee, is playing at the 46th Street Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1,417 performances.