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Having run for 166 performances, the musical The Old Town closes at The Globe Theatre on 46th Street, New York City, USA.
Charlie Spivak And His Orchestra play at The Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The full-length Disney animated film Song Of The South is released to cinemas in Australia. The film includes several memorable songs, notably Zip-a-dee Doo-Dah, sung by James Baskett.
The full-length Disney animated film Song Of The South is released to cinemas in Italy. The film includes several memorable songs, notably Zip-a-dee Doo-Dah, sung by James Baskett.
At the age of 59, celebrated comedienne and torch singer Fanny Brice suffers a massive cerebral hemorrhage and is rushed to Cedars of Lebanaon Hospital, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, where she will die a few days later. (The film Funny Girl is based on the career of Fanny Brice.)
MGM's movie remake of the Kern-Hammerstein musical play Show Boat, starring Howard Keel, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson, premieres at the Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Walt Disney animated film Cinderella, including the songs A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, So This is Love, Sing Sweet Nightingale, The Work Song, and Cinderella, is released to cinemas in Austria.
Satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer records his debut album, Songs Of Tom Lehrer in TransRadio studio in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, at a total studio cost of $15. Lehrer then has the discs pressed privately and released in an edition of 400 10" long-players.
Susan Hayward wins the award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Musical Film for her leading role in With A Song In My Heart at The 10th Golden Globe Awards in the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Eddie Duchin Story, a Hollywood movie about the life of jazz bandleader Eddie Duchin, is released to cinemas in France, Europe.
In The Still Of The Night by US doo-wop R'n'B band The Five Satins enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart, where it will peak at No24. Nevertheless, it will go on to become a genre classic, and eventually achieve multi-platinum sales.
While rehearsing a dance sequence for the film Jailhouse Rock at the MGM Soundstage, Hollywood, California, USA, Elvis Presley inhales a cap from one of his teeth into his lung.
Folk group The Brothers Four fly to New York City, USA, to begin recording their debut album for Columbia Records.
Judy Garland plays at The Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA, to an audience of 8,700 people. The show grosses $45,000.
The Four Preps record a new single, The Big Draft, live at North Hollywood High School, California, USA. The song is a novelty number, suggesting how popular music groups would fare if sent off to serve in the US forces. The Barron Knights will adapt the idea for the UK market under the title Call Up The Groups.
Gene Pitney enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with Town Without Pity, which will give him his first Top 20 entry, peaking at No13. The song is the title theme from the movie of the same name.
Elvis Presley's year-end income for 1961 includes $902,610 from his movies and $775,078 from records and music publishing.
Neil Sedaka plays the second of seven nights at The Forty Thieves Lounge, Bermuda.
Elvis Presley is in Seattle, Washington, USA, on the fourth day of location filming for his latest movie, It Happened At The World's Fair.
If A Man Answers, a new movie starring Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee, opens in the USA.
Elvis Presley signs a contract with Admiral Pictures, Inc, to make the film Frankie And Johnny.
The Beatles single, A Hard Day's Night, is released in Germany, Europe, on Odeon Records.
The Beatles' second movie, A Hard Day's Night, opens in the USA.
Elvis Presley continues with filming of studio scenes for his eighteenth film, Tickle Me, at Allied Artists studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Los Angeles-based music newspaper KRLA Beat reports (incorrectly) that the title for the second movie by The Beatles has finally been chosen, and it will be Eight Arms To Hold You.
Elvis Presley continues with filming of his next movie, Frankie And Johnny, at Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
That Funny Feeling, Bobby Darin's third and final movie with his wife Sandra Dee, opens at cinemas in Japan, Asia.
The Beatles meet Elvis Presley at his house on Perugia Way, Bel Air, Hollywood, California, USA.
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Teen-pop-oriented movie Beach Ball opens at cinemas in the USA. It stars tv heart throb Edd Byrnes, and features live performances by The Supremes, The Four Seasons, The Hondells, The Righteous Brothers and The Walker Brothers, plus a guest appearance by The Nashville Teens.
The Elvis Presley movie Girl Happy opens at cinemas in West Germany, Europe.
Sophie Tucker, singing star of Vaudeville, movies and records, known as the Last Of The Red-Hot Mamas, dies of lung cancer, aged 82 in Weathersfield, Connecticut, USA.
The Beatles are filming scenes for their tv special, Magical Mystery Tour, at Hangar No2, West Malling Air Station, Maidstone, Kent, UK.
The Monkees complete recording of the Mike Nesmith song While I Cry at RCA Victor Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Weather Report enter the Billboard US Top 40 Albums chart with Heavy Weather, which will peak at No30 during a five-week run.
Dance Craze, a film starring such Two-Tone acts as The Beat, Bad Manners and The Specials, opens in London, England, UK, Europe.
Rock movie Breaking Glass opens in the USA, starring Hazel O'Connor as punk singer Kate. Zoot Money and Gary Holton have featured roles in the film, while Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney are seen in brief cameos.
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson begin four days of filming in Los Alamos, California, to make a promo video for their newly released single, Say, Say, Say.
Film director John Landis hires his director of photography Robert Paynter, choreographer Michael Peters, and his own wife, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, as costume designer, for the imminent filming of Michael Jackson's Thriller video in Los Angeles, California, USA. Auditions for dancers also begin on this day.
It is announced that 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell has paid filmmaker George Lucas more than $300,000 in an out-of-court settlement, and has also agreed to stop using the name Luke Skyywalker. Some months earlier, Lucasfilm Ltd. had filed a $300m federal trademark infringement lawsuit against Campbell, who had been performing under the name Luke Skyywalker. Lucasfilm asserted that despite the two Ys, the name was too similar to their Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
Madonna's bustier is stolen from a display in Frederick's of Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. A US$1,000 reward is offered for its return.
1950s rockabilly legend Glen Glenn plays at The Palomino, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's star is unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Backsteet Boys begin their Into The Millennium tour, with the first of two nights at the Belgium Expo, Ghent, Belgium, Europe.
The Stereophonics announce that their drummer Stuart Cable, a founder member of the band, has been sacked because of lack of commitment to the band.
A DVD of the Raymond Briggs' animated movie When The Wind Blows is released by Channel Four Video in the UK. The movie features a soundtrack by Roger Waters.
The film North Country, starring Charlize Theron, is released in Austria, Italy, Sweden and Iceland. The movie features several Bob Dylan songs, including the newly-recorded Tell 'Ol Bill.
Lady Gaga attends The Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, Europe.
On their Ceremonials tour, Florence And The Machine play the second of two nights at The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The music biopic Get On Up, based on the life of James Brown, opens at cinemas in Argentina, South America.
Ennio Morricone plays at The O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.