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Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford release a new single, I'll Never Be Free, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Chet Atkins and His Galloping Guitar record Rustic Dance and Rainbow in RCA Victor Studio, 155 East 24th Street, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Lenny Dee records The Cotton Walk, Viennese Waltz Medley, The Donkey Serenade, Begin The Beguine and other tracks in Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Grady Martin and The Slewfoot Five record You Belong To Me, I Went To Your Wedding and Pennsylvania Polka in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Red Foley releases a new single, Hot Toddy, on Decca Records in the USA.
A package tour scheduled to begin tonight in Pensacola, Florida, USA, is cancelled because all of its major artists have suffered medical emergencies. Brenda Lee has developed cellulitis from a skating injury, Johnny Burnette is recuperating from a tonsillitis operation, Bob Beckham has burst a blood vessel in his throat and Gary Miles has contracted pneumonia.
Country gospel duo Reno And Smiley play at Rollerland, Vorona, Pennsylvania, USA.
Johnnie And Jack and Kitty Wells play a live gig in Eldon, Iowa, USA.
Patsy Cline plays a live show in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.
Ray Price And His Cherokee Indians play a live show in Montgomery, Alabama, USA.
Bill Anderson plays the second of two nights in Moline, Illinois, USA.
Flatt and Scruggs play a live concert in Leaksville, North Carolina, USA.
Johnny Cash and his future wife June Carter play their first show together, at a gig in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Ray Price And His Cherokee Cowboys play a New Year's Eve show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Three, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Carl Perkins, Gordon Terry and Johnny Western play in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
The annual National Association of Record Merchandisers convention begins at The Eden Roc Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA.
Chet Atkins records Satan's Doll for RCA Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Marty Robbins records I'm Gonna Be A Cowboy and Fly Butterfly Fly, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Johnny Cash plays at The White Horse Bowling Academy, Trenton, New Jersey, USA.
Johnny Cash plays at the The Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Country music star Jim Reeves holds his final recording session, during which he records Make The World Go Away, You'll Never Know and other tracks in RCA Victor Studio, 1611 Hawkins Street, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The session is produced by Chet Atkins, who also plays guitar. Other players on these tracks include Harold Bradley [guitar], Bob Moore [bass], Buddy Harman [drums], Jerry Smith [piano] and The Anita Kerr Singers.)
Marty Robbins records Cry Stampede in Columbia Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for his album The Drifter.
Warner Mack records Hurt (Is The Name Of The Game), Sittin' On A Rock and The Way It Feels To Die, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Mel Tillis records Bring On The Blues for Kapp Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Charley Pride, with producer Chet Atkins, records She Made Me Go, The Day You Stop Loving Me and The Right To Do Wrong, Out in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session consists of Harold Bradley, Fred Carter Jr. and Jerry Stembridge [gtrs], Lloyd Green [steel gtr], Junior Huskey [bass], Jerry Carrigan [drums], Buddy Spicher [fiddle], David Briggs [piano] + vocal chorus.
W. Lee 'Pappy' O'Daniel, founder of pioneering country music group, The Light Crust Doughboys, dies aged 79 in Dallas, Texas, USA.
When Jerry Lee Lewis makes his long-delayed Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, he makes two promises, one being that he won't swear and the other being that he won't perform any rock'n'roll songs. Needless to say, he breaks both promises, performing Johnny B. Goode, Great Balls Of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On.
James Young is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. He will come to prominence as guitarist with The Eli Young Band, which will score hits with Crazy Girl, Drunk Last Night and Even If It Breaks Your Heart.
Stephen Barker Liles is born in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA. He will become a founding member of the band Love And Theft, known for its 2009 debut, Runaway, and for its 2012 hit Angel Eyes. He will also provide the inspiration for the Taylor Swift song Hey Stephen (2008) on her album Fearless.
Willie Nelson's tour bus (with Willie inside) is hit on a slush-covered highway in Nova Scotia, Canada, when a car crosses the centre-line of the Trans-Canada Highway, six miles east of the town of Truro. The car driver is killed but no-one in the bus is injured.
Minnie Pearl performs in Joliet, Illinois, USA, in what turns out to be her final show. She will suffer a stroke two days later.
The Coral play at The Double Door, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Kings Of Leon.
Bob Dylan And Merle Haggard play the first of two nights at Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Kris Kristofferson plays at The Evan Theatre, Penrith, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania.
Top US country duo Brooks And Dunn announce via their website that they have decided to split up after twenty years together.
On her Speak Now World Tour, Taylor Swift plays at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.
The Barnstormer, a gigantic $5.5m 32-seater swing featuring two pendulum arms, opens at Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA.
On their Changed tour, Rascal Flatts play at The JQH Arena, Springfield, Missouri, USA.
Ben Folds premieres his Piano Concerto, with The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, at The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
On her Dressed To Kill tour, Cher plays at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Gillian Welch plays at Charleston Music Hall, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
Miranda Lambert plays in The Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, Kansas, USA, with special guests Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and Jukebox Mafia.
A Dominican Republic government commission with responsibility for public performances announces that it is banning a September 13 concert by Miley Cyrus because the former Disney cutie-pie often "undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law."
On her 1989 World Tour, Taylor Swift plays the first of two nights at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania, supported by Vance Joy.
Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Wolf Alice and The Libertines are among the big winners at The NME Awards 2016 in The O2 Brixton Academy, London, England, UK, Europe.
The newly established Patsy Cline Museum, located on the second floor of The Johnny Cash Museum building at 119 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, opens to the public.
100 Taylor Swift fans attend a 'secret listening party' in London, England, UK, Europe, to hear Swift's upcoming album Reputation in advance of its release.