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Little Egypt causes a sensation when she dances at The World's Columbian Exposition for Chicago Day, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Billed as "The Bewitching Bellyrina", her real name was Fahreda Mahzar Spyropoulos and she became "a pioneer of burlesque", doing a dance which came to be known as the hoochie-kootchie. She also provided the inspiration for The Coasters hit Little Egypt.
Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk is born in Breda, Holland, Europe. He will find notoriety as Col Tom Parker, the enigmatic manager of Elvis Presley.
The syndicated daily newspaper cartoon strip Alley Oop is published for the first time in the USA. The strip will be immortalised in song when it inspires the 1960 hit single Alley Oop by The Hollywood Argyles.
Bob Davies is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He will record for Roulette Records with his rockabilly band Bob Davies And The Rhythm Jesters.
Elvis Presley enrols at L.C. Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Bette McLaurin opens for ten days at The Regal Theater, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Johnny Ace plays at The Dew Drop Inn, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Crazy Man, Crazy by Bill Haley And His Comets peaks at No11 on the Cash Box chart in the USA. It is regarded as the first recognized rock and roll recording to appear on the national American musical charts. It is also believed to be the first rock and roll recording to be played on national television in the USA.
Chuck Berry begins a week-long engagement at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA, as part of deejay/promoter Alan Freed's First Anniversary Rock'n'Roll Show.
Elvis Presley begins filming his first movie, the Civil War era western Love Me Tender, for 20th Century Fox.
Package tour the Biggest Show Of Stars for '59, featuring Bo Diddley, Duane Eddy, The Platters, Clyde McPhatter, Little Anthony And The Imperials, The Kalin Twins and The Crests, plays in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Chas McDevitt Group, featuring Shirley Douglas, plays in the Big Beat Dance Of 1959 at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe, supported by Vince Taylor, Leroy Powell and The Beatnicks.
Finishing an extensive nationwide promotional tour in support of his novelty single Baby Sittin' Boogie, Buzz Clifford visits deejays and other music business contacts in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Top Ten Singles being played on WMGM Radio in New York City, USA, for the week beginning on this date are as follows :



1. RUNAWAY - Del Shannon (Big Top)

2. BLUE MOON - The Marcels (Colpix)

3. BUT I DO - Clarence 'Frogman' Henry (Argo)

4. DADDY'S HOME - Shep And The Limelites (Hull)

5. I'VE TOLD EVERY LITTLE STAR - Linda Scott (Canadian-American)

6. MOTHER-IN-LAW - Ernie K-Doe (Minit)

7. TONIGHT I FELL IN LOVE - The Tokens (Warwick)

8. A HUNDRED POUNDS OF CLAY - Gene McDaniels (Liberty)

9. BABY BLUE - The Echoes (Seg-way)

10. DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE - The Shirelles (Scepter)

Gerry And The Pacemakers leave Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, to begin a three month season in Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Pendletones, who will find fame after a name change to The Beach Boys, spend the third of five days of rehearsing in Hawthorne, California, USA.
Chubby Checker plays the fourth night of a week-long engagement at The Rainbow Room, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens, based on traditional Zulu folk song Wimoweh, becomes the first African song to reach No1 in the Billboard Charts in the USA.
The Top Ten singles being played on WABC Radio in New York City, USA, for the week beginning on this date are as follows:
  1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens (RCA)
  2. The Twist - Chubby Checker (Parkway)
  3. Peppermint Twist, Part 1 - Joey Dee And The Starliters (Roulette)
  4. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes (Tamla)
  5. Run To Him - Bobby Vee (Liberty)
  6. Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren (Colpix)
  7. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) - Barbara George (AFO)
  8. Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen - Neil Sedaka (RCA)
  9. Walk On By - Leroy Van Dyke (Mercury)
  10. Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley (RCA)
The teen-oriented movie, Teen-Age Millionaire, featuring Chubby Checker, Dion, Marv Johnson, Bill Black's Combo, Jimmy Clanton, Vicki Spencer and Jack Larson, opens at theatres in Mexico, North America.
In Liverpool, UK, John Lennon of The Beatles tells his Aunt Mimi that he is marrying his girlfriend, Cynthia Powell.
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Gene Vincent plays the eighth night of a two week engagement at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Elvis Presley begins filming studio scenes for his latest movie, It Happened At The World's Fair, at MGM Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Neil Sedaka begins a ten-day tour of South America, which includes tv and night club appearances plus recording sessions in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Chuck Berry (backed by The Nashville Teens) plays at The Globe, Stockton, UK, supported by Carl Perkins (also backed by The Nashville Teens) and The Animals, Kingsize Taylor and The Dominoes, and The Swinging Blue Jeans.
A new single by Tony Sheridan And The Beatles, Sweet Georgia Brown/Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby, is released on Atco Records in the USA.
Cliff Richard is in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK, recording It's Not For Me To Say, My Heart Sings and other tracks.
Elvis Presley continues filming studio-based scenes for his seventeenth movie, Girl Happy, at MGM Studios, Culver City, California, USA.
The Animals begin their first tour of North America at The Norfolk City Arena, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, with Gene Vincent. During the day, The Animals hold a press conference at The Golden Triangle hotel.
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A second day of filming for The T.A.M.I. Show, takes place in The Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, USA. TAMI stands for Television Audience Measurement Index. The show's amazing line-up includes Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Beach Boys, The Supremes, Jan And Dean, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer, The Barbarians and more.
Elvis Presley continues with filming of studio scenes for his eighteenth film, Tickle Me, at Allied Artists studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows open for the Christmas season in the pantomime Aladdin, at The London Palladium, London, England, UK.
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Jokers Wild, a group including guitarist David Gilmour, later to join Pink Floyd, plays at Les Jeux Interdits, The Victoria Ballroom, Cambridge, England, UK.
Keep Searchin' by Del Shannon peaks at No3 in the UK singles chart.
The Hullabaloos, The Detergents, Shirley Ellis, Little Richard (whose backing group includes Jimi Hendrix], The Vibrators, The Exciters, The Hollies, The Uniques, Dee Dee Warwick, Roddy Joy, Sandie Shaw and King Curtis play at The Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
A package tour featuring Billy Fury, The Pretty Things, Dave Berry and The Cruisers, Brian Poole And The Tremeloes, The John Barry Seven and The Zephyrs, plays at The ABC, Carlisle, England, UK.
Tom Jones releases a new LP, Along Came Jones on Decca Records in the UK.
Brian Poole And The Tremeloes release a new single, a cover of The Strangeloves' US hit, I Want Candy.
Gerry And The Pacemakers and Gene Vincent play at The South Pier, Blackpool, England, UK.
Kris Ryan And The Questions play at The Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland, UK, supported by The Red Hawks.
Fats Domino plays at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Chuck Berry plays during a six night engagement at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA. Also on the bill are Eric Burdon And The Animals plus The Steve Miller Band.
When The Everly Brothers appear at Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, USA, Phil Everly smashes his guitar and storms off stage. The duo breaks up immediately after.
Britney Spears is photographed in public wearing a t-shirt bearing the slogan MILF In Training. In recent days she has also been seen out and about wearing such slogans as I'm A Virgin (but this is an old t-shirt), How Could I Say No? and Shut Up And Do Me. Speculation mounts about why she has chosen to present such messages to the watching world.
Bobby Keys, the long-time saxophone player for The Rolling Stones, dies aged 70 from cirrhosis of the liver in Franklin, Tennessee, USA.
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