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The song Happy Days And Lonely Nights, written back in 1928, enters the UK Sheet Music chart, where it will peak at No4, having been recorded by Ruby Murray, The Fontane Sisters, Frankie Vaughan, The Joe Loss Orchestra and many others.
Mark Hollis of Talk Talk is born in Tottenham, London, UK.
R'n'B group The Dominoes, featuring future solo star Jackie Wilson, record the songs Can't Do Sixty No More, Give Me You, If I Never Get To Heaven and Bobby Sox Baby for Federal Records of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Little Walter and His Jukes record Thunder Bird and My Babe for Chess Records' subsidiary Checker label, in Chicago, Illinois.
Doo-wop combo The Penguins have their first recording session for their new label, Mercury Records. They re-record four songs, Earth Angel, Ookey Ook, Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild and Hey Senorita, previously recorded for Dootone Records.
The Penguins appear on US-tv's Perry Como Show, singing their latest release Earth Angel.
Pledging My Love, a posthumous single by Johnny Ace, hits No1 on the Billboard R + B chart in the USA, where it remains for nine weeks.
The instrumental theme music from the US television series, Medic, written by Victor Young, is registered for copyright under the title The Medic Theme. It will become a hit single under the title Blue Star [The Medic Theme].
Johnnie Ray records Flip, Flop And Fly for Columbia Records in Hollywood, California, USA.
Elvis Presley plays in the City Hall, Texarkana, Louisiana, USA, supporting Duke Of Paducah, Mother Maybelle and The Carter Sisters, as part of the WSM Grand Ole Opry Show.
Roy Hamilton releases his version of Unchained Melody in the USA. It will reach No1 on the Billboard R'n'B singles chart.
Bo Diddley releases a new single, Bo Diddley, in the USA on Checker Records.
Edward Williams is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find success as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Lil' Ed Williams, leader of The Blues Imperials.
Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Jordan, Earl Bostic, Wynonie Harris, Dinah Washington, The Ravens, Buddy Johnson, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, and others take part in the fund-raising Concert At Midnite, Carnegie Hall, New York City. MC for the event is Ed Sullivan.
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White by Perez Prado reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart.
Guitar Slim plays at Springbrook Gardens, Lima, Ohio, USA.
Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley enters the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA.
Unchained Melody by Roy Hamilton reaches No1 on the US R'n'B singles chart. On the same day, Unchained Melody by Al Hibbler reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart compiled by music weekly Record Mirror.
Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard is born in Strijen, Netherlands, Europe. He will find massive international acclaim as Anton Corbijn, the long-term creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode and U2. Corbijn's unique style has also graced works by Coldplay, Nirvana, Bryan Adams and others.
Stranger In Paradise by Four Aces enters the UK popular singles chart at No16. It will peak at No6 during a run of fifteen weeks on the chart.
Frankie Laine is the subject of This Is Your Life on NBC TV in the USA.
Carmen McRae records You Took Advantage Of Me, My One And Only Love and other tracks for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Bo Diddley, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Ruth Brown, The Diamonds and The Dreams play at the Town Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Unchained Melody by Jimmy Young reaches No1 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK.
Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets becomes the first rock'n'roll song to reach No1 on the Billboard US pop singles chart.
The Penguins and Percy Mayfield appear at the 5-4 Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA runs a feature suggesting that the success of artists such as LaVern Baker and Sarah Vaughan on the singles charts is attributable to the number of cover versions being made by white artists.
The movie Young at Heart, starring Doris Day and Frank Sinatra is released to cinemas in Sweden.
Chuck Berry releases Maybellene as his first single, in the USA on Chess Records.
The Soul Stirrers, featuring Sam Cooke, play at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Ella Fitzgerald records The Tender Trap and My One And Only Love for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
The Yellow Rose Of Texas by Mitch Miller and his Orchestra and Chorus enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No1.
The Texas Ramblers play at Club 81, Austin, Texas, USA.
Maybellene by Chuck Berry enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart at No13.
Elvis Presley plays in Driller Park baseball field, Kilgore, Texas, USA.
Elvis Presley plays in the High School Football Field, Conroe, Texas, USA.
Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash play a show in the gymnasium, Bono High School, Bono, Arkansas. On the same day, Elvis buys a yellow 1954 Cadillac.
The Hank Snow All Star Jamboree Tour begins in the City Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, but Elvis Presley is the headline act "by popular demand" according to the posters. Local boy Vincent Eugene Craddock attends the show and will go on to find success as Gene Vincent.
Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, with Cleo Laine, Frank Holder and Tony Mansell.
Jazz trumpet virtuoso Donald Byrd records Someone To Watch Over Me, Winterset and others, for Savoy Records in the USA.
Little Willie John, Champion Jack Dupree, Little George Smith and Otis Williams play at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA. This is the opening night of a three-month long tour.
Little Willie John, Champion Jack Dupree, Little George Smith and Otis Williams play the fourth night of a week at Apollo Theater, Harlem">The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
R'n'b pioneer Big Joe Turner records The Chicken And The Hawk and Boogie Woogie Country Girl with The Jesse Stone Band for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
Dinah Washington records Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Birth Of The Blues and other tracks on the first of three consecutive days of studio sessions in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Mercury Records.
At the fourth annual Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. songwriter Mae Axton plays a demo of her composition Heartbreak Hotel to Elvis Presley.
Bill Haley and His Comets, Johnnie Ray and LaVern Baker play the third night in a five-day run at The Paramount, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
In a package tour called the Lucky Seven Blues Show, Little Willie John, Champion Jack Dupree, Little George Smith and Otis Williams play the third night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Nashville-based music business manager Eddie Crandall writes to Lubbock, Texas, USA, radio deejay Dave Stone : "I'm very confident I can do something as far as getting Buddy Holly a recording contract. It may not be a major, but even a small one would be beneficial to someone who is trying to get a break. And he's got to start somewhere. Anyway, I'll see what I can do. Col Parker suggested I try and help Buddy as he's pretty well tied up - And with your friendship, I'll try my darndest to help him."
Ruth Brown and Clyde McPhatter play the last of five nights at The Brooklyn Paramount, New York City, USA.
Alan Freed's two-week long Rock 'n' Roll Holiday Jubilee continues at The Academy of Music, New York City, USA, featuring Joe Williams and the Count Basie Orchestra, LaVern Baker, Teddy Randazzo And The Three Chuckles, Richard Barrett And The Valentines, Boyd Bennett And The Rockets, Earl Carroll and The Cadillacs, The Bonnie Sisters, Gloria Mann, James Sheppard and The Heartbeats, The Wrens and Don Cherry.