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An estimated 5,000 mourners turn up for the funeral of Johnny Ace at Clayborn Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Little Walter and His Jukes record Thunder Bird and My Babe for Chess Records' subsidiary Checker label, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Tennessee Ernie Ford records the Ballad Of Davy Crockett, for Capitol Records in the USA.
The movie comedy musical Sailor Beware, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, is released to cinemas in Portugal, Europe.
Softly Softly by Ruby Murray reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
Garry Christian, lead singer and songwriter of UK 80s hitmakers The Christians, is born in Liverpool, UK.
Jazz saxophone giant Charlie 'Bird' Parker dies of drug-related problems in Baroness Nica De Koenigswarter's apatment in New York City, USA.
UK bandleader Humphrey Lyttelton raves about little-known US bluesman Muddy Waters in pop music newspaper the NME.
George Lewis and his New Orleans Stompers record Savoy Blues, When You Wore A Tulip, Walkin' With The King and other material for Blue Note Records at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Unchained Melody by Al Hibbler enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No3 during a nineteen-week run on the chart.
Stranger In Paradise by Tony Bennett enters the UK popular singles chart at No10. It will peak at No1 during a run of seventeen weeks on the chart.
Ray Charles records the Atlantic Records single, This Little Girl Of Mine, at WMAQ Radio, Miami, Florida.
Stranger In Paradise by Don Cornell enters the UK popular singles chart at No20. It will peak at No19 during a run of just two weeks on the chart.
Little Jimmy Dickens records We Could at Castle Studio [founded by Paul Cohen] in The Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Steve Jones, later to play guitar with the Sex Pistols, is born in London.
Unchained Melody by Roy Hamilton reaches No1 on the R'n'B singles chart in the USA. On the same day, Unchained Melody by Al Hibbler reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart compiled by music weekly Record Mirror.
Hollywood musical star Vera-Ellen provides the first night entertainment with a show billed as The Magic Carpet Review, when The Dunes Hotel opens in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Pioneering blues vocalist and OKeh Records artist, Sara Martin, known as 'the blues sensation from the west' dies of a stroke in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Buddy Holly graduates from Lubbock High School, Lubbock, Texas.
Singer Belle Baker is the subject of This Is Your Life on NBC TV in the USA.
The Miles Davis Quartet records I Didn’t, Will You Still Be Mine?, Green Haze, I See Your Face Before Me, A Night In Tunisia and A Gal In Calico, at VGS Recording Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, for Prestige Records.
When Oscar Pettiford plays at the Café Bohemia, New York City, saxophonist Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley is in the audience, and is invited on stage to jam.
Teddy Foster And His Orchestra play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
Terry Chambers, the first drummer of XTC is born in a nursing home on Westlecot Road, Swindon.
Chuck Berry releases Maybelline as his first single, in the USA on Chess Records. On the same day, Howie Epstein, bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
As a supporting act in the Webb Pierce Package Tour, Elvis Presley plays in the Municipal Auditorium, Camden, Texas, USA. Also on the bill are Johnny Cash and Wanda Jackson.
Elvis Presley plays in the Saddle Club, Bryan, Texas, USA.
The Tommy Whittle Quintet performs You've Done Something To My Heart, A Ghost Of A Chance, Queen Bess and The Finisher, during a live session for the BBC Radio broadcast British Jazz, in London, UK.
The Miami Herald runs a story about a hotel guest who committed suicide and left a note stating, "I walk a lonely street". On seeing this story, Mae Axton will write the song Heartbreak Hotel, which will provide a huge hit for Elvis Presley in 1956.
The Chuck Berry Trio, The Spaniels, Buddy Johnson And His Orchestra, Arthur Prysock, The Nutmegs, The 4 Fellows, Al Savage and Ella Johnson play at The Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
Miles Davis has his first recording session for Columbia Records - while he is still under contract to Prestige Records.
Miles Davis has his first recording session for Columbia Records - while he is still under contract to Prestige Records.
Pat Boone enters the UK Top 40 singles chart with his cover version of The El Dorados' At My Front Door. Boone's disc will peak at No7, while the original stalls at No17.
Jazz saxophonist and arranger Ernie Wilkins releases the album Top Brass on Savoy Jazz Records in the USA.
The Tommy Whittle Orchestra records Laura, Lester Leaps In, Jive At Five and How High The Moon, for Esquire Records in London, UK.
In a package tour called the Lucky Seven Blues Show, Little Willie John, Champion Jack Dupree, Little George Smith and Otis Williams play in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Chuck Berry plays the third night of a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Kay Starr records The Rock And Roll Waltz for RCA Records in 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 second night of a week at the Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Little Richard records the original version of Long Tall Sally at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. He also records Kansas City, True Fine Mama, Baby, Slippin' And Slidin', Miss Ann and Wonderin'.
William Broad is born in Edgeware, London, UK. As Billy Idol he will become a leading punk rocker.
Charlie 'Cow Cow' Davenport, famed as a blues recording artist, pianist and vocalist, dies in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, aged 61.
Jazz trombone virtuoso Albert Mangelsdorff plays at the Conference Centre, Heidelberg, Germany.
Buddy Holly records Love Me, Don't Come Back Knockin', Moonlight Baby and I Guess I Was Just A Fool, during a recording session at Nesman Studios, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA.
Fats Domino records My Blue Heaven at J&M Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Ruth Brown and Clyde McPhatter play the first of five nights at The Brooklyn Paramount, New York City, USA.
Carmen McRae records Yesterdays, Midnight Sun, Last Night When We Were Young and Good Morning Heartache, in New York City for Decca Records.
Carmen McRae records Yesterdays, Midnight Sun, Last Night When We Were Young and Good Morning Heartache, in New York City, USA, for Decca Records.
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