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Musical comedy The Boy Friend, with songs by Sandy Wilson, plays at The Royale Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 485 performances. The show stars Julie Andrews, and also features English singer Millicent Martin.
An estimated 5,000 mourners turn up for the funeral of Johnny Ace in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Los Angeles-based doo-wop combo The Penguins play at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Alan Freed's Rock'n'Roll Jubilee Ball plays at St Nicholas Arena, New York City, starring Fats Domino, The Drifters, The Harptones, Ruth Brown, Joe Turner and The Moonglows.
During an appointment with his optometrist in Lubbock, Texas, Buddy Holly is told that he must wear glasses.
A new $5m facility, The Veterans Memorial Auditorium, opens in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The first event held is the city's annual Policeman's Ball, attended by 7,000 people. In years to come, the Auditorium will become a major rock venue, notorious as the venue in which Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a dead bat.
Frank Sinatra plays at The Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
Les Wakefield, Olive Brown and Laura Johnson play at Springbrook Gardens, Lima, Ohio, USA.
Anita Ellis records Irving Berlin's After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It.
In WBML Studio, Macon, Georgia, Little Richard records a demo tape of the songs He's My Star and Wonderin'.
Alan Dale records Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White for Coral Records in New York City, USA.
Country music duo Joe and Rose Lee Maphis record You Ain't Got The Sense (You Were Borned With) and Your Old Love Letters, for OKeh Records.
Country music duo Joe and Rose Lee Maphis record You Ain't Got The Sense [You Were Borned With] and Your Old Love Letters, for OKeh Records in the USA.
R'n'B star LaVern Baker appeals to the United States Congress for legislation to prevent note for note copying of original singles by other acts. Black artists in particular, such as Fats Domino, Little Richard and LaVern Baker herself, suffered from the success of insipid white cover versions of their R'n'B hits.
The Joe Loss Band plays at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, with Rose Brennan, Howard Jones and The Loss Chords, Dickie Dawson and Bill Maynard.
Blues-soul recording artist Willie Clayton is born in Indianola, Mississippi, 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.
Jesse Fuller records Amazing Grace, Hump In My Back, Got A Date At Half Past Eight and other tracks for Arhoolie Records in Oakland, California.
Stranger In Paradise by Tony Martin enters the UK popular singles chart at No11. It will peak at No6 during run of thirteen weeks on the chart.
Nat 'King' Cole, accompanied by the Ray Charles Singers, records Lover Come Back To Me, for Capitol Records.
The movie musical Daddy Long Legs starring Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron opens at cinemas in the USA.
The Kenny Baker Ensemble records Apex Blues, I'm A Ding Dong Daddy and Oh, Baby, for Polygon Records in London, UK.
Chuck Berry records Maybellene as his first single, for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The song is based on an old country tune, Ida Red.
Buddy Holly graduates from Lubbock High School, Lubbock, Texas.
It is reported that more than 18m copies of the song The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, in versions recorded by several artists including Fess Parker, Bill Hayes and Tennessee Ernie Ford, have been bought in the past eighteen months, making it America's most popular song.
Buddy Holly records Down The Line at Nesman Studios in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Every Day by Count Basie enters the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA.
The Hank Snow All-Star Jamboree, featuring Hank Snow, Mother Maybelle And The Carter Sisters, The Rainbow Ranch Boys, Martha Carson And Her Country Gentlemen, The Davis Sisters (including Skeeter Davis) and The Jimmie Rodgers Show plays in The Municipal Auditorium, Minot, North Dakota, USA.
The Tommy Whittle Quintet records Flamingo, Stars Fell On Alabama, Cherokee, I'll Remember April, You've Done Something To My Heart and A Ghost Of A Chance for Esquire Records in London, UK.
Eddie Boyd records I'm A Prisoner and I've Been Deceived for Chess Records, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Popular young singer Petula Clark plays at The Granada Theatre, Bedford, UK.
Drummer and bandleader Tony Crombie And His Orchestra play at The Royal Festival Hall, London, UK.
Following complaints from angry neighbours, Sidney Adams is fined £3 and 10 shillings by a court in London, UK, for playing Bill Haley's Shake Rattle and Roll all day at full volume.
The Jay McShann Orchestra records Hands Off, with Priscilla Bowman on vocals, for Vee Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois.
Chuck Berry plays the first night of a week of shows at the Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
The Dells record Zing Zing Zing, for Vee Jay Records at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Elvis Presley Jamboree, a series of one-nighters, plays at the Fair Park Auditorium, Abeline, Texas. Also on the bill are Johnny Cash and Floyd Cramer.
When The Elvis Presley Jamboree reaches The Cotton Club, Lubbock, Texas, USA, the opening act is Buddy and Bob [Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery]. Also on the bill areJohnny Cash, Floyd Cramer, Porter Wagoner, Wanda Jackson and Jimmy Newman.
Spade Cooley And His Orchestra release You Clobbered Me in the USA on Decca Records.
Blue Star [The Medic Theme] by The Cyril Stapleton Orchestra peaks at No2 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a run of twelve weeks on the chart.
Miles Davis records Two Bass Hit and Ah-Leu-Cha, for Columbia Records at their Seventh Avenue Studio, New York City. For the album Round About Midnight.
Little Willie John, Champion Jack Dupree, Little George Smith and Otis Williams play the third night of a week at Apollo Theater, Harlem">The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Johanneshovs Isstadion is opened in Stockholm, Sweden, as a sports arena. Now known as Hovet [The Court], it has also become popular as a music venue with an official capacity of 8,300. Artists who have played here include the Foo Fighters, Muse and Oasis.
The Everly Brothers make their first studio recordings at Castle Studio [founded by Paul Cohen] in The Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The songs are their own compositions, The Sun Keep Shining, Keep A-lovin Me, If Her Life Isn't True and That's The Life I Have To Live.
The Everly Brothers make their first studio recordings at Castle Recording Studios in The Old Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The songs are their own compositions, The Sun Keep Shining, Keep A-lovin Me, If Her Life Isn't True and That's The Life I Have To Live.
The Penguins play at The Moulin Rouge, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Charlie 'Cow Cow' Davenport, famed as a blues recording artist, pianist and vocalist, dies in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, aged 61.