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An estimated 5,000 mourners turn up for the funeral of Johnny Ace
at Clayborn Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The movie comedy musical Sailor Beware
, starring Dean Martin
and Jerry Lewis, is released to cinemas in Portugal, Europe.
Jazz saxophone giant Charlie 'Bird' Parker
dies of drug-related problems in Baroness
Nica De Koenigswarter's apatment in New York City, USA.
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.
Steve Jones, later to play guitar with the Sex Pistols
, is born in London.
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.
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.
And His Orchestra play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
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 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.
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.
The Tommy Whittle Orchestra records Laura, Lester Leaps In, Jive At Five and How High The Moon, for Esquire Records in London, UK.
plays the third night of a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
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.
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.
Jazz trombone virtuoso Albert Mangelsdorff
plays at the Conference Centre, Heidelberg, Germany.
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.
records Yesterdays, Midnight Sun, Last Night When We Were Young and Good Morning Heartache, in New York City for Decca Records
records Yesterdays, Midnight Sun, Last Night When We Were Young and Good Morning Heartache, in New York City, USA, for Decca Records