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Elvis Presley plays at the High School Gym, Charleston, Mississippi, USA.
Singer/songwriter Harley Allen is born in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He will compose such hits as Alan Jackson's Between The Devil And Me, Darryl Worley's Awful, Beautiful Life and Blake Shelton's The Baby.
Ray Humphreys And His Orchestra with "Singing Star" Mavis Jones play at The Floral Hall, Southport, near Liverpool, UK.
Sonny Boy Williamson II, with Otis Spann, Robert Lockwood, Luther Tucker, Willie Dixon and Fred Below record Let Me Explain, I Know What Love Is All About, I Wonder Why, Your Imagination and Don't Lose Your Eye, in Chess studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Memories Are Made Of This by Dean Martin enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No4. It will peak at No1 during a run of sixteen weeks on the chart.
Who's Sorry Now? by Johnnie Ray peaks at No17 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a run of two weeks on the chart.
US trade magazine Billboard reports that the new Perry Como single Juke Box Baby/Hot Diggity, "has racked up impressive sales in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Cleveland, St Louis, Baltimore and Milwaukee?"
Roy Orbison And The Teen Kings record Ooby Dooby, Trying To Get To You and other tracks at Norman Petty's Studio, Clovis, New Mexico, for Je-Wel Records.
Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers reaches No1 in the US R'n'B singles chart.
Johnny Horton releases a new single, Honky Tonk Man, on Columbia Records, in the USA.
Rock And Roll Waltz by Kay Starr reaches No1 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Miles Davis records In Your Own Sweet Way and No Line at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Big Maybelle records A Good Man is Hard to Find, I Ain't Got Nobody, How It Lies and Goin' Home Baby.
Carl Perkins makes his first tv appearance, on The Ozark Jubilee, hosted by Red Foley.
Pete Seeger headlines a benefit concert at Pythian Hall, New York City, USA, to raise money for singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie, who is suffering from Huntington's chorea. The concert is considered a significant event in the revival of folk music.
Elvis Presley arrives at The Mount Vernon, a floating palace of entertainment with its own live band and ballroom, on the Potomac River in Washington DC, USA, to perform a concert during a cruise. The vessel, however had recently blown a steam pressure valve, so had to remain at the pier. Nevertheless, Elvis plays a three hour show.
Sheb Wooley releases a new single, The Birth Of The Rock And Roll on MGM Records in the USA.
Mahalia Jackson records The Lord's Prayer, Summertime, Down By The Riverside, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child and other tracks in New York City, USA.
Patty Donahue, vocalist of The Waitresses, is born in Akron, Ohio, USA.
Irish singer Ruby Murray unveils an 11 foot square picture of herself at the HMV West End showrooms in Oxford Street, London, UK. EMI uses the occasion to announce a 'National Birthday Week' for Ruby to celebrate her 21st birthday.
Camille Howard records Rock'n'Roll Mama at Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee-Jay Records.
Little Richard records Ready Teddy and Heebie-Jeebies at Cosimo Matassa's J And M Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Irish singer Ruby Murray releases a new single, Honestly I Do b/w You Are My First Love from the soundtrack of the teen movie musical It's Great To Be Young, in the UK.
R'n'B pianist Bill Doggett records his classic hit single Honky Tonk for King Records in New York City, USA.
Harry James And His All-Star Jazz Group featuring Buddy Rich plays the last of five nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
I'm In Love Again by Fats Domino on Imperial Records reaches No1 on the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA and No3 on the pop chart.
Marc Bell, better known as Marky Ramone, drummer of The Ramones, is born in Brooklyn, New York City. On the same day, Ian Curtis of Joy Division is born in Macclesfield, UK, and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani is born in Westbury, Long Island, New York, USA.
Hound Dog by Elvis Presley, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, enters the Billboard US Hot 100 singles chart on its way to No1.
The original Supremes [not the Motown trio of the 60s] release a new single, Tonight, on Old Town Records in the USA.
Elvis Presley plays the first of two nights at the Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida. Before he had even hit town, Judge Marion Gooding had prepared an arrest warrant for Presley charging him with impairing the morals of minors ' just in case Elvis swivelled his hips. On the day itself, young people at the Murray Hill Methodist Church heard Elvis denounced in a sermon entitled, "Hotrods, Reefers, and Rock and Roll." Elsewhere in Jacksonville, the Rev. Robert Gray, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, prayed for Presley's salvation after declaring that the singer had "achieved a new low in spiritual degeneracy."
Big Jay McNeely plays the fifth night in a week long residency at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Dinah Washington plays at The Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Hound Dog by Elvis Presley begins its fourth of eleven weeks at No1 in the Billboard Top Forty singles chart in the USA.
Chuck Berry, Shirley And Lee, The G-Clefs and Buddy And Ella Johnson, play the second night of a week at the Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Rockabilly vocalist Barbara Pittman releases a new single, I Need A Man, on Sun Records in the USA.
Guitar Slim plays the second night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
The Bill Evans Trio records Speak Low, Easy Living and other tracks in New York City, USA.
The Eddie Duchin Story, a Hollywood movie about the life of jazz bandleader Eddie Duchin, is released to cinemas in West Germany.
Jo Stafford records Almost Like Being In Love, for Columbia Records.
Roy Milton plays the fifth night of a week at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Chet Baker Big Band records Not Too Slow, Phil's Blues and other tracks in Los Angeles, California, USA.
On the NBC network in the USA, Nat King Cole becomes the first black entertainer to host his own tv series ' a fifteen-minute Monday night musical variety show, entitled The Nat King Cole Show.
The Cadillacs, Bo Diddley, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Debutants, The Dells, The Chips, The Schoolboys, Robert And Johnny and The Heartbeats play the second of seven nights as part of Dr Jive's Rhythm'n'Blues Revue at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Rock?n?roll movie Shake, Rattle And Rock (aka Shake, Rattle And Roll) goes on release in the USA with performances by Fats Domino and Big Joe Turner.
Ronnie Aldrich And The Squadronaires, featuring Cliff Townshend And His Swinging Saxophone, star in Music In The Air on Pan-European radio station Radio Luxembourg. Cliff Townshend's son will find fame as Pete Townshend, leader of rock band The Who.
Blue Monday by Fats Domino enters the Billboard pop singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No9.
Bluegrass duo The Osborne Brothers record Wild Mountain Honey, Down In The Willow Garden and other tracks in the RCA Victor Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Pat Boone makes his first UK tv appearance, singing I'll Be Home, on Sunday Night At The London Palladium, London, UK.
The Merseysippi Jazz Band plays at a Jazz Ball in St George's Hall, Liverpool, UK.