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The Bob Crosby Show on CBS-tv in the USA opens the year as the highest-rated show in daytime television with a 55.8% share of the viewing audience. Starring Bob Crosby And His Bobcats, with The Modernaires, Joanie O'Brien, Carol Richards and others, The show runs from 3.30 to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday every week.
Joe Williams, with Count Basie And His Orchestra, records Smack Dab In The Middle and Amazing Love for Clef Records in Fine Sound Studios, New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley buys a Harley Davidson KHK model motor bike at a price of $1143.00 from Harley-Davidson of Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby record Well Did You Evah for Capitol Records in Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Pop newspaper Melody Maker's Night Out With The Stars Ball at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe, features artists including Ruby Murray and Eddie Calvert.
Decca Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, sends Buddy Holly his recording contract for signature and return, which he does immediately. Although Buddy's real surname is Holley, it is mis-spelt on the contract as Holly. He signs it with the wrong spelling, thus acquiring the surname by which he will become known to millions.
Memories Are Made Of This by Dean Martin reaches No1 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a run of sixteen weeks on the chart.
Twelve-year-old George Harrison, future lead guitarist of The Beatles, visits his doctor in Liverpool, UK, and learns that he has nephritis, which puts him in hospital for the next seven weeks.
Popular singer, recording artist, Vaudeville and Broadway star Elsie Janis, dies aged 66 at her home in Beverly Hills, California, USA. Janis was known during World War One as "the sweetheart of the AEF" [American Expeditionary Force].
Buddy Holly sends a letter containing biographical details to Decca Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, The details are for the press release which will accompany his first single.
My September Love by David Whitfield enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No19. It will peak at No3 during a 24-week run on the chart.
Carmen McRae plays at Birdland on 52nd Street in Manhattan, new york City, USA, backed by The Australian Jazz Quartet.
The Louvin Brothers record Hoping That You're Hoping and The First One To Love You for Capitol Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
John Lee Hooker records Dimples and I So Worried for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
[You've Got] The Magic Touch by The Platters enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No4.
Nat 'King' Cole is subjected to a violent racist attack during his concert at the Municipal Hall, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, by thugs from the White Citizens' Council.
Nat King Cole, June Christy and The Four Freshmen, Ted Heath And His Orchestra, Gary Morton and Patty Thomas play in the Record Star Parade Of 1956 package tour at the National Guard Armory, Washington, DC, USA.
Vee Jay Records of Chicago, Illinois, USA, signs Sonny Til And The Orioles to a recording contract.
John Lee Hooker records Done Got Tired, Stop Talking, Time And A Half, and Lonely Blues, for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Chuck Berry plays the third of six nights at the Rock And Roll Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Joe Harriott Quartet records Blues Original and the Cole Porter song My Heart Belongs To Daddy for MGM Records in London, UK. The band line-up features Joe Harriott (alto sax), Johnny Weed (piano), Major Holley (bass) and Phil Seamen (drums).
The Joe Harriott Quartet records Blues Original and My Heart Belongs To Daddy for MGM Records in London, UK. The band line-up features Joe Harriott (alto sax), Johnny Weed (piano), Major Holley (bass) and Phil Seamen (drums).
Johnny Dankworth plays at the Villa Marina Ballroom, Douglas, Isle Of Man.
Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani is born in Westbury, Long Island, New York, USA.
Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars play the first of four non-consecutive nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
Lita Roza appears on the ATV show Sunday Night At Blackpool, in the UK.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, one of the most successful partnerships in show business, perform live together for the last time at the Copacabana, New York City.
The British Singles Chart published in pop weekly NME [New Musical Express] does not include one single British disc.
Fritz McIntyre, keyboardist of Simply Red, is born in Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Fats Domino, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, The Harptones, Joe Turner, The Cleftones and The Penguins play the fifth of nine days as part of Alan Freed's Second Anniversary Rock And Roll Show at the Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Johnny Dankworth And His Orchestra with Cleo Laine and Frank Holder play at St George's Hall, Bradford, UK.
The Bill Evans Trio record My Romance, Waltz For Debby and I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good in New York City, USA.
Don Sargent releases a new single, The Rockin' Chair Roll, on Mecca Records in the USA.
Ray Charles plays the last night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
Jimmy Deuchar [trumpet] records the album Jazz International for Vogue Records in Paris, France, Europe.
Guitar Slim plays the first night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
Reader Rosalie Fraser writes to UK music weekly the New Musical Express [NME] to complain that "Rock'n'roll is utter trash - I honestly don't understand the people who think the choking noise that comes from Presley's mouth is music."
Johnnie Ray releases a new single, Cry, in the USA.
Popular Irish singer Ruby Murray sings True Love on the BBC tv show Off The Record in the UK.
When British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan plays at The Empire, Liverpool, UK, local teenager Paul McCartney (later of The Beatles) is in the audience, and is inspired to learn to play the guitar.
The Hampton Hawes Quartet record Blues No3 and other tracks in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Lita Roza appears on the ATV show The Ted Heath Story, in the UK.
Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash play in The Million Dollar Quartet at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. On the same day, Perkins records one of his most successful songs, Matchbox.
Big Maybelle, The Clovers and the James Moody Orchestra play the second of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Big Maybelle, The Clovers and the James Moody Orchestra play the fourth of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Johnny Cash records Goodbye Little Darlin?, Goodbye, for Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Eddy Bond And The Stompers play at the Bethel Springs High School Auditorium, Bethel Springs, Tennessee, supported by Jerry Lee Lewis.
Johnny Dankworth And His Orchestra, with Cleo Laine on vocals, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
British popular music newspaper Melody Maker reports that American jazz and r'n'b bandleader and recording artist Earl Bostic has recovered from his recent heart attack.
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