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Alan Freed's two-week long Rock'n'Roll Holiday Jubilee comes to an end at the Academy of Music, New York City, USA, featuring featuring Joe Williams and the Count Basie Orchestra, LaVern Baker, Teddy Randazzo And The Three Chuckles, Richard Barrett And The Valentines, Boyd Bennett And The Rockets, Earl Carroll and The Cadillacs, The Bonnie Sisters, Gloria Mann, James Sheppard and The Heartbeats, The Wrens and Don Cherry.
Patsy Cline records I Love You Honey, Come On In and other tracks at Bradley Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Victor Borge's Comedy In Music is plays its penultimate night at the John Golden Theatre, New York City, USA. It will enter the Guinness Book Of World Records as the longest running one-man show in the history of theater, having notched up 849 performances before closing after the following evening's show.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins records the first version of I Put A Spell On You, for Grand Records in the USA, but it will not be a success.
Ray Price records Crazy Arms, You Done Me Wrong and Wild And Wicked World for Columbia Records at Music City Recording, Nashville, USA.
American music 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?".
Moon Mullican releases a new single, Seven Nights To Rock, on King Records in the USA.
Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers reaches No1 in the US R'n'B singles chart.
Bobby Darin makes his first tv appearance in Stage Show, a portion of the Jackie Gleason Show.
Peggy Lee stars as Mary Rigley in This Flattering World, an episode of the tv series A Shower Of Stars in the USA.
Elvis Presley plays the second of two nights at the Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Miles Davis records In Your Own Sweet Way and No Line at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Elvis Presley plays at The Mosque, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
The Coasters make their Billboard singles chart debut in the USA with Down In Mexico.
The Rhythm'n'Blues Of 1956 package tour plays at the National Guard Armory, Washington, DC, USA. Artists appearing include Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ruth Brown, Little Willie John, The Clovers, The Cadillacs, The Turbans, The Sweethearts, Al Jackson and Joe Medlin with Choker Campbell And His Big Band.
Chris Barber and Lonnie Donegan play at the Town Hall, Catford, UK.
Camille Howard records Rock'n'Roll Mama at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee-Jay Records.
The Johnny Burnette Trio record their first tracks for Coral Records, including Tear It Up, Midnight Train and Shattered Dreams at the Pythian Temple Studio, New York City, USA.
A uniquely British musical form, skiffle gets its first television airing in the USA as Lonnie Donegan makes his American TV debut, singing his huge UK hit Rock Island Line on NBC's Perry Como Show in New York City. The song was first recorded in 1934 in a field recording by inmates in an Arkansas State Prison, but Donegan's version is adapted from a 1944 recording by Leadbelly. Intriguingly, though, Donegan's version will inspire New York teenager Phil Spector to acquire a guitar and thus begin the career which will introduce a whole new production style, The Wall Of Sound, to popular music.
Hot Diggity [Dog Ziggity Boom] by Perry Como enters the UK Popular Singles Chart at No15. It will peak at No4 during a thirteen-week run on the chart.
Gene Vincent's first single, Woman Love, is released by Capitol Records in the USA. Deejays, however, will soon show a marked preference for playing the b-side Be-Bop-A-Lula, and the record is flipped.
Perry Como records Dream Along With Me, with the Ray Charles Singers, at Webster Hall, New York City, USA.
US TV series Your Hit Parade, whose regular cast includes Dorothy Collins and Snooky Lanson, features the songs Beyond The Blue Horizon, Wayward Wind, Moonglow, Heartbreak Hotel, Hot Diggity, Standing At The Corner.
Duke Ellington plays a legendary midnight set at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. He will later declare, 'I was born at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 7, 1956.'
Doo-wop/r'n'b combo The Magnificents record Off The Mountain, Hiccup, Caddy Bo and other tracks at Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee Jay Records.
Mel Torme plays at the Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK.
Blues harmonica star Little Walter Jacobs records Take Me Back in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records.
UK skiffle star Lonnie Donegan records his version of the Leadbelly song Bring A Little Water Sylvie and Dead Or Alive, in London, UK.
Elvis Presley plays in the Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, Florida, USA. "He was gone, man, gone," reports Jean Yorhters of the Orlando Sentinel-Star.
Elvis Presley begins filming his first movie, the Civil War era western Love Me Tender, for 20th Century Fox.
Doo-wop combo The Moonglows'rnsecond-biggest hit, See Saw, enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No6 on the R+B chart and No25 on the pop chart.
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.
The Rock And Roll Trio, featuring Johnny Burnette and Dorsey Burnette, appears on the Amateur Hour Finals, broadcast live on tv in the USA from Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA. They do not win.
In a feature in the Toronto Star, Clyde Cohen writes "It's been a strange year for popular music. The emergence of rock and roll ["beat music"], which the cultural academia profess to be a 'fad', is gaining momentum. Even a cursory look at the CHUM Radio Top 100 reveals an uneasy commingling of traditional performers - such as Perry Como and Patti Page - with more eccentric appellations, be they Bill Haley And The Comets, Elvis Presley, or Dusty Carr. What's going on?"
Little Walter plays at the Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
The Miles Davis Quintet records All Of You and other tracks at Columbia Records studios in New York City, USA.
Louis Prima And His Orchestra records Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days, for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Louis Jordan plays the fourth night of a week at the Flame Show Bar in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Dinah Washington plays the fifth night of a week at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Fats Domino plays the third night of a week at Casino Royal, Washington, D.C., USA.
Billy Ward And His Dominoes play the fourth night of a week at Zardi's Jazzland, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Bill Evans Trio records Speak Low, Easy Living and other tracks in New York City.
The first Elvis Presley movie, Love Me Tender, premieres in New York City, USA. It will gross $4m in two months.
The musical comedy Bells Are Ringing, starring Judy Holliday with music by Jule Styne, opens at The Shubert Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. The show will run on Broadway for a total of 924 performances.
Dinah Washington records Makin' Whoopee at Mercury Sound Studio, New York City, USA. The track is arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones.
Music In The Air on Pan-European radio station Radio Luxembourg features Ted Heath And His Music.
Anita O'Day records Pick Yourself Up, I Used To Be Colour Blind, Let's Face The Music And Dance, in Capitol Studios, Los Angeles for Verve Records.
Eddy Bond And The Stompers play at the Bethel Springs High School Auditorium, Bethel Springs, Tennessee, USA, supported by Jerry Lee Lewis.
When Louis Armstrong leaves Euston Station, London, to return to the USA after a UK tour, an all-star jazz band featuring Humphrey Lyttelton, Diz Disley, Sandy Brown, Neville Skrimshire and others, plays Armstrong's hits from the platform as the train pulls out.
Two rock'n'roll movies, Shake Rattle And Rock and Rock! Rock! Rock! go on general release in the UK.
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