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Gene Simmons records Drinkin' Wine and I Done Told You, for Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Dave Dobbyn is born in Glen Innes, Auckland, New Zealand. He will find success as a rock musician, singer-songwriter and record producer.
Clyde McPhatter, Mickey And Sylvia, The Channels, The Heartbeats, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, Jesse Belvin, The Teenchords and Sil Austin play the first night in a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Louis Jordan records Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out.
The Milt Jackson Sextet records Ignunt Oil, Blues At Twilight, Sermonette and The Spirit-Feel for Atlantic Records in Coastal Studios, New York City, USA.
The short animated film, Three Little Bops, is released in the USA, featuring a soundtrack performed by a jazz group headed by Shorty Rogers, and narration by Stan Freberg. The three little bops by PANZERDRAKO
Songwriter Preston Foster, aka Red Foster, signs a publisher's contract with New York-based company Dare Music, by which Dare acquires Foster's song I've Got My Mojo Working.
A new 600 capacity jazz venue, The Cavern Club, is opened in Liverpool, UK, by local entrepreneur Alan Sytner. Headliners are The Merseysippi Jazz Band, supported by The Wall City Jazzmen, The Ralph Watmough Jazz Band and The Coney Island Skiffle Group. Over 2,000 fans turn up, so 1,400 have to be turned away.
The Eddie Duchin Story, a Hollywood movie about the life of jazz bandleader Eddie Duchin, is released to cinemas in Australia.
Johnny Dankworth And His Orchestra, with Cleo Laine on vocals, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
The Buck Clayton Septet record the LP href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/buck-n-the-blues/id338227026">Buck 'N' The Blues for href="http://www.ejazznews.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=169&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0">Vanguard Records in New York City, USA.
The Buck Clayton Septet record the LP Buck 'N' The Blues for Vanguard Records in New York City, USA.
Jazz pianist, composer and arranger Cliff Korman is born in New York City, USA.
William MacArthur MacKenzie is born in Dundee, Scotland, UK, Europe. He will find success as Billy Mackenzie of The Associates.
Dick Clark's Saturday Night Show on US tv features The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Paul Anka.
I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent by Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers enters the UK's singles chart.
John Coltrane signs a contract with Prestige Records to produce three albums per year with a payment of $300 per LP.
Pop singer Tommy Sands is the subject of This Is Your Life on NBC TV in the USA.
When I Fall In Love by Nat King Cole enters the UK pop singles chart, where it will peak at No2.
Zsa Zsa Gabor plays the first night of four weeks at The Cafe De Paris, London, UK.
Frank Sinatra records Lonely Town and Baby, Won't You Please Come Home with arranger Gordon Jenkins, for Capitol Records in the USA.
The Johnny Burnette Trio releases a new single, Eager Beaver Baby/Touch Me, on Coral Records in the USA.
The Del-Vikings [aka The Dell-Vikings] release a new single, Little Billy Boy, in the USA.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the twelfth night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
Not long after midnight, The Crickets, an upcoming young group featuring vocalist/guitarist Buddy Holly, perform at the Village Theatre, Lubbock, Texas, USA. Later the same day, the group auditions for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts CBS-TV program at KFDA TV studios, Amarillo, Texas, USA, but they are turned down. [The same show had previously turned down Elvis Presley].
The Coasters, The Cleftones, Shirley And Lee, Bobby Marchan and Huey 'Piano' Smith play the sixth night of a week at the Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Brenda Lee releases a new single, Dynamite, on Decca Records in the USA.
Bo Diddley, The Moonglows and Big Joe Turner play at the Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown plays at The Dew Drop Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Thelonious Monk Septet records Blues For Tomorrow and Crepuscule With Nellie at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City, USA. The band includes John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins and Art Blakey.
Suzie Q by Dale Hawkins, with James Burton on guitar, debuts on the Billboard US Top 40. It will peak at No27, and provide a hit again (No11) for Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968.
Ray Charles' eponymous first album is released in the USA by Atlantic Records.
The transatlantic liner Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the Swedish vessel Stockholm in fog near Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts. On board the Andrea Doria is songwriter Mike Stoller of the famed Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller songwriting and record production partnership. Rescued by a freighter, he is taken to New York City.
The Four Knights play the second of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Fats Domino plays at Club Bolero, Wildwood-by-the- Sea, New Jersey, USA.
Clyde McPhatter, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Otis Rush and The Cadillacs play at the Royal Theater, Baltimore, Maryland.
Fourteen year old James Marshall Hendrix [later to become Jimi Hendrix] sees Elvis Presley perform at Sicks Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Package tour The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1957, featuring Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Paul Anka, The Spaniels, The Bobbettes, Jimmy Bowen and Buddy Knox plays in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Package tour The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1957, featuring Paul Anka, The Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, The Bobbettes, The Drifters, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Bowen, Sam 'The Man' Taylor and Clyde McPhatter plays in the Municipal Theatre, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Connie Francis records Who's Sorry Now? at Coastal Studios, New York City, USA.
Warren Smith records I've Got Love If You Want It at Sun Recording Studio, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Chuck Berry is the headline act when the Biggest Show Of Stars For 57 package tour plays in the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA. Other acts on the bill include Buddy Holly And The Crickets, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, The Drifters, Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker, Frankie Lymon and Buddy Knox.
Around The World by Bing Crosby enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA at No25, but will rise no higher.
In St. Louis, Missouri, USA, during a nationwide package tour, the Biggest Show Of Stars For 57, Paul Anka accidentally knocks out the power plug while Buddy Holly is performing on stage. Also on the bill are Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, The Drifters, Frankie Lymon, The Bobbettes, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Bowen and Paul 'Hucklebuck' Williams.
Jackie Wilson plays at the Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Deejay Allen Brook of CKWS radio in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, begins playing tracks from the new Elvis Presley release, Elvis' Christmas Album, and invites listeners to ring the station to register how they feel about a rock'n'roller singing religious songs. Of his first 800 callers 93% are in favour and just 7% object to the idea.
The Mike Pedicin Quartet perform Shake A Hand and Dickie-Doo on US tv show Dick Clark's American Bandstand.
Bob Wills is the guest star on tv show The Country Music Jubilee [aka The Ozark Jubilee], live from Springfield, Missouri, USA.