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Gossip columnist The Alley Cat in UK weekly pop paper the New Musical Express wonders if fame and quick success proving difficult for young rock'n'roll idol Terry Dene to cope with?
Vocalist Pekka Simojoki, leader of the rock band Exit, is born in Kemi, Finland, Europe.
Who's Sorry Now? by Connie Francis enters the Billboard Top40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No4 during a run of thirteen weeks on the chart.
Guy Mitchell records East Side Of Heaven and Was It Rain?, for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
The Everly Brothers record All I Have To Do Is Dream, written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.
Future Rolling Stones' vocalist Mick Jagger attends his first concert - Buddy Holly at the Granada, Woolwich, UK, along with Dick Taylor who will later play guitar for The Pretty Things. Supported acts are The Montanas, The Tanner Sisters, Gary Miller and Ronnie Keene And his Orchestra. Des O'Connor is the compere.
Mario Lanza plays at St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK.
Seattle Bandstand, a two-hour-long televised teen-dance show modeled after Dick Clark's national program, American Bandstand, is launched by KING-tv in Seattle, Washington, USA. Hosted by Ray Briem, the show will run until 1961.
Lloyd Price, The Spaniels and The Dubs play at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Paul Anka plays at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK. Also on the bill are Lorrae Desmond, The Ken-Tones, The Peter Groves Trio and Roy Stevens.
Songwriter Harry Warren is the subject of This Is Your Life on NBC TV in the USA.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets play at The Colston Hall, Bristol, UK, supported by The Montanas, The Tanner Sisters, Gary Miller and Ronnie Keene And his Orchestra. Des O'Connor is the compere.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets play at The Gaumont Theatre, Hammersmith, London, UK, supported by The Montanas, The Tanner Sisters, Gary Miller and Ronnie Keene And his Orchestra. Des O'Connor is the compere.
Della Reese, Frankie Vaughan and Jane Morgan are the musical guests on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
Twilight Time by The Platters reaches No1 in the US Top 40 singles chart. Over 98% of sales of the record are on the new 45rpm format, hammering another nail into the coffin of the old 78s. On the same day, Mike Barson, keyboard player for Madness, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
UK pop weekly the New Musical Express reports that two British pop idols, Liverpool-born Frankie Vaughan and Cockney rock'n'roller Tommy Steele, have been injured in the past week as a result of encounters with over-enthusiastic fans.
Dick Dale performs his song Let's Go Trippin' live for the first time during a gig at The Rendezvous Ballroom, Balboa, California, USA. This is considered by some to have been the first step along the road to the surf music craze of the early 1960s.
Elvis Presley's fourth movie, King Creole, is released in the USA by Paramount Pictures.
In Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, Harry Belafonte has the last of four recording sessions during which he records tracks for his blues-influenced album Belafonte Sings The Blues.
While in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, during two weeks of furlough, US Army Private Elvis Presley begins a two-day recording session in RCA Studios, during which he records I Need Your Love Tonight, A Big Hunk O' Love, Ain't That Loving You Baby, A Fool Such As I and I Got Stung.
The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney makes its debut on NBCtv in the USA.
Kelly Johnson of UK female HM band Girlschool, is born in Edmonton, London, UK.
Christopher John Holmes is born in Glendale, California, USA. He will find acclaim as a heavy metal guitarist, most prominently with the band W.A.S.P.
Jazz vocalist Keely Smith is recording material for her album Politely!, at the Capitol Tower, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Tulips From Amsterdam/You Need Hands by Max Bygraves peaks at No3 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a 25-week run on the chart.
The Jimmy Smith Quintet records the album Six Views of the Blues at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. The band includes Art Blakey on drums and Kenny Burrell on guitar.
In his final session for Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Johnny Cash records two tracks - Down The Street To 301 and I Forgot To Remember To Forget.
George Hamilton IV and Shelly Manne play at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Billie Anthony plays at The Empire, Chiswick, London, UK.
Fats Domino records Whole Lotta Loving at Cosimo Recording Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Volare by Dean Martin peaks at No2 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a fourteen-week run on the chart.
The Coasters play the sixth night of a week at The Howard Theatre, Washington, D.C., USA, with The Danleers, The Dubs and Wynona Carr.
Female rock'n'roller Alis Lesley plays during two weeks at Chez Emile, Quebec, Montreal, Canada.
The Kalin Twins play at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK, supported by Eddie Calvert, Cliff Richard and others.
American music trade magazine Billboard rationalizes its black music charts, switching from three charts (Most-Played Juke Box, Best Sellers and Most Played by Jockeys) to just one - Hot R'N'B Sides. The change makes it possible for both sides of a single to chart simultaneously.
Ray Charles releases a new single, Rock House, in the USA, on Atlantic Records.
Jerry Lee Lewis hires a new manager, Nashville-based Oscar Davis who had formerly managed Hank Williams.
Buddy Holly releases his new single, Heartbeat/Well All Right, in the USA on Coral Records.
One Night/I Got Stung by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No4 during a fourteen-week run.
Andre Rico And The Cha Chaleros make their live performing debut at The Majestic Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Dizzy Gillespie and Ethel Waters play at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The Collins Kids appear on popular US tv show the Town Hall Party, singing I Got Stung, Great Balls Of Fire and Chantilly Lace. Johnny Cash is on the same show.
UK rock fans reading Melody Maker are horrified to find jazz big band leader Vic Lewis condemning their favourite music as "pop rot from the jungle of American entertainment." Lewis goes on to declare, "It's time we stop these insults to teenagers. Are the stars of the future to be drawn exclusively from the ranks of these three-chord guitar bashers and bawlers of gibberish?"
The Rodgers And Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song opens at The St James Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 600 performances.
To Know Him Is To Love Him by The Teddy Bears reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA. The group includes young guitarist and songwriter Phil Spector.
Fats Domino and Tommy Edwards appear on US tv's Dick Clark Show.
The eighth day of deejay Alan Freed's 10 day long Christmas Rock'n'Roll Spectacular takes place at Loew's Theater, New York City, USA, starring Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Jackie Wilson, The Everly Brothers, Johnnie Ray, Frankie Avalon and The Moonglows.
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