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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.
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.
, a two-hour-long televised teen-dance show
modeled after Dick Clark
's national program, American Bandstand
launched by KING-tv in Seattle, Washington, USA. Hosted by Ray
Briem, the show will run until 1961.
plays at the Philharmonic Hall
, Liverpool, UK. Also on the bill are Lorrae Desmond, The Ken-Tones, The Peter Groves Trio and Roy Stevens.
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.
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.
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.
performs his song Let's Go Trippin' live for the first time during
a gig at The Rendezvous
, 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.
's fourth movie, King Creole, is released in the USA by Paramount Pictures.
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.
Kelly Johnson of UK female HM band Girlschool, is born in Edmonton, London, UK.
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.
records Whole Lotta Loving at Cosimo Recording Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
by Dean Martin
peaks at No2 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a fourteen-week run on the chart.
Female rock'n'roller Alis Lesley
plays during two weeks at Chez Emile, Quebec, Montreal, Canada.
Package tour the Biggest Show Of Stars for 1958 plays at The Mosque
, Richmond, Virginia, USA, featuring Sam Cooke
, Dion And The Belmonts
, Buddy Holly and The Crickets
, Clyde McPhatter
, Frankie Avalon
, Little Anthony and the Imperials
, The Olympics
, The Elegants
and The Danleers
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.
Andre Rico And The Cha Chaleros make their live performing debut at The Majestic Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
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 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