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Joseph Sadler, known to rap aficionados as Grandmaster Flash, is born in Barbados.
Annie Ross records How About You?, Let There Be Love, It Don't Mean A Thing and others in New York City, USA, with Chet Baker on trumpet and Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax.
Teresa Brewer, The Chantels, The Four Dates and Eddie Platt appear on tv's Dick Clark Show in the USA.
Gary Webb is born in the UK, but he will become better known as 70s electro-rocker Gary Numan.
John Coltrane with the Wilbur Harden Quartet records Wells Fargo, Rhodomagnetics and Countdown at Rudy van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
The R.I.A.A. [Recording Industry Association of America] awards its very very first gold record, to crooner Perry Como for the song Catch A Falling Star.
Sam Cooke plays at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
James Wilkinson is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find some success, and much notoriety, as Jizzy Pearl, vocalist for Love/Hate, LA Guns, Ratt and other metal-oriented bands.
Ella Fitzgerald records the Irving Berlin compositions You're Laughing At Me, Get Thee Behind Me Satan, How About Me?, How Deep Is The Ocean, Supper Time, You Keep Coming Back Like A Song, Reaching For The Moon, Now It Can Be Told and No Strings, for the album Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Song Book at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA.
Paul Anka plays at the Victoria Hall, Hanley, UK. Also on the bill are Lorrae Desmond, The Ken-Tones, the Peter Groves Trio and Roy Stevens.
Wee Willie Harris, The Most Brothers, Tony Crombie And His Rockets and Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group play the first of six nights at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
At Columbia Records studios on 30th Street, New York City, USA, the Duke Ellington Band records Indian Love Call.
Fats Domino, The Dells, The Spaniels and The Flamingos play at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The compilation album Johnny's Greatest Hits by Johnny Mathis, becomes the first greatest hits LP to enter the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA, where it will remain for almost nine and a half years. This record will not be broken until 1982 when it is overtaken by Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.
The Midnighters, Bo Diddley, Little Willie John, The Five Royales and others play at Booker T Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Patsy Cline releases a new single, Come On In, on Decca Records in the USA.
Teresa Brewer is the musical guest on US tv's Tennessee Ernie Ford Show.
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.
Tommy Edwards records his second version of It's All In the Game at Metropolitan Studios, New York City, USA. At the same session he records Please Love Me Forever and Love Is All We Need.
John Lee Hooker records I Love You Honey, Bundle Up And Go and I'm Gonna Love You, for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Tennessee Ernie Ford releases a new single, Love Makes The World Go Round, in the USA.
Judy Garland records the Cole Porter song I Am Loved, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra in the USA.
Perry Como records All Through The Night, accompanied by The Ray Charles Singers, in RCA Victor Studio A, New York City, USA.
Fabian is interviewed live on popular tv show American Bandstand in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney makes its debut on NBC-tv in the USA.
Little Willie John, Sonny Til, The Danleers, The Fidelitys, The Kalin Twins, The Upsetters and Etta James play the sixth night in a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The Red Garland Quartet records Castle Rock, Blues In Mambo, It Might As Well Be Spring and other tracks at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews and Stanley Holloway are appearing in the stage musical My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, UK.
During Senate hearings on the music industry, American Guild of Authors and Composers counsel John Schulman plays Yakety Yak by The Coasters, citing it as an offender in the alleged 'cheapening of American music' by rock'n'roll, against which Schulman seeks legislation.
To create what is perhaps the most celebrated ensemble jazz portrait of all time, fifty-seven of the greatest jazz musicians in history, gather together on the steps of a Harlem, New York City, USA, brownstone apartment block on 126th Street to have their photograph taken by Art Kane for Esquire magazine. Jazz stars in the photograph include Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland, Gene Krupa, Coleman Hawkins and Stuff Smith.
The Philly Joe Jones Sextet records Blues For Dracula, Trick Street and other tracks for Riverside Records in New York City, USA.
Sam Cooke plays at Labor Union Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The last and worst of three disasters, an underground earthquake, strikes the Springhill coal mine in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada, killing 75 miners and devastating the town. The incident will inspire Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger to write the song Springhill Mining Disaster, which will be recorded by Martin Carthy, The Dubliners, Peter, Paul And Mary, Julie Felix, Barbara Dickson, U2 and others.
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Ray Charles releases a new single, Rock House, in the USA, on Atlantic Records.
The Max Roach New Quintet, with Booker Little on trumpet, records Milano, Tuba De Nod, Variations On The Scene, Pieces Of Quincy, Old Folks, Sadiga and Gandolfo's Bounce, for Time Records in New York City, USA.
The Platters continue their lengthy season at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
At King Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Hank Ballard And The Midniters record a single, Teardrops On Your Letter, whose b-side is a virtually ignored dance tune called The Twist. Two years later, re-recorded by Chubby Checker, it will spark the biggest dance craze of the sixties.
Connie Francis releases a new single, My Happiness, in the USA on MGM Records.
Teen idol Billy Fury makes his first recording, Maybe Tomorrow, for Decca Records in London, UK.
Ted Steele's Bandstand plays the last of five days at The Brooklyn Paramount Theater, New York City, USA, featuring Connie Francis, The Big Bopper, Jimmy Clanton, Clyde McPhatter, Dickey Doo and the Don'ts, The Royaltones, Cozy Cole, Donnie Owens, The Shields, The Solitaires, The Kalin Twins, Frankie Avalon, Thurston Harris, Lloyd Price and Jerry Butler And The Impressions.
Roy Orbison records Almost 18, Jolie and Happy Little Bluebird in RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Jazz multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan records Mock And Roll Blues, Secret Love and other tracks at Sound Studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA. for Delmark Records.
The third day of deejay Alan Freed's ten day long Christmas Rock'n'Roll Spectacular is held 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.
The sixth day of deejay Alan Freed's ten-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.