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In a demo session at Sun Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Roy Orbison records You Tell Me, I Give Up and One More Time. None of the tracks will be released.
Max Roach records Crackle Hut, Speculate, That Old Devil Called Love, Audio Blues, C.M. and Four-X, for Argo Records [a subsidiary of Chess Records] in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The tracks will be released on the album Max! Future hit-maker Ramsey Lewis plays piano on the session.
Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys, Terry Lightfoot And His New Orleans Jazz Band and The Crescents play at St George's Hall, Bradford, UK. Lightfoot's band includes drummer Ginger Baker, later to find fame with 60s supergroup The Cream.
My Special Angel reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. This position is achieved by amalgamating sales of two competing versions of the song, one by Malcolm Vaughan and one by Bobby Helms.
Eddie Cochran records Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Country gospel group The Blackwood Brothers Quartet play in Springfield, Missouri, USA.
The Story Of My Life by Michael Holliday enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No15. It will peak at No1 during a fifteen-week run on the chart. The song is written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
Don't by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard US Best-Selling Singles chart, where it will peak at No1 during a sixteen-week run.
The Louis Smith Quintet [including Cannonball Adderley on also sax] records Brill's Blues, Tribute To Brownie and South Side, for Blue Note Records in New York City, USA.
Derek Riggs, an arist best-known for his creation of Eddie, the semi-human mascot of Iron Maiden, is born in Portsmouth, UK.
Buddy Holly And The Crickets play their first UK concert at The Trocadero in London, UK, supported by The Montanas, The Tanner Sisters, Gary Miller and Ronnie Keene And His Orchestra. Des O'Connor is the compere.
Lita Roza appears on the BBC tv show Sing For Your Supper, in the UK.
Paul Anka plays at the Adelphi, Slough, UK. Also on the bill are Lorrae Desmond, The Ken-Tones, the Peter Groves Trio and Roy Stevens.
Paul Anka plays at The Savoy, Lincoln, UK. Also on the bill are Lorrae Desmond, The Ken-Tones, the Peter Groves Trio and Roy Stevens.
CBS Records announces its sound lab's latest invention, stereophonic sound discs, which when played on a compatible phonograph will send sound through two channels instead of one.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, Gene Vincent and Johnny Cash appear on KABC tv show Country America.
Teenage guitarist Ian Samwell goes to the 2I's coffee bar in Soho, London, where he sees aspiring rock'n'roller Harry Webb. After the gig, Samwell offers his services to Webb as lead guitarist. He will go on to write Move It for Webb, who will find fame with the song after changing his name to Cliff Richard.
Skiffle star Lonnie Donegan becomes the first act to appear at The Granada, Kettering, UK, after The Granada cinema chain decides to host touring music road shows.
Alan Freed's Big Beat show, featuring Buddy Holly And The Crickets, Chuck Berry, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Diamonds, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Frankie Lymon plays at at the Municipal Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
I May Never Pass This Way Again by Robert Earl enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No23. It will peak at No14 during a run of thirteen weeks on the chart.
Stairway Of Love by Terry Dene peaks at No16 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a five-week run on the chart.
Jimmie Rodgers appears on Ed Sullivan Show Show which is filmed in New York City, USA.
On The Street Where You Live by Vic Damone enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No4 during a sixteen-week run on the chart.
Kevin Wilkinson is born in Stoke-On-Trent, UK. He will find success as drummer with China Crisis, The Waterboys, Squeeze, Holly Beth Vincent and others.
Frankie Avalon, John D. Loudermilk and The Royal Teens are the guests on tv show Dick Clark's Saturday Night, in the USA.
Young performer Stephen Marriott wins a talent competition in the Uncle Ken Show at Jaywick Sands in the UK. He will go on to find fame as Steve Marriott of The Small Faces and Humble Pie.
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.
Dickie Valentine and Lita Roza appear on the BBC tv show Free And Easy, in the UK.
Drummer Jerry Allison of Buddy Holly and the Crickets elopes to Honey Grove, Texas, and marries his girlfriend, Peggy Sue Gerron after whom the song Peggy Sue is named.
The Everly Brothers play the second of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Ray Charles plays at the Baseball Stadium, Ponchartrain Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Prestige All Stars record Blues I Like To Hear and other tracks at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Larry Williams releases a new single, Peaches And Cream, on Specialty Records in the USA.
The Coasters play the first night of a week at The Howard Theatre, Washington, D.C., USA, with The Danleers, The Dubs and Wynona Carr.
US music trade magazine Billboard reports that payola in the music industry is reaching alarming levels and predicts a scandal.
Ray Charles releases a new single, Rock House, in the USA, on Atlantic Records.
Buddy Holly's membership of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists expires on this date.
Tony Bennett spends the last of three days recording songs for the Columbia Records album Hometown, My Hometown, in New York City, USA.
Connie Francis records My Happiness at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA.
Popular American r'n'b group The Clovers begin a lengthy tour of Italy, Europe.
The Kingston Trio become the first group to top the Billboard album chart in the USA, with their eponymous debut album.
Brenda Lee releases her new single, Papa Noel/Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, on Decca Records in the USA. The b-side will become a huge hit on re-issue two years later.
The John Birch Society, a radical right-wing organisation devoted to fighting the influence of communism, is established in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Alarmed by its activities, Bob Dylan will write his song Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues in 1962, and will be prevented from singing it on television.
The John Birch Society, a radical right-wing organisation devoted to fighting the influence of communism, is established in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Alarmed by its activities, Bob Dylan will write his song Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues in 1962, and will be prevented from singing it on television.
R'n'b pianist Bill Doggett records After Hours for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Bobby Darin records Mack The Knife, which will become a huge international hit single.
The Quarrymen play a gig in Liverpool, UK. The group includes John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who will later form The Beatles.
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