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Gary Shelton, Steve Bledsoe and The Blue Jays are appearing at The Aurora Hotel, Aurora, Illinois, USA.
Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
6. Johnny Mathis plays at the Cocoanut Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA, during a three week residency.
Johnny Cash makes a live appearance on tv show Jubilee USA, recorded in Springfield, Missouri, USA.
Alto sax virtuoso John Coltrane buys himself a soprano saxophone, which he will begin using on recordings in May of this year.
Ricky Nelson releases a new single, It's Late/ Never Be Anyone Else But You, on Imperial Records in the USA.
Still on Army Service in Germany, Elvis Presley moves to rented accommodation at 14 Goethestrasse, Bad Nauheim.
Clyde McPhatter plays at the Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Furry Lewis records I'm Going To Brownsville, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, for Folkways Records.
The San Francisco Giants baseball team officially names its new stadium, currently still under construction, Candlestick Park. Seven years later it will be the site of The Beatles last ever concert.
Fats Domino makes a guest appearance on daily tv pop show American Bandstand in the USA, singing Telling Lies and When The Saints Go Marching In.
Connie Francis begins a week of shows at The Empire, Glasgow, Scotland.
Bobby Day, Little Willie John, The Upsetters and Big Jay McNeely are playing during a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington DC., USA.
R'n'b pianist Bill Doggett plays the first of two nights at The 53 Club, Oakland, California, USA.
Cliff Richard And the Drifters play at Finsbury Park Empire, London, UK, supported by The Five Dallas Boys, Billy Dainty and others.
Kansas City by Wilbert Harrison reaches No1 in the Cashbox pop singles chart in the USA.
Dave 'Baby' Cortez, Bo Diddley, The Heartbeats, The Fiestas, The Cadillacs and Bobby Day play the fifth night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No11 pop, and No3 R'n'B.
Brook Benton and The Crests play the fourth night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Johnny Horton records a second version of Sal's Got A Sugar Lip (previously recorded on the 1st) at Bradley Film And Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Film Encores by Mantovani reaches No1 in the Billboard albums chart in the USA.
Dee Clark, The Drifters and The Isley Brothers play the sixth night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA at No39 with My Wish Came True.
Sam Cooke releases a new single, Summertime, on Keen Records in the USA.
The Three Bells by The Browns makes its debut on the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, en route to No1.
Ray Charles plays at The Temple Roof Club, Baton Rouge, Lousiana, USA.
Sea Of Love by Phil Phillips, peaks at No2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA.
Ray Charles plays the third day in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Entering at No67, We Got Love by Bobby Rydell is the highest new entry in the Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Chart.
It is reported that, in the past week, Columbia Records has added two new jazz artists to its roster, pianist and singer Mose Allison and organist/pianist Sir Charles Thompson.
Sam Cooke plays the second of three nights at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
The first Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars package tour plays in Peoria, Illinois, USA. with acts including Paul Anka, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Annette, The Coasters, The Skyliners and Bobby Rydell.
R'n'b organist Dave 'Baby' Cortez plays in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.
Carmen McRae records It's Love, How Little We Know and You Leave Me Breathless, in New York City, USA, for the Kapp Records album Something To Swing About.
Herbert Clutter, a successful farmer from Holcomb, Kansas, USA, plus his wife and two of their four children are killed by Richard 'Dick' Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, two ex-convicts on parole from the Kansas State Penitentiary. The brutal murders will inpire the book In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, the 2007 song Honest Goodbye by Bad Religion and the 2008 song The Corner by Smoking Popes.
Package tour The Biggest Show Of Stars for '59, featuring Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, Eugene Church, Frankie Lymon, Baby Washington, Gene And Eunice, The 5 Keys and Bobby Lewis, plays in the Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Louis Jordan plays at The Key Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Coasters release a new single, Run Red Run, in the USA on Atco Records.
In the wake of a Senate sub-committee investigation into payola, controversial deejay and music business entrepreneur Alan Freed is fired from his WABC radio show in new York City, USA. He leaves the air not just in mid-programme, but in mid-record, replaced by Fred Robbins.
A package tour featuring Johnny Horton, Carl Perkins and The Collins Kids plays in Austin, Texas, USA.
Johnnie Ray, arrested the night before on charges of accosting and soliciting, is released on bail in Detroit, Michigan, USA. (outlaw)
Conway Twitty plays at the Shadow Lake Resort, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Jimmy Clanton, The Four Preps, Jan And Dean and Sandy Nelson play the second of three nights in the Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
John Coltrane records Naima, My Shining Hour and other tracks in Atlantic Records Studios, New York City, USA, for the album Giant Steps.
The Rock-A-Teens release a new single, Twangy, in the USA on Roulette Records.
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers play in the Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium.
Pete Miller And The Offbeats play in the Christmas Dance at Chantry Hall, Norwich, UK.
Bobby Blue Bland plays at The Hines Farm Blues Club, Swanton, Ohio, USA.
George Russell records Chromatic Universe [Parts 1, 2 and 3] in New York City, USA, for his album Jazz In The Space Age. The track also includes Bill Evans and Paul Bley on pianos.
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