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A birthday party for Elvis Presley is held on the set of his latest movie, Wild In The Country, at the 20th Century Ranch, near Santa Monica, California, USA.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows, Bert Weedon, The Kaye Sisters, Chas McDevitt and others plays a charity benefit show at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK.
Elvis Presley signs a contract with Hollywood film producer Hal Wallis, obliging him to star in one film per year for the next five years.
Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker and Dodie Stevens come to the end of an Australian tour.
The Grant Green Trio records Lullaby Of The Leaves, Blues For Willarene, Baby's Minor Lope and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Engelwood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
The Clifford Jordan - Sonny Red Quintet records You're Driving Me Crazy, Falling In Love Is Wonderful and other tracks for Jazzland Records in New York City, USA.
The film Ocean's 11, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, opens in West Germany, Europe.
Gospel group The Green Valley Quartet record eleven songs at King Recording Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The group will find greater acclaim as The Easter Brothers.
Jimmie Rodgers plays the first of fourteen nights at The Statler-Hilton Hotel , Dallas, Texas, USA.
Tony Orlando releases a new single, Halfway To Paradise, on Epic Records in the USA. The songs is written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
Frank Sinatra records That Old Black Magic, Yes Indeed and other tracks at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Location filming for the next Elvis Presley film, Blue Hawaii, continues in Hawaii, USA.
Furry Lewis records Frankie And Johnny, Goin' To Kansas City and other tracks for Bluesville Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Connie Francis sings Never On Sunday at the 1961 Academy Awards Presentation in The Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, USA. Also on hand is Bobby Darin, to give out the awards. Never On Sunday, the title theme from the film of the same name, with music and lyrics by Manos Hadjidakis, wins the Best Original Song Oscar.
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Jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery plays live at The Cellar, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Paul Anka plays the fifth of seven nights at Blinstrub's, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Swinging Blue Genes (later to find fame as The Swinging Blue Jeans] and The Remo Four play in an all night session at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Marcels, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Ernie K-Doe, Freddie King, and Marv Johnson play the fourth of seven nights in a special presentation, The Stars Of The Swinging Sixties, at The Tivoli, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beatles continue their 92 day residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Comedy singing duo The Smothers Brothers continue with a three-week engagement at The Crystal Palace, Gaslight Square, St Louis, Missouri, USA. Second on the bill is teenage singer Barbra Streisand.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Duane Eddy plays the fourth night of a week at The Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
Barbra Streisand plays the first night of two weeks at The Town'n'Country, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Fats Domino releases a new single, Let The Four Winds Blow, in the USA on Imperial Records. On the same day, plays the first of two nights in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Bobby Rydell begins a four week season at The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, opening for comedian George Burns.
The Drifters record Loneliness Or Happiness for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA. The song is composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. They also record Mexican Divorce.
Neil Young And Crazy Horse play at Zollhafen, Mainz, Germany, Europe, supported by The Magic Numbers.
Chubby Checker, Feddy Cannon, The Shirelles, Fabian, Gary U.S. Bonds and Duane Eddy play the first of two nights at The Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, in the Dick Clark C aravan of Stars.
Barbra Streisand plays the twentieth of twenty-seven nights at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, [Marie's The Name Of] His Latest Flame, in the USA on RCA Records.
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Dean Martin records Pardon, You're Breaking My Heart, Just Say I Love Her and On An Evening In Roma for his Capitol Records album Dino : Italian Love Songs, at Capitol Recording Studios, in the USA.
After being on a brief furlough, US Army private James Marshall Hendrix [Jimi Hendrix] leaves Seattle to return to his camp at Fort Ord, California, USA.
Ray Charles plays at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jim Reeves And His Blue Boys play at The Tower Theater, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Walk On By by Leroy Van Dyke reaches No1 in the Billboard country singles chart in the USA where it will remain for a staggering nineteen weeks.
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The Modern Jazz Quartet plays at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Robbie Jaymes, keyboardist of UK 80s hitmakers Modern Romance, is born.
Roy Acuff plays the second of three nights at Jackpot, Nevada, USA.
A major fire in the canyons of Los Angeles, California, USA, destroys the home of Jan Berry of surf duo Jan And Dean, at 1111 Linda Flora Drive. At the time of the fire, Jan And Dean are in Sioux City, Iowa, USA.
The Beatles play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Ella Fitzgerald, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, record The Gentleman Is A Dope, Pick Yourself Up and other tracks, for the Verve Records album Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson.
The Andy Doll Band plays a gig in Guttenburg, Iowa, USA.
Nat King Cole records Step Right Up, Magic Moment and The Right Thing To Say in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Billy Fury, Eden Kane (backed by Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers), The Allisons, The Karl Denver Trio, Shirley Douglas and (somewhat confusingly) Mike Dee And The Jaywalkers play at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. At this point in their career, Mike Dee's Jaywalkers include Ritchie Blackmore, later to play with Deep Purple, on guitar.
John Coltrane plays at The Kongresshalle, Frankfurt, West Germany, Europe.
Dean Martin records Cha Cha D'Amour, Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere), Amor and Two Loves Have I for Capitol Records at 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California, USA.
Duke Ellington plays two gigs in one night, first at The Academy Of Music, then at The Cotillion Society Ball in The Sheraton Hotel - both in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
A thirty minute programme entitled The Jazz Of Dave Brubeck is broadcast on CBS-tv in the USA.