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The stage musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, starring Rudy Vallee, is playing at the 46th Street Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1,417 performances.
At the end of a season in The Star Club, The Beatles fly from Hamburg, Germany, to London, UK.
Rockabilly star Wanda Jackson plays at Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra record The Midnight Sun Will Never Set at Fine Recording Studios, New York City, USA. The track is co-written by Quincy Jones.
Jazz vocalist and recording artist Trudy Kerr is born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Paul Anka records Don't Gamble With Love, I'm Still Waiting Here For You and The Longest Day for RCA Records in New York City, USA.
Beresford Romeo is born in London, UK. He will find fame as producer/songwriter/vocalist Jazzie B of Soul II Soul.
Odetta plays the first night of two weeks at The Prince Charles Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe. Bob Dylan attends the show.
The Beatles play at The Grafton Rooms, Liverpool, UK.
Bobby Darin records Standing On The Corner, Make Someone Happy, The Sweetest Sounds and All Of You, in Capitol Recording Studios, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Detours, featuring future leader of The Who, Pete Townshend, play at The Fox And Goose Hotel, Ealing, West London, UK.
B.B. King releases a new single, By Myself, on ABC-Paramount Records in the USA.
The Beach Boys plays the second gig of an eight day tour of cities on the East Coast of the USA.
The Beach Boys album Surfin' Safari peaks at No32 in the Billboard chart of the Best-selling Albums in the USA.
The Sonny Rollins-Don Cherry Quartet plays a live date in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
During a recording session at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA, The Beach Boys make a demo of the song Ride Away.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, One Broken Heart For Sale, in the USA on RCA Victor Records.
Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, The Vibrations, Barbara Lynn and Betty Lavette play the first night of a week at The Howard Theatre, Washington, DC, USA.
The Rolling Stones play at The Manor House, London, UK.
Blues singer and recording artist Lizzie Miles dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows play at The Granada, Dover, UK, supported by Patsy Ann Noble, The Vernons Girls, Alan Randall and The Trebletones.
The UK's Hit Parade magazine features an article personally written by pop idol Cliff Richard.
The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers, later to become Manfred Mann, play at The Marquee Club, London, UK.
The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers, later to become Manfred Mann, play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK.
The Beatles, Del Shannon, The Springfields, Rolf Harris, Shane Fenton, Kenny Lynch, The Vernon Girls and Lance Percival play at the BBC-organised Swinging Sound 63, a trad jazz/beat music package at The Royal Albert Hall, London, compered by jazz veteran George Melly. The Rolling Stones go along to meet The Beatles again. During rehearsals Paul McCartney meets actress Jane Asher, soon to become his girlfriend.
When Bob Dylan plays at The Bear, Chicago, Illinois, USA, he meets Mike Bloomfield for the first time. Bloomfield will become his guitarist on Like A Rolling Stone and many other tracks.
Chippenham band Red Starr & The Stereos support Jerry Lee Lewis at The Pavilion, Bath.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated record Taboo Man and See See Rider at Lansdowne Studios, London, UK.
Inez And Charlie Foxx release a new single, Mockingbird, in the USA on Symbol Records.
When Bob Dylan attends a Civil Rights Voters' registration rally on Silas McGee's farm in Greenwood, Mississippi, USA, he performs a previously unheard song, Only A Pawn In Their Game. Pete Seeger and Theodore Bikel also perform at this event.
Martha and The Vandellas release a new single, A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Every Day), in the USA.
Nat 'King' Cole begins a British tour at the Astoria, Finsbury Park, London. On the same day, a UK Silver Disc is awarded to his current hit single Ramblin' Rose.
Australia's most successful music promoter, Lee Gordon, leaves the country after having been charged with illegally attempting to obtain the drug pethedrine.
Tony Bennett releases the album This Is All I Ask in the USA on Columbia Records.
The Caravelles enter the Singles Chart in the UK with You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry which will peak at No6.
The Beatles single From Me To You is released in Argentina, South America, on Odeon Pops Records.
The Jetblacks play at The Cavern, Liverpool, UK. Their bass player, John Paul Jones, will go on to be a founder member of Led Zeppelin.
Mike Sarne with The Innocents play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, supported by Tony Wyell and The Classics and The Fellowmen.
Fats Domino releases a new single, Red Sails In The Sunset, on ABC-Paramount Records in the USA.
Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, signs his first girl singer, Cilla Black.
The New York Times reports that folk singer Pete Seeger has refused to sign a contract to appear on the tv show Hootenanny, because it includes a clause which requires him to furnish "a sworn affidavit as to his past and present affiliations, if any, with the Communist Party, and/or with the Communist front organizations".
The Jaynetts perform Sally Go 'Round the Roses on tv show American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Also on the show is Neil Sedaka performing The Dreamer. [Formerly a daily show, Bandstand is now reduced to once a week].
A season of gigs by The Miles Davis Quintet at The Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, California, USA, is brought to an end when police shut the club down for 'employing a minor' - the Quintet's drummer Tony Williams.
Jazz piano and bass virtuoso Charles Mingus is recording tracks for his Impulse Records album Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus.
The Beatles are in EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, UK, recording I Want To Hold Your Hand and This Boy. They also record their first Christmas disc for distribution to their fan club members.
Liverpool hitmakers Gerry and the Pacemakers play at the ABC, Croydon, UK, supported by Del Shannon, Liverpool singer Cilla Black, plus Duffy Power and The Bachelors.
Bob Dylan plays at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
When The Gene Krupa Quartet plays at The Metropole, New York City, USA, the show is broadcast live on radio as part of the All-Star Parade Of Bands New Year Show.