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The Steven Sondheim musical Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman, is performed on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 702 performances.
Suzi Gardner, guitarist/vocalist of 90s all-girl grunge band L7 is born in Altus, Oklahoma, USA.
Bobby Vee's latest single, Devil Or Angel, enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA where it will peak at No6.
Aretha Franklin makes her first recordings for Columbia Records in New York City, USA. Columbia's highly respected A and R head, John Hammond, says of her, "She is an untutored genius, the best voice I've heard since Billie Holiday".
Ray Charles plays the sixth night in a week of shows at The Cloisters Hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Atlantic Records boss Jerry Wexler negotiates a handshake deal giving his label distribution rights to the artist roster of Stax Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA, including Otis Redding, Sam And Dave and Booker T. and the MGs.
The Primettes, later to become The Supremes,audition to become a sister group to local Detroit, Michigan, USA, quartet The Primes.
Former Gospel singer Aretha Franklin records her first pop tracks for Columbia Records.
Harry Belafonte plays during a week of shows at Araneta Coliseum, The Philippines, Asia.
Frankie Avalon begins five days at The Frolics, Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, USA.
Ella Fitzgerald records Hooray For Love, I've Got The World On A String and Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, at RadioRecorders, Los Angeles, California, USA, for Verve Records.
Patsy Cline releases a new single, Crazy Dreams, on Decca Records in the USA.
In Hollywood, California, USA, Elvis Presley begins pre-production rehearsals for the movie Flaming Star.
The J.J. Johnson Sextet records Mohawk, Shutterbug and Aquarius in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records.
Carlton Ridenhour is born in Queens, New York City, USA. He will find fame as rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy.
Brenda Lee releases a new LP, Brenda Lee, on Decca Records in the USA.
Jo Stafford records You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To and What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry, in Hollywood California, for Columbia Records.
The musical Irma La Douce is running at The Plymouth Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It runs at The Plymouth for more than a year before transferring to The Alvin Theatre.