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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.
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.
Tony Bennett plays during a month of shows at The Pigalle, London, England, UK, Europe.
Helen O'Connell is playing during a three week booking at Mr. Kelly's, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Barbara Gilbert.
The Harold Quinn Trio is playing during a three week engagement at The London House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Eddie Harris is playing during two weeks at The Birdhouse, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Liberace is playing at Blinstrub's, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Danny And The Juniors play during a week of shows at The Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
The Everly Brothers record Temptation in Hollywood, California, USA, for Warner Brothers Records.
Earl Hooker records Blue Guitar in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Age Records. A little over a year later, Muddy Waters will release a new single, You Shook Me, on Chess Records, with a guitar part, chord changes and tempo very much inspired by, in fact near identical to, the Earl Hooker track. (Some say it is in fact the Hooker track with Muddy's vocal overdubbed on top.) Muddy's homage will be brought to a huge audience in 1969 via a version recorded by Led Zeppelin.
Fats Domino, The Shirelles, Chubby Checker, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Ben E.King and Chuck Jackson play at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, in The Biggest Show Of Stars For '61.
Andy Williams and Patti Page are the musical guests on today's edition of tv's Perry Como Kraft Music Hall in the USA.
Frank Sinatra records It Started All Over Again, It's Always You and other tracks, in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Reprise Records.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz pianist Sir Charles Thompson records St Louis Blues, I Got Rhythm and other tracks in a session at the Swiss National Radio Studio, Basel, Switzerland, Europe.
Gene Vincent plays at The Essoldo, Loughborough, UK.
The Beatles continue their 92 day residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Dee Clark performs Raindrops on tv show American Bandstand on WFIL-tv in Pennsylvania, USA. Also on the show is country singer Bobby Bare.
Johnny Burnette and Carl Perkins play at The Fairground Coliseum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
The Flamingos, Jerry Butler, The Miracles, Maxine Brown, The Vibrations, and Shep And The Limelites play thesixth of seven nights at The Uptown Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet records It's A Raggy Waltz, Castilian Blues and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records.
The Marcels, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Ernie K-Doe, Freddie King, and Marv Johnson play the sixth of seven nights in a special presentation, The Stars Of The Swinging Sixties, at The Tivoli, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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.
The musical Milk And Honey, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, is playing at The Martin Beck Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 543 performances.
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.