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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.
Young boxer Cassius Clay wins the Olympic light heavyweight gold medal in Rome, Italy, Europe. Immediately afterwards, he turns professional and goes on to become the most successful and best-loved boxer of his generation, changing his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after joining the Nation of Islam. His career will inspire many songs, including Bob Dylan's 1964 composition I Shall be Free No.10, Black Superman by Johnny Wakelin And The Kinshasa Band in 1975 and Muhammad Ali by Faithless in 2001.
Brenda Lee releases a new single, I Want To Be Wanted/Just A Little, on Decca Records in the USA.
Fabian and Duane Eddy play the fifth night of a week at The Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Muddy Waters releases a new single, Tiger In Your Tank, on Chess Records in the USA.
Muddy Waters releases a new single, Tiger In Your Tank, on the Chicago-based record label Chess Records in the USA.
Johnny And The Hurricanes play the last of four nights at The Rainbow Lounge, Wildwood, New Jersey,USA.
The Drifters and Clyde McPhatter play the fourth night of a week at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Volare by Bobby Rydell peaks at No4 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
James Brown plays at The Meadow Acres Ballroom, Topeka, Kansas, USA.
Brenda Lee gives the second of three consecutive performances at The State Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Fabian and Duane Eddy play the fifth night of a week at The Steel Pier,Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Albert King releases a new single, Let's Have A Natural Ball, on Checker Records in the USA.
Popular vocalist Jack Jones appears on US tv show Swinging Spiketaculars, hosted by comic musician Spike Jones.
Albert King releases a new single, Let's Have A Natural Ball, on Chicago-based record label Checker Records in the USA.
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.