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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.
The Noel Coward-composed musical Sail Away is presented at The Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 167 performances.
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 Do-Re-Mi, starring Max Bygraves, with music by Jule Styne, is playing at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, London, England, Europe, during a run of 169 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.
The musical Irma La Douce is presented at The Alvin Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA during a total of 524 Broadway performances.
The musical Kean, based on the life of 18th Century Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean, is playing at The Broadway Theater, New York City, USA, during a run of 92 performances.
Musical comedy The Gay Life is presented at The Shubert Theater, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 113 performances.
Santo And Johnny are playing during a long engagement at The El Cortez Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Elvis Presley is filming scenes for his tenth movie Kid Galahad in Culver Studios, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra are playing during a 17-night engagement at Basin Street East, New York City, USA. Also on the bill is Gloria Lynne, with her trio led by Earl May.
George Jones and Georgie Riddle are playing during six days at The Flame Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Bob Scobey And His Frisco Band are playing at Bourbon Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Stan Getz is playing at The Birdhouse, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Roy Acuff is undertaking a one-month tour of Spain, Europe, and Morocco, Africa, where he is performing for American troops, sponsored by the United Service Organizations.
Johnny Cash, The Tennessee Three, June Carter, Roger Miller, Gordon Terry and Johnny Western play in The Coliseum Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa, USA.
Having recently signed a management contract with local businessman Brian Epstein, The Beatles are taken to see tailor Beno Dorn in Birkenhead, near Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, to be measured for matching dark blue suits. On the same day, their hair is tidied up by Liverpool hairdressers the Home Brothers. In this way, Epstein is beginning to give the group a more sophisticated look than their previous leather jackets and jeans image.
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Rick Nelson performs Everlovin' on ABC-TV's The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet in the USA.
Disney releases its first live-action Technicolor musical, Babes in Toyland, in the USA. A remake of the famous Victor Herbert operetta, it will flop at the box office.
Bobby Rydell plays at The Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
In West Berlin, Germany, Europe, Judy Garland pre-records an interview with Jack Linkletter which will be broadcast in January 1962 on the tv show Here's Hollywood. (Garland is in Berlin to attend the premiere of her movie Judgement At Nuremberg.
Etta James releases her second LP, The Second Time Around, on Argo Records in the USA.
Brenda Lee plays the tenth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Sonny Redd records Moon River, Bewitched Bothered And Bewildered and other tracks for his Jazzland Records album Red, Blue And Green, at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, USA.
The Ronnie Ross Quartet featuring pianist Bill Le Sage and guests perform live on the BBC Light Programme radio show Jazz Club, in London, England, UK, Europe.
Louis Jordan plays at The Latin Casino, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA.
Leslie Uggams, Diana Trask and Gloria Lambert appear in tonight's edition of the light music tv show Sing Along With Mitch, hosted by Mitch Miller in the USA.
The Todd Dameron Octet records Aloof Spoof, Lament For The Living and other tracks for Blue Note Records at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
John Lennon of The Beatles places four personal ads in Merseybeat magazine in Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. The four messages read "Happy XMAS - Jurgen.", "Hello from Norman Lennon Vollmer.", "FROLICHE FUSSBODEN - Herr Vollmer." and "GOOD MORNING, Jurgrow, from George." They are taken to be humourous messages to Jurgen Vollmer, the young German who gave the group their famed Beatle-cut hairstyles.
Cy Grant performs a calypso based on a news story of the day as part of the topical magazine show Tonight on BBC-tv in London, England, UK, Europe.
After having been displaced for two weeks, Walkin' Back To Happiness by Helen Shapiro returns to No1 in The Lever Hit Parade in New Zealand, Oceania.
Cliff Richard releases a new album, The Young Ones, in the UK.
Having flown from New York City, USA, Nina Simone and Babatunde Olantunji arrive at Lagos Airport, Lagos, Nigeria, Africa, to perform in the AMSAC Arts Festival.
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The Drifters play the fourth of six nights at Sciolla's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The musical revue Four To The Bar, featuring material by Bryan Blackburn, Vivian Ellis, Rose Hill, H. Hughes, Madeleine Dring and Geoffrey Rand, is presented at The Arts Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
Jim Reeves Day is declared in Henderson, Texas, USA, to celebrate the achievements of local boy Jim Reeves. Reeves and his band perform in the evening at Henderson High School Auditorium.