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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.
Elvis Presley is filming scenes for his tenth movie Kid Galahad in Culver Studios, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Santo And Johnny are playing during a long engagement at The El Cortez Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, 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.
Bob Scobey And His Frisco Band are playing at Bourbon Street, 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.
Sarah Vaughan is playing during a three-week engagement at the My Fair Lady club in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jazz violinist and danceband leader Leo Reisman dies, aged 64, at his mid-Town Manhattan home in New York City, USA, after a long illness.
Folk duo Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor perform live on the BBC Television topical news magazine show Tonight in London, England, UK, Europe.
Vocalist Eddie Jefferson records I Cover The Waterfront, Take The A Train and Night In Tunisia, in New York City, USA, for Riverside Records.
The Peppermint Twist by Joey Dee And The Starliters peaks at No3 in the Canadian Pop Singles Chart.
It is reported that tycoons in the Ruhr valley area of Germany, Europe, have become a significant market for juke box sales. "You can sell one for dancing in his villa, another for the game room, and perhaps two or three for his castle or hunting lodge in Bavaria," states one distributor.
Brenda Lee plays the fourteenth night of a pre-Christmas season in the Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Dion enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with The Wanderer, which will peak at No2.
James Ray performs If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The musical comedy All Kinds Of Giants opens at The Cricket Theatre, New York City, USA, but will close after just sixteen performances.
Billboard magazine in the USA reports that Christmas-themed LPs are dominating the new entries appearing on this week's album charts. Albums such as Merry Christmas by Johnny Mathis, Christmas Music by Mantovani and Lanza Sings Christmas Carols by Mario Lanza have all charted high.
Nina Simone, Odetta, Lionel Hampton, Brock Peters, local Atilogu dancers and Natalie Hinderas perform at the American Society of African Culture (AMSAC) Festival in the King George V Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa. This is the first AMSAC event to be held on African soil.
Dot Records artist Jack Ross is playing at Harrah's Club, Reno, Nevada, USA.
Gene Pitney enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with Town Without Pity, which will give him his first Top 20 entry, peaking at No13. The song is the title theme from the movie of the same name.
Dean Martin records Cha Cha D'Amour, Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere), Amor and Two Loves Have I for Capitol Records at 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California, USA.
Guitarist and vocalist Ken Foreman of London-based band Thrashing Doves is born in Orpington, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens, based on traditional Zulu folk song Wimoweh, becomes the first African song to reach No1 in the Billboard Charts in the USA.
The Kingston Trio release a new single, their version of the Pete Seeger song Where Have All The Flowers Gone, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Angela Laverne Brown is born in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. She will find success as singer-songwriter, keyboardist, record producer and actress Angie Stone.
Sam Cooke records Twistin' The Night Away at RCA Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session features Earl Palmer (drums), Tommy Tedesco, Clifton White (guitar), Red Callender (bass), Ed Beal (piano), Jackie Kelso, John Ewing, Jewell Grant (saxophones) and Stuart Williamson (trumpet), most of whom were Wrecking Crew stalwarts.
A concert of electronic and taped musical compositions by Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros and Phil Winsor are performed at The San Francisco Conservatory, San Francisco, California, USA.
Multiplication by Bobby Darin makes its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No30 during a run on the chart of ten weeks.
Quincy Jones records Robot Portrait, Little Karen and Hard Sock Dance in Capitol Studios, New York City, USA.
I Know [You Don't Love Me No More] by Barbara George enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No3 during an eleven-week run on the chart.
Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No2 during a twelve-week run.
Ron White, General Manager of EMI Records in London, England, UK, Europe, writes to Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, to tell him that the company is not interested in working with the group.
Country music star Patsy Cline is diagnosed with a nervous breakdown, forcing her to spend the next two weeks in bed at home.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers record Contemplation, Backstage Sally and other tracks for Blue Note Records in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery and vibraphonist Milt Jackson record SKJ, Blue Roz and other tracks for Riverside Records, at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, USA.
Belle Barth is playing at The Lafayette House, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.