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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.
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.
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.
Mike Preston, Doug Sheldon, The Ken-Tones and Harry Robinson's Band perform live in the BBC Light Programme radio show The Robinson Crew Show in London, England, UK, Europe.
Cliff Richard has a recording session at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe, during which he records Do You Want To Dance (aka Do You Wanna Dance?) and Since I Lost You.
The Beatles play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Nat King Cole and George Shearing release a new album, Nat King Cole Sings/George Shearing Plays, in the USA.
Although Duke Ellington and his Orchestra are currently playing during a residency at Basin Street East, New York City, USA, they also manage to fit in an appearance at The Radio And Television Executive Society Christmas Party in The Hotel Roosevelt, New York City, USA.
Jeanne Black records Letter To Anya in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Popular Scottish singer Andy Stewart introduces Norma Cairns, Dixie Ingram, Harry Carmichael, Ian Powrie and his Band, The Ron Silver Quartet and The Aeolian Singers on the BBCtv show The White Heather Club, a live broadcast from Scotland, UK.
The comedy movie Pocketful Of Miracles opens in the USA, starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford, but also featuring the scree debut of singer-actress Ann-Margret.
Brenda Lee plays the fifteenth night of a pre-Christmas season in The Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Lambert, Hendricks And Ross are playing during a two-week engagement at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
The film Judgment at Nuremberg is released to cinemas in the USA. The film stars Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland.
Sam Cooke records One More Time, Don't Cry On My Shoulder and Somebody's Gonna Miss Me at RCA Victor Studio, 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The John Wright Trio records Stella By Starlight, But Beautiful and other tracks in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for New Jazz Records.
The Top 5 singles for the week beginning on this date on Radio WABC, New York City, USA, is as follows :

1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens (RCA)

2. The Twist - Chubby Checker (Parkway)

3. Peppermint Twist, Part 1 - Joey Dee And The Starliters (Roulette)

4. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes (Tamla)

5. Run To Him - Bobby Vee (Liberty)

Dion performs The Majestic on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, recorded in W-Fil Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
John Eacott, who will play trumpet in the 80s band Roman Holliday, is born in Reading, Berkshire, England, UK.
Carmen McRae records Summer Song, Easy As You Go and other tracks for Columbia Records in New York City, USA. She is backed for this session by The Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Dean Martin records My One And Only Love, I Wish You Love and I Love You Much Too Much for Capitol Records at 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz trumpeter Kenny Dorham's Quintet plays a live gig in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe, which is recorded and will be eventually released as a live album, Short Story, on Steeple Chase Records.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans], and Gerry And The Pacemakers, play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Connie Hall, with producer Owen Bradley, records I Reserve The Right, Half The Time and Yes There's A Reason in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Backing vocals on the session are provided by The Jordanaires.
Cliff Richard records performances of The Young Ones and I Wake Up Cryin' for the ATV show All Kinds Of Music in the UK. the show will be broadcast on December 26.
A son, Vincent Cooke, is born to Sam Cooke and his wife Barbara, in Los Angeles, California, USA.