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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.
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.
Lambert, Hendricks And Ross are playing during a two-week engagement at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Louis Jordan plays during a lengthy engagement at Danny's Lounge, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
The Rabin Band, Barbara Kay, Colin Day, Ray Pilgrim, The Hound Dogs, Arthur Greenslade and his swingin' piano, Groovin' Don Sanford, Rockin' Rex Morris, The Razz-Ma-Tazzers and George Chisholm perform live on the BBC Light Programme radio show Go Man Go in London, England, UK, Europe.
The movie Paris Blues, with a soundtrack by Duke Ellington, opens in theatres in Finland, Europe. The film includes Louis Armstrong in the role of Wild Man Moore.
Bernard Cribbins, with producer George Martin, records The Hole In The Ground in EMI's No2 Studio, Abbey Road, London, England, UK, Europe. It will peak at No9 in the UK Singles Chart.
Nat King Cole with George Shearing on piano records I'm Lost, Don't Go, There's A Lull In My Life and Lost April in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Popular radio deejay Murray The K (Murray Kauffmann) hosts a ten-day long seasonal spectacular at the Academy Of Music, New York City, USA, featuring Gary U.S. Bonds, Timi Yuro, Joey Dee, Bobby Lewis, The Isley Brothers, Jan And Dean, The Crystals, The Belmonts, The Vibrations and The Chantels. Today's show is headlined by Johnny Mathis.
Eddie Hodges, The Cupids, The Boulevards, The Javalons and Vinnie Monte play a benefit show at Goldwater Hospital, Welfare Island, New York City, USA.
A new rock'n'roll movie, Twist Around The Clock, opens in cinemas in the USA, featuring performances by Chubby Checker, Dion, The Marcels and Clay Cole. Aimed at teenagers the movie is a cash-in on the popularity of The Twist dance craze.
With the twist dance craze in full swing, an ad in today's edition of the Minneapolis Spokesman says "It's Twisting Time at The Key Club – Learn to Dance the Twist with the Hortense Allen Dancers and the Bill Pinkard Combo. Dance on the largest nite club dance floor in the Twin Cities."
Fred Astaire writes to A.C. Spectorsky, Editorial Director of Playboy magazine, stating his objection to a picture of him in the latest edition of the magazine which shows him toasting the New Year with a glass of champagne in his hand. Astaire had been approached several times by Playboy to pose for such a photograph but declined each time. In the end, Playboy used a still from one of Astaire's movies, The Pleasure Of His Comapny, showing him with a glass in his hand. Astaire's objection, as he makes clear in his letter, is that, "I really do not happen to like champagne."
The Candlelight Room of The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, hosts an opening night party for actress, singer and dancer Mitzi Gaynor. Most of the 60 or so people attending are celebrities appearing on the Strip plus Rossano Brazzi and Yves Montand.
Tony Orlando performs Happy Times (Are Here To Stay) during a special ice skating themed edition of popular tv show American Bandstand taped at Drexelwood Inn, near Philadelphia, P{ennsylvania, USA.
Fok duo Robin Hall and Jimmie Macgregor perform live on BBC-tv's topical magazine show Tonight, in London, England, UK, Europe.
Wink Records recording artists The Kodoks (aka The Kodaks) open at The Savannah Club, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Kathy Linden records Beautiful Brown Eyes and Remember Me (To Jimmy) for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Having recently completed filming in Hollywood, California, USA, of his latest movie, Kid Galahad, Elvis Presley travels to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he books into The Sahara Hotel for the Christmas period.
Paul Anka is playing throughout Christmas and New Year at The Caribe Room, Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean.
Quincy Jones and his Orchestra record Q uintessence in Capitol Studios, New York City, USA. The track is written, arranged and conducted by Jones.
On his way home to Hibbing, Minnesota, USA, for Christmas, Bob Dylan records some songs in Minneapolis, at the sorority house room of Bonnie Bleecher. The tape will become the basis of the first bootleg, Great White Wonder.
Vocalist Mexie Marlowe records The More I See You, I Cover The Waterfront, and other tracks for King Records, in Los Angeles, California, USA. The tracks will appear on her album Meet Mexie Marlowe.
The Everly Brothers release a new single, Crying In The Rain, on Warner Bros Records in the USA. The song is written by Howie Greenfield and Carole King.
Helen Shapiro, Danny Williams, The Brook Brothers, Robin Hall and Jimmie Macgregor and The Galliards, The Two Tones, The Red Price Combo, Joe Baker and Jack Douglas play at The Granada, Bedford, England, UK, Europe.
Eddie Cochran enters the UK singles chart at No30 with Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie.
The entire front cover of UK weekly pop music paper The New Musical Express (NME) is taken up with an advert for a new single, Doin' The Racoon by The Laurie Johnson Orchestra, despite which the song will sink almost without trace.
Brenda Lee plays the last night of a pre-Christmas season in the Congo Room of The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.