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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.
British comedy duo Flanders And Swann are performing their show At The Drop Of A Hat during a run of 215 performances at the John Golden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Jazz composer Raymond Scott is recording his experimental, avant-garde album The Unexpected in New York City, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis is undertaking a five-day recording session at the newly established (but not yet officially-opened) Sun Records studios, on Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Over the course of the five days, Jerry Lee will record over fifty songs.
Buster Brown is playing during a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the payola scandal in the USA by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accept money for playing particular records.
The Brothers Four release a new single, Greenfields, in the USA. It will peak at No2 in the Billboard singles chart.
Bobby Darin records It's You Or No One, All Or Nothing At All, and other tracks in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Atco Records.
Chicago-born singer Joni James enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with Little Things Mean A Lot, which will peak at No35, during a run of three weeks.
Jack Teagarden records Roundtable Romp, Ain't Cha Glad and other tracks at Bell Sound Studios, New York City, USA.
Chuck Berry is indicted by a federal grand jury in St Louis, Missouri, USA, on two felony charges. The first indictment, reported to District Judge Roy W. Harper, charges Berry with transporting a woman across state lines for immoral purposes. In the second indictment Berry is charged with transporting an automatic pistol interstate.
Andy Cox, guitarist for British bands The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals, is born in Birmingham, UK.
Sam Cooke records Chain Gang at his first recording session for his new label, RCAVictor, in New York City, USA.
The Nat Adderley Sextet records My Heart Stood Still, Mean To Me and other tracks at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City, USA, for Riverside Records.
The Biggest Show Of Stars 1960 Winter Edition package tour plays at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Acts on the bill include Freddy Cannon, Clyde McPhatter, The Clovers, Bobby Rydell, Johnny And The Hurricanes, The Isley Brothers, The Crests, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Sammy Turner and Linda Laurie.
Joe Bennett (of The Sparkletones) performs Are You From Dixie? on today's edition of the American Bandstand tv show in the USA.
Handy Man by Jimmy Jones enters the Canadian Top 20 singles chart at No18.
Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd records Ghana and Lex at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, for Blue Note Records.
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.