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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.
Tony Bennett plays during a month of shows at The Pigalle, London, England, UK, Europe.
Eddie Harris is playing at The Show Boat, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ella Fitzgerald is playing during a season at Basin Street East, New York City, USA.
The Harold Quinn Trio is playing during a three week engagement at The London House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Helen O'Connell is playing during a three week booking at Mr. Kelly's, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Barbara Gilbert.
Liberace is playing at Freddie's Cafe, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, records Blue Theme and Chuggin', for Alto Records in New York City, USA.
Neil Sedaka plays the fifth of seven nights at The Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
The Flamingos, Jerry Butler, The Miracles, Maxine Brown, The Vibrations, and Shep And The Limelites play the first of seven nights at The Uptown Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Gene Casey Quartet records Close Your Eyes, Blue Lou and other tracks for Prestige Records at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in Houston, Texas, USA.
A star-studded package tour, The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1961, featuring Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, The Shirelles,The Drifters, Bo Diddley, Ben E. King and Chuck Jackson plays in St Louis, Missouri, USA.
James Brown And The Famous Flames release a new single, I Don't Mind, on King Records in the USA.
Paul Anka plays the fifth of seven nights at Blinstrub's, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Lefty Frizzell and Freddie Hart play a gig together in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
The Kingston Trio play in Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, supported by The Australian Jazz Quintet.
Gene Vincent arrives in the UK for a tour, but he is without his Bluecaps, because the Musicians' Union has banned them. For the tour, Vincent is backed by British band Sounds Incorporated
Matt Monro plays at The Granada, Kettering, England, UK, Europe.
Bo Diddley releases a new single, Aztec/Not Guilty, on Checker Records in the USA.
The Marcels, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Ernie K-Doe, Freddie King, and Marv Johnson play the first of seven nights in a special presentation, The Stars Of The Swinging Sixties, at The Tivoli, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Damita Jo performs Sweet Georgia Brown on tv show American Bandstand in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Also on tonight's show are The Del Vikings.
The Beatles continue their 92 day residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Sonny Boy Williamson II releases a new single, Stop Right Now, on Checker Records in the USA.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gene Vincent arrives in the UK for a tour, but he is without his Bluecaps, because the Musicians' Union has banned them. For the tour, Vincent is backed by British band Sounds Incorporated.
Les Paul And Mary Ford make a guest appearance on NBC-tv's Five Star Jubilee in Springfield, Missouri, USA.
Comedy singing duo The Smothers Brothers continue with a three-week engagement at The Crystal Palace, Gaslight Square, St Louis, Missouri, USA. Second on the bill is teenage singer Barbra Streisand .
Ray Charles plays at The Uline Arena, Washington DC, USA.
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 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.