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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.
Tommy Steele, Teddy Johnson And Pearl Carr, Jimmy James, The Raindrops, Joe Baker And Jack Douglas, Desmond Walter-Ellis, The KIms and Regine And Andre Berny play during a seven-week season at The Coventry Theatre, Coventry, England, UK, Europe.
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.
Vaughn Monroe is playing during a two-week engagement at The Crown Room, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Barbra Streisand is playing during a one-month engagement at The Blue Angel, New York City, USA.
Musical comedy The Gay Life is presented at The Shubert Theater, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 113 performances.
Bill Black And His Combo are playing during a three-week engagement at The Roundtable, New York City, USA. They are joined by rockabilly artist Jumping Gene Simmons as an extra vocalist.
Pat Boone is playing during a nine days engagement at The Twin Coaches, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra are playing during a week-long engagement at The Apollo Theatre, New York City, USA, supported by Moms Mabley, Bunny Briggs, Ada Lee and The Grandison Singers.
Santo And Johnny are playing during a long engagement at The El Cortez Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Elvis Presley is filming scenes for his tenth movie Kid Galahad in Culver Studios, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Joe Loss and his Orchestra with Rose Brennan and Ross McManus are heard in concert at the Hammersmith Palais, London, England, UK, Europe, as part of the BBC Light Programme Radio Show Tonight We Dance. (Singer Ross MacManus is the father of Elvis Costello)
Chubby Checker enters the Billboard Top 20 Singles chart in the USA, at No16 with The Twist.
Mrs. Jimmie Rodgers, wife of the pioneering country music star, dies of cancer, in her sleep at home in San Antonio, Texas, USA. She was often referred to as The First Lady Of Country Music.
Tito Rodriguez And His Orchestra are playing at The Palais D'Or Ballroom, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Billy Fury, Eden Kane (backed by Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers), The Allisons, The Karl Denver Trio, Shirley Douglas and (somewhat confusingly) Mike Dee And The Jaywalkers play at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe. At this point in their career, Mike Dee's Jaywalkers include Ritchie Blackmore, later to play with Deep Purple, on guitar.
Johnny Tillotson performs Dreamy Eyes on daily pop tv show American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Aspiring young jazz guitarist Lenny Breau records Cannonball Rag, I'll Remember April and other tracks during his first professional studio session, at Hallmark Studios, Toronto, Canada. He is accompanied by Rick Danko and Levon Helm,both of whom will become founder members of The Band.
The Beatles play at Merseyside Civil Service Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Hoffnung Astronautical Music Festival 1961 - billed as 'An evening of extravagent symphonic caricature' - is performed by musical humourist Gerard Hoffnung at The Royal Festival Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
John Coltrane plays at The Rheinhalle, Dusseldorf, West Germany, Europe.
Judy Garland plays at The Stanley Theater, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.
Chuck and Gap Mangione record Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise, for their album Spring Fever.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. Also on the bill is Gerry And The Pacemakers.
Bobby Vee enters the Billboard Top 20 Singles chart in the USA with Run To Him and Walkin' With My Angel at No17.
Leroy Van Dyke enters the Billboard Top 20 singles chart in the USA at No12 with Walk On By.
Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys, Jess Conrad and Sounds Incorporated play at Ebbisham Hall, Epsom, England, UK, Europe. The show is promoted by Don Arden.
Claude Gray is playing at the recently-opened Loon Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Tennessee Ernie Ford records Ivory Palaces, Rock Of Ages, The Old Rugged Cross and other songs in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley signs a contract with RCA Victor Records relating to the release of the single Can't Help Falling In Love/Rock-A-Hula Baby.
The Gene Ammons - Joe Newman - Brother Jack McDuff Sextet record Stormy Monday Blues, Satin Doll and other tracks at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, for Prestige Records.
Connie Francis plays the second night in a week of shows at Blinstrub's, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The relevance of stereo to the existing music market place is debated in a special session conducted by NARAS in The Great Northern Hotel, New York City, USA. Participants in the session include Enoch Light (musician and businessman), Bill Miltenburg (sound engineer), Dave Kapp (Kapp Records) and Gerry Mulligan (jazz musician).
The Belafonte Singers appear in concert in Salem, Ohio, USA.
Rory Storm And The Hurricanes play at The Casino Ballroom, Leigh, Lancashire, England, UK, Europe. The drummer in the band is Ringo Starr, later to play with The Beatles.
Til Dieterle is playing at The Sheraton-Charles Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.