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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.
Teddy Randazzo, Molly Bee, Jo-Ann Campbell and Carding Cruz with his 24-piece orchestra play at Araneta Coliseum, The Philippines, Asia, during The Christmas Cavalcade Of International Stars.
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 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.
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.
Paul Anka is playing throughout Christmas and New Year at The Caribe Room, Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean.
Brenda Lee, Dion, Johnny Tillotson, Freddy Cannon, The Casuals, Frank Gari, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry and others play in the week-long Big Show at Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show is promoted by Sid Bernstein.
The Willis Brothers are playing during a week of shows at The Showboat, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Josh White is playing at The Gate Of Horn, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Judy Collins.
Don Holly, The Hi-Riders and Patty Boyd are playing three shows a day at The Rod And Custom Automobile Show, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
George Brunis And His All-Star Dixieland Band is playing at Basin Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The teen-oriented movie Hey Let's Twist, starring Joey Dee And The Starliters, Teddy Randazzo and Jo Ann Campbell is released to cinemas in the USA.
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Ray Charles plays at The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Johnny Rivers plays the New Year's Eve show at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The new Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii goes on general release in the UK.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] plus Johnny Sandon And The Searchers play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Scott Taylor, guitarist of hit-making UK acts Belouis Some and Then Jerico is born in Redhill, Surrey, England, UK, Europe.
Johnny Cash, June Carter, Flatt and Scruggs and Marty Robbins play in Camden, New Jersey, USA. While Robbins performs, Cash's bass player Marshall Grant lobs an M-80 firework into a backstage urinal, and the resulting blast covers a dressing room in sewage.
Gaby Haas And His Barn Dance Gang play live for the New Year's Eve Frolic in Wye Hall, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Jimmy Palmer Orchestra plays at The Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA.
As support to Ike And Tina Turner, The Beach Boys play their first gig under that name at the Richie Valens Memorial Dance in The Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California, USA.
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The musical Irma La Douce closes at The Alvin Theatre, New York City, USA, after 524 performances on Broadway.
Phil Tucker is playing at The Cloister, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by dance act The Dobie Twins "with their famous Twist Party".
Aspiring blues-rock singer Janis Joplin performs at The Halfway House Coffee Club, Beaumont, Texas, USA.
The Syncopators play for the New Year's Party at The Sunrise Restaurant, Center Moriches, Long Island, New York State, USA.
Skiffle king Lonnie Donegan misses an appearance on UK tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium, because he is snowed up on the M1 motorway. Guitarist Bert Weedon and all-round entertainer Roy Castle stand in for Donegan on the show.
Duke Ellington plays two gigs in one night, first at The Academy Of Music, then at The Cotillion Society Ball in The Sheraton Hotel - both in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Gary U.S. Bonds, Timi Yuro, Joey Dee And The Starliters, The Isley Brothers, Jan And Dean, Bobby Lewis, The Crystals, The Vibrations and The Chantels play in Murray The K's Gigantic Christmas Show at the Academy Of Music, New York City, USA. Dion headlines today's show.
Bill Anderson is playing in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Ray Price And His Cherokee Cowboys play a New Year's Eve show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
A thirty minute programme entitled The Jazz Of Dave Brubeck is broadcast on CBS-tv in the USA.
Matt Monro and The Barry Sisters appear on tonight's edition of The Ed Sullivan Show in tv in New York City, USA. Also in tonight's episode, The Hi-Lads perform Peppermint Twist with the twisters dancers from New York's Peppermint Lounge club.
Jim Reeves And The Blue Boys, LeRoy Van Dyke, The Duke Of Paducah, Mother Maybelle, Helen, June and Anita Carter, The Cates Sisters, Dianne Hamilton, Gary Van And The Western Starliters, Mack Sanders And The Ranch Boys, Jeannie Pierson and Herkimer Pushbroom play a live show in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
The Chubby Checker teen movie Twist Around The Clock opens at the New Victoria in London, England, UK, Europe, with Lionel Blair's dance troupe hired to demonstrate The Twist on stage each day.
Mal Meredith And His Orchestra play for the New Year's Eve Celbration at Troc '59, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Bert Weedon, Danny Williams, Anita Harris, The Brook Brothers, Kenny Ball 's Jazzmen and The Easy Beats directed by Ken Jones, perform live on the BBC Light Programme radio show Easy Beat, from London, England, UK, Europe. The show is introduced by Brian Matthew.
The Vincent Lopez Orchestra plays at The Hotel Taft, New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley's year-end income for 1961 includes $902,610 from his movies and $775,078 from records and music publishing.
Frankie Vaughan plays at The Palace, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Joey Dee And The Starliters play at Rominoff's, Beverly Hills, California, USA.
WOR-tv in New York City, USA, presents a special hour-long Twist New Year's Eve show featuring Joey Dee And The Starliters.
Actor and singer Mickey Rooney appears on the tv show What's My Line in the USA. During the show he mentions that he has started enrolling students in the MRSE (Mickey Rooney School of Entertainment), but this school venture will never come to fruition.
Al Johnson's Orchestra is playing for the New Year dance at Lakeview, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.