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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.
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.
Paul Anka is playing throughout Christmas and New Year at The Caribe Room, Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean.
Vincent Lopez And His Orchestra are playing during a residency in The Grille Room of the Hotel Taft, New York City, USA.
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.
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.
Josh White is playing at The Gate Of Horn, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Judy Collins.
Pianist Don Shirley and his trio are playing at The London House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dizzy Gillespie is playing at The Sutherland Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
"Sizzling, soulful, singing sensation" Rosette Shaw is appearing at Mister Kelly's, Chicago, Illinois, USA, as support to Professor Irwin Corey.
George Brunis And His All-Star Dixieland Band is playing at Basin Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Johnny Rivers plays the New Year's Eve show at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ray Price And His Cherokee Cowboys play a New Year's Eve show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
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.
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 Syncopators play for the New Year's Party at The Sunrise Restaurant, Center Moriches, Long Island, New York State, USA.
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.
The new Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii goes on general release in the UK.
Gaby Haas And His Barn Dance Gang play live for the New Year's Eve Frolic in Wye Hall, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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.
The Vincent Lopez Orchestra plays at The Hotel Taft, New York City, USA.
Bill Anderson is playing in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Elvis Presley's year-end income for 1961 includes $902,610 from his movies and $775,078 from records and music publishing.
Hank Van Sickle, who will join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers as their bassist in 2000, is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Mal Meredith And His Orchestra play for the New Year's Eve Celbration at Troc '59, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Cliff Richard, Alma Cogan and Bert Weedon feature in a year-end special edition of UK tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium.
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.
The Best-Selling record of 1958 according to the year-end poll in Cashbox Magazine in the USA is Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu by Domenico Modugno. (This song is often known as Volare).
Aspiring blues-rock singer Janis Joplin performs at The Halfway House Coffee Club, Beaumont, Texas, 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.
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.
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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The Jimmy Palmer Orchestra plays at The Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Phil Tucker is playing at The Cloister, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by dance act The Dobie Twins "with their famous Twist Party".
Joey Dee And The Starliters play at Rominoff's, Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Ray Charles plays at The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, 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.
Al Johnson's Orchestra is playing for the New Year dance at Lakeview, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.