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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 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.
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.
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.
Gene McDaniels plays during an eight-night run at The Fox Theater, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
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.
The Willis Brothers are playing during a week of shows at The Showboat, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Dizzy Gillespie is playing at The Sutherland Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, 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.
George Brunis And His All-Star Dixieland Band is playing at Basin Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Hank Van Sickle, who will join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers as their bassist in 2000, is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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.
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 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.
Ray Charles plays at The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The new Elvis Presley movie, Blue Hawaii goes on general release in the UK.
A thirty minute programme entitled The Jazz Of Dave Brubeck is broadcast on CBS-tv in the USA.
The Syncopators play for the New Year's Party at The Sunrise Restaurant, Center Moriches, Long Island, New York State, USA.
Cliff Richard, Alma Cogan and Bert Weedon feature in a year-end special edition of UK tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium.
Phil Tucker is playing at The Cloister, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by dance act The Dobie Twins "with their famous Twist Party".
Mal Meredith And His Orchestra play for the New Year's Eve Celbration at Troc '59, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Al Johnson's Orchestra is playing for the New Year dance at Lakeview, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Elvis Presley's year-end income for 1961 includes $902,610 from his movies and $775,078 from records and music publishing.
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.
Bill Anderson is playing in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Frankie Vaughan plays at The Palace, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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.
John Coltrane plays at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA.
The Vincent Lopez Orchestra plays at The Hotel Taft, New York City, USA.
Richard Maltby And His Orchestra play in Syracuse, USA.
The Jimmy Palmer Orchestra plays at The Roseland Ballroom, New York City, 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.
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).
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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Joey Dee And The Starliters play at Rominoff's, Beverly Hills, California, 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.
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 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.
Ray Price And His Cherokee Cowboys play a New Year's Eve show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
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.