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Actress and singer Dorothy Dell dies aged 19, in a car smash. After a late-night party in Altadena, California, USA, she sets off for Pasadena, but the car in which she is a passenger leaves the highway, hits a telephone pole, bounces off a palm tree and finally collides with a boulder, killing her instantly.
Milton Brown, leader of successful country-swing act Milton Brown's Musical Brownies, dies following a car crash four days earlier, leaving band member Cliff Bruner free to form his own group, The Texas Wanderers, with Moon Mullican on piano.
Popular vocalist Jan Peerce sings On The Road To Mandalay on radio show The Chevrolet Hour in the USA.
Jay Huguely is born in Valencia, California, USA. Primarily a stage actor, he will achieve a brief run of popularity as a novelty country music recording artist in the 1970s, under the name of Cledus Maggard And The Citizen's Band.
Little Eddie Boyd And His Boogie Band record Why Did She Leave Me?, Playmate Shuffle, Mr. Highway Man and Getting My Divorce, for RCA Victor Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
David Michael Hasselhoff is born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He will find success as actor, singer, producer and businessman David Hasselhoff, aka 'The Hoff'. His best-known tv roles came in Knight Rider and Baywatch.
In Meridian, Mississippi, Elvis Presley pulls his new Cadillac into a paint store, buys a tin of paint and paints his name boldly along both sides of the vehicle.
Country music singer/songwriter Johnny Bond records Hot Rod Lincoln and Five Minute Love Affair for Republic Records.
According to today's edition of Cashbox magazine in the USA, the Top 10 Best-Selling records of 1961 were as follows :

1. Exodus - Ferrante And Teicher (United Artists)

2. Calcutta - Lawrence Welk (Dot)

3. Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles (Scepter)

4. Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (Beltone)

5. Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert (Decca)

6. Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley (RCA)

7. Travelin' Man - Ricky Nelson (Imperial)

8. Michael - The Highwaymen (United Artists)

9. Runaway - Del Shannon (Big Top)

10. Last Date - Floyd Cramer (RCA)

Elvis Presley buys a red Corvair for his girlfriend Priscilla Beaulieu, who is now living in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, under the care of Elvis's father Vernon. (She will in due course marry Elvis and become Priscilla Presley)
At the request of Decca Records executives, The Rolling Stones record a second version of the Chuck Berry composition Come On, at the company's studios in West Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Beatles play in the Merseybeat Showcase at The Tower, New Brighton, England, UK, Europe, supported by Gerry And The Pacemakers. Following the show, Paul McCartney is stopped by police for driving over the speed limit on Seabank Road in Wallasey, Merseyside, for which he will receive a fine and a one-year driving ban.
The Knights record Hot Rod High in Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, with Gary Usher as producer.
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Johnny Rivers' cover version of the Chuck Berry composition Maybelline is given its first airplay on WKNR Radio in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Kinks have their first UK No1 with their third single, You Really Got Me, regarded by some experts as the first heavy metal song.
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Conway Twitty records Together Forever, Truck Drivin' Man and other tracks at Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for Decca Records.
John Lennon of The Beatles receives the guarantee for his recently delivered Rolls Royce Phantom V, license plate number FJB111C. The vehicle is nineteen feet long and weighs three tons.
George Jones records Six Days On The Road, Blue Side Of Lonesome, Once A Day, Don't Let Me Cross Over, Strangers and other tracks in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Backing vocals on this session are provided by The Jordanaires.
Jazz trombonist Willie Dennis, best-known as a big band musician but also an influential bebop soloist, dies aged 39 in a car crash in Central Park, New York City, USA.
TV rock show Where The Action Is, in the USA, features The Hondells performing Little Honda; Major Lance performing Monkey Time.
Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited, enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No4, during a fifteen-week run.
Enjoying Christmas with his father in The Wirral, Cheshire, England, UK, Europe, Paul McCartney of The Beatles falls off a moped and sustains a 5" cut to his mouth.
Roger Miller is taking part in the Ford Motor Company College tour in the USA.
Bassist Pete Quaife is reported to be quitting The Kinks after injuries suffered in a road accident have left him unable to perform for three months.
Robert Nighthawk And The Blues Rhythm Boys record Nighthawk Boogie, You Call Yourself A Cadillac and Blues Before Midnight.
The Buckaroos record Hello California, Highway Man, I Can't Stop and Chaparral in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley's gold Cadillac is displayed at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, Oceania. The vehicle is on tour in Australia.
Jeff Beck sustains facial injuries when he is involved in a head-on car accident near Maidstone, Kent, England, UK, Europe. He has to be hospitalised for several days and the injuries leave him with permanent scars.
Vic Ames, best known as a member of The Ames Brothers, dies aged 52 after his car skids on a patch of ice and strikes a utility pole in Nasshville, Tennessee, USA.
Choking on his own vomit after a drinking binge, Bon Scott of AC/DC dies, aged 33, in a car in Overhill Road, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Steve Currie, former bassist of T.Rex, dies in a car crash while returning to his villa in Val Da Parra, Portugal.
Vanessa Paradis releases a new single, Joe Le Taxi, in France, Europe. The track is produced by her boyfriend, Lenny Kravitz.
Sonny Rodgers And The Cat Scratchers record Cadillac Baby and Big Leg Woman at Blue Moon Studios, South Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Pete De Freitas, who found success as drummer for Echo And The Bunnymen, dies in a motorcycle accident at Rugely, Staffordshire, England, UK, Europe.
Sly Stone is sentenced to 55 days in jail for driving under the influence of cocaine.
Wu Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard is stopped by police in Harlem, New York City for driving without licence plates. Police then discover that he is driving on a suspended licence, and he is arrested.
Lisa 'Left-Eye' Lopes of TLC dies, aged 30, when her Mitsubishi 4WD crashes near Juticalpa while on holiday in Honduras, Central America.
Country singer Dave Dudley dies aged 75, after suffering a heart attack in his car in a parking lot in Danbury, Wisconsin, USA.
In the Superior Court, Long Beach, California, USA, Rapper Tray Deee, founder of Tha Eastsidaz with rappers Snoop Dogg and Goldie Loc, is sentenced to twelve years in prison after pleading no contest to charges arising from a 2003 shooting incident during which he fired at an occupied vehicle.
En Vogue and Kool And The Gang play on the Stan Colella Stage in Chevy Court at The Great New York State Fair, Syracuse, New York State, USA.
Eric Church begins his first arena headlining tour with a show in Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA. Opening acts on the trek are Brantley Gilbert, Sonia Leigh and The Cadillac Black.
James Blunt plays at Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, South America.
Joey Covington, the Pennsylvania-born drummer with Jefferson Airplane from 1969 to 1972, and later with Hot Tuna, dies aged 67 in a car crash in Palm Springs, California, USA.
After spending the evening at The Laugh Factory on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California, USA, Justin Bieber is leaving in his white Ferrari when he accidentally hits a paparazzi photographer, who has to be hospitalised.
Korn play at Alfa Romeo City Sound, Milan, Italy, Europe.
Rihanna attends the Alexander Wang after party during Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at South Street Seaport, New York City, USA.
Legendary session vocalist Merry Clayton is seriously injured in a major car crash in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Dusty Hill, bassist for ZZ Top, slips and falls on the band's tour bus, injuring his hip, during their tour with Jeff Beck. Upcoming dates are cancelled, although Beck fulfils three more dates by himself.
On their The M A N I A tour, Fall Out Boy play at The Cadillac Arena, Beijing, China, Asia.