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The Hank Snow All Star Jamboree Tour begins in the City Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia, but Elvis Presley is the headline act "by popular demand" according to the posters. Local boy Vincent Eugene Craddock attends the show and will go on to find success as Gene Vincent.
Gene Vincent's first single, Woman Love, is released by Capitol Records in the USA. Deejays, however, will soon show a marked preference for playing the b-side Be-Bop-A-Lula, and the record is flipped.
The Chas McDevitt Group, featuring Shirley Douglas, plays in the Big Beat Dance Of 1959 at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe, supported by Vince Taylor, Leroy Powell and The Beatnicks.
Gene Vincent makes his UK debut at Tooting Granada, London, UK, as a guest on a Marty Wilde Show. Gene Vincent's guitarist on this show is Joe Brown.
Gene Vincent, supported by Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, plays at The Granada, Harrow, UK.
Eddie Cochran arrives in the UK to join a tour with Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Georgie Fame and Joe Brown. The tour plays on this night at the Granada, Rugby, but Cochran has not yet joined the bill.
Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent begin a UK tour, supported by Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, at The Granada, Ipswich, England.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the third of six nights at The Empire, Leeds, UK.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the fourth of six nights at The Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Liverpool's Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the fifth of six nights at the Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the fifth of six nights at the Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the last of six nights at The Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the second of six nights at The Empire, Newcastle, UK.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the first of six nights at The Hippodrome, Manchester, UK. During the Manchester shows, Cochran stays at the Milverton Lodge Hotel.
Gene Vincent records Pistol Packin' Mama and Weeping Willow in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK. His backing group, The Beat Boys, includes Georgie Fame.
Gene Vincent returns home to the USA, to take a break from touring in the UK.
Gene Vincent starts a six-week season at The Queen's Theatre, Blackpool, UK.
Gene Vincent plays the second night of a six-week season at The Queen's Theatre, Blackpool, UK.
Gene Vincent plays during a six-week season at The Queen's Theatre, Blackpool, UK.
Gene Vincent releases a new single, Pistol Packin' Mama/Anna Annabelle on Capitol Records in the USA.
Gene Vincent plays at The Town Hall, Yeadon, England, UK, Europe.
Gene Vincent plays at The Locarno, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
Gene Vincent plays at The Marina, Penarth, Wales, UK, Europe.
Gene Vincent plays at the Town Hall, High Wycombe, England, UK, Europe.
Gene Vincent plays at Dobbie Hall, Larbert, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Gene Vincent (with Sounds Incorporated) plays at The Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin, Scotland, UK. Support act is The Alex Sutherland Sextet.
The Beatles start a seven-week residency at the newly opened Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe, during which they will support Little Richard, Ray Charles and Gene Vincent.
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Gene Vincent plays at The Essoldo, Stockport, UK.
Gene Vincent plays at The State, Kilburn, London, UK.
Gene Vincent plays at The Music Hall, Shrewsbury, UK.
Gene Vincent plays at The Majestic Ballroom, Darlington, UK.
Gene Vincent takes part in The Festival Of Twist in Italy, Europe.
Gene Vincent begins a two-week engagement at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Gene Vincent plays the third night of a two week engagement at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Adam Faith and Gene Vincent play at The Essoldo, Tunbridge Wells, UK.
Gene Vincent plays at Hounslow Baths, Hounslow, UK.
UK tv show Thank Your Lucky Stars features performances by Jess Conrad, The Caravelles, Freddie And The Dreamers, Chris Barber's Jazzband, Gene Vincent, The Maurauders and The Hustlers.
Keyboardist Ray Manzarek runs into lyricist/singer Jim Morrison on Venice Beach, California, USA. Encouraged by Manzarek's interest, Morrison sings him his song Moonlight Drive. Suitably inspired by their encounter, they discuss the idea of forming a band together. In due course that group will become The Doors.
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Gerry And The Pacemakers and Gene Vincent play at South Pier, Blackpool, England, UK.
Gene Vincent records Hurtin' For You Baby, Poor Man's Prison and Born To Be A Rolling Stone in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jim Morrison of The Doors, wanted on public obscenity charges, turns himself in to the authorities in Dade County, Florida, USA. He is bailed and almost immediately released.
Legendary Sunset Boulevard hotel The Chateau Marmont is named a Los Angeles' Historical-Cultural Landmark. Opened in 1929, the hotel became famed for its bohemian celebrity clientele, which included Jim Morrison of The Doors and gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson. Actor John Belushi died of a drug overdose in Bungalow 3 on March 5, 1982. The Chateau Marmont is the setting for the Grateful Dead's 1987 song West L.A. Fadeaway, and it is also mentioned in both Lana Del Rey's 2012 song Off To The Races, and Father John Misty's song Chateau Lobby No4 (in C for Two Virgins).
George Harrison, former guitarist of The Beatles, publishes I, Me, Mine, a leather-bound limited edition autobiography, selling at a mere £148.
Actor Gary Busey, who had starred in the 1978 biopic The Buddy Holly Story, purchases one of Buddy Holly’s guitars at an auction for $240,000. The guitar comes complete with a tooled leather case made by Holly.
Suede play at The Ritz, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
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