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Arthur Godfrey is born in New York City, USA. Through his tv series Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, he will help launch the careers of musicians including Julius LaRosa, Pat Boone, Tony Bennett, Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis and Patsy Cline. He will also famously turn down auditions by Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.
Blues vocalist, guitarist and recording artist Johnnie Temple (nicknamed Geechie) is born in Canton, Mississippi, USA.
William Jefferson Garland is born in Flowood, Mississippi, USA. He will find some success as blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Billy Garland.
Elvis Presley and his girlfriend Dixie Locke attend an all-night Gospel singing show in Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Songwriter Gretchen Peters is born in Bronxville, New York Sate, USA. She will compose Faith Hill's The Secret Of Life, Martina McBride's Independence Day, Patty Loveless' You Don't Even Know Who I Am and Pam Tillis' Let That Pony Run. She will also pursue a career as a performer in her own right.
Elvis Presley is in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, re-shooting the ending of Wild In The Country, because pre-release screening audiences did not like the original ending in which Hope Lange committed suicide.
The Marcels, Jerry Butler, Dee Clark and Maxine Brown play the first night of a week at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with studio-based filming for the movie Blue Hawaii, at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bo Diddley releases a new single, Aztec/Not Guilty, on Checker Records in the USA.
Surrender, by Elvis Presley is the new No1 single in the UK.
Sam Cooke plays at the Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Elvis Presley arrives in Crystal River, Florida, USA, to begin making his next movie, Follow That Dream.
Conway Twitty performs The Next Kiss on popular tv series American Bandstand in W-fil Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with location filming on his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Crystal River, Florida, USA.
Blue Hawaii, the latest film starring Elvis Presley is released in cinemas in the USA.
Sam Cooke records One More Time, Don't Cry On My Shoulder and Somebody's Gonna Miss Me at RCA Victor Studio, 6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sam Cooke plays the last night of a week of shows at Club Harlem, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Sam Cooke plays the first night of a week at The Regal, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A package tour featuring Chubby Checker, Bo Diddley, Dee Dee Sharp, The Shirelles, The Checkerboard Band and others plays in Canton, Ohio, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with location filming for his next film, Kissin' Cousins, at Big Bear, near San Bernardino, California, USA.
While in England for a package tour, Bo Diddley pre-records appearances for UK tv show Scene At 6.30, and records a BBC Radio session for Saturday Club.
The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, Julie Grant, The Flintstones and The Rolling Stones play at The Odeon, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Sam Cooke plays the third day of a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, supported by Mary Wells.
Seriously drunk blues musician and recording artist Pat Hare is arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, for the murders by shooting of his married girlfriend and an attending police officer. He will be sentenced to life imprisonment. Throughout the 1940s and '50s Hare had been an in-demand accompanist to a roster of blues greats including Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Bobby 'Blue' Bland and Junior Parker.
Sam Cooke begins a two-week engagement at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
Jimmy Reed plays at The Flamingo Club, Soho, London, England, UK, backed by The Groundhogs. Also on the bill is Chris Farlowe.
Thousands of fans besiege the A R Leake Funeral Home in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where the first funeral service for Sam Cooke is being held. 200,000 fans line up across more than four city blocks to view his body. Afterward, his body is flown back to Los Angeles for a second service, at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church the following day.
Bobbie Gentry plays at The University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
Elvis Presley continues with filming of his next movie, Frankie And Johnny, at Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Colonel Tom Parker renegotiates Elvis Presley's deal with RCA Records in the USA. Presley commits to the label for one extra year, through 1972, in exchange for an increase in his annual guaranteed payment from $200,000 to $300,000.
Bo Diddley plays at The Astoria, Oldham, England, UK, Europe.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, Santa Claus Is Back In Town/Blue Christmas, in the USA on RCA.
The Elvis Presley movie Girl Happy opens at cinemas in West Germany, Europe.
Cream, The James Cotton Blues Band, Jeremy And The Satyrs, and Blood Sweat And Tears play the first of three nights at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA. During these shows, Cream record the performances used on their live album Wheels Of Fire.
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Liza Minelli and The Sandpipers play at The Auditorium Theatre Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla are spending Easter in a rented house on Camino del Norte in Palm Springs, California, USA.
Junior Parker plays a live show in Lawton, Oklahoma, USA.
The Elvis Presley movie Girl Happy opens at cinemas in Mexico, North America.
Delta blues singer Mississippi Joe Callicott records the album Presenting The Country Blues at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Elvis Presley records Kentucky Rain at American Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Kentucky Rain by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No16 during an eight-week run.
Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla are staying at their rented home in Camino Del Norte, Palm Springs, California, while looking for a new home to buy.
Elvis Presley signs an agreement to begin development of a chain of racquetball courts under the name of Presley Center Courts.
Cyndi Lauper becomes the first female singer since Bobbie Gentry to be nominated for five Grammy Awards (Best Album, Record, Song, Vocal Performance and New Artist).
On their Slippery When Wet tour, Bon Jovi play at Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
The last of four days of the first Milano Blues Festival, in Arco della Pace, Milan, Italy, Europe, features Albert King and The Midnight Breakfast Band.
Oops! - I Did It Again by Britney Spears enters the Billboard Top 40 albums chart in the USA at No1.
Mose Allison plays the first of three nights at Yoshi's, Oakland, California, USA.
After having played 213 performances, the musical All Shook Up, based on the music of Elvis Presley, closes at The Palace Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA.
Faith Hill and The Pretenders perform together in a live edition of CMT Crossroads from Grand Prairie, Texas, USA.
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