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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.
Medgar Evers is born in Decatur, Mississippi, USA. Evers will become a committed anti-segregation campaigner and, in 1963 in Jackson, Mississippi, he will be shot in the back and killed by a white racist gunman. Evers' death will be the spark for the Bob Dylan song Only A Pawn In Their Game.
Georgia Tom [real name Thomas Dorsey] and Scrapper Blackwell record Six Shooter Blues, Second-Hand Woman Blues, Dark Hour Blues, Maybe It's The Blues and Mississippi Bottom Blues for Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana, USA.
Ben Peters, a country music songwriter who will compose many No1 country songs, is born in Greenville, Mississippi, USA. Charley Pride alone will record 40 of his songs, four of which will reach No1 on the Billboard country charts in the USA.
Blues vocalist and guitarist Johnnie Temple, with The Harlem Hamfats, records Gimme Some Of That Yum Yum Yum, Hoodoo Woman and Mama's Bad Luck Child for Decca Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Female rock'n'roller Alis Lesley is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She will earn the nickname 'The Female Elvis Presley' during her career in the late 1950s.
Sam Phillips of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, presses up two Elvis Presley cuts on acetate and takes t hem to deejay Dewey Phillips (no relation) at radio station WHBQ. The deejay agrees to play Presley's version of the Arthur Crudup song That's All Right Mama on a later show.
Elvis Presley's debut single, Blue Moon Of Kentucky, enters the regional singles chart in Richmond, Virginia, USA, at No4.
Hound Dog by Elvis Presley enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No2 during a 23-week run.
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Elvis Presley releases a new single, Jailhouse Rock on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone by Elvis Presley on HMV Records enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No21 during a three-week run.
The Marcels, Jerry Butler, Dee Clark and Maxine Brown play the fourth night of a week at the The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in Sulphur, Louisiana, USA.
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in Houston, Texas, USA.
Sam Cooke releases a new single, Cupid, on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Elvis Presley continues filming studio-based scenes for his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in DeQuincy, Louisiana, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
Billboard magazine in the USA reports that several recent single releases have encountered censorship problems. God, Country And My Baby by Johnny Burnette has been removed from playlists on radio stations WINS and WMCA in New York City after complaints that the song was 'sacrilege'. Similarly, radio bans are in force on Sam Cooke's Feel It, Fabian's made You and Art And Dotty Todd's Cha Cha Chariot.
The soundtrack album for the Elvis Presley film Blue Hawaii enters the UK Pop Albums Chart, where it will peak at No1 during a stay of 65 weeks.
Elvis Presley is spending Christmas at The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Thelonious Monk records Body And Soul and Bright Mississippi at Columbia Records 30th Street Studios, New York City, USA.
Mississippi John Hurt plays at The Ash Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sam Cooke releases a new single, Cousin Of Mine, in the UK on RCA Victor Records.
Shake/A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Do The Clam by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No21 during a six-week run.
Chuck Berry, Adam Faith, The Blossoms, Bobby Sherman, Delaney Bramlett and Sylvie Vartan appear on tv show Shindig! in the USA.
The Beatles meet Elvis Presley at his house on Perugia Way, Bel Air, Hollywood, California, USA.
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Elvis Presley is filming his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bo Diddley begins a 21-date UK tour at The Imperial Theatre, Nelson, Lancashire, England, UK.
Elvis Presley holds his 30th birthday party at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and spends the evening watching films at The Memphian Theater.
Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla are spending Easter in a rented house on Camino del Norte in Palm Springs, California, USA.
Elvis Presley has a dress rehearsal for his NBC-tv comeback special, Elvis, in Burbank, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Bob Dylan, John Lennon and George Harrison are in the audience at Madison Square Garden when Elvis Presley plays his first concert in New York City, USA.
Johnny Cash becomes the first country artist to receive the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards. Other winners include Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Eagles.
At a rock memorabilia auction at Sotheby's in London, England, UK, Europe, £500 is fetched by a hotel napkin autographed by Elvis Presley. American dollar bills signed by The Beatles go for £220.
Bo Diddley plays at Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London, England, UK, Europe.
Jimmy Buffett plays at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
Uncle Tupelo play at The Antenna Club, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Motley Crue play at Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA.
Jimmy Buffett plays at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin, USA.
Willie Dixon, perhaps the best-known blues songwriter in popular music history, dies of a heart attack in Burbank, California, USA.
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B.B. King is presented with the Blues Foundation's third annual Lifetime Achievement Award at The Palace Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
B.B. King plays in The B.B.King nightclub in Times Square, New York City, USA.
Sugar Ray play at The Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, USA.
A ceremony and reception is held at the Sam M. Brinkley Middle School, Jackson, Mississippi, USA to celebrate The 100th Mississippi Blues Trail Marker which is being put in place to honour jazz star Cassandra Wilson.
Eli "Paperboy" Reed And The True Loves play at The Academy 2, Birmingham, UK.
Billy Strange, a top-rated session guitarist and songwriter who worked with The Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, Nancy Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Chubby Checker, The Champs, Hank Snow, Glen Campbell and Elvis Presley [whose A Little Less Conversation was co-written by Strange] dies aged 81 in Franklin, Tennessee, USA.
On his Virtual Reality Tour, Brad Paisley plays at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with guests including Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, The Band Perry and Jerrod Niemann.