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A child is born out of wedlock in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He will be adopted and raised under the name Matt Lucas, and will become a rock'n'roll drummer, scoring a hit single, I'm Movin' On, in 1962.
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Chuck Murphy records Lay Somethin' On The Bar, Waitin' For My Baby and Rollin' Rockin' Rhythm,for Coral Records in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Claudio Trotta is born in Milan, Italy, Europe. In the 1980s, he will become one of the most successful and respected promoters of live music in Italy, widely regarded as having been a pioneer in transforming the formerly chaotic Italian live music scene into a healthy, functioning business.
The space race begins as the Soviet Union successfully launches Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite. Weighing 83.6kg, Sputnik 1 was about the size of a beach ball and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. The event also triggered the imaginations of many songwriters and artists, first of whom was probably rockabilly vocalist Skip Stanley with Satellite Baby (1956), but there were others including Sputnik Baby by Roosevelt Sykes (1957), Sputnik Dance (1958) by The Equadors and Jerry Engler with Sputnik (Satellite Girl) (1958).
The fourth day of deejay Alan Freed's ten-day long Christmas Rock'n'Roll Spectacular is held at Lowe's Theater, New York City, USA, starring Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Jackie Wilson, The Everly Brothers, Johnnie Ray, Frankie Avalon and The Moonglows.
The Shadows release a new single, Saturday Dance, on ABC Paramount Records, in the USA.
Shakin' All Over by Johnny Kidd And The Pirates reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart.
Brook Benton, LaVern Baker and Ben E. King play the second night in a week of shows at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Neil Sedaka plays the last of seven nights at The Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
The 1961 Dick Clark C aravan Of Stars tour opens in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, featuring Chubby Checker, Gary 'US' Bonds, Freddy Cannon, The Shirelles, Duane Eddy and Johnny And The Hurricanes.
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The Velaires appear on popular tv series American Bandstand, recorded in W-fil Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Decca Records purchase the masters of several tracks recorded by Buddy Holly in Nashville before he found success.
Carl Dobkins Jr. and The Matadors play at Moonlight Gardens, Coney Island, Cioncinnati, Ohio, USA. The show is emceed by music biz entrepreneur Dick Clark.
The teen-oriented movie, Teen-age Millionaire, featuring performances by Jackie Wilson, Chubby Checker, Dion, Marv Johnson, Bill Black's Combo, Vicki Spencer and Jack Larson, is released to cinemas in Mexico. The movie had been released to most other countries during August 1961.
The Beatles, supported by The Strangers, play at The Regent Dansette, Rhyl, Wales, UK, Europe.
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Helen Shapiro begins recording sessions in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with Elvis Presley's Jordanaires as backing vocalists, and Owen Bradley as producer.
Elvis Presley records eight tracks, including (You're The) Devil In Disguise in RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
At The Queen's Theatre, Blackpool, England, UK, Europe, The Beatles have to clamber down into the venue through a skylight on the roof to avoid hordes of fans outside. To reach the skylight they have to climb up scaffolding in the neighbouring builder's yard.
Roy Orbison plays at The Adelphi, Slough, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Searchers, Bob Luman, Freddie And The Dreamers, and Brian Poole And The Tremeloes.
Elvis Presley continues with location filming for his next film, Kissin' Cousins, at Big Bear, near San Bernardino, California, USA.
Elvis Presley begins filming of studio-based scenes for his next movie, Kissin' Cousins, at MGM Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Squires, featuring Neil Young, record I Wonder at CJLX Studio, Fort William, Ontario, Canada.
The Downliners Sect play an afternoon session at Ken Colyer's Studio 51, Great Newport Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Yardbirds, with Eric Clapton on guitar, play at The Star, Croydon, England, UK, Europe.
In the face of obscenity charges levelled by State Governor Welsh against The Kingsmen's hit Louie Louie, The Indianapolis Star runs an editorial, stating, "As a music critic, Governor Matthew E. Welsh is probably a good lawyer.
A Gold Disc is awarded in the USA to The Beatles' album Meet The Beatles, by the R.I.A.A.
The All-Star 64 package tour plays at The Rialto, York, UK, featuring John Leyton, The Rolling Stones, Mike Berry, Jet Harris, Billie Davis, Bern Elliott And The Fenmen, and The Paramounts
Jerry Lee Lewis plays at the Colston Hall, Bristol, UK.
Rockabilly star Johnny Burnette falls from his boat and drowns in Clear Lake, California, USA. Burnette's unlit fishing boat is hit by cabin cruiser in the dark, pitching Burnette into the lake.
The Swinging Blue Jeans appear on UK tv show The Five O'Clock Club.
Del Shannon, The Shangri-Las, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Herman's Hermits and others play at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
The Bee Gees play during a residency at The Royal Easter Show, in the Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Wainwright's Gentlemen play at The Hermitage Ballroom, Hitching, Hertfordshire, UK.
The Turtles are playing during twelve nights at Golden Gate A-Go-Go, Golden Gate Race Track, Berkeley, California, USA, with Miss Judy Mac.
Sonny And Cher, Len Barry, The Enemies and The Changing Times play at The Orpheum Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
The Beatles single Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out is released in Argentina, South America, on Odeon Pops Records.
TV rock show Where The Action Is in the USA features Dion performing Ruby Baby; The Dixie Cups performing Iko Iko, and Paul Revere And The Raiders performing Rock Around the Clock.
Roy Orbison releases a new single, So Good, on London Records in the UK, Europe.
Sha Na Na, Elvin Bishop and Tower Of Power play the third of four nights at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA.
Elvis Presley continues his current season at the Hilton International, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Status Quo headline Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe, for the first of two nights.
The Chevalier Brothers play at The Half Moon, Putney, London, England, UK, Europe.
Shakin' Stevens plays at The Theatre Royal, Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK.
Nanci Griffith plays the first of two nights at Olympia, Dublin, Eire, Europe, supported by The Crickets.
The Levon Helm Band plays one its regular Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol 3, in Helm's barn in Woodstock, New York State, USA. Guest musicians taking part in the session include Teresa Williams.
It is announced that Billy Joel has pledged $1m to help prevent Long Island High School For The Arts from closing, on condition that the education authorities commit to keeping it open for three years.