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Top RCA Victor executive Steve Sholes is born in Washington DC, USA. As head of country and R'n'B recording for RCA Victor Records, he will be responsible for signing or developing talents as diverse as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, The Browns, Hank Locklin, Homer And Jethro, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves and Pee Wee King.
Johnnie Clyde Johnson is born in Fairmont, West Virginia, USA. He will find success under the name Johnnie Johnson, first as a jazz and blues pianist but will become best known as the long-time pianist for Chuck Berry.
Lavern Baker records Must I Cry Again and Pig Latin Blues for King records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Lloyd Arnold records two of his self-composed songs, Oh If I Had You and Your Mean Old Heart, plus the Hank Williams compositions You Win Again and I'm Sorry Now at Sun Recording Studio, 706 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Elvis Presley releases Heartbreak Hotel, his first single for RCA Records. On the same day, Buddy Holly signs a publishing contract with Cedarwood Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets release a new single, That'll Be The Day, in the USA.
Having run for 24 years on radio and nine years on tv, the final installment of the Saturday night musical countdown show Your Hit Parade airs on NBC in the USA. The final Top Five are 1. The Fleetwoods - Come Softly To Me; 2. Dodie Stevens - Pink Shoe Laces; 3. Ricky Nelson - Never Be Anyone Else But You; 4. Brook Benton - It's Just A Matter Of Time; 5. Elvis Presley - I Need Your Love Tonight.
The Beatles are playing at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe, during a 92 day residency.
Package tour The Cara van Of Stars, featuring Freddy Cannon, Johnny Burnette, Gary U.S. Bonds, Danny And The Juniors, Jan And Dean, The Olympics, The Five Satins, Bobby Lewis, The Fabulous Four, The Mellow Kings, The Earls and The Doc Bagby Big Beat Orchestra, plays at The Roosevelt Drive-In, Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Big Three play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Gene Vincent plays the fourth of six nights at The Hippodrome, Bristol, England, UK, Europe.
Having completed work on the movie Follow That Dream, Elvis Presley has moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, for a gambling break. During his stay, he will also catch shows by Fats Domino and Jackie Wilson.
The Everly Brothers are inducted into the US Marine Corps. They will serve at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California, USA.
Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys, Jess Conrad and Sounds Incorporated play at The Royal Lido, Prestatyn, Wales, UK, Europe. The show is promoted by Don Arden.
Jerry Lee Lewis, The Viscounts and Johnny Kidd And The Pirates play at King George's Hall, Blackburn, UK.
The Twistival, featuring Bobby Vee, The Ventures and Jo Ann Campbell, plays the eighth of ten nights at Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines, Asia.
Bill Haley And His Comets play the seventeenth night of a three-week season at The El Cortez Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Elvis Presley's former live-in girlfriend, Anita Wood, reveals in the pages of The Memphis Press-Scimitar that she and he have broken up.
Gene Vincent plays the eighth night of a two week engagement at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, listens to an acetate of the song that will become their first single, Love Me Do, in producer George Martin's EMI office, Manchester Square, London, England, UK, Europe.
Freddy Cannon performs If You Were A Rock'n'Roll Record on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Tommy Roe releases a new single, Everybody, on ABC-Paramount Records in the USA.
The Dave Clark Five release a new single, Bits And Pieces, in the UK.
Dave Clark Five, Mark Wynter, Susan Maughan and compere Alan Field play the fourth night in a week of shows at The Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK.
The Crickets play at The Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK.
Ain't That Loving You Baby by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No16 during an eight-week run.
Johnnie Ray begins a season at Mr Smiths, Manchester, UK.
Elvis Presley's 16th movie, Roustabout, opens in Japan, Asia.
Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, later to form the Grateful Dead, play together for the first time in California, USA.
Cliff Richard and The Shadows continue with their season at The Palladium Theatre, London, UK.
The Beach Boys play at The Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Elvis Presley is having script rehearsals for his next film, Frankie And Johnny, at Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Help Me, Rhonda by The Beach Boys enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No27.
Chuck Berry plays at The Cinnamon Cinder, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley continues location filming for his 21st movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Elvis Presley is filming his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Country and rockabilly musician Skeets McDonald dies aged 52, of a heart attack, in Los Angeles, California, USA. His best-known song was Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes.
Roy Orbison plays the twenty-seventh night of a four-week residency at The Talk Of The Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
While Roy Orbison is touring the UK, his home in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, catches fire and two of his three sons (Roy Dewayne and Tony) are killed. On this night, he is playing the sixth night in a week of dates at The Birmingham Theatre, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
In the early hours of the morning, The Rolling Stones complete filming of their ill-fated tv special, Rock'n'Roll Circus, at Intertel Studios, Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe. Guests include John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, Mitch Mitchell and The Who.
The New York Rock'n'Roll Ensemble play the second of two nights at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by The Amboy Dukes [including guitar hero Ted Nugent] and Charlie Musselwhite.
Roy Orbison plays the second of two nights at The Odeon, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Cliff Richard records Are You Only Fooling Me, Your Heart's Not In Your Love and other tracks at EMI's Abbey Road Studio 2, London, UK.
Al Jardine of The Beach Boys marries Mary Ann Helmandollar in Arizona, USA.
Cliff Richard and the cast of tv comedy show The Young Ones reach No1 in the UK singles chart with a charity-fundraising parody of Cliff's hit Living Doll.
The 60s Golden Greats nostalgia tour, featuring Bobby Vee, The Searchers and Chris Montez, plays at The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, UK.
The Beach Boys play at Pilot Field, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Chris Isaak plays at The MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.