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Jerome Felder is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. He will find success as r'n'b/pop songwriter Doc Pomus, composer of Save The Last Dance For Me, Teenager In Love, Lonely Avenue, Suspicion, Little Sister, Viva Las Vegas, Can't Get Used To Losing You, Sweets For My Sweet and many others.
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T-Bone Walker plays the first of three nights at The 5-4 Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Johnnie Ray plays during a week at Chez Paree, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton reaches No1 in the Billboard R'N'B singles chart in the USA with Hound Dog, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. A cover version by Elvis Presley will enjoy massive success on the pop singles chart.
Buddy Holly performs at the American Legion Hall, Lubbock, Texas, USA.
During their first Australian tour, Bill Haley And His Comets fly from Adelaide to Melbourne. Haley, suffering from a throat infection, is given a shot of penicillin and retires to bed.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets enter the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA with That'll Be The Day, which will peak at No1.
The Five Satins sing To The Aisle on tv show Dick Clark's American Bandstand in the USA.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Vince Eager, The Viscounts and Tony Sheridan, play at The Gaumont, Bradford, UK. Annoyed by the audience response to his performance of Over The Rainbow, Gene Vincent leaves the stage part-way through his set and does not return.
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Do You Mind by Anthony Newley reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart.
It is reported that British pop star Cliff Richard has parted ways with his manager Tito Burns.
Hide Away by blues guitarist Freddie King enters the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No5. [The song is named after Mel's Hide Away Lounge in Chicago, Illinois, USA.]
The Tornados play in The MU Ball at The Locarno Ballroom, Old Town Square, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Beatles continue their 92 day residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Danny And The Juniors play during a week of shows at The Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
The Beatles continue their 92 day residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Blues pianist Willie 'Piano Red' Perryman records eight songs including Mister Moonlight, The Wrong Yo-Yo and Dr Feel-good, for Okeh Records in Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Gerry And The Pacemakers play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Johnnie Ray plays the sixteenth night in a four-week season at The Talk Of The Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
Buster Brown plays at Jack's Place, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Brown's backing group is The Straightjackets, including harmonica player >Delbert McClinton, who will find greater success after a name change to The Rondels (aka The Ron-Dels).
Connie Francis begins an eight night booking at The Manor Hotel, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
Gene Vincent plays at The Majestic Theatre, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
Cliff Richard and The Shadows play the twelfth night in a six-week season at The Opera House, Blackpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Chantels, The Bobbettes, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Tiny Topsy and Big Maybelle play the last of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The Vandergrift Brothers are playing during a four week long engagement in Rockland, Maine, USA.
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Paul Anka, Chubby Checker, Duane Eddy, The Shirelles, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry and others play at Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA, as part of the Dick Clark C aravan Of Stars.
Johnnie Ray and Timi Yuro, with Clyde Otis as their producer, record I Believe, A Mother's Love, Up Above My Head and You Can't Get Away From Me, in New York City, USA.
In a break from filming A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles dine with aspiring politician Jeffrey Archer at Brasenose College, Oxford, UK, as part of an Oxfam campaign they are supporting.
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The Beach Boys record German lyrics for the song In My Room at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beatles release a new German-language single, Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand/Sie Liebt Dich (I Want To Hold Your Hand/She Loves You) in Germany, Europe.
Heinz And The Wild Ones, including guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, later to find fame in Deep Purple, play as part of a pckage tour at The Gaumont, Watford, UK. The tour also features The Hollies, The Dixie Cups, Jess Conrad, The Tornados and Wayne Gibson.
Heinz And The Wild Ones, including guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, later to find fame in Deep Purple, play as part of a package tour at The Essoldo, Huddersfield, UK. The tour also features The Hollies, The Dixie Cups, Jess Conrad, The Tornados and Wayne Gibson.
The Squires, featuring Neil Young, play the second of seven nights at the Hudson Hotel, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
The Swinging Blue Jeans fly to Israel, Asia, for live dates.
Tom Jones gives himself a 25th birthday present of an £8,000 house in Shepperton, Middlesex, England, UK, for himself and his wife and son.
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The Dave Clark Five play at The Majestic Theatre, Christchurch, New Zealand, Oceania.
Lonnie Donegan is playing at The Aquarium, Great Yarmouth, England, UK.
Tell Me Why by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No33 during a three-week run.
The Ventures record the tv show theme Hawaii Five-0 for Liberty Records in the USA.
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The Beatles complete recording of Good Night in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe. The track is sung by their drummer, Ringo Starr.
John Lennon spends the last of five days in Record Plant East Studios, New York City, USA, recording tracks for his album Rock'n'Roll, which had been abandoned when producer Phil Spector unexpectedly quit the project. The band on these sessions includes guitarists Jesse Ed Davis and Eddie Mottau, pianist Ken Ascher, bassist Klaus Voormann, drummer Jim Keltner and percussionist Arthur Jenkins.
The Beach Boys play in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Buddy Curtess And The Grasshoppers play at The Bull And Gate, Kentish Town, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Beach Boys play in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.
At the Café Royal, London, England, UK, Europe, Cliff Richard collects the Daily Mirror Readers Award for Outstanding Musical Personality of the Year.
A new music-playing device, a CD (compact disc) player, is demonstrated for the first time in Europe.
Uptown Girl by Billy Joel enters the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia, Oceania, at No28. It will peak at No1.
The Questions play at The Mad Mad Mad Rag Ball in The Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, UK, Europe.
British rock'n'roll hit-maker Shakin' Stevens is convicted at Ballymena Magistrates Court, Ballymena, Ireland, of having assaulted local freelance photographer Hugo McNeice with a microphone stand in County Antrim. Stevens is fined £300 for assault and criminal damage, and ordered to pay the photographer £479 to compensate for his smashed camera lens.