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Rock And Roll

The first Ferris Wheel is opened to the public at The World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The giant wheel will inspire the 1964 song The Ferris Wheel by The Everly Brothers
Charles Isiah Ross is born in Tunica, Mississippi, USA. He will grow up to record for Sun Records and others as a harmonica player under the name Dr Ross.
Smilin' Smokey Lynn, Duke Henderson, The Golden Keys, Big Jay McNeely and others play in Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. Known as The Blues And Rhythm Midnight Matinee, the show is hosted by radio deejay Hunter Hancock. Some authorities have described this as the first rock'n'roll concert to have been recorded.
Buddy Holly receives a new recording contract from Decca Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, but he does not sign it. He is keen to break free from the company.
Chess Records of Chicago, Illinois, USA, continues with the process of moving in to its new office and studio building at 2120 South Michigan Avenue.
A shirt formerly owned by Tommy Steele is sold at auction for £4 during the Stars' Organisation for Spastics Cricket Match and Garden Fete in Harrow, UK. One of the four girls who bought the shirt says, "We'll split it into four ' back, front and two sleeves." An LP signed by Gracie Fields brings £2 and a 78 autographed by Liberace goes for £1.
Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Warren Smith play in Scott's Bluff, Nebraska, USA.
Connie Francis plays the fourth of seven days at The Gatineau Country Club, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The Shadows, The Dallas Boys and Dean Rogers play at The Essoldo, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
The Beatles continue their 92-day residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Connie Francis plays the eighth night of three weeks at The Sahara Hotel And Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Duane Eddy plays the second night of a week at The Beachcomber Bar, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
Novelty song Who Put The Bomp? by Barry Mann enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No7 during a twelve-week stay on the chart.
The Hawks record What A Party in New York City, USA, for Roulette Records. The Hawks include Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Levon Helm, who will go on to form The Band.
The Rabin Band, Barbara Kav, Colin Day, Ray Pilgrim, The Hound Dogs, Arthur Greenslade And His Swingin' Piano, Groovin' Don Sanford, Rockin' Rex Morris, The Razz-Ma-Tazzem, George Melly and Mick Mulligan perform live on the BBC Light Programme radio show Go Man Go.
In a show taped at The Sportspalast, West Berlin, Germany, Europe, The Ed Sullivan Show on tv in the USA features Louis Armstrong, Connie Francis and Maureen O'Hara.
I'm A Moody Guy by Shane Fenton And The Fentones enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No22 during a stay of eight weeks.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Earl King records Trick Bag for Imperial Records in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Neil Sedaka enters the UK Top 20 singles chart with Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen.
Elvis Presley continues filming studio scenes for his next movie, It Happened At The World's Fair, in MGM Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Mammoth Jazz 'n' Pop Show, a package tour starring Joe Brown, Kenny Ball, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Heinz, The Tornados, Jimmy Justice, The Ryles Brothers and Ray Peters plays at The Queen's Hall, Leeds, UK.
The Rolling Stones play at The Olympia Ballroom, Reading, England, UK.
The Squires, featuring lead guitarist Neil Young, play at The Fourth Dimension, Winnipeg, Canada.
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During the day, with George Harrison in bed at The Plaza Hotel nursing a sore throat, the other three members of The Beatles enjoy a horse and carriage ride in Central Park, New York City, USA. In the evening, seventy-three million Americans tune in to watch their first US tv performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
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The Beatles release a new single, Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand / Sie Liebt Dich on Odeon Records in Germany, Europe.
Elvis Presley continues with the shooting of location scenes for his latest movie, Roustabout, at locations in and around Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Dave Clark Five play at The Central Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey, USA.
The Beach Boys play at the University of Arizona Auditorium, Tucson, Arizona, USA, supported by The Kingsmen, Freddy Cannon, Jimmy Griffin and Lynn Easton.
The Swinging Blue Jeans play at The Theatre Royal, King's Lynn, UK.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays the fourth of five days at The Fair, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.
Roy Orbison hits No1 in the USA with Oh, Pretty Woman, in both the Billboard and Cash Box singles charts.
The Dave Clark Five begin an American tour at The Paramount, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
The Dave Clark Five play in Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, supported by Bobby Curtola.
Elvis Presley continues with filming of studio scenes for his eighteenth film, Tickle Me, at Allied Artists studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beach Boys play at Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The Beach Boys are in the studio in Los Angeles, California, USA, recording Do You Wanna Dance and In The Back Of My Mind.
Bill Haley And His Comets play at The Coronet Lounge, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA.
British pop idol Billy Fury plays at The ABC, Southampton, UK, supported by The Pretty Things, Dave Berry and Brian Poole And The Tremeloes.
The Battle Of The Beat 65 takes place at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, featuring The Three Bears, The Con-Rods, The King Bees, The Rickoshades, The Rabble, The Satellites, The Addix, The Aliens, The Mundanes, The Missing Links and The Griefs.
The Iveys play at Ritz Entertainments Club (a.k.a. The Ritz), Skewen, South Wales, UK, with The Blackjacks. The Iveys will find greater fame as Badfinger.
Fabulous magazine runs a special edition dedicated to Liverpool music, featuring The Searchers on the front cover and features about The Beatles, The Mojos, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Billy Fury, The Merseybeats, The Spinners and Tommy Quickly.
That Funny Feeling, Bobby Darin's third and final movie with his wife Sandra Dee, opens at cinemas in Ireland, Europe.
Elvis Presley purchases a Colt Python pistol for $150 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Shadows are playing during a week of shows at Cranberry Fold Inn, Darwen, Lancashire, England, UK, Europe.
It is announced that Elvis Presley is to make a feature film and a Christmas tv special for NBC which will earn him over $1m.
Status Quo play at The NEC, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
On his Storm Front tour, Billy Joel plays at The Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, USA.
Elected to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, on this day are Jimi Hendrix, Booker T And The MGs, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash, Sam And Dave, The Yardbirds and Bobby "Blue" Bland.
Sir Cliff Richard adds his handprints to a bronze plaque in the Square Of Fame at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK.
Bill Wyman And The Rhythm Kings play at Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Holland, Europe.