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Musical comedy The Boy Friend, with songs by Sandy Wilson, plays at The Royale Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 485 performances. The show stars Julie Andrews, and also features English singer Millicent Martin.
Los Angeles-based doo-wop combo The Penguins play at the Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Bruce Kaphan, steel guitar player of American Music Club, is born in San Francisco.
Sammy Davis Jr plays at Ciro's, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, to an audience that includes Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Spencer Tracy, Dick Powell, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe.
During an appointment with his optometrist in Lubbock, Texas, Buddy Holly is told that he must wear glasses.
Ulysses Hicks of The Five Keys suffers a heart attack and dies immediately after tonight's performance as part of the The Top 10 R'n'B Show, with The Clovers, Faye Adams, The Charms, Joe Turner, The Moonglows, Lowell Fulson, The Paul Williams Orchestra, The Bill Doggett Trio, and The Spence Twins, at The Court Theater, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.
Doo-wop combo The Penguins have their first recording session for their new label, Mercury Records. They re-record four songs, Earth Angel, Ookey Ook, Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild and Hey Senorita, previously recorded for Dootone Records.
The Penguins appear on US-tv's Perry Como Show, singing their latest release Earth Angel.
Majorca, the debut single by Petula Clark, peaks at No12 in the UK singles chart.
Majorca by Petula Clark peaks at No12 in the UK singles chart.
Tennessee Ernie Ford records the Ballad Of Davy Crockett, for Capitol Records in the USA.
The instrumental theme music from the US television series, Medic, written by Victor Young, is registered for copyright under the title The Medic Theme. It will become a hit single under the title Blue Star [The Medic Theme].
An advert in US trade magazine Billboard announces the arrival of a new star, Pat Boone, described as 'a great new voice?, on Dot Records. His newly released debut single is Two Hearts, Two Kisses, One Love.
Wynonie Harris releases a new single, Good Mambo Tonight, in the USA.
Ruby Murray has three singles in the UK Top 6 - Softly Softly, Heartbeat and Happy Days And Lonely Nights. Miss Murray will become so celebrated that her name will be adopted as Cockney rhyming slang for curry.
The Joe Loss Band plays at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, with Rose Brennan, Howard Jones and The Loss Chords, Dickie Dawson and Bill Maynard.
Fats Domino records Ain't That A Shame at Master Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Lavern Baker plays at the Orchid Room, Kansas City, Missouri.
Blues harmonica star Little Walter Jacobs records Roller Coaster and I Got To Go in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins records Well I Tried, Talk About Me and other tracks for Wing Records in New York City.
Bo Diddley records Diddley Daddy and She's Fine She's Mine for Checker Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Originally released as the b-side of Diddley Daddy, She's Fine She's Mine, will inspire several other songs, notably You Don't Love Me by Willie Cobbs in 1960, Shimmy Shimmy Walk by The Megatons in 1962 and You Don't Love Me (No No No) by Dawn Penn in 1967.
Billy Eckstine plays at The Hippodrome, Coventry, UK.
There are four versions of Stranger In Paradise in the UK singles chart - by Tony Bennett, Tony Martin, the Four Aces and Eddie Calvert.
The comedy musical film Road To Bali, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, is released to cinemas in Spain, Europe.
Johnny Cash's first single, Hey, Porter, is released in the USA on Sun Records.
The Drifters play the second night in a week of shows at Weeke's Tavern, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and others appear at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
B.B. King with 'his sensational ten-piece band' plays at the Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas.
Amos Milburn records My Happiness Depends On You at Capitol Records studios, Los Angeles, for Aladdin Records.
Stan Wilson records Walter Winchell, Kitch, The Fox and other tracks for the Clef Records album A Recital By Stan Wilson, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Eddie Boyd records I'm A Prisoner and I've Been Deceived for Chess Records, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ain't That A Shame, a cover of a Fats Domino hit, by Pat Boone peaks at No2 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Harry Belafonte records Matilda, Matilda! for RCA Victor Records at Radio Recorders, Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA.
Popular young singer Petula Clark plays at The Granada Theatre, Bedford, UK.
Elvis Presley's manager, Col Tom Parker, writes to road manager Bob Neal about the need to school the "young, inexperienced" Elvis in professional behaviour. This comes in the wake of Parker having to give a $50 refund to a gig promoter who complained that Elvis had told "off-colour" jokes during a show in Batesville, Arkansas, USA.
Famed for his flambouyant choreography, bandleader Cab Calloway begins a six week UK tour in Glasgow, Scotland.
Bruce Foxton, later to play bass for The Jam, is born in Woking, Surrey, UK.
Cajun accordian star Clifton Chenier records Squeeze Box Boogie for Specialty Records at Ted Brinson's Studio, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Fats Domino records Poor Me at J + M studios in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Blue Star [The Medic Theme] by The Cyril Stapleton Orchestra enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No16. It will peak at No2 during a run of twelve weeks on the chart.
The Dessau Playboys play at Dessau Hall, Austin, Texas, USA.
Long established as a radio show, The Grand Ole Opry makes its debut as a monthly tv show on the ABC network. Les Paul and Mary Ford headline the first broadcast.
Elvis Presley plays at the Houston Armory, Houston, Mississippi, USA.
Little Richard's single, Tutti Frutti, is reviewed by Billboard magazine as a "cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words, rapid fire delivery."
Little Willie John, Champion Jack Dupree, Little George Smith and Otis Williams play the third night of a week at Apollo Theater, Harlem">The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet plays at the Bee Hive, Chicago, Illinois.
Hernando's Hideaway by The Johnson Brothers reaches No1 in the UK singles chart for the first of two-weeks.
Jack Parnell & His Orchestra play at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, with Gene Williams and Irene Miller; Joe 'Mr Piano' Henderson; Jeffrey Lenner.