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Little Walterand His Jukes record Thunder Bird and My Babe for Chess Records' subsidiary Checker label, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A four-page contract is signed by Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, and Jamboree Attractions for a performance in the venue by Elvis Presley.
Elvis Presley records I Got A Woman at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and also plays live on KWKH Radio's Louisiana Hayride show in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Elvis Presley plays in Fair Park Coliseum, Lubbock, Texas, USA, supported by Jimmy Rodgers Snow, plus Buddy And Bob, a duo comprising Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery.
Little Richard's audition tape arrives at Specialty Records, Hollywood, California, USA, where it is heard by A + R man Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell.
Gene And Eunice record This Is My Story, backed by the Johnny Otis Combo, for Aladdin 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].
Elvis Presley plays live on KWKH Radio's weekly show The Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA,
Elvis Presley plays in South Side Elementary School, Bastrop, Mississippi, USA, supporting Duke Of Paducah, Mother Maybelle and The Carter Sisters, as part of the WSM Grand Ole Opry Show.
The Louvin Brothers make their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Fats Domino records Blue Monday for Imperial Records at Master Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA.
Unchained Melody by Al Hibbler enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No3 during a nineteen-week run on the chart.
Unchained Melody by Al Hibbler enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No3 during a nineteen-week run on the chart.
My Babe by Little Walter reaches No1 on the Billboard US R'n'B singles chart.
There are four versions of Stranger In Paradise in the UK singles chart - by Tony Bennett, Tony Martin, The Four Aces and Eddie Calvert.
Pat Boone enters the Billboard singles chart in the USA with his insipid cover of the Fats Domino track, Ain't That A Shame.
The New York Times reviews the recently-published American edition of the John Wyndham science fiction novel The Chrysalids, declaring that it "will be well noted and long remembered". The 1968 song Crown Of Creation by Jefferson Airplane will be inspired by ideas in Wyndham's influential book.
Henry Priestman, keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist of Liverpool band The Christians is born in Kingston-Upon-Hull, UK.
While cycling along Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, Johnnie Ray is approached by a fan and asked for an autograph. 'He smilingly consented,' notes the local Beachcomber magazine, 'but demanded the reciprocal favor of a kiss. When his young admirer became visibly embarrassed, the singer agreeably withdrew the stipulation, much to many onlookers' amusement. Last seen, Johnnie was pedaling down the boulevard, while his blushing fan made off rapidly in the other direction holding tightly to her cherished autograph.'
The Tommy Whittle Quintet records Flamingo, Stars Fell On Alabama, Cherokee, I'll Remember April, You've Done Something To My Heart and A Ghost Of A Chance for Esquire Records in London, UK.
Ella Fitzgerald records The Tender Trap and My One And Only Love for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
International famed samba singer and movie star Carmen Miranda, noted for her exotic outfits and exuberant personalty, dies aged 46, following a heart attack, in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
The film Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, starring Jennifer Jones and William Holden, is released to cinemas in the USA. The title song will win an Academy Award as Best Song.
Harry Belafonte records Matilda, Matilda! for RCA Victor Records at Radio Recorders, Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA.
Big Joe Turner, Bo Diddley, The Five Keys, The Hearts and The Spaniels play live at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The Mills Brothers record Suddenly There's A Valley for Decca Records.
R'n'b combo The Jay McShann Orchestra records Hands Off, with Priscilla Bowman on vocals, for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Chuck Berry begins his first national tour in Youngstown, Ohio, USA.
Fats Domino records Poor Me at J + M studios in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Fats Domino records Poor Me at J + M studios in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
R'n'b vocal group The Cadillacs record Speedoo for Josie Records in the USA.
Blue Star [The Medic Theme] reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. The position is achieved by amalgamating sales of versions of the song by The Cyril Stapleton Orchestra and The Ron Goodwin Orchestra.
Ella Fitzgerald's manager, Norman Granz, holds a press conference in Houston, Texas, USA, declaring that the previous night's arrest of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Illinois Jacquet, on gambling charges was racially motivated, because local police did not want mixed audiences at concerts in the city.
The Chuck Berry Trio, The Spaniels, Buddy Johnson And His Orchestra, Arthur Prysock, The Nutmegs, The 4 Fellows, Al Savage and Ella Johnson play at The Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
Miles Davis has his first recording session for Columbia Records - while he is still under contract to Prestige Records.
Little Willie John, Champion Jack Dupree, Little George Smith and Otis Williams play at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City. This is the opening night of a three-month long tour.
Little Willie John, Champion Jack Dupree, Little George Smith and Otis Williams play the second night of a week at Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
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, USA.
When You Dance by The Turbans enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
American music trade magazine Billboard publishes its first Top 100 singles chart.
Teen crooner Pat Boone's cover version of Fats Domino's Ain't That A Shame enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No7 during an eleven-week run.
Chuck Berry plays the fourth night of a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Musical comedy The Boy Friend, with songs by Sandy Wilson, closes at The Royale Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 485 performances. The show starred Julie Andrews, and also featured English singer Millicent Martin.
Elvis Presley plays at the Atlanta Sports Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Elvis Presley plays the last of four nights at the Lyric Theater, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Hands Off by Jay McShann's Orchestra, with vocalist Priscilla Bowman, is the new BillboardNo1 R'n'B single in the USA.
Ruth Brown and Clyde McPhatter play the last of five nights at The Brooklyn Paramount, New York City, USA.