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Count Basie And His Orchestra record Magic, Shiny Stockings, What Am I Here For? and Midgets, at Fine Sound Studios, New York City, USA.
On a bill that also includes George Jones, Elvis Presley plays in the Louisiana Hayride tv show in the Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
Frank Sinatra records You Make Me Feel So Young, Memories Of You and other tracks in KHJ Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Little Richard releases a new single, Tutti Frutti, in the USA.
On a European tour, Norman Granz's Jazz At The Philharmonic troupe, featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis and others, plays in Oslo, Norway.
In UK pop newspaper the NME [New Musical Express], Geoffrey Everitt reviews Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel with the words '... if you appreciate good singing, I don't suppose you'll manage to hear this all the way through.'
Frank Sinatra records Don't Like Goodbyes, at Capitol Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, with orchestral accompaniment directed by Nelson Riddle.
Roy Orbison And The Teen Kings record Ooby Dooby plus Trying To Get To You and other tracks at Norman Petty's Studio, Clovis, New Mexico, USA, for Je-Wel Records.
Miles Davis records In Your Own Sweet Way and No Line at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Composer, performer, saxophonist and guitar player Roberto Musci is born in Milan, Italy, Europe.
The Four Freshmen record Graduation Day at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
US music trade magazine Billboard reports that the new Fats Domino single, I'm In Love Again, "has paydirt written all over it. This is a simple tune with a flavoursome medium tempo swing to which the singer adds his telling vocal job in a traditional bluesy pattern."
The Ink Spots arrive in the UK to begin a tour.
Lita Roza appears in the BBC tv show This Is Show Business, in the UK.
The Joytones, one of rock'n'roll's first girl groups, record Gee, What A Boy which will be released in the USA as a single by the New York City-based Rama Records.
Count Basie And His Orchestra play at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
No Other Love by Ronnie Hilton reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
Roy Orbison plays at The Robinson Memorial Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.
Elvis Presley's cover version of the Carl Perkins song Blue Suede Shoes is released in the UK on RCA. On the same day, Bill Haley and his Comets release a new single, Hot Dog Buddy Buddy/Rockin' Through The Rye, on Decca Records in the USA.
Dizzy Gillespie records Stella By Starlight and other tracks at Coastal Recording, New York City, USA.
Billie Holiday records new versions of God Bless The Child, Strange Fruit and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Verve Records.
American music trade publication Billboard reports that doo-wop/r'n'b combo Sonny Til and the Orioles have been signed by Vee-Jay Records, who "will push the boys as a pop act."
The Eddie Duchin Story, a Hollywood movie about the life of jazz bandleader Eddie Duchin, is released to cinemas in the USA.
Hot Diggity [Dog Ziggity Boom] reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. This position is achieved by amalgamating sales of versions of the song by Perry Como and Michael Holliday.
Twenty-five fans are hospitalised after fights break out at a rock'n'roll concert by Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers in The Convention Center, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA.
Harry James And His All-Star Jazz Group featuring Buddy Rich plays the first of five nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel, on RCA Records in the USA.
Chuck Berry plays at the Auditorium, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
James Brown records Just Won't Do Right and Let's Make It at King Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Lita Roza appears on the ATV show Round About Ten, in the UK.
Roy Orbison, Warren Smith, Charlie Feathers and Sonny Burgess play in the High School, Greenville, Mississippi, USA.
The Prestige All-Stars, with Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Zoot Sims (tenor saxes), Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Art Taylor (drums), record How Deep Is The Ocean and other tracks for the album Tenor Conclave, at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Finnish rock'n'roll pioneers Onni Gideon And his Orchestra play at the Natsa Youth Club, Helsinki.
Hound Dog by Elvis Presley enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No2 during a 23-week run.
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Billy Ward And His Dominoes play the second night of a week at Zardi's Jazzland, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chuck Berry, Shirley And Lee, The G-Clefs and Buddy And Ella Johnson, play the last night of a week at the Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
In The Still Of The Night by legendary doo-wop R'n'B band The Five Satins enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No24. Nevertheless, it will go on to become a genre classic, and eventually achieve multi-platinum sales.
Western Swing vocalist and musician Buddy Jones, who had worked with Jimmie Davis, Moon Mullican and others, dies when he has a heart attack while driving which causes his car to crash in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
R'n'b/doo-wop combo The Orioles record Live It Up, For All We Know and other tracks, for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jimmy Rogers records Walking By Myself, with Walter Horton on harmonica, Willie Dixon on bass and Otis Spann on piano, in Chicago, IIlinois, for Chess Records.
Buddy Holly attends the WSM Fifth Annual National Disc Jockey Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, where he is shortly to undertake his third recording session for Decca Records.
Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group play at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK, with Billy Baxter and Mundy And Earle.
Dinah Washington records Makin' Whoopee at Mercury Sound Studio, New York City, USA. The track is arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones.
Big Maybelle, The Clovers and the James Moody Orchestra play the fourth of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Ronnie Aldrich And The Squadronaires, featuring Cliff Townshend And His Swinging Saxophone, star in Music In The Air on Pan-European radio station Radio Luxembourg. Cliff Townshend's son will find fame as Pete Townshend, leader of rock band The Who.
The Jokers, an aspiring rock'n'roll trio featuring Bob Zimmerman on vocals and piano, record a 78rpm acetate at Terlinde Music in Duluth, Minnesota. Zimmerman will find greater fame as Bob Dylan.
Bluegrass duo The Osborne Brothers record Wild Mountain Honey, Down In The Willow Garden and other tracks in the RCA Victor Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.