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Lita Roza appears on ATV's Jack Jackson Show, in the UK.
Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, with Cleo Laine, Denis Lotis, Frank Holder and Tony Mansell.
Buddy Rich And His Orchestra record Out Of This World, Day In, Day Out, This Time the Dream's On Me and One For My Baby for Verve Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Chico Hamilton Quintet records Jonalah, Chrissie, The Wind, Gone Lover [When Your Lover Has Gone] and The Ghost, for Pacific Jazz Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Victor Borge's Comedy In Music is playing at the John Golden Theatre, New York City, USA. It will enter the Guinness Book Of World Records as the longest running one-man show in the history of theater, having notched up 849 performances before closing later in this month.
Pearl Bailey and Al Hibbler are the musical guests on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
Ralph Carney is born in Akron, Ohio, USA. He will find widespread acclaim as a multi-instrumentalist, although mostly as a saxophonist and clarinettist, working with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, The Black Keys, The B-52s, Tin Huey and many others.
Sonny Boy Williamson II, with Otis Spann, Robert Lockwood, Luther Tucker, Willie Dixon and Fred Below record Let Me Explain, I Know What Love Is All About, I Wonder Why, Your Imagination and Don't Lose Your Eye, in Chess studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Julie Andrews and Bing Crosby star in a televised musical adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's play High Tor on CBS tv in the USA. This production is considered to have been the first made-for-TV movie. The broadcast also marks Andrews' American television debut.
Memories Are Made Of This by Dave King peaks at No5 in the UK popular singles chart, during a fifteen-week run on the chart.
Elvis Presley buys his first house at 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, for $29,500. (0r $40,000, depending on which source you believe)
Elvis Presley releases his debut album, Elvis Presley, in the USA.
Peggy Lee stars as Mary Rigley in This Flattering World, an episode of the tv series A Shower Of Stars in the USA.
Elvis Presley plays at Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Bill Haley and His Comets release a new single, The Saints Rock'n'Roll/R-O-C-K, on Decca Records in the USA.
Ray Charles, billed as the "Sensational Blind Vocalist-Pianist", plays at Clarksville Armory, Clarksville, Tennessee, USA.
Roy Hall releases a cover version of Blue Suede Shoes on Decca Records in the USA.
Camille Howard records Rock'n'Roll Mama at Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee-Jay Records.
Nat King Cole, June Christy and the Four Freshmen complete a 30-city US package tour at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA.
The Ink Spots appear on UK tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium, but are criticised in the music press for relying entirely on old hits.
The Johnny Burnette Trio record their first tracks for Coral Records, including Tear It Up, Midnight Train and Shattered Dreams at the Pythian Temple Studio, New York City, USA.
Bjorn Borg is born in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. At the age of 18, he will become the youngest player ever to win the male singles title French Open tennis tournament, and will go on to become one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He will inspire the song The Ballad Of Bjorn Borg by The Pernice Brothers.
Chuck Berry plays at the Maple Leaf Garden, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
At his second recording session in Bradley's Barn studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Buddy Holly records his first versions of That'll Be The Day and Rock Around With Ollie Vee for Decca Records, with producer Owen Bradley. Holly's group at this point is called The Three Tunes, but will later become The Crickets.
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Eleven year old Brenda Lee has her first-ever recording session, at Bradley's Barn, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, where she records Jambalaya, Bigelow 6-200, Your Cheatin' Heart and Some People. On the same day, Little Richard is recording in Cosimo Matassa's J+M Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, working on Good Golly Miss Molly and other tracks.
Hound Dog by Elvis Presley, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, enters the Billboard US Hot 100 singles chart on its way to No1.
Fats Domino, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, The Harptones, Joe Turner, The Cleftones and The Penguins play the first of nine days as part of Alan Freed's Second Anniversary Rock And Roll Show at the Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City.
Elvis Presley records Playing For Keeps at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, for RCA Records. This is also the date on which he is said to have purchased a pink Cadillac for his mother.
Fats Domino, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, The Harptones, Joe Turner, The Cleftones and The Penguins play the fifth of nine days as part of Alan Freed's Second Anniversary Rock And Roll Show at the Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Bill Haley And His Comets are the headline attraction on the opening day of the 10-day long Happy Music Show at The Coliseum, New York City, USA.
The Chordettes release their sixth album, The Chordettes, in the USA on Cadence Records.
Little Richard plays the first of three nights at The Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Billy Eckstine performs Caravan, Everything I Have Is Yours, I Apologize and My Foolish Heart, live on NBC-tv's Steve Allen Show.
Jimmy Deuchar [trumpet] records the album Jazz International for Vogue Records in Paris, France, Europe.
The Bill Evans Trio records Speak Low, Easy Living and other tracks in New York City, USA.
Billy Ward And His Dominoes play the fourth night of a week at Zardi's Jazzland, Los Angeles, California, USA.
RCA Records announces that over 10m Elvis Presley records have been sold in twelve months - 60% of the company's entire output.
Guitar Slim plays the fifth night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
The Eddie Duchin Story, a Hollywood movie about the life of jazz bandleader Eddie Duchin, is released to cinemas in West Germany.
The Maddox Brothers And Rose release a new single, The Death Of Rock And Roll in the USA, on Columbia Records.
Guitar Slim plays the final night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
Bill Haley and His Comets, Chuck Berry, The Platters, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, Clyde McPhatter, The Clovers and others play at The Olympia Theater, Detroit, Michigan, USA, as part of the package tour The Biggest Show Of 56.
Rip It Up by Little Richard is released in the UK on the same day as Bill Haley's cover version.
Marty Robbins releases a new E.P., Singing The Blues, in the USA.
Singing The Blues by Marty Robbins reaches No1 in the Billboard C'n'W Best Sellers in Stores chart in the USA.
Ray Charles records the Atlantic Records single Ain't That Love, at Coastal Recording Studios, New York City, USA.
Muddy Waters records Got My Mojo Workin', in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records.
The Calvert Cavalcade on Pan-European radio station Radio Luxembourg features top trumpeter Eddie Calvert, The Londonaires and Norrie Paramor's Orchestra And Chorus from The Town Hall, Acton, London, UK. Also on Luxembourg on this evening is In The Mood featuring Joe Loss and his Orchestra with Rose Brennan and Ross MacManus [whose son will find fame as Elvis Costello].
Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash play in the Million Dollar Quartet at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. On the same day, Perkins records one of his most successful songs, Matchbox.
UK popular music newspaper Melody Maker reports that American bandleader and recording artist Earl Bostic has recovered from his recent heart attack.
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