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The Ballad Of Davy Crockett by Bill Hayes enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No13. It will peak at No2 during a nine-week run on the chart.
Lita Roza appears on the ATV show Jack Hylton Presents, in the UK.
Ruby Marray and Norman Wisdom sing their new release, Boy Meets Girl, live on BBCtv's fortnightly series Off The Record. The performance is quite a technical achievement as Murray and Wisdom are singing from a dressing room in the London Palladium in Central London, UK, [where they are appearing in twice-nightly shows] but the orchestral backing by Stanley Black and his Orchestra comes from BBC tv studios in Lime Grove, five miles away in West London.
Johnny Dankworth And His Orchestra, including vocalist Cleo Laine, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Rioting breaks out during a concert by US bandleader Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra in Amsterdam, Holland.
The Four Lads record Standing On the Corner for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Mark Evans, bassist for AC/DC, is born in Melbourne, Australia.
Steve Harris, founder member and bass player for Iron Maiden, is born in Leytonstone, UK.
Big Maybelle records A Good Man is Hard to Find, I Ain’t Got Nobody, How It Lies and Goin' Home Baby.
James Brown records Hold My Baby's Hand, Chonnie-on-chon and No No No No, at King Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
At The Pythian Temple Studios in New York City, USA, Bill Haley and His Comets record Rip It Up, Don't Knock The Rock and Hot Dog Buddy Buddy.
The Rhythm'n'Blues Of 1956 package tour plays at the National Guard Armory, Washington, DC, USA. Artists appearing include Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ruth Brown, Little Willie John, The Clovers, The Cadillacs, The Turbans, The Sweethearts, Al Jackson and Joe Medlin with Choker Campbell And His Big Band.
The Herbie Nichols Trio [with Max Roach] on drums, records Wildflower, Mine, Argumentative Variation, The Spinning Song, Riff Primatif and Query for Blue Note Records at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Joe Williams records My Baby Just Cares For Me, S'Wonderful, Thou Swell and other tracks at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Clifford Brown plays the fourth night of a week at The Cotton Club, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. His band includes Max Roach and Sonny Rollins.
Elvis Presley plays at Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California, USA.
In Fine Sound Studios, New York City, USA, the Count Basie Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams, record Every Day I Have The Blues, Too Close For Comfort and Salty Lips.
Eartha Kitt begins a week of shows at The Empire, Glasgow, Scotland, supported by Nat Gonella .
Harry James And His All-Star Jazz Group featuring Buddy Rich plays the first of five nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
Chuck Berry plays at The Auditorium, Syracuse, New York State, USA.
Big Maybelle records Candy, Ring Dang Dilly, That’s A Pretty Good Love and Pitiful.
Chuck Berry plays at the Hollywood Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Big Joe Turner opens for a season with Choker Campbell's Orchestra at at The Ebony Lounge, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Fever by Little Willie John enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA at No24.
Movie musical The Girl Can't Help It, featuring Jayne Mansfield, and with music by Little Richard, Fats Domino, Eddie Cochran, The Platters and others, premieres in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Roy Orbison, Warren Smith, Charlie Feathers and Sonny Burgess play in the High School, Greenville, Mississippi, USA.
Fats Domino, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, The Harptones, Joe Turner, The Cleftones and The Penguins play the eighth of nine days as part of Alan Freed's Second Anniversary Rock And Roll Show at the Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City.
Hoagy Carmichael spends the second of two days in a recording session during which he records Georgia On My Mind, Two Sleepy People and other tracks with the Johnny Mandel Orchestra, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Little Richard plays the second of three nights at The Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ray Charles plays the first night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
Saxophonist and composer John Harle is born in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Chuck Berry, Shirley And Lee, The G-Clefs and Buddy And Ella Johnson, play the second night of a week at the Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Fats Domino plays the first night of a week at Casino Royal, Washington, D.C., USA.
Jazz violinist, bandleader and recording artist Stuff Smith dies in Munich, Germany.
Chuck Berry, Shirley And Lee, The G-Clefs and Buddy And Ella Johnson, play the sixth night of a week at the Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Gene Vincent, The Coasters, Alis Lesley [billed as 'The female Presley'], The Six Teens, The Dots, Jerry Wallace, The Turks, The Gassers and the Ernie Freeman Orchestra, play a live show in The Shrine Auditorium, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Maddox Brothers And Rose release a new single, The Death Of Rock And Roll in the USA, on Columbia Records.
Gene Vincent releases a new single, Bluejean Bop, in the USA.
After providing over 100 years of musical and theatrical entertainment, The Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, UK, is closed.
Jimmy Rogers records If It Ain't Me [Who Are You Thinking Of], with Big Walter Horton on harmonica, Otis Spann on piano and Willie Dixon on bass, in Chicago, IIlinois, USA, for Chess Records.
Singing The Blues by Marty Robbins reaches No1 in the Billboard C'n'W Best Sellers in Stores chart in the USA.
Rosco Gordon releases a new single, Cheese And Crackers/Shoobie Oobie, on Sun Records in the USA.
After preliminary engagements in New Haven, Boston and Philadelphia, the stage musical Bells Are Ringing opens at The Shubert Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA. It will notch up a total of 924 performances during its runs at The Shubert and The Alvin Theatres.
Jimmy Rogers records One Kiss and I Can't Believe, with Little Walter on harmonica, Otis Spann on piano and Willie Dixon on bass, in Chicago, IIlinois, USA. for Chess Records.
Randall William Rhoads is born at St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica, California, USA. He wiill find fame as Randy Rhoades, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne but his life will be cut short in a plane crash in 1982 in Florida.
Tennessee Ernie Ford is the subject of This Is Your Life on NBC TV in the 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.
American pop idol Pat Boone plays his first live concert in the UK, at The Granada, Tooting.
The Merseysippi Jazz Band plays at a Jazz Ball in St George's Hall, Liverpool, UK.