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Julie London and The Bobby Troup Trio open for two weeks at The Cameo Restaurant, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
The Solitaires record The Honeymoon for Old Town Records in New York City, USA.
Ann Magnuson is born in Charleston, West Virginia, USA. An actress and musical performer, she is perhaps best known in the music world as a member of the 80s alternative rock cult band Bongwater.
The Milt Jackson Quintet records Come Rain Or Come Shine, They Can't Take That Away From Me, Wild Man, Soulful, Fred's Mood and Flamingo for Savoy Records in Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Tutti Frutti by Little Richard enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA where it will peak at No17, but it will be out-done by teen crooner Pat Boone's sanitised cover version which will reach No12.
In New York City, USA, Elvis Presley makes his US national tv debut on Stage Show, hosted by big band jazz stars the Dorsey Brothers.
Bunny Paul releases a new single, Baby Sitter's Blues/Teenage Heart, on Dash Records in the USA.
R'n'b/jazz organist Jimmy Smith records Deep Purple, Moonlight In Vermont and other tracks for Blue Note Records in the USA.
Miles Davis records In Your Own Sweet Way and No Line at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
US trade magazine Billboard reports that the new single Who? by Little Walter "is showing a steady climb towards the charts" with good sales in St Louis, Durham, Chicago, Memphis and Milwaukee.
Fighting breaks out at a rock'n'roll concert in Connecticut, USA. Just days later, Dr Francis J. Braceland will brand rock'n'roll as "a communicable disease - cannibalistic and tribalistic".
After fighting breaks out at a rock'n'roll concert in Connecticut, USA, Dr Francis J. Braceland brands rock'n'roll as 'a communicable disease ' cannibalistic and tribalistic?.
Dickie Valentine plays at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, with Tommy Whittle and his Orchestra with Stevie Wise, Keith Christie and Johnny Francis.
The Four Freshmen record Graduation Day at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Coasters make their Billboard singles chart debut in the USA with Down In Mexico.
Nat 'King' Cole is subjected to a violent racist attack during his concert at the Municipal Hall, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, by thugs from the White Citizens' Council.
Little Richard continues work on recording the tracks Ready Teddy and Heebie-Jeebies at J + M Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Popular young singer Brenda Lee gets her first recording deal when she is signed to Decca Records in the USA by A + R man Paul Cohen.
US TV series Your Hit Parade, whose regular cast includes Dorothy Collins and Snooky Lanson, features the songs Beyond The Blue Horizon, Wayward Wind, Moonglow, Heartbreak Hotel, Hot Diggity, Standing At The Corner.
Chuck Berry plays the fifth of six nights at the Rock And Roll Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Hot Diggity [Dog Ziggity Boom] by Perry Como peaks at No4 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a thirteen-week run on the chart.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel, on RCA Records in the USA.
Radio DJ Hunter Hancock, Specialty Records boss Art Rupe, bandleader Johnny Otis and promoter Hal Zeiger form a committee in Los Angeles, California, USA, to counter the increase in unfavourable media attacks on r'n'b music. On the same day, jukebox operators in Asbury Park, New Jersey, ban rock'n'roll records from their machines.
Big Joe Turner opens for a season with Choker Campbell's Orchestra at at The Ebony Lounge, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Big Jay McNeely plays the fourth night in a week long residency at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Blues singer and pianist Charles Brown plays at the Labor Union Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Johnny Stewart, Maxine Daniels, Don Fox, Dolores Ventura, Bobby Limb and Ron Scott play in 'A TV and Disc Jamboree' at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Fats Domino, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, The Harptones, Joe Turner, The Cleftones and The Penguins play the sixth of nine days as part of Alan Freed's Second Anniversary Rock And Roll Show at the Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
The Dells record I Wanna Go Home and Movin' On, at Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee Jay Records.
Banner Thomas, who will find success as the bassist of Molly Hatchet during the band's earliest and most commercially successful years as a recording act, is born in Orange Park, Florida, USA.
Webb Pierce releases a new single, Teenage Boogie/I'm Really Glad You Hurt Me, in the USA on Decca Records.
The Rock And Roll Trio, featuring Johnny Burnette and Dorsey Burnette, appears on the Amateur Hour Finals, broadcast live on tv in the USA from Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA. They do not win.
Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino enters the Billboard US Top 40 pop singles chart where it will peak at No4.
The original soundtrack to the Rodgers and Hammerstein movie The King And I reaches No1 in the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA.
Fats Domino plays the fourth night of a week at Casino Royal, Washington, D.C., USA.
Chuck Berry plays at a private function in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Fats Domino plays the sixth night of a week at Casino Royal, Washington, D.C., USA.
After providing over 100 years of musical and theatrical entertainment, The Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, UK, is closed.
Chuck Berry records Havana Moon for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Stonewall Jackson is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
On the NBC network in the USA, Nat King Cole becomes the first black entertainer to host his own tv series ' a fifteen-minute Monday night musical variety show, entitled The Nat King Cole Show.
The Cadillacs, Bo Diddley, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Debutants, The Dells, The Chips, The Schoolboys, Robert And Johnny and The Heartbeats play the fourth of seven nights as part of Dr Jive's Rhythm'n'Blues Revue at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
'Britain's answer to Elvis', Tommy Steele, debuts at The Astoria, Finsbury Park, London, UK, to rave reviews.
British singing star Alma Cogan appears in a Christmas pantomime, Aladdin, at The Empress Theatre, Brixton, London, UK.
The Alan Freed Show is transmitted on Europe's Radio Luxembourg, at 9.30pm.
Johnny Dankworth And His Orchestra, with Cleo Laine on vocals, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.