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The Dream Weavers are the musical guests on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, with Cleo Laine, Denis Lotis, Frank Holder and Tony Mansell.
The Solitaires record The Honeymoon for Old Town Records in New York City, USA.
Julie London and The Bobby Troup Trio open for two weeks at The Cameo Restaurant, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Bob Prince records Fanfare And Fantasy, Ground Base, Stutters, Germination and Avakianas Brasileiras for Columbia Records in New York City, USA. The tracks will appear on the LP What's New - New Jazz From Teo Macero And Bob Prince, on which one side features music by Prince and the other side features music by Teo Macero.
Nels Cline is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find acclaim working as a guitarist and composer working with a wide range of musicians in jazz, punk and alternative rock, before joining Wilco as a full-time member in 2004. He will also lead the groups The Nels Cline Singers and The Nels Cline Trio. He will be named the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2011, and the 43rd greatest guitarist of all time by Spin magazine in 2012.
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.
Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins makes its debut on the Billboard US Top 100 singles chart at No28.
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, Trying To Get To You and other tracks at Norman Petty's Studio, Clovis, New Mexico, for Je-Wel Records.
UK music weekly The NME [New Musical Express] reports that the music industry in the USA is 'shocked' that two 'country and western' artists, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, have become top popular music stars.
Ella Fitzgerald records Night And Day, The End Of A Beautiful Friendship, You're The Top, I Concentrate On You, I Had To Find Out For Myself and Let's Do It for Verve Records at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Roy Hall releases a cover version of Blue Suede Shoes on Decca Records in the USA.
Irish singer Ruby Murray unveils an 11 foot square picture of herself at the HMV West End showrooms in Oxford Street, London, UK. EMI uses the occasion to announce a 'National Birthday Week' for Ruby to celebrate her 21st birthday.
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.
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, play in the Rhythm'n'Blues Of 1956 package tour at the National Guard Armory, Washington, DC, USA.
Frank Sinatra records Five Hundred Guys and Hey, Jealous Lover, at Studio A, Capitol Records, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chuck Berry records Too Much Monkey Business, Brown Eyed Handsome Man and Drifting Heart for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Gene Vincent begins a recording session at Owen Bradley's Nashville, Tennessee, USA, studio, at which he records Be-Bop-A-Lula, Race With The Devil, I Sure Miss You and Woman Love.
The film-noir movie The Strip, which features Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra, Vic Damone, Monica Lewis and Kay Brown, is released to cinemas in Finland, Europe.
Elvis Presley's cover version of the Carl Perkins song Blue Suede Shoes is released in the UK on RCA Records.
Billie Holiday records new versions of God Bless The Child, Strange Fruit and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Verve Records.
Chuck Berry plays the third of six nights at the Rock And Roll Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Chuck Berry plays the fourth 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.
Bill Haley and His Comets are banned from performing at the Rock And Roll Under The Stars concert in Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. The local authorities claim that, "Rock'n'roll music encourages juvenile delinquency and inspires young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city's beaches."
The Platters become the first rock'n'roll group to score a Billboard hit album in the USA when their eponymous LP enters the chart, where it will peak at No7 during a 26-week stay.
Chuck Berry plays in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Chet Baker Quintet record Chippyin', Jumpin' Off A Clef and Extra Mild, at the Forum Theater, Los Angeles.
The Blues Jubilee at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA, features Fats Domino, Clyde McPhatter, The Coasters, The Six Teens, The Teen Queens, The Turks and Oscar McLollie.
Lita Roza appears on the ATV show Startime, in the UK.
Dinah Washington plays at The Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Brian Robertson, guitarist for Thin Lizzy, is born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Soul vocalist Jaki Graham, best-known for her duets with David Grant, is born in Birmingham, UK
Jazz pianist Milt Buckner records Good Time Express, Night Mist and other tracks for Capitol Records in New York City, USA.
Ray Charles plays the fourth night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
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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More by Perry Como enters the Singles Chart in the UK at No29. It will peak at No10 during a twelve-week run on the chart.
Fats Domino plays the first night of a week at Casino Royal, Washington, D.C., USA.
RCA Records announces that over 10m Elvis Presley records have been sold in twelve months - 60% of the company's entire output.
The Johnny Burnette Trio releases a new single, The Train Kept A-Rollin'/Honey Hush, on Coral Records in the USA. On the same day, weekly UK pop newspaper the NME [New Musical Express] runs a feature entitled, 'What Makes Them Do This' - A Psychologist Reports on Rock 'N' Roll.'
Elvis Presley returns to the Ed Sullivan Show in New York City, USA, to perform Don't Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, Hound Dog and Love Me.
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Songwriter Preston Foster, aka Red Foster, files a claim to copyright as author of his song I've Got My Mojo Working. The song will provide a major hit for Muddy Waters and will become the subject of a long drawn out copyright dispute.
R'n'b pianist Bill Doggett records Big Boy and Honky Tonk 1 for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Jimmy Rushing records New Orleans, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, Careless Love, Doctor Blues and Rosetta, in New York City, USA. for Columbia Records.
When British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan plays at The Empire, Liverpool, local teenager Paul McCartney (later of The Beatles) is in the audience, and is inspired to learn to play the guitar.
David Van Day of Dollar is born in Brighton, UK.
Louis Armstrong records If I Could Be With You, Body And Soul and other tracks in New York City, USA.
Marty Robbins releases a new single, Knee Deep In The Blues, in the USA.
One Night Stand, on Pan-European radio station Radio Luxembourg, features Billy Cotton And His Band and Johnny Dankworth And His Orchestra.