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The Dream Weavers are the musical guests on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
LaVern Baker records Tra-La-La, Miracles and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Atlantic Records.
The New Musical Express Pollwinner's Concert is held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, with stars including Ruby Murray.
Elvis Presley records My Baby Left Me and his version of the Carl Perkins composition Blue Suede Shoes, at RCA Studios, New York City, USA.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins records the first version of I Put A Spell On You, for Grand Records in the USA, but it will not be a success.
Memories Are Made Of This by Dave King enters the UK popular singles chart at No13. It will peak at No5 during a fifteen-week run on the chart.
Al Hibbler records After The Lights Go Down Low, for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Carmen McRae plays at Birdland on 52nd Street in Manhattan, new york City, USA, backed by The Australian Jazz Quartet.
Miles Davis records In Your Own Sweet Way and No Line at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Elvis Presley arrives at The Mount Vernon, a floating palace of entertainment with its own live band and ballroom, on the Potomac River in Washington DC, USA, to perform a concert during a cruise. The vessel, however had recently blown a steam pressure valve, so had to remain at the pier. Nevertheless, Elvis plays a three hour show.
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.
Bob Gallion releases a new single, My Square Dancin' Mama (She's Done Learned To Rock'n'Roll) on MGM Records in the USA.
James Dixon Swan is born in Glasgow, Scotland. His family will emigrate to Australia five years later, where he will find fame as Jimmy Barnes, vocalist of Cold Chisel.
Camille Howard records Rock'n'Roll Mama at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee-Jay Records.
Camille Howard records Rock'n'Roll Mama at Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee-Jay Records.
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.
Gene Vincent's first single, Woman Love, is released by Capitol Records in the USA. Deejays, however, will soon show a marked preference for playing the b-side Be-Bop-A-Lula, and the record is flipped.
Rockabilly combo Johnny Taylor And His Rhythm Blue Boys release a new single, Mixed Up Rhythm And Blueson Fire Records in the USA.
The Eddie Duchin Story, a Hollywood movie about the life of jazz bandleader Eddie Duchin, is released to cinemas in France, Europe.
Bernie Shaw, singer with Uriah Heep and others, is born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
The Tommy Whittle - Keith Christie Quintet records Lullaby In Rhythm, Lullaby Of Birdland, Lullaby Of The Leaves and Lullaby Of Broadway, for Esquire Records in London. The group line-up is Keith Christie (tb, v-tb), Tommy Whittle (ts), Derek Smith (p), Arthur Watts (b) and Eddie Taylor (d).
Blues harmonica star Little Walter Jacobs records Take Me Back in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records.
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.
The Ernie Freeman Combo continues a long residency at the Backstage Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bill Haley And His Comets come to the end of a record-breaking series of shows at The Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 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.
Little Richard is in Master Recorders studio, Los Angeles, California, USA, working on the tracks I Got It, Send Me Some Lovin' and She's Got It.
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.
Lloyd Price plays the second night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA, supported by Mickey And Sylvia.
The Miles Davis Quintet plays at the Caf
Steve Coleman is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find acclaim as a jazz saxophone player, spontaneous composer, composer, band leader.
Wanda Jackson records Fujiyama Mama for the album Rockin' With Wanda.
Dinah Washington plays the first night of a week at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Annette Klooger, Jackie Lee and The Three Deuces appear in the ABC-TV show Music Shop in the UK.
Edith Piaf is the musical guest on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
Guitar Slim plays the fourth night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
Jo Stafford records Almost Like Being In Love, for Columbia Records.
Ain't Got No Home by r'n'b vocalist Clarence Henry is released on Argo Records in the USA. His throaty delivery will earn him the nickname Clarence 'Frogman' Henry.
Mary McCartney, mother of The Beatles' Paul McCartney, dies of cancer at the Northern Hospital, Liverpool, UK. Paul will pay tribute to her in the song Let It Be with the words, "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom".
Fats Domino's debut album, entitled Fats Domino - Rock And Rollin', enters the Billboard US Albums Chart, where it will peak at No18 during a run of six weeks. The album was originally issued under the title Carry On Rockin' in 1955, but only made the charts when re-issued under its new title.
The Hampton Hawes Quartet record Blues No3 and other tracks in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group play at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK, with Billy Baxter and Mundy And Earle.
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.
Big Maybelle, The Clovers and the James Moody Orchestra play the fourth of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
At Chess Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Chuck Berry records a demo version of Rock And Roll Music.
Eddy Bond And the Stompers play at the Bethel Springs High School Auditorium, Bethel Springs, Tennessee, supported by Jerry Lee Lewis.
When Louis Armstrong leaves Euston Station, London, UK, to return to the USA after a UK tour, an all-star jazz band featuring Humphrey Lyttelton, Diz Disley, Sandy Brown, Neville Skrimshire and others, plays Armstrong's hits from the platform as the train pulls out.
Blues guitarist, singer-songwriter and recording artist Buddy Whittington is born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. After fifteen years as guitarist in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, he will begin an acclaimed solo career.
Johnny Dankworth And His Orchestra, with Cleo Laine on vocals, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.