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Ted Heath And His Music play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Songwriter Preston Foster, aka Red Foster, signs a publisher's contract with New York-based company Dare Music, by which Dare acquires Foster's song I've Got My Mojo Working.
American inventor Walter Frederick Morrison sells the marketing rights of his plastic flying disc toy to the Wham-O toy company, who will re-name it The Frisbee and start a global craze. Australian band The Lucksmiths will be inspired to record their song Frisbee (1996) and the website College Humor will record a heavily ironic ditty called Ultimate Frisbee.
Decca Records' existing recording contract with Buddy Holly expires, and will not be renewed, as Holly no longer wishes to be with the company.
Too Much by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard US Best-Selling Singles chart, where it will peak at No1 during a fourteen-week run.
Saxophone star Earl Bostic records Avalon in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Fats Domino appears singing Blueberry Hill and Blue Monday on The Perry Como Show in the USA.
Movie musical The Girl Can't Help It, starring Jayne Mansfield, and with music by Little Richard, Fats Domino, Eddie Cochran, The Platters and others, goes on general release in Sweden, Europe.
Too Much by Elvis Presley, reaches No1 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
Bill Haley and His Comets are the musical guests on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan show, recorded in New York City, USA.
Soozie Tyrell, violinist, guitarist and backing vocalist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, is born in Pisa, Italy, Europe.
When UK pop star Tommy Steele starts a tour at The Empire, Liverpool, he is horrified to discover that unknown US support act, Freddie Bell and The Bell Boys, are being paid more than he is.
Britain's skiffle king Lonnie Donegan records Putting On The Style and Gamblin' Man, in London, UK.
R'n'b vocal group The Love Notes release a new single, Tonight, in the USA.
Jazz trombonist Curtis Fuller and pianist Red Garland record the album Curtis Fuller with Red Garland at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Elvis Presley signs a contract authorising the William Morris Agency to receive payment on his behalf for his appearance in Photoplay Magazine.
The Tony Kinsey Quintet records Hi-ya, Fishin' The Blues, I'm Beginning To See The Light, Mystery Of The Marie Celeste, Pict's Lament and Just Goofin' for Decca Records in London, UK.
Buddy Holly signs a contract with A+R man Bob Thiele of Coral Records, for the purchase of masters of Holly's recording of the songs Words Of Love and mailman, Bring Me No More Blues.
The Spaniels and The Dells play at Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ed Sullivan's Toast Of The Town tv show, recorded in New York City, USA, features young vocalist Tommy Sands.
The Coasters, The Cleftones, Shirley And Lee, Bobby Marchan and Huey 'Piano' Smith play the sixth night of a week at the Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Frankie Laine plays the twelfth night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets record Not Fade Away and Everyday at producer Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico, USA. Not Fade Away is based on Bo Diddley's influential Hambone guitar riff, as heard on his song Mona.
Brenda Lee releases a new single, Dynamite, on Decca Records in the USA.
Ray Charles, B.B.King, The Drifters, Ruth Brown, Jimmy Reed and others play at Harndon Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Bo Diddley, The Moonglows and Big Joe Turner play at the Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets record Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Listen To Me and I'm Gonna Love You Too, at producer Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico, USA.
The Kingston Trio is signed up to perform for one week at The Purple Onion Club, San Francisco, California, USA. The residency will prove so successful that it will last for seven months.
Chuck Berry makes his UK chart debut, when his single School Day hits No24.
Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson record Makin' Whoopee, Let's Do It and other tracks for the album Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson, in Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
At an afternoon talent audition in The Purple Onion Club, San Francisco, California, USA, The Kingston Trio hear a rendition of the song Tom Dooley, which they will go on to record and enjoy international success with.
Fourteen year old James Marshall Hendrix [later to become Jimi Hendrix] sees Elvis Presley perform at Sicks Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USA.
The first flexi-disc record record is produced and used in a promotion for a Nestle chocolate bar. It features Franklyn Boyd, Ray Edwards and Mary Rose.
Jackie Wilson, formerly with Billy Ward And His Dominoes, begins his solo career with the release of Reet Petite, his first single for Brunswick Records in the USA.
The LP Belafonte Sings Of The Caribbean by Harry Belafonte enters the Billboard Top 40 Albums Chart in the USA where it will peak at No3 during a sixteen-week stay on the chart.
Teen crooner Paul Anka reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B Best Sellers in Stores Chart in the USA, with his debut single, Diana. (1957)
The Four Coins perform My One Sin on tv show Dick Clark's American Bandstand in the USA.
That'll Be The Day by The Crickets, with Buddy Holly on vocals and guitar, enters the UK sheet music sales chart, where it will peak at No6, during a thirteen week run.
Jailhouse Rock/Treat Me Nice by Elvis Presley reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
Elvis Presley plays in Oakland Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA.
Russia launches the first living creature, a dog called Laika, into space aboard the satellite Sputnik 2. The event is quickly translated into song by hillbilly singer Ray Anderson with Sputniks And Mutniks.
The Don Rendell Jazz Six plays at The Flamingo Club, London, UK.
Jazz-rock fusion guitarist and recording artist Kevin Eubanks is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe begins a UK tour at The Town Hall, Birmingham, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Brangwyn Hall, Cardiff, Wales, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
The Crickets, a quartet from Texas which includes Buddy Holly in its line-up, release their debut album, The Chirping Crickets, in the USA on Brunswick Records.
UK music weekly NME [New Musical Express] reports that the New York Federal Court has dismissed Johnny Otis's suit against Elvis Presley's music publishing firm. Otis had claimed that he was a co-writer of the Presley hit Hound Dog.
Country music singer and songwriter Jimmie Osborne is found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his trailer home near Louisville, Kentucky, USA.