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Buddy Johnson And His Orchestra record Oh! Baby Don't You Know, You'd Better Believe Me and Rock On for Mercury Records in New York City, USA.
Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra record I Didn't Know What Time It Was, Just One Of Those Things and Comes Love for Verve Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
After a five day journey from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bill Haley and The Comets arrive in Sydney, Australia, to begin a tour. They book into the Gale Hotel where Festival Records throw an elaborate party in their honour.
Lita Roza appears on ATV's Jack Jackson Show, in the UK.
Too Much by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No1 during a fourteen-week run.
Saxophone star Earl Bostic records Avalon in Los Angeles.
In today's edition of Newsweek magazine, Hank Saperstein, owner of merchandising company Special Products Inc., reveals that the first six months of his company's Elvis Presley merchandise licensing deal has resulted in $26m worth of sales.
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The Platters play in The City Hall, Sheffield, UK, supported by Jack Parnell and His Orchestra and Kay Cavendish.
Lloyd Price comes to the end of a week-long engagement at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley buys Graceland, a colonial-style mansion just outside of Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Elvis's presence will make Graceland a place of pilgrimage for music fans, and will inspire the song Graceland by Paul Simon. Also, in his song Walking In Memphis [1991], Marc Cohn sings of seeing the ghost of Elvis pass throuygh the gates of Graceland.
William MacArthur MacKenzie is born in Dundee, Scotland, UK, Europe. He will find success as Billy Mackenzie of The Associates.
British teen movie musical It's Great To Be Young, featuring popular Irish singer Ruby Murray, is released to cinemas in Denmark, Europe.
Fats Domino records Valley Of Tears at Master Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey, enters the UK singles chart with Freight Train, which will peak at No5, earning Miss Whiskey the title of 'Queen of Skiffle'.
When I Fall In Love by Nat King Cole enters the UK pop singles chart, where it will peak at No2.
Johnnie Ray plays the eleventh night of two-weeks at the Palladium, London, UK.
Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band play at The Top Twenty Club, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, UK, supported by local band The Moonrakers.
Buddy Holly plays lead guitar on recording sessions for vocalists Jack Huddle and Jim Robinson at producer Norman Petty's recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico, USA.
The Big Bopper begins a non-stop 122 hours of radio broadcasting in the USA to establish a new world record.
A Sun Records package tour featuring Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wanda Jackson and Johnny Cash plays in Saskatoon, Manitoba, Canada.
Thereza Bazaar of UK pop duo Dollar is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Not long after midnight, The Crickets, an upcoming young group featuring vocalist/guitarist Buddy Holly, perform at the Village Theatre, Lubbock, Texas, USA. Later the same day, the group auditions for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts CBS-TV program at KFDA TV studios, Amarillo, Texas, USA, but they are turned down. [The same show had previously turned down Elvis Presley].
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the thirteenth night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
Not long after midnight, The Crickets, an upcoming young group featuring vocalist/guitarist Buddy Holly, perform at the Village Theatre, Lubbock, Texas, USA. Later the same day, the group auditions for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts CBS-TV program at KFDA TV studios, Amarillo, Texas, USA, but they are turned down. [The same show had previously turned down Elvis Presley].
All Shook Up by Elvis Presley begins its second month at No1 in the Billboard singles chart in the USA.
Tommy Steele continues with a season at The Dominion, London, UK, supported by Freddie Bell And The Bellboys.
Michael Holliday and Lita Roza are recorded live for BBC Radio in a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
At Chess Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA, USA, Chuck Berry records Rock'n'Roll Music, How You've Changed, Oh Baby Doll and other tracks.
Ivory Joe Hunter plays the fourth night in a week of shows at the Casino Royal, Washington, DC, USA.
Frankie Laine plays the seventh night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
UK pop newspaper the NME reports that because the performers are having difficulty finding suitable material to record, the rock'n'roll fad will soon be over.
That'll Be The Day by The Crickets [with Buddy Holly on lead vocal] is released in the USA on Brunswick Records.
The Drifters play at the Casino Royal, Washington, DC, USA.
The Chet Baker Quartet, Anita O'Day and Johnnie 'Scat' Davis play the first of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
The Stan Getz Quartet plays at the Village Vanguard, New York City.
John Lee Hooker plays the second of four nights at the Apex Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Country music singer-songwriter, session musician and record producer Mac McAnally is born in Red Bay, Alabama, USA.
Tammy by Debbie Reynolds enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No1.
In Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, a white mob attacks negro children trying to attend the city's Central High School, provoking a rapid response from musicians including Lena Horne, Eartha Kitt and Louis Armstrong who cancels a US State Department-sponsored trip to Russia.
The first flexi-disc record is produced and used in a promotion for a Nestle chocolate bar. It features Franklyn Boyd, Ray Edwards and Mary Rose.
US trade magazine Billboard reviews The Clovers' new single Down In The Alley with the words, 'Group has a strong effect here with a soul-satisfying blues with a touch of the gospel sound. Has a definite kick to it, and could bounce them back. Watch it for pop action also.'
When US package tour The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1957, normally featuring Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Paul Anka, The Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, the Bobettes, Drifters, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Bowen, Sam "The Man" Taylor and Clyde McPhatter plays in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, the white acts are unable to perform because of segregation laws.
Frank Sinatra starts recording a new travel-themed album, Come Fly With Me, at Capitol Tower, Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA, with Billy May And His Orchestra. At this session he records On The Road To Mandalay, Let's Get Away From It All and Isle Of Capri.
Chuck Berry is the headline act when the Biggest Show Of Stars For 57 package tour plays in San Jose, California, USA. Other acts on the bill include Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, The Drifters, Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker, Frankie Lymon and Buddy Knox.
Little Richard records Ooh! My Soul, Whole Lotta Shakin', She Knows How To Rock, I'll Never Let You Go and other tracks at Master Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Mills Brothers and The Sparkletones are the musical guests on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
Skiffle king Lonnie Donegan plays at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
Doo-wop combo The Moonglows record The Ten Commandments of Love for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Cadillacs play the last of five nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, supported by The Blue Notes and others.
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