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Swing and jump blues vocalist Michelle Willson is born near Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Ferlin Husky records The Kingdom Of Love, Don't Walk Away and other tracks at Capitol Recording Studios, 1750 North Vine St., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Golden Chords play at the Winter Frolic Talent Contest in the Little Theatre of the Memorial Building, Hibbing Community College, Hibbing, Minnesota. Their guitarist and singer Bob Zimmerman, will go on to rather greater fame as Bob Dylan.
End Records releases the first single by The Miracles, Got A Job, in the USA. The song is an answer disc to Get A Job by The Silhouettes.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets play at the Town Hall, Birmingham, UK, supported by The Montanas, The Tanner Sisters, Gary Miller and Ronnie Keene And his Orchestra. Des O'Connor is the compere.
UK pop weekly the New Musical Express [NME] reports that Pat Boone will be visiting the British Isles in time for Easter.
Ella Fitzgerald records the Irving Berlin compositions I Used To Be Color Blind, You Can Have Him, How's Chances' and No Strings for the album Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Song Book at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets play at the Gaumont, Ipswich, UK, supported by The Montanas, The Tanner Sisters, Gary Miller and Ronnie Keene And his Orchestra. Des O'Connor is the compere.
Ella Fitzgerald records the Irving Berlin compositions You're Laughing At Me, Get Thee Behind Me Satan, How About Me?, How Deep Is The Ocean, Supper Time, You Keep Coming Back Like A Song, Reaching For The Moon, Now It Can Be Told and No Strings, for the album Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Irving Berlin Song Book at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets play at The Gaumont, Doncaster, UK, supported by The Montanas, The Tanner Sisters, Gary Miller and Ronnie Keene And his Orchestra. Des O'Connor is the compere.
Jonathan Norton [also known as Butch Norton] is born in Inglewood, California, USA. He will find success as the drummer from 1996 to 2003 with The Eels.
Paul Anka plays at the Davis Theatre, Croydon, UK. Also on the bill are Lorrae Desmond, The Ken-Tones, the Peter Groves Trio and Roy Stevens.
Wee Willie Harris, The Most Brothers, Tony Crombie And His Rockets and Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group play the first of six nights at the Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Wee Willie Harris, The Most Brothers, Tony Crombie And His Rockets and Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group play the fourth of six nights at the Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Popular UK tv music series Six-Five Special features the fourth heat in a skiffle group talent contest, Stanley Dale's National Skiffle Contest 1958. Tonight's heat features The Station Group and The Wild Five.
Alan Freed's Big Beat show, featuring Buddy Holly And The Crickets, Chuck Berry, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Diamonds, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Frankie Lymon plays at at the Municipal Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Platters play in Casablanca, Morocco, North Africa.
In Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, Harry Belafonte has the last of four recording sessions during which he records tracks for his blues-influenced album Belafonte Sings The Blues.
John Lee Hooker records I Love You Honey, Bundle Up And Go and I'm Gonna Love You, for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois. On the same day, doo-wop hitmakers The Spaniels record I'm Gonna Thank Him, also for Vee-Jay.
Fats Domino releases a new single, Little Mary, on Imperial Records in the USA.
Young performer Stephen Marriott wins a talent competition in the Uncle Ken Show at Jaywick Sands in the UK. He will go on to find fame as Steve Marriott of The Small Faces and Humble Pie.
Perry Como records All Through The Night, accompanied by The Ray Charles Singers, in RCA Victor Studio A, New York City, USA.
While on their first date, at Table 53 in P.J. Clarke's, Manhattan, New York City, USA, Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago become engaged.
Little Willie John, Sonny Til, The Danleers, The Fidelitys, The Kalin Twins, The Upsetters and Etta James play the fifth night in a week of shows at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Frank Sinatra records Blues In The Night and One For My Baby at Capitol Records Studio A, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jimmie Rodgers plays the last night in a week of shows at Casino Royal, Washington, DC, USA.
In his final session for Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Johnny Cash records two tracks - Down The Street To 301 and I Forgot To Remember To Forget.
The Crickets, featuring Buddy Holly, enter the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA with Think It Over, which will peak at No27.
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The Louvin Brothers record I Wish It Had Been A Dream, If I Could Only Win Your Love and While You're Cheating On Me for Capitol Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and His Comets, Larry Williams, Frankie Avalon, The Kalin Twins, Jimmy Clanton, The Danleers and The Elegants, The Olympics, Bobby Freeman and King Curtis are among the acts appearing on the opening night of Alan Freed's Big Beat Show at The Fox Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
The Prestige All Stars record Blues I Like To Hear and other tracks at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
The Yardbirds play at the Starlight Room, Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire, UK.
Ruth Brown, The Moonglows and The Kodaks, play the fifth night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The movie musical Bop Girl (aka Bop Girl Goes Calypso) is released to cinemas in Finland, Europe. The movie stars Judy Tytler, but also features appearances by Bobby Troup, The Mary Kaye Trio, The Goofers, Lord Flea and Nino Tempo.
Buddy Holly's final recording session is held at the Pythian Temple Studio in New York City, USA, where he records It Doesn't Matter Any More, Moon Dreams, Raining In My Heart and True Love Ways.
At King Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Hank Ballard And The Midniters record a single, Teardrops On Your Letter, whose b-side is a virtually ignored dance tune called The Twist. Two years later, re-recorded by Chubby Checker, it will spark the biggest dance craze of the sixties.
Dion And The Belmonts release a new single, Don't Pity Me on ABC-Paramount Records in the USA.
Dinah Washington opens for a brief season at The Showboat, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
British pop singer Adam Faith, having been dropped by HMV Records, has returned to his job as a film editor for The Rank Organisation.
Ricky Nelson is featured on the cover of Life magazine in the USA.
American music trade magazine Billboard reviews the new Chuck Berry single, Run Rudolph Run as "a hep rockin' novelty about a lad awaiting Rudolph and Santa so he can get his rock and roll guitar."
Fats Domino and Tommy Edwards appear on US tv's Dick Clark Show.
Neil Sedaka's hit-making career begins as The Diary enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No14 during a nine-week run.
Little Anthony and the Imperials record Wishful Thinking and What Did I Do, in the USA.
The eighth day of deejay Alan Freed's 10 day long Christmas Rock'n'Roll Spectacular takes place at Loew's Theater, New York City, USA, starring Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Jackie Wilson, The Everly Brothers, Johnnie Ray, Frankie Avalon and The Moonglows.
The Kaye Sisters and The Ivor Raymonde Singers provide music on BBC-tv show The Charlie Chester Music Hall, from London, England, UK, Europe.
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