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Jimmy Giuffre And His Music Men record It's You, Ship Ahoy! [Shipoopi] and Wells Fargo Wagon for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
Polka accordionist and bandleader Will Glahe boards a Swissair plane in Dusseldorf, Germany, Europe, to fly to New York City, USA, to promote his latest hit single, Leichtensteiner Polka, via major tv appearances.
My Special Angel reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. This position is achieved by amalgamating sales of two competing versions of the song, one by Malcolm Vaughan and one by Bobby Helms.
Paul McCartney introduces his guitar-playing school friend George Harrison to his band The Quarrymen, on a bus on their way to a gig at Wilson Hall, Garson, Liverpool, UK.
Paul Anka begins a UK tour at the Music Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland. Also on the bill are Lorrae Desmond, The Ken-Tones, the Peter Groves Trio and Roy Stevens.
Teresa Brewer, The Chantels, The Four Dates and Eddie Platt appear on tv's Dick Clark Show in the USA.
Two versions of the instrumental Tequila, enter the Billboard US Singles Chart. One is by Eddie Platt but it is the other, by The Champs, which will go on to be a No1 hit.
Buddy Holly and The Crickets play at the City Hall, Sheffield, UK, supported by The Montanas, The Tanner Sisters, Gary Miller and Ronnie Keene And his Orchestra. Des O'Connor is the compere.
San Francisco-born trio The Paris Sisters play at The Cave, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet play a gig in Clanton, Alabama, USA.
Our Song, the second single by pop duo Tom And Jerry, is released in the USA. Tom And Jerry will eventually re-name themselves Simon And Garfunkel.
The Four Preps are the musical guests on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
Wee Willie Harris, The Most Brothers, Tony Crombie And His Rockets and Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group play the second of six nights at the Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Swingin' Shepherd Blues by The Moe Koffman Quartette enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No23. It will rise no higher and remains on the chart for just two weeks. This is the original version of the song and was first titled Blues A La Canadiana.
At The Embers Club in New York City, USA, jazz cornettist Bobby Hackett records C'est Magnifique, Spring, Beautiful Spring, All Of You and Rosalie for his Capitol Records live album At The Embers.
Guitar Slim plays the first of two nights at The Blue Eagle, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Dick Dale performs his song Let's Go Trippin' live for the first time during a gig at The Rendezvous Ballroom, Balboa, California, USA. This is considered by some to have been the first step along the road to the surf music craze of the early 1960s.
The Crickets, with Buddy Holly on lead vocal, release a new single, Think It Over, in the USA.
Teresa Brewer is the musical guest on US tv's Tennessee Ernie Ford Show.
The Everly Brothers are the musical guests on US tv's Perry Como Show.
The Coasters, Frankie Lymon, Jerry Butler, The Impressions, Lee Andrews And The Hearts, The Kodaks and others play the sixth night in a week of dates at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Buddy Holly records Early In The Morning, with Dick Jacobs in Pythian Temple Studios, New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley is in Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas, USA, on ten weeks of Advanced Tank Training.
Teddy Randazzo, Frankie Avalon, The Drifters, The Hi-Fives and The Six Teens play the first of three nights in the Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jimmie Rodgers plays the fifth night in a week of shows at Casino Royal, Washington, DC, USA.
Tulips From Amsterdam/You Need Hands by Max Bygraves peaks at No3 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a 25-week run on the chart.
Trailblazing female tenor saxophonist and vocalist Betty Smith And Her Quintet play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashton, England, UK, Europe.
Volare by Dean Martin reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
Tommy Edwards is the musical guest on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
The Coasters play the fifth night of a week at The Howard Theatre, Washington, D.C., USA, with The Danleers, The Dubs and Wynona Carr.
The Paramount Pictures musical St. Louis Blues is released to cinemas in Sweden, Europe, with a cast featuring such jazz, blues and gospel greats as Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Eartha Kit, Pearl Bailey, Mahalia Jackson and Barney Bigard.
Singer and actor Eddie Albert is the subject of This Is Your Life on NBC TV in the USA.
A pop and rock package tour, The 1959 Cavalcade Of Stars, arrives at The Cow Palace, San Francisco, featuring such acts as Eddie Cochran, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Fontaine, Rod McKuen, Scott Engel (later to become Scott Walker), The Robins and The Valiants.
Female rock'n'roller Alis Lesley plays the last night of two weeks at Chez Emile, Quebec, Montreal, Canada.
Jerry Lee Lewis hires a new manager, Nashville-based Oscar Davis who had formerly managed Hank Williams.
Tony Bennett spends the first of three days recording songs for the Columbia Records album Hometown, My Hometown, in New York City, USA.
R'n'b vocal group The Robins record It's Never Too Late, A Little Bird Told Me, Talk, Talk, Talk and Sufferin', for Knight Records, a subsidiary of Imperial Records in the USA.
Little Richard releases a new single, She Knows How To Rock, on Specialty Records in the USA.
Dale Hawkins appears on US tv's Dick Clark Show, singing A House, A Car, A Wedding Ring. Also on the show are The Teddy Bears and Clyde McPhatter.
Popular American r'n'b group The Clovers begin a lengthy tour of Italy, Europe.
Cliff Richard is in EMI's Abbey Road studio, London, UK, recording Steady With You, with the Mike Sammes Singers on backup vocals.
Move It by Cliff Richard is released in the USA on Capitol Records.
The Kingston Trio become the first group to top the Billboard album chart in the USA, with their eponymous debut album.
The Kingston Trio become the first group to top the Billboard album chart in the USA, with their eponymous debut album.
Swing vocalist and orchestra leader, Tiny Bradshaw, dies aged 53 of a heart attack in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
It is announced that Liverpudlian rocker Billy Fury has been signed to Decca Records in the UK.
UK weekly pop paper the New Musical Express (NME) reports that Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Peggy Lee and Louis Armstrong all have plans to tour in the UK during the upcoming year.
Britain's king of skiffle, Lonnie Donegan, records Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavour, Little Liza Jane, On Top Of Old Smokey, Puttin' On the Style, Camptown Races and other tracks, in London, UK.
Marvin Rainwater begins two-weeks of shows at The Flame Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.