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US R'n'B pioneer Joe Turner records Blues In The Night for Atlantic Records
in New York City.
begins a week of shows at The Palms, Hallandale, Florida, USA.
Big Joe Williams
records Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Drop Down Mama, No More Whiskey and other tracks, for Delmar Records
[later known as Delmark] in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
becomes the first black artist to play at a white night club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, when he begins a week of shows at Porky's Club.
plays at the Dome, Brighton, UK. Also on the bill are Lorrae Desmond, The Ken-Tones, the Peter Groves Trio and Roy Stevens.
and his entourage drive in rented Cadillacs from Dallas, Texas, USA, to Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Harmonica virtuoso Eddy Manson
appears on tv's Ed Sullivan
Show in the USA playing selections from his new LP The Fi Is Hi on Vik Records.
Female rock'n'roller Alis Lesley
plays the last night of two weeks at Chez Emile, Quebec, Montreal, Canada.
Steve Levine is born in Hampstead, London, UK. He will find success as a record producer and sound engineer working with The Clash
, Culture Club
, The Beach Boys
, The Honeyz, Deniece Williams and others.
The album Johnny's Greatest Hits by Johnny Mathis
, reaches No1 in the USA.
Jazz critic Steve Race
writes a feature in UK pop music weekly Melody Maker
celebrating what he believes to be the demise of rock'n'roll. When teenager Ian Samwell
reads it, he is inspired to write the song Move It
, which will become the first genuine British rock'n'roll hit, sung by Cliff Richard
records All Through The Night, accompanied by The Ray Charles
Singers, in RCA Victor Studio A, New York City, USA.
Tom Dooley by The Kingston Trio
gets its first radio airplay from DJ Paul Colburn at KLUB in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
The Ahmad Jamal Trio plays at The Spotlite Club, Washington, DC., USA
by Domenico Modugno
peaks at No10 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a twelve-week run on the chart.
In American music trade magazine Billboard
, popular singer Jo Stafford
is quoted as saying, 'Rock and Roll is an economic thing. Today's nine-to fourteen-year-old group is the first generation with enough money given to them
by their parents to buy records in sufficient quantities to influence the market. In my youth if I asked my father for 45 cents to buy a record, he'd have thought seriously about having me committed.'
A pop and rock package tour, The 1959 Cavalcade Of Stars, arrives at The Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA, featuring such acts as Eddie Cochran
, Ritchie Valens
, Eddie Fontaine, Rod McKuen, Scott Engel (later to become Scott Walker), The Robins
and The Valiants.
, Dion and the Belmonts and Thurston Harris
begin a week of shows at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
plays the sixth night in a week of headline dates at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA.
makes his UK singles chart debut with Summertime Blues
, which will peak at No18. German-born rock'n'roll artist Heinz will be inspired to record the tribute song Just Like Eddie
(1964), which opens on a bass lick very similar to the riff used in Summertime Blues.
suffers minor eye injuries and Lou Rawls
is also injured in a car crash near Marion, Arkansas, which kills their chauffeur, Edward Cunningham.
American music trade magazine Billboard
reports that Roulette Records
has re-cut The Playmates
' hit Beep Beep
for the British market because brand names cannot be mentioned in songs played on UK radio. Thus the name Cadillac has been replaced by 'limousine' and Nash Rambler has become 'bubble car'.
The Bill Evans
Trio records Night And Day, Tenderly and other tracks in New York City, USA. (1958) Roberta Flack : Bill Evans
is a real serious jazz pianist who, in my book, crossed over boundaries in terms of colour. He used the piano as his canvas.
records I Want You So Bad and There Must Be A Reason at Master Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA, for Federal Records
. The two tracks will become the two sides of Brown's next single.
plays the first night in two-weeks of shows at The Flame Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The third day of deejay Alan Freed
's ten day long Christmas Rock'n'Roll Spectacular is held 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