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I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone by Elvis Presley on HMV Records enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No21 during a three-week run.
Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley becomes the first single ever to go straight to No1 in the UK pop singles chart.
Eight-times Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum rhythm and blues and soul singer and songwriter Anita Baker is born in Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Country gospel group The Blackwood Brothers Quartet play in Arab, Alabama, USA.
Paul Anka plays at the City Hall, Sheffield, UK. Also on the bill are Lorrae Desmond, The Ken-Tones, the Peter Groves Trio and Roy Stevens.
Wanda Jackson appears on ABC-tv's Country Music Jubilee show in Springfield, Missouri, USA.
Martin Fry, future leader of 80s hitmakers ABC, is born in Manchester, UK.
In the wake of his marriage to 13-year-old second cousin, Myra Gale Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis is divorced by his present wife, Jane Mitcham.
Link Wray's influential guitar instrumental, Rumble, is released in the USA on Cadence Records. The innovative dirty and distorted sound of the guitar is allegedly the result of Wray punching a hole in his loudspeaker.
At Columbia Records studios on 30th Street, New York City, USA, the Duke Ellington Band records The Lady In Red, Alice Blue Gown and Satin Doll.
Fats Domino, The Dells, The Spaniels and The Flamingos play at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Twilight Time by The Platters reaches No1 in the US Top 40 singles chart. Over 98% of sales of the record are on the new 45rpm format, hammering another nail into the coffin of the old 78s. On the same day, Mike Barson, keyboard player for Madness, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Peggy Lee records Fever in Studio B, Capitol Tower, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The song, written by Otis Blackwell and Eddie Cooley, and first recorded by Little Willie John, will become Lee's best-known hit, widely considered the definitive version. At the same session, Lee also records Things Are Swingin', Lullaby In Rhythm and You're Getting To Be A Habit Me.
Tommy Edwards records his second version of It's All In The Game at Metropolitan Studios, New York City, USA. At the same session he records Please Love Me Forever and Love Is All We Need.
Doo-wop hitmakers The Spaniels record I'm Gonna Thank Him, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A new entertainment programme, The Black And White Minstrel Show, begins on BBC tv in the UK. It will become hugely popular but will eventually be banned because of accusations that the concept - white entertainers in blackface makeup - is racist.
A teen idol in the making, Fabian releases his debut single, I'm In Love, in the USA.
Judy Garland records the Cole Porter song I Am Loved, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra 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.
I Wonder Why by Dion and the Belmonts enters the Billboard pop singles chart in the USA at No28.
Frank Sinatra records Blues In The Night and One For My Baby at Capitol Records Studio A, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bruce Dickinson, vocalist and songwriter with Iron Maiden, is born in Worksop, UK.
Johnny Tillotson records Dreamy Eyes, his first release for Cadence Records, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Ahmad Jamal Trio plays at the Spotlite Club, Washington, DC.
Volare by Dean Martin reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
Larry Williams releases a new single, Peaches And Cream, on Specialty Records in the USA.
Ruth Brown, The Moonglows and The Kodaks, play the first night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Ruth Brown, The Moonglows and The Kodaks, play the sixth night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Package tour the Biggest Show Of Stars for 1958 plays at the State Theater, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, featuring Dion And The Belmonts, Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Avalon, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Olympics, The Elegants and The Danleers.
The Cadillacs record Peek A Boo, Jelly Bean and Copy Cat for Josie Records.
Female rock'n'roller Alis Lesley plays the last night of two weeks at Chez Emile, Quebec, Montreal, Canada.
Tommy Sands, Connie Francis and The Diamonds play the first of three nights in the Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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The Coasters play at the Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, USA, with Sugar Pie and Pee Wee plus Johnny Fuller.
One Night/I Got Stung by Elvis Presley enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No4 during a fourteen-week run.
Dakota Staton records Idaho and No Moon At All in New York City, USA, for Capitol Records.
The Benny Golson Quintet records Strut Time, Cry A Blue Tear and other tracks at Nola Sound Studios, New York City, USA.
The Kingston Trio appear on NBC-tv's The Milton Berle Kraft Music Hall in the USA.
High Class Baby by Cliff Richard with The Drifters enters the UK singles chart, where it will peak at No7.
UK weekly pop paper the New Musical Express [NME] reports that Lonnie Donegan, The Kingston Trio and Rikki Price all have newly released versions of Tom Dooley, leading to a battle for the best placing in the singles chart.
Norrie Paramor And The Big Ben Banjo Band, The Vic Ash Sextet, Chris Barber's Jazz Band, The John Dankworth Orchestra, The Ray Ellington Quartet, The Denny Boyce Orchestra, Ted Heath And His Music, The Jazz Couriers featuring Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes, The Jazzmakers, The Tony Kinsey Quintet, Humphrey Lyttelton And His Band, The Oscar Rabin Orchestra and Edmundo Ros And His Orchestra, play in The Jazz Jamboree at The Gaumont State Theatre, Kilburn, London, UK.
Liverpool-born teen idol Billy Fury makes his first recording, Maybe Tomorrow, for Decca Records in London, UK.
Ray Charles releases a new single, The Right Time, on Atlantic Records in the USA.
Brenda Lee plays in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.
Tetsuya Komuro, vocalist of popular Japanese recording group Globe, is born in Tokyo, Japan.
British pop singer Adam Faith, having been dropped by HMV Records, has returned to his job as a film editor for The Rank Organisation.
The instrumental Topsy (Parts 1 And 2), by jazz drummer Cozy Cole, enters the UK Popular Singles Chart where it will peak at No29 during a one-week run. The track is a new version of a former hit for Benny Goodman.
The second day of deejay Alan Freed's ten 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.
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