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Elvis Presley, stationed with the US Army in Bad Nauheim, Germany, Europe, is interviewed via a transatlantic telephone call from Keith Sherriff - a DJ based in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The interview will be broadcast on 28 January.
Jeffrey Wayne Tate is born in Stuttgart, West Germany, Europe. He will find success as Geoff Tate, singer/keyboardist/songwriter with American metal combo Queensryche.
Andre Rico And The Cha Chaleros play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashton, England, UK, Europe. Rico was, in fact, English jazzman George Davies.
Billy Riley releases a new single, No Name Girl/Down By The Riverside, on Sun Records in the USA.
Texan radio deejay Snuff Garrett broadcasts a tribute show to Buddy Holly who recently died along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper in a plane crash in Iowa.
Bobby Day, Little Willie John, The Upsetters and Big Jay McNeely begin a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington DC., USA.
The Battle Of New Orleans by Johnny Horton reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, a position it will maintain for six weeks.
The future Bob Dylan, Bob Zimmerman, leaves Hibbing High School, Hibbing, Minnesota, USA, noting in the yearbook that he intends 'to follow Little Richard?.
Little Walter plays at The Hines Farm Blues Club, Swanton, Ohio, USA.
B.B. King and Wilbert Harrison play at The Elks Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Back In The USA by Chuck Berry enters Billboard's Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No37.
Ray Charles is recording tracks for his album The Genius Of Ray Charles during the second of two sessions at 6 West Recording in New York City, USA, using an Ampex 3 track recorder.
Frankie Avalon, Connie Francis, The Impalas, Annette Funicello and Jerry Keller play at The Albany Theater, New York City, USA.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet plays at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
Folk-rock singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is born in Santa Monica, California, USA.
The Swan Silvertones play the fifth night in a week of shows at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA.
UK tv pop show Oh Boy! broadcasts its first edition in the USA on ABC-tv, featuring Cliff Richard, Lord Rockingham's XI and the John Barry Seven.
The Clovers release a new Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller composed and produced single, Love Potion No9, on United Artists records in the USA.
Eartha Kitt is the musical guest on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan show, recorded in New York City, USA.
The Isley Brothers release a new single, Shout, on RCA Records in the USA.
B.B. King plays in Amarillo, Texas, for a fee of $600.
Bill Doggett plays at the Key Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The first Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars package tour plays in Omaha, Nebraska, with acts including Paul Anka, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Annette, The Coasters, The Skyliners and Bobby Rydell.
The Clouds by The Spacemen, on Alton Records, enters the Billboard r'n'b singles chart in the USA at No24, headed for No1.
Wanda Jackson plays in Topeka , Kansas, USA.
Louis Jordan plays the fourth night in a week of shows at The Showboat, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Big Joe Turner releases a new single, Honey Hush, in the USA on Atlantic Records.
Famed ragtime banjo, guitar and musical saw player Sam Moore dies in San Francisco, California, USA, aged 72.
Briefly calling themselves Johnny and the Moondogs, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison [future members of The Beatles] take part in Carroll Levis' TV Star Search, at The Hippodrome, Ardwick, Lancashire, UK.
Cliff Richard records Fall In Love With You and Don't Be Mad At Me in EMI's Abbey Road studios, London, UK. Both tracks will, however, be rejected and require re-recording before release.
Package tour The Biggest Show Of Stars for '59, featuring Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, Eugene Church, Frankie Lymon, Baby Washington, Gene And Eunice, The 5 Keys and Bobby Lewis, plays in the Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Ron Wikso, who will play drums for Foreigner from 1995 to 1998, is born in Dover, Delaware, USA.
Bobby Darin plays the third night in a week of shows at Sciolla's Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
John Coltrane records Little Old Lady and I'll Wait And Pray in Atlantic Records Studios, New York City, USA.
Frankie Avalon, Lloyd Price and Bobby Freeman are the main attractions on tv's Dick Clark Show, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Flamingos play at Pep's Lounge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Dion And The Belmonts release a new single, Where Or When, in the USA on Laurie Records.
The Kingston Trio have four albums in the Billboard Top Ten in the USA - an achievement which will not be matched again until The Beatles come along in the mid-60s.
Dale Hawkins releases a new single, Hot Dog, in the USA on Checker Records.
Little Willie John, The Drifters and James Brown play the fifth night in a week of dates at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Vee Jay Records release Just A Little Bit by Rosco Gordon in the USA.
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers play the third of seven nights at The Regal, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Cliff Richard is voted Best British Male Vocalist of 1959 on UK tv show Cool For Cats.
Jim McKinven, guitarist of Scottish 80s hitmakers Altered Images is born .