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Dean Martin releases the album Sleep Warm, on Capitol Records in the USA.
The Platters, Bobby Darin and Thurston Harris play the second of four nights in The Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
When The Miles Davis All-Stars play at Birdland, New York City, USA, the show is broadcast live by Mutual Network radio. The band includes Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley on alto sax, John Coltrane on tenor sax, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.
The Blue Mitchell Quintet, with Art Blakey on drums, records Blues On My Mind, Boomerang and other tracks at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City.
Ray Price records Heartaches By The Number in an evening session at Bradley Film And Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Jazz All-Stars, including Woody Herman and Gerry Mulligan, perform Indiana on US tv's Steve Allen Show.
Ricky Nelson releases a new single, It's Late/ Never Be Anyone Else But You, on Imperial Records in the USA.
Although Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens have all been killed in a plane crash at Clear Lake, Iowa, USA, the Winter Dance Party Tour with Dion carries on, to play at the Armoury, Moorhead, Minnesota, USA.
The Kingston Trio record The M.T.A. for Capitol Records in New York City, USA.
Eddie Cochran releases a new single, Teenage Heaven, on Liberty Records in the USA.
The Kingston Trio record I Bawled, Corey Corey, All My Sorrows, The Long Black Rifle and The Seine, at Capitol Recording Studios, 46th Street, New York City, USA.
The Guy Lombardo And His Orchestra play at The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, USA.
A new music tv show Drumbeat, begins on BBC-tv in the UK. Resident musicians include Bob Miller and The Millermen, The John Barry Seven, Vince Eager, Sylvia Sands, Adam Faith and The Kingpins.
The musical Once Upon A Mattress, composed by Mary Rodgers, opens at The Phoenix Theatre, off-Broadway in New York City, USA.
Bo Diddley releases a new single, Crackin' Up, on Checker Records in the USA.
The Four Freshmen play the second of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
Jazz clarinetist, composer and bandleader Jimmy Grier dies in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Acker Bilk's Jazz Band plays at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashton, England, UK, Europe.
Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Jesse Belvin, Marv Johnson, Baby Washington and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson play in a package show at The Coliseum, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Hank Ballard and The Midnighters release a new single, Sugaree, on King Records in the USA.
Western swing star Hank Thompson plays the second of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Flamboyant US pianist Liberace wins '8,000 damages in the High Court, London, against UK newspaper the Daily Mirror, which had published an article implying that he was homosexual.
Eddie Kirkland plays the second of two nights at The Hines Farm Blues Club, Swanton, Ohio, USA.
Eddy Arnold records [Ghost] Riders In The Sky, The Wreck Of Old 97 and Boot Hill for RCA Records in the USA.
Bill Doggett plays the sixth night in a week of shows at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Chuck Berry plays in The Hippodrome, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Spaniels record I Like It Like That, You're Gonna Cry and Lucinda at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee Jay Records.
Jazz clarinettist Albert Nicholas releases the album All Star Stompers in the USA.
Also on this day, Billboard magazine reports that with 50% of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart taken up with rock'n'roll singles, this new youth-orientated format is remaining popular with record buyers, and not failing as many critics had predicted it would.
The Johnny 'Hammond' Smith Quartet records Pennies From Heaven, Secret Love, All Soul and other tracks for Prestige Records in Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
The Four Freshmen record Route 66 at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
Bobby Darin plays the fourth night of a week of shows at the Casino Royal, Washington, DC, USA.
Johnny Cash plays at the Big D Jamboree, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Sam Cooke files court papers in Los Angeles, California, USA, against Keen Records, claiming that the company owes him $30,000 in back royalties.
Ronnie Scott's Club opens at 29 Gerrard Street, Soho, London, UK, with a bill including the Tubby Hayes Quartet, Jack Parnell and Ronnie Scott himself.
Teen heart-throb Fabian plays in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Oh Yeah Uh Huh by Col Joye And The Joy Boys reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart.
The Willis Jackson Quartet records On the Sunny Side Of The Street, When I Fall In Love, September Song and other tracks at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Prestige Records.
Miles Davis and Gil Evans are rehearsing for their recording of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez at Columbia Records 30th Street Studios, New York City, USA, which will appear on the album Sketches Of Spain.
Miles Davis and Gil Evans record a version of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez at Columbia Records 30th Street Studios, New York City, USA. This is not, however, the version which will appear on the album Sketches Of Spain.
Jimmy Clanton, The Four Preps, Jan And Dean and Sandy Nelson play the second of three nights in the Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
John Coltrane records Naima, My Shining Hour and other tracks in Atlantic Records Studios, New York City, USA, for the album Giant Steps.
Dion And The Belmonts release a new single, Where Or When, in the USA on Laurie Records.
The Clouds by The Spacemen reaches No1 in the Billboard magazine r'n'b singles chart in the USA.
The EddieLockjaw' Davis - Shirley Scott Sextet records Come Rain Or Come Shine, That Old Black Magic and other tracks for Prestige Records at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Sam Cooke records Teenage Sonata at his first recording session for his new label, RCA Victor, in the USA.
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