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The Quarrymen play at Wilson Hall, Garston, Liverpool, UK, for the Speke Bus Depot Social Club. The group includes John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, who will later form The Beatles.
Barend Fransen, saxophonist of popular European jazz duo Gare Du Nord, is born in Helmond, Belgium.
Denise Katrina Matthews is born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. She will find fame under the name Vanity, as a protege of Prince and leader of the all-female group Vanity 6.
Ella Fitzgerald records a slow orchestral ballad version of Oh, Lady Be Good!, with Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Verve Records.
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday is asked to attend Customs House in New York City, USA, because her former drug convictions have put her in violation of the 1956 Narcotics Control Act.
Fats Domino releases a new single, When The Saints Go Marching in, on Imperial Records in the USA.
Eddie 'Guitar Slim' Jones, a significant influence on Jimi Hendrix, dies of pneumonia in New York City, USA, aged 33.
Johnny Cash plays in White Plains, New York State, USA.
Jazz vibraphone star Teddy Charles records Stardust, Midnight Sun and other tracks at Beltone Studios, New York City, USA.
Guy Mitchell records I'm Gonna Leave You Now and Alias Jesse James for Columbia Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Isley Brothers, produced by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, record Turn To Me, Not One Minute More and I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door, for RCA Records in New York City.
The first-ever Grammy Awards ceremony is held in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA. Tequila by The Champs wins Best R'n'B Performance, Perry Como is Best Male Vocalist, Ella Fitzgerald is Best Female Vocalist. The Chipmunks, however, win two Grammys - for Best Comedy, Best Engineering and Best Children’s Recording.
Dave 'Baby' Cortez, Bo Diddley, The Heartbeats, The Fiestas, The Cadillacs and Bobby Day play the fourth night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA. (1959)ong>
Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ruth Brown, The Drifters and bill-topper Roy Hamilton play the second of two nights at Herndon Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Les Brown And His Band Of Renown, featuring Jo-Ann Greer, Butch Stone and Stumpy Brown, play the first of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Fats Domino releases a new single, I Want To Walk You Home/ I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday, on Imperial Records in the USA.
At the Six Bells pub in Ruislip, UK, British pop quartet The Drifters change their name to The Shadows to avoid conflict with the more successful group already famed as The Drifters in the USA.
Bill Doggett plays the first night in a week of shows at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Paul Anka and Petula Clark play in Knokke, Belgium, Europe.
Patricia Kotero is born in Santa Monica, California, USA. She will find success as vocalist Apollonia - a protege of Prince, in the 80s.
Martin Atkins, who will find success as the drummer with Public Image Ltd, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and Killing Joke, is born in Nuneaton, near Coventry, UK.
All four male members of The Platters are arrested in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, for aiding and abetting prostitution. They are later acquitted but, even so, the scandal destroys the group's career.
Tarheel Slim plays at the Blue Eagle Lounge, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Neil Sedaka releases a new single, Oh Carol, on RCA Records in the USA.
Benny Golson records My Blues House, Drum Boogie and other tracks at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, for New Jazz Records.
LaVern Baker plays the fourth of five nights at The Spatz Show Bar, Hamilton, Ohio, USA.
Dakota Staton records September In The Rain, Love Walked In and other tracks for Capitol Records in New York City.
Ray McFall, formerly the club's accountant, takes over ownership of Liverpool, UK's Cavern Club, from the venue's founder Alan Sytner.
Trombonist Ernie Fields And His Orchestra enter the Billboard US Top 40 Singles chart with an r'n'b version of Glenn Miller's In the Mood which will peak at No4 during a fourteen-week run.
Entering at No67, We Got Love by Bobby Rydell is the highest new entry in the Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Chart.
America's most popular folk music group, The Kingston Trio, plays in Reynolds Auditorium, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Teen idol Fabian Forte plays in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Johnny Mathis is the musical guest on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
Be My Guest by Fats Domino enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
The Wayne Shorter Quintet records Mack The Knife, Pug Nose and other tracks at Fine Sound Studios, New York City, USA. for the Vee Jay Records album Introducing Wayne Shorter.
The Charles Mingus Nonet records Things Ain't What They Used To Be and Mood Indigo in New York City, USA.
Gerry Mulligan and Johnny Hodges record What's It All About for Verve Records in New York City, USA.
The Sammy Kaye Orchestra plays at the Chicago Sun-Times Harvest Moon Ball in The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Count Basie and Joe Williams are the musical guests on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
Johnnie Ray, arrested the night before on charges of accosting and soliciting, is released on bail in Detroit, Michigan, USA. (outlaw)
Jimmy Driftwood and The Chad Mitchell Trio are the guest on tv show Chevy Showroom starring Pat Boone, in the USA.
Joe Tex plays the first of three nights at The Dew Drop Caf
Ray Charles plays at The Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Shirley Scott Trio records Soul Searchin', Moanin', Duck And Rock and other tracks at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, for Prestige Records.
Jackie Wilson plays the fourth of five nights at The Copa Club, Newport, Kentucky, USA.
The Viscounts releases a new single, Harlem Nocturne in the USA on Madison Records.
Rockabilly vocalist Ersel Hickey records What Do You Want? for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.