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Dean Martin releases the album Sleep Warm, on Capitol Records in the USA.
The Miles Davis All Stars featuring John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, play at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Johnny Horton records the Jimmy Driftwood song The Battle Of New Orleans in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It will peak at No1 in the Billboard singles chart.
David Gates releases a new single, Swinging Baby Doll, in the USA. Gates will find fame in the 70s as leader of soft-rock combo Bread.
Lou Giordano releases the Buddy Holly-produced Stay Close To Me on Brunswick Records in the USA.
Package tour the Biggest Show Of Stars for '59, featuring Bo Diddley, Duane Eddy, The Platters, Clyde McPhatter, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Kalin Twins and The Crests, plays in Charlotte, Carolina, USA.
The Winter Dance Party Tour, featuring Dion and Bobby Vee, plays at the Melody Hill, Dubuque, Iowa.
Bobby Darin, The Fleetwoods and The Frantics play at Parker's Ballroom, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Petula Clark, Lonnie Donegan, Max Bygraves, Shirley Bassey, Alma Cogan, Humphrey Lyttleton and others appear in the Record Star Show, the first live music concert to take place at Wembley Empire Pool [later re-named Wembley Arena], London. The event, sponsored by Vera Lynn's Stars Organisation for Spastics and the Daily Express newspaper, attracts an audience of 8,000 people.
The Chris Barber Band's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson play at St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK.
Louis Armstrong and the All Stars record a live performance on a Eurovision tv show in La Bussola, Focette, Italy, Europe.
Chess Records release two new albums, Chuck Berry Is On Top by Chuck Berry and Go Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley in the USA.
Ricky Nelson releases a new single, Sweeter Than You, on Imperial Records in the USA.
The Capitol Records studio recording of the original Broadway cast soundtrack to the Cole Porter stage musical Kiss Me Kate, featuring Alfred Drake and Patricia Morrison is completed.
The Dave Brubeck Trio with Louis Armstrong and Trummy Young records King For A Day in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records.
Brook Benton and The Crests play the third night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Brook Benton and The Crests play the fifth night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
The Shirelles release a new single, Dedicated To The One I Love, in the USA.
The Coasters' recording of I'm A Hog For You Baby, is edited at Atlantic Studios, New York City, USA, under the supervision of producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
In Washington Square Park, New York City, USA, folk singers Ralph Rinzler, John Cohen and Lionel Kilberg perform a special concert for the entertainment of Woody Guthrie, who is dying of Huntington's chorea.
At Chess Studio, Chicago, Illinois, Chuck Berry records Let It Rock and other tracks.
Jazz clarinettist Albert Nicholas releases the album All Star Stompers in the USA.
The Coasters release a new single, Poison Ivy, on Atco Records in the USA.
The Coasters, Milt Buckner, Tiny Topsy and The Jesse Powell Combo play the final night of one week at the Howard Theatre, Washington, D.C., USA.
Only Sixteen by Sam Cooke enters the UK Popular Singles Chart at No23, which will prove to be its highest position during a run of four weeks.
Billy Eckstine begins a week of shows at The Empire, Glasgow, Scotland.
Red River Rock by Johnny And The Hurricanes enters the Billboard US Top 40 Singles chart where it will peak at No5 during a 13-week run.
Blues veteran Blind Willie McTell dies in Milledgeville State Hospital, Almon, Georgia, USA, of a brain haemorrhage.
Eddie Cochran records Milk Cow Blues in Gold Star Studios, Hollywood, California, USA. On the same day, The Miles Davis Sextet plays at Birdland, New York City, USA.
LaVern Baker plays the second of five nights at The Spatz Show Bar, Hamilton, Ohio, USA.
Ricky Nelson plays at Santa Clara County Fair, San Jose, California, USA.
The first Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars package tour plays in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, with acts including Paul Anka, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Annette, The Coasters, The Skyliners and Bobby Rydell.
Bob Miller And His Millermen, with Duggie Arthur, Gerry Butler, George Hunter and Barbara Jay play in The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashton, England, UK, Europe.
Frankie Vally releases a new single, Please Take A Chance, on Decca Records in the USA. He will find much greater success in the 60s as Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons.
R'n'b organist Dave 'Baby' Cortez plays in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Teen idol Fabian Forte plays in Portland, Oregon, USA.
EMI Records present UK teen idol Cliff Richard with the one millionth pressing of his single Living Doll.
Chuck Berry plays at The Sports Arena, Hampton, Virginia, USA. The poster for the show specifies that this is Berry's first appearance at the venue for white audiences.
El Paso by Marty Robbins enters the Billboard singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No1.
The Coasters release a new single, Run Red Run, in the USA on Atco Records.
Don't You Know by jazz vocalist Della Reese reaches No1 in the Cashbox US Top 100 singles chart.
The Coasters perform What About Us on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Jimmy Driftwood and The Chad Mitchell Trio are the guest on tv show Chevy Showroom starring Pat Boone, in the USA.
Jimmy Clanton, The Four Preps, Jan And Dean and Sandy Nelson play the last of three nights in The Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jackie Wilson plays the third of five nights at The Copa Club, Newport, Kentucky, USA.
Bobby Darin starts the last week of a three week engagement at Chez Paree, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jazz saxophonists Bud Shank and Bob Cooper release the album Blowin' Country on Blue Note Records in the USA.
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers play the sixth of seven nights at The Regal, Chicago, Illinois, USA.