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David Seville and The Chipmunks perform The Chipmunk Song [Christmas Don't Be Late] on The Dick Clark Show on ABC-tv in the USA.
Music business entrepreneur Berry Gordy Jr. moves all of Motown Records' operations into a two-story house at 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan, USA, which he re-names as 'Hitsville'.
Tommy Edwards plays at The Orchid Room, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Jazz pianist Horace Silver's Quintet records the album Finger Poppin' for Blue Note Records in Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, 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 Les Buzz Ballroom, Spring Valley, Illinois, USA.
The Fleetwoods release Come Softly To Me, which will prove to be their biggest hit, in the USA.
Billy Grammer is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Guy Lombardo And His Orchestra play at The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, USA.
Petula Clark, Lonnie Donegan, Max Bygraves, Shirley Bassey, Alma Cogan, Humphrey Lyttelton 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, UK. The event, sponsored by Vera Lynn's Stars Organisation for Spastics and the Daily Express newspaper, attracts an audience of 8,000 people.
The Paramount Pictures musical St. Louis Blues is released to cinemas in Denmark, Europe, with a cast featuring such jazz, blues and gospel greats as Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Eartha Kit, Pearl Bailey, Mahalia Jackson and Barney Bigard.
The Chris Barber Band's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson play at St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK.
Country singer Wynn Stewart records the Harlan Howard song Above And Beyond for Challenge Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Lisa Dal Bello is born in Weston, Toronto, Canada. Shge will find success as recording artist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and voice actress Dalbello.
When Phil Napoleon And The Original Memphis Five play at the Newport Jazz Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, their performance is recorded and will be released as an LP.
The Coasters and The Falcons play the fourth night in a week of shows at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Ricky Nelson enters the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA at No53 with Sweeter Than You.
The Swan Silvertones play the fourth night in a week of shows at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Brent Mason, one of the most recorded guitarists in history, is born in in Van Wert, Ohio, USA. Discovered by Chet Atkins, Mason can be heard on tracks by George Strait, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, David Gates, Zac Brown Band, Scotty McCreary, and Blake Shelton.
Vernon Taylor releases a new single, Sweet And Easy To Love/Mystery Train, on Sun Records in the USA.
Bill Doggett plays the last night in a week of shows at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Jazz clarinettist Albert Nicholas releases the album All Star Stompers on Delmark Records in the USA.
A future member of The Beatles, John Lennon is dismissed from his holiday job at Barton's Water Works, Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK, on the grounds that he is 'unsuitable?.
The Isley Brothers make their Billboard Singles Chart in the USA debut with Shout, which will peak at No47.
Dinah Washington records New Blowtop Blues and other tracks, in New York City, USA, for Mercury Records.
The first Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars package tour plays in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, with acts including Paul Anka, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Annette, The Coasters, The Skyliners and Bobby Rydell.
Louis Armstrong spends the last of three days of recording in Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the album Satchmo Plays King Oliver.
The Saints Jazz Band, Paul Beattie And The Beats and Paula Anders play in The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashton, England, UK, Europe.
Bobby Darin plays the sixth night of a week of shows at the Casino Royal, Washington, DC, USA.
Brook Benton, Ruth Brown, The Falcons and The Pips, play at the Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Rock'n'roll combo The Echoes record Ecstasy, Loving And Losing and other tracks for Columbia Records in Bradley Film And Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Noted session guitarists Grady Martin and Hank Garland feature on the track.
The Jazz For Moderns concert tour, featuring Dave Brubeck, sets off with a gig for the Chamber Of Commerce in El Paso, Texas, USA.
The US House of Representatives announces that a house subcommittee is probing commercial bribery in the promotion of music. This is the beginning of the 50s payola scandal, which will destroy the career of controversial deejay Alan Freed.
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.
Souvenirs by Bill Ramsey reaches No1 in the German pop singles chart.
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.
Mr Blue by The Fleetwoods reaches No1 on the Billboard magazine Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA.
Connie Francis appears on tv's Perry Como Show in the USA.
Cliff Richard records Fall In Love With You, Don't Be Mad At Me and Willie And The Hand Jive in EMI's Abbey Road studios, London, UK.
A busy day for Connie Francis when she appears as the Cinderella Queen in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, USA, then spends the evening playing the fourth gig in a week of shows at the Faisan Bleu, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
It is reported that UK jazz group The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra has recruited a new pianist, a young Oxford University Bachelor of Music by the name of Dudley Moore.
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra have a recording session at Columbia Records studios on 30th Street in New York City, USA.
Solomon Burke releases a new single, It's All Right, in the USA on Singular Records [owned by Artie Singer].
Neville Keighley is born in the UK. In the 1980s he will change his name to Belouis Some and adopt outlandish garb, but even that won't make him much of a pop star.
Count Basie and His Orchestra with Joe Williams on vocals, plays on the Bandstand USA tv broadcast, recorded live in Birdland, New York City, USA.
Jackie Wilson, Bo Diddley, The Isley Brothers, Bobby Rydell, Santo And Johnny, The Skyliners, Tommy Facenda and others perform as part of Alan Freed's Big Beat Show at the Fox Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers play the last of seven nights at The Regal, Chicago, Illinois, USA.