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Judy Garland starts the sixties in The Doctors Hospital, New York City, USA, during a two month period of being treated for hepatitis.
The Drifters debut on the UK singles charts with Dance With Me.
Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd records Gate City at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Blue Note Records.
The Four Freshmen record Be Careful It's My Heart and other tracks for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Slide Hampton records 'Round Midnight, A Little Night Music, Just Squeeze Me and other tracks at Bell Sound Studios, New York City, USA, for Atlantic Records.
Slide Hampton records 'Round Midnight, A Little Night Music, Just Squeeze Me and other tracks at Bell Sound Studios, New York City, USA, for Atlantic Records.
Chuck Berry is convicted by a jury in the United States District Court, St Louis, Missouri, of transporting a 14-year-old Indian girl from El Paso, Texas, USA, to St. Louis, Missouri, for immoral purposes. Sentence is deferred by Judge George H. Moore until March 18.
Chuck Berry releases a new single, Too Pooped To Pop, in the UK on London Records.
Cliff Richard records Nine Times Out Of Ten at EMI's Abbey Road Studio No2, London, UK.
Lonnie Donegan releases the single My Old Man's A Dustman in the UK.
Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band plays at The Red Hill Inn, Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Jimmy Rogers plays the seventh night of a two-week engagement at The Cave Supper Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Candlestick Park, a new baseball stadium for the San Francisco Giants, is opened in San Francisco, California, USA. It will go down in the annals of rock music as the venue for the last ever live public concert by The Beatles.
Jackie Wilson plays the first night in a week of shows at The Fontainebleu in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Revered Chicago, Illinois, USA, jazz club, Jazz Ltd, moves into a much bigger premises at 164 East Grand.
Jack Scott releases a new single, Burning Bridges, in the USA.
The Silver Beetles, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Cass And The Cassanovas, Derry And The Seniors and Cliff Roberts And The Rockers audition for Britain's most powerful rock'n'roll entrepreneur, Larry Parnes, in The Wyvern Social Club, Liverpool, UK. (The Silver Beetles will, in due course, become The Beatles].
Gene Vincent and Jerry Keller play the third of six nights at The Hippodrome, Brighton, UK.
Gene Vincent returns home to the USA, to take a break from touring in the UK.
John Lee Hooker releases a new single, Crazy About That Walk, in the USA on Fortune Records, a label based in Detroit, Michigan.
Only The Lonely by Roy Orbison enters the UK pop singles chart, where it will peak at No1.
The Silver Beatles (later to become The Beatles] visit The Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool, UK, where they meet Pete Best, who will become their drummer.
Bobby Darin continues his two week season at The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, supporting comedian George Burns.
Military pilot Francis Gary Powers is convicted of espionage against the Soviet Union and is sentenced to a total of ten years, three years in prison followed by seven years of hard labor. Powers had been shot down in his U-2 jet plane over Sverdlovsk [aka Yekaterinburg], Russia, Europe, while on a spying mission for the USA. The incident will become a major international news story and will have significant political impact on talks between Russia and the USA. The story of Powers' trial and sentencing will be recounted in the patriotic song The Trial Of Francis Powers by Red River Dave.
Ray Charles begins a week of shows at The Palladium, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ray Charles plays the fourth night of a week of shows at The Palladium, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Johnny Kidd And The Pirates play at the opening of the Top Twenty Club in the Town Hall, Bridgewater, England, UK, Europe.
The Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis - Johnny Griffin Quintet records Pull My Coat, Abundance and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Prestige Records.
Former lead vocalist of The Drifters, Clyde McPhatter hits No7 on the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA and No23 on the pop chart with his Atlantic Records single Ta Ta.
Don Rendle plays at the Modern Jazz Club, Deer's Leap, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. N.B. Click here to visit SwindonMusicScene for an in-depth look at this era of Swindon music.
The Platters release a new single, Down The River Of Golden Dreams, on Mercury Records in the USA.
My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own by Connie Francis reaches No1 in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling pop singles in the USA.
Ringo Starr, drummer with Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, deputises for Pete Best when The Beatles back Lou Walters of The Hurricanes during a recording session in Akustik Studio, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
Connie Francis records Where The Boys Are, in New York City, USA, for MGM Records. The song is written by Neil Sedaka and Howie Greenfield.
Jazz bassist, pianist and composer Charles Mingus records the album Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus in New York City, USA, for Candid Records.
Save The Last Dance For Me by The Drifters reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Elvis Presley increases the size of his Graceland zoo by buying a monkey at Katz Drug Store, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Package tour The Biggest Show Of Stars For '60, featuring Brenda Lee, Duane Eddy, Fabian, Chubby Checker, Freddy Cannon and Bill Black's Combo, plays at The Armory, Akron, Ohio, USA.
250 copies of Mance Lipscomb's album, Texas Sharecropper And Songster, [the very first Arhoolie Records LP] arrive from the pressing plant. Arhoolie founder Chris Strachwitz helps glue the record sleeves together, stuff the discs into the sleeves along with an informative booklet, and generally make the discs ready for sale to the public. Arhoolie is based in El Cerrito, near San Francsico, California, USA.
The Harry Arnold Orchestra records Pennies From Heaven and That Old Black Magic, in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, for Metronome Records.
Ike And Tina Turner releases a new single, I Idolize You, on Sue Records in the USA.
Paul Anka plays the ninth of ten nights at The Three Rivers Inn, Syracuse, New York State, USA.
The highest new entry in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling pop singles in the USA is You're Sixteen, by Johnny Burnette entering at No57.
Little Willie John, Sonny Boy Williamson, The Upsetters, The Sheppards and Savannah Churchill play the fifth night in a week-long engagement at The Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois.
Cliff Richard releases a new EP, Cliff's Silver Discs, in the UK.
Down-home Southern soul, blues and jazz recording artist, Bob Baldwin, is born in Mount Vernon, New York, USA.
Twelve-year-old Howard Dully, diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia, is admitted to The Doctors General Hospital, San Jose, California, USA. Dr. Walter Freeman performs a transorbital lobotomy on the boy who will, in later years, spend much of his youth in foster homes, jails and mental institutions. His story will form the basis of the song Before The Lobotomy by Green Day.
David 'Fathead' Newman records the album Straight Ahead in New York City, USA, for Atlantic Records.
During a break in the filming of Wild In The Country, Elvis Presley spends Christmas at home in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, with Priscilla Beaulieu.