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Phil Thornalley is born in Warlington, Mildenhall, Suffolk, UK. A successful producer, songwriter and musician, Thornally will also play with The Cure and release solo recordings.
Why, by Anthony Newley reaches No1 in the UK singles chart.
Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd records Ghana and Lex at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, for Blue Note Records.
Eddie Jackson, bassist of Queensryche, is born in Robstown, Texas, USA.
Alto saxophonist Frank Strozier records I Don't Know, Waltz Of The Demons, Runnin' and other tracks in Bell Sound Studios,New York City, USA, for Vee-Jay Records.
Bill Haley And His Comets record Bouquet Of Roses, I Don't Hurt Any More and This Is The Thanks I Get, for Warner Brothers Records atBell Sound Studios, New York City, USA.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Sea Of Love by Marty Wilde.
Tony Bennett records After You've Gone, How Long Has This Been Going On and other tracks, in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records.
UK rock'n'roller Marty Wilde is the featured guest on UK radio show Desert Island Discs. Among his musical choices are Don't Be Cruel by Elvis Presley, La Bamba by Ritchie Valens and Let It Be Me by The Everly Brothers.
Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Joe Brown and Georgie Fame, play the fourth of six nights at The Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK.
Kendra Smith is born in San Diego, California, USA. She will be a founding member of The Dream Syndicate before pursuing asolo career as a singer-songwriter.
Jan And Dean release a new single, White Tennis Sneakers, on Dore Records in the USA.
The Coasters, The Isley Brothers and Dave 'Baby' Cortez play the eighth night in a two-week season at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley arrives in Miami, Florida, USA, where he is shortly to record a tv show with Frank Sinatra.
Duane Eddy, Clyde McPhatter and Bobby Darin play the fifth night in a week of shows at The Empire, Glasgow, Scotland.
Blues vocalist and guitarist Scrapper Blackwell records tracks for the album Blues Before Sunrise, for 77 Records in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers with Buddy Rich play at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Fame And Fortune/Stuck On You, by Elvis Presley reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Emile Ford and The Checkmates release a new single, You'll Never Know What You're Missing, in the UK.
Frankie Avalon appears on the tv series Person To Person in the USA.
Jack Scott releases a new single, Burning Bridges, in the USA.
The Modern Jazz Quartet plays in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia.
Marlene Dietrich plays at The Tuschinsky Theatre, Amsterdam, Holland, Europe.
The Flamingos perform Nobody Loves Me Like You Do on popular tv show Dick Clark's American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Gene Vincent and Jerry Keller play at The Gaumont, Rochester, UK.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra record It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) at Radio Recorders, Hollywood,Los Angeles, California, USA.
Little Anthony And The Imperials record Only Sympathy and I'm Taking A Vacation From Love, in the USA.
The Avon Cities Jazz Band play at the Swindon Jubilee Carnival Dance in McIlroy's Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, supported by Daryl Grand & The Descants and Don Jones & His Music.
Paul Anka releases a new single, Hello Young Lovers, on ABC-Paramount Records in the USA.
Bobby Darin plays the twelfth night in a month long engagement at the Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, opening for comedian George Burns.
Frank Sinatra plays the seventh of ten nights at The 500 Club, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
The J.J. Johnson Sextet records Mohawk, Shutterbug and Aquarius in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records.
In Liverpool, UK, Paul McCartney rings drummer Pete Best of The Blackjacks, asking him to join The Beatles.
Bobby Vee performs Devil Or Angel on tv show American Bandstand, broadcast live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers play at The Randall's Island Jazz Festival, New York, USA.
Ray Charles plays the fourth night of a week of shows at The Palladium, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Brook Benton, Ben E. King and LaVern Baker play the sixth of seven nights at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Brenda Lee gives the first of three consecutive performances at The State Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Sam Cooke plays the sixth of seven nights at The Town Hill Club, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Marlene Dietrich plays the fifth of eight nights at The Shubert Theater, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Her musical director on these shows is Burt Bacharach.
The Beatles play the seventeenth night of a lengthy residency at The Kaiserkeller, Hamburg, Germany.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the hit single It's Now Or Never by Elvis Presley.
Six-year-old Ruby Bridges makes history as the first African-American child to attend a public school in Louisiana, USA. To enter the school, Ruby has to walk through a jeering crowd hurling racist insults with fists raised. Ruby's courageous walk will become a pivotal image marking the start of the desegregation of public schools in the USA. The song Ruby's Shoes, released in 2000 by Lori McKenna, is about Ruby Bridges.
Johnny Burnette signs a contract for an appearance one week later on tv show Saturday Prom in the USA, for a fee of$750.
Jazz saxophonist Art Pepper spends the last of three days recording the album Intensity for Contemporary Records in New York City, USA. This is his last recording session before going to jail on heroin possession charges.
Ray Peterson plays the seventh night of a six week run at The Dunes, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Bing Crosby stars in A Christmas Sing With Bing on CBS Radio in the USA.
Big Maybelle plays the fourth of six nights at Pep's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.