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German beat group The Rattles win a Best New Group competition at The Star Club, Hamburg.
Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars play at Cocoanut Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bobby Darin records When My Baby Smiles At Me in Capitol Recording Studios, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Dionne Warwick makes her tv debut on daily tv pop show American Bandstand, singing Don't Make Me Over, at WFIL-tv studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ella Fitzgerald releases the album Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Jerome Kern Songbook, in the USA.
Beresford Romeo is born in London, UK. He will find fame as producer/songwriter/vocalist Jazzie B of Soul II Soul.
Elvis Presley spends his 28th birthday with his girlfriend Priscilla Beaulieu, in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She wil return to her home in Germany, Europe, three days later, despite Elvis trying to convince her parents to extend her visit.
The Rolling Stones play at The Marquee Club, London, UK, supporting the Cyril Davies All-Star R'n'B Group.
The Coasters record The PTA, for Atco Records in New York City, USA.
The Coasters record The P.T.A. for Atco Records in New York City, USA.
The hits compilation All The Hits Vol2 by Bobby Rydell, is mastered by Cameo Records in the USA.
Bob Dylan, Ric Von Schmidt and Richard Farina perform with Martin Carthy at The Troubadour, London, UK.
I'm A Woman by Peggy Lee is the highest new entry in Cash Box Magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, entering at No84.
Blues By Six play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK. Their drummer is Charlie Watts, who will shortly join The Rolling Stones.
The Beach Boys record versions of the songs Farmer's Daughter and Lana at Fine Studios in New York City, USA. Neither of these versions will be released.
Bob Dylan records some new songs at the offices of Broadside magazine, in New York City, USA. During the day, Dylan is photographed walking arm-in-arm down West Fourth Street, New York City with his girlfriend Suze Rotolo. The photograph will become the cover for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
The Big Three play in The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
Teen idol Frankie Avalon marries beauty queen Kay Deibel (a former Miss Rheingold beer), in Hollywood, California, USA.
Gerry Levene And The Avengers, including Graeme Edge, later to find fame with The Moody Blues, play at Dudley Forum, Pensnett, Dudley, UK.
Frank Ifield qualifies for a gold disc for one million worldwide sales of his hit single Lovesick Blues.
The Beatles' debut single, Love Me Do, is released in Germany, Europe, on Odeon Records.
The 8th Eurovision Song Contest is held in two studios at the BBC Television Centre, London, UK. After much confusion regarding the results of the Norwegian jury, Denmark snatches victory from Switzerland after a close run. The Danish husband-and-wife duo Grethe and Jurgen Ingmann take the prize with Dansevise.
Sammy Davis Jr begins a week of shows at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
The Beatles, The Four Mosts [later to become The Fourmost] and others play as part of an R'n'B Marathon session at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
The Beatles play at The Majestic, Luton, UK.
Jet Harris And Tony Meehan play at The Odeon, Southend, England, UK, Europe.
If You Wanna Be Happy by Jimmy Soul, reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA.
The Rolling Stones play two shows - first at Studio 51, Soho, London, UK, and then later at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, London.
Henry Mancini records Charade, Punch And Judy and Bateau Mouche, for RCA Records in the USA.
Vonda Shepard is born in New York City, USA. She will find success as a singer and songwriter after appearing regularly in the popular late 90s tv series Ally McBeal as a resident pianist in a bar near McBeal's office.
Blowin' In the Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No2. The song is also the first hit for its composer, Bob Dylan.
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Devil In Disguise by Elvis Presley reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
After a four-year break, The Newport Folk Festival returns at Newport, Rhode Island, USA. The three-day event features Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Lee Hooker, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Peter Paul And Mary.
Bob Dylan records Paths Of Victory, Hero Blues, Eternal Circle and other tracks during the third recording session for his album The Times They Are A-Changin' in New York City, USA.
Blowin' In the Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary peaks at No2 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA. The song is also the first hit for its composer, Bob Dylan.
Mahalia Jackson records We Shall Overcome and Altar Of Peace in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Columbia Records.
Aretha Franklin releases a new single, Skylark, on Columbia Records in the USA.
Brian Epstein writes to the Glasgow Daily Record and Scottish Sunday Mail to inform the public that Gerry and the Pacemakers' first two singles were not written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles.
Liverpool-born pop idol Billy Fury plays at the ABC, Croydon, UK, supported by Joe Brown And His Bruvvers, Marty Wilde, The Tornados, Daryl Quist, The Karl Denver Trio, Dickie Pride and The Ramblers.
The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, The Swan Silvertones, The Soul Stirrers, The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Pilgrim Jubilees, The Swanee Quintet, The Gospelaires, The Violinaires, the Rev. Claude Jeter and others play at Washington Temple, Washington, DC, USA.
In an interview published in the New York Daily News, Bob Dylan states, "The times cry for the truth ..... and people want to hear the truth, and that's just what they're hearing in good folk music today."
Bob Dylan plays at Jordan Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Dylan plays at the Regent Theater, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York State.
The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, USA, inspired almost as many songs as it did conspiracy theories. Among the most memorable are He Was A Friend Of Mine by The Byrds [and others], Abraham, Martin And John by Marvin Gaye [and others], Dallas 1pm by Saxon and November 22nd 1963 by Destroy All Monsters. And let's not forget JAMES DOTSON - A Tragedy In Dallas, THE JUSTICE BROTHERS - The Tragedy Of John F. Kennedy, THE SOUTHERN GOSPEL BAND - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, HASIL ADKINS - Memories Of Kennedy, JIM KLINK - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, BUDDY PASTUCK - John F. Kennedy, BILL KUSHNER - J.F.K.bAnd That Terrible Day, HONORABLE BOB PETERS - A Sunny Day In Dallas, HAYDEN PRIVETT - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, JOHNNY DEE - A Tribute To President Kennedy, RALPH RYAN - The Death Of John F. Kennedy, LOWELL YODER - Don't Blame The State Of Texas, HASILADKINS - Memories Of Kennedy, JOHNNY TUCKER - Mr. Kennedy, BOBBY JENZEN - Two Brothers, HOMER HENDERSON - Lee Harvey Was A Friend Of Mine.
The Caravelles enter the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA with You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry which will peak at No3 during a ten-week run on the chart.
The Merseybeats plays at the Assembly Hall, Melksham, Wiltshire, UK.
Sam Cooke records A Change Is Gonna Come for RCA Victor Records in Los Angeles.