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The stage musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, starring Rudy Vallee, is playing at the 46th Street Theater on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1,417 performances.
The year begins with Telstar by The Tornadoes, produced by Joe Meek, enjoying its second week at No1 in the Billboard US pop singles chart, while Return To Sender by Elvis Presley remains at No1 in the UK for a third week.
Connie Francis plays at the Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
In the early hours of the morning, Count Basie and His Orchestra play at the CBS New Year's Eve Dancing Party, which is broadcast live on radio from Basin Street East, New York City, USA. Vocalist on this session is Joe Williams.
Hollywood leading man and popular singer Dick Powell dies of cancer, aged 59, in West Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sam Cooke releases a new single, Send Me Some Lovin', on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single Sheila by Tommy Roe.
Folksinger Gil Turner becomes the first person to record the Bob Dylan song Don't Think Twice It's Alright, in a session for Broadside magazine in New York City, USA.
The Beach Boys begin an eight day tour of cities on the East Coast of the USA.
Vee-Jay Records sign a written agreement with Transglobal Music Co., Inc. which grants Vee-Jay the exclusive right to manufacture and sell phonograph records made from two of The Beatles' master tapes, Please Please Me and Ask Me Why.
Josh White records Sit Down Servant, How About You, Death Comin' Back After You and other tracks for Mercury Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Beatles play in The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK, at lunchtime, and at The Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead, UK, in the evening.
Frank Sinatra records Call Me Irresponsible and Come Blow Your Horn for Reprise Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
At Radio Recorders studio, Hollywood, California, USA, Elvis Presley begins recording soundtrack songs for his next movie, Fun In Acapulco.
The Kingston Trio record The Reverend Mr Black for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Loretta Lynn releases a new single, The Other Woman, on Decca Records in the USA.
The Beatles play at The Co-op Hall, Middleton, Manchester, UK, supported by local band Shaun And Sum People.
The Vincents play at The Majestic Ballroom, Luton, UK.
The Checkmates play at The Hampstead Country Club, London, UK.
The Eagles and The Springfields play at The Rialto, York, UK.
Singer and guitarist Joe Brown starts work on a feature film, What A Crazy World, which also includes a appearances by Marty Wilde, Susan Maughan and Freddie And The Dreamers.
Jet Harris And Tony Meehan play at The Odeon, Romford, UK.
Bob Dylan walks out of The Ed Sullivan Show in New York City, USA, after being told he cannot perform his anti-segregation song Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues.
The Detours, featuring three future members of The Who, [Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle] play at The Oldfield Hotel, Greenford, West London, UK.
The Rolling Stones play at the Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford, UK.
Brenda Lee plays the sixth of what is planned as fourteen nights at The Latin Casino, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA. She will, however dislocate her neck on the 12th, necessitating cancellation of the remaining dates.
John Lee Hooker releases a new single, I'm Leaving, on Vee-Jay Records, in the USA.
Tennessee Ernie Ford releases the album We Gather Together, in the USA on Capitol Records. The album was recorded on location at San Quentin prison in California, and features the prison choir.
John Lee Hooker plays on the last day of the The Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island.
American hard bop and West Coast jazz double bassist Curtis Counce dies of a heart attack, aged 37, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Counce was an in-demand sessioneer, working with Johnny Otis, Lester Young, Shelly Manne and others.
The Beatles play in the Urmston Bank Holiday Show, Urmston, Lancashire, UK, supported by Brian Poole and the Tremeloes and Herman's Hermits.
The Rolling Stones play at The Ricky Tick Club in the Thames Hotel, Windsor, UK.
Bob Dylan records Boots Of Spanish Leather, Only A Pawn In Their Game, North Country Blues and other tracks, during his first recording session for the album The Times They Are A-Changin', at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, USA.
Dave Berry And The Cruisers play at The Place, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
The Rolling Stones play at the California Ballroom, Dunstable, UK.
The Rolling Stones play at The Savoy, Southsea, Portsmouth, UK.
Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA reports that The Howard Morrison Quartet has scored a major hit single in New Zealand, Oceania, with the controversial song The Wild(er) New Zealand Boy, a parody of the folk song The Wild Colonial Boy. The Morrison Quartet song celebrates the achievements of George Wilder, said to be New Zealand's greatest-ever prison escaper.
Gerry and the Pacemakers enter the UK singles chart with You'll Never Walk Alone which will peak at No1 during a nineteen-week run. It will be their third consecutive UK No1, a feat they achieve before The Beatles.
Liverpool-born singer Frankie Vaughan appears on UK tv show Day By Day.
Bob Dylan plays a concert at Ann Arbor Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
The Beatles record an appearance on Swedish tv show Drop In, then play as second on the bill to Joey Dee And The Starliters at Kungliga Tennishallen, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. The show also features 'Europe's King Of The Twist', Jerry Williams, plus The Violents and Suzie.
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Liverpool, band The Searchers play at the Assembly Hall, Melksham, Wiltshire, UK.
Gene Pitney enters the UK singles chart with the Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition 24 Hours From Tulsa. It will peak at No5.
Bob Dylan plays at Lisner Auditorium, Washington DC, USA.
Duke Ellington begins a season at the Golden Key Club, 641 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, which will last for nineteen days.
The Emergency Civil Liberties Committee sends out a letter to all attendees of the recent dinner at which Bob Dylan was, controversially, given The Tom Paine Award by for his work to advance civil rights. The letter defends the Committee's decision to confer the award on Dylan.
Journalist Al Aronowitz introduces Bob Dylan to beat poet Allen Ginsberg in New York City. They will form a lasting friendship.