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The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
by Bill Hayes enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No13. It will peak at No2 during a nine-week run on the chart.
And Friends record Time's A Wastin', Three Little Words and Blues For John, for Nixa Records in London, UK.
And His Comets, Roy Hamilton
, The Platters
, LaVern Baker
, Bo Diddley
, The Drifters
, Joe Turner, The 5 Keys, Shirley And Lee, The Turbans and The Red Pysock Rock'n'Roll Orchestra play in the Biggest Rock'n'Roll Show package tour at the National
Guard Armory, Washington, DC, USA.
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
records the first version of I Put A Spell On You, for Grand Records in the USA, but it will not be a success.
US trade magazine Billboard
reports that the new Howlin' Wolf
single, Smokestack Lightning is selling well in "New Orleans, Memphis, St Louis, Nashville, Atlanta, Durham, and other traditional strongholds of his are reacting enthusiastically. The record is also on the Chicago territorial chart..."
Shirley Caddell [aka Shirley Collie
] records Where Did The Sunshine Go?, I Think You're Lying, I'm Gonna Change and I'm Gonna Quit My Crying for ABC Records in New York City, USA.
Saxophone star Earl Bostic
records Harlem Nocturne in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Ink Spots
appear on UK tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium, but are criticised in the music press for relying entirely on old hits.
Kevin Valentine is born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He will find acclaim as drummer for bands including Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, Cinderella and Godz.
And His Big Band fly in from Athens, Greece, Europe, to Heathrow Airport, London, England, UK, Europe. Among Gillespie's band is trmpeter/arranger Quincy Jones
. Leaving from the same airport earlier that day was Louis Armstrong
Stephane Grapelly, Ronnie Hilton and Shani Wallace appear on BBCtv's The Tin Pan Alley Show in London, England, UK, Europe.
is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will carve out an impressive career as a bass guitar player, notably as a member of Elton John
plays at the Maple Leaf Garden, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
plays in the Municipal Auditorium, Orlando, Florida, USA. "He was gone, man, gone," reports Jean Yorhters of the Orlando Sentinel-Star.
An article in Billboard
magazine in the USA announces that Special Products, Inc., is about to launch its first line of Elvis Presley
-endorsed merchandise, including a t-shirt and a line of rock'n'roll costume jewelry. These and future products — blue jeans, charm bracelets, soft drinks, etc. are to be aimed at the teenage market. The company also claims that Elvis will make personal appearances in department stores to plug the merchandise.
, Frankie Lymon
and The Teenagers, The Harptones, Joe Turner, The Cleftones and The Penguins play the first of nine days as part of Alan Freed
's Second Anniversary Rock And Roll Show at the Paramount Theater, Brooklyn, New York City.
Purist British skiffle
fans are horrified to discover that Skiffle King Lonnie Donegan
has dropped the washboard from his new group line-up. "We haven't incorporated a washboard in the new group," he explains, "for the very simple reason that I don't like them."
Country music artist Rosie Flores
is born in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Brian Robertson, guitarist for Thin Lizzy
, is born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Calypsonian Lord Caresser
(aka The Caresser) is appearing in The Venus De Milo Room, Mongtreal, Quebec, Canada.
plays the fifth night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
plays the final night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA.
When British rock'n'roll combo Tony Crombie
And His Rockets appear on UK tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium, singers Harry Secombe and Alma Cogan
are seen dancing to the music.
Smooth r'n'b pianist Sonny Thompson records Gum Shoe for King Records
in New York City, USA, with King Curtis on saxophone.
And His Orchestra, with vocalist Vince Hill, plays at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
by Jimmy Young
peaks at No4 in the Singles Chart in the UK, during a seventeen-week run on the chart.
, Bo Diddley
, Screamin' Jay Hawkins
, The Debutants, The Dells
, The Chips
, The Schoolboys
, Robert And Johnny
and The Heartbeats
play the second of seven nights as part of Dr Jive's Rhythm'n'Blues Revue at The Apollo Theater
, Harlem, New York City, USA.
, The Stargazers
and The Big Ben Banjo Band
appear in The Empire Show, from The Civic Theatre, Poplar, UK, on Pan-European radio station Radio Luxembourg
. Also on Luxembourg on this evening is The Winifred Atwell
Show, from The Town Hall, Stoke Newington, London, UK, featuring Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson
, plus Geoff Love And His Music
Eddy Bond And the Stompers play at the Bethel Springs High School Auditorium, Bethel Springs, Tennessee, supported by Jerry Lee Lewis
magazine reports that, with a total of seventeen, Elvis Presley
had the most chart records in the USA during 1956. He also hogged the top spot with 25 weeks at No1.