Alan Freed's "Big Beat" Christmas revenue ends.Gene Vincent is touring American Air Force bases. Connie Francis at the Deaville Hotel in Miami Beach,
ABC's Dick Clark Show with Jack Scott, Little Anthony and the Imperials and Larry Hall
Platters in Madrid Spain in the middle of European tour. Charlie Gracie opens at the Erie Social Club in Erie, PA.
Fireballs perform on American Bandstand.
Early January Drifters are appearing at the Michigan State Fair.
On American Bandstand Dick Clark receives a Trans-Atlantic call from Elvis Presley on his 25th birthday.
Ray Charles and the Raeletts appear at the Hollywood Palladium
Little Joe appears on American Bandstand.
Fabian appears on Dean Martin's NBC-TV show. Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran appear together on the British TV variety show Boy Meets Girl
The Platters appear in Sheffield, England.
Blue Notes on American Bandstand. Bobby Darin appears at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach
Ray Charles appears at City Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Everly Brothers making personal appearances in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore.
Bobby Rydell, Paul Evans, Dale Hawkins and the Knockouts appear on the Dick Clark Show.
British rocker Cliff Richards arrives in NY for recording dates for ABC-Paramount.
Ray Smith appears an American Bandstand.
Connie Francis starts two week engagement at Cloisters Hotel in Hollywood, California.
Frankie Ford appears on American Bandstand.
Sam Cooke begins three day appearance at Shell House in Long Island, New York.
Mark Dining, Rod Lauren, Jack Scott, Robin Luke, Jimmy Jones and the Everly Brothers appear on ABC-TVs The Dick Clark Show. Cliff Richard appears on ABC-TVs The Pat Boone Show.
Chuck Berry is indicted for the violation of the Mann Act in connection with an incident in Kansas in 1958. Berry is already under December 1959 indictment for another violation of the Mann Act. His personal appearances drop from 20+ a month to three February and zero in March.
Duane Eddy, Santo and Johnny and the Diamonds begin an Australian tour.
Carl Perkins and Warren Smith join Johnny Cash who is currently touring middle-America.
Brook Benton headlines the Apollo Theatre for a week.
Dee Clark, Chuck, Berry, the Passions and
the Fireballs appear on The Dick Clark Show.
Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran appear at Empire Theatre in Glasgow, UK
Johnny Burnette appears on American Bandstand.
The Biggest Show of Stars for 1960 starts touring with headliners Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Clyde McPhatter.
Jessie Belvin is killed in an auto accident
near Hope, Arkansas. Johnny Preston starts six week tour in Tucson, Arizona.
Billy Haley and the Comets appear
at the Coliseum in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sandy Nelson appears on The Dick Clark Show.
Fats Domino is booked around his hometown of New Orleans so he can supervise the building of his new house. Bobby Darin and Connie Francis are chosen the King and Queen of Hearts by the American Heart Association for its annual-fund raising drive.
Champs perform "To Much Tequila" on ABC-TVs American Bandstand
Chuck Berry headlines the Apollo Theatre with Little Anthony and the Imperials, Baby Washington and the Mello-Kings.
Paul Anka begins a week long engagement at the New Lotus Club in Washington, D.C.
Annette appears on American Bandstand to sing "O Dio Mio"
Dr. Jive's Rhythm and Blues Revenue opens
at the Apollo featuring Johnny Nash, The Flamingos, Tiny Topsy, Nappy Brown, the Hollywood
Bill Haley and His Comets, Frankie Ford, Ray Smith and Johnny Tillotson appear on Saturday evening's Dick Clark Show.
Carl Dobkins currently serving six month
hitch with the Ohio National Guard performs live from Fort Dixon on NBC-TVs The Perry Como
Peterson begins a five week booking at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lenny Welch performs "You Don't Know Me" on American Bandstand
Bobby Darin and Connie Francis appear on The Ed
Red Prysock appears at the Surf Club in Baltimore.
Jack Scott sings "Burning Bridges" and What In the World's Come Over You" on American Bandstand.
Elvis Presley is back in the U.S. for his
official discharge from the Army on March 5. Duane Eddy winds up a month long term
in his hometown of Phoenix,
Jackie Wilson headlines a three day Alan Freed production at the State Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Mystics sing "Hushabye" on American Bandstand.
Jimmy Jones begins a week at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. The Flamingos play two days at the Lindenwood Inn in Philadelphia.
Fabian, Jackie Wilson, Freddy Cannon and Santo and Johnny appear on the Dick Clark Show.
Chuck Berry's trial for the violation of the Mann
Act begins. Two weeks later Berry is found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison
and fined $5,000.
Berry immediately appeals.
In England, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran begin
a week at the Empire Theatre with British rockers Billy Fury, Georgie Fame and Tony
Cooke begins a tour of the Caribbean with a performance at Montego Bay, Jamaica.
As a result of the payola investigations, Washington calls on record companies to stop sending free promotional records to radio stations.
The Platters open for a week at the Olympia in Paris.
New York deejay Doug "Jocko" Henderson
produces the Rocket Ship Reeve featuring the Coasters, Dave "Baby" Cortez, the
Isley Brothers and Luther
Bond at the Apollo. Wilbert Harrison is booked for three days at the Lindenwold Inn in Philadelphia.
Bobby Darin, Freddy Cannon, Dorsey Burnette and
the Contours appear on the Dick Clark Show. Brook Benton and the Coasters break the
during their week at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The Playmates appear on American Bandstand and sing "Beep Beep."
Jimmie Rodgers appears an ABC-TV's The Pat Boone Show.
The Temptations sing "Barbara" on American
Bandstand. Ray Charles headlines at the Opera House in Chicago, Illinois.
Jerry Butler, the Spaniels, Big
Maybelle, Etta James appear at Chicago's Regal Theatre.
Elvis Presley appears on The Frank Sinatra Timex
Show. This is Presley's first live performance since being discharged from the Army.
headlines the Dick Clark Show.
The Drifters begin a Southern tour.
The Olympics sing "Big Boy Pete" and "Baby, Hully Gully" on American Bandstand.
Paul Anka headlines the Chase in St. Louis, Missouri.
Little Richard's former back-up band The Upsetters are on the road with Little Willie John. Lloyd Price is at Pep's Lounge in Philadelphia.
Carl Dobkins is released from the Ohio National Guard. Louis Jordan, the Four Tops and Lenny Welch are at the Apollo Theatre for a week.
The Everly Brothers begin a three weeks in England with a concert at the New Victoria Theatre in London.
Jimmie Rodgers begins two weeks at the Cave Supper Club in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Bill Haley and His Comets are on a four week tour of Mexico.
Lenny Welch begins two days at the Safari Club in Long Island, New York. Brook Benton opens at the Regal in Chicago.
Dion and the Belmonts sing "Where and When" and "When You Wish Upon a Star' on The Dick Clark Show.
The Everly Brothers appear on ATV program Sunday Night at the Palladium in London, England.
Jackie Wilson appears at the Fountainbleau in Miami Beach, Florida.
Johnny Tillotson sings "Earth Angel" and
"Pledging My Love" on American Bandstand. Bobby Darin appears for a week
at the Deauville Hotel in Miami
Beach. Tickets are $3.50 to $5.00
The annual Easter Revue begins at the Paramount
Theatre in Brooklyn, New York Limiting it to the more polished acts, Dr.
Jive's Rhythm and Blues Revue
opens across town at the Apollo with hot acts.
Johnny and the Hurricanes are touring theMidwest. The movie Because Their Your with Dick Clark starring as a high school teacher is released.
The latest edition of The Biggest Show of
Stars for 60 first stop is at the Municipal Auditorium in Norfolk, Virginia. Bill
Black's Combo performing "White
Silver Sands" appears on the Dick Clark Show along with Jack Scott, Jan and Dean and Bobby Rydell.
Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran end their twelve
week tour of the British Isles with a week at the Hippodrome Theatre in Bristol. While
riding in a taxi after
the show an accident occurs and Cochran sustains head and internal injuries. He dies sixteen hours later
Bobby Rydell appears on CBS-TV's "Father Knows Best.
The Skyliners are at The Spatz Show Lounge in Hamilton, Ohio. Ray Charles is at the Apollo for a week.
Dion and the Belmonts are performing at the Armory
in Newark, New Jersey. Paul Anka headlines the Dick Clark Show. Also appearing are
Billy Bland and
Billy and Lilly.
Eddie Cochran is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery
Elvis Presley begins filming G.I. Blues.
Sam Cooke opens for a week at the Apollo.
Charlie Rich sings "Lonely Weekends" on American Bandstand.
This afternoon on American Bandstand, Dick Clark
visits Bobby Rydell at home. Ricky Nelson sings "Young Emotions" and
"Right By My Side" on this
evenings episode of ABC-TV's "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Sam Cooke is at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. for a week. The Platters open for two weeks at Fack's No. 2 Club in San Francisco.
Neil Sedaka ends tour of Japan and begins a tour of the Philippines.
Everly Brothers tour Australia for a week. Paul
Anka begins a week at Blinstrub's in Boston. Frankie Avalon is appearing at the Twin
Coaches Supper Club in
Jimmy Clanton and Roy Orbison begin their tour at the Jolla Club in Tucson. Arizona. Wanda Jackson begins six days in Las Vegas.
Gene Vincent returns to England to resume tour cut
short by the taxi accident. Ricky Nelson sings "Ain't Nothing But Love" on The
Adventures of Ozzie and
Harriet. Jerry Butler is a special guest on American Bandstand.
Billy Ward has reformed the Dominoes and the are playing the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. Fabian is in Hollywood finishing his latest film High Time and then will start North To Alaska with John Wayne. Frankie Avalon is appearing at the Casino Royale in Washington. Carl Perkins is booked for a week into the Flame Theater in Minneapolis.
Alan Freed moves from WCBS in New York to KDAY in Los Angeles. His six day a week show will earn him $25,000
Fats Domino is in Dallas at the Memorial Auditorium. Bobby Freeman appears on American Bandstand.
Annette appears at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Sam Cooke is at the Tivoli Theater in Chicago along with the Flamingos and the Crests.
Mark Dinning, Jimmy Clanton, Neil Sedaka and the Sentimentals appear ABC-TV's The Dick Clark Show.
May 23 The Biggest Show of Stars for 1960 plays the Greystone Ballroom in Detroit.
Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones are American
Bandstand's musical guests. Ricky Nelson sings "Ain't Nothing But Love"
on The Adventures of Ozzie and
Bobby Vee sings "What Do you Want" on American Bandstand.
Jackie Wilson headlines the Apollo Theater for the coming week.
Gene McDaniels performs at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium near Los Angeles. LaVern Baker sings " Shadows Of Love" on The Dick Clark Show.
Brenda Lee makes a personal appearance in Huntington, West Virginia.
Johnny and the Hurricanes perform "Way Down Youder" and Preston Epps "Bongo, Bongo, Bongo on American Bandstand.
Ray Charles headlines the Hitmakers of 1960.
Also appearing are the Drifters, Marv Johnson, Ruth Brown, Ray Bryant, Ron Holden, Billy
Bland and Preston
Bobby Darin appears for three weeks at the Copacabana in
New York. Chuck Berry is found not guilty for Violation of the Mann Act for the one
a female in Topeka, Kansas.
Johnny and the Hurricanes begin tour of England.
Jimmy Charles arrives in Philadelphia to promote "A Million To One." Jamie Coe appears on American Bandstand.
Bobby Darin appears on George Burns' NBC-TV show.
Gene Vincent and Freddy Cannon for a week at the Empire Theater in Glasgow, Scotland.
Dion and the Belmonts appear for two nights at the Safari Club in Long Island, New York.
The Dick Clark show broadcasts from Pittsburgh rather than its home base Philadelphia
Clyde McPhatter leaves the Drifters and Atlantic Records to go solo with Mercury Records.
Dante and the Evergreens sing their version of "Alley Oop" on American Bandstand.
The Platters with Tony William's replacement Sonny Turner begin a week at the Lotus Club in Philadelphia.
ABC-TV's The Dick Clark Show broadcasts from Hollywood. Guests are Jimmy Rodgers, the Hollywood Argyles and the Safaris.
Louis Jordan opens a five day stay at the Ember's Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Paul Anka becomes the youngest performer to ever play the Copacabana.
Brenda Lee and the Casuals appear at Springlake
Park in Oklahoma City. Jackie Wilson begins a week at the Regal Theater in Chicago
along with Elmore
James, the Vibrations and Dion and the Belmonts. Tommy "Dr. Jive" Smalls produces a revue at the Apollo that features Marv Johnson, the Flamingos, Sonny
Boy Williamson and the Five Satins.
The Dick Clark Show is broadcasted from Treasure
Island Naval Base near San Francisco. Guests are the Olympics singing "Big Boy
Pete," Jan and Dean"
performing "Baby Talk" and Dorsey Burnette performing "Hey Little One."
ABC-TV $400,000 Coke Time special features Paul
Anka, Frankie Avalon, Edd Brynes and Anita Bryant. Cozy Cole starts a week at the
Chateau Lounge in
Wanda Jackson starts an East Coast tour.
Dion and the Belmonts are at the Regal in Chicago. Jimmie Rogers is at the Riverside Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada.
Jocko's Rocket Ship Revue at the Apollo features
Ruth Brown along with Dante and the Evergreens, the Olympics, Ben E. King and Jimmy Jones.
Nelson is at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Dick Clark Show from Chicago has Brenda Lee, Jack Scott and Freddy Cannon.
Jimmy Charles sings "A Million To One" on American Bandstand.
Bobby Darin is the opening act for George Burns at the
Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The cover charge is $4.00. The
Platters are at the
Town House in Pittsburgh. Ray Charles is at the Regal Theater in Chicago along with the Raeletts, Betty Carter and the Coasters.
The Dick Clark Show broadcasts from Hollywood. Guests are Everly Brothers, Brian Hyland and Deane Hawley.
Frankie Lymon appears on American Bandstand for the first time since 1958 and sings "Little Bitty Pretty One."
Paul Anka begins an engagement at Riverside Hotel and Casino in Reno Nevada. Cover charge is $3.00
Lloyd Price begins a week at The Beachcomber Club in Wildwood, New Jersey. Little Willie John headlines at the Apollo Theater.
Jackie Wilson is touring the South.
Bobby Rydell is on the Dick Clark Show.
Bryan Hyland performs "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" on American Bandstand.
Ray Smith sings "Rockin' Little Angel "on American Bandstand.
Ben E. King, the Five Satins, Joe Turner, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Faye Adams, Nappy Brown and Ann Laurie are at the Regal Theater.
Roy Orbison is on The Dick Clark Show along with Donnie Brooks and the Crests.
Ray Charles for a week at the Cloisters Hotel in Hollywood.
Bobby Rydell begins a tour of colleges with the Buddy Morrow Orchestra in Michigan, Iowa, Ohio and Illinois
Marv Johnson, the Miracles and Barret Strong are at Washington's Howard Theater.
Elvis Presley begins filming "Flaming Star."
Jan and Dean perform "We Go Together" on American Bandstand.
Conway Twitty headlines The Dick Clark show. Others appearing include Ray Peterson, Billy Bland, the Ivy Three, and Chubby Checker.
Brenda Lee brings her tour to the Tower Theater in Atlanta.
Bobby Darin opens at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles for two weeks.
The Platters begin nine days at the Basin street East in New York. Ray Charles at the Hollywood Palladium for a week.
After a three week renovation, the Apollo Theater
re-opens with the Coasters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Bo Diddley, Big Maybelle and
Bland. Bobby Vee sings "Devil Or Angel" and "Since I Met You Baby" on American Bandstand.
Wanda Jackson opens at the Flame Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota for six days.
The Flamingos sing "Mio Amore" on American Bandstand.
Clyde McPhatter appears with the Drifters at the Apollo.
The Dick Clark Show feature Fabian along with Lloyd Price, Jamie Horton and the Ventures.
Fabian and Duane Eddy are at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Ricky Nelson begins Australian tour. Johnny
and the Hurricanes open at the Rainbow Lounge in Wildwood, New Jersey. Jocko's
Rocket Ship Revenue at the
Apollo features Bobby Freeman, Jimmy Charles, the Spaniels and Danny and the Juniors. Clyde McPatter and the Drifters appear at the Howard Theater for a
The Platters sing "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes on The
Dick Clark Show. Others guests are Danny and the Juniors singing "Twistin' U.S.A.,
Mark Dinning "Teen
Angel", the Viscounts playing "Night Train," and Jo Ann Campbell singing "Kookie Little Paradise."
Brenda Lee begins three days at the Indiana Fair in Indianapolis.
James Brown and the Fabulous Flames are Meadow
Acres Ballroom in Topeka, Kansas. Bob Luman sings "Let's Think About Loving" on
Johnny and the Hurricanes are on American
Bandstand. Sam Cooke and his wife Bobby have a seven pound two ounce girl, Tracy Sam
Cooke, in Los
Wanda Jackson is at the Indianapolis State Fair.
Brenda Lee and Johnny and the Hurricanes are
at the Michigan State Fair in Detroit. Bobby Freeman sings " (I Do the) Shimmy
Shimmy" on American
Joey Dee and the Starliters become the house band at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City. Frankie Lymon is touring South America.
Sam Cooke opens at the Town Hill Club in Brooklyn
Dorsey Burnette sings "Hey Little One" on American Bandstand. Wanda Jackson performs in Cleveland.
American Bandstand viewers get a tour of Annette's home in Encino, California. Back in the Philadelphia studio Johnny Tillotson sings "Poetry In Motion."
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters are at the Apollo.
Jimmy Clanton closes his tour in New Orleans..
Ricky Nelson sings "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" as the new season of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet begins.
Chubby Checker sings "The Twist" on American Bandstand.
Ricky Nelson appears at the Mid-South Fair in Memphis. His four shows gross $1000,000 with tickets priced at $2.00
Bobby Darin is on NBC-TV's Bob Hope Show. Ike and Tina Turner make their national debut on American Bandstand.
Frankie Avalon is on NBC-TV's Perry Como Show.
Wanda Jackson is at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.
Ruth Brown, the Drifters, Little Anthony and the Imperials are at Chicago's Tivoli Theater.
Aretha Franklin is at the Village Vanguard in
Greenwich Village, New York. Jack Scott sings "Patsy" on American
Bandstand. Bobby Rydell is on the Perry
Brook Benton and the Drifters are at the Apollo.
The Saturday Prom, a half-hour variety show aimed
at teens is launched. It is hosted by Merv Griffin and begins at 5:30 P.M. (EST).
It's guest are Conway
Twitty and Johnny and the Hurricanes.
Clyde McPhatter is touring the Southwest. Johnny and the Hurricanes begin a ten day tour of Canada. Neil Sedaka is at the Smart Spot in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
The Shirelles sing "Tonight's the Night" on American Bandstand
Lloyd Price and his band perform in
Alberquerque, New Mexico. Fats Domino, Joanie Summers and Dante and the Evergreens
appear on NBC-TV's
Fats Domino sings "Walking to New Orleans" and "My Girl Josephine" on American Bandstand.
A riot breaks out following a rock and roll concert at the Milwaukee Theater.
Neil Sedaka, Brook Benton and Santo and Johnny are on Saturday Prom.
Duane Eddy is on American Bandstand.
Sam Coke begins a West coast tour.
Damita Jo performs "I'll Save the Last Dance For You," the answer to the current Drifters hit, on American Bandstand.
Johnny Burnette sings "Your Sixteen" on American Bandstand.
Johnny Horton following a show at the Skyline Club in
Austin, Texas is killed in an automobile accident. JoAnn Campbell, Brian Hyland and
Dion guests on
The Biggest Show of Stars 60 closes in Richmond, Virginia.
Elvis Presley begins filming Wild in the Country. Sam Cooke is at the Sciolla's Club in Philadelphia.
Johnny and the Huricanes are at Rand's night club in Washington.
Little Willie John headlines Chicago's Regal Theater. Santo and Johnny are on American Bandstand playing "Twistin' Bells."
Sam Cooke and Bil Black's Combo are on Saturday Prom.
Jackie Wilson headlines at the Apollo. Johnny Tillotson headlines the "Show of Stars" at the Memorial Auditorium in in Utica, New York.
Larry Verne, Jimmy Clanton and Paul Evans are on Saturday Prom.
Neil Sedaka performs "Calendar Girl" on American Bandstand.
Johnny Burnette and the Viscounts appear on Saturday Prom.
Bobby Vee sings "Rubber Ball' on American Bandstand.
Brenda Lee, Chubby Checker and the Casuals begin a tour of Hawaii in Maui. Bobby Rydell appears on CBS-TV's Red Skeleton Show.
Sam Coke is at the Twin Coaches Lounge in Pittsburgh.
Bobby Darin marries Sandra Dee. Ray Peterson starts six weeks at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.
Bobby Vee, Bob Crewe and Damita Joe are on Saturday Prom.
Fats Domino is performing at the El Rancho in Philadelphia.
Annette and the Edsels are on American Bandstand.
Fabian inks a seven year non-exclusive contract with 20th Century Fox Studios. The Flamigos are at the Townhouse in Pittsburgh. The Platters are touring Mexico for the second time.
Saturday Prom is broadcasts in color with guests Jack Scott, the Kalin Twins and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.
Dante and the Evergreens sing "Alley Oop" on American Bandstand. Also appearing is Jo Ann Campbell.
Bobby Darin co-hosts with Dick Clark on American Bandstand.
Brook Benton appears on The Perry Como Show. Jimmy Clanton is on American Bandstand.
The Safaris appear on American Bandstand. Wanda Jackson begins six weeks at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas
Johnny and the Huricanes begin a Mexican tour. Bill Haley and His Comets are touring South America.
Fabian sings "Kissin' and Twistin'" on American Bandstand.
Dodie Stevens and Maurice and the Zodiacs guests on Saturday Prom.
Bobby Rydell headlines the first three days of the
Brooklyn Paramont's annual Christmas Revue. Following Rydell as headliners is Brenda Lee
and Ray Charles
each for three days too. Dec 24 The Christmas Eve edition of Saturday Prom features Kathy Young and the Innocents.
Connie Francis appears on the Perry Como Show.
James Brown is at the Apollo.