Daily Events - 1960

January 1

          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,

January 2  

         ABC's Dick Clark Show with Jack Scott, Little Anthony and the Imperials and Larry Hall

January 3  

        Platters in Madrid Spain in the middle of European tour. Charlie Gracie opens at the Erie Social Club in Erie, PA.

January 4  

         Fireballs perform on American Bandstand.

Early January Drifters are appearing at the Michigan State Fair.

January 8  

         On American Bandstand Dick Clark receives a Trans-Atlantic call from Elvis Presley on his 25th birthday.

January 10 

         Ray Charles and the Raeletts appear at the Hollywood Palladium

January 11  

          Little Joe appears on American Bandstand.

January 12  

          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

January 13

         The Platters appear in Sheffield, England.

January 14

         Blue Notes on American Bandstand.  Bobby Darin appears at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach

January 15 

         Ray Charles appears at City Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico


  Everly Brothers making personal appearances in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore.

January 16

         Bobby Rydell, Paul Evans, Dale Hawkins and the Knockouts appear on the Dick Clark Show.

January 18

         British rocker Cliff Richards arrives in NY for recording dates for ABC-Paramount.

January 19

         Ray Smith appears an American Bandstand.

January 20

         Connie Francis starts two week engagement at Cloisters Hotel in Hollywood, California.

January 21

         Frankie Ford appears on American Bandstand.

January 22

         Sam Cooke begins three day appearance at Shell House in Long Island, New York.

January 23

          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.

January 25

         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.

January 26

         Duane Eddy, Santo and Johnny and the Diamonds begin an Australian tour.

January 27

         Carl Perkins and Warren Smith join Johnny Cash who is currently touring middle-America.

January 29

         Brook Benton headlines the Apollo Theatre for a week.

January 30

         Dee Clark, Chuck, Berry, the Passions and the Fireballs appear on The Dick Clark Show.

February 1

        Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran appear at Empire Theatre in Glasgow, UK

February 4

         Johnny Burnette appears on American Bandstand.

February 5

         The Biggest Show of Stars for 1960 starts touring with headliners Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Clyde McPhatter.

February 6

         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.

Early February 

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.

February 10  

         Champs perform "To Much Tequila" on ABC-TVs American Bandstand

February 12

        Chuck Berry headlines the Apollo Theatre with Little Anthony and the Imperials, Baby Washington and the Mello-Kings.

February 15  

        Paul Anka begins a week long engagement at the New Lotus Club in Washington, D.C.

February 16 

        Annette appears on American Bandstand to sing "O Dio Mio"

February 19  

         Dr. Jive's Rhythm and Blues Revenue opens at the Apollo featuring Johnny Nash, The Flamingos, Tiny Topsy, Nappy Brown, the Hollywood Flames and
         Barrett Strong.

February 20  

        Bill Haley and His Comets, Frankie Ford, Ray Smith and Johnny Tillotson appear on Saturday evening's Dick Clark Show.

February 24  

        Carl Dobkins currently serving six month hitch with the Ohio National Guard performs live from Fort Dixon on NBC-TVs The Perry Como Show.  Ray
         Peterson begins a five week booking at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

February 26  

        Lenny Welch performs "You Don't Know Me" on American Bandstand

February 29

        Bobby Darin and Connie Francis appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.

March 1

        Red Prysock appears at the Surf Club in Baltimore.

March 2

        Jack Scott sings "Burning Bridges" and What In the World's Come Over You" on American Bandstand.

March 3  

        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,

March 5  

        Jackie Wilson headlines a three day Alan Freed production at the State Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut.

March 9

        The Mystics sing "Hushabye" on American Bandstand.

March 11

        Jimmy Jones begins a week at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.   The Flamingos play two days at the Lindenwood Inn in Philadelphia.

March 12

        Fabian, Jackie Wilson, Freddy Cannon and Santo and Johnny appear on the Dick Clark Show.

March 13

        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.

March 14

        In England, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran begin a week at the Empire Theatre with British rockers Billy Fury, Georgie Fame and Tony Sheridan.  Sam
        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.

March 17

        The Platters open for a week at the Olympia in Paris.

March 18

        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.

March 19 

        Bobby Darin, Freddy Cannon, Dorsey Burnette and the Contours appear on the Dick Clark Show.  Brook Benton and the Coasters break the house record
        during their week at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.

March 22

        The Playmates appear on American Bandstand and sing "Beep Beep."

March 24

        Jimmie Rodgers appears an ABC-TV's The Pat Boone Show.

March 25

       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.

March 26  

       Elvis Presley appears on The Frank Sinatra Timex Show. This is Presley's first live performance since being discharged from the Army.  Frankie Avalon
       headlines the Dick Clark Show.

March 28

       The Drifters begin a Southern tour.

March 30

       The Olympics sing "Big Boy Pete" and "Baby, Hully Gully" on American Bandstand.

March 31

       Paul Anka headlines the Chase in St. Louis, Missouri.

Late March 

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.

April 1  

       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.

April 3  

       The  Everly Brothers begin a three weeks in England with a concert at the New Victoria Theatre in London.

April 4  

       Jimmie Rodgers begins two weeks at the Cave Supper Club in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Early April 

Bill Haley and His Comets are on a four week tour of Mexico.

April 8  

       Lenny Welch begins two days at the Safari Club in Long Island, New York.  Brook Benton opens at the Regal in Chicago.

April 9  

        Dion and the Belmonts sing "Where and When" and "When You Wish Upon a Star' on The Dick Clark Show.

April 10 

       The Everly Brothers appear on ATV program Sunday Night at the Palladium in London, England.

April 12  

       Jackie Wilson appears at the Fountainbleau in Miami Beach, Florida.

April 13 

       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

April 15 

       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.

April 16 

       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.

April 17 

       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

April 18 

       Bobby Rydell appears on CBS-TV's "Father Knows Best.

April 22 

       The Skyliners are at The Spatz Show Lounge in Hamilton, Ohio.  Ray Charles is at the Apollo for a week.

Aprl 23 

       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.

April 25 


       Eddie Cochran is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery

April 26 

       Elvis Presley begins filming G.I. Blues.

April 27 

       Sam Cooke opens for a week at the Apollo.

May 3 

       Charlie Rich sings "Lonely Weekends" on American Bandstand.

May 4 

       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.

May 6 

       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.

Early May 

Neil Sedaka ends tour of Japan and begins a tour of the Philippines.

May 9 

       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

May 10 

       Jimmy Clanton and Roy Orbison begin their tour at the Jolla Club in Tucson. Arizona.  Wanda Jackson begins six days in Las Vegas.

May 11 

       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.

May 16 

       Alan Freed moves from WCBS in New York to KDAY in Los Angeles. His six day a week show will earn him $25,000

May 17 

       Fats Domino is in Dallas at the Memorial Auditorium. Bobby Freeman appears on American Bandstand.

May 19 

       Annette appears at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

May 20 

       Sam Cooke is at the Tivoli Theater in Chicago along with the Flamingos and the Crests.

May 21 

       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.

May 25 

       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

May 26 

       Bobby Vee sings "What Do you Want" on American Bandstand.

May 27 

       Jackie Wilson headlines the Apollo Theater for the coming week.

May 28 

      Gene McDaniels performs at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium  near Los Angeles.  LaVern Baker sings " Shadows Of Love" on The Dick Clark Show.

May 29 

      Brenda Lee makes a personal appearance in Huntington, West Virginia.

May 31 

      Johnny and the Hurricanes perform "Way Down Youder" and Preston Epps "Bongo, Bongo, Bongo on American Bandstand.

June 1 

      Ray Charles headlines the Hitmakers of 1960. Also appearing are the Drifters, Marv Johnson, Ruth Brown, Ray Bryant, Ron Holden, Billy Bland and Preston

June 2  

      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 concerning
      a female in Topeka, Kansas.

June 5 

      Johnny and the Hurricanes begin tour of England.

June 6 

      Jimmy Charles arrives in Philadelphia to promote "A Million To One."  Jamie Coe appears on American Bandstand.

June 7       

Bobby Darin appears on George Burns' NBC-TV show.

June 8 

      Gene Vincent and Freddy Cannon for a week at the Empire Theater in Glasgow, Scotland.

June 10 

      Dion and the Belmonts appear for two nights at the Safari Club in Long Island, New York.

June 11 

      The Dick Clark show broadcasts from Pittsburgh rather than its home base Philadelphia

June 13 

      Clyde McPhatter leaves the Drifters and Atlantic Records to go solo with Mercury Records.

June 14 

       Dante and the Evergreens sing their version of "Alley Oop" on American Bandstand.

June 16 

       The Platters with Tony William's replacement Sonny Turner begin a week at the Lotus Club in Philadelphia.

June 18 

       ABC-TV's The Dick Clark Show broadcasts from Hollywood. Guests are Jimmy Rodgers, the Hollywood Argyles and the Safaris.

June 21 

       Louis Jordan opens a five day stay at the Ember's Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

June 23 

        Paul Anka becomes the youngest performer to ever play the Copacabana.

June 24 

       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.

June 25 

       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."

June 27 

       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

June 29 

       Wanda Jackson starts an East Coast tour.

June 30 

        Dion and the Belmonts are at the Regal in Chicago.  Jimmie Rogers is at the Riverside Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada.

July 1 

       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. Ricky
       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.

July 4 

      Jimmy Charles sings "A Million To One" on American Bandstand.

July 8 

      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.

July 9 

      The Dick Clark Show broadcasts from Hollywood. Guests are Everly Brothers, Brian Hyland and Deane Hawley.

July 12 

      Frankie Lymon appears on American Bandstand for the first time since 1958 and sings "Little Bitty Pretty One."

July 14 

      Paul Anka begins an engagement at Riverside Hotel and Casino in Reno Nevada. Cover charge is $3.00

July 15 

      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.

July 16 

      Bobby Rydell is on the Dick Clark Show.

July 19 

      Bryan Hyland performs "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" on American Bandstand.

July 21 

      Ray Smith sings "Rockin' Little Angel "on American Bandstand.

July 22 

      Ben E. King, the Five Satins, Joe Turner, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Faye Adams, Nappy Brown and Ann Laurie are at the Regal Theater.

July 23 

      Roy Orbison is on The Dick Clark Show along with Donnie Brooks and the Crests.

July 27 

       Ray Charles for a week at the Cloisters Hotel in Hollywood.

July 28 

       Bobby Rydell begins a tour of colleges with the Buddy Morrow Orchestra in Michigan, Iowa, Ohio and Illinois

July 29 

       Marv Johnson, the Miracles and Barret Strong are at Washington's Howard Theater.

Late July 

Elvis Presley begins filming "Flaming Star."

August 3 

      Jan and Dean perform "We Go Together" on American Bandstand.

August 6 

      Conway Twitty headlines The Dick Clark show. Others appearing include Ray Peterson, Billy Bland, the Ivy Three, and Chubby Checker.

August 7 

      Brenda Lee brings her tour to the Tower Theater in Atlanta.

August 10 

      Bobby Darin opens at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles for two weeks.

August 18 

      The Platters begin nine days at the Basin street East in New York.   Ray Charles at the Hollywood Palladium for a week.

August 19 

      After a three week renovation, the Apollo Theater re-opens with the Coasters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Bo Diddley, Big Maybelle and Bobby "Blue"
      Bland. Bobby Vee sings "Devil Or Angel" and "Since I Met You Baby" on American Bandstand.

August 22 

      Wanda Jackson opens at the Flame Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota for six days.

August 23 

      The Flamingos sing "Mio Amore" on American Bandstand.

August 26 

      Clyde McPhatter appears with the Drifters at the Apollo.

August 27 

      The Dick Clark Show feature Fabian along with Lloyd Price, Jamie Horton and the Ventures.

September 1

       Fabian and Duane Eddy are at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

September 2 

       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

September 3 

      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."

September 4 

      Brenda Lee begins three days at the Indiana Fair in Indianapolis.

September 5 

       James Brown and the Fabulous Flames are Meadow Acres Ballroom in Topeka, Kansas. Bob Luman sings "Let's Think About Loving" on American

September 6 

       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

September 7 

       Wanda Jackson is at the Indianapolis State Fair.

September 9 

        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.

September 16 

       Sam Cooke opens at the Town Hill Club in Brooklyn

September 21 

       Dorsey Burnette sings "Hey Little One" on American Bandstand. Wanda Jackson performs in Cleveland.

September 22 

       American Bandstand viewers get a tour of Annette's home in Encino, California.  Back in the Philadelphia studio Johnny Tillotson sings "Poetry In Motion."

September 23 

       Hank Ballard and the Midnighters are at the Apollo.

September 25

        Jimmy Clanton closes his tour in New Orleans..

September 28 

       Ricky Nelson sings "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" as the new season of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet begins.

September 29 

       Chubby Checker sings "The Twist" on American Bandstand.

September 30 

       Ricky Nelson appears at the Mid-South Fair in Memphis. His four shows gross $1000,000 with tickets priced at $2.00

October 3 

       Bobby Darin is on NBC-TV's Bob Hope Show.  Ike and Tina Turner make their national debut on American Bandstand.

Octtober 5 

       Frankie Avalon is on NBC-TV's Perry Como Show.

October 6 

       Wanda Jackson is at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

October 7 

       Ruth Brown, the Drifters, Little Anthony and the Imperials are at Chicago's Tivoli Theater.

October 11 

       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
       Como Show.

October 14 

       Brook Benton and the Drifters are at the Apollo.

October 15 

       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.

October 19 

      The Shirelles sing "Tonight's the Night" on American Bandstand

October 22 

       Lloyd Price and his band  perform in Alberquerque, New Mexico.   Fats Domino, Joanie Summers and Dante and the Evergreens appear on NBC-TV's
       Saturday Prom.

October 25 

      Fats Domino sings "Walking to New Orleans" and "My Girl Josephine" on American Bandstand.

October 28 

      A riot breaks out following a rock and roll concert at the Milwaukee Theater.

October 29 

      Neil Sedaka, Brook Benton and Santo and Johnny are on Saturday Prom.

October 31 

      Duane Eddy is on American Bandstand.

Late October 

Sam Coke begins a West coast tour.

November 2 

      Damita Jo performs "I'll Save the Last Dance For You," the answer to the current Drifters hit, on American Bandstand.

November 3 

      Johnny Burnette sings "Your Sixteen" on American Bandstand.

November 5 

      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
      Saturday Prom.

November 6    

     The Biggest Show of Stars 60 closes in Richmond, Virginia.

November 7 

      Elvis Presley begins filming Wild in the Country.  Sam Cooke is at the Sciolla's Club in Philadelphia.

November 8 

      Johnny and the Huricanes are at Rand's night club in Washington.

Novwember 11 

      Little Willie John headlines Chicago's Regal Theater. Santo and Johnny are on American Bandstand playing "Twistin' Bells."

November 12 

      Sam Cooke and Bil Black's Combo are on Saturday Prom.

November 18 

      Jackie Wilson headlines at the Apollo.  Johnny Tillotson headlines the "Show of Stars" at the Memorial Auditorium in in Utica, New York.

November 19 

     Larry Verne, Jimmy Clanton and Paul Evans are on Saturday Prom.

November 21 

      Neil Sedaka performs "Calendar Girl" on American Bandstand.

November 26

       Johnny Burnette and the Viscounts appear on Saturday Prom.

November 29 

      Bobby Vee sings "Rubber Ball' on American Bandstand.

November 30

      Brenda Lee, Chubby Checker and the Casuals begin a tour of Hawaii in Maui.   Bobby Rydell appears on CBS-TV's Red Skeleton Show.

Late November 

Sam Coke is at the Twin Coaches Lounge in Pittsburgh.

December 1 

      Bobby Darin marries Sandra Dee.  Ray Peterson starts six weeks at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.

December 3 

      Bobby Vee, Bob Crewe and Damita Joe are on Saturday Prom.

December 4 

      Fats Domino is performing at the El Rancho in Philadelphia.

December 7 

     Annette and the Edsels are on American Bandstand.

Early December 

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.

December 10 

      Saturday Prom is broadcasts in color with guests Jack Scott, the Kalin Twins and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.

December 12 

      Dante and the Evergreens sing "Alley Oop" on American Bandstand. Also appearing is Jo Ann Campbell.

December 13 

      Bobby Darin co-hosts with Dick Clark on American Bandstand.

December 14 

      Brook Benton appears on The Perry Como Show.  Jimmy Clanton is on American Bandstand.

December 15 

     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.

December 16 

      Fabian sings "Kissin' and Twistin'" on American Bandstand.

December 17 

      Dodie Stevens and Maurice and the Zodiacs guests on Saturday Prom.

December 23 

      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.

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