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GENE SCENE

6 Capi­tol re­lease the first sin­gle from their would-be Elvis Pres­ley, Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vin­cent (above), a singer they hail as “the scream­ing end!” The record be­comes a hit in both the US and UK charts.

RAM JAMS

9 Man­ager Buck Ram, writer of The Great Pre­tender and Only You, joins forces with DJ Alan Freed for a cam­paign to make teenage tear­aways be­come re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens. To launch it, Ram’s writ­ten Don’t Be A Bunny – mean­ing, in hip-speak, don’t be a wise guy or trou­ble­maker.

LON­NIE OK’D

10 Lon­nie Done­gan is rap­tur­ously re­ceived in New York. The skif­fling su­per­star’s cur­rent re­lease, Lost John, is al­most booted off NBC’s Na­tional Ra­dio Fan Club Show af­ter ac­cu­sa­tions of racial stereo­typ­ing, but is soon cleared.

BOONE IDOL

15 Clean-cut Pat Boone notches a UK Num­ber 1 with his cover of The Flamin­gos’ I’ll Be Home. It will be the Amer­i­can star’s only UK chart-top­per.

PEARLY PLATES

23 Sun­set Records ship out a spe­cial 45 rpm clear vinyl record­ing of a Pearl Bai­ley in­ter­view that al­lows DJs to ask ques­tions and then cue in Pearly Mae’s an­swers.

FAREWELL, BROWNIE

26 Clif­ford Brown, one of the most in­flu­en­tial trum­pet stars ever to grace the world of jazz, dies in a car crash at the age of 25.

STAN SQUIBS

30 Satir­i­cal singing ad­ver­tis­ing man Stan Fre­berg re­leases a dou­ble-sided send up of two cur­rent chart hits, Heart­break Ho­tel and Rock Is­land Line. The backup combo on the lat­ter are billed as Fre­berg’s ‘Snif­fle Group’.

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