1956: Nat "King" Cole was attacked on stage by five racial weirdos during a show at the Municipal Hall in Birmingham, Alabama. Police arrested the sick people, hauled them to jail, and Cole returned later that night to thrill the crowd in a second show.
1957: Ricky Nelson performed for the first time on the television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, singing "I'm Walking".
1958: Bobby Darin recorded "Splish Splash" at Atlantic Studios in New York City.
1958: Chuck Willis ("C.C. Rider"), who had suffered stomach ulcers for years, died during surgery for peritonitis in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 30. (Note: some websites mistakenly say Willis died in a car accident. Other sites claim he died in Chicago, Illinois. According to the books 'Rhythm and Blues, Rap, and Hip-hop' by Frank Hoffmann and 'The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun' by Robert Greenfield, Willis died of periodontitis during surgery in Atlanta. The book 'Hanging the Peachtree Bandit: The True Tale of Atlanta's Infamous Frank DuPre' by Tom Hughes also confirms that Willis died in Atlanta.)