Professor Longhair was born.
Elvis Presley is served with his draft notice while home at Graceland for the Christmas holidays. He is sworn in as a private in the U.S. Army on March 24, 1958, and later sent to basic training in Fort Hood, Texas. Shipped to Germany, he will serve in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Corps, from October 1, 1958, to March 1, 1960.
Sam Cooke hits #29 with "I'm In a Sad Mood".
Bill Black's Combo hits #16 with "Blue Tango"
"Come See About Me" by the Supremes hits #1.
Over and Over (The Dave Clark Five) was a hit.
James Brown releases an album entitle 'Thinking About Little Willie John and a Few Nice Things,' a tribute to his recently deceased friend and King Records labelmate.
Brand New Key (Melanie) was a hit.
Gary Glitter makes his comeback.
Whitesnake hits #2 with "Is This Love".
Debbie Gibson hits #4 with "Shake Your Love".
MTV debuts its weekly animated series, "MTV Oddities," which features strange characters in unusual worlds and situations.
Roebuck "Pops" Staples dies in his sleep.