January 1. Johnny Cash gives the ﬁ rst of what will be many free concerts at San Quentin prison. Future country star Merle Haggard witnesses the show as one of the inmates.
January 4. Marty Robbins begins a two-week stint atop the Hot 100 with “El Paso” (Columbia). January 9. Emile Ford and the Checkmates-naturalized British citizens hailing from Bahamas-ﬁ rst U.K.