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.