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Nick Fatool is born in Milbury, Massachusetts, USA. He will become an in-demand jazz drummer, working with Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and numerous others, as well as playing on innumerable recording sessions for Capitol Records.
Blind jazz/r'n'b vocalist Al Hibbler is born in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. After working with Duke Ellington, he will score a No1 hit in 1955 with Unchained Melody.
Dino Crocetti is born in Steubenville, Ohio, USA. He will find fame as singer/actor and Rat Pack member Dean Martin.
Ernest Ranglin is born in Manchester, West Central Jamica, Caribbean. He will find success as an extraordinarily versatile guitarist whose talent embraced the jazz, pop, calypso and mento styles, as well as composing music for films. He is perhaps most well-known as the man who played guitar on and arranged the 1963 international hit My Boy Lollipop by Millie Small.
Philip Shulman, a founding member of 70s prog-rock band Gentle Giant, is born in The Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
Glenn Miller And His Orchestra play the first night of a week of shows at The Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, Martyland, USA. Also on the bill are Tommy Trent and The Berry Brothers.
Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Harry James records You Made Me Love You. with vocalist Dick Haymes, for Columbia Records.
The Kay O'Dee Quartet plays music for dancing at Drayton Institute, Portsmouth, UK.
The Original Crane River Jazz Band plays its final live gig, at the Royal Festival Hall, London, UK. The band features revered British jazz cornettist Ken Colyer.
Ed Bennett, considered one of the American West Coast's premiere string bass players, is born in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Herbie Fields and Buddy Greco are playing at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Duke Ellington's 25th anniversary in the music business is celebrated in a week of shows at The Paramount Theater, New York City, USA, which also features The Ravens.
The Walt Disney animated film Cinderella, including the songs A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, So This is Love, Sing Sweet Nightingale, The Work Song, and Cinderella, is released to cinemas in Spain, Europe.
To mark his 25th anniversary in the music industry, Duke Ellington is presented with a scroll by The National University Of Music, Chicago, Illinois, USA, and an Ellington scholarship in piano is set up.
Jazz singer and recording artist Maria Guida is born in New York City, USA.
When I Fall In Love by Nat King Cole enters the UK pop singles chart, where it will peak at No2.
Angered that his gospel jam session with The Jordanaires has been cut short by studio officials, Elvis Presley walks out of a recording session at MGM Studios, Culver City, California, USA, for the soundtrack to his upcoming movie, Jailhouse Rock.
The Shepherd Sisters, best-remembered for their 1957 US Top 20 hit Alone [Why Must I Be Alone], play the second night of a week at The Copa Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe plays at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK, with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and Ottilie Patterson.
Jane Wyman is the guest on US-tv's Tennessee Ernie Ford Show.
Count Basie and His Orchestra with Joe Williams on vocals play at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
A new Gibson J-200N acoustic guitar is shipped to Elvis Presley for use in his imminent recording sessions in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The John Coltrane Quartet records Blues Minor and Africa at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Impulse! Records.
Barbra Streisand makes an early television appearance on the show P.M. East, hosted by Mike Wallace, in the USA.
Joanie Sommers and Mort Sahl play a one-nighter at Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Cozy Cole is playing during a week of shows at The Esquire Club, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Flatt And Scruggs record Handsome Molly, Coal Loadin' Johnny, Hear The Whistle Blow and Too Old For A Broken Heart in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Paul Anka plays the last of fourteen nights at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
Hank Ballard And the Midnighters play the fourth night in a week of gigs at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr play the fifth of eight nights at the mafia-owned Villa Venice nightclub, Wheeling, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The John Coltrane Quartet and the Alice Coltrane Trio record Living Space and Dusk Dawn for Impulse Records in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Dean Martin records Houston, Little Lovely One and Love Love Love at United Recording Corporation Studios, 6050 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Tim Lefebvre is born in Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA. He will find success as a bass guitarist, working in The Tdeschi Trucks Band, and also as a session musician, playing for a wide range of musicians, including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Sting, Empire Of The Sun, The Sleepy Jackson, Wayne Krantz, Patti Austin, John Mayer, Jovanotti, Chuck Loeb, Mark Guiliana, Jamie Cullum, Chris Botti and others.
Lionel Hampton And His Jazz Inner Circle play a benefit concert at The Town Hall, New Yok City, USA, for The Harlem Hospital School Of Nursing.
Artie Butler records Max's Brazilian What and Have You Met Miss Jones for A+M Records in Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Funky jazz-rock combo Southbay Experimental Flash play the first of two nights at Mandrake's, Berkeley, California, USA.
The three-day long Mar Y Sol Festival begins in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. Four people will die during the event. On this, the first day, acts appearing include The Allman Brothers Band, B.B.King, Brownsville Station, Dave Brubeck, Jonathan Edwards, Herbie Mann and The Rubber Band.
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The album Breezin' by jazz and r'n'b guitarist George Benson is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Abba reach No1 in the UK singles chart with The Winner Takes It All. On the same day, The Police finish recording the album Zenyatta Mondatta at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Holland, Europe.
Dr. John plays at The Keystone, Berkeley, California, USA.
The Guest Stars with Dick Morrissey play the first of six nights at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Soho, London, UK.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the first of three nights at Osaka Stadium, Osaka, Japan.
Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder release a new duet single, Get It, in the USA.
B.B. King plays at the Nice Jazz Festival, Nice, France, Europe.
Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson play at The Town Hall, Cheltenham, UK.
Barret Deems, a jazz percussionist often billed as 'the world's fastest drummer', dies of pneumonia at Columbus Grant Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Deems played with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Red Norvo and many more.
Natalie Cole plays in The Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary, Europe.
Band Of Horses play at Academy 1, Manchester, UK, supported by The Goldheart Assembly and Mojave 3.