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Tom Breneman is born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, USA. His career will include singing, acting, writing, producing and managing radio stations, but he will be best-remembered as the host of the radio show Breakfast At Sardi's, aka Breakfast In Hollywood. The show will become popular enough to become the subject of a movie, featuring The Nat King Cole Trio and Spike Jones.
Symphony Hall is opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
Popular jazz vocalist Vaughn DeLeath [nicknamed 'The Original Radio Girl'] records a second version of Are You Lonesome Tonight? on Brunswick Records in the USA. This new version adds an accompaniment by Bob Haring's Colonial Club Orchestra. The song will prove to be a much bigger hit in 1960 for Elvis Presley.
Billie Holiday and The Count Basie Orchestra make a live radio broadcast from the Hotel Ritz-Carlton, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Nelson Eddy sings Ol' Man River, 'Neath the Southern Moon, None But The Lonely Heart and Hopak on the Chase And Sanborn radio show in the USA.
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play on the CBS network's Camel Caravan radio show in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the second night of two-weeks at the Club Caprice in the Hotel Coronado, St Louis, Missouri, USA. The gig also involves nightly fifteen-minute radio broadcasts on Radio KXOK.
Woody Herman And His Orchestra are heard on an AFRS [Armed Forces Radio Service] radio programme recorded in New York City, USA.
Tex Beneke And His Orchestra play as part of an AFRS [The Armed Forces Radio Service], radio show, On The Beam, in The University of Iowa, Iowa, USA.
Joy Nichols sings A Little Bird and vocal group The Keynotes sing The Lady From 29 Palms, on the BBC radio show Take It From Here in the UK.
Vic Lewis And His Orchestra record Swanee, Summertime, S'Wonderful and other tracks in a live session for BBC Radio Jazz Club in London. The band includes Humphrey Lyttelton on cornet and Dill Jones on piano.
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play on the CBS network's Camel Caravan radio show in The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The full-length Disney animated film Song Of The South is released to cinemas in Belgium and The Netherlands. The film includes several memorable songs, notably Zip-a-dee Doo-Dah, sung by James Baskett.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry is heard in another edition of his weekly Melody Ranch Radio Show, broadcast from the CBS Studio C in Hollywood, California, USA.
Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Al Jolson with Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires and The John Scott Trotter Orchestra record songs including I Hadn't Anyone Till You, Stay With The Happy People, Give My Regards To Broadway, Lullaby Of Broadway and Avalon, in New York City, USA, for the radio programme Bing Crosby's All Star Chesterfield Show.
Jack Smith with an orchestra directed by Frank DeVol performs Domino on radio series The Tide Show in the USA.
Vic Lewis And His Band play at The Embassy Ballroom, Southsea, Portsmouth, UK.
Copyright is renewed on Dixieland jazz star Kid Ory's best-known composition, Muskrat Ramble.
Ray Charles records the Atlantic Records singles I've Got A Woman and Come Back at WGST Radio, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Billie Holiday appears on US tv's Steve Allen Show, singing My Man, Them There Eyes and Lover Man.
A fund-raising concert for the blind at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA, features Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Buddy Rich, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Lester Young and others.
Following a wave of vicious stabbings in New York City, USA, WCBS Radio bans the hit song Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin.
A new radio station, WIBF, begins broadcasting from Jenkintown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, with a music format covering MOR, big band, Dixieland jazz and country music.
Yes I'm Lonesome Tonight by Dodie Stevens is the highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the top pop singles in the USA, entering at No85. The track is an answer song to Are You Lonesome Tonight by Elvis Presley.
Jerry Lee Lewis, The Shirelles, Brenda Lee, Etta James, B.B. King, Gene McDaniels, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, Bobby Vee, The Diamonds, Kathy Young And The Innocents, The Fleetwoods, The Ventures, The Casuals, The Flairs, Gary Miles and Tony Williams (of The Platters) play in The Alan Freed Spectacular at The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
A new presenter, Brian Matthew, pre-records his first edition of UK tv show Thank Your Lucky Stars, at Teddington Studios near London, England, UK, Europe
Freddy Cannon releases a new single, Palisades Park, on Swan Records in the USA. (1962)
A new country music radio station, WXBM, begins broadcasting in Pensacola, Florida, USA.
Blues harmonica player St. Louis Jimmy Oden, with Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Washboard Sam on washboard, records Can
The Moody Blues perform Go Now, I Don’t Want to Go On Without You and I’ll Go Crazy on the BBC Light Programme radio show Saturday Club, in London, England, UK.
The Kinks record a live session at The Playhouse Theatre, London, England, UK, for the BBC Radio Show Saturday Club.
Dusty Springfield and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich appear on Southern Television tv series Time For Blackburn, hosted by radio deejay Tony Blackburn in Southampton, England, UK, Europe.
Led Zeppelin record a live session in Maida Vale studios, London, UK, for the BBC Radio One show Top Gear, deejayed by John Peel.
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Radio station WBZ in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, switches from a Top 40 pop music format to a talk show format.
Led Zeppelin play at the Pavilion, Bath, UK.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin are interviewed live on 2SM Radio, Sydney, Australia.
Queen’s new single, Radio Ga Ga, written by Roger Taylor, enters the UK singles chart at No4, and will peak at No2. This gives Queen the unique distinction of being the only group in which all four members have individually composed a top ten hit.
Oystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous, a member of Norwegian death metal band Burzum, is found dead in the stairwell of his building, with 23 knife wounds in his corpse.
Oasis have their first wide public exposure when a live session by the band is broadcast by BBC Radio 1 deejay Steve Lamacq.
State Radio play at The Borderline, London, England, UK.
When rock musician Roger Waters of Pink Floyd is the guest on BBC radio show Desert Island Discs, his musical choices include tracks by Ray Charles, Billie Holiday and Chet Baker. His choice of a luxury to take to his desert island is a Bosendorfer grand piano.
Britney Spears begins her Femme Fatale tour, with a show at The Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento, California, USA.
Katy Perry performs her new single Part Of Me and four other tracks during a Live Lounge special for BBC Radio 1's Fearne Cotton in London, UK.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The National Stadium, Bucarest, Romania, Europe.
Vampire Weekend play a live session at SiriusXM Studios, New York City, USA.
Goldfrapp play live on the radio show 6 Music Live at Maida Vale, London, England, UK, Europe.
Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sam Smith, Rixton, Ed Sheeran, Fuse ODG, Sigma and Jessie J play in the second night of Capital's Jingle Bell Ball at The O2 Arena, London, UK.
On their Paper Gods tour, Duran Duran play at Metro radio Arena, Newcastle, England, UK.
On their Revolution Radio tour, Green Day play at Newport Music Hall, Columbus, Ohio, USA.