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Hammond organ duo Ralph and Buddy Bonds play at The Cadillac, Cumberland, Maryland, USA.
The Third Man Theme [aka The Harry Lime Theme] is released by Anton Karas on London Records in the USA.
Big Jay McNeely records Real Crazy Cool, Let's Split, Deacon's Blowout and Jay's Frantic, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Leonard Leslie And His Orchestra play in the minor hall on South Parade Pier, Portsmouth, UK.
An eleven-member gang steals $1,2m in cash, plus over $1.5m in cheques, money orders and other securities from The Brinks Building in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is the largest robbery in the history of the United States, and become feted as 'the crime of the century'. The incident will inspire the song Brinx Job by Pavement.
Harry McGilberry is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After developing a career as an r'n'b vocalist, he will join The Temptations in 1995 and sing bass with the group until 2003 when he will be sacked because of his drug problems.
Paul Stanley of Kiss is born in Queens, New York, USA.
I Almost Lost My Mind by Ivory Joe Hunter on MGM Records reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B best-selling singles chart in the USA for the first of five weeks.
Little Jimmy Dickens records Hillbilly Fever at the Castle Studio, [founded by Paul Cohen] in The Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The song is about the current craze for hillbilly music, and mentions several topical hits including Slipping Around, Lovesick Blues, Sugarfoot Rag and Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the first night of two weeks at Ciro's, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Miles Davis Sextet, including Stan Getz and Art Blakey plays the seventh of eight nights at Birdland, New York City, USA. Also on the bill are The Charlie Parker Quintet and The Bud Powell Trio.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the fifth night of two weeks at Ciro's, San Francisco, California, USA.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the ninth night of two weeks at Ciro's, San Francisco, California, USA.
Benny Strong And His Orchestra are at The Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA. During the band's stay at the luxury hotel, they record eight tracks for Capitol Records, including a version of If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the twelfth night of two weeks at Ciro's, San Francisco, California, USA.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the first night of one week at The Palomar Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Iris Chacon is born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She will find international acclaim as an exotic dancer and singer.
George Towne And His Orchestra play the first night of a three-week stay at The Deshler-Wallick Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Percy Faith joins Columbia Records in New York City, USA, as an assistant to Mitch Miller, in the post of musical director.
Frank Sinatra is heard performing the songs I've Found A Million Dollar Baby, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes and You're My Thrill on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA.
George Towne And His Orchestra play the fourteenth night of a three-week stay at The Deshler-Wallick Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Eileen Barton is the musical guest on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA. Miss Barton is best-remembered for her hit single If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake
Popular vocalist and recording artist Irene Daye marries bandleader Charlie Spivak in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.
Phillip Pyle is born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, UK. He will find success as drummer Pip Pyle in several bands including Gong, Hatfield And The North and National Health.
Frank Sinatra is heard performing the songs Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, It Isn't Fair and Dancing In The Dark, backed by the Skitch Henderson Orchestra, on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA.
Popular vocalist Mindy Carson plays the tenth night of a two-week season at the Thunderbird Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Billy Eckstine plays at The Mosque Theatre, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Billy Eckstine plays at The Paramount Theatre, New York City, USA.
American music trade magazine Billboard reports that country artist Shorty Long has left RCA Victor Records and moved to King Records.
Louis Armstrong And His All Stars record [Oh] Didn't He Ramble in the USA.
Gary Wayne Brown is born in Mooresville, North Carolina, USA. He will find acclaim as a singer in such bands as The Creations, The Catalinas, Bill Deal And The Rhondels and others.
Benny Goodman, backed by a small group, plays a live concert in Lausanne, Switzerland, during a tour of Europe. The concert is recorded and broadcast by Radio Lausanne.
Tex Beneke And His Orchestra play the second night of four weeks at The Cafe Rouge in The Hotel Statler, New York City, USA.
Judy Garland is rehearsing for the film Royal Wedding in which she co-stars with Fred Astaire. Garland will be fired before the film is completed.
Suzie Quatrocchio is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She will find success as Suzi Quatro.
Heroin-addicted jazz trumpet virtuoso Fats Navarro dies, aged 26, at Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie Ford release a new single, I'll Never Be Free, on Capitol Records in the USA.
The Kordites, Rudy Starita, Harry Bailey, Frankie Vaughan Al Read, Peggy Cochrane, Ray Martin and his Orchestra provide live entertainment on the BBC Light Programme radio show Variety Fanfare in the UK.
Ben Pollack's Pick-A-Ribs Boys record That Da Da Strain, Fidgety Feet, Stompin' At The Savoy and Dardanella for Savoy Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gay's The Word, a musical comedy composed by Ivor Novello and Alan Melville, has its premiere at The Palace Theatre, Manchester, UK. The show features songs including Vitality, It's Bound To Be Right On The Night, Sweet Thames, On Such A Night As This, Bees Are Buzzin' and Finder Please Return.
Charlie Parker plays the fifth of seven nights at Soldier Meyer's, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Dizzy Gillespie plays at The Elks Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA. His band includes John Coltrane.
Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor is born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is the brother of the better-known James Taylor.
The musical revue Michael Todd's Peep Show is performed at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 278 performances.
Jimmy Witherspoon records I'm Just Wondering for Modern Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry And The Cass County Boys release a new single, Frosty The Snowman, on Columbia Records in the USA.
Decca Records in the USA increases the price of singles by 10c to 85c [plus tax], while 10" LPs are increased from $2.85 to $3.00. Other major labels say they have no immediate plans to raise their prices.
Big John Greer And His Rhythm Rockers release I Want Ya', I Need Ya' on RCA Records in the USA.
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