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Steve Ripley, guitarist and songwriter of The Tractors is born in Boise, Idaho, USA.
Stan Getz records the Cole Porter composition I've Got You Under My Skin for Prestige Records in New York City, USA. The track will appear on the Various Artists album Music Of Cole Porter Played By America's Greatest Jazzmen.
Johnny Otis And His Orchestra record Blues Nocturne and other tracks, for Savoy Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Louis Armstrong performs Muskrat Ramble on a radio broadcast in the USA, done for Standard Oil, and entitled A Musical Map of America. Armstrong is accompanied on the broadcast by Jack Teagarden and Earl 'Fatha' Hines from the Louis Armstrong All Stars, plus clarinetist Lyle Johnson and guitarist Clancy Hayes.
Danny Federici, keyboardist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, is born in Flemington, New Jersey, USA.
Hank Williams releases a new single I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin', on MGM Records, in the USA.
Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kansas Joe McCoy, dies aged 44 of heart disease in Chicago, Illinois, USA. In a varied career, he was also known as Bill Wither, The Georgia Pine Boy, Hallelujah Joe, Big Joe McCoy and His Washboard Band, The Mississippi Mudder, The Hillbilly Plowboy, The Mud Dauber, and Hamfoot Ham.
Caldonia, Prince Kalani Dancers and Doc Wiley's Band play at The Ritz Theatre, Akron, Ohio, USA.
Ella Fitzgerald plays the eleventh night of two weeks at Cafe Society, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Florence Wright records the Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke song Imagination, for Savoy/National Records in New York City, USA.
Mahmut Mazhar Alanson is born in Ankara, Turkey. He will find success as a member of the popular music band MFO which will represent Turkey twice in the Eurovision Song Contest.
During an extensive national tour, singing cowboy Gene Autry plays in Bangor, Maine, USA.
Popular vocalist Mario Lanza records Boom Biddy Boom Boom at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the soundtrack to his next film, The Toast of New Orleans.
Ismael Miranda is born in Miranda, Aguada, Puerto Rico. He will become a composer and singer of Salsa music, nicknamed "Nino bonito" [Pretty Boy] will be a founder member of The Fania All Stars.
The Sid Phillips Band with Johnny Eager and Jane Lee, play at The Savoy Ballroom, Portsmouth, UK.
Frankie Laine opens at The Click, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Cattie Adams And Harry Van Walls And His Orchestra records Telephone Blues and Hear Me Talkin' for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra play the third night of two weeks at The Palomar Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Emilio Estefan, husband of Gloria Estefan and keyboard player of Miami Sound Machine, is born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.
Fred Koller is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will make his mark as a prolific songwriter with over 300 of his songs being recorded, mostly by artists in the country and country-rock genres.
Blues and jazz vocalist Ethel Waters is the musical guest on tonight's edition of the tv series This Is Show Business in the USA.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the fifth night of one week at The Palomar Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown releases a new single, I've Been Mistreated, on Peacock Records in the USA.
The Cry Of The Wild Goose by Frankie Laine reaches No1 in the Billboard Popular Singles Chart in the USA.
Goran Bregovic is born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. After beginning his music career in 1966 as the bassist with the local rock band Bestije, he will work in rock and underground music for two decades as well as establishing himself as a prolific composer of film scores.
Curtis Stone, best-known as bassist of country band Highway 101, is born in the USA.
Mel Torme, with Ted Herbert And His Orchestra, plays the last of four nights at the King Phillip Ballroom, Wrentham, Massachusetts, USA.
UK jazzman Ronnie Scott is among those arrested when forty police officers raid Club Eleven, Carnaby Street, London, and find him in possession of illegal drugs.
Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter Jean-Jacques Milteau is born in Paris, France, Europe.
Music student Bill Evans performs pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Kabalevsky for his Senior Recital at Southeastern Louisiana College, Hammond, Louisiana, USA. He will, in due course, make his mark on the world as one of the finest jazz pianists of the late 20th century.
Frank Sinatra records When You're Smiling, It's Only A Paper Moon, My Blue Heaven and The Continental for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Louis Armstrong And His All Stars record [Oh] Didn't He Ramble for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Mike Howlett is born in Lautoka, Fiji. He will find success as a bass player in Gong and Strontium 90, before going on to become an in-demand producer working with Martha And The Muffins, Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark, A Flock Of Seagulls and others.
Jazz, blues and gospel vocalist Ethel Waters is the musical guest on tv show This Is Show Business in the USA.
Billy Eckstein plays at The Copacabana, New York City, USA, standing in for Frank Sinatra who had to cancel dates because of throat problems. Eckstein is doubling the Copa show with a season at Paramount Theatre at the same time!
Edith Piaf records one of her most famous songs, L'Hymne - l'amour, said to be about her unending love for the French boxer Marcel Cerdan who had died in a plane crash in 1949. The song has been recorded in English many times under the title If You Love Me [Really Love Me].
Mary Hopkin is born in Pontardawe, Wales. As a protege of Paul McCartney of The Beatles, she will have a smash hit in 1968 with Those Were the Days.
Popular vocalist and recording artist Whispering Jack Smith dies of a heart attack, aged 51, in New York City, USA.
Comic actor and violinist Jerry Bergen appears as a guest star on the tv series Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue in the USA, hosted by big band leader Paul Whiteman.
Mark Allen Mothersbaugh is born in Akron, Ohio, USA. He will find success as Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of the band Devo and composer of music for films, television and video games.
Tex Beneke And His Orchestra play the eighth night of four weeks at The Cafe Rouge in The Hotel Statler, New York City, USA.
Jazz clarinettist George Lewis, with trumpet player Elmer Talbert, records Willie The Weeper, Make Me A Pallet On the Floor, Sheik Of Araby, Jerusalem Blues, 2:19 Blues and other songs in Philiberto's Music Store, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The tracks will be released on an album entitled Jam Session.
This week's edition of the radio series Destination Freedom is a fictionalised account of the life of Fats Waller, entitled The Shy Boy - Thomas 'Fats' Waller. The show features a different black personality every week and is considered to have been an important vehicle for advocating black civil rights. The show originates from Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Lawrence Welk And His Orchestra play the first night of four weeks at The Trianon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The No1 song on the Billboard Chart in the USA on this date is Goodnight Irene by Gordon Jenkins And The Weavers.
The musical comedy, Call Me Madam, with music by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, is playing at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 644 performances.
Ivory Joe Hunter releases a new single, Sorta Need You/You Thrill, on MGM Records in the USA.
Novelty song The Thing by Phil Harris becomes the No1 Single in the Cashbox magazine chart in the USA.
John Coltrane begins a week of shows at The Casino, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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