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A production of the Cole Porter stage musical Kiss Me Kate, starring Frances McCann, plays the first of two days at The Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Band play the fifth night of a one-week engagement at The Click, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Jimmy Murphy records Electricity, Mother Where Is Your Daughter, Big Mama Blues and We Live A Long Long Time, at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Carl Smith records the Hank Williams' song There's Nothing As Sweet As My Baby for Columbia Records in the USA.
Cory Lerios is born in Palo Alto, California, USA. he will find success as a pianist, singer and founding member of the platinum-selling rock and roll band Pablo Cruise, and will also score music for film and television.
R'n'b vocal quintet The Larks achieve their first national exposure by singing Lucy Brown on the Perry Como TV show (aka The Chesterfield Supper Club) in the USA.
Boxer, booking agent, producer, singer, pianist and Tin Pan Alley composer Henry W. Armstrong, dies in New York City, USA. His biggest hit was Sweet Adeline, written in 1903 with Richard H. Gerard, but also his 1905 song Nellie Dean became hugely popular in the UK as the signature song of music hall singer Gertie Gitana.
Nelson Eddy And Jo Stafford record With These Hands for Columbia Records in the USA.
The musical revue Michael Todd's Peep Show closes at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 278 performances.
Gay's The Word, a musical comedy composed by Ivor Novello and Alan Melville, is playing at The Saville Theatre, London, UK, during a run of 504 performances. 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.
Bing Crosby is heard performing All My Love, Can Anyone Explain?, Tennessee Waltz and Harbour Lights on the Chesterfield Cigarettes Radio Show in the USA. Nat King Cole, a guest on the show, performs Sam's Song and May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You as duets with Crosby. The Andrews Sisters also provide vocal embellishments on some of this evening's songs.
George Vincent Hanson is born in the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica, West Indies, Caribbean. He will find success as reggae vocalist Bobby Melody.
The MGM musical comedy film Royal Wedding, starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, has its cinema premiere in New York City, USA.
Jimmy Lee Fautheree records Knocking On Your Front Door, I Keep The Blues All The Time, Love Is Hard To Understand and Go Ahead And Go, at KWKH Radio Station Studio, 327 Texas, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
Jimmy Durante opens at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
Eddy Arnold records I Wanna Play House With You, Roll Along Kentucky Moon, Trouble In Mind and other songs, at RCA Victor Studio 1, 155 East 24th St., Manhattan, New York City, USA.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
On Top Of Old Smoky by The Weavers (including Pete Seeger) reaches No1 in the Cashbox Magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
When The Flip Phillips Quartet plays at Birdland, New York City, USA, the show is broadcast live on radio.
Savannah Churchill records (It's No) Sin for RCA Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Jackie Gleason records What Is A Girl? and What Is A Boy? for Decca Records in New York City, USA. Both tracks are humourous recitations with orchestral accompaniment.
Hank Williams releases a new single I've Been Down That Road Before, under his pseudonym, Luke The Drifter, on MGM Records, in the USA.
The George Shearing Quintet records Conception in New York City, USA.
Country music duo The Mercer Brothers record their first session for Columbia Records in the USA.
R'n'b vocal group The Five Keys make their r'n'b chart debut in the USA with The Glory Of Love. It will go on to reach No1.
Chrissie Hynde, leader of The Pretenders, is born in Akron, Ohio, USA.
The Hotcha Trio (a harmonica group) release a new 78rpm single, Chattanoogie Shoeshine Boy and Honeysuckle Rose, on Decca-Philips Records in Switzerland, Europe.
Vic Lewis And His Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom, Portsmouth, UK.
Red Foley records Midnight, The Last Mile Of The Way and Shake Hands With Mother Again, for Decca Records in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Smilin' Smokey Lynn, Duke Henderson, The Golden Keys, Big Jay McNeely and others play in Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. Known as The Blues And Rhythm Midnight Matinee, the show is hosted by radio deejay Hunter Hancock. Some authorities have described this as the first rock'n'roll concert to have been recorded.
David Hidalgo, singer and guitarist with Los Lobos, is born in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Tennessee Ernie Ford and Helen O'Connell release a new single, a cover of the Hank Williams' composition Hey Good Lookin', on Capitol Records in the USA.
The Frank Sinatra Show, broadcast live on CBS-tv from New York City, USA, includes guests Perry Como, Frankie Laine and Patti Andrews and The Andrews Sisters.
A Jazz At The Philharmonic concert, starring Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Roy Eldridge, Gene Krupa and others, plays at Dinner Key Auditorium, Miami, Florida, USA. An attempt was made to segregate black fans at the venue, but JATP Director Norman Granz said the concert would not go ahead unless the audience was mixed.
Buffalo Johnson And The Church Brothers And Their Blue Ridge Ramblers record Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms, Dreaming and I Don't Know What To Do for Rich-R Tone Records in Tennessee, USA.
Fluffy Hunter records The Walkin' Blues and My Natch'l Man for Federal Records in New York City, USA.
The Ralph Sharon Sextet records I'm Beginning To See The Light, Where Or When, Serenade In Blue and April In Paris for Melodisc Records in London, UK.
Memphis Slim And His Orchestra record No Mail Blues and Gonna Need My help Someday, for Mercury Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Singer Julius LaRosa begins a series of weekly appearances on the Wednesday night variety show Arthur Godfrey And His Friends on CBS-tv in the USA. LaRosa's involvement with the show will continue for two years.
Ray Price releases the first commercial recording of the Hank Williams' song Weary Blues From Waitin', on Columbia Records in the USA.
Charlie Parker begins a week of shows at The Sky Bar, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Stan Kenton records the avant-garde composition City Of Glass by Bob Graettinger for Capitol Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at White City Park, Harrisburg, Illinois, USA.
Danny Davis with The Leroy Holmes Orchestra records Fragments Of An Old Forgotten Love, Won't You Please Bring Back The Sunshine, Water Deep and Another World Ago at WMGM Radio Station Studio A, New York City, USA.
MGM's movie remake of the Kern-Hammerstein musical play Show Boat, starring Howard Keel, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson, is released to cinemas in Denmark, Europe.