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Buddy Hawkins And His Keynotes are playing at The Parkside Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
John Thomas "Tommy" Crain is born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He will find success as a multi-instrumentalist, best known for his time as a member of The Charlie Daniels Band.
Drummer and bandleader Oliver Coleman's contract is extended for three more months at Jimmy's Palm Garden in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His band Oliver Coleman's Palmaires, features King Fleming on piano.
Jimmy Rogers records I Used To Have A Woman, The World's In A Tangle and She Loves Another Man, in Chicago, IIlinois, USA, for Chess Records.
The Hank Williams' song Sing Sing Sing is registered for copyright in the USA.
John Raynor, drummer for a later-period line-up of Paper Lace, is born in Nottingham, UK.
If by Perry Como reaches No1 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA. It will hold the top slot for just one week.
Be My Love by Mario Lanza reaches No1 in the Billboard magazine chart of the Best-Selling Records in Stores in the USA.
The Frank Sinatra Bulova Show on CBS tv in the USA, features guest stars Perry Como and Frankie Laine.
Scott Gorham is born in Santa Monica, California, USA. He will find success as a rock guitarist, notably with Thin Lizzy.
There's Been A Change In Me by Eddy Arnold, reaches No1 in the Billboard Magazine Country Music Retail Chart in the 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 Second Annual Jazz Ball is held at Hammersmith Palais, London, UK, featuring the bands of Humphrey Lyttelton, Harry Gold, Chris Barber, Mick Mulligan and others.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
Vocalist Peabo Bryson is born in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.
Amos Milburn records I Love You Anyway, Ain't Nothing Shaking, Real Crazy, That Was Your Last Mistake - Goodbye, Women Women and Just One More Drink, for Aladdin Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
How High The Moon by Les Paul And Mary Ford on Capitol Records reaches No1 in the Billboard magazine Best-Selling Singles Chart in the USA for the first of nine weeks. The track is a revolutionary breakthrough, introducing the concept of multi-track recording.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The Canobie Lake Park Ballroom, Salem, New Hampshire, USA.
The Norman Leyden Orchestra, with vocalist Johnny Hartman records Out Of The Night and Worry Bird for RCA Victor in New York City, USA.
Don Cherry and Eileen Wilson, with The Sy Oliver Orchestra, record Star Of Hope and Far Far Away at Decca Recording Studio, Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York City, USA.
The Dominoes (including Clyde McPhatter) record That's What You're Doing To Me, I Am With You, Love Love Love, Don't Leave Me This Way and These Foolish Things for Federal Records in New York City, USA.
A one-shot tv show, The Cats And A Fiddle, airs on KTSL-tv, a CBS Network affiliate, in Los Angeles, California, USA. The half-hour long show features violinist Ginger Smock with a six-piece all-female combo and Vivian Dandridge.
Vaughn Monroe records Where Or When and Falling In Love With Love in the USA.
The anarchic 1941 musical comedy movie Hellzapoppin', starring Olsen and Johnson opens in Hong Kong, Asia.
Guitarist and ukulele player Frank Ferera, considered by many to have been the first international star of Hawaiian Music, dies aged 66 due to complications following a stroke.
The Original Gospel Harmonettes record Just To Behold His Face, Get Away Jordan and When I Reach My Heavenly Home, for Specialty Records in Hollywood, California, USA.
The James Moody Quintet records Deep Purple, More Than You Know, I Cover The Waterfront and other tracks for Disques Vogue, in Paris, France, Europe.
Twelve Apache Devil Dance songs by Medicine Man Macklin Palmer, Andrew Palmer, Sinew Riley, and Tribal Judge Stanley Paxson are recorded for the Library Of Congress American Folklife Center, in Whiteriver, Arizona, USA.
Country music duo The Mercer Brothers record their first session for Columbia Records in the USA.
Nat 'King' Cole, with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, records Unforgettable for Capitol Records in the USA.
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson plays the third night of two weeks at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ralph Flanagan And His Orchestra play at the Edgewater Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Trumpeter, synthesist and composer Mark Isham is born in New York City, USA.
R'n'b vocal group The Five Keys reach No1 in the Billboard r'n'b singles chart in the USA with The Glory Of Love.
Chuck Murphy records Lay Somethin' On The Bar, Waitin' For My Baby and Rollin' Rockin' Rhythm,for Coral Records in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, 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 the USA.
The Biggest Show Of 1951, a package tour starring Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Marie Bryant, Peg Leg Bates, Stump And Stumpy, Timmie Rodgers and others plays at The Mosque, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Hank Williams performs Crazy Heart and Sam And Kirk McGee perform I Was Sorta Wonderin' on The Grand Ole Opry show, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The movie musical An American In Paris, starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and Charles Guetary, has its New York premiere in New York City, USA.
Jeri Southern and Camarata record You Better Go Now for Decca Records in New York City, USA.,
Jay McShann's Band, with Ben Webster on sax, records The Duke And The Brute, You Didn't Tell Me and Reach, for EmArcy Records in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Record producer and graphic designer Scott Billington is born in Melrose, Massachusetts, USA. He will become noted for his work with Johnny Shines, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Solomon Burke, Buckwheat Zydeco and others.
Music trade magazine Billboard in the USA reports that Hank Williams has now written twenty-two Country Music Chart No1 singles.
Trumpet player Clark Terry joins the Duke Ellington Orchestra as a permanent member.
Bing Crosby Enterprises (BCE), give the world's first demonstration of videotape recording in Los Angeles, California, USA. Bing Crosby contributed funds to finance the development of videotape.
Roger Troutman, best-known as vocalist for pioneering funk band Zapp, is born in Hamilton, Ohio, USA.
Gary Loren Hahn is born in Northern California, USA. He will find success as record producer, musician, singer and songwriter Skip Hahn.
Lee Wiley completes the recording of tracks for her Columbia Records' album Lee Wiley Sings Irving Berlin, in New York City, USA..
Hank Williams records Let's Turn Back The Years and two other songs in Castle Studio [founded by Paul Cohen] in The Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.