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Dizzy Gillespie does a live radio broadcast from Birdland, New York City, USA.
Hank Williams performs Nobody's Lonesome For Me and Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet on the fifteen minute long Mother
The Guardian newspaper reports that, "Hell
Duke Ellington And His Band play the fifth night of a one-week engagement at The Click, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Roy Eldridge Sextet records No Rolling Blues, They Raided The Joint and Estrad Swing (Roy's Got Rhythm) for Metronome Records in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
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.
Cecil Gant, a popular and pioneering American blues pianist and singer during the late
Lon Christian Smith is born in Abilene, Texas, USA. He will find success as songwriter and record producer Chris Christian. His songs will be recorded by Elvis Presley, Olivia Newton-John, Natalie Cole, Sheena Easton, The Pointer Sisters, Al Jarreau, The Carpenters, Amy Grant, Patti Austin, Dionne Warwick, America, The Imperials, B.J. Thomas, B W Stevenson, Marilyn McCoo, Dan Peek, Cheryl Ladd, Jane Olivor, Sandi Patti, Ali Lohan, Donnie and Marie Osmond, and others.
The Dudes and Les "Carrot Top" Anderson with Noel Boggs record Just Like Two Drops Of Water, I Was Sorta Wonderin', T-T-Tucy-Ty, Hoein' Cotton and Las Vegas Nevada, in Decca Recording Studio, 5505 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rosemary Clooney, with Percy Faith And His Orchestra, records Mixed Emotions, for Columbia Records in the USA.
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.
Russ Morgan and yodelling duo The Gay Sisters record Metro Polka at Decca Recording Studio, 5505 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
R'n'b vocal group The Cap-Tans lease three masters - Yes, I Thought I Could Forget You and Waiting At The Station, to Gotham Records of Washington DC, USA.
Morton Gould And His Orchestra record Pavanne (a new version) and Ay! Ay! Ay! for Columbia Records 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.
John Bentley, bass guitarist of Squeeze is born in Hull, UK.
The Original Chuck Wagon Gang records Way Up In Glory, I'm Telling The World About His Love, He Said If I Be Lifted Up and Walk And Talk With Jesus for Columbia Records in Fort Worth, Texas USA.
Hank Williams releases a new single Howlin' At The Moon, on MGM Records, in the USA.
Saturday night musical countdown show Your Hit Parade on NBC in the USA features live performances by Dorothy Collins, Snooky Lanson, Eileene Wilson and Raymond Scott.
Bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs record Don't Get Above Your Raisin' and I'm Gonna Settle Down for Columbia Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The King And I is performed at The St. James Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1246 performances.
Jo Stafford and Lee Brothers record Star Of Hope for Columbia Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Louis Jordan records If You're So Smart How Come You Ain't Rich, Louisville Lodge Meeting, How Blue Can You Get?, Happy Birthday Boogie and Trust In Me for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Jorge Santana is born in Autl
Horace Charles McMahon is born in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, Australi. He will win acclaim as Charlie McMahon, one of the first non-Aboriginal musicians to succeed as a professional player of the didgeridoo.
The Wynton Kelly Trio record Moonlight In Vermont for Blue Note Records at WOR Studios, New York City, USA. The track will appear on the album New Faces-New Sounds.
Doo-wop group The Swallows have their first R'n'b singles chart entry in the USA with Will You Be Mine. The title line will be borrowed by The Penguins three years later for their huge hit Earth Angel.
Hank Williams, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and Milton Berle set off on the Hadacol Tour, sponsored by the manufacturers of a medicinal compound.
George Lewis' New Orleans Jazz Band records Big Butter And Egg Man, Bourbon Street Parade, Over The Waves, Who's Sorry Now and Weary Blues, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, for Riverside Records.
Ralph Flanagan And His Orchestra play at the Edgewater Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Jazz saxophonist, composer and recording artist Steve Slagle is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will work with Stevie Wonder, Machito, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway and others.
Chrissie Hynde, leader of The Pretenders, is born in Akron, Ohio, 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.
Electronic music composer Ragnar Grippe is born in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. He is perhaps best known for his work in film soundtracks.
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 Brazil, South America.
Lightnin' Hopkins, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Sleepy John Estes, Hubert Sumlin, John henry Barbee, Hammie Nixon, Sugar Pie De Santo, Clifton James, Sunnyland Slim and Willie Dixon play in the Third American Blues Festival at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, UK.
Dinah Washington With The Ravens records Out In The Cold Again and Hey Good Lookin' (neither the Hank Williams song or the Cole Porter song of the same name), for Mercury Records in New York City, USA.
Shrimp Boats by Jo Stafford enters the Billboard magazine popular singles chart, where it will peak at No2 during a seventeen-week run.
The Original Broadway cast of the stage show Paint Your Wagon spend the first of two days recording the soundtrack album in the USA.
Louis Jordan And His Orchestra record Come And Get It, Stop Makin' Music, Slow Down and Work Baby Work in New York City, USA.
I'll See You In My Dreams, a movie musical starring Doris Day and Danny Thomas, is released to cinemas in the USA. The film is a fictionalised biography of song lyric writer Gus Kahn.
Charlie Parker plays the last of fourteen nights at Lindsay's Sky Bar, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Carmen Miranda appears on The Colgate Comedy Hour tv series in the USA.
The movie musical Lullaby Of Broadway, starring Doris Day, Gene Nelson and The Page Cavanaugh Trio, opens at cinemas in Sweden, Europe. The songs in the film are composed by George Gershwin.