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The American-Yiddish musical revue Bagels And Yox is playing at The Holiday Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 208 performances.
Singing cowboy Roy Rogers records The Little White Duck and Edberg The Easter Egg at RCA Victor Studio, 1016 North Sycamore, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Paul Stanley, rhythm guitarist for Kiss, is born in New York City, USA.
Tim Blake is born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Shepherd's Bush, London, UK. He will find success as a pioneer of spacey synth rock in the anarchic Anglo-French band Gong and in Hawkwind, but will also release many solo albums under his own name or as Crystal Machine.
Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra record Midnight Sun and Spellbound for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
The musical Pal Joey is presented at The Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 540 performances.
Jan Garber And His Orchestra begin a series of one-nighters with a show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
LaVern Baker, Pee Wee Crayton and Billy Wright play at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Dave Hill, guitarist of glam rock band Slade is born in Fleet Castle, Devon, UK.
Hildegarde opens for a week at The Chase, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
US TV series Your Hit Parade, whose regular cast includes Dorothy Collins and Snooky Lanson, features the songs Please Mr. Sun, Cry, Tell Me Why and Wheel of Fortune.
Bassist and guitarist Theo Hurts, of the band Earth And Fire, is born in Huissen, Netherlands, Europe.
Ted Lewis, President of the UK-based Decca Record Company, writes to Harry Kruse, MD of London Records in the USA, stating, "We have what sounds like a Vera Lynn hit, Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart. Everyone here thinks the record is really worth taking a chance on." (He will be proved correct when the record hits No1 in the USA two months later.)
Homer And Jethro record Li'l Ole Kiss Of Fire, I'm Yorn, Child Psychology and The Billboard Song at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Bandleader Benny Strong is playing during a three-week stay at Elitch Gardens, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Arnett Cobb, backed by The Dreamers, records Someone To watch Over Me and Linger Awhile for OKeh Records in New York City, USA.
George Shearing is playing at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The musical comedy movie Rich, Young And Pretty, starring Jane Powell, Vic Damone and Wendell Corey, opens at cinemas in The Philippines, Asia.
Nicolette Larson is born in Helena, Montana, USA. She will find success as a pop, rock and country singer.
The musical Paint Your Wagon, with songs by Lerner and Loewe, closes at The Shubert Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 289 performances.
Nat King Cole, with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra, records Because You're Mine, Sweet William, Sleeping Beauty and I'm Never Satisfied, in Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Music trade magazine Billboard, publishes results of a survey showing that dollar sales of two newer formats, 45 and 33rpm discs, have overtaken sales of the traditional 78rpm discs in the USA. The magazine concludes that "the record industry is heading toward a two-speed business at a fairly rapid clip."
Neal Burris records Poison Kisses, I Bet My Heart, Honey Baby Blues and That's The Time For Love, in Castle Studio at The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Charlie Ventura And His Band are playing at The Preview Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Also appearing at The Preview are Johnny Lane And His Dixieland Band and Chamaco And His Orchestra.
The movie musical Two Tickets To Broadway, starring Tony Martin and Janet Leigh, opens at cinemas in West Germany, Europe.
Popular actress and musical performer Gertrude Lawrence dies aged 54 of cervical cancer in New York City, USA.
Steve Sanders is born in Richland, Georgia, USA. He will find success as vocalist and guitarist with country and gospel music group The Oak Ridge Boys.
Songwriter Frank Loesser copyrights his songs Thumbelina and Anywhere I Wander, which appear in the film Hans Christian Anderson starring Danny Kaye.
Doc Williams, with Cy Williams, records I Love You Little Darling, Prisoner At The Bar, One Heart One Life and There's A Mother Always Waiting, at James M. Black Studio, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA.
A new Statler Hotel opens in Los Angeles, California, USA, with Xavier Cugat playing in The Terrace Room, at the start of an eight-week run.
Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, The Oscar Peterson Trio, Flip Phillips, Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers, Ray Brown, Barney Kessel and Hank Jones play in the Jazz At The Philharmonic Concert at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Buddy Johnson's Orchestra, featuring singer Ella Johnson (Buddy's sister), plays at The Elks Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Dinah Washington is playing at The Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California, USA.
Nena, backed by Ralph Rotgers And His Latin-American Orchestra, is appearing at The Buttery in The Ambassador West Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Buddy Lucas Orchestra and Edna McGriff play in Dayton, Ohio, USA, at the start of a month-long tour.
Irish tenor Bill Dwyer is appearing at Club Alabam, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Teresa Brewer releases a new single, Till I Waltz Again With You, on Coral Records in the USA.
Gay Crosse And His Good Humor Six play during a week-long engagement at Club Ebony, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Saxophonist with the band during these dayes is John Coltrane.
Sonny Thompson And His Orchestra are playing during a string of dates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Eric Winstone And His Orchestra play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Gene Ammons Octet records Just Chips, Street Of Dreams, The Beat and Traveling Light for Savoy Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Anthony Edward Rayner is born in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand, Oceania. He will find success as keyboardist Eddie Rayner, with the band Split Enz, before going on to become a respected composer of film soundtracks.
The Delta Rhythm Boys are playing during a week at The Coliseum, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
Jazz pianist Jutta Hipp plays live on the Jazztime show in Koblenz, Germany, Europe.
Lutz Ulbrich is born in Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany, Europe. He will find success as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, composer and actor, working with bands including 17 Hippies, Agitation Free, Ash Ra Tempel and Ashra
Richard Sanders is born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, UK. He will find success as jazz-rock, folk rock, electric folk and folk fiddler Ric Sanders playing in groups including Soft Machine and Fairport Convention, and leading his own band.
English vocalist Alma Warren makes her first radio broadcast, singing with Geraldo And His Orchestra.
Wanda Butler is born in Dorchester, Georgia, USA. She will find success as a member of 1970s soul vocal trio Odds And Ends.
Ruby Braff And His Dixieland Band play at Seaview, Beverly, Massachusetts, USA.
Warney Ruhl And His Orchestra play for the New Year's Dance at Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
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