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Scotty Moore is discharged from the US Navy. Two years later, he will become the first guitar player for Elvis Presley on all of his classic Sun Records' recordings in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Acclaimed jazz bassist and prolific recording artist William Parker is born in New York City, USA.
Roy Fox And His Whispering Rhythm play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Bill Snyder opens for a week at The Seville Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
LaVern Baker, Pee Wee Crayton and Billy Wright play at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Floyd Dixon is playing a one-night stand at The Elks Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bobby Wayne opens for two weeks at The Chase, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Dinah Shore releases a new single, I Am A Heart, on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Stan Mosely is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will find success as a soul vocalist.
A revival of the musical Shuffle Along by Eubie Blake opens at The Broad way Theater, on Broadway, New York City, USA, but it will run for only four performances.
Frankie Laine, Patti Page and Billy May play a one-nighter at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show also features Illinois Jacquet, The Jay Lawrence Chocolateers and The Clark Brothers.
The movie musical Lullaby Of Broadway, starring Doris Day, Gene Nelson and The Page Cavanaugh Trio, opens at cinemas in Finland, Europe. The songs in the film are composed by George Gershwin.
Tonight's edition of USA tv series The Roy Rogers Show, starring singing cowboy Roy Rogers, is Haunted Mine Of Paradise Valley.
Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper record Have Mercy On Me, I Cried Again, The Clinch Mountain Waltz, My Lord's Gonna Shake My Hand and Will The Lord Let You In in Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
It is reported that a recent survey of music-buying habits in Southern California, USA, has revealed that a substantial proportion of jazz, blues and r'n'b records are now being bought by "Spanish and mixed-nationality" buyers whereas they were prviously bought exclusively by Negro buyers. This change is attributed to the fact that several prominent radio deejays including Hunter Hancock (KFVD), Joe Aadams (KOWL) and Gene Norman (KLAC) are now playing this type of music to their audiences. Deejay and shop owner John Dolphin of KGFJ reports that about 40% of his retail business now comes from white buyers.
Having run for two months at The Mark Hellinger Theatre, the musical comedy Three Wishes For Jamie transfers to The Plymouth Theatre, New York City, USA.
Pete Farndon, bassist with The Pretenders, is born in Hereford, UK.
Dorothy Shay, Bobby Winters, The Merriel Abbott Dancers and Eddie O'Neal And His Orchestra are playing at The Empire Room, The Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sales of Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson are reported to have passed the one million mark in the USA.
Blues guitarist, singer and recording artist Luke Jordan dies in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA.
Lena Horne plays the fourth night in a week of shows at The Empire, Liverpool, UK, with Jack Parnell And His Music Makers.
Dinah Washington fails to appear for a gig in Trenton, New Jersey, USA, as a result of which legal action will be taken against her.
Neal Hefti and Frances Wayne And The Modernaires are playing at The Paramount Theatre, New York City, USA.
Hank Williams records You Win Again and three other songs in Castle Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.
The recently founded Duke Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA, is bought out by the longer-established Peacock Records of Houston, Texas, USA.
Singing cowboy Tex Ritter stars during the six week run of a spectacular Wild West Rodeo show at Harringay Arena, London, England, UK. The show also features The Rio Grande Singers, Jack Fallon And His Sons Of The Saddle Band and Bobby Howell and his Orchestra.
Carl Story And His Rambling Mountaineers Quartet record their version of The Louvin Brothers' song Are You Afraid To Die for Mercury Records in Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. At the same session they also record My Lord's Gonna Lead Me Out and Are You Walking And Talking With The Lord.
Vincent Cusano is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. He will achieve his greatest success under the name Vinnie Vincent, as a guitarist with Kiss.
Vin Bruce, with producer Don Law, records Claire De Lune, Je Lassez Mon Coeur, Are You Forgetting and Knockin' On The Door in Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session includes guitarist Chet Atkins, Grady Martin on guitar, mandolin and fiddle, Bob Foster on steel guitar, Tommy Jackson Jr on fiddl and, Owen Bradley on piano.
The Harry James Orchestra plays the second of two nights at Club Sevenoaks, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Hank Williams is arrested for drunken behaviour at the Russell Hotel, Alexander City, Alabama.
Hal McIntyre And His Orchestra open for four weeks at The Roosevelt, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Billy May And His Band play the third of four days at Lakeside Park, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Paul Bascomb records Mumbles Blues, Nona and Got Cool Too Soon for States Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Joe Morris Orchestra play the fourth night of a week at The Spodoree Club, Youngstown, Ohio USA. For many years, The Joe Morris Orchestra was the house band at Atlantic Records.
The movie musical An American In Paris, starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and Charles Guetary, opens at cinemas in The Philippines, Asia.
Sharon Arden, daughter of rock entrepreneur Don Arden, is born in London, UK. As Sharon Osbourne, she will find fame and fortune by managing her rock star husband, Ozzy Osbourne.
Ivory Joe Hunter, The Four Blazes, Thelma Carpenter and Larry Darnell are playing during a week of shows at The Earle Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lloyd Price is playing at Reynold's Hall And Tropical Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
WLS Radio in Chicago, Illinois, USA, hosts its third annual International Square Dance Festival, attracting a crowd of over 1000 patrons and breaking even financially for the first time.
Actress and singer Jeanette MacDonald is the subject of This Is Your Life on NBC TV in the USA.
Frankie Laine and Jeri Southern are appearing at The Chicago Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Billy Taylor Trio records They Can't Take That Away From Me, All Too Soon, Accent On Youth and Give Me The Simple Life for Prestige Records in New York City, 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 Ralph Sharon Trio records One Marning In May, I'll Remember April, It Might As Well Be Spring and Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year for Decca Records in London, England, UK.
Comedy vocalist Dorothy Shay is appearing at The Terrace Room, Statler Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA, with Eddy O'Neal's Band.
The Ralph Sharon Trio records A Garden In The Rain, Spring Song, Spring Secret and March Winds And April Showers for Decca Records in London, England, UK.
Count Basie And His Orchestra record Let Me Dream, Sent For You Yesterday and Goin' To Chicago, for Verve Records in New York City, USA.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry plays at The Fairgrounds Coliseum, Hope, Arkansas, USA.
Doc Williams, with Cy Williams, records I'm Watching The Train, Two Little Orphans, I'm Seeking A Harbour and The Heaven Express at James M. Black Studio, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA.