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The Charlie Ventura Quartet records Blues For Two, Somebody Loves Me, Crazy Rhythm and All The Things You Are, for Norgran Records in New York City, USA.
The Bill Bailey Minstrel Show, described as "a blackface opera", opens at Fort Myers, Florida, USA. The show has a company of fifty, including Brother Slim Williams, Danny Evans and Possum Gill.
Honeyboy Edwards records Sweet Home Chicago, Santa Fe and Drop Down Mama, for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois.
The stage musical My Darlin' Aida, a modern re-make of of the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, closes at Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 89 performances.
Fats Domino begins two weeks of one-nighters with a show in Roanoke, Virginia, USA, supported by doo-wop r'n'b combo The Clovers.
Arthur Rowberry And His New Orchestra, with vocalist Larry Gretton, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
In the first hours of the day, a flood swamps Canvey Island, Essex, UK, causing the deaths of 59 residents. The story is told in the 2008 song Canvey Island by British Sea Power.
Popular singer and comedian Jimmy Durante is presented with an Emmy Award as best television comedian of 1952.
Frankie Laine is playing at The Chase Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Charline Arthur records I Heard About You, I Kept It A Secret, Anything Can Happen and I Was Wrong at WFAA Radio Station, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Singer, songwriter and actor Egill Ólafsson is born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Europe.
Country duo The Soflin Sisters appear on a new KMA radio show entitled The Berry Maids, because it is sponsored by Berry Poultry Farms of Clarinda, Iowa, USA.
Spike Jones records Oh Happy Day, Lulu Had A Baby and Three Little Fishes at (probably) RCA Victor Studio, 1016 North Sycamore Street, Hollywood, California, USA.
Peggy Lee records How Strange and Where Can I Go Without You? for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jane Froman performs the songs Heart and Soul, I Believe and Whistle A Happy Tune on the CBS tv show USA Canteen, in the USA.
Roy Fox And His Orchestra play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
During a city-wide slump in live business, The Beachcomber Club in Miami, Florida, USA, closes down. The club has lost $700,000 in two years.
Popular WDIA disc jockey Rufus Thomas signs with Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in order to release Bear Cat, an answer record to Big Mama Thornton's hit Hound Dog.
Dill Jones, multi-instrumentalist Tubby Hayes and others play at The King's Head, Merton, UK.
Lee Lawrence plays the sixth night in a week of shows at The Empire, Shepherd's Bush, London, UK.
The Irving Berlin musical Call Me Madam is running at The Shubert Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Cornelia Otis Skinner is starring in her solo revue Paris 90, with music and lyrics by Kay Swift, at The Blackstone Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Lew Diamond Orchestra is performing live at The Auto Show in the International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Robert Johnson (not to be confused with the pioneering blues musician) is born in Miami, Florida, USA. He will find success as the drummer for KC And The Sunshine Band.
Rosemary Clooney is playing at The Chicago Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Leo Fender is granted a patent for his Precision Bass, a pioneering instrument in the development of the electric bass guitar.
Carl Smith releases a new single, Orchids Mean Goodbye (This Orchid Means Goodbye) and Just Wait 'Til I Get You Alone, on Columbia records in the USA.
Carl Barriteau And His Music play at The Astoria Ballroom, Nottingham, UK.
Loretta Lynn is given a $17 Sears And Roebuck Harmony guitar for her birthday by her husband Mooney. The gift will launch her into a careers one of the era’s outstanding country stars.
Fats Domino records Please Don't Leave Me, at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA.
Muddy Waters records Baby Please Don't Go for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Luiz Mauricio Pragana dos Santos is born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America. He will grow up to become singer and guitarist Lulu Santos, considered one of the great names of Brazilian rock.
Big Joe Turner records Honey Hush and Crawdad Hole in New Orleans, Louisiana, for Atlantic Records.
Jane Froman sings Cockeyed Optimist, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered and It's A Lovely Day, on the CBS-tv show USA Canteen, in the USA.
The Oscar Peterson Trio records I'm Glad There Is You, I Hear Music, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, One For My Baby, Autumn In New York, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Spring Is Here and The Things We Did Last Summer for Verve Records in New York City, USA. Guitarist on the session is Barney Kessel.
When The Charlie Parker Quartet plays at Birdland, New York City, USA, the show is broadcast live by WJZ Radio.
The Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band plays at the Don Juan Room, London, UK.
Carl Barriteau And His Music play the first of three nights in Warrington, UK.
Jazz and r'n'b saxophonist Earl Bostic is playing at The Capitol Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Country/pop singer Johnny Horton marries Billie Jean Williams, former wife of Hank Williams.
The Drifters, George Shearing and the Lucky Millinder Orchestra play the third night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The Drifters, George Shearing and The Lucky Millinder Orchestra play the last night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Guitar Slim records his first (and only) major hit single, The Things That I Used To Do, in Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana, for Specialty Records. Pianist on the session is Ray Charles.
Guitar Slim records his first [and only] major hit single, The Things That I Used To Do, in Cosimo Matassa's J And M Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, for Specialty Records. Pianist on the session is Ray Charles.
Popular vocalist Jane Froman sings Cuba, Vaya Con Dios, Yuba On The Tuba, The Night Was Made For Love and She Went to Havana, on the CBS-tv programme The Jane Froman Show, in the USA.
records Changing Partners by Kay Starr enters the Billboard popular Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No13
The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra records The Slider and Talk Of The Town, for Parlophone Records in London.
The musical comedy movie Call Me Madam, written by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor and George Sanders, opens in West Germany, Europe.