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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.
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.
Popular singer and comedian Jimmy Durante
is presented with an Emmy Award as best television comedian of 1952.
is playing at The Chase Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
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.
records Oh Happy Day
, Lulu Had A Baby and Three Little Fishes at (probably) RCA Victor Studio, 1016 North Sycamore Street, Hollywood, California, USA.
records How Strange and Where Can I Go Without You? for Decca Records
in Los Angeles, California, USA.
performs the songs Heart and Soul, I Believe and Whistle A Happy Tune on the CBS tv show USA Canteen, in the USA.
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.
Dill Jones, multi-instrumentalist Tubby Hayes
and others play at The King's Head, Merton, UK.
The Irving Berlin
musical Call Me Madam is running at The Shubert 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
is granted a patent for his Precision Bass
, a pioneering instrument in the development of the electric bass guitar.
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.
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.
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.
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
Jazz and r'n'b saxophonist Earl Bostic
is playing at The Capitol Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, 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
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.
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.