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Joni James records the Hank Williams song, Your Cheatin' Heart, for MGM Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rosemary Clooney and Jimmy Boyd record Dennis The Menace for Columbia Records in Hollywood, California, USA.
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find success as Desi Arnaz Jr, drummer for 60s pop hitmakers Dino, Desi and Billy.
The Betty McGuire group is playing during six weeks at The Prince George, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Frankie Laine is playing at The Chase Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes by Perry Como reaches No1 in the Best-Selling Singles chart in the United Kingdom.
Ted Heath And His Music play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Marilyn Monroe is the star guest on tonights edition of The Martin And Lewis Show (starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis) on tv in the USA.
Frederick J. Troppe of Joliet, Illinois, USA, applies for a US Patent in respect of his invention of a tone modifier for musical instruments of the accordion type.
Susan Hayward wins the award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Musical Film for her leading role in With A Song In My Heart at The 10th Golden Globe Awards in the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The musical comedy movie Rich, Young And Pretty, starring Jane Powell, Vic Damone and Wendell Corey, opens at cinemas in Austria, Europe.
Broken Wings, published by John Fields, is at No1 in the Top Ten Best-Selling Songs chart, compiled by The Popular Publishers Committee of The Music Publishers Association, in the UK.
The Christie Brothers Stompers play at the Club Creole, 44 Gerrard Street, Soho, London, UK.
Wayne King is playing at The Chase Club, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
The Cy Laurie Band plays at The Cy Laurie Jazz Club, 16 Garrick Street, London, UK.
Tito Burns And His Band are playing a week of shows at Green's Playhouse, Glasgow, Scotland.
The Christie Brothers Stompers play at Club Bee-Gee, Wood Green, London, UK.
Following a tour of Germany, Europe, The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra returns to the UK.
The Music Makers [17-piece progressive jazz band] plays at Glagow Jazz Club, St. Andrew's Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, with The Clyde River Jazz Band.
Milt Buckner And His Trio open at The Bandbox, New York City, USA.
Percy Faith conducts The Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra in a concert in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
Little Jack Little opens at Yeaman's Supper Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Jazz pianist Bud Powell is playing at Birdland, Broadway, New York City, USA.
The Kirby Stone Quintet with Martha Raye is playing at The 5 O'Clock Club, Miami, Florida, USA.
Rosemary Clooney is playing at The Chicago Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Johnny Dankworth Seven play at The Town Hall, Petersfield, England, UK, Europe.
Hal Michael Ketchum is born in Greenwich, New York State, USA. He will find success as country music recording artist Hal Ketchum.
The Douglas Duke Trio opens at The Hickory House, New York City, USA.
UK pop weekly the New Musical Express (NME) hosts its first Poll Winners concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Winners are Ted Heath, Johnny Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Lita Roza and Dickie Valentine, all of whom play live sets and are presented with specially designed gilt metal crowns.
Perry Como records The Christmas Song [Merry Christmas To You] and C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S with Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra at The Manhattan Center, New York City, USA, for RCA Victor Records.
Latin jazz maestro Xavier Cugat makes a personal appearance at The Paramount Theatre, New York City, USA.
The New Palmer Bar in Detroit, Michigan, USA, is bombed. The incident is one of many linked to attempts by gangsters to gain control of the lucrative juke box business in Detroit.
Ray Charles records Worried Life Blues and Low Society in New York City for Atlantic Records.
Michael Gordon Oldfield is born in Reading, Berkshire, UK. As multi-instrumentalist composer Mike Oldfield he will find international success with the album-length instrumental composition Tubular Bells, which will provide the financial foundation for Richard Branson's Virgin empire and inspire the whole New Age musical genre.
The Maddox Brothers And Rose record I'd Rather Die Young [Than Grow Old Without You], These Wasted Years, The Nightingale Song and I'm A Little Red Caboose [On The Choo Choo Train Of Love] for Columbia Records in the USA.
Frankie Laine is playing at Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley cuts his first record, My Happiness and That's When Your Heartaches Begin, at Memphis Recording Service, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, operated by Sun Records.
The movie comedy musical Sailor Beware, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, is released to cinemas in Denmark, Europe.
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker plays at The Open Door, a club near Washington Square, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA. His band consists of trumpeter Benny Harris, pianists Bud Powell and Al Haig, bassist Charles Mingus, and drummer Art Taylor. The entire show will be released, eventually, as the live album Complete Bird At The Open Door.
Saxophone star Earl Bostic records Smoke Rings and Cracked Ice in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Hank Williams releases a new single, Weary Blues From Waitin', on MGM Records, in the USA.
Ray Charles records I Wonder Who in J&M's Music Shop, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jazz trumpeters Clifford Brown and Art Farmer with The Swedish All Stars, record the Quincy Jones' track Stockholm Sweetnin' at Europa Film, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. The track is also arranged, conducted and supervised by Quincy Jones.
Marty Robbins plays at Cherry Spring Dance Hall, Cherry Spring, Texas, USA.
Doo-wop hitmakers The Spaniels record Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Florida, USA.
Guy Mitchell records Is Your Mother Home, Beautiful Baby? for Columbia Records in New York City, USA, with Mindy Carson and Norman Leyden And His Orchestra. The track will not be released.
John Charles Barrett is born in Gainesville, Florida, USA. He will find success as musician, songwriter and producer Desmond Child, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Billed as 'The Fabulous Blind Singing Star', Ray Charles plays the sixth night in a two-week engagement at The Pelican Club, 301 South Rampart St, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.