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The musical comedy Wonderful Town, starring Rosalind Russell, is playing at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 559 performances.
Tito Burns And His Sextet play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Bing Crosby stars in his first television special, The Bing Crosby Show, in the USA.
Bryan Keith Hitt is born in Center, Texas, USA. He will find success as drummer for the rock band REO Speedwagon.
Artie Shaw's Gramercy 5, play the first of twenty-four nights at The Encore, upstairs at The Preview Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Frank Sinatra stars as the footloose and frequently unemployed private eye Rocky Fortune in another episode of his radio series of that name in the USA. This episode is entitled Nitroglycerine Truck Driver.
Frank Sinatra stars as the footloose and frequently unemployed private eye Rocky Fortune in another episode of his radio series of that name in the USA. This episode is entitled Social Director At Catskills.
Frank Sinatra stars as the footloose and frequently unemployed private eye Rocky Fortune in another episode of his radio series of that name in the USA. This episode is entitled Process Server/Missing Drugs.
Blues vocalist Lou Ann Barton is born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Musical comedy movie By The Light Of The Silvery Moon, starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, opens at cinemas in Denmark, Europe.
In UK music weekly Melody Maker's Annual music poll, John Dankworth is Musician Of The Year, while Ted Heath And His Music are Big Band of the Year and Ronnie Scott's Band is Small Band Of The Year.
Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup records I Love You and She's Got No Hair at WGST Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges records I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart and Don't Get Around Much Anymore, for Norgran Records in New York City, USA.
Work With Me Annie by Hank Ballard And The Midnighters is released by Federal Records in the USA. It will spend six months on the Billboard R'n'B charts, which it tops for seven weeks.
Big Joe Turner releases his original, uncensored, version of Shake Rattle and Roll on Atlantic Records in the USA. A white cover version by Bill Haley And His Comets will become a bigger hit.
At Decca Records' Pythian Temple Studio, New York City, USA, Bill Haley And His Comets record Rock Around The Clock and Thirteen Women. Neither song is a hit - yet.
Secret Love by Doris Day replaces I See The Moon by The Stargazers at No1 on the UK popular singles chart.
Louis Jordan and The Robins play at The Trocadero, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the fourth of ten nights.
The Second New Musical Express (NME) Pollwinners concert is held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Poll Winners include the Johnny Dankworth Seven, Ted Heath And His Music and Dickie Valentine. Framed diplomas and portraits are presented to the winners by the legendary Nat 'King' Cole.
In one of the most outrageous examples of musical censorship on erotic grounds, the BBC in London, UK, bans the latest Johnnie Ray single, Such A Night, from airplay, while it is already at No1 in the singles chart. The song, whose lyric is no more suggestive than many of the era, had been a hit in the USA for The Drifters earlier in the year, and would be a hit again for Elvis Presley in 1964 but, for reasons which have never been adequately explained Johnnie Ray [an undisclosed homosexual] suffered the ban.
I Understand [Just How You Feel] by The Four Tunes on Jubilee Records enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA where it will peak at No8 during a fifteen-week run on the chart.
Eddie Boyd And His Chessmen record Driftin', Rattin' And Running Around, The Nightmare Is Over and Real Good Feeling for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Ames Brothers play the second of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
American music trade bible Billboard magazine reports that country music songwriter Esther Casteel has launched her own Western Ranch Music record label.
A new radio show, Best of All, makes is broadcast debut in the USA. The show will go on to celebrate American composers including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Vincent Youmans and Cole Porter, with live performances by Sara Flemming, Clark Dennis, Donald Graham, Sylvia Michaels, Jack Haskill And The Textor Singers backed by Skitch Henderson And The Orchestra.
T-Bone Walker records Teen Age Baby, Hard Way and other tracks in Los Angeles for Imperial Records.
Some Day by Frankie Laine enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA where it will peak at No18 during a six-week run on the chart.
Sam Phillips of Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA, invites aspiring young singer Elvis Presley into the studio for a test recording session. Presley sings the song Without You, but Phillips is not completely convinced. He asks Presley to sing a few more songs and is sufficiently impressed to decide he will get Presley together with local musicians Scotty Moore (guitar) and Bill Black (bass) for a further session.
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Time magazine reports that RCA Victor has recently put on sale its first reels of music on tape. The 17 tapes, which play as long as a 12-in. LP, range from Brahms to Gershwin and sell for $11 to $15, compared to $4 to $6 for discs. It appears that tape, until now the preserve of hobbyists and high-fidelity fans, is becoming a competitive music carrier format.
The El Dorados record My Loving Baby and Baby I Need You at Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee-Jay Records.
An Alan Freed-promoted package tour called The Biggest Rhythm'n'Blues Show, plays in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Acts on the bill include The Drifters, Roy Hamilton, LaVern Baker, King Pleasure, The Spaniels and more.
An Alan Freed-promoted package tour of the USA, called The Biggest Rhythm'n'Blues Show, plays in Columbia, South Carolina. Acts on the bill include The Drifters, Roy Hamilton, LaVern Baker, King Pleasure, The Spaniels and more.
Martin Slavin's Vibrachords record Sweet Georgia Brown, I Surrender Dear, Crazy Rhythm and After You've Gone for Esquire Records in London, UK. The band includes Keith Bird [cl], Martin Slavin [vib], Dill Jones [p], Archie Slavin [g], Joe Muddel [b] and Roy Cooper [d].
Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Witherspoon and Floyd Dixon play the first of three nights as part of a Battle Of The Bands at the Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
T-Bone Walker plays the third night of a two-week stay at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Spade Cooley, with Betsy Gay on vocals, records Charmaine, You Clobbered Me, Break Up Down and Sparkling Silver Bells, for Decca Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Steel guitar on this session is by Joaquin Murphy.
Influential gospel singer and musician Washington Phillips dies from complications resulting from a fall, aged 74, in Teague, Texas, USA.
Guitar Slim, Muddy Waters, The Flairs, The Jewels, Marvin And Johnny, Chuck Higgins, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, The Platters and The Robins, later to become The Coasters, play in The Gene Norman Show at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Earl Bostic opens for a season at Basin Street, New York City, USA.
Sonny Thompson's Orchestra featuring Lula Reid and The Treniers play the last night in a week of shows at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Johnny Otis plays the eleventh night of two weeks at The Club Oasis, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Louis Jordan and The Hal Singer Band play the first night in a week of shows at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Mambo Italiano, a hit by Rosemary Clooney, is banned by ABC radio and TV in the USA because of its suggestive lyrics. (censorship)
Francesco Antonio Marino is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He will find fame as leader and guitarist of the band Frank Marino And Mahogany Rush.
Nolan Strong And The Diablos play the seventeenth night of three weeks at The Madison Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Elvis Presley plays on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, in the Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
The Penguins headline a show at the Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California, USA, supported by The Cheers, Earl Curry And The Blenders and the Chuck Higgins Orchestra.
Fred Rose, co-founder of the Acuff-Rose country music publishing empire, dies in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Kip Hanrahan, jazz percussionist, bandleader and recording artist, is born in The Bronx, New York City, USA.
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