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UK music paper The Melody Maker
reports that trumpeter Eddie Calvert
, aka The Man With The Golden Trumpet, has signed a contract to appear in the summer season at Blackpool for a fee of £7000.
I See The Moon
by The Stargazers reaches No1 on the Popular Singles Chart in the UK.
plays at The Flamingo Club
, London. Fred Dellar (journalist) : In such a tiny club, she was absolutely hypnotic. Being at the end of her career, her voice was very cracked but she used that to wring extra emotion out of every word. I ended up standing on a chair with my arms round two girls to keep them
from falling off.
William Clay Robinson is born in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. After moving to Los Angeles, California, USA, he will carve out a career as guitarist Electric Willy
, working with bands including Smegma
, The Hurtin' Brothers and The Electric Willy Trio.
records The Whiffenpoof Song, Spooks, Trees and Bye And Bye, in New York City, USA.
Junior Wells records So All Alone for States Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The band is Junior Wells [vocals and harmonica] Otis Spann
[piano], Muddy Waters
and Louis Myers [guitars], Willie Dixon
[bass] and Fred Below [drums].
Music trade magazine Billboard
in the USA notes the coming trend in music with the headline, 'Teenagers Demand Music with a Beat - Spur Rhythm and Blues.'
The Johnny Dankworth
Orchestra records Bugle Call Rag, Four Of A Kind, Perdido and You Go To My Head for Parlophone
Records in London, UK.
Memphis-based gospel music group The Blackwood Brothers
perform their latest recording, Have You
Talked to the Man Upstairs, on the nationally televised Arthur
Talent Scouts program in New York City, USA. They win.
The first edition of pop music weekly Record Mirror
is published in the UK.
The El Dorados record My Loving Baby and Baby I Need You at Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee-Jay Records
The Robins, later to become The Coasters
, play at The Savoy Ballroom in Los Angeles, California, USA, with Richard Lewis and his Band.
And The Drifters
reach No1 in the Billboard
R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA, with Honey Love despite having been banned by several stations, including Memphis radio WDIA, for having 'overtly sexual' lyrics.
In St. Anne's Catholic Church, San Antonio, Texas, USA, door-to-door salesman Johnny Cash
marries his girlfriend Vivian Liberto, just over a month after his return from Air Force duty in Europe.
R'n'B vocal group The Chords
appear on The Colgate Summer Comedy Hour tv show at The NBC Century Theatre, Seventh Avenue, New York City, USA. They sing their major hit, Sh-Boom
, and also also perform Say Hey, Willie, with baseball star Willie Mays.
A survey of American ballroom operators shows that business in the first half of 1954 was down by 54% compared to the first half of 1953. Blame is placed on the increasing popularity of record hops where teenagers dance to records rather than live performers.
plays the sixth night of two weeks at The Club Oasis
, Los Angeles, California, USA.
plays the second of two nights at the Palladium Club, Houston, Texas, USA.
The Chris Barber
Jazz Band plays a live session in London, UK, for the BBC Radio broadcast British Jazz. Songs performed in the session include After You've Gone.
A Starr is born when thirteen-year-old Richard Starkey of 10 Admiral Grove
, Dingle, Liverpool, UK, is given his first drum kit as a Christmas present from his stepfather, Harry Graves. As Ringo Starr
he will become the drummer for The Beatles