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Duke Ellington and His Orchestra record One O'Clock Jump and Things Ain't What They Used To Be, for Capitol Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Blues guitarist, singer and recording artist Vance Kelly is born in 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 Social Director At Catskills.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in The Philippines, Asia. The film includes such Sammy Cahn-composed songs as The Second Star To The Right, You Can Fly and A Pirate's Life.
The Jazz Today Unit records Going To Minton's and I'm Beginning To See The Light for Esquire Records in London. The group consists of Dickie Hawdon (tp), Keith Christie (tb), Bruce Turner (as), Jimmy Skidmore (ts), Dill Jones (p), Jack Fallon (b) and Allan Ganley (d).
Cashbox magazine reports that Thirteen Women And One Man by Dickie Thompson on Herald Records has been banned on WHOM Radio in New York City, USA, because its lyric is considered too provocative. (censorship)
Blues vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon is playing at The Flame Show Lounge in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in Portugal, Europe. The film includes such Sammy Cahn-composed songs as The Second Star To The Right, You Can Fly and A Pirate's Life.
The Happy Wanderer by The Obernkirchen Children's Choir reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
B.B.King, The Platters, Johnny Otis, Shirley Gunter, Marvin And Johnny and The Maplighters play to a record-breaking full house at The Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The first commercially-available Fender Stratocaster guitars are shipped into stores in the USA by Leo Fender of Fender Sales in Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA.
Warney Ruhl And His Orchestra play in The Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Jazz guitarist Tal Farlow records My Old Flame for Verve Records at Fine Sound studios, New York City, USA.
Daniel Grafton Hill IV is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He will find success as singer and songwriter Dan Hill, best-known for the hits Sometimes When We Touch and Can't We Try? (a duet with Vonda Shepard).
Riot In Cell Block No 9 by The Robins, produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, is released in the USA. Instead of the usual Robins vocalist, Bobby Nunn, they have substituted Richard Berry. In due course the group will re-name itself The Coasters.
America's music business bible, Billboard magazine, reports that record companies are ready, five years after first announcing their existence, to begin supplying radio stations with seven-inch diameter 45 r.p.m. singles instead of the old 12-inch 78s.
Little Things Mean A Lot by Kitty Kallen on Decca Records reaches No1 in the Cashbox magazine chart of the Top 50 Best-Selling Singles in the USA.
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.
Teresa Fay Gibbs Daughtry is born in Miami, Florida, USA. She will find success as country and gospel singer Terri Gibbs, best-known for her 1981 hit Somebody's Knockin.
Eddie Fisher plays the second night of a ten-night season at Cocoanut Grove, The Ambassador Hotel, Hollywood, California, USA.
Eddie Condon And His All-Stars record Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me, How Come You Do Me Like You Do, Medley: When My Sugar Walks Down The Street/I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me, for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Webb Pierce records Your Good For Nothing Heart for Decca Records in Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters, play the twelfth night of two weeks at The Trocadero, Hollywood, California, USA.
The second annual Biggest Rhythm And Blues Show tour, produced by deejay Alan Freed, opens in Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, featuring The Drifters, LaVern Baker, The Spaniels, King Pleasure, The Comets, Erskine Hawkins and Rusty Bryant.
Jan Garber And His Orchestra play at The Melody Mill, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra records Hold My Hand and The High And Mighty for Parlophone Records in London, UK.
Webb Pierce records More And More for Decca Records in Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is born in Lee's Summit, Missouri, USA.
Louis Jordan and his orchestra play the fifth of ten nights The Trocadero, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters.
Thelonious Monk And His All-Stars play at The Open Door Club, New York City, USA.
Ray Charles and Guitar Slim play the first of three nights at the 5-4 Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Benny Carter Trio records June In January, Jeepers Creepers, Birth Of The Blues, The Moon Is Low and other tracks for Norgran Records in New York City, USA.
Music parodist Stan Freberg, who has recently released a send-up of The Crew-Cuts' hit Sh-Boom, is reported in Billboard magazine saying, "I hope this puts an end to r'n'b."
Music parodist Stan Freberg, who has recently released a send-up of The Crew-Cuts' hit Sh-Boom, is reported in Billboard magazine saying, "I hope this puts an end to r'n'b."
Craig Chaquico is born in Sacramento, California, USA. He will join Jefferson Starship in 1974 as their new guitarist.
Saxophone star Earl Bostic opens for a season at Basin Street, New York City, USA.
Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters compete in the Battle Of The Blues at the Club Paradise, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Jazz bassist Buddy Banks records the Gerry Mulligan composition Line For Lyons, at Geneix Studio, Paris, France.
Successful Cincinnati-based r'n'b group Otis Williams And The Charms make their Billboard chart debut in the USA with Hearts Of Stone.
Trumpeter/vocalist Oran Thaddeus 'Hot Lips' Page dies aged 46 of complications arising from pneumonia in New York City, USA.
Johnny Dankworth And His Orchestra, including vocalist Cleo Laine, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Earl Bostic plays the second night of two weeks at The Crystal Lounge on Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Sonny Thompson's Orchestra featuring Lula Reid and The Treniers play the fifth night in a week of shows at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
T-Bone Walker plays at The Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley plays at Sleepy-Eyed John's Eagle's Nest Club, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Nolan Strong And The Diablos play the twentieth night of three weeks at The Madison Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
It is reported that the old 78rpm record format may disappear completely, because sales of the newer, more compact, more durable 45rpm discs have rocketed, accounting for over half of the singles market. As a result, the price of 78s may be raised because they are more expensive to produce and ship, especially in smaller quantities.
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