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John Royce Mathis is born in Maud, Texas, USA. He will find success as country music vocalist and prolific songwriter Country Johnny Mathis. He should not confused with the more successful popular crooner of the same name.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play in The Panther Room at The Hotel Sherman, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show is broadcast live on radio.
The Irving Berlin musical Louisiana Purchase is presented at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 444 performances.
Harry James And His Orchestra play in Barstow, California, USA. The show is broadcast live on the NBC Blue Network's Victory Parade Of Spotlight Bands series, sponsored by Coca Cola.
Hit-making vocalist Helen Shapiro is born in Bethnal Green, London, UK.
The American-Yiddish musical revue Bagels And Yox is playing at The Holiday Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 208 performances.
The Biggest Show Of 1951, a package tour starring Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Marie Bryant, Peg Leg Bates, Stump And Stumpy, Timmie Rodgers and others plays at Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA.
The Vaughn Monroe Orchestra plays during a month-long engagement at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA.
The musical Love From Judy is playing at The Saville Theatre, London, England, UK, during a run of 594 performances. The cast includes Jean Carson (Judy), Linda Gray (Grace), Bill O'Connor (Jervis) and Adelaide Hall (Butterfly) and songs including I Never Dream When I'm Asleep, Dear Daddy Long-Legs, Here We Are and A Touch of Voodoo.
Earl Bostic opens for a season at Basin Street, New York City, USA.
Gene Vincent, The Coasters, Alis Lesley [billed as 'The female Presley'], The Six Teens, The Dots, Jerry Wallace, The Turks, The Gassers and the Ernie Freeman Orchestra, play a live show in The Shrine Auditorium, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
RCA Records announces that over 10m Elvis Presley records have been sold in twelve months - 60% of the company's entire output.
Reader Rosalie Fraser writes to UK music weekly the New Musical Express [NME] to complain that "Rock'n'roll is utter trash - I honestly don't understand the people who think the choking noise that comes from Presley's mouth is music."
Roy Milton plays the first night of a week at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
William Schlappi is born in Voorheesville, New York State, USA. He will find success as singer-songwriter Billy Montana, whose compositions will be recorded by Garth Brooks, Sara Evans, Jo Dee Messina, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Sister Hazel, Kenny Rogers and more.
Dean Prince And The Dukes play at McIlroy's Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Connie Francis plays the twenty-third night of four weeks at The Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada,USA.
Lonnie Donegan, Miki And Griff, Suzie Miller, The Dallas Boys, Gil And Freddie Levedo, The Tiller Girls and Norman Vaughan are appearing in Putting On The Donegan at The Winter Gardens Pavilion, Blackpool, England, UK, Europe.
Bill Monroe And The Blue Grass Boys play the first of two days at The Wilson Fair, North Carolina, USA.
Flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano is playing during three weeks of gigs at The 2nd Fret, Philadelphia, pennsylvania, USA.
A package tour featuring Chubby Checker, Bo Diddley, Dee Dee Sharp, The Shirelles, The Checkerboard Band and others plays in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bobby Vinton plays the first of two nights at The Moon Bowl, Freedomland Amusement Park, The Bronx, New York City, USA.
The Ronettes are seen performing Be My Baby on the tv show American Bandstand, broadcast from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. [Their performance is on tape, because they are appearing live in San Francisco].
American trombone virtuoso Kai Winding records a version of Yesterday, written by Paul McCartney of The Beatles, for Verve Records in New York City, USA. At the same session, Winding also records Spanish Harlem, Georgia On My Mind and other tracks.
Dottie West, with Chet Atkins as producer, records Wear Away, Would You Hold It Against Me and Before The Ring On Your Finger Turns Green at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Musicians on the session include guitarists Grady Martin, Ray Edenton and Bill West, bassists Henry Strzelecki and Harold Bradley, drummer Buddy Harman and Floyd Cramer on piano.
The rock musical Your Own Thing is presented at The Orpheum Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 937 performances.

Wheels Of Fire … The Cream

Boogie With Canned HeatCanned Heat

Mr Wonderful … Fleetwood Mac

History Of … Otis Redding

Greatest Hits … Four Tops

Bare Wires … John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

Smash HitsJimi Hendrix Experience

Greatest Hits … Diana Ross And the Supremes

Aretha Now … Aretha Franklin

British Motown Chartbusters … Various Artists

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Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention, The Fugs, Tim Buckley, Tangerine Dream and The Julie Driscoll/Brian Auger Trinity play at The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany, Europe.
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Tom Paxton plays at The Palace, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Pink Floyd play a third show at Theater 140, Brussels, Belgium, Europe.
During a North American tour, Pink Floyd play at Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Touring in support of their LP Modern Music, Be Bop Deluxe play at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England, UK, Europe.
Jay Wayne Jenkins is born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He will find success as the rapper and actor Young Jeezy.
On their Mirage tour, Fleetwood Mac play in Dallas, Texas, USA.
On her Wild Heart tour, Stevie Nicks plays at The Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA.
David Cassidy plays the second of two nights at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Mizuki Inoue (aka Mi-Mi), vocalist with Bright, is born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, Asia.
Legendary jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis dies, aged 65, from a stroke, pneumonia and respiratory failure, in Santa Monica, California, USA.
Bob Dylan is nominated for Nobel Prize for Literature by professor Gordon Ball of the Virginia Military Institute. He doesn't win.
BabyBird play at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
R.E.M. release a new single, Leaving New York, on Warner Bros Records, in the USA.
Lindsay Lohan shoots a music video on the streets of Manhattan, New York City, USA.
dEUS play at L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix, Paris, France, Europe.
So Solid Crew rapper Megaman (real name Dwayne Vincent) is found not guilty of murder at the Old Bailey, London, England, UK.
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Eric Clapton releases his nineteenth solo studio album, Clapton, on Reprise Records in the USA.
Dirty Beaches play at The Empty Bottle, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Live And Loud tour, Rascal Flatts, supported by The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope, play at Jiffy Lube Live, Washington DC, USA.
Sonata Arctica play at The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
Conor Oberst plays at The Knitting Factory, Spokane, Washington, USA.
Go March release their second LP, II, via Yokozuna Records/N.E.W.S.