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The musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, with music by Jule Styne, and starring Carol Channing, is presented at The Ziegfeld Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 740 performances.
Mel Torme and The Dave Lambert Singers record Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered with an orchestra directed by Pete Rugolo, for Capitol Records in the USA.
Curtis Stone, best-known as bassist of country band Highway 101, is born in the USA.
Gene Roland's 27-piece orchestra, which will become known as the 'Band That Never Was' is recorded unofficially, performing Limehouse Blues, Down Home Blues and East Side, West Side in Nola Penthouse Studios, New York City, USA, but the tracks will not be released. The band includes Charlie Parker and Joe Maini on alto saxes, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims on tenors, and Marty Flax on baritone.
Popular vocalist Mindy Carson plays the fifth night of a two-week season at the Thunderbird Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Ted Heath And His Music record Rag Mop, Didn't We, Go To Sleep and Beautiful Lovable for Decca Records in London, UK.
Trumpet Records holds its first-ever recording session, with The St. Andrews Gospelaires in the studios of radio station WRBC in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. The first releases by Mississippi blues legends Sonny Boy Williamson II, Elmore James, and Willie Love will all appear on Trumpet.
R'n'b vocal group The Blenders record Honeysuckle Rose and Gone [My Baby's Gone] for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
The George Shearing Quintet records How's Trix, Strollin' and Changing With The Times, for MGM Records in New York City, USA.
The Splinter Reeves Splintette record Stars Fell On Alabama, How High The Moon, I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm and Eulogising, for Jazzart Records in Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Perry Como, with the Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and Chorus, records Let's Go To Church [Next Sunday Morning], at The Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
R'n'b vocal group The Blenders record Honeysuckle Rose and Gone [My Baby's Gone] for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Freddy Martin And His Orchestra play the thirty-fifth night of six weeks at the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
Mel Torme and The Dave Lambert Singers record Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered with an orchestra directed by Pete Rugolo, for Capitol Records in the USA.
Ted Heath And His Music record Rag Mopp, Didn't We, Go To Sleep and Beautiful Lovable for Decca Records in London, UK.
Having suffered a heart attack shortly after his 50th birthday, stage composer Kurt Weill dies in New York City, USA. His best-known works, including The Threepenny Opera, which included the popular ballad Mack The Knife, were written in collaboration with Bertold Brecht.
Eddie Duchin And His Orchestra play the twenty-seventh night of a season at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA, that will run until May 10th.