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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.
The Zoot Sims Quartet records Trotting, It Had To Be You, Swingin' The Blues [Zoot Swings The Blues], Coolin' The Blues, East Of The Sun and I Wonder Who, for Prestige Records in New York City, USA.
The Gene Ammons Quartet records Them There Eyes, Hot Stuff, When The Saints Go Marching In and Archie, for Prestige Records in the USA.
Tennessee Ernie Ford and The Dinning Sisters record Rock City Boogie for Capitol Records in the USA.
A US patent is granted to Leo Fender for his "new, original and ornamental design for a guitar", which is essentially his electric Spanish guitar model The Telecaster.
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson plays the third night of a week at Lindsey's Sky Bar, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Bob 'Slim' Dunlap is born in Plainview, Minnesota, USA. He is best known as the guitarist and singer-songwriter who replaced guitarist Bob Stinson in The Replacements in 1987.
Christopher O'Doherty is born in Auckland, New Zealand. He will find success as a musician, artist and designer under the name Reg Mombassa. He will be a co-founder of Australian band Mental As Anything, but will also pursue his interest in painting [mainly portraits and landcapes] and create cartoonish designs for surfwear company Mambo Graphics.
Gospel group The Detroiters record Let Jesus Lead You, I Trust In Jesus and Ride On King Jesus, for Specialty Records in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and cartoonist Peter Blegvad is born in New York City, USA. As well as producing a critically-lauded body of solo work, he will become well-respected as a member of the bands The Golden Palominos, Slapp Happy, Faust and Henry Cow.