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Pioneering jazz saxophonist Lester Young, nicknamed Prez, dies aged 49 in New York City, USA, having virtually drunk himself to death. His tragic passing will inspire Charles Mingus to compose the elegy Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (because Young was often seen wearing a broad-rimmed pork pie hat) later in the year. In 1979, Joni Mitchell will add lyrics to the melody, telling the story of Young's life.
Michael Holliday, Sheila Buxton, Desmond Lane, The Fraser-Hayes Four, Dorothy Reid and The Harry Hayward Orchestra play at The Gaumont, Bradford, UK.
The Steven Sondheim musical Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman, is performed on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 702 performances.