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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.
Band leader Stan Kenton writes to The Four Freshmen, inviting them to Los Angeles, California, USA, for a meeting with Capitol Records which will lead to the group winning a recording contract.
Popular vocalist Mario Lanza records la Donna E Mobile, Una Furtiva Lagrima, Vesti La Giubba and Questa O Quella for RCA Victor Records at Republic Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Singing duo Ted And Barbara Andrews play the first of six nights at The Embassy Theatre, Peterborough, UK, with their daughter Julie Andrews as part of the act. Also on the bill are The Western Brothers
Charlie Parker plays at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie leaves Los Angeles, California, USA. His upcoming itinerary is reported to be taking him to El Paso, Texas, then to New Orleans, Louisiana, and then to New York City.
Bill Monroe releases a new single, The Old Fiddler / Alabama Waltz on Decca Records in the USA.
R'n'b pianist Ivory Joe Hunter plays the fourth night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Blues and jazz vocalist Wee Bea Booze, backed by Larry Johnson's Band, records Easy Rider Blues for Apollo Records in New York City, USA.
Tex Beneke And His Orchestra open for four weeks at Cafe Rouge in the Hotel Statler [aka Hotel Pennsylvania], New York City, USA.
Nat King Cole releases a new single, Mona Lisa, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers play at Cafe Society, New York City, USA.
Tex Beneke And His Orchestra open for four weeks at The Cafe Rouge in The Hotel Statler, New York City, USA.
Jazz pianist Larry Green begins a ten-day engagement at Bill Green's Casino, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.