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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 film adaptation of Irving Berlin's classic musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Betty Hutton as gunslinger Annie Oakley, is released in the USA. Co-starring in the film are Howard Keel, Louis Calhern and Keenan Wynn.
Tex Beneke And His Orchestra play the third night of four weeks at The Cafe Rouge in The Hotel Statler, New York City, USA.
The MGM musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel, is premiered in the USA. Ten songs in the film are composed by Irving Berlin.
Singing duo Ted And Barbara Andrews play the third 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
Frankie Laine and Patti Page begin a three-week season at The Paramount Theater, New York City, USA.
Stan Getz records On The Alamo, Gone With The Wind, Yesterdays, Sweet Pie, You Got To My Head and Harshey Bar during his first recording session for Roost Records in New York City, USA.
Bing Crosby, with Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires and The John Scott Trotter Orchestra, performs The Yodel Blues, Baby Won't You Say You Love Me, The Lament Of Homer Tracy and It Isn't Fair in New York City, USA, during the radio programme Bing Crosby's All Star Chesterfield Show.
Folk musician Burl Ives records The Little White Duck for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
R'n'b pianist Ivory Joe Hunter plays the sixth night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Catherine Howe is born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK. She will become an acclaimed singer-songwriter in the 1970s, earning an Ivor Novello Award for her song Harry in 1975.
Jazz pianist Larry Green plays the third night of a ten-day engagement at Bill Green's Casino, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bill Bruford, drummer of Yes, King Crimson, Gong, Pavlov's Dog and Genesis, is born in Birmingham, UK.
Jo Stafford records No Other Love, for Capitol Records in the USA.
A sixteen-minute black and white film, King Cole Trio And Benny Carter Orchestra, is released to cinemas in the USA. Perhaps not too surprisingly, it stars The Nat King Cole Trio and The Benny Carter Orchestra.
Simon Vlietstra is born in Franeker, Friesland, Netherlands, Europe. He will find success as blues guitarist and singer Shakey Sam
Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie play at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Frankie Laine and Patti Page begin a season at The Paramount Theater, New York City, USA.