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The American-Yiddish musical revue Bagels And Yox is playing at The Holiday Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 208 performances.
The Irving Berlin musical and political satire Call Me Madam is playing at The Coliseum, London, England, UK, during a run of 485 performances. Main cast members are Billie Worth (Sally Adams), Anton Walbrook (Cosmo), Jeff Warren (Ken Gibson) and Shani Wallis (Princess Maria). Songs include The Hostess with the Mostes', It's a Lovely Day Today, The Ocarina, They Like Ike and You're Just in Love.
The musical revue New Faces Of 1952, is presented at The Royale Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 365 performances. The revue is perhaps best remembered because it features Eartha Kitt making her Broadway debut with the spectacular song, Monotonous, based on real events in her life.
The musical comedy Wish You Were Here, is presented at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 598 performances.
The musical Love From Judy is playing at The Saville Theatre, London, England, UK, during a run of 594 performances. The cast includes Jean Carson (Judy), Linda Gray (Grace), Bill O'Connor (Jervis) and Adelaide Hall (Butterfly) and songs including I Never Dream When I'm Asleep, Dear Daddy Long-Legs, Here We Are and A Touch of Voodoo.
The revue An Evening With Beatrice Lillie is presented at The Booth Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 276 performances. As well as its actress-singer star, the show features piano duettists Eddie And Rack.
Mary Mayo is playing at The Statler Hotel, Washington DC, USA.
Harry Belafonte is appearing live at Ciro's, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
The Harry James Orchestra is playing during four weeks at Cocoanut Grove, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Exotica vocalist Yma Sumac is appearing during a four-week engagement at The Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Stooge, a new musical comedy movie starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, is released by Paramount in the USA.
Ruby Braff And His Dixieland Band play at Seaview, Beverly, Massachusetts, USA.
Hank Williams fails to show up for a gig at The Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, West Virginia, USA.
For the year ended on this date, 4,050 recordings were released by six key record companies (Capitol, Columbia, Decca, Mercury, MGM and RCA Victor) in the USA. The figures break down into three main categories with 2,610 releases in the pop category, 993 in hillbilly (country) and 447 in r'n'b.
Jazz pianist Mel Stitzel with The New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Jelly Roll Morton, The Bucktown Five, The Stomp Six and others, dies of throat cancer in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Hank Williams dies of heart failure probably caused by the effects of long-term alcoholism in the back of his car en route to a gig in The Palace Theater, Canton, Ohio, USA. He will, however, not be officially pronounced dead until January 1, 1953, in Oak Hill, West Virginia.
Singer Nellie Lutcher is the subject of This Is Your Life on NBC TV in the USA.
Louis Armstrong appears on the cover of influential jazz magazine Downbeat in the USA, under the headline "Louis Enters Hall Of Fame". On the same evening, Armstrong throws a party at his home in Queens, new York City, USA. During the party, a woman, Lillian Friedlander, sings I Can't Afford To Miss The Dream. Armstrong tapes her performance and subsequently convinces Decca Records to let him record it.
To mark his 25th anniversary in the music industry, Duke Ellington is presented with a scroll by The National University Of Music, Chicago, Illinois, USA, and an Ellington scholarship in piano is set up.
When Johnnie Johnson's sax player in the Sir John Trio catches a cold, Chuck Berry virtually invents rock'n'roll by improvising guitar lines while standing in for him during a gig at The Cosmopolitan Club, St Louis, Missouri, USA.
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The Best-Selling record of 1952 according to the year-end poll in Cashbox Magazine in the USA is Cry by Johnnie Ray.
Warney Ruhl And His Orchestra play for the New Year's Dance at Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Once popular left-wing political singer-songwriter Gaston Montehus dies, all but forgotten, in Paris, France, Europe. He was the writer of such notable songs as Gloire au 17ème and La Butte Rouge.