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James Faye Hall is born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, USA. He will find success as co-composer of the hit Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, but also as rock'n'roll pianist under the anmed Sunny David and Roy Hall.
Net sales of the American Piano Company of East Rochester, new York State, USA, for the year ended on this date are $11,424,799. The company manufactures pianos including the Ampico reproducing piano, for which many successful pianists made piano roll recordings.
Thomas Norris Tolleson is born in Palacios, Texas, USA. He will find success as country and rockabilly singer, pianist and recording artist Tommie Tolleson.
Wilton Felder, bassist and sax player for The Crusaders, is born in Houston, Texas, USA.
Big Bill Broonzy records Shine On Shine On, Green Grass Blues, Key To The Highway and other tracks for OKeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Washboard Sam plays washboard on these cuts.
The California Eagle newspaper reports that Count Basie, currently on a tour of theatres in the Mid-West opf the USA, is considering offers to play in three New York City venues - The Hotel Lincoln, The Cafe Zanzibar and The Aquarium Restuarant.
The Nat King Cole Trio perform Mona Lisa on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show [aka Toast Of The Town] in New York City, USA. This is the first of thirteen appearances on the show by Nat King Cole.
Duke Ellington And His Band come to the end of a one-week engagement at The Click, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Barbara Carroll Trio and Hot Lips Page are playing in double bill at The Music Box, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Gene Ammons And Sonny Stitt play at Birdland, New York City, USA. Piano on this gig is supplied by Junior Mance.
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson plays the ninth night of two weeks at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Biggest Show of '51, starring Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan plays in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Flambouyant pianist Liberace plays at Russ Auditorium, San Diego, California, USA.
Billie Holiday is playing at Weeke's Cafe, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, with The Wild Bill Davis Trio.
Smooth r'n'b pianist Sonny Thompson records Pastry and Chloe for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
On US tv show Toast Of The Town (aka The Ed Sullivan Show), Frankie Laine sings Jezebel, High Noon and On The Sunny Side Of The Street; singer and pianist Alec Templeton performs The Grandfather Clock, Aria from Samson And Delilah and Give Me The Name, Age, Height and S i z e; and French 9-man vocal group Les Compagnons De La Chanson perform The Three Bells.
Famed tango pianist, bandleader and composer Carlos Di Sarli, known as El Senor del Tango, gives his final live performance in the club Podest de Lan's in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
Count Basie And His Orchestra play the fourth night of a week at The Tivoli Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Their current vocalist, Ocie Smith, will later find greater success as solo performer O.C. Smith.
Jeanne Lee With Ran Blake records Lover Man, Evil Blues, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child and other tracks in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City. They will appear on their LP The Newest Sound Around.
Bob Moore records Streets Of Paris and Antonella in RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Personnel on the session include such legendary players as saxophonist Boots Randolph, pianist Floyd Cramer and guitarist Grady Martin.
The Springfields, featuring Dusty Springfield, begin the last week of a six-week season at The Empire , Liverpool, UK, in a show headlined by popular pianist Russ Conway.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet record Theme For June, There'll Be No Tomorrow and The Most Beautiful Girl In The World for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins record the album Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins, at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the fifth night of a week-long engagement at Le Jazz Hot, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The City Hall, Newcastle, UK.
The John Coltrane Quartet play at The Half Note, Hudson And Spring, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Claude King records There Ain't Gonna Be No More, Anna, Catch A Little Raindrop and other tracks in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Players on the tracks include guitarists Grady Martin, Harold Bradley and Ray Edenton, bassist Joseph Zinkan, drummer Buddy Harman and pianist William Pursell. The tracks are produced by Don Law and Frank Jones.
The Ramsey Lewis Trio enter the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with The 'In' Crowd, which will peak at No5 during a twelve-week stay on the chart.
The Steam Packet play at Cooks Ferry Inn, Angel Street, upper Edmonton, North London, England, UK. The group includes Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll.
Herbie Hancock records Maiden Voyage at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Blue Note Records.
Procol Harum play on tv show Time For Blackburn in the UK. The show is hosted by deejay Tony Blackburn.
Jackie Lomax releases a new single, How The Web Was Woven, on Apple Records in the UK. Leon Russell plays piano and drums on this track.
The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Georgie Fame and others play on the first night of the Palermo Pop Festival, Palermo, Italy, Europe.
Andrew Latimer, Andy Ward and Doug Ferguson of UK rock band The Brew meet keyboardist Peter Bardens, who has replied to an advert in Melody Maker, in Hampstead, North London, UK. They will go on to form prog-rock band Camel.
On his Never Picture Perfect Summer Tour, Rich Mullins plays in Adrian, Michigan, USA, with Avenue G.
Monica Zetterlund, internationally successful jazz vocalist who recorded with The Bill Evans Trio, Zoot Sims, The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra and others, is found dead, aged 67, following a fire in the bedroom of her apartment in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Elton John plays in Cardiff Arena, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
The three-day long Glastonbury Festival begins at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, UK, featuring acts including Basement Jaxx, White Stripes, Magic Numbers, Coldplay, The Belly Dance Superstars, Razorlight, New Order, Brian Wilson, The Wailers, James Blunt, Beautiful South, Baaba Maal, Babyshambles, The Killers, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Ska Cubano,  K.T Tunstall,  Kaiser Chiefs, The Subways, Chas n Dave, The La’s,  Elvis Costello, Taj Mahal And Royksopp. Attendance is 153,000. Tickets cost £125 including programme.
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On her Living Room tour, Carole King plays at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA.
Krista Detor releases her second album, Mudshow, in the USA on CoraZong Records.
Jamie Cullum plays the second of five nights at Ronnie Scott's Club, London, England, UK.
Phil Collins records an ITV In Concert special at London Television Centre, Upper Ground, London, UK, for transmission in September to coincide with release of his upcoming album, Going Back.
Jamie Cullum and The Heritage Orchestra play at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, as part of the annual Proms season.
Elton John and his husband David Furnish become the parents of a boy, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, born to a surrogate mother in California, USA. The baby weighs a healthy 7lbs 15oz, and is 22 inches long.
Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall releases her tenth studio album, Glad Rag Doll.
Lady Gaga and concert promotions company Live Nation lodge a legal suit in the US District Court in Los Angeles, California, USA, against two firms of Lloyds Of London insurance underwriters. Gaga and LN assert that they suffered "significant damages" from the cancellation of a show in Jakarta, Indonesia in June 2012, but that the insurers did not honour their contract.
Sir Elton John is presented with the first ever BRITs Icon Award by Rod Stewart, at a gala concert marking Elton's return to the stage after surgery for appendicitis. Rod describes him as "the second-best rock singer ever". The Icon prize was created by the UK music industry's trade body, the BPI, which also runs the Brit Awards.
Blues, jazz and boogie pianist Louis Vause releases a new album, Midnight In Havana, on Cadiz Music in the UK.
Billy Joel plays at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Postmodern Juke box play at The Dome, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.