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Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kansas Joe McCoy, also known as Bill Wither, The Georgia Pine Boy, Hallelujah Joe, Big Joe McCoy and His Washboard Band, The Mississippi Mudder, The Hillbilly Plowboy, The Mud Dauber, and Hamfoot Ham, is born in Raymond, Mississippi, USA.
Country washboard band Herschel Brown and his Happy Five record the instrumental Liberty for Columbia Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Blues-jazz vocalist Margaret Webster records You've Got To Give Me Some, for Okeh Records in New York City, USA, with Charlie Green on trumpet, Clarence Williams on piano and Floyd Casey on washboard.
Blues-jazz vocalist Margaret Webster records You've Got To Give Me Some, for Okeh Records in New York City, USA, with Charlie Green on trumpet, Clarence Williams on piano and Floyd Casey on washboard.
John Martyn Booker is born in London, UK. He will find fame as Johnny Martyn, founder-member and guitarist with influential UK skiffle group The Vipers.
Under the name Bill McKinley, harmonica virtuoso Bill 'Jazz' Gillum records Poor Boy Blues for Vocalion Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The track also features Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam.
  Under the name Bill McKinley, harmonica virtuoso Bill ‘Jazz’ Gillum records Poor Boy Blues for Vocalion Records in Chicago Illinois. The track also features Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam.
Johnny Parker, with The Pete Rugolo Orchestra and The King Sisters, records Can't Seem To Laugh Anymore, Never Again, Our Little Ranch House and Two Weeks With Pay at MGM Studios, New York City, USA. The orchestra includes such jazz luminaries as Maynard Ferguson, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne and Kai Winding.
The Merseysippi Jazz Band records Hysterics Rag, Merseysippi Rag, Milenberg Joys, Working Man Blues, Coney Island Washboard and other tracks for Riverside records in Liverpool, UK, but the recordings will not be released.
Anthony Donegan's Jazz Band plays at The Royal Festival Hall, London, UK, supported by Lonnie Johnston. (Anthony Donegan would find greater fame as Lonnie Donegan, the UK's Skiffle King)
During a US tour, UK skiffle king Lonnie Donegan is backed by the Johnny Burnette Trio for a show in Detroit, Michigan.
British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan has two UK singles chart entries in one day - Bring A Little Water Sylvie and Dead Or Alive.
Lonnie Donegan plays at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group play at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK, with Billy Baxter and Mundy And Earle.
The Mick Mulligan Band plays the first of two nights in Liverpool, UK, supported by Jimmy Jackson and His Skiffle Group.
The BBC Light Programme's jazz festival, Jazz Saturday, featuring Chris Barber, Sandy Brown, Cy Laurie, Mick Mulligan and the Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group, is held at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey, enters the UK singles chart with Freight Train, which will peak at No5, earning Miss Whiskey the title of 'Queen of Skiffle'.
Britain's skiffle king Lonnie Donegan records Putting On The Style and Gamblin' Man, in London, UK.
An "All Star Skiffle Contest" is held at the Town Hall, Kensington, London, UK, with additional live music from Harry Walton's Ragtime Band and The Rhythm Kings.
An "All Star Skiffle Contest" is held at the Town Hall, Kensington, London, England, UK, Europe, with additional live music from Harry Walton's Ragtime Band and The Rhythm Kings.
The Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group plays at Wilson Hall, Speke Road, Garston, Liverpool, UK. Their drummer, Richard Starkey, will change his name to Ringo Starr and become the drummer for The Beatles.
The Rattlesnakes, a skiffle group including Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb (later to become the Bee Gees) have their first professional gig - a ten-minute slot singing Everly Brothers covers - at the Gaumont Cinema, Chorlton, Manchester, UK.
Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys, The Southlanders, Smoothey And Layton, Paul And Peta Page and Freddie Earle play at the Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Wee Willie Harris, The Most Brothers, Tony Crombie And His Rockets and Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group play the third of six nights at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Lonnie Donegan, plays at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, with Betty Smith, Phil Fernando, The Red Peppers and The Four Jacks.
The Treniers, play at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, with The Hedley Ward Trio, The Chas McDevitt Group and Terry Wayne. (Jerry Lee Lewis was billed to headline but had to pull out when a scandal erupted over his under-age wife.)
The Treniers, play at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, with The Hedley Ward Trio, The Chas McDevitt Group and Terry Wayne. (Jerry Lee Lewis was billed to headline but had to pull out when a scandal erupted over his under-age wife.)
The Chas McDevitt Group, featuring Shirley Douglas, plays at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Malcolm Allen Quintet.
A protest meeting takes place in Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand, Oceania, against an upcoming international rugby test match between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa because South Africa has banned Maoris from playing in the New Zealand team. This racist action inspires New Zealand's all-Maori Howard Morrison Quartet to write and record the sardonic protest song, My Old Man's An All Black (based on the Lonnie Donegan hit My Old Man's A Dustman).
Lonnie Donegan, Cliff Richard and The Drifters appear at The Empire Pool Arena, Wembley, London, UK, in the Record Star Show.
Vince Eager And The Moontrekkers play at The Assembly Hall, Melksham, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Swinging Blue Genes, who will later change their name to The Swinging Blue Jeans, play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Tommy Sanderson with Judd Proctor, Craig Douglas, Kenny Ball's Jazzmen, Valerie Masters and Johnny Duncan And His Blue Grass Boys appear on the radio show Easy Beat, presented by Brian Matthew, on the BBC Light Programme in the UK.
The Swinging Blue Genes (later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans) play at The Cavern, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Package tour A Star Spangled Night arrives at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, starring Billy Fury, Eden Kane, The Karl Denver Trio, The Allisons, Chas McDevitt And Shirley Douglas, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Dave Sampson and Gordon Peters. The tour is promoted by impresario Larry Parnes.
Package tour A Star Spangled Night arrives at The Granada, Dartford, England, UK, Europe, starring Billy Fury, Eden Kane, The Karl Denver Trio, The Allisons, Chas McDevitt And Shirley Douglas, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Dave Sampson and Gordon Peters. The tour is promoted by impresario Larry Parnes.
Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys, Jess Conrad and Sounds Incorporated play at The Oasis Ballroom, Manchester, England, UK, Europe. The show is promoted by Don Arden.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] play at The Tower, New Brighton, Wallasey, England, UK, Europe.
Cliff Richard, Alma Cogan and Bert Weedon feature in a year-end special edition of UK tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium.
Chubby Checker, The Brook Brothers, The Kestrels, Susan Singer, Chas McDevitt And Shirley Douglas, The Gary Edwards Combo, The Semi-Tones and The Red Price Orchestra play at the ABC, Hull, UK.
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated records a live session for the BBC Light Programme show Jazz Club, at the Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, UK. The session, featuring Alexis Korner (guitar), Graham Bond (alto sax), Dick Heckstall-Smith (tenor sax), Johnny Parker (piano), Jack Bruce (double bass) and Ginger Baker (drums) is broadcast the same day.
Blues harmonica player St. Louis Jimmy Oden, with Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Washboard Sam on washboard, records Can
Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames play at The Flamingo Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe. Support is by The Tridents, featuring future rock guitar hero Jeff Beck, who then go on to an all-nighter at Ken Colyer's Studio 51, Soho, London.
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The Tridents, featuring future rock guitar hero Jeff Beck, play at Ken Colyer's Studio 51, Soho, London, UK.
In a concert billed as "Honest-To-Goodness-String-Music-Of-The-Hills", The New Lost City Ramblers and Elizabeth Cotten play at The Town Hall, New York City, USA.
Lonnie Donegan plays at The Aquarium, Great Yarmouth, England, UK.
The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, a two-day event, begins in Cheltenham, UK.
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