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Jack Wilton Marshall is born in El Dorado, Kansas, USA. He will find success as jazz guitarist, producer and composer Jack Marshall. As well as pursuing a solo career, Marshall will work with Art Tatum, and will compose hundreds of pieces for televsion and films. His best-remembered arrangement is for Peggy Lee's Fever, using only percussion, bass and finger snaps, which won him several awards.
Judy Garland's new contract with MGM is filed in The Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA. Because she is no longer a minor, her salary is increased from $600 a week to $2000.
Bing Crosby is heard singing Just The Way You Are, You And Your Beautiful Eyes, Hello My Baby, In My Merry Oldsmobile, Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon, Walkin' My Baby Back Home, You Made Me Love You and May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You on The Chesterfield Cigarettes Radio Show in the USA. Judy Garland, Bing's guest on the show, sings several of the tracks as duets with Bing. The show was pre-recorded in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA on 27 january.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
Judy Garland plays the sixth of seven nights at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
The second of five days of recording for the Rodgers And Hammerstein soundtrack to the film Oklahoma proceeds at Columbia Studios, New York City, USA. Singers include Nelson Eddy, Portia Nelson and Virginia Haskins.
Judy Garland comes to the end of a four-week concert engagement at The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Billboard magazine reports that an American Federation Of Musicians analysis of the recording industry in the USA and Canada (for 1951) reveals that the combined dollar volume of 45rpm and 33rpm discs now represents about 34% of the entire disc business, making serious inroads into the sales of conventional 78rpm discs. At the same time, sales of sheet music have dramatically decreased, by about 50%.
Barbra Streisand continues with a month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand continues with her month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand comes to the end of a month-long residency at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand plays the last of ten nights at The Caucus Club in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Comedy singing duo The Smothers Brothers continue with a three week engagement at The Crystal Palace, Gaslight Square, St Louis, Missouri, USA. Second on the bill is teenage singer Barbra Streisand.
Barbra Streisand comes to the end of a month-long engagement at The Bon Soir Club, New York City, USA. During this performance, Streisand meets Martin Erlichman, who will become her personal manager.
Barbra Streisand plays the first night of two weeks at The Town'n'Country, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Barbra Streisand plays the eighth of twenty-seven nights at The Caucus Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Barbra Streisand plays the thirteenth of twenty-seven nights at The Caucus Club , Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Judy Garland plays at The Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA, to an audience of 8,700 people. The show grosses $45,000.
The Greater Delaware Valley High Fidelity Music Show, a three-day event, begins at The Franklin Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Frank Sinatra is recording the title song for inclusion in the Frank Capra movie Pocketful Of Miracles at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, Califoprnia, USA. Nelson Riddle is the musical arranger on the session.
Judy Garland plays to a standing room only audience during a second concert at The O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The soundtrack album for the Elvis Presley film Blue Hawaii enters the UK Pop Albums Chart, where it will peak at No1 during a stay of 65 weeks.
The musical comedy movie Bells Are Ringing, starring Dean Martin and Judy Holliday, opens at cinemas in Denmark, Europe.
The new No1 album in the UK is the soundtrack to the film West Side Story, composed by Leonard Bernstein.
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The Grammy Awards Ceremony is held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA. Among the main results are the following :
Record Of The Year - Days Of Wine And Roses by Henry Mancini.
Album of the Year - The Barbra Streisand Album
New Artist - The Swingle Singers
Vocal Group Performance - Blowin' In the Wind by Peter, Paul And Mary
Rock And Roll Recording - Deep Purple by Nino Tempo And April Stevens
Rhythm And Blues Recording - Busted by Ray Charles
Country And Western Recording - Detroit City by Bobby Bare
Best Instrumental Arrangement - I Can't Stop Loving You by Quincy Jones for Count Basie
Marni Nixon, famed as a singer for having secretly dubbed the singing voices for actresses including Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn, in many musical films, appears as a contestant on tv panel show To Tell The Truth in the USA.
Judy Garland performs the first night of a week at the O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Elvis Presley has a recording session at United Artists Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the film soundtrack album Frankie And Johnny.
Actor Peter Lawford hosts a party for Judy Garland on the occasion of her 43rd birthday.
Elvis Presley completes the recording of tracks for the soundtrack to the film Paradise Hawaiian Style at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Frances Faye begins a season at The Talk Of The Town, London, England, UK.
Dirk Bogarde releases a new single, Darling, on Fontana Records in the UK. The track is the theme song from a movie of the same name.
It is formally announced that Burt Bacharach and Hall David will compose songs for the upcoming James Bond film Casino Royale.
Judy Garland becomes the first artist to play at the recently-opened Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA. She is paid $43,000 for the show, at which her opening act is The Supremes.
Judy Garland attends the fifteenth birthday party of her daughter, Lorna Luft, at Trader Vic's, New York City, USA.
Liza Minnelli releases the LP Liza Minnelli on A + M Records in the USA
Roy Budd plays on the BBC tv show Whistle Stop in the UK. The show is hosted by Roger Whittaker.
Pete Townshend of The Who starts work in Ramport Studios on music for the soundtrack of his upcoming film, Tommy.
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Principal photography begins on the Barbra Streisand-Kris Kristofferson movie A Star Is Born.
Prince releases the film soundtrack album Purple Rain in the USA, which sells 1.3m copies on its first day.
John Lee Hooker spends the second of four days working working with producer/composer Jack Nitzsche on the soundtrack to the movie The Hot Spot in Hollywood, California, USA.
Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog electronic synthesiser which revolutionised the creation, production and performance of almost every type of popular music, dies of brain cancer, aged 71, at home in Asheville, North Carolina, USA.
Frank Marocco is dies aged 81 in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA, of complications following hip replacement surgery. In a long and acclaimed career he became one of the most-recorded accordionists in the world, finding success in jazz and film-music, as a player arranger and composer.
Ennio Morricone plays at O2 World, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
One Direction collect awards for artist of the year, favourite album and favourite group at the American Music Awards (AMAs) in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The full list of winners is as follows :

New artist of the year : 5 Seconds of Summer

Single of the year : Dark Horse, Katy Perry feat. Juicy J

Dick Clark Award of Excellence : Taylor Swift

Favorite male artist - pop/rock : Sam Smith

Favorite female artist - pop/rock : Katy Perry

Favorite band, duo or group - pop/rock : One Direction

Favorite album - pop/rock: Midnight Memories, One Direction

Favorite male artist - country : Luke Bryan

Favorite female artist - country : Carrie Underwood

Favorite band, duo or group - country : Florida Georgia Line

Favorite album - country : Just As I Am, Brantley Gilbert

Favorite artist - rap/hip-hop : Iggy Azalea

Favorite album - rap/hip-hop : The New Classic, Iggy Azalea

Favorite male artist - soul/R&B : John Legend

Favorite female artist - soul/R'n'B : Beyonce

Favorite album - soul/R'n.B : Beyonce

Favorite artist - adult contemporary : Katy Perry

Favorite artist - contemporary inspirational : Casting Crowns

Favorite artist - electronic dance music: Calvin Harris

Favorite artist - Latin : Enrique Iglesias

Favorite soundtrack: Frozen

John Legend and Common win The Golden Globe Award in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Best Original Song for their Selma soundtrack cut Glory.
Playback.fm publishes a list of the world's richest living musicians, showing Andrew Lloyd Webber at No1 ($1.2bn), Paul McCartney at No2 ($1.2bn) and Herb Alpert at No3 ($850m). Others on the list are Madonna, Dr. Dre, P. Diddy, Celine Dion, Bono of U2, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey.
Ennio Morricone plays at The O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.
The Brian Bennett Orchestra releases a new LP, Shadowing John Barry, on Dramatico Records in the UK. The LP, a tribute to composer John Barry by The Shadows' former drummer Bennett, features contributions by Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler, Hank Marvin, Brian Locking, Bruce Welch, John Parricelli, Ray Russell, Warren Bennett and Mark Griffiths.