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Maryam Mursal is born in Somali, Africa. She will find success as a composer and singer, blending blues, soul, Somali and Arabic influences.
Art Baron is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. He will find widespread acclaim as a jazz trombonist who also plays didgeridoo, conch shell, recorder and tuba.
Stan Getz records the Cole Porter composition I've Got You Under My Skin for Prestige Records in New York City, USA. The track will appear on the Various Artists album Music Of Cole Porter Played By America's Greatest Jazzmen.
The highest new entry in the Cashbox magazine chart of the 100 best-selling singles in the USA is I Gotta Have My Baby Back by Ella Fitzgerald, entering at No35.
Ralph Christian Mobius is born in Berlin, Germany. He will find fame as Rio Reiser, leader of the influential Ton Stein Scherben, one of the first rock bands to sing in the German language.
Songwriter Eddie Kilfeather dies in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is best-remembered as a composer and arranger who worked on Columbia Pictures' animated features.
Columbia Records vocalist Herb Jeffries plays the second night of two weeks at The Shelbourne Lounge, New York City, USA.
It is reported that, according to survey published recently in American Girl, the magazine of The Girl Scouts Of America, 87% of junior high school girls have record players in their homes and 48% buy records with their own money.
Music student Bill Evans of Southeastern Louisiana College, Hammond, Louisiana, USA, is triply honored, receiving certificates for becoming president of Phi Mu Alpha fraternity, for his election to the Thirteen Club, and for earning an entry in "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities." He will go on to become one of the greatest jazz pianists of the 20th century.
Ella Fitzgerald plays the final night in a week of shows at The Earle Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Three Flames, accompanied by Milt Buckner And His Orchestra, record I Don't Want To Take That Chance, [Good-bye] Cornelia Jones, Chewing Gum Mama and Suffer, for MGM Records in WOR Studio, New York City, USA.
Max Carl Gronenthal is born in Humphrey, Nebraska, USA. He will find success as a rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter, working with Grand Funk Railroad and 38 Special.
Gene Krupa And His Orchestra play the thirteenth night of two weeks at Bop City, New York City, USA.
Popular vocalist Mel Torme is the musical guest on The Ed Sullivan Show in the USA. On the same night, Torme also plays at Bop City, New York City, USA.
Gene Krupa And His Orchestra the third night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Doreen Lundy records Dear Hearts And Gentle People, for EMI's Columbia Records label in London, UK.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the ninth night of two weeks at Ciro's, San Francisco, California, USA.
Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra play the seventh night of two weeks at The Palomar Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Brooke Payne is born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He will find success in the music industry as manager of New Edition, LSG and Bell Biv Devoe.
Blues-oriented one-man-band and recording artist Steve White is born in New York City, USA.
Willie Holiday releases a new single, I've Played This Town, on Peacock Records in the USA.
Jazz trombonist and bandleader Curtis Fowlkes is born in New York City, USA. A busy sideman on jazz and rock CDs, he also founded The Jazz Passengers in 1987, and has played with The Lounge Lizards.
When The Four Freshmen play at The Esquire Lounge, Dayton, Ohio, USA, band-leader Stan Kenton is in the audience, and helps them get a deal with Capitol Records.
The Four D'Lovelies, billed as Sweethearts Of Harmony, play the sixth night of a week at The Palace Theatre, New York City, USA.
The Orquesta Francisco Rotundo records Entre Suenos [In Between Dreams] in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
David Wilson Drouillard is born in Buffalo, New York State, USA. He will win acclaim as vocalist, songwriter and recording artist D.W. Drouillard.
Eddie Duchin And His Orchestra play the nineteenth night of a season at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA, that will run until May 10th.
Vocalist Eileen Barton records Dixieland Ball, May I Take Two Giant Steps?, Sticks And Stones and Sense Of Humor for National Records in New York City, USA.
Bing Crosby is heard singing the songs A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Wilhelmina, You're Wonderful and others on the Bing Crosby's All Star Chesterfield Show show in the USA. The Andrews Sisters and Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires also appear in the show.
Frank Sinatra continues with his season at The Copacabana, New York City, USA.
Eddie Duchin And His Orchestra play the twenty-fifth night of a season at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA, that will run until May 10th.
Jesse Taylor is born in Lubbock, Texas, USA. He will become internationally famous as country-rocker Joe Ely's blistering lead guitar player, and will forge a successful blues-oriented solo career.
Popular vocalist Mario Lanza records Stolta Paura L'Amor and Libiamo, Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici, for RCA Victor Records in Republic Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
Mike Howlett is born in Lautoka, Fiji. He will find success as a bass player in Gong and Strontium 90, before going on to become an in-demand producer working with Martha And The Muffins, Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark, A Flock Of Seagulls and others.
British music weekly Melody Maker reports that successful jazz guitarist Pete Chilver has been ordered to take three months rest. Before the year is out, he will quit professional music forever and take up a new career in hotel management in Scotland.
The highest new entry in Cashbox magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA is Count Every Star by Hugo Winterhalter And His Orchestra, entering at No30.
Jazz clarinettist Darnell Howard, as a member of Bob Scobey's Frisco Band, records Some Of These Days, St. Louis Blues, Pretty Baby and Dippermouth Blues for Good Time Jazz Records in San Francisco, California, USA. Some of the tracks will also be released under the name of Darnell Howard's Frisco Footwarmers.
Roy Richards And His Mayfair Music play at The Embassy Ballroom, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK.
Alf Gee And His Music play at The Empress Ballroom, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK. On the same night, The Airspeed Singers give a concert at Wesley Central Hall for the Portsmouth Voluntary Association for the Blind.
Blues vocalist Eddie Banks records his first session for Columbia Records in New York City, USA, backed by Buddy Tate's combo.
Leonard Leslie's Band plays at The Embassy Ballroom, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK.
Internationally acclaimed jazz drummer and composer Victor Lewis is born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Time magazine reports that Remington Records, Inc. has announced the production of popular records for 99?, and classical records for $1.49 and $1.99, respectively for 10 and 12" records. This is seen by some observers as the start of a mid-price war in the record business in the USA.
This week's edition of the radio series Destination Freedom is a fictionalised account of the life of Fats Waller, entitled The Shy Boy - Thomas 'Fats' Waller. The show features a different black personality every week and is considered to have been an important vehicle for advocating black civil rights. The show originates from Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dick Jurgens And His Orchestra play the first night of four weeks at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The film Young Man With A Horn [aka Young Man Of Music], opens in cinemas in West Germany, Europe. The film, based loosely on the life of Bix Beiderbecke, stars Kirk Douglas as a troubled young jazz trumpeteer, and includes acting roles for popular vocalist Doris Day, and songwiter Hoagy Carmichael.
Vocalist and guitarist Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan records Hot Rod Race, Walkin' With The Blues and Washed Away With The Tide at Capitol Records, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California, USA.
The musical comedy, Call Me Madam, with music by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, is playing at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 644 performances.
The Best-Selling record of 1950 according to the year-end poll in Cashbox Magazine in the USA is Goodnight Irene by Gordon Jenkins And The Weavers.