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Jimmy Witherspoon records Drinkin' Beer, Better Love Next Time and other tracks for Modern Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Johnny Otis And His Orchestra record Blues Nocturne and other tracks, for Savoy Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Singer, musician and recording artist Olli Kivisto is born in Ahtari, Finland.
The Three Peppers play the last night of two weeks of shows at Marty Bohn's Nut Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ragtime pianist and songwriter Lewis Muir dies. He is best-remembered for such songs as Waiting For The Robert E. Lee, Hitchy Koo and Ragtime Cowboy Joe.
Louis Armstrong performs Muskrat Ramble on a radio broadcast in the USA, done for Standard Oil, and entitled A Musical Map of America. Armstrong is accompanied on the broadcast by Jack Teagarden and Earl 'Fatha' Hines from the Louis Armstrong All Stars, plus clarinetist Lyle Johnson and guitarist Clancy Hayes.
Mary Ann McCall records I Cried For You, The Sky Is Crying, [What Can I Say] After I've Said I'm Sorry and Until The Real Thing Comes Along in the USA. Her band includes Gerry Mulligan on saxophone.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the fourth night of two weeks at The Cave, Vancouver, Washington, USA.
The Miles Davis Sextet, including Stan Getz and Art Blakey plays the third of eight nights at Birdland, New York City, USA. Also on the bill are The Charlie Parker Quintet and The Bud Powell Trio.
During an extensive national tour, singing cowboy Gene Autry plays in Bangor, Maine, USA.
Blues guitarist Otis Grand is born in Beirut, Lebanon.
Country star Slim Whitman plays the last night in a two-week season at the London Palladium, London, UK.
Frank Sinatra records Kisses And Tears and When The Sun Goes Down, for Columbia Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Emitt Lynn Rhodes is born in Decatur, Illinois, USA. He will find acclaim in the eraly 1970s as singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer Emitt Rhodes.
Perez Prado records his original version of Mambo No5 for for RCA Victor Records in the USA. (1950).
Time Magazine runs a feature about the origins of the current popular song Rag Mopp, a hit for Johnnie Lee Wills.
George Towne And His Orchestra play the first night of a three-week stay at The Deshler-Wallick Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Freddy Martin And His Orchestra play the eighteenth night of six weeks at the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
Tony Martin plays at The Chez Paree, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Baby, It's Cold Outside by Frank Loesser, from the film Neptune's Daughter, wins the Oscar for Best Song at the 22nd Academy Awards in the RKO Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz drummer Crazy Chris Columbo records Come Easy, Go Easy Sweetheart, Brown Eyes, Don't Say You Care and Benny Pennywhistle for National Records in New York City, USA.
Frank Sinatra is heard performing the songs Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy, Why Remind Me?, Can I Come In For A Second? and Dearie, backed by the Skitch Henderson Orchestra, on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA.
Louie Shelton of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, is given his first guitar for his ninth birthday. He will become one of the most sought-after session guitarists in the music business, playing with The Monkees, The Jackson 5, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, The Carpenters, The Mamas And Papas, Ella Fitzgerald, John Lennon, Joe Cocker, Simon And Garfunkel, Whitney Houston, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.
Al Morgan plays the tenth night of two weeks at The Lookout House, Covington, Kentucky, USA.
Al Morgan plays the eleventh night of two weeks at The Lookout House, Covington, Kentucky, USA.
Billy Eckstein plays at The Paramount Theatre, New York City, USA.
Billy Eckstine plays at The Paramount Theatre, New York City, USA.
My Foolish Heart by Billy Eckstine reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play live in Zurich, Switzerland, Europe. The show is recorded and will eventually be released as an LP entitled Live In Zurich, Switzerland.
Patti Page plays the first night of a week at The Copa, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Leonard Leslie's Band plays at The Embassy Ballroom, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK.
Tex Beneke And His Orchestra open for four weeks at Cafe Rouge in the Hotel Statler [aka Hotel Pennsylvania], New York City, USA.
Having recovered from three months of illness, Louis Jordan And His Orchestra begin a week at The Paramount Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Maureen Reilette Jackson is born in Gary Indiana, USA. Although perhaps the least famous of the singing Jackson clan, she will enjoy some success as a recording artist under the name Rebbie Jackson.
Jazz clarinettist George Lewis, with trumpet player Elmer Talbert, records Willie The Weeper, Make Me A Pallet On the Floor, Sheik Of Araby, Jerusalem Blues, 2:19 Blues and other songs in Philiberto's Music Store, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The tracks will be released on an album entitled Jam Session.
Louis Jordan And His Orchestra begin a week at The Regal, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Billy Reid and Dorothy Squires with Eugene And The Full Concert Orchestra, play at The South Parade Pier, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK, Europe.
Deniece Chandler is born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She will find success as singer Deniece Williams.
Jack Fina And His Orchestra play in The Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Larry Fotine And His Orchestra play the first of fifteen days at Kennywood Amusement Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
A cover version of the Leadbelly song Goodnight, Irene, by popular folk group The Weavers and musical arranger Gordon Jenkins enters the Billboard Best-Selling Singles Chart in the USA. It will remain on the chart for 25 weeks, peaking at No1.
Gospel vocal duo Brother Porter and Brother Cook record I Know My Jesus Won't Deny Me for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Bill Snyder And His Orchestra begin two weeks at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Leon McAuliffe and His Western Swing Band record Take It Away, Leon, for OKeh Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Irving Berlin musical comedy Call Me Madam opens in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, to rave reviews.
The Hollywood musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel, is released to cinemas in the UK.
Charlie Parker plays the third of seven nights at Soldier Meyer's, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Jazz cellist, composer and producer David Eyges is born in San Francisco, California, USA.
Kenneth Michael Marks is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. he will find success as Christian pop-rock singer Kenny Marks during the 1980s.
The Hollywood musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel, is released to cinemas in Australia.