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Big Jay McNeely records Real Crazy Cool, Let's Split, Deacon's Blowout and Jay's Frantic, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Hammond organ duo Ralph and Buddy Bonds come to the end of a season at The Cadillac, Cumberland, Maryland, USA.
Gospel singer Beau Williams is born in Houston, Texas, USA. He is perhaps best-remembered for his album Wonderful, whose title track became a number one gospel hit.
Disheartened and nearly bankrupt - because small ensembles are taking over from large jazz orchestras - Count Basie decides to bring his big band to an end. He will return soon after with the Count Basie Sextet.
Kenny Blue Ray is born in Lodi, California, USA. He will find success as a blues guitarist, recording and appearing with artists including Little Charlie And The Nightcats, Charlie Musselwhite, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Vocalist Rosemary Calvin and The Johnny Bond Orchestra open at The Flamingo Supper Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, for four weeks.
The musical revue Alive And Kicking opens at The Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 46 performances.
The Three Peppers play the last night of two weeks of shows at Marty Bohn's Nut Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Paul Stanley of Kiss is born in Queens, New York, USA.
Calypsonian Lord Beginner with Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders records The Dollar And The Pound and I Will Die A Bachelor, for Parlophone Records in Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Jack Parnell And His Quartet record Jukebox Jumba and Quickie for Decca Records in London, UK.
I Almost Lost My Mind by Ivory Joe Hunter on MGM Records reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B best-selling singles chart in the USA for the first of five weeks.
When The Miles Davis Sextet, including Stan Getz and Art Blakey play at Birdland, New York City, USA, the show is broadcast live by radio station WNYC. Also on the bill are The Charlie Parker Quintet and The Bud Powell Trio.
Rag Mop by The Ames Brothers reaches No1 in the Billboard Popular Singles chart in the USA, during a 14-week run on the chart.
The Walt Disney animated film Cinderella, including the songs A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, So This is Love, Sing Sweet Nightingale, The Work Song, and Cinderella, is released to cinemas in the USA.
Gene Krupa And His Orchestra play the first night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
During a live appearance on WSLI Radio in Jackson, Mississippi, USA, Hank Williams departs from his planned set to perform a new song, Long Gone Lonesome Blues. The local band [The Southern Serenaders] that disc jockey Farmer Jim had assembled for Hank's live radio performance had no idea what Williams was doing and had to busk along as best they could. The track was eventually released by MGM Records a few weeks later.
Benny Strong And His Orchestra are at The Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA. During the band's stay at the luxury hotel, they record eight tracks for Capitol Records, including a version of If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake.
The Count Basie Sextet plays the eighteenth night of a six-week engagement at The Brass Rail, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Avant garde instrumental guitarist Glenn Phillips is born in the New England, USA. He is best-known for his work with the Hampton Grease Band, which he formed after moving to Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the second night of one week at The Palomar Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Louis Prima plays the third night of two weeks at The Click, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Percy Faith joins Columbia Records in New York City, USA, as an assistant to Mitch Miller, in the post of musical director.
George Patrick McJimsey is born in Wichita, Kansas, USA. Nicknamed 'Bear' because of his size and bushy beard, he will tour as a singer and guitarist with acts including Canned Heat, Leon Russell, Freddy King, and Spyro Gyra.
George Towne And His Orchestra play the tenth night of a three-week stay at The Deshler-Wallick Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Johnny Lyne And His Music play at The Savoy Ballroom, Portsmouth, UK.
Billie Holiday, Count Basie and The Will Mastin Trio [including Sammy Davis Jr] play at The Strand, New York City, USA.
Erroll Garner records Scatterbrain for Mercury Records in New York City, USA.
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.
Singer Eve Young, later to find greater success as Karen Chandler, plays at The Willows in The Wilmington Club, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
Gospel quartet The Trumpeteers record Gideon And The Sword for Score Records in New York City, USA.
Tom Petersson, best-known as the bassist of Cheap Trick, is born in Rockford, Illinois, USA.
R'n'b pianist Ivory Joe Hunter plays the fifth night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Bill Bruford, drummer of Yes, King Crimson, Gong, Pavlov's Dog and Genesis, is born in Birmingham, UK.
Pianist Johnny Maddox records St. Louis Tickle and Crazy Bone Rag for Dot Records in the USA.
The current No1 Song in the UK, based on sheet music sales, is My Foolish Heart by Billy Eckstine.
WLIL Radio goes on the air in Lenoir City, Tennessee, USA. It will, in due course become a successful country music-oriented station.
Chess Records releases its first single, My Foolish Heart by saxophonist Gene Ammons, numbered 1425 after the Chess family's address on South Karlov, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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Frank Sinatra plays the tenth night of a two-week season at The Palladium, London, UK.
Frank Sinatra plays the eleventh night of a two-week season at The Palladium, London, UK.
Frank Sinatra plays the last night of a two-week season at The Palladium, London, UK.
Percy Mayfield records Please Send Me Someone To Love and Strange Things Happening for Specialty Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker And Coleman Hawkins, The Hank Jones Trio and Lester Young And Bill Harris come to the end of eleven days of working on a Norman Granz-produced film project, Improvisation, at Gjon Mili Studio, New York City, USA.
The musical revue Michael Todd's Peep Show is playing at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 278 performances.
Judy Garland is heard as the guest star on The Bing Crosby Show on radio in the USA, singing Get Happy, Goodnight Irene, I Cross My Fingers and Mona Lisa.
Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs And The Foggy Mountain Boys record Cora Is Gone, Pain In My Heart, Take Me In A Lifeboat, Doin' My Time, Farewell Blues, Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms, I'll Just Pretend, Pike Country Breakdown and Salty Dog Blues at Radio WDAE Studio, Tampa, Florida, USA.
Pianist, composer and bandleader Percival Mackey dies in Edgeware, Middlesex, UK. Mackey was best-known for his work as a composer and musical director for films during the 1930s and 1940s.
Ron Hynes is born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. He will find success as a folk music singer, songwriter and recording artist.
Bass player Bob Moore marries Betty Agnes Palmer. Moore will become one of Nashville's top session players, his bass being heard on literally hundreds of recordings.