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The Spade Cooley Band records The Old Spining Wheel, Empty Saddles, Lights Out, Wagon Wheels, The Last Roundup and In The Chapel In The Moonlight, for RCA Victor Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. According to the musician credits for the recording, Spade Cooley himself was not present at the session.
Saxophonist Gene Ammons records Pennies From Heaven, The Last Mile, Chabootie, Full Moon and Once In A While for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Dinah Shore opens at The Starlight Roof of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, USA.
Ella Fitzgerald plays the third night in a week of shows at The Earle Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Columbia Records vocalist Herb Jeffries plays the fourth night of two weeks at The Shelbourne Lounge, New York City, USA.
Country music guitarist and singer Buddy Bishop makes his first commercial recordings for the John Mystery label, at The Record Centre, 3rd floor, 251 Pitt Street, Sydney, Australia. During the session he records Spitfire the Outlaw, When the Roses Bloom in the Garden, Honeybee, My Honeybee, and When the City Guy Went to the Farm [aka The Farmyard Yodel"].
Columbia Records vocalist Herb Jeffries plays the tenth night of two weeks at The Shelbourne Lounge, New York City, USA.
Humphrey Lyttelton And His Band record Straight From The Wood for Parlophone Records in London, UK.
Joe Loss And His Band play the first night of a week of shows at The Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, UK.
Hot Lips Page plays the first night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Spending the last of eight weeks as the No1 song on the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA is For You My Love by Larry Darnell.
Paul Worley is born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He will make his mark on the music business as a record producer and session guitarist, known primarily for his work in country music.
The Count Basie Sextet plays the ninth night of a six-week engagement at The Brass Rail, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Count Basie Sextet plays the thirteenth night of a six-week engagement at The Brass Rail, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Tenor Franklyn Baur of popular vocal group The Revelers, dies in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The Revelers were the most popular vocal group of the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Robert Lee Balderrama, guitarist of garage punk pioneers ? And The Mysterians [aka Question Mark And The Mysterians], is born in O'Donnell, Texas, USA.
Ragtime and honky-tonk piano player Joe 'Fingers' Carr is divorced from actress Janet Blair. She states in court that Fingers neglected her by playing golf course for hours on end rather than coming home.
David Foster is born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He will secure 15 Grammies as a songwriter-producer-pianist, working with Josh Groban, Michael Buble and others.
Jazz saxophone duo Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons record You Can Depend On Me in New Yortk City, USA.
Freddy Martin And His Orchestra play the sixth night of six weeks at the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
Iris Chacon is born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She will find international acclaim as an exotic dancer and singer.
Singing cowboy Jimmy Wakely plays the third night of two weeks at The Oriental Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Louis Armstrong All-Star Esquire combo plays at The Palomar, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Bing Crosby is heard singing the songs Bye Bye Baby, Copper Canyon, Dearie and My Foolish Heart on the The Chesterfield Show show, broadcast from San Francisco, California, USA. Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires also appear in the show.
David Wilson Drouillard is born in Buffalo, New York State, USA. He will win acclaim as vocalist, songwriter and recording artist D.W. Drouillard.
Jazz vocalist Connie Haines records All I Do Is Wantcha and Teasin' for Coral Records in the USA.
Popular vocalist Mario Lanza records O Paradiso, La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetee and M'Appari, for RCA Victor Records in Republic Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Hy-Lo Trio releases a new single, Hard As Rock - Cold As Ice on London Records in the USA.
Country music vocalist Red Kirk releases a new single, It's Rainin' In My Heart on Mercury Records in the USA.
Jazz crooner Johnny Hartman with the George Williams Orchestra records Nightingale, Only For You, Six p.m. and Nobody's Got It Better for Apollo Records in New York City, USA.
Johnny Otis And His Orchestra With Little Esther record Just Can't Get Free and My Heart Tell Me, for Savoy Records in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The Buddy Rich Orchestra plays at The Paramount Theatre, New York City, USA, supported by The Ames Brothers.
The Nat King Cole Trio perform Mona Lisa on CBS tv's Ed Sullivan Show [aka Toast Of The Town] in New York City, USA. This is the first of thirteen appearances on the show by Nat King Cole.
Popular jazz singer, pianist and songwriter Una Mae Carlisle lays down her last Columbia Records studio recording session, in New York City, USA.
Tommy Reed And His Band open at The Trocadero, Henderson, Kentucky, USA.
Ted Heath And His Music, with Paul Carpenter, appear at the The South Parade Pier, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK.
Louis Jordan And His Orchestra play the fifth night in a week at The Regal, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Frank Sinatra begins a two-week season at The Palladium, London, UK.
Arnett Cobb And His Orchestra record Smooth Sailin' for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Country music singer and fiddle player Shorty Long records No Wars In Heaven, Don't Tell Mommy, Blinding Tears and Mama for Syd Nathan's King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page enters the Billboard Popular music chart in the USA. It will peak at No1 during a stay of thirty weeks.
The Masters Family record While The Ages Roll On, Let The Spirit Descend and other tracks at Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. The position is achieved by amalgamating sales of versions of the song by crooner Bing Crosby and singing cowboy Gene Autry.
Orrin Tucker And His Orchestra play during a month at The Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Vocalist Lee Wiley with Joe Bushkin And His Swinging Strings records A Ghost of a Chance, A Woman's Intuition, Sugar and Any Time, Any Day, Anywhere, in New York City, USA.
Jimmy Witherspoon records Once There Lived A Fool and I’m Just A Ladies Man for Modern Records in Los Angeles.
Vocalist Lee Wiley with Joe Bushkin And His Swinging Strings records Manhattan, I've Got A Crush On You, Oh! Look At Me Now and Street of Dreams, in New York City, USA.
An edition of the Bing Crosby 'Chesterfield' Show [radio], recorded earlier in the month at The Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, California, is broadcast in the USA. The program features performances by Louis Armstrong, Joe Venuti and Dinah Shore.
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