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American music trade magazine Billboard reports that country music star Spade Cooley is recovering from a recent heart attack.
Hank Snow makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, at the invitation of Ernest Tubb.
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.
Vocalist Rosemary Calvin and The Johnny Bond Orchestra play the second night of four weeks at The Flamingo Supper Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Dinah Shore plays at The Starlight Roof of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, USA.
Popular vocal group The Keynotes sing Let's Call the Whole Thing Off and Joy Nichols sings Don't Ever Marry For Money on long-running BBC radio show Take It From Here, broadcast from London, UK.
If It's So, Baby, by The Robins enters the Billboard US R'n'B chart at No10, making them the first West Coast vocal group to reach the R'n'B Top 10.
Country music singing star Eddy Arnold appears at The National Theatre, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.
Andy Stone is born in Oakland, California, USA. After moving to New Orleans, Louisiana, he will find fame as Vince Vance, leader of rock'n'roll/cabaret showband Vince Vance And The Valiants.
Charlie Parker and Illinois Jacquet play at The 421 Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Michael Wayne Campbell is born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. He will find success as Mike Campbell, guitarist with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers.
Nat King Cole records Baby, Won't You Say You Love Me, Almost Lost My Mind, A Little Bit Independent, I'll Never Say 'Never Again' Again and Twisted Stockings at Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California, USA.
When Miles Davis, 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.
Country star Slim Whitman plays the second night in a two-week season at the London Palladium, London, UK.
Popular vocalist Vaughn Monroe is the musical guest on The Ed Sullivan Show in the USA.
Mel Torme plays at Bop City, New York City, USA.
Guitarist and composer Glenn Phillips is born in New England, USA. He will become a founding member of the acclaimed Hampton Grease Band, and will also work with Little Feat, Henry Kaiser and many others as well as releasing numerous albums under his own name.
Frank Sinatra releases Dedicated To You on Columbia Records in the USA, simultaneously as a 78rpm-album and as a 10" LP.
Adaline Shepherd dies aged 76 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. She is perhaps best-remembered as the composer of the ragtime piano favourites Pickles And Peppers and Wireless Rag.
George Towne And His Orchestra play the third night of a three-week stay at The Deshler-Wallick Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Harry Gold And His Pieces Of Eight play at The Savoy Ballroom, Portsmouth, UK, with Freddy Tomasso and the Buccaneers.
At the end of tonight's edition of Richard Diamond, Private Detective on NBC Radio in the USA, the show's actor/singer star Dick Powell sings Oh, How I Miss You Tonight.
Sheet music for the song When The Wild Women Go In Swimmin' Down In The Bimini Bay, written by Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Adamson, is published by the Frank Music Corporation in the USA.
The Four Winds And The Seven Seas by Bing Crosby and The Sammy Kaye Orchestra reaches No1 in the Australian Top 20 Singles chart.
Freddy Martin And His Orchestra play the thirty-eighth night of six weeks at the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
Freddy Martin And His Orchestra play the forty-first night of six weeks at the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
R'n'b vocal group The Ravens play the first night of two weeks at The Thunderbird Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Louis Armstrong And His All Stars record My Bucket's Got A Hole In It for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Jon Alexander, keyboard player for 1960s hitmakers The Cyrkle, is born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The band is best remembered for their 1966 hit with a cover version of the Paul Simon song Red Rubber Ball.
The Lerner and Loewe stage musical Brigadoon opens for its second Broadway run, at The City Centre Theatre, New York City, USA, where it will run for 24 performances.
The Third Man Theme by Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians peaks at No1 on the Canadian pop singles chart and stays in the top slot for eleven weeks.
The highest new entry in Cashbox magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA is Ask Me No Questions, entering at No33. This position is achieved by amalgamating sales of the song in two versions, one by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, with another by Dinah Shore and Dusty Walker.
Pianist Johnny Maddox records St. Louis Tickle and Crazy Bone Rag for Dot Records in the USA.
Jimmy Palmer And His Orchestra play the third night of four weeks at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jimmy Palmer And His Orchestra play the sixth night of four weeks at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Birmingham Bounce by Red Foley is the new No1 single on the Billboard Best-Selling Retail Country And Western Records Chart in the USA.
Woody Herman & His Orchestra record the Hoagy Carmichael composition The Nearness Of You for Capitol Records.
Sophie Tucker begins a week of shows at The Frolics Club a 1200 seat venue at Salisbury Beach, New Jersey, USA.
Lu Watters And The Yerba Buena Jazz Band play at Hambone Kelly's Club, San Francisco, California, USA.
Bing Crosby and Patty Andrews record If I Were A Bell for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker plays the sixth night of a two-week engagement at The Blue Note Club in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Warney Ruhl And His Orchestra play in The Vanity Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Ray Anthony And His Orchestra record A String Of Pearls, Cook's Tour, All Anthony And No Cleopatra and Anthony's Beats Kenton, for Capitol records in Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, 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.
Anne Nolan of popular singing group The Nolans is born in Ireland.
Roy Eldridge and Charlie Parker, accompanied by The Swedish All Stars play in The KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Eric Winstone And His Orchestra play at The Savoy Ballroom, Portsmouth, UK.