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Jimmy Witherspoon records Drinkin' Beer, Better Love Next Time and other tracks for Modern Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra record Coast To Coast, Carambola, Oo-La-La and Honeysuckle Rose for Capitol Records, in New York City, USA.
The Three Peppers play the eleventh night of two weeks of shows at Marty Bohn's Nut Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Woody Herman's Woodchoppers begin a week-long engagement at The Crystal Terrace, Duluth, Minnesota, USA.
Charles Boyer, Margo Whiteman and Earl Wild are the guest stars on the tv series Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue in the USA, hosted by big band leader Paul Whiteman.
Popular vocalist Mario Lanza records Tina Lina at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the soundtrack to his next film, The Toast of New Orleans.
Stan Kenton records Evening In Pakistan in Hollywood, California, USA.
Washington DC-based r'n'b group The Cap-Tans sign an exclusive one-year recording contract with management duo Lillian Claiborne and Winfield Adams, whereby the managers could lease or sell the results to whichever record company they chose.
Frank Sinatra is heard performing the songs I Beeped When I Should Have Bopped, I Must Have Done Something Wonderful, Bye Bye Baby and Poinciana on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA.
Italian folk-pop icon Angelo Branduardi is born the small town of Cuggioni, Italy, Europe.
Popular country music songwriter Cy Coben cuts a piano roll version of his song The Old Piano Roll Blues for T.R.T.
Country star Slim Whitman plays the seventh night in a two-week season at the London Palladium, London, UK.
Country star Slim Whitman plays the ninth night in a two-week season at the London Palladium, London, UK.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the fourth night of two weeks at Ciro's, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Count Basie Sextet plays the twelfth night of a six-week engagement at The Brass Rail, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ruth Brown With The Sid Bass Orchestra records I Can Dream, Can't I?, Sentimental Journey, Where Can I Go? and Dear Little Boy Of Mine for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
Fred Koller is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He will make his mark as a prolific songwriter with over 300 of his songs being recorded, mostly by artists in the country and country-rock genres.
Jazz saxophone duo Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons record You Can Depend On Me, Soft Winds, Blues Up And Down and other tracks for Prestige Records in New Yortk City, USA.
Accordionist Myron Floren joins The Lawrence Welk Orchestra during a gig at The Casa Loma ballroom in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. After being asked to sit in on a few songs in the first set, Welk was so impressed by Floren that he offered him a full-time job during the intermission.
Louis Prima plays the second night of two weeks at The Click, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Ink Spots and Don Cornell are the musical guests on tonight's edition of Ed Sullivan Show, recorded in New York City, USA.
Percy Faith joins Columbia Records in New York City, USA, as an assistant to Mitch Miller, in the post of musical director.
George Towne And His Orchestra play the third night of a three-week stay at The Deshler-Wallick Hotel, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Billie Holiday, Count Basie and The Will Mastin Trio [including Sammy Davis Jr] play at The Strand, New York City, USA.
William Lee Currie is born in Huddersfield, UK. He will find success as multi-instrumentalist Billy Currie of Ultravox.
Freddy Martin And His Orchestra play the fortieth night of six weeks at the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
Guido van Rijn is born in Amsterdam, Holland, Europe. In 1970 he will co-found the Netherlands Blues And Boogie Organisation, going on to publish many articles in specialist magazines including Blues Unlimited and Blues And Rhythm. In 1978 he will found the Agram Blues record label.
Eddie Duchin And His Orchestra play the thirty-ninth night of a season at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA, that will run until May 10th.
Sidney Bechet's Blue Note Jazzmen record Copenhagen, China Boy, Runnin' Wild, I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll, Mandy, Make Up Your Mind and Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble, in WOR Studios, New York City, USA.
Eddie Duchin And His Orchestra play the forty-eighth night of a season at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA, that will run until May 10th.
During a season of concerts at The Copacabana, New York City, USA, Frank Sinatra suffers hemorrhaging of his vocal cords and has to cancel the remaining shows.
Dave Hewitt is born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, UK. He will be a founder member and bassist with Babe Ruth, playing with them from 1971 until 1975.
Keith Blake is born in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. He will find success as roots reggae vocalist and recording artist Prince Alla [aka Prince Allah or Ras Allah].
Blues and r'n'b shouter Wynonie Harris records Rock Mr. Blues, Stormy Night Blues, Good Morning Judge and Be Mine My Love, for King Records in New York City, USA.
Popular vocalist Mario Lanza records Un Di All'Azzuro Spazio, Come Un Bel Di Di Maggio, Recondita Armonio and E Lucevan Le Stelle, for RCA Victor Records at Republic Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ernest Tubb plays at Radio Ranch Park, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA.
Jimmy Palmer And His Orchestra play the second night of four weeks at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jimmy Palmer And His Orchestra play the third night of four weeks at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Charlene Marilynn D'angelo is born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Using the mononym Charlene, she will score an international hit in 1982 with I've Never Been To Me.
Sophie Tucker begins a week of shows at The Frolics Club a 1200 seat venue at Salisbury Beach, New Jersey, USA.
Frankie Laine opens at Ciro's, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The day before his 15th birthday, Jerry Lee Lewis enrolls at Southwestern Bible Institute, Waxahachie, Texas, USA. He will be expelled three months later.
Ozie Waters and His Colorado Rangers record The Place Where I Worship, It's No Secret, The Attitude Of Doin' Right and Happy Birthday, for Coral Records in Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Popular songwriter, pianist and arranger Eliseo Grenet dies aged 57 at home in Havana, Cuba, Caribbean.
Stan Freberg records John And Marsha for Capitol Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. (Capitol executives originally did not understand this record and weren't going to release it until a test audience showed a strong reaction to it.)
Ray Anthony And His Orchestra play at The Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The show is recorded and will be released as the LP Ray Anthony At The Hollywood Palladium.
A new tv series, Pet's Parlour, begins on BBC-tv in the UK, hosted by 18 year old singing sensation Petula Clark. As a result of the show, Clark will win the Most Outstanding Artist On British TV award.
Sam Cooke replaces gospel legend R.H. Harris as lead singer of The Soul Stirrers, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Piano Red releases a new single, The Wrong Yoyo, on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
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