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Doris Day's recording of A Bushel And A Peck enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA at No30, but will rise no further, remaining on the chart for just one week.
The Irving Berlin-composed musical comedy Call Me Madam, starring Ethel Merman, is presented on Broadway at The Imperial Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 644 performances.
Country singer Crystal Gayle is born in Paintsville, Kentucky, USA.
Valentin Parnakh, a poet, translator, choreographer and musician who is best-remembered as a founding father of Soviet jazz, dies at his apartment in Moscow, Russia, Europe. He had been the founder of the First Eccentric Orchestra of the Russian Federated Socialist Republic - Valentin Parnakh's Jazz Band, in 1922.
During a two-week engagement, The George Shearing Quintet plays at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Blues slide guitar player and recording artist Sonny Landreth is born in Canton, Mississippi, USA.
The George Shearing Quintet records Quintessence, I'll Be Around, I Remember You, If You Were The Only Girl In The World, My Silent Love, The Breeze And I, Indian Summer and I'll Never Smile Again in New York City, USA.
The George Shearing Quintet plays the first of ten nights at The 2011 Club, Washington, DC, USA.
The 1950 studio cast recording of the Broadway musical Pal Joey, starring Vivienne Segal and Harold Lang, is released by Columbia Records in the USA.
The Dudes and Les "Carrot Top" Anderson with Noel Boggs record Just Like Two Drops Of Water, I Was Sorta Wonderin', T-T-Tucy-Ty, Hoein' Cotton and Las Vegas Nevada, in Decca Recording Studio, 5505 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gene Ammons And Sonny Stitt play at Birdland, New York City, USA. Piano on this gig is supplied by Junior Mance.
Popular guitarist, arranger, composer and vocalist Jorge Galemire is born in Uruguay, South America.
Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimmy Vaughan is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. As well as carving out an impressive career as leader of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, he will also teach his younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, how to play guitar.
Jill Sinclair is born in London, England, UK. She will become a powerful presence in the music industry as the wife and business partner of producer Trevor Horn, founding the ZTT Records label and helping launch Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Seal, ABC, Dollar and others.
Alan Prosser is born. He will find success as a founder-member and guitarist of The Oysterband.
Danny Kaye begins a series of dates at the Palladium, London, England, UK, Europe.
Frank Sinatra plays at The Paramount Theatre, New York City, USA
The King And I is performed at The St. James Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, suring a run of 1246 performances.
Judy Garland plays at The Empire Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Savannah Churchill records (It's No) Sin for RCA Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Bing Crosby records an edition of The Big Crosby Chesterfield Cigarettes Radio Show at The Marine Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA. The show features Crosby with The Rhythmaires plus John Scott Trotter And His Orchestra, performing Row Row Row, Quizas Quizas Quizas, California Moon and I Apologise. George Jessel makes a guest appearance on this edition of the show.
Steve Walsh is born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. he will find success as vocalist for the prog-rock band Kansas.
The Machito Orchestra and Slim Gaillard play the third of seven nights at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Horace Charles McMahon is born in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, Australi. He will win acclaim as Charlie McMahon, one of the first non-Aboriginal musicians to succeed as a professional player of the didgeridoo.
Tommy Edwards records his first version of It's All In the Game at WMGM Studio A, New York City, USA.
A contingent of Annapolis midshipmen on a several-day visit is welcomed at a dance in the Memphis Country Club, memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Mario Lanza records Ah Sweet Mystery Of Life and If You Are But A Dream, at Radio Recorders Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, The tracks will be used on his radio program The Mario Lanza Show.
Herman Lubinsky of Savoy Records writes to jazz pianist and organist Milt Buckner telling him he is not interested in recording Buckner's Organ Trio, stating that organ music does not sell to "colored people", which he considers to be his company's audience.
Molly O'Day and Lynn Davis record When The Angels Rolled The Stone Away, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for Columbia Records.
Elmore James records Dust My Broom for Trumpet Records in Jackson, Mississippi, USA.
Tennessee Ernie Ford and The Dinning Sisters record Rock City Boogie for Capitol Records in the USA.
A US patent is granted to Leo Fender for his "new, original and ornamental design for a guitar", which is essentially his electric Spanish guitar model The Telecaster.
Hank Williams, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and Milton Berle set off on the Hadacol Tour, sponsored by the manufacturers of a medicinal compound.
Rosemary Clooney records Where Do I Go From You?, Punky Punkin and The Wobblin' Goblin, for Columbia Records in the USA.
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson plays the tenth night of two weeks at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
R'n'b saxophone star Earl Bostic records The Moon Is Low, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
William Collins is born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He will find fame as funk bass player Bootsy Collins, leader of Bootsy's Rubber Band, and a key member of Parliament and Funkadelic.
Pee Wee King And His Golden West Cowboys record Slow Coach (aka Slow Poke) for HMV Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Paul Weston And His Orchestra with The Norman Luboff Choir record Charmaine for Columbia Records in the USA.
Popular Algerian singer and orchestra leader Khelifa Belkacem is shot dead aged 44 after a brawl in the Casbah near his home in Algiers, Algeria, Africa.
Bing Crosby Enterprises (BCE), give the world's first demonstration of videotape recording in Los Angeles, California, USA. Bing Crosby contributed funds to finance the development of videotape.
United Productions of America releases the acclaimed animated short film Rooty Toot Toot, which tells the story of the popular song Frankie And Johnny.
Gary Rossington is born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. He will find success as a founding member and guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Sigurdur Martin is born in Gimli Hospital, Husavik, Manitoba, Canada. He will find success as a guitarist with bands including Somebody's Mother, Retreat, Cool Water and The Gators.
Big Bill Broonzy records John Henry, Crawdad, Bill Bailey, Trouble In Mind and other tracks for EmArcy Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Hank Williams undergoes spinal surgery at Vanderbilt Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It is hoped he will leave hospital by Christmas but he is expected to convalesce for at least six weeks.
The Fontane Sisters, with Freddy Martin And His Orchestra, release Snowflakes/River In The Moonlight, on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Gay's The Word, a musical comedy composed by Ivor Novello and Alan Melville, is playing at The Saville Theatre, London, UK, during a run of 504 performances. The show features songs including Vitality, It's Bound To Be Right On The Night, Sweet Thames, On Such A Night As This, Bees Are Buzzin' and Finder Please Return.
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