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At the end of tonight's edition of Richard Diamond, Private Detective [entitled The Nathan Beeker Case] on NBC Radio in the USA, the show's actor/singer star Dick Powell sings It Had To Be You.
I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat by San Francisco-born voice actor Mel Blanc [aka The Man Of 1000 Voices] reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
Jazz trumpeter Dick Smith, pianist/composer Eubie Blake, clarinetist Tom Sharpsteen, trombonist Conrad Janis, pianist Ralph Sutton, banjoist Danny Barker, bassist Pops Foster, drummer Freddy Moore and soprano saxophopnist Bob Wilber take part in a jam session at the home of jazz critic Rudi Blesh in New York City, USA. The recordings, made by Blesh, will be released in 1996 as the LP Jammin' At Rudi's.
Clinton Fearon is born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies, Caribbean. He will find success as a reggae vocalist with The Gladiators and, after moving to Seattle, Washington, USA, with Clinton Fearon And The Boogie Brown Band.
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.
Revered old time country music fiddler Ed Haley dies of a heart attack at his home in Ashland, Kentucky, USA.
The Alfred Hitchcock film Stage Fright, starring Jane Wyman and Marlene Dietrich, goes on general release to cinemas in The Netherlands. The film features an original Cole Porter song, The Laziest Gal In Town, which is performed by Dietrich.
Boxer, booking agent, producer, singer, pianist and Tin Pan Alley composer Henry W. Armstrong, dies in New York City, USA. His biggest hit was Sweet Adeline, written in 1903 with Richard H. Gerard, but also his 1905 song Nellie Dean became hugely popular in the UK as the signature song of music hall singer Gertie Gitana.
Red Foley And Ernest Tubb, with producer Paul Cohen, record The Strange Little Girl and Kentucky Waltz, at Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Players on the session include guitarists Billy Byrd, Jack Shook and Grady Martin, Jack Drake on bass, Farris Coursey on drums, Owen Bradley on piano and The Anita Kerr Singers.
Big Bill Lister records Help Wanted, Beer Drinkin' Blues, Lovin' Country Style and RC Cola And Moon Pie in for Capitol Records in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Session players include guitarists Chet Atkins and Grady Martin plus bassist Ernie Newton.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
Nat King Cole releases a new single, Too Young, on Capitol Records in the USA.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
The Count Basie Septet plays the second of seven nights at The Hi-Hat, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Tex Beneke And His Orchestra (with musical arrangements by Henry Mancini) records Diga Diga Doo, The Day Isn't Long Enough, The Chesapeake And Ohio and Cock-A-Doodle-E-Do, for MGM Records in RCA Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Illinois Jacquet Quintet records Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin', Mean To Me, One-Nighter Boogie, Cotton Tail, Weary Blues and Groovin' for Clef/Mercury Records in New York City, USA.
A new radio series Crazy People, begins on the BBC Home Srevice in the UK, featuring the comedy talents of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe plus The Ray Ellington Quartet, Max Geldray and The Stargazers. The show will later be re-named The Goon Show, and many of the songs specially written for the show (The Ying Tong Song, I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas etc) will become comedy classics.
Bonnie Ruth Blunt is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. She will find some success as a singer with garage rock band The Crusaders.
Joe Pizzulo, best known as one of the lead singers for Lance Loud.
Grammy Award-winning country music record producer, musician and songwriter Lloyd Maines is born in Lubbock, Texas, USA.
Chris Cooper, drummer of English 90s shoegaze band Pale Saints, is born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
The Original Gospel Harmonettes record Just To Behold His Face, Get Away Jordan and When I Reach My Heavenly Home, for Specialty Records in Hollywood, California, USA.
The Lester Young Quintet plays at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Popular vocalist Mario Lanza records Ave Maria, Wanting You and A Vuccella in Radio Recorders Studio on Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Melvin Wayne Osmond, second-oldest of The Osmonds is born in Ogden, Utah, USA.
Mik Kaminski, cellist with The Electric Light Orchestra [E.L.O.] from 1973, is born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK.
The musical comedy Seventeen is running at The Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 182 performances.
Jazz saxophonist, composer and recording artist Steve Slagle is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will work with Stevie Wonder, Machito, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Cab Calloway and others.
Lowell Fulson plays at The Arch Ballroom, Monessen, Pennsylvania, USA, with "added attraction" Ray Charles.
Jimmy Wakely And His Cowboy Band record A Light In Your Window Tonight, Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon, Each Step Of The Way and Just A Little More Waiting, in Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bandleader Karl King is honoured with a surprise testimonial dinner held in the Savory Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, with congressman James Dolliver presiding. Two hundred and fifty guests attend, including Paul Yoder, Glenn Cliff Bainum, and A.A. Harding. Governor William Beardsley presents a plaque declaring King to be the foremost composer of band music and an inspiration to millions of young musicians.
Billy Murcia, who will become the original drummer for the New York Dolls, is born in Bogot
Record producer and graphic designer Scott Billington is born in Melrose, Massachusetts, USA. He will become noted for his work with Johnny Shines, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Solomon Burke, Buckwheat Zydeco and others.
Billie Holiday plays at Storyville, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Michael Siegfried Raphael is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. He will find success as harmonica virtuoso Mickey Raphael, best-known for his work with Willie Nelson, but also contributing his musical gifts to Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, M
John Kaizan Neptune is born in Oakland, California, USA. He will find international acclaim as a player and builder of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute). He will become known particularly for his use of the instrument in non-traditional contexts, such as jazz and cross-cultural music.
R'n'b singer, guitarist and songwriter Stephen Bishop is born in San Diego, California, USA.
Popular vocalist Savannah Churchill plays the second of two nights at the Circle Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, with Pat Collins and Buddy De Franco and his MGM Orchestra.
Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra records Indian Love Call for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ray Lynam is born in Moate, County Westmeath, Eire. He will establish himself as a popular country music singer.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis make a non-union-authorised appearance at The Vagabonds Club, Miami Beach, Florida, USA. Six months later they will be fined $1,000 by The American Guild Of Variety Artists, Florida, USA.
The 1908 composition Black And White Rag by George Botsford, enters the UK Sheet Music Chart, where it will peak at No17 during a thirteen-week stay on the chart. Perhaps the best-known version of the song is the one by Trinidad-born pianistWinifred Atwell, released in November 1951.
Lee Wiley completes the recording of tracks for her Columbia Records' album Lee Wiley Sings Irving Berlin, in New York City, USA..
Folk-rock singer-songwriter and recording artist Christopher Kearney is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
John Mark Heard is born in Macon, Georgia, USA. He will find success as record producer, folk rock singer, and songwriter Mark Heard, releasing sixteen LPs and working with many other artists.
MGM's movie remake of the Kern-Hammerstein musical play Show Boat, starring Howard Keel, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson, is released to cinemas in Italy, Europe.