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Billy Eckstine, backed by The Woody Herman Herd, records Here Come the Blues, Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries, As Long As I Live and I Left My Hat in Haiti, for MGM Records in the USA.
The original cast soundtrack album for the Brodway production of Guys And Dolls is released by Decca Records in the USA.
During a two-week engagement, The George Shearing Quintet plays at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Les Paul and Mary Ford release a new single, Mockin' Bird Hill, on Capitol Records in the USA.
During a two-week engagement, The George Shearing Quintet plays at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Dariush Eghbali is born in Tehran, Iran, Asia. he will be considered as one of, if not the greatest Iranian artist in the history of popular Persian music.
Geraint Meurig Vaughan Watkins is born in Abertridwr, near Caerphilly, Wales. He will find success mostly as Geraint Watkins, a rock music pianist and accordionist backing artistes including Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Paul McCartney and Shakin' Stevens.
Billy Walker records She's Got Honky Tonk Blood (In Her Veins), I Ain't Got No Roses, Beautiful Brown Eyes and Don't Tell A Soul I Love You, at Jim Beck Studio, 1101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas, USA.
The BBC Home Service begins broadcasting a new three-part radio series, Adventures In Folk Song, featuring music archivist Alan Lomax discussing his song-gathering field trips on behalf of the Library Of Congress in the USA.
Tv show Cavalcade Of Bands in the USA features appearances by Jackie Gleason, Gene Krupa and Frank Sinatra.
The George Benson Sextet records The Nearness Of You, Begin The Beguine, My Heart Cries For You and When Day Is Done, for Regent Records in Detroit, Michigan, USA. (An acclaimed and busy jazz/soul saxophonist, this Benson should not be confused with the internationally successful guitarist of the same name).
Todor Todorovic is born in Lingen, Niedersachsen, Germany, Europe. He will find success as Toscho, guitarist and singer of the blues band Blues Company.
The musical revue Razzle Dazzle closes at The Arena Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of just eight performances.
As a member of gospel group The Soul Stirrers, Sam Cooke makes his first studio recording, Peace In The Valley, for Specialty Records at Universal Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA.
Blues guitarist Walter Trout is born in Ocean City, New Jersey, USA.
Mario Lanza plays at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The movie musical Lullaby Of Broadway, starring Doris Day, Gene Nelson and The Page Cavanaugh Trio, has its premiere in New York City, USA. The songs in the film are composed by George Gershwin.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The Lincoln University Gymnasium, Jefferson City, Missouri, USA.
Calypsonian Lord Caresser (aka The Caresser) is playing nightly in the downstairs bar of Rockhead's club, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Judy Rodman is born in Riverside, California, USA. She will find success in the mid-80s as a country music vocalist.
The original soundtrack album for the Broadway musical Make A Wish, a musical with music and lyrics by Hugh Martin, is released in the USA.
Country music singer-songwriter Richard Leigh is born in Washington DC, USA.
Judy Garland plays the last of seven nights at The Empire Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
The original cast soundtrack to Rodgers and Hammerstein's fifth musical, The King and I, featuring Gertrude Lawrence, Yul Brynner and others is released by Decca Records in the USA.
The Starlight Theatre, a 7,958-seat outdoor venue, opens in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. The Starlight will focus on presenting Broadway shows and concerts. The first production is a performance of The Desert Song with music by Sigmund Romberg.
Count Basie And His Orchestra play at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Folk quartet The Weavers begin a month-long residency at Cafe Society, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA. The group includes Pete Seeger.
Doo-wop group The Swallows have their first R'n'b singles chart entry in the USA with Will You Be Mine. The title line will be borrowed by The Penguins three years later for their huge hit Earth Angel.
The Flip Phillips Quintet records Broadway, Sojoro, Good Work, Apple Honey, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, Long Island Boogie and Stardust for Clef Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
US singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg is born in Peoria, Illinois.
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.
T-Bone Walker records Alimony Blues, Life Is Too Short and other tracks in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Imperial Records.
George Lewis' New Orleans Jazz Band records Big Butter And Egg Man, Bourbon Street Parade, Over The Waves, Who's Sorry Now and Weary Blues, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, for Riverside Records.
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson plays the final night of two weeks at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Alice Babs and The Charles Normans Orkester records Godmorgon, Mr. Eko for Metronome Records in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Doulas Glenn Colvin is born in Fort Lee, Virginia, USA. He will find success as Dee Dee Ramone, bassist and songwriter for The Ramones.
Violinist Alfredo Campoli and The Gosport Municipal Orchestra play on South Parade Pier, Portsmouth, UK.
The MGM musical comedy film Royal Wedding, starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, is released to cinemas in Sweden, Europe.
The Walt Disney animated movie Cinderella [subtitled A Love Story With Music] is released to cinemas in Hong Kong. The film includes the songs A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes and Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.
J.B. Lenoir records People Are Meddling In Our Affairs, Let's Roll, Lettie Mae and I Feel All Right, at Modern Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Piano on this track is played by Sunnyland Slim.
Inter-denominational singing group The North Western Chorale is founded in Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies, Caribbean, to promote and encourage the appreciation of Sacred musical works by great masters, folk songs, Negro Spirituals, community hymn singing and community singing.
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
On NBC radio in the USA, The Martin And Lewis Show, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, includes a guest appearance by Danny Thomas.
Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra play in Cafe Rouge in the Hotel Statler [aka Hotel Pennsylvania], New York City, USA.
Jane Froman appears on The Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue on ABC-tv in the USA.
Roger Troutman, best-known as vocalist for pioneering funk band Zapp, is born in Hamilton, Ohio, USA.
Mike Stock, of internationally-succesful music production trio Stock Aitken Waterman, is born in Margate, Kent, UK.
Singer, guitarist and songwriter Kiyonori Matsuo is born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu Island, Japan, Asia.
John Gerrard McAvoy is born in Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK. Under the name Gerry McAvoy, he will earn acclaim playing bass with The Rory Gallagher Band, Nine Below Zero, Band of Friends and others.
Johnny Contardo, vocalist of Sha Na Na is born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.