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Al Morgan opens for four weeks at The Chez Paree, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The musical revue Pardon Our French closes at The Broadway Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of one hundred performances.
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.
Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West record Railroadin' at Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. the track will not be released and is eventually presumed lost.
Ben Mink is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He will find success as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as a long-time collaborator with Canadian singer k.d. lang.
Duke Ellington And His Band play the fifth night of a one-week engagement at The Click, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Dick Sims is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Sims will be best known as a longtime keyboard player for Eric Clapton, but will also pursue his own career as a recording artist.
The Hank Williams' song Sing Sing Sing is registered for copyright in the 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.
Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra and vocalist Velma Middleton, records You're Just In Love and Big Butter And Egg Man for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Tv show Cavalcade Of Bands in the USA features appearances by Jackie Gleason, Gene Krupa and Frank Sinatra.
The romantic MGM movie musical Two Weeks With Love, starring Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalban, is released in Sweden, Europe.
Be My Love by Mario Lanza reaches No1 in the Cashbox Magazine chart of the Best-selling 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.
Top jazz drummer Harold 'Doc' West, who worked with Billie Holiday, Jay McShann, Erroll Garner, Joe Turner and Charlie Parker, among others, dies in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, while on the road with Roy Eldridge's band.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
The Hastings Girls Choir perform live at the South Parade Pier, Portsmouth, UK.
The No1 song in the Billboard Chart in the USA for this day in 1951 is How High The Moon by Les Paul And Mary Ford.
Judy Garland plays the fourth of seven nights at The Empire Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
Stan Kenton And His Orchestra record Laura and Stardust Boogie for Capitol Records at Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Klaus-Dieter Trimpop, better known as drummer Trini of Die Toten Hosen, is born in Dusseldorf, Germany, Europe.
Mary Lou Williams records When Dreams Come True, Bobo, Kool, Lover Come Back To Me, S'posin', Handy Eyes (St. Louis Blues) and Tisherome for Circle Records in New York City, USA.
Leroy Anderson completes writing his instrumental orchestral composition Blue Tango. It will be released as the b-side of the single Belle Of The Ball on Decca Records in the USA. However, public response to Blue Tango will prove so favourable that the disc will be flipped and Blue Tango will reach No1 in the Billboard magazine Popular Singles Chart.
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Stan Kenton And His Orchestra play at The Casino Ballroom, Catalina Island, California, USA.
Popular singer Dorothy Dandridge and her pianist Phil Moore open at The Cafe de Paris, London, UK.
Red Ingle records Git Away From The Wimmin and Throw Him Out for Capitol Records in New York City, USA.
John Deacon, bass player for Queen, is born in Leicester, UK.
Chuck Murphy records Lay Somethin' On The Bar, Waitin' For My Baby and Rollin' Rockin' Rhythm,for Coral Records in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Shouldn't I Know by pioneering Baltimore, Maryland-based r'n'b band The Cardinals enters the Billboard r'n'b singles chart in the USA.
Billy Murcia, who will become the original drummer for the New York Dolls, is born in Bogot
Michael Lee Smith, best known as the vocalist/guitarist of New Jersey-based heavy rock band Starz, is born in Alabama, USA. Although not commercially successful, the group has been cited as an influence by Twisted Sister, Motley Crue and Poison.
Kathleen Hart is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She will find success as blues-rock singer Kate Hart.
Victor Young, with The Jud Conlon Singers and The Singing Strings, records Littlest Angel's Christmas for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Jack Smith performs When Yuba Plays The Rhumba On The Tuba on radio program The Tide Show in the USA.
The MGM movie musical Pagan Love Song is released to cinemas in Portugal, Europe. Starring Esther Williams and Howard Keel, the movie features songs by Harry Warren and Arthur Freed.
Jay McShann's Band, with Ben Webster on sax, records The Duke And The Brute, You Didn't Tell Me and Reach, for EmArcy Records in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Carl Butler records Vicious Lies, River Of Love, A Blue Million Tears and Everything Will Be The Same, in Castle Studio At the Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Alison Anne Cadogan is born in St. Andrew, Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. She will find international success in the 1970s as lover's rock/reggae vocalist Susan Cadogan.
Joan Davis (singing comedienne), Herb Jeffries (vocalist), Evelyn Knight (vocalist) and comedian Groucho Marx are featured in The Big Show on NBC Radio in the USA. The show is broadcast live from Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
R'n'b singer, guitarist and songwriter Stephen Bishop is born in San Diego, California, USA.
The musical comedy movie Rich, Young And Pretty, starring Jane Powell, Vic Damone and Wendell Corey, opens at cinemas in Portugal, Europe.
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.
The Ames Brothers record Shadrack, Blind Barnabas, Dry Bones and Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho at Decca Recording Studio, Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York City, USA.
Record producer, arranger, mixer, musician, composer and songwriter Robin Millar is born in Westminster, London, UK.
Danny Davis with The Leroy Holmes Orchestra records Fragments Of An Old Forgotten Love, Won't You Please Bring Back The Sunshine, Water Deep and Another World Ago at WMGM Radio Station Studio A, New York City, USA.
The Clovers record One Mint Julep, In The Middle Of The Night and Comin' On for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
Singer, songwriter and children's entertainer Tim Noah is born in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Johnny Contardo, vocalist of Sha Na Na is born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton is born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.