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John Coltrane comes to the end of a week of shows at The Casino, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Rock singer and guitarist Charlie Huhn is born in Portland, Oregon, USA. He will work with Ted Nugent, Humble Pie, Foghat and others.
Duke Ellington And His Band begin a one-week engagement at The Click, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ralph Willis, Brownie McGhee and Dumas Ransom record Income Tax Blues, Bed Tick Blues, Too Late To Scream And Shout, Hoodoo Man, Tell me Pretty Baby and Church Bell Blues for Prestige/Jubilee Records in New York City.
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.
The musical revue Michael Todd's Peep Show closes at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 278 performances.
The Golden Globes Awards ceremony is held in Ciro's Nightclub, Los Angeles, California, USA. Music-related awards go to Fred Astaire as Best Actor in a Musical Comedy for Three Little Words, and to Franz Waxman for Best Score in the film Sunset Blvd.
Mario Lanza plays at The Mosque, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Lonzo And Oscar record Give Me An RC Cola And Moon Pie, Movin' On and I Ain't Gonna Take You To Ten, in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The musical Guys And Dolls is presented at The 46th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances.
Jester Hairston, playing the role of calypso singer King Moses, provides musical bridges by threading plot situations into the lyrics of his songs during this week's episode of the radio series Bold Venture, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Judy Garland plays the second night in a four-week season at The Palladium, London, UK. Also on the bill is Max Bygraves.
The Coronets record Night Walk (Cat Walk), Moonlight Fiesta, She and The Happening, for Mercer/Vogue Records in New York City, USA.
Charles G. Dawes, the only US Vice president ever to write a popular music hit, dies in Evanston, Virginia, USA. In 1911 Dawes wrote a wordless tune, Melody In A Major, which became a popular music standard when words were added to it by Carl Sigman who re-named it It's All In the Game. The song was a major hit for Tommy Edwards in 1958, and has also been covered by The Four Tops, Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, Nat "King" Cole, Brook Benton, Elton John and Jason Donovan.
Frank Sinatra plays at The Paramount Theatre, New York City, USA
The Dominoes (including Clyde McPhatter) record That's What You're Doing To Me, I Am With You, Love Love Love, Don't Leave Me This Way and These Foolish Things for Federal Records in New York City, USA.
Local 493 (The Negro Musicians' Union) holds its first annual Orchestra Cavalcade, at The Senator Ballroom, Eagles Hall, Seattle, Washington, USA, with The Bumps Blackwell Orchestra, The Vernon Brown Band, The Joe Gauff Band, The Bob Marshall Sextet, Billy Tolle's Combo-Clashers, Len Brook, The Jabo Ward Combo, Merceedees Walton, The Four Question Marks, The Cecil Young Quartet and Al Hickey's Jive Bombers. The event is a benefit concert and dance to raise money for new offices and the union's relief fund.
Judy Garland plays the first of seven nights at The Palace Theatre, Manchester, UK.
A drug abuse inquiry, with public hearings led by Attorney General Nathaniel L. Goldstein, begins in New York City, USA. Singled out for mention during the inquiry are Birdland, The Apollo Theater, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, and Machito.
Bing Crosby with The Rhythmaires and John Scott Trotter's Orchestra, is heard performing How High The Moon, On Top Of Old Smokey, Down By The Ohio and Any Town Is Paris When You're Young on The Bing Crosby Chesterfield Radio Show edition No72, in the USA.
Judy Garland plays the fourth of seven nights at The Palace Theatre, Manchester, UK.
How High The Moon by Les Paul And Mary Ford on Capitol Records reaches No1 in the Cashbox magazine Best-Selling Singles Chart in the USA for the first of nine weeks. The track is a revolutionary breakthrough, introducing the concept of multi-track recording.
Judy Garland plays the fourth of seven nights at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
Too Young by Nat King Cole is the current No1 single on the Billboard magazine chart in the USA.
Mario Lanza records The World Is Mine Tonight, Yours Is My Heart Alone (The Land of Smiles) and Oh Nights Of Splendor at Radio Recorders Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The tracks will be used on his radio programme, The Mario Lanza Show.
Woody Herman's Third Herd, with Charlie Parker, plays in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Hugely-respected old-time fiddler John L. "Uncle Bunt" Stephens dies at home near Lynchburg, Moore County, Tennessee, USA.
Jack Parnell And His Music Makers play at The Prince Of Wales Theatre, London, UK in show entitled Fancy Free which stars comedian Tommy Trinder and actress Pat Kirkwood. Parnell's band, at this gig, includes Ronnie Scott on saxophone.
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.
John Lee Hooker records I'm In The Mood, for Modern Records, in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Les Paul and Mary Ford release a new single, The World Is Waiting For The Sunshine, on Capitol Records in the USWA.
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson plays the ninth night of two weeks at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In New York City, USA, r'n'b vocal group The Swallows record Eternally, You Left Me, It Ain't The Meat (It's The Motion) and Roll Roll Pretty Baby, for King Records.
Big Bill Broonzy (as Chicago Bill) records Keep Your Hands Off Her, Stump Blues, Five Feet Seven and Plough Hand Blues for Melodisc, in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Biggest Show Of 1951, a package tour starring Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Marie Bryant, Peg Leg Bates, Stump And Stumpy, Timmie Rodgers and others plays at The Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
The Biggest Show Of 1951, a package tour starring Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Marie Bryant, Peg Leg Bates, Stump And Stumpy, Timmie Rodgers and others plays in The Armory, Troy, New York State, USA. Sarah Vaughan is billed to appear but her car breaks down on the way to the venue.
The movie musical An American In Paris, starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and Charles Guetary, has its New York premiere in New York City, USA.
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.
Chet Atkins and The Beasley Singers record Midnight, Good-bye Blues, Your Mean Little Heart and Sweet Bunch Of Daisies, at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Music trade magazine Cashbox in the USA expands its Top 40 singles chart to show fifty positions.
Because Of You by Tony Bennett is the current No1 song in the Billboard Magazine Singles Chart in the USA.
Another edition of The Gene Autry Show, starring singing cowboy Gene Autry, is broadcast on CBS-tv in the USA. Today's edition is called Killer's Trail.
John Bondurant of the Gospel singing and recording group Jericho is born in Hartselle, Alabama, USA.
Homer And Jethro record Alabama Jubilee, Cold Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin' and Slow Poke in RCA Victor Studio, 445 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Sons Of The Pioneers perform Skip To My Lou and Sentimental Journey, on their radio series The Lucky-U Ranch, in the USA.
Tommy Duncan And The Ranger Trio record Nancy Jane for Intro Records at Radio Records Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
John Francis Pastorius is born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA. He will find fame as Jaco Pastorius, virtuoso bassist for jazz-fusion band Weather Report.
Mike Stock, of internationally-succesful music production trio Stock Aitken Waterman, is born in Margate, Kent, UK.
Folk-rock singer-songwriter and recording artist Christopher Kearney is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Southern Jubilee Singers record a session for Chess Records at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.