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Saxophonist Serge Chaloff And His Quartet come to the end of two weeks at The Preview Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Pekka Pohjola is born in Helsinki, Finland, Europe. He will find success as an influential prog-rock bass player, composer and band leader.
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 Belgium and Netherlands, Europe.
Dave Bartholomew records My Ding-A-Ling in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, for King Records.
Wheel Of Fortune by The Eddie Wilcox Orchestra with vocalist Sunny Gale, on Derby Records, enters the Billboard Best-selling Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No14 during a run of six weeks.
Popular vocalist Savannah Churchill plays the fourth night of a week at the Towne Casino, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The Ames Brothers record Crazy Cause I Love You, And So I Waited, The Sheik Of Araby and At The End Of The Rainbow, in Decca Recording Studio, Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York City, USA.
Spike Jones And His City Slickers play at The Stadium Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
When Billy Butterfield, Red Allen (tp); Bill Harris (tb); Buddy DeFranco (cl); Charlie Parker (as); Jerry Jerome (ts); Teddy Wilson; Dick Cary (p); Eddie Safranski (b); Don Lamond (d); and vocalists Dottie Reed and Louis Prima play the second of two nights at Loew's Valencia, Queens, New York City, USA, the performance is recorded and broadcast as a Voice Of America show in the Jazz Club USA series, presented by Leonard Feather.
Bill Coleman is born in Hamilton, Ohio, USA. he will find acclaim as blues/soul-R'n'B singer, songwriter, harmonica-guitar player Billy 'Harp' Hamilton.
The romantic MGM movie musical Two Weeks With Love, starring Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalban, is released in France, Europe.
Jimmy Swan And His Range Riders record Juke Joint Mama, Triflin' On Me, I Love You So Much and I Had A Dream for Trumpet Records at the studio of WFOR Radio in Hattiesburg, Mississipi, USA.
The Kansas Fields Quartet (saxophonist Ike Quebec, pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Alfred Matthews and drummer Kansas Fields) record Whispering Winds and Kiss Of Fire for Hi-Lo Records in New York City, USA. At the same session they record Forgive This Fool and Don't Tell Me , with vocalist Frank Price, plus Rippin' And Runnin' and Look What'cha Done with Emmitt Davis on vocals.
Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra are playing at The Claridge, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Dinah Washington records Pillow Blues, No Caviar and Double Dealing Daddy for Mercury Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Acclaimed guitarist, singer, songwriter, pianist and harmonica player Hal Bruce is born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Betty Driver Show is broadcast on BBC tv in the UK, with guests including Geoffrey Sumner, Tom Macaulay, Harry Jacobson, The Petersen Brothers, Elizabeth Maude and an orchestra directed by Eric Robinson. Although long-popular as a big band vocalist, Betty Driver will find her greatest fame as Betty Williams (aka Betty Turpin) in the long-running tv soap Coronation Street.
Pem Darch with The Belgrave Band plays at Teversal Welfare Hall, Teversall, Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
Singer-songwriter and actor David Riondino is born in Florence, Italy, Europe.
Luke McDaniel records Whoa Boy!, This Crying Heart and No More for Trumpet Records at the Radio WFOR Studio, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA.
Bandleader Benny Strong is playing during a run of gigs at The Palladium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Les Paul And Mary Ford, Tommy Edwards and Ralph Marterie's Orchestra are providing the musical entertainment at The Paramount Theater, New York City, USA.
Blues guitarist, singer and recording artist Luke Jordan dies in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA.
Jimmy McPhail releases a new single, (There Is) No Greater Love on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Eddie Calvert, aka The Man With The Golden Trumpet, begins a week of shows at The Empire, Leeds, UK.
The Tanner Sisters play in Wolverhampton, England, UK.
Jimmy Witherspoon is playing at The Oro Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Ray Ellington Quartet comes to the end of a week of shows at The Palais, Ilford, UK.
Charlie Parker, accompanied by The James "Rev" Beasley Combo plays during an eleven night engagement at El Capitan, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Music trade magazine Billboard, publishes results of a survey showing that dollar sales of two newer formats, 45 and 33rpm discs, have overtaken sales of the traditional 78rpm discs in the USA. The magazine concludes that "the record industry is heading toward a two-speed business at a fairly rapid clip."
Jimmy Rogers records Mistreated Baby, The Last Time, What's The Matter and Out On the Road, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records.
The full-length Disney animated film Song Of The South is released to cinemas in Austria. The film includes several memorable songs, notably Zip-a-dee Doo-Dah, sung by James Baskett.
Saxophone star Earl Bostic records Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and For You, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Marlene Dietrich releases a new LP, American Songs In German For The OSS on Columbia Records in the USA. The album is part of Dietrich's post-WW2 propaganda campaign on behalf of the USA.
Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and jump blues vocalist Roy Brown play the first night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Jambalaya [On The Bayou] by Hank Williams And His Drifting Cowboys reaches No1 in the Billboard Best Selling Retail Folk (Country + Western) Records chart in the USA.
Frankie Laine plays during a one-week engagement at The Empire Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Tallulah Bankhead makes her hosting debut on tonight's edition of the tv show Four Star Revue. Her guests include actress Ethel Barrymore, comedian Groucho Marx and musical director Meredith Willson.
The Orioles play at Pep's Musical Bar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
T-Bone Walker records When The Sun Goes Down, Pony Tail and other tracks in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Imperial Records.
Deniz Tek is born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He will find success as a singer and guitarist after moving to Sydney, Australia, Oceania, and founding the band Radio Birdman.
Steve Swindells is born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK. He will achieve success as a singer-songwriter, keyboardist, party organizer, club promoter and journalist.
Roger Downham is born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England, UK. He will find success as a jazz pianist and vibraphone player under the name Roger Beaujolais, leading The Beaujolais Band and acid-jazz outfit Vibraphonic, co-founding The Chevalier Brothers and working with numrous others.
Shep Fields And His Band play at The Ritz Ballroom, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.
For the quarter ended on this day, RCA Victor Records' sales are 19% higher than in the same quarter of the preceding year, and 84% over the previous quarter of the same year.
Jack Carter, Janis Paige and The Buddy Morrow Orchestra play at The Paramount Theater, New York City, USA.
The movie Skirts Ahoy! is released in France, Europe. Essentially a vehicle for swimming star Esther Williams [aka The Million-Dollar Mermaid], it features appearances by jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine and vocal harmony quintet The DeMarco Sisters.
Shogo Hamada is born in Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, Asia. He will find success as a singer-songwriter and member of the rock band Aido.
Doc Williams, with Cy Williams, records I'm Watching The Train, Two Little Orphans, I'm Seeking A Harbour and The Heaven Express at James M. Black Studio, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA.
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