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The musical comedy, Call Me Madam, with music by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, is playing at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 644 performances.
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.
Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto [Yellow Magic Orchestra] is born in Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Philip Brigham is born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. he will find success as rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, Phil Brigham.
Joe Thomas records Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, Royal Garden Blues, At The Jazz Band Ball, Black And Blue and other tracks during Jazz At Central Plaza, New York City, USA.
Jack Parnell And His Music Makers play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK. The band, at this gig, includes Ronnie Scott on saxophone.
Sam Cooke has his second recording session with The Soul Stirrers at Universal Recorders, Hollywood, California, USA.
Eddie Manion, saxman for Southside Johnny And The Asbury Dukes, is born in New Jersey, USA.
Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine record The Very Thought Of You for Esquire Records in London, UK.
The Irving Berlin musical and political satire Call Me Madam is playing at The Coliseum, London, England, UK, during a run of 485 performances. Main cast members are Billie Worth (Sally Adams), Anton Walbrook (Cosmo), Jeff Warren (Ken Gibson) and Shani Wallis (Princess Maria). Songs include The Hostess with the Mostes', It's a Lovely Day Today, The Ocarina, They Like Ike and You're Just in Love.
Billie Holiday, backed by The Wardell Gray Quartet, is playing at The Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Melody Maker 1952 All-Stars, including Johnny Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Jimmy Deuchar, Ivor Maraints, Jack Parnell and others, record Up The Poll, Leap Year and M.M. Special for Esquire Records in London, UK.
Don Cherry opens at The Triton Hotel, New York City, USA.
Frank 'The Dude' Conway plays at The Cascade Club, Portland, Oregon, USA.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet is playing during a season at The Surf Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Debut Records, a new jazz label, is formally incorporated in The Bronx, New York City, USA, by jazz bassist Charles Mingus, his wife Celia and drummer Max Roach.
Spade Cooley records Crazy 'Cause I Love You and Swingin' The Devil's Dream for Decca Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Songwriter and recording artist Jimmy Silva is born in Seattle, Washington, USA. His songs will be recorded by The Smithereens and The Young Fresh Fellows, as well as by his own group Jimmy Silva And The Goats.
Urpo Tapani Sorvali is born in Finland, Europe. He will find success as a popular singer under the mononym Urpo, and also working with the bands Big Bad Family, Jupu Group and The Kimmo Kuusniemi Band.
Judy Garland marries Sid Luft at a ranch belonging to a friend in Hollister, near San Francisco, California, USA.
Mick Mulligan's Magnolia Jazz Band plays in Ashford, Kent, England, UK.
T-Bone Walker plays the first of three nights at The 5-4 Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ivory Joe Hunter is playing during a week at The Ebony Club, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Ike Carpenter And His Band are playing at The Flamingo, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Dean Martin And Jerry Lewis are playing at Chez Paree, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Kitty Kallen. Dick Stabile And His Orchestra provide the accomanying music.
Popular NBC tv series All Star Summer Revue in the USA features performances by The Beverly Sisters and The Wild Bill Davis Trio.
The highest new entry in the Billboard Best Selling Pop Singles Chart is Should I? by The Four Aces, entering at No21. Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart by Vera Lynn remains at No1.
The Stan Getz Quintet is playing at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Benny Goodman And His Orchestra are playing at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinos, USA.
Hank Williams releases a new single Why Don't You Make Up Your Mind?, under the pseudonym of Luke The Drifter, on MGM Records, in the USA.
Billy Eckstein and Buddy Rich play the fourth night of a week at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Billy Eckstine and Buddy Rich play the sixth night of a week at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Johnnie Ray plays during a week at Chez Paree, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Hank Williams releases a new single, Settin' The Woods On Fire, on MGM Records, in the USA. On the same day, Gerry Beckley, later to be a member of America, is born in Fort Worth, Texas.
Frank Sinatra records Why Try To Change Me Now in New York City, USA, for Columbia Records.
Nile Rodgers, later to lead Chic, is born in New York City, USA.
Betty Hutton plays during a three-week season at The Palladium, London, England, UK.
The Four Lads open at Ciro's, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Duke Ellington's 25th anniversary in the music business is celebrated in a week of shows at The Paramount Theater, New York City, USA, which also features The Ravens.
Irish tenor Bill Dwyer is appearing at Club Alabam, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jazz magazine Downbeat in the USA publishes a special edition devoted to the Silver Jubilee of Duke Ellington, featuring tributes from Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Harry James, Billy Eckstine, Johnnie Ray, Sammy Kaye, Peggy Lee, Gordon Jenkins and more.
Muggsy Spanier is playing at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with The Johnny Allen Trio.
Erskine Hawkins And His Orchestra release a new single, Weary Blues / Midnight Stroll on RCA Victor Records in the USA.
A variety show, featuring musical numbers, dances and skits, is staged at Ashurst Auditorium, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.
Anthony Jones is born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He will become the bassist for Humble Pie when they reform in 1980, and will play on their albums On To Victory and Go For The Throat.
Guy Mitchell is appearing live at The Fairmount Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
The movie musical An American In Paris, starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and Charles Guetary, opens at cinemas in West Germany, Europe.
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl is born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, North America. He will pursue a career as a performer and recording artist in Native American-influenced music.
Warney Ruhl And His Orchestra play for the New Year's Dance at Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio, Texas, USA.