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During filming of the I Love Lucy tv series episode Breaking The Lease in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, Desi Arnaz And His Orchestra play Sweet Sue - Just You, El Cumbanchero, The Mexican Hat Dance, I Want a Girl and La Raspa.
Yemenite singer of Israeli songs, Shoshana Damari, and composer-conductor Moshe Wolinsky, play at Carnegie Music Hall, New York City, USA.
Frank Sinatra, with arranger and conductor Alex Stordahl, records I Could Write A Book for Columbia Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The song was originally written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1940 Broadway musical Pal Joey.
Craig Leon is born in Miami, Florida, USA. He will find success as a record producer, composer and arranger, perhaps best-known for the part he played in launching the careers of many recording artists including The Ramones and Blondie.
The Loveliest Night Of The Year reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. The position is achieved by amalgamating sales of versions of the song by Mario Lanza and Anne Shelton.
The movie musical Two Tickets To Broadway, starring Tony Martin and Janet Leigh, opens at cinemas in Belgium, Europe.
Jane Froman sings Just One Of Those Things, Begin The Beguine and I've Got You Under My Skin on the CBS-tv show Toast of the Town: The Cole Porter Story (Part Two) in the USA.
Kenny Roberts, known as The King Of The Yodellers, records Ding Dong Bells and I'd Like To Kiss Susie Again, with producer Paul Cohen in Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Session players on these tracks include guitarists Hank Garland and Grady Martin, steel guitarist Bob Foster, bassist Ernie Newton, drummer Farris Coursey, fiddler Tommy Jackson and pianist Owen Bradley.
The Ben Yost Trio plays at The Palace Theatre, New York City, USA.
The Ames Brothers play the second of seven nights at The Don Carlos, Winnipeg, Canada.
Spike Jones And His City Slickers play at Saginaw Auditorium, Saginaw, Michigan, USA.
The Four Keys are playing at The Capitol Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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The movie musical An American In Paris, starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and Charles Guetary, opens at cinemas in Australia.
Jazz bandleader Tiny Hill is recording tracks for Mercury Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ray Anthony And His Orchestra are playing at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bobby Wayne is playing during a two-week season at The Towne Room, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, with The Carl Jannette Trio.
The movie musical Lullaby Of Broadway, starring Doris Day, Gene Nelson and The Page Cavanaugh Trio, opens at cinemas in Finland, Europe. The songs in the film are composed by George Gershwin.
The Chuck Wagon Gang record Way Up In Glory, After A While, Home Of The Soul and other songs at Jim Beck Studio, 1101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Wilf Carter aka Montana Slim records Huggin' Squeezin' Kissin' Teasin', Sleep Little One Sleep, Alabama Saturday Night and Hot Foot Boogie in RCA Victor Studio 1, 155 East 24th Street, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
The Tanner Sisters play the first of two nights in Cardiff, Wales.
Lena Horne plays the sixth night in a week of shows at The Empire, Liverpool, UK, with Jack Parnell And His Music Makers.
The Maddox Brothers And Rose play for an audience of 1,720 people at The Auditorium, Beaumont, Texas, USA.
Bandleader Benny Strong is playing during three months at The Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
Joe Turner opens for three weeks at The Dew Drop Inn, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Mario Lanza records Serenade and Beloved for the soundtrack to the film The Student Prince in MGM Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Joe Pernell And His Combo with Eddie Johnson on tenor saxophone, play at The West Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Eddie O'Neal's Orchestra is playing at The Empire Room, Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Mata And Hari And Co, Estelle Loring and George Prentice.
The musical comedy movie Skirts Ahoy!, starring Esther Williams, Joan Evans and Vivian Blaine, opens at cinemas in the Netherlands, Europe.
The Stan Getz Quintet is playing at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Jimmy Rogers records Mistreated Baby, The Last Time, What's The Matter and Out On the Road, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records.
Johnny Aladdin And His Group play in The Lotus Room at the La Salle Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Heidelberg Singers with Smiling Fritz are playing at Math Igler's Casino, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Benny Goodman And His All-Star Sextet play at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Xavier Cugat is playing during an 11-day engagement at California State Fair, Sacramento, California, USA.
Pete 'Guitar' Lewis records Chocolate Pork Chop Man for Federal Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Billy Eckstine and Buddy Rich play the third night of a week at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Lowell Fulson and Big Joe Turner play in Augusta, Georgia, USA, at the start of a thirteen-day tour of Georgia and Florida.
Martha Raye is playing at The Latin Quarter, New York City, USA, during a four week run.
Donald Fagenson is born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He will find success in the 80s as musician and producer Don Was, one-half of the duo Was [Not Was].
Doc Williams, with Cy Williams, records I Love You Little Darling, Prisoner At The Bar, One Heart One Life and There's A Mother Always Waiting, at James M. Black Studio, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA.
A new Statler Hotel opens in Los Angeles, California, USA, with Xavier Cugat playing in The Terrace Room, at the start of an eight-week run.
Johnnie Ray records Spotlite, for Columbia Records at Radio Recorders Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, with Buddy Cole on the piano. Mitch Miller is listed as producer for this session.
Louis Armstrong And The All-Stars play at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe.
Five Long Years by blues pianist and vocalist Eddie Boyd becomes the Billboard R'n'B National Best Sellers No1 Single in the USA.
When The Woody Herman Band, The Mills Brothers and Dinah Washington play at The Carousel, Dayton, Ohio, USA, they attract just 500 customers.
The Eddie Heywood Trio is playing during a week at Angelo's, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
The Delta Rhythm Boys are playing during a week at The Coliseum, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
The Carliles release No Help Wanted on Mercury Records in the USA.
Hank Williams fails to show up for a gig at The Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, West Virginia, USA.
Louis Armstrong appears on the cover of influential jazz magazine Downbeat in the USA, under the headline "Louis Enters Hall Of Fame". On the same evening, Armstrong throws a party at his home in Queens, new York City, USA. During the party, a woman, Lillian Friedlander, sings I Can't Afford To Miss The Dream. Armstrong tapes her performance and subsequently convinces Decca Records to let him record it.