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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.
Johnny Hodges And His Orchestra record Sideways, A Pound Of Blues, Wham! and Who's Excited?, for Mercury Records in New York City, USA.
Jo Stafford records Something To Remember You By, September In The Rain and I'm In The Mood For Love for Columbia Records in the USA. The tracks will appear on her album As You Desire Me.
Robin Zander, vocalist with Cheap Trick, is born in Rockford, Illinois, USA.
The Bell Sisters record Wheel Of Fortune and Poor Whip-Poor-Will for RCA Victor Records in the USA.
Hank Williams plays the second of two nights in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Columbia Records Inc and Louis Armstrong file a legal suit in New York Supreme Court, New York City, USA, against a record bootlegging company, Paradox Industries Inc, in an ongoing battle against bootlegging.
Big Bill Broonzy is recording tracks for Vogue Records in Paris, France.
Mary Small is playing at Copa City, Miami, Florida, USA.
LaVern Baker, Pee Wee Crayton and Billy Wright play at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
OKeh Records artists Dolores Hawkins and The Four Lads play at Moe's Main Street, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, during a one-week stand.
King Fleming signs a 7-week contract toperform at the 125 Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ray Pearl And His Musical Gems are playing during four weeks at The Rice Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA.
US TV series Your Hit Parade, whose regular cast includes Dorothy Collins and Snooky Lanson, features the songs Please Mr. Sun, Cry, Tell Me Why and Wheel of Fortune.
Jukka Jorma Tolonen is born in Helsinki, Finland, Europe. He will find success as guitarist Jukka Tolonen with the progressive rock band Tasavallan Presidentti, but will also gain respect for his performances in jazz and blues.
June Christy, backed by a combo led by Vido Musso, is playing at The Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Cab Calloway And His Cab Jivers play at The Clayton Club, Sacramento, California, USA.
Frankie Laine with Hal McIntyre's Band plays at The Chase Club, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Johnnie and Jack (Johnny Wright and Jack Anglin) record Heart Trouble, Two-Timin' Blues and I've Gone And Done It Again at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Delmore Brothers record How You Gonna Get Your Lovin' Done, Got No Way Of Knowing, I Said Goodnight My Darling and Muddy Water in King Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Judy Garland is heard performing Over The Rainbow and At Last on the Bing Crosby Show on CBS Radio in the USA.
Michael Henry McBrain is born in Hackney Salvation Army Hospital, Hackney, East London, UK. He will find success as Nicko McBrain, drummer of Iron Maiden.
Ella Fitzgerald is playing during a week-long engagement at Birdland, New York City, USA.
Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart by Vera Lynn reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
Lena Horne plays during a two-week engagement at The Empire Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Tiny Bradshaw And His Orchestra begin a four-week engagement in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Although having been diagnosed as schizophrenic, Woody Guthrie is released from Bellevue hospital, New York City, USA. He goes home and almost immediately attacks one of his children.
Ike Carpenter And His Band are playing at The Flamingo, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Steve Gibson is born in Peoria, Illinois, USA. He will become the musical director of the Grand Ole Opry, and will be heard playing guitar on hits by George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Reba McEntire, Wynonna and Randy Travis among others
The movie musical Strictly Dishonorable, starring Ezio Pinza and Janet Leigh, is released to cinemas in Finland, Europe.
Wayne Muir And His Glass Hatters are providing "music for dancing and dining" in The Glass Hat, Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Harry James Orchestra plays the first of two nights at Club Sevenoaks, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Michael Marcus is born in San Francisco, California, USA. He will achieve success as a jazz clarinettist and woodwind player, appearing on more than 35 records for Soul Note, Justin' Time, Not Two, Boxholder, Ayler, Drimala, CIMP and Qwest/Warner.
Steven Paul Miller is born in Fairborn, Ohio, USA. He will find success as singer, songwriter and guitarist Buddy Miller in the 1990s.
Frankie Laine begins a week of shows at The Empire, Glasgow, Scotland.
Gene Ammons is playing during a week of gigs at The Ebony Club, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Billy Ward And His Dominoes play at The Palace Theater, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
It is reported that Ray Charles has cut Roll With My Baby and The Midnight Hour as his first material for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
The stage musical My Darlin' Aida, a modern re-make of the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, opens at Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 89 performances.
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs record Dim Lights Thick Smoke And Loud Loud Music, Flint Hill Special and Reunion In Heaven for Columbia Records in Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Perez Prado And His Orchestra, with Las Tres Conchitas, record Las Mañanitas El Primer Suby for RCA Victor Records in Mexico, North America.
Kenneth Hatfield is born in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA. He will find success as a jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, producer and educator, under the name Ken Hatfield.
The Lou Donaldson Quartet/Quintet/Sextet, with Horace Silver on piano, record Sweet Juice, Down Home, The Best Things In Life Are Free and If I Love Again, for Blue Note Records in WOR Studios, New York City, USA.
Hank Penny and Jaye P. Morgan record Fan It and That's My Weakness Now, at RCA Victor Studio, 1016 North Sycamore Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra play at The Albany Armory, Albany, New York State, USA.
Billboard magazine reports that Jo Stafford is achieving her biggest record sales ever. Her recent version of Jambalaya has sold over 588,000 copies, You Belong To Me has topped over 650,000, and Keep It A Secret has passed the 250,000 sales mark, giving a total of 1,488,000 discs sold in a five month period.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry plays at The Fairgrounds Coliseum, Hope, Arkansas, USA.
Harry Belafonte is appearing live at Ciro's, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
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.
Josh White, Jeri Southern and Jane Dulo open at The Black Orchid, Chicago, Illinois, USA.