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The Harry James Orchestra is playing during four weeks at Cocoanut Grove, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The stage musical My Darlin' Aida, a modern re-make of of the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, plays at Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 89 performances.
Red Saunders plays at The Club Delisa, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
During a run of 89 performances, the musical My Darlin' Aida is running at The Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley's family move from a two-bedroom apartment at Apartment 328,185 Winchester Street, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. to 398 Cypress Street.
Carole Carr, with an orchestra conducted by Frank Cordell, records Heart And Soul for His Master's Voice Records.
Maurice Chevalier plays at The City Hall, Sheffield, UK.
Masanori Takahashi is born in Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan, Asia. He will find international success as electronic/new age music composer Kitaro.
Miquette Giraudy is born in Nice, France, Europe. She will find success as a keyboard player and vocalist, best known for her work in Gong and with her partner Steve Hillage.
The musical Hazel Flagg, with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Hilliard, opens at The Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, USA, where it will run for 190 performances.
Rosemary Clooney appears on the cover of Time magazine in the USA.
Big Bill Broonzy plays at Ons Huis, Rozenstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe.
Harry Belafonte, Janet Brace and The Jim Stutz Trio are playing at The Black Orchid, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bobby Mickleburgh's Bobcats, The Commodores and Beryl Bryden play at the Club Creole, 44 Gerrard Street, Soho, London, UK.
Ronald Horvath is born in Queens, New York City, USA. He will find success as blues guitarist and music instructor Ronnie Earl.
Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra are playing at The Cafe Rouge, Hotel Statler, New York City, USA.
How Much Is That Doggie In The Window by Lita Roza enters the UK singles chart at No9. The song - which she famously hated and refused to sing live - will go on to make Lita Roza both the first female vocalist to top the UK singles chart and the first person from Liverpool, long before The Beatles or Cilla Black.
Jane Froman performs the songs Who Cares, In The Still of the Night and Let's Take An Old Fashioned Walk on the CBS tv show USA Canteen, in the USA.
Cornelia Otis Skinner is starring in her solo revue Paris 90, with music and lyrics by Kay Swift, at The Blackstone Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Douglas Duke Trio is playing at The Hour Glass, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Wayne Muir And His Glasshatters are playing at The Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Muir is reportedly making use of a new instrument 'The Clavioline' in his live shows.
The Ice Capades Of 1953 present their version of the Lerner and Loewe musical Brigadoon at Chicago Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Cacau de Queiroz is born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America. He will find success as a popular jazz saxophonist, flute player and composer.
Miroslav Imrich is born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Europe. He will find success as vocalist for bands including Abraxas, Alarm, Tango, Technofactory and Tekkknofactory.
Ray Anthony is playing in The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Carl Barriteau And His Music play in Eyemouth, England, UK.
Jerome Harris is born in the Memorial Hospital of Queens, Flushing, New York State, USA. He will find success as a jazz bassist, guitarist and recording artist.
Ted Heath plays at The London Palladium, London, UK. The concert is recorded and will be released by London Records as an LP entitled Ted Heath At The London Palladium, described as "the most exciting jazz concert ever recorded."
The stage musical, The Boyfriend, written by Sandy Wilson, is presented at The Players' Theatre Club, London, England, UK. It will run at various London theatres for more than five years, totalling 2,082 performances.
The Johnny Dankworth 7 play at The Coronation Ballroom, Belle Vue, Manchester, England, UK.
Guy Mitchell and Rosemary Clooney record Man And Woman for the Columbia Records soundtrack to the film Red Garters, in Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Spaniels record Baby It's You, Sloppy Drunk, Since I Fell For You and Bounce in Universal Recorders, Chicago, Illinois, USA. They will become the first tracks to be released by Vee-Jay Records.
The New Palmer Bar in Detroit, Michigan, USA, is bombed. The incident is one of many linked to attempts by gangsters to gain control of the lucrative juke box business in Detroit.
Joe 'Cannonball' Lewis releases a new single, You've Been Honky Tonkin' on Kentucky Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
US music trade magazine Billboard announces that avant-garde composer Moondog (Louis Hardin) has been signed up by Mars Records, owned by jazz band leader Woody Herman.
The Maddox Brothers And Rose record I'd Rather Die Young [Than Grow Old Without You], These Wasted Years, The Nightingale Song and I'm A Little Red Caboose [On The Choo Choo Train Of Love] for Columbia Records in the USA.
The Oscar Peterson Trio records I'm Glad There Is You, I Hear Music, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, One For My Baby, Autumn In New York, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Spring Is Here and The Things We Did Last Summer for Verve Records in New York City, USA. Guitarist on the session is Barney Kessel.
Daniel Robert Elfman is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. Under the name Danny Elfman, he will find success first as a member of the band Oingo Boingo, then as a filmscore composer, often working with director Tim Burton.
The Gale Agency announces a forthcoming R+B package tour featuring Ruth Brown, Joe Louis And His Band, The Clovers, The Buddy Johnson Orchestra, Wynonie Harris, Dusty Fletcher and The Lester Young Combo. This line-up is set to tour the USA for eight weeks of one-nights during the summer.
Frankie Laine is playing at Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Crazy Man, Crazy by Bill Haley And His Comets peaks at No11 on the Cash Box chart in the USA. It is regarded as the first recognized rock and roll recording to appear on the national American musical charts. It is also believed to be the first rock and roll recording to be played on national television in the USA.
Ray Charles releases a new single, Mess Around, on Atlantic Records in the USA. The song, written by Atlantic records boss Ahmet Ertegun, is largely based on Cow Cow Blues by pioneering blues pianist Cow Cow Davenport.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in Argentina, South America. The film includes such Sammy Cahn-composed songs as The Second Star To The Right, You Can Fly and A Pirate's Life.
Smooth r'n'b pianist Sonny Thompson records Low Flame and Clean Sweep for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Robert Cray is born in Columbus, Georgia, USA.
Blues pianist and vocalist Little Johnny Jones, with Elmore James on guitar, records Wait Baby, Hoy Hoy and Chicago Blues, for Atlantic Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The tracks will not be released.
James Ure is born in Cambuslang, Scotland. He will find success as Midge Ure of Rich Kids, Ultravox and Live Aid fame.
Jimmy Copley is born in London, England, UK, Europe. He will find success and acclaim for his work with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Jeff Beck, Graham Parker, Upp, Paul Young, Magnum, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Go West, Killing Joke, Tears for Fears, Seal, Tony Iommi and Paul Rodgers.