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Red Saunders plays at The Club Delisa, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Wonderful Copenhagen, composed by Frank Loesser, enters the UK sheet music sales chart, where it will peak at No2, thanks to versions recorded by Danny Kaye, Josef Locke and others.
Danny Kaye opens at The Palace Theatre, New York City, USA, for a run of four weeks.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra broadcast a live radio performance at WMGM Studio, New York City, USA. The band includes vocalists Jimmy Grissom and Betty Roche, plus Charles Mingus on bass.
Al Martino is playing at Ciro's, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Vocalist Chris Connor records her first sides with The Stan Kenton band, including And The Bull Walked Around, Ole, in Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
René Tinner is born in St. Gallen, Switzerland, Europe. He will find success as a recording engineer and producer, with over 200 studio records and numerous live-performances to his credit. He will be best-known for his work with Can, George Harrison, Garry Moore, Jim Capaldi and Lou Reed.
Raymond Burke (clarinet) and Ken Colyer (cornet) record Up A Lazy River, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jane Froman performs the songs Heart and Soul, I Believe and Whistle A Happy Tune on the CBS tv show USA Canteen, in the USA.
Jane Froman performs the songs Side By Side, Black Magic and Anywhere I Wander on the CBS tv show USA Canteen, in the USA.
Lee Lawrence plays the last night in a week of shows at The Empire, Shepherd's Bush, London, UK.
Hound Dog by Willie Mae Big Mama Thornton on Peacock Records enters the Billboard R'n'B Chart in the USA. It will spend 14 weeks on the chart, seven of them at No1.
Robert Johnson (not to be confused with the pioneering blues musician) is born in Miami, Florida, USA. He will find success as the drummer for KC And The Sunshine Band.
Johnnie Ray opens at The Palladium, London, England, UK.
Walter Frederick Stocker is born in London, England, UK. He will find success as guitarist Wally Stocker of late 70s band The Babys, who scored two major hits in the USA.
Champion Jack Dupree records The Blues Got Me Rockin', Ain't No Meat On De Bone, Please Tell Me Baby and Tongue Tied Blues for King Records in New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley perform Til I Waltz Again With You by Teresa Brewer during his performance at the Annual Minstrel Show in Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. This is believed to have been his first live performance in front of an audience.
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."
UK music weekly Melody Maker reports that Nat 'King' Cole, despite rumours to the contrary, is not dead. [He has, however, undergone major stomach surgery].
Peggy Lee records Black Coffee for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
George Johnson of 70s funksters The Brothers Johnson, is born in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jane Froman sings It's A Big Wide Wonderful World, Allez Vous En and Again on the CBS-tv show USA Canteen, in the USA.
Perry Como records the Rogers And Hammerstein song No Other Love for RCA Victor Records in The Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
Laura Campbell is born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She will find some success as singer and actress Little Nell.
Mark Rivera is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. He will find success as a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, musician, musical director and corporate entertainment provider, best-known for his collaborations with Billy Joel, starting in 1982. He will also work with Hall And Oates, Peter Gabriel, Simon And Garfunkel, John Lennon, Billy Ocean and Joe Walsh.
Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Vince Weber is born in Hamburg, Germany.
Early in the morning The Prisonaires, a group of convicted criminals, set off in a van from Tennessee State Penitentiary, Nashville, on the 200-mile trip to Memphis, Tennessee, USA. They will undertake a day-long recording session at the legendary Sun Studios, overseen by Sun founder Sam Phillips. One of the two tracks cut that day, Just Walkin' in the Rain, will go on to become a regional R'n'B hit, Sun's biggest record of the pre-Elvis era.
Frank Sinatra records the song From Here To Eternity for Capitol Records in the USA. It will be released as a single in 1953, and will peak at No15 on the charts.
The musical comedy movie Call Me Madam, written by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor and George Sanders, opens in Australia, Oceania.
Carl Barriteau And His Music play the first of three nights in Warrington, UK.
Musical comedy movie By The Light Of The Silvery Moon, starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, opens at cinemas in the UK, Europe.
The musical comedy movie Call Me Madam, written by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor and George Sanders, opens in Sweden, Europe.
Patti Page records Changing Partners for Mercury Records in the USA. It will peak at No3 in the Billboard popular Singles Chart in the USA during a 21-week stay.
Fats Domino renews his contract with Imperial Records for a further nine years.
The Leith Stevens' All Stars, including Maynard Ferguson on trumpet and Shelly Manne on drums, record The Wild One, Lonely Way, Beetle, Blues for Brando, Hotshoe, Windswept, Scramble and Chino, in Hollywood, California, USA, for the controversial Marlon Brando film The Wild One.
Tennessee Ernie Ford releases a new single, Catfish Boogie, on Capitol Records in the USA.
R'n'b pioneer Big Joe Turner records Oke-She-Moke-She-Pop for Atlantic Records in Chicago, Illinois, 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.
The Bing Crosby Show on CBS Radio network in the USA features Crosby singing Row, Row Row, My Love My Love, Valencia, C'est Si Bon, Everybody Loves My Baby and Vaya Con Dio, accompanied by the John Scott Trotter Orchestra.
After regular cast member Julius LaRosa finishes singing Manhattan on tv show Arthur Godfrey Time in the USA, he is publicly sacked on air when Arthur Godfrey announces, "That, folks, was Julie's swan song." It is said that LaRosa was unaware of the meaning of the phrase 'swan song' and did not even realise he had been sacked. LaRosa's musical partner, Archie Bleyer is also sacked. The incident will become a cause celebre, and will inspire Ruth Wallis, to compose her satirical song Dear Mr. Godfrey, which will become a minor hit in the USA. Stand-up comic Stan Freberg will also record a Godfrey parody routine which includes a passing reference to Godfrey accidentally firing himself live on air.
Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Florida.
The comedy musical film Road To Bali, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, is released to cinemas in Hong Kong, Asia.
Istanbul [Not Constantinople] by Canadian vocal quartet The Four Lads enters the Billboard Popular Singles Chart in the USA where it will peak at No10 and become their first gold disc.
Jazz clarinetist George Lewis records Doctor Jazz, Burgundy Street Blues and Down By The Riverside, for Jazz Man Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Country music singer Goldie Hill plays at The Bostonia Ballroom, El Cajon, California, USA, supported by Dickie Phillips.
Bing Crosby records Changing Partners for Decca Records in the USA. It will peak at No17 in the Billboard popular Singles Chart in the USA.
The anarchic 1941 musical comedy movie Hellzapoppin', starring Olsen and Johnson opens in The Philippines, Asia.
Mud Cat Rag by composer Bill Krenz is registered for copyright with Mills Music of New York City, USA.
Guys and Dolls [A Musical Fable of Broadway] with music by Frank Loesser closes at The 46th Street Theatre, New York City, USA, after a run of 1200 performances.
Smooth r'n'b pianist Sonny Thompson And His Orchestra record Let's Move for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.