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Sarah Churchill plays at The Offbeat Club, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Honeyboy Edwards records Sweet Home Chicago, Santa Fe and Drop Down Mama, for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois.
Maurice Chevalier plays at The City Hall, Sheffield, UK.
Satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer records his debut album, Songs Of Tom Lehrer in TransRadio studio in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, at a total studio cost of $15. Lehrer then has the discs pressed privately and released in an edition of 400 10" long-players.
Teenager Derek Bentley is hung at Wandsworth Prison, London, UK, for his part in the murder of police officer Sidney Miles during a bungled break-in at a warehouse in Croydon, Surrey. The Ballad Of Derek Bentley by folk singer and songwriter Ewan MacColl explores the belief that Bentley's execution was a serious miscarriage of justice. In 1998, Bentley will receive a pardon.
After a gig with The Sonny Rose Orchestra at the West End Ballroom, Birmingham, UK, drummer Joe Pawsey rugby-tackles and captures a smash-and-grab thief being chased by police outside the venue.
Vic Lewis, Stanley Black, Harry Gold, Edmundo Ros, Jack Parnell, Freddy Randall, Ivy Benson, Mary Lou Williams, Lita Roza and Ted Heath are among the musical stars giving their services free at a fund-raising Flood Fund Concert in The Stoll Theatre, Kingsway, London, UK.
Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow and Lew Childre are entertaining American troops in Korea, Asia, during a tour that lasts 28 days.
British music weekly Melody Maker announces that drummer and bandleader Jack Parnell has been chosen as Melody Maker Musician Of The Year. Other winners include Kenny Baker, Ronnie Scott, Vic Ash, Ivor Maraints and Martin Slavin.
Harry Belafonte, Janet Brace and The Jim Stutz Trio are playing at The Black Orchid, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Mick Mulligan Jazzband and George Melly play at The London Jazz Club, 34, Bryanston Street, London, W1, UK.
The Ralph Sharon All-Stars, Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists, The Harry Klein Quartet, The Derek Smith Trio, Tommy Pollard's JATF Unit, Joe Harriott and Tony Hall play at The Flamingo Club, 39 Coventry Street, Picadilly, London, UK.
The Music Makers [17-piece progressive jazz band] plays at Glagow Jazz Club, St. Andrew's Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, with The Clyde River Jazz Band.
Freddy Randall And His Band play at The Town Hall, Watford, UK.
Dill Jones, multi-instrumentalist Tubby Hayes and others play at The King's Head, Merton, UK.
Teddy Foster And His Orchestra play at The Locarno Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
The Ice Capades Of 1953 present their version of the Lerner and Loewe musical Brigadoon at Chicago Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Musician and record producer Alf Emil Eik is born in Arendal, Norway, Europe.
The musical revue New Faces Of 1952, closes at The Royale Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 365 performances. The revue is perhaps best remembered because it features Eartha Kitt making her Broadway debut with the spectacular song, Monotonous, based on real events in her life.
Erroll Garner finishes a run of dates at Birdland, New York City, USA.
The Johnny Dankworth Seven play at The Town Hall, Watford, England, UK, Europe.
Freddy Cole (brother of Nat King Cole) is playing at The Regal, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
The musical comedy movie Skirts Ahoy!, starring Esther Williams, Joan Evans and Vivian Blaine, opens at cinemas in West Germany, Europe.
Stan Kenton And His Band with vocalist Chris Connor, play at Birdland, New York City, USA.
The Dallas Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas, USA, is burned to the ground by an arsonist. The venue was famed for wrestling events, but it was also the home of a regular Saturday night country music show, The Big D Jamboree, for many years. Stars performing at the Sportatorium included Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Willie Nelson and many more.
Muddy Waters records Baby Please Don't Go for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Billy Taylor Quintet record I Love The Mambo, Candido, Early Morning Mambo and Mambo Azul for Prestige Records in New York City, USA.
The comedy musical film Road To Bali, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, is released to cinemas in Australia, Oceania.
Mary Ann McCall, vocalist with the Woody Herman Band, goes on trial in Hollywood, California, USA, on drugs charges.
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Nora Cabaltera Villamayor is born in Iriga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines. She will find success as actress, singer and producer Nora Aunor, with over thirty gold singles to her credit.
Elvis Presley plays at at private party in the Columbia Mutual Towers, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Me And Juliet opens at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, USA, where it will run for 358 performances.
Saxophone star Earl Bostic records The Very Thought Of You in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Mick Jones, later of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite, is born in London, UK.
Hank Williams releases a new single, Weary Blues From Waitin', on MGM Records, in the USA.
The musical comedy movie Call Me Madam, written by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor and George Sanders, opens in Denmark, Europe.
Tommy Shaw of Styx is born.
Marty Robbins plays at Cherry Spring Dance Hall, Cherry Spring, Texas, USA.
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.
The Gigi Gryce - Clifford Brown Sextet records Minority, Salute To The Bandbox, Strictly Romantic and Baby for Prestige Records in Paris, France.
The Drifters, George Shearing and the Lucky Millinder Orchestra play the sixth night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Florida, USA.
Singer and bandleader Lockwood Lewis dies in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He is best remembered as the saxophonist of the Dixieland Jug Blowers.
Jazz clarinetist George Lewis records Doctor Jazz, Burgundy Street Blues and Down By The Riverside, for Jazz Man Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
John Charles Barrett is born in Gainesville, Florida, USA. He will find success as musician, songwriter and producer Desmond Child, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
John Otis Jr is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. The son of successful bandleader Johnny Otis, he will grow up to find success in his own right as R'n'B guitarist Shuggie Otis.
Ray Charles records Mr. Charles' Blues at WDSU Radio, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Billed as 'The Fabulous Blind Singing Star', Ray Charles plays the eighth night in a two-week engagement at The Pelican Club, 301 South Rampart St, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in Sweden, Europe. The film includes such Sammy Cahn-composed songs as The Second Star To The Right, You Can Fly and A Pirate's Life.