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Leslie Steven Mark Archer is born in Mojave, California, USA. He will find success as singer-songwriter and producer Steve Archer, prominent in the Christian music genre.
Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes by Perry Como reaches No1 in the Billboard magazine Best-Selling Singles chart in the USA.
Broken Wings, composed by John Jerome and Bernard Grun, enters the UK sheet music sales chart, where it will peak at No1, thanks to versions recorded by The Stargazers, Dickie Valentine, Victor Silvester and others.
The Five Royales have their Billboard magazine R'n'B chart debut in the USA with Baby Don't Do It, which will reach No1.
Malcolm Green, drummer of Split Enz from 1976 to 1981, is born in Southgate, London, UK.
Ezio Pinza has his handprint recorded in cement in The Forecourt Of The Stars at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California, USA.
Eric Winstone And His Orchestra play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
Pretend by Nat King Cole on Capitol Records, enters the Billboard magazine Best-Selling Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No3 during a twenty-week stay. The song will provide a hit again when it reaches the UK Top 5 in 1981 for Alvin Stardust.
Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes by Perry Como reaches No1 in the Best-Selling Singles chart in the United Kingdom.
Stan Kenton records the tracks A Trumpet and An Orchestra for his album This Modern World at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Judy Garland performs Lady In The Dark on The Lux Radio Theatre in the USA.
Red Foley releases a new single, Hot Toddy, on Decca Records in the USA.
Dinah Shore is the subject of This Is Your Life on NBC TV in the USA.
Jim Crichton is born in Canada. He will find success as the bass player and keyboardist of prog-rock band Saga.
During a tour of Germany, Europe, under the auspices of the German Jazz Federation, Dizzy Gillespie plays in Frankfurt.
The Tony Kinsey Trio, [with Dill Jones], Tommy Whittle and Jimmy Skidmore play at Studio 51, Newport Street, London, UK.
The Chris Barber Band plays at Club Bee-Gee, Wood Green, London, UK.
Charlie Connor's Jazzmen play at Club Satchmo, in the White Lion, Edgeware, London, UK.
Jazz pianist Dill Jones, multi-instrumentalist Tubby Hayes and others play at The King's Head, Merton, UK.
Tito Burns And His Band play at The Carlton Rooms, Maida Vale, London, England, UK, Europe.
Carl Barriteau And His Music play in Eyemouth, England, UK.
Popular singer Eddie Fisher is discharged from the US Army, having sold seven million records during his time in the service.
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."
Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton reaches No1 in the Billboard US R'n'B singles chart with Hound Dog, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. A cover version by Elvis Presley will enjoy massive success on the pop singles chart.
Dinah Shore flies from California to New York City, USA, to begin a holiday with her husband and daughter. During the family visit to the East Coast, however, she will perform at the 41st Annual US Chamber Of Commerce banquet, in Washington, DC.
Felix Hanemann is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success is as a singer and musician with successful 80s band Zebra.
Jimmy Rogers records Left Me With A Broken Heart and Act Like You Love Me, with Muddy Waters on guitar and Little Walter on harmonica, in Chicago, IIlinois, USA, for Chess Records.
Big Joe Turner records Honey Hush and Crawdad Hole in New Orleans, Louisiana, for Atlantic Records.
Jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt dies in Fontainebleau, France, aged 43, following a brain hemorrhage which struck him as he walked home after playing in a Paris club.
Crazy Man Crazy by Bill Haley & His Comets enters the Billboard US Juke Box Chart where it will peak at No12. It is generally regarded as the first recognized rock'n'roll recording to register on the national American musical charts.
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.
Gee by The Crows is released on Rama Records, but it does not become a hit until ten months later. The song will, eventually, become a contender for the title of First Rock'n'Roll Song Ever Made.
Crazy Man, Crazy by Bill Haley And His Comets peaks at No12 on the Billboard Juke Box Chart in the USA for the week ending on this date. It is generally regarded as the first recognized rock'n'roll recording to register on the national American musical charts.
Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey play the first of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
Garry Marshall Shider is born in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. He will find success as guitarist and musical arranger Garry Shider [also spelled Gary Shider], the right hand man to George Clinton on numerous P-Funk, Parliament and Funkadelic projects.
The musical comedy movie Skirts Ahoy!, starring Esther Williams, Joan Evans and Vivian Blaine, opens at cinemas in Spain, Europe.
Shake A Hand by Faye Adams is the new No1 single on the US R'n'B Chart.
Jack Parnell And His Music Makers record Dragnet and Fuller Bounce for Parlophone Records in London, UK.
Marc Shulman is born in New York City, USA. He will find acclaim as a guitarist working with Suzanne Vega, Shwan Colvin, The Bee Gees, Celine Dion and many others.
You, You, You by The Ames Brothers reaches No1 in the Cashbox magazine chart of the Best-Selling Singles in the USA.
The Drifters, George Shearing and The Lucky Millinder Orchestra play the second night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
The Drifters, George Shearing and the Lucky Millinder Orchestra play the fourth night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Keith Strickland, drummer of the B-52s is born in Athens, Georgia.
Frank Sinatra stars as the footloose and frequently unemployed private eye Rocky Fortune in the fourth episode of his radio series of that name in the USA. This episode is entitled Missing Boy.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry records Sleigh Bells and I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus, for Columbia Records in Hollywood, California, USA.
The musical comedy Wish You Were Here, closes at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 598 performances.
Billed as 'The Fabulous Blind Singing Star', Ray Charles plays the seventh 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 Norway and Denmark, Europe. The film includes such Sammy Cahn-composed songs as The Second Star To The Right, You Can Fly and A Pirate's Life.
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