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King Pleasure opens at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, 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.
The romantic MGM movie musical Two Weeks With Love, starring Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalban, is released in Italy, Europe.
Gus Jenkins records Mean And Evil, Cold Love and Eight Ball for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The stage musical My Darlin' Aida, a modern re-make of the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, closes at Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 89 performances.
Ezio Pinza has his handprint recorded in cement in The Forecourt Of The Stars at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, California, USA.
Frankie Laine is playing at The Latin Casino, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Al Smith with The Broomdusters records Chop Chop Boogie and Hot Rod Special for Meteor Records at Bill Putnam's Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Eddie Fisher reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Outside Of Heaven.
John Goodsall is born in Pennsylvania, USA. He will find success as a progressive rock and jazz fusion guitarist working with, among others, the bands Brand X, Atomic Rooster and The Fire Merchants.
Jazz drummer Ralph Penland is born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. In an acclaimed career he will work withj Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Carmen Lundy, Etta James and k.d. lang to name but a few.
Malcolm Winfield Travis is born in Niskayuna, New York State, USA. He will find acclaim as Malcolm Travis for his work as a drummer with for his work with Human Sexual Response, The Zulus, Sugar (with Bob Mould and David Barbe), No Man (with Roger Miller), and Kustomized (with Peter Prescott).
Big Bill Broonzy plays at Ons Huis, Rozenstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe.
Tennessee Ernie Ford and Molly Bee, with Cliffie Stone And His Orchestra, record Don't Start Courtin In A Hot Rod and We're A' Growin' Up in Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Helen O'Connell is playing at Fazio's Supper Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
A 'Battle Of The Tenors' at Muddel's Blue Room, 16 Garrick Street, London, W1, UK, features Tubby Hayes, Sam Walker, Lennie Metcalfe, Dickie De Vere, The Joe Muddel Group, Joe Harriot and Tommy Pollard.
Vic Lewis And His Band play at The Savoy Cinema, Burnt Oak, UK, 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 Harriot 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.
Burl Ives is playing at The Olympia, Miami, Florida, USA.
Lee Lawrence plays the fifth night in a week of shows at The Empire, Shepherd's Bush, London, UK.
Milt Buckner And His Trio open at The Bandbox, New York City, USA.
Anne Shelton begins appearing in a new radio series, Pleasure Boat, on the BBC Light Programme, recorded in London, UK.
Floyd Dixon and Margie Day headline The Carolina Ball, at the Hunts Point Palace, New York, USA.
The Gerry Mulligan Quartet, with Chet Baker on trumpet, records Festive Minor and My Old Flame, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
Julie Wilson and Wilbur Evans are starring in a stage version of Rogers And Hammerstein's South Pacific at The Drury Lane Theatre, London, UK.
The Four Lads are playing at Blinstrom's, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Big Joe Turner records Honey Hush and Crawdad Hole in New Orleans, Louisiana, for Atlantic Records.
Rose Murphy plays at The Hippodrome, Derby, UK.
The Max Roach Quartet Featuring Hank Mobley records Drum Conversation Part 2 in new York City, USA.
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.
Gee by The Crows is released on Rama Records in the USA, 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.
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 comedy musical film Road To Bali, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour, is released to cinemas in Sweden, Europe.
The movie musical Strictly Dishonorable, starring Ezio Pinza and Janet Leigh, is released to cinemas in Sweden, Europe.
Webb Pierce records You Just Can't Be True and I'm Walking The Dog for Decca Records in Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Robert Cray is born in Columbus, Georgia.
Hank Williams releases a new single, Weary Blues From Waitin', on MGM Records, in the USA.
Hank Williams releases a new single, Weary Blues From Waitin', on MGM Records, in the USA.
Hey Joe by Carl Smith reaches No1 in the Billboard Country And Western National Best Sellers chart in the USA.
Faron Young records Just Married for Capitol Records in Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Joe and Rose Lee Maphis record I'm A Stranger In My Home, Please Mister Mailman, Cold Heart Of Steel and Henhouse Serenade for OKeh Records in the 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 Drifters, George Shearing and the Lucky Millinder Orchestra play the first night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Frank Sinatra stars as the footloose and frequently unemployed private eye Rocky Fortune in the second episode of his radio series of that name in the USA. This episode is entitled Double Indemnity.
The Drifters, George Shearing and The Lucky Millinder Orchestra play the last night of a week at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Sidney Bechet plays at the Storyville Club in the Copley Square Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The session is recorded and will be released on the LP Sidney Bechet At Storyville.
Guy Mitchell records Is Your Mother Home, Beautiful Baby? for Columbia Records in New York City, USA, with Mindy Carson and Norman Leyden And His Orchestra. The track will not be released.