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Duke Ellington and His Orchestra record One O'Clock Jump and Things Ain't What They Used To Be, for Capitol Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Money Honey by Clyde McPhatter And The Drifters is the No1 single in the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA.
Bing Crosby stars in his first television special, The Bing Crosby Show, in the USA.
Little Jimmy Dickens records Out Behind The Barn at Castle Studio [founded by Paul Cohen] in The Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Stranger In Paradise reaches No1 in the Cash Box Best Selling Singles chart in the USA. The position is achieved by amalgamating sales of versions of the song by Tony Bennett, Tony Martin and The Four Aces.
Frank Sinatra stars as the footloose and frequently unemployed private eye Rocky Fortune in the penultimate episode of his radio series of that name in the USA. This episode is entitled Rocket To The Moon.
Faron Young records If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin') and If That's The Fashion for Capitol Records in Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Nancy Wilson of Heart is born in San Francisco, California, USA.
Work With Me Annie by Hank Ballard And The Midnighters is released by Federal Records in the USA. It will spend six months on the Billboard R'n'B charts, which it tops for seven weeks.
Guitarist/singer Pat Travers is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He will find success in the 70s with The Pat Travers Band.
Muddy Waters records I Just Want To Make Love To You at Chess Records' studios in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The track will peak at No4 in the Billboard Black Singles Chart in the USA.
Kōnosuke Sakazaki, percussionist of popular Japanese musical group The Alfee, is born.
Fiddler Will Batts, who will find fame as co-leader of The Memphis Jug Band, dies in the USA.
The BBC in London bans Johnnie Ray's cover version of The Drifters' song Such A Night, deeming it too suggestive.
Having recently left Ken Colyer's Jazzmen And Skiffle Group, jazz trombonist Chris Barber forms his own group, Chris Barber's Jazz band in London, UK.
The Ames Brothers play the first of two nights at The Lagoon, Salt Lake City, USA.
American music trade bible Billboard magazine reports that country music songwriter Esther Casteel has launched her own Western Ranch Music record label.
Hank Snow tops the Billboard Country And Western Singles Chart in the USA with I Don't Hurt Anymore.
T-Bone Walker records Teen Age Baby, Hard Way and other tracks in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Imperial Records.
Eddie Fisher plays the seventh night of a ten-night season at Cocoanut Grove, The Ambassador Hotel, Hollywood, California, USA.
Eddie Condon And His All-Stars record Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me, How Come You Do Me Like You Do, Medley: When My Sugar Walks Down The Street/I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me, for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Tonight's edition of US radio show Best of All, features the songs of Richard Rodgers And Oscar Hammerstein.
Patrick Cusack, later to become Pete Briquette, bassist of the Boomtown Rats, is born in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, Ireland.
Sam Phillips of Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, presses up two Elvis Presley cuts on acetate and takes t hem to deejay Dewey Phillips (no relation) at radio station WHBQ. The deejay agrees to play Presley's version of the Arthur Crudup song That's All Right Mama on a later show.
The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters, play the eleventh night of two weeks at The Trocadero, Hollywood, California, USA.
Louis Jordan and his orchestra play the ninth of ten nights The Trocadero, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters.
Martin Slavin's Vibrachords record Sweet Georgia Brown, I Surrender Dear, Crazy Rhythm and After You've Gone for Esquire Records in London, UK. The band includes Keith Bird [cl], Martin Slavin [vib], Dill Jones [p], Archie Slavin [g], Joe Muddel [b] and Roy Cooper [d].
Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Witherspoon and Floyd Dixon play the first of three nights as part of a Battle Of The Bands at the Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ray Charles and Guitar Slim play the first of three nights at the 5-4 Club, Los Angeles, California, USA.
A two-day festival is held in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, to pay tribute to Hank Williams. Artists performing include The Carter Family, Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb and Ray Price.
Peter White is born in Luton, Befordshire, UK. He will find success as an acclaimed jazz and rock guitarist and songwriter.
Saxophone star Earl Bostic opens for a season at Basin Street, New York City.
Future Boomtown Rats and organiser of Live Aid, Bob Geldof [Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof] is born in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.
The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra records Mambo In Moonlight and Stop! Proceed With Caution for Parlophone Records in London.
Hold My Hand by Don Cornell reaches No1 in the Popular Singles Chart in the UK.
Hold My Hand by Don Cornell reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK.
The Four Freshmen release a new single, Mood Indigo, in the USA. On the same day, Elvis Presley records five songs at KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana, but none of the recordings survive.
R'n'b pianist Bill Doggett records Wild Oats for King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis's second wife, Jane Mitcham, gives birth to their son, named Jerry Lee Lewis Jr.
Sonny Thompson's Orchestra featuring Lula Reid and The Treniers play the first night in a week of shows at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Louis Jordan and The Hal Singer Band play the second night in a week of shows at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
A Billboard disc jockey poll reports that radio disc jockeys in the USA are currently playing 42% pop records, 11% country and 5% rhythm and blues.
Nolan Strong And The Diablos play the thirteenth night of three weeks at The Madison Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Louis Jordan and The Hal Singer Band play the sixth night in a week of shows at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Roy Hamilton plays the third of ten nights at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Blind street composer Louis 'Moondog' Hardin gives evidence in New York Supreme court in a $100,000 damages suit alleging that Alan Freed, a deejay for WINS Radio, New York City, USA, is using his music and his name without permission. [Freed was broadcasting under the name Moondog].
Earl Bostic plays the fifth night of a week at The Colonial Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Ballad Of Davy Crockett is broadcast for the first time, as the theme to the US tv series Davy Crockett. The song will result in three Billboard top ten hit versions, one by the star of the tv show, actor Fess Parker, one by Tennessee Ernie Ford and one by Bill Hayes.
Robin Campbell, guitarist of UB40 born in Birmingham, UK.
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