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Victor Borge's Comedy In Music is playing at the John Golden Theatre, New York City, USA. It will enter the Guinness Book Of World Records as the longest running one-man show in the history of theater, notching up 849 performances before it closes in 1956.
Bryan Keith Hitt is born in Center, Texas, USA. He will find success as drummer for the rock band REO Speedwagon.
Willie Mabon plays at Springbrook Gardens, Lima, Ohio, USA.
Willie Mabon plays at Springbrook Gardens, Lima, Ohio, USA.
Frank Sinatra stars as the footloose and frequently unemployed private eye Rocky Fortune in another episode of his radio series of that name in the USA. This episode is entitled Process Server/Missing Drugs.
The phrase 'See you later, alligator' first appears in print in the Reno Evening Gazette of Reno, Nevada, USA, in a feature about the latest teenage slang terms. The term will be picked up and used by Bill Haley And His Comets as the title of their 1956 hit, See You Later, Alligator.
Musical comedy movie By The Light Of The Silvery Moon, starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, opens at cinemas in Portugal, Europe.
Frank Sinatra stars as the footloose and frequently unemployed private eye Rocky Fortune in the final episode of his radio series of that name in the USA. This episode is entitled rents A Room.
The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company launches its 1954 jukebox models - the 1700 Series - to dealers across the USA. The range includes a 104-selection model with a new record-changing mechanism, the Wurlitzer Carousel.
Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup records I Love You and She's Got No Hair at WGST Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The Jack Teagarden Orchestra, with Lil Armstrong, plays at Club Hangover, San Francisco, California, USA.
Blues singer Alger 'Texas' Alexander dies of syphilis, aged 53, in Houston, Texas, USA.
The Jack Teagarden Orchestra, with Don Ewell, plays at Club Hangover, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Spaniels enter the Billboard R'n'B Top Ten singles chart in the USA with Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite.
Kenny Graham's Afro Cubists record The Continental, Cottontail, Fascinating Rhythm and Blues In The Night, for Esquire Records in London, UK.
Little Things Mean A Lot by Kitty Kallen reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA, a position it will maintain for nine weeks.
Danny Cedrone, the session guitarist who played the scintillating solo on Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets, dies when he falls down a flight of stairs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Benny Carter Quartet records Moonglow, My One And Only Love, Our Love Is Here To Stay, This Can't Be Love, Tenderly, Unforgettable, Ruby and Moon Song, for Norgran Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jazz trumpet player Clifford Brown marries his girlfriend, psychology student LaRue Anderson, for whom he will write the tune Joy Spring.
Tonight's edition of US radio show Best of All, features the songs of Richard Rogers And Oscar Hammerstein.
Elvis Presley gets his first airplay, when his cover version of Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup's That's All Right Mama is broadcast on WBHQ radio, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
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Guy Mitchell begins a week of shows at The Empire, Glasgow, Scotland.
Having opened at The Theatre Royal, Bristol, England, UK, the musical Salad Days now transfers to The Vaudeville Theatre, London, where it will run for 2,283 performances.
Sh-Boom by The Crew-Cuts becomes the fastest-moving record to reach the Billboard magazine Top Ten Singles Chart, taking just three weeks from release. The song is a cover of an original version by black r'n'b group The Chords.
Louis Jordan and his orchestra play the second of ten nights The Trocadero, Los Angeles, supported by The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters.
An Alan Freed-promoted package tour of the USA, called The Biggest Rhythm'n'Blues Show, plays in Charlotte, South Carolina. Acts on the bill include The Drifters, Roy Hamilton, LaVern Baker, King Pleasure, The Spaniels and more.
Spade Cooley, with Betsy Gay on vocals, records Charmaine, You Clobbered Me, Break Up Down and Sparkling Silver Bells, for Decca Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Steel guitar on this session is by Joaquin Murphy.
Muddy Waters and Guitar Slim play at the Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles.
The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra records Mambo In Moonlight and Stop! Proceed With Caution for Parlophone Records in London.
With Oop Shoop, Shirley Gunter And The Queens become the first black all-female r'n'b group to enter the Billboard r'n'b singles chart in the USA.
Bluegrass group The Webster Brothers record Seven Year Blues, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for Columbia Records.
Successful Cincinnati-based R'n'B group Otis Williams and the Charms make their Billboard US chart debut with Hearts Of Stone.
Johnny Otis plays the first night of two weeks at The Club Oasis, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chris Difford is born in London, UK. He will become guitarist, songwriter and singer with Squeeze.
Elvis Presley plays on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. Also on the bill are Slim Whitman, Jim Reeves, J.E. And Maxine Brown, Johnny Horton, Jimmy Newman, The Lump Lump Boys, Betty Amos, Jack Ford, The Circle 6 Ranch Boys, Jeanette Hicks, Buddy Attaway, Hoot And Curley and Jerry And D ido Rawley. Elvis is listed in fifth position on the bill.
Earl Bostic plays the eleventh night of two weeks at The Crystal Lounge on Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Nolan Strong And The Diablos play the twelfth night of three weeks at The Madison Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Ray Charles records the Atlantic Records singles I've Got A Woman [aka I Got A Woman] and Come Back at WGST Radio, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Nolan Strong And The Diablos play the twentieth night of three weeks at The Madison Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Elvis Presley plays on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, in the Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
The Penguins headline a show at the Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California, USA, supported by The Cheers, Earl Curry And The Blenders and the Chuck Higgins Orchestra.
Joe Houston plays the fifth night of a week at The Club Oasis, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Cajun accordion star and recording artist Lawrence Walker, known as 'The King Of The Accordion Players' plays at The OST Club, Rayne, Louisiana, USA.
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.
A Starr is born when thirteen-year-old Richard Starkey of 10 Admiral Grove, Dingle, Liverpool, UK, is given his first drum kit as a Christmas present from his stepfather, Harry Graves. As Ringo Starr he will become the drummer for The Beatles.
A Starr is born when thirteen-year-old Richard Starkey of 10 Admiral Grove, Dingle, Liverpool, UK, is given his first drum kit as a Christmas present from his stepfather, Harry Graves. As Ringo Starr he will become the drummer for The Beatles.
Jet magazine in the USA publishes a photograph of a precocious 19-month old child, Gregory Mark Robinson, playing the piano. He will grow up to become the internationally successful blues and boogie-woogie pianist Sugar Chile Robinson.
Jazz singer Pearl Bailey opens on Broadway, New York City, USA, in the play, House of Flowers.
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