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Chuck Berry plays at the New Year's Day Dance in Springbrook Gardens, Lima, Ohio, USA.
Popular country music singer Red Garrett begins a three-week tour of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, in the 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 Nitroglycerine Truck Driver.
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 Social Director At Catskills.
The original version of Shake Rattle And Roll is recorded by Big Joe Turner in New York City, USA, for Atlantic Records. At the same session he records Well All Right.
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.
Musical comedy movie By The Light Of The Silvery Moon, starring Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, opens at cinemas in Finland, Europe.
Doris Day enters the UK popular singles chart with Secret Love, which will go on to No1 and hold that slot for nine weeks.
Louis Armstrong records The Whiffenpoof Song, Spooks, Trees and Bye And Bye, in New York City, USA.
Steve Holt is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After beginning to play the piano [self-taught] at the age of four, he will begin his professional career at seventeen, playing the clubs in and around Montreal, going on to build an international reputation as one of Canada's premier Jazz pianists.
At Decca Records' Pythian Temple Studio, New York City, USA, Bill Haley and His Comets record Rock Around The Clock and Thirteen Women. Neither song is a hit - yet.
Junior Wells records So All Alone for States Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The band is Junior Wells [vocals and harmonica], Otis Spann [piano], Muddy Waters and Louis Myers [guitars], Willie Dixon [bass] and Fred Below [drums].
A news item in the Hollywood reoprter states that actress and singer Mitzi Gaynor has ended her contract with 20th Century Fox at her own request, in order to pursue a nightclub and Broadway career.
Elvis Presley begins working at Crown Electric in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, earning $1 an hour as a truck driver.
Louis Jordan and The Robins play at The Trocadero, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the second of ten nights.
The first commercially-available Fender Stratocaster guitars are shipped into stores in the USA by Leo Fender of Fender Sales in Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA.
Fiddler Jack Youngblood records Hitch Hiker's Blues, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, for Columbia Records.
The Dizzy Gillespie Sextet records Blue Mood, Rails Norgran, Devil And The Flesh [Devil And The Fish] and Rhumbola, for Norgran Records in Fine Sound Studio, New York City, USA.
T-Bone Walker records Teen Age Baby, Hard Way and other tracks in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Imperial Records.
Blues guitarist and singer Larry Dale records You Better Heed My Warning, Please Tell Me, Down To The Bottom and Midnight Hours for Groove Records in RCA Studios, New York City, USA.
Otis Blackwell records Nobody Met The Train and I'm Standing At The Doorway To Your Heart for Jay-Dee Records in New York City, USA.
The El Dorados record My Loving Baby and Baby I Need You at Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Vee-Jay Records.
Johnny Cash is honourably discharged from the US Air Force in Germany, Europe, with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters, play the second night of two weeks at The Trocadero, Hollywood, California, USA.
Erroll Garner records Misty, Begin The Beguine [written by Cole Porter], That Old Black Magic and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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.
Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is born in Lee's Summit, Missouri, USA.
B.B. King and his band play to a 2,400 capacity crowd, at the Savoy Ballroom, Hollywood, California, USA,supported by The Johnny Otis Show and The Platters.
Louis Jordan and his orchestra play the seventh of ten nights The Trocadero, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters.
Both sides of Elvis Presley's debut single are on the local singles chart in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Blue Moon Of Kentucky reaches No1 while That's All Right is at No7.
R'n'b vocal group The El Dorados release a new single, Baby I Need You, on Vee-Jay Records in the USA.
Jazz pianist Earl 'Fatha' Hines, supported by r'n'b vocal group The Chords, plays the fourth night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
The Chet Baker Sextet records Dot's Groovy, Tommyhawk and The Half Dozens in Los Angeles, California, USA, for Pacific Jazz Records.
Duke Ellington plays at the 5-4 Club, Los Angeles, California.
Tony Destra is born. He will find success as drummer of two glam-metal bands, Britny Fox and Cinderella, before dying at an early age in a car smash.
T-Bone Walker plays the tenth night of a two-week stay at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
T-Bone Walker plays the last night of a two-week stay at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
B.B. King plays at Meadow Acres Ballroom, Topeka , Kansas, USA.
Blues guitar maestro Stevie Ray Vaughan is born in Dallas, Texas, USA.
That's All Right, Mama, the first single by Elvis Presley, hits the Top Ten in the Nashville and New Orleans markets, giving Elvis his first hit outside of Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The song is a cover of an r'n'b original by Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup.
Johnny Otis plays the fifth night of two weeks at The Club Oasis, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Timmie Rodgers Revue, featuring Roy Hamilton, plays the first night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Earl Bostic plays the thirteenth night of two weeks at The Crystal Lounge on Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Roy Hamilton plays the second of ten nights at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Roy Hamilton plays the seventh of ten nights at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley plays on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, in the Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
The Clovers, The Joe Morris Orchestra and Al Savage play the third night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Muddy Waters, Little Walter, The El Dorados, The Five C's, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, Eddie Boyd and Rufus Thomas attract 6,700 fans to the Sixth Annual WDIA Radio Goodwill Review, in a charity concert to aid crippled black children, in Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in Poland, 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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