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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 Tour Guide At A Museum.
Blues guitarist, singer and recording artist Vance Kelly is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
John Lee Hooker records I Wonder Little Darling and Jump Me [One More Time] for Modern Records in the USA.
I See The Moon by The Stargazers enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK. It will peak at No1 during a run of fifteen weeks on the chart.
Steve Prestwich, who will find international fame as the drummer of Australian band Cold Chisel, is born in Liverpool, UK.
Blues, jazz and ragtime guitarist Bob Brozman is born in New York City, USA.
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 Happy Wanderer by The Obernkirchen Children's Choir reaches its peak of No2 the Popular Singles Chart in the UK, during a 26-week run on the chart.
Bill Haley's contract with Essex Records comes to an end, enabling him to sign with Decca.
Big Joe Turner releases his original, uncensored, version of Shake Rattle and Roll on Atlantic Records in the USA. A white cover version by Bill Haley And His Comets will become a bigger hit.
Wanted by Perry Como spends its second week at No1 in the Cashbox Magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
Louis Jordan and The Robins play at The Trocadero, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the sixth of ten nights.
Bill Haley And His Comets are recording a cleaned-up version of Big Joe Turner's Shake, Rattle And Roll. Haley tells a reporter, "We steer clear of anything suggestive". [censorship]
The Second New Musical Express (NME) Pollwinners concert is held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Poll Winners include the Johnny Dankworth Seven, Ted Heath And His Music and Dickie Valentine. Framed diplomas and portraits are presented to the winners by the legendary Nat 'King' Cole.
The BBC in London bans Johnnie Ray's cover version of The Drifters' song Such A Night, deeming it too suggestive.
Michael Campbell is born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He will find success as reggae singer, producer, and broadcaster Mikey Dread.
Riot In Cell Block No 9 by The Robins, produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, is released in the USA. Instead of the usual Robins vocalist, Bobby Nunn, they have substituted Richard Berry. In due course the group will re-name itself The Coasters.
Eddie Fisher begins a ten-night season at Cocoanut Grove, The Ambassador Hotel, Hollywood, California, USA. Billboard magazine reports that Dean Martin and Dinah Shore are among the stars who have booked tables for the opening night.
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.
T-Bone Walker records Teen Age Baby, Hard Way and other tracks in Los Angeles for Imperial Records.
Daniel J. Cormier, steel guitar player of Cajun band Jackie Caillier and The Cajun Cousins, is born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA.
Blues singer and guitarist Scott Dunbar records Buck Dance By Joe Tucker and Forty-Four Blues, at Pond, Mississippi, USA. The track will appear on the Folkways LP Music From The South Vol. 5 - Song, Play And Dance.
Eddie Fisher plays the final night of a ten-night season at Cocoanut Grove, The Ambassador Hotel, Hollywood, California, USA.
Jazz trumpet player Clifford Brown marries his girlfriend, psychology student LaRue Anderson, for whom he will write the tune Joy Spring.
The Meade 'Lux' Lewis Duo records Spooney Sam, Mama's Bounce, Shooboody, Hangover Boogie, Yancey's Last Ride and Bush Street Boogie for Verve Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Ballads And Blues concert is held at The Royal Festival Hall, London, UK, featuring such artists as Ewan MacColl, Ken Colyer And His Jazzmen and Isla Cameron.
Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA, releases That's All Right / Blue Moon Of Kentucky on SUN209 as Elvis Presley's first single.
The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters, play the fourth night of two weeks at The Trocadero, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters, play the eighth night of two weeks at The Trocadero, Hollywood, California, USA.
The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters, play the thirteenth night of two weeks at The Trocadero, Hollywood, California, USA.
Bruce Thomas, who will play bass for Elvis Costello and the Attractions, is born in Sheffield, UK.
Chuck Berry (using the name Charles Berryn) records a guitar part for Joe Alexander And The Cubans at Premier Studio, St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Big Jay McNeely, Jimmy Witherspoon, The Flairs, The Richard Lewis Band and The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters, play at The Starlite in Burbank, California, USA.
Duke Ellington plays at the 5-4 Club, Los Angeles, California.
T-Bone Walker plays the third night of a two-week stay at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Muddy Waters and Guitar Slim play at the Savoy Ballroom, Los Angeles.
UK music weekly the NME (New Musical Express) reports that jazz vocalist and bandleader Ray Ellington has won £75,000 on the football pools and has invested the money in a block of flats 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.
Trumpeter/vocalist Oran Thaddeus 'Hot Lips' Page suffers a heart attack in New York City, USA. He will die a week later.
The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra records Cole Storage and Get Happy for Parlophone Records in London.
Sonny Thompson's Orchestra featuring Lula Reid and The Treniers play the third night in a week of shows at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Johnny Otis plays the seventh night of two weeks at The Club Oasis, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Johnny Otis plays the tenth night of two weeks at The Club Oasis, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Earl Bostic plays the seventh night of two weeks at The Crystal Lounge on Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Earl Bostic plays the eleventh night of two weeks at The Crystal Lounge on Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Mambo Italiano, a hit by Rosemary Clooney, is banned by ABC radio and TV in the USA because of its suggestive lyrics. (censorship)
Elvis Presley plays at the Roundup Club, Gladewater, Texas, USA.
This Ole House, a Stuart Hamblen composition, sung by Rosemary Clooney tops the UK singles chart. Another version of the same song by Billie Anthony, is also in the Top Five. The song will reach No1 again 26 years later in a version by Shakin' Stevens.
Kip Hanrahan, jazz percussionist, bandleader and recording artist, is born in The Bronx, New York City, USA.
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