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Frank Sinatra releases a new 10" LP, Songs For Young Lovers, on Capitol Records in the USA.
UK music paper The Melody Maker reports that trumpeter Eddie Calvert, aka The Man With The Golden Trumpet, has signed a contract to appear in the summer season at Blackpool for a fee of £7000.
Johnny Guitar Watson records Space Guitar, a track which pioneers guitar feedback and reverb, for Federal Records of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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.
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.
Jazz trumpeter Frankie Newton dies in New York City, USA, aged 48, alcoholic and shut out of professional music. In his relatively brief but brilliant career he worked with Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Chick Webb, Charlie Barnet, Andy Kirk and many others.
In an attempt to compete against the successful Today show on NBC, CBS television launches its Morning Show, hosted by Walter Cronkite. The show will prove to be a ratings disappointment but Cronkite will survive and prosper to enjoy a hugely successful anchorman career as "The most trusted man in America." Cronkite's achievements will inspire the songs I Remember by Bill Amesbury, Walter Cronkite by Ryan Johnson and Legendary Anchor by Greg Holland.
Nancy Wilson of Heart is born in San Francisco, California, USA.
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.
Trumpeter Eddie Calvert is officially presented with a gold disc for US sales of his hit single Oh Mein Papa in front of an audience of 7000, at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
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.
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&B charts, which it tops for seven weeks.
Muddy Waters records I Just Want To Make Love To You at Chess Records' studios in Chicago, Illinois. The track will peak at No4 in the Billboard US Black Singles Chart.
Jazz pianist Dill Jones, with the Tony Kinsey Trio, plays I'll Always Be In Love With You during a live session for the BBC Radio broadcast Just Jazz in London, UK.
Louis Jordan and The Robins play at The Trocadero, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the fourth 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]
Piedmont-blues style harmonica player Phil Wiggins is born in Washington DC, USA.
Blues harmonica star Little Walter Jacobs records I Got To Find My Baby in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Chess Records.
Howlin' Wolf records Baby How Long and Evil (Is Going On) in Chicago, Illinois, USA, with a band including Hubert Sumlin, Jody Williams, Otis Spann and Willie Dixon.
British jazz bandleader Johnny Dankworth arrives in South Africa for a tour.
Internationally acclaimed jazz bass player Jesper Lundgaard is born in Hilleroed, Denmark.
Hank Snow tops the Billboard Country And Western Singles Chart in the USA with I Don't Hurt Anymore.
B.B. King plays at Springbrook Gardens, Lima, Ohio, USA. The ticket price is $1.75 in advance.
Marlene Dietrich plays the first night of a month at The Cafe De Paris, London, UK.
Gospel group The Blackwood Brothers perform in Gulfport, Mississippi, USA. It will prove to be the last gig played together by the original line-up.
Elvis Presley signs a recording contract with Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee, giving him a royalty rate of 3% of the wholesale price of his records.
R'n'B vocal group The Chords record Zippity Zum, Hold Me Baby and Bless You for Cat Records, a subsidiary label of Atlantic Records, in New York City, USA.
An Alan Freed-promoted package tour called The Biggest Rhythm'n'Blues Show, plays in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Acts on the bill include The Drifters, Roy Hamilton, LaVern Baker, King Pleasure, The Spaniels and more.
An Alan Freed-promoted package tour of the USA, called The Biggest Rhythm'n'Blues Show, plays in Columbia, South Carolina. Acts on the bill include The Drifters, Roy Hamilton, LaVern Baker, King Pleasure, The Spaniels and more.
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].
Louis Jordan releases a new single, If I Had Any Sense I'd Go Back Home, on Aladdin Records in the USA. The song is written by Rose Marie McCoy.
The Walt Disney ainimated musical feature Peter Pan is released to cinemas in Hong Kong, Asia. The film includes such Sammy Cahn-composed songs as The Second Star To The Right, You Can Fly and A Pirate's Life.
T-Bone Walker plays the thirteenth night of a two-week stay at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Oh What A Dream by Ruth Brown returns to the No1 slot in the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA.
T-Bone Walker plays the last night of a two-week stay at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Blues guitar maestro Stevie Ray Vaughan is born in Dallas, Texas.
Trumpeter/vocalist Oran Thaddeus 'Hot Lips' Page suffers a heart attack in New York City, USA. He will die a week later.
[Bazoom] I Need Your Lovin' by The Cheers enters the Billboard Top 20 Singles Chart in the USA at No19. This is the first song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to enter the Billboard chart, and it will peak at No15 two weeks later.
Trumpeter/vocalist Oran Thaddeus 'Hot Lips' Page dies aged 46 of complications arising from pneumonia in New York City, USA.
Sonny Thompson's Orchestra featuring Lula Reid and The Treniers play the fourth night in a week of shows at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Jazz trumpet player Bobby Hackett records Rain, Serenade In Blue, Lazy River and Get Out Of Town in New York City, USA, for Capitol Records who will issue all the tracks on Hackett's album In A Mellow Mood.
Charles Williams, keyboard player of K.C. And the Sunshine Band, is born.
Mambo Italiano, a hit by Rosemary Clooney, is banned by ABC radio and TV in the USA because of its suggestive lyrics. (censorship)
The Deep River Boys, a black American group based in Europe, release a version of Shake Rattle And Roll in the UK.
Nolan Strong And The Diablos play the fifteenth night of three weeks at The Madison Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
LaVern Baker plays at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Drifters and Erskine Hawkins play the first night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
The Drifters and Erskine Hawkins play the third night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA.
Earl Bostic plays the second night of a week at The Colonial Tavern, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Chris Barber Jazz Band plays a live session in London, UK, for the BBC Radio broadcast British Jazz. Songs performed in the session include After You've Gone.