- Egon Wellesz’s Symphony no.1 op.62 completed
- John Paul Jones born (Sidcup, Kent) English rock bassist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer. Member of Led Zeppelin from 1968 to 1980 and solo artist.
- Jaime Prats (62) dies in Havana
- Arthur Conley born (Atlanta, GA) American soul singer. Died 2003
- Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett born (Cambridge) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Pink Floyd from 1965 to 1968 and solo artist. Died 2006
- A revised revival of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical Show Boat opens on Broadway (418 performances)
- Jann Wenner born (New York, NY) American journalist, publisher. Co-founder of Rolling Stone and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
- Robbie Krieger born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of the Doors from 1965 to 1973.
- Joaquin Rodrigo’s Capriccio (Ofrenda a Pablo Sarasate) [Offering to Pablo Sarasate] for violin premiered in Madrid
- The rebuilt Hamburg State Opera opens after having been destroyed in 1943
- Aynsley Dunbar born (Liverpool) English rock drummer, session musician. Worked with John Mayall, Frank Zappa, David Bowie and many others.
- Harry Von Tilzer (73) dies in New York
- Cornélie van Zanten (90) dies in Den Haag, Netherlands
- Diana ‘Naomi’ Judd born (Ashland, KY) American country singer, songwriter, broadcaster. Worked with daughter Ashley Judd (b.1968) as the Judds.
- Tony Kaye aka Anthony John Selvidge born (Leicester) English rock keyboard player, composer. Member of Yes from 1968 to 1971 and 1983 to 1995.
- Paul Hindemith granted American citizenship
- George Duke born (San Rafael, CA) American jazz and R&B keyboard player, composer, bandleader. Worked with his own groups, Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa and others.
- Cynthia Robinson born (Sacramento, CA) American soul singer, trumpeter. Member of Sly & the Family Stone and Graham Central Station.
- Joseph Kalichstein born (Tel Aviv) Israeli-American concert pianist, teacher.
- Feliks Nowowiejski (68) dies in Poznan, Poland
- Lew Pollack (50) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
- Bohuslav Martinu’s Etudes and Polkas for piano premiered in New York
- Dolly Parton born (Sevierville, TN) American country singer, songwriter, actress.
- Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free for orchestra premiered in New York
- Malcolm McLaren born (London) English band manager, impresario, performer, fashion retailer. Died 2010
- Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s Quintet with Piano for piano, two violins, viola and cello premiered in Ankara
- Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony in 3 Movements premiered in New York
- Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen for ten violins, five violas, five cellos and three basses premiered in Zurich
- Deon Jackson born (Ann Arbor, MI) American soul singer, songwriter.
- Nedra Talley born (New York, NY) American pop singer. Member of the Ronettes from 1959 to 1966.
- Sidney Jones (84) dies in Kew, Surrey
- Frederic Lee Beckett (29) dies in St Louis of tuberculosis contracted while serving in the US army
- Terry Kath born (Chicago, IL) American rock guitarist, bassist. Member of Chicago from 1967. Died 1978
- Delta Rhythm Boys – Just A-sittin’ And A-rockin’ / Don’t Knock (Decca)
- Duke Ellington Orchestra – I’m Just A Lucky So And So / The Wonder Of You (RCA Victor)
- Harry “The Hipster” Gibson – Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy’s Ovaltine / I Stay Brown All Year Roun’ (Musicraft)
- Dexter Gordon – Blow Mr. Dexter / Dexter’s Deck (Savoy)
- Lionel Hampton – Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop / Slide, Hamp, Slide (Decca)
- Big Maceo [Merriweather] – Chicago Breakdown / Winter Time Blues (Bluebird)
- Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – Milton’s Boogie / Groovy Blues (Juke Box)
- Roy Milton & His Solid Senders – RM Blues / Rhythm Cocktail (Juke Box)
- Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys – Kentucky Waltz / Rocky Road Blues (Columbia)
- Frank Sinatra – Oh What It Seemed To Be / Day By Day (Columbia)
- Josh White with Edmond Hall and his Orchestra – (I) Left A Good Deal In Mobile / Did You Ever Love A Woman (Decca)
- Chris Clark born (Santa Cruz, CA) American soul singer.
- Kate McGarrigle born (Quebec City) Canadian folk singer, songwriter. Sister of Anna McGarrigle (b.1944), mother of Rufus (b.1973) and Martha (b.1976) Wainwright. Died 2010
- Oswald Kabasta (49) commits suicide in Kufstein, Austria after being blacklisted by the Austrian authorities for his support for the Nazis
- The Tempo Jazz Men record the first session for Dial Records in Glendale, CA. Dizzy Gillespie (tp, vo) Lucky Thompson (ts, vo) Milt Jackson (vib, vo) Al Haig (p) Ray Brown (b) Stan Levey (d). Tracks cut include Dynamo; Confirmation; Diggin’ For Diz; Round Midnight and When I Grow Too Old To Dream
- Adolfo de la Parra born (Mexico City) Mexican rock and blues drummer. Member of Canned Heat from 1967.
- Bela Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 premiered posthumously in Philadelphia
- Heinz Winbeck born (Ergolding, Germany) German composer.
- Elliott Carter’s Musicians Wrestle Everywhere for chorus and orchestra premiered in New York, text Emily Dickinson
- Colin Matthews born (London) English composer, teacher. Brother of David Matthews (b.1943).
- Gregory Hines born (New York) American tap dancer, actor, singer, choreographer. Died 2003
- Putney Dandridge (44) dies in Wall Township, NJ
- Arnold Bax’s Northern Ballad no.2 for orchestra premiered in London
- Hugh Allen (76) dies in Oxford from injuries sustained when knocked down by a motorcycle
- Aaron Copland’s Danzón cubano for orchestra premiered in Baltimore
- Roy Del Ruth and Vincente Minnelli’s film Ziegfeld Follies opens, starring Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly etc
- Norman Russell ‘Rusty’ Young born (Long Beach, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, pedal steel guitarist. Member of Poco from 1968.
- Jiří Bělohlávek born (Prague) Czech conductor.
- Richie Hayward born (Clear Lake, IA) American rock drummer, session player. Member of Little Feat from 1967 to 2009. Died 2010
- Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto premiered in Zurich
- Bohuslav Martinu’s cantata Field Mass premiered in Prague
- Kathleen Ferrier leaves EMI Columbia for Decca Records
- Don Byas – Candy / Byas-A-Drink (Savoy)
- King Cole Trio – Sweet Georgia Brown / It Is Better to Be by Yourself (Capitol)
- Slim Gaillard Trio – Cement Mixer / Scotchin’ With the Soda (Cadet)
- Billie Holiday – You Better Go Now / No More (Decca)
- Illinois Jacquet – Jumpin’ Jacquet / Blues Mood (Savoy)
- Louis Jordan – Salt Pork, West Virginia / Reconversion Blues (Decca)
- Peggy Lee – I Don’t Know Enough About You / I Can See It Your Way (Capitol)
- Charlie Parker – Billie’s Bounce / Now’s the Time (Savoy)
- Rubberlegs Williams – Deep Sea Blues / Bring It On Home (Savoy)
- Sonny Boy Williamson – Sonny Boy’s Jump / Elevator Woman (Bluebird)
- Lester Young – These Foolish Things / Jumping at Mesners’ (Philo)
- Duke Ellington – Black, Brown and Beige (RCA Victor) 2 x 78rpm discs
- Lead Belly – Negro Folk Songs (Disc) 3 x 78rpm discs
- Paul Robeson – Spirituals (Columbia) 4 x 78rpm discs
- Tony Ashton born (Blackburn) English rock and jazz pianist, composer, singer. Member of Ashton, Garner & Dyke, Paice Ashton Lord and others.
- David Gilmour born (Cambridge) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer. Member of Pink Floyd from 1968 to 1995 and solo artist.
- Matthew Fisher born (Croydon) English rock keyboard player, songwriter, record producer. Member of Procol Harum from 1967 to 1969.
- Okko Kamu born (Helsinki) Finnish conductor, violinist.
- Miklós Rózsa’s music for Alfred Hitchcock’s film Spellbound wins the best dramatic score Oscar at the 18th Academy Awards. Georgie Stoll’s music for George Sidney’s film Anchors Aweigh wins the award for best musical score
- Randy Meisner born (Scottsbluff, NE) American country and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist. Member of Poco from 1968 to 1969, the Eagles from 1971 to 1977 and solo artist.
- Kun-Woo Paik born (Seoul) Korean concert pianist.
- Axel Theimer born (St. Johann in Tirol, Austria) Austrian composer, conductor, choirmaster, singer, writer, teacher.
- Liza Minnelli born (Los Angeles, CA) American pop singer, actress. Daughter of Judy Garland (1922-69) and Vincente Minnelli (1903-86).
- Virgil Thomson’s Barcarolle: A Portrait of Georges Hugnet for flute, oboe, english horn, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon premiered in New York
- Howard E Scott born (San Pedro, CA) American funk and rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of War from 1969 to 1994.
- Thomas Dunhill (69) dies in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
- Harold Brown born (Long Beach, CA) American funk and rock drummer, percussionist, singer. Member of War from 1969 to 1994.
- Michael Finnissy born (London) English composer, pianist, teacher.
- Paul Atkinson born (Cuffley, Herts) English rock guitarist, record company executive. Member of the Zombies from 1962 to 1967. Died 2004
- Ruth Pointer born (Oakland, CA) American R&B and pop singer, songwriter. Member of the Pointer Sisters from 1972 with sisters June (1953-2006), Bonnie (b.1950) and Anita (b.1948) Pointer.
- Ray Dorset born (Ashford, Surrey) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Mungo Jerry.
- Arnold Bax’s Trio in Bb for violin, cello and piano premiered in London
- Paul Hindemith’s String Quartet no.6 premiered in Washington, DC
- Rivka Golani born (Tel Aviv) Israeli viola player, painter.
- Jerry Jemmott born (New York, NY) American rock and jazz bassist, session player.
- Melvin Sparks born (Houston, TX) American jazz, soul and blues guitarist, bandleader. Worked with Hank Crawford, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy McGriff and others. Died 2011
- Henry Cowell’s Hymn for Strings premiered in Denton, TX
- Igor Stravinsky’s Scherzo à la russe for orchestra premiered in San Francisco
- Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Introduction and Fugue for two pianos premiered in London
- Dial Records is launched in Hollywood, CA by Ross Russell
- Klaus Dinger born (Düsseldorf) German rock singer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist, composer. Member of Kraftwerk from 1970 to 1972, Neu! from 1971 to 1975 and La Düsseldorf from 1975 to 1983. Brother of Thomas Dinger (1952-2002). Died 2008
- Richard Strauss’ Sonatina no.2 for 16 winds premiered in Winterthur
- Igor Stravinsky’s Ebony Overture for clarinet and jazz orchestra premiered by the Woody Herman Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York
- Keith Grant born (Farnworth, Lancs) English blues and rock bassist. Member of Downliners Sect from 1963 to 1968 and since 1977.
- Andy Bown born (London) English rock keyboard player, harmonica player, guitarist, songwriter, session player. Member of the Herd from 1965 to 1969 and Status Quo from 1976.
- Ernst Krenek’s Tricks and Trifles for orchestra premiered in Minneapolis
- The Charlie Parker Septet record a session for Dial in Hollywood, CA. Miles Davis (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Lucky Thompson (ts) Dodo Marmarosa (p) Arvin Garrison (g) Vic McMillan (b) Roy Porter (d). Tracks cut include A Night In Tunisia; Ornithology; Yardbird Suite & Moose The Mooche
- Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer & Arna Bontemps’ musical St. Louis Woman opens on Broadway (113 performances)
- Benjamin Frankel’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in London
- Five Red Caps – Seems Like Old Times / I’m Glad I’ve Waited for You (Davis)
- The Voice Of Frank Sinatra (Columbia) orchestra conducted by Axel Stordahl
- Ronnie Lane born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, bassist. Member of the Small Faces from 1965 to 1969, the Faces from 1969 to 1973 and Slim Chance from 1973 to 1976. Died 1997
- Marc Blitzstein’s Airborne Symphony premiered in New York
- Dave Hill born (Holbeton, Devon) English pop and rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of Slade from 1969.
- Vincent Youmans (47) dies in Denver of tuberculosis
- Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto premiered in Boston
- David Diamond’s ballet Labyrinth premiered in New York
- Charles Ives’ Symphony no. 3 premiered in New York
- Frank Sinatra has the Billboard number one album with The Voice of Frank Sinatra for the first of seven weeks
- John Loder born (Plymouth) English record producer, engineer. Died 2005
- Arthur Bliss’s ballet Adam Zero premiered in London
- Anne Boyd born (Sydney) Australian composer, teacher.
- Bob Harris born (Northampton) English disc jockey, broadcaster, journalist.
- Al Green born (Forrest City, AR) American soul and Gospel singer, songwriter, minister with the Full Gospel Tabernacle.
- William Henry Bell (72) dies in Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West, South Africa
- Pēteris Vasks born (Aizpute, Latvia) Latvian composer.
- Vivian Fine’s Three Pieces for Violin and Piano premiered in New York
- Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence born (Windsor, Ontario) Canadian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer. Member of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane in 1966, Moby Grape from 1966 to 1968 and solo artist. Died 1999
- Arnold Auerbach & Harold Rome’s revue Call Me Mister opens on Broadway (734 performances)
- Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Ankara
- Jesús Castillo (68) dies in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
- Darius Milhaud’s ballet Les cloches [the bells] premiered in Chicago
- William Walton’s Where Does the Uttered Music Go? for chorus premiered in London
- Márta Fábián born (Budapest) Hungarian cimbalom player.
- Darius Milhaud’s Danses de Jacaremirim op.256 for violin and piano premiered in Los Angeles
- Joel Futterman born (Chicago, IL) American jazz pianist, soprano saxophonist, composer, writer.
- Mercer Ellington makes his first recordings as leader for Aladdin in Los Angeles. Jacques Butler (tp, vo) Lawrence Brown (tb) Al Sears (ts) Harry Carney (bars) Mary Osborne (g) Mercer Ellington (tp, p) Leonard Feather (p) Bill Pemberton (b) Heyward Jackson (d)
- Don Byas – How High The Moon / Charlie Parker – Ko-Ko (Savoy)
- Ink Spots – The Gypsy / Everyone Is Saying Hello Again (Why Must We Say Goodbye?) (Decca)
- Charles Mingus – Shuffle Bass Boogie / Weird Nightmare (Excelsior)
- Freddie Slack & Ella Mae Morse – The House of Blue Lights / Hey Mr. Postman (Capitol)
- Tempo Jazz Men – Dynamo parts 1 and 2 (Dial)
- Eddie Vinson – Cherry Red Blues / Somebody’s Got To Go (Mercury)
- Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – New Spanish Two Step / Roly Poly (Columbia)
- Lester Young – It’s Only A Paper Moon / After You’ve Gone (Aladdin)
- Edward Bairstow (71) dies in York
- Percy Whitlock (42) dies in Bournemouth of tuberculosis
- Lesley Gore aka Lesley Goldstein born (New York, NY) American pop singer, songwriter.
- Sergei Prokofiev’s opera Obrucheniye v monastïre [Betrothal in a Monastery] premiered in Prague, lib. Prokofiev and M. Mendel′son
- The first picture discs are manufactured and released by Vogue Records
- Bill Kreutzmann born (Palo Alto, CA) American rock drummer. Member of the Grateful Dead from 1965 to 1995.
- Jerry Nolan born (New York, NY) American rock drummer. Member of the New York Dolls from 1972 to 1975 and the Heartbreakers from 1975 to 1977. Died 1992
- Thelma Houston born (Leland, MS) American soul singer, songwriter, actress.
- Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Medium premiered in New York, lib. Menotti
- Dmitri Shostakovich’s incidental music for the spectacle Vesna pobednaya [Victorious Spring] premiered in Moscow
- Klaus Ager born (Salzburg) Austrian composer, conductor, administrator.
- Donovan Leitch born (Glasgow) Scottish folk and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist.
- Graham Gouldman born (Salford) English rock and pop songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist. Founder member of 10cc.
- Dave Mason born (Worcester) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, session player. Member of Traffic from 1967 to 1968 and solo artist.
- Samuel Barber’s ballet Medea premiered in New York
- Ernst Krenek’s In paradisum for treble chorus premiered in St. Paul, MN
- Kurt Weill’s Kiddush for tenor, chorus and organ premiered in New York
- Charles Ives’s Central Park in the Dark for small orchestra; String Quartet no.2 & The Unanswered Question for wind quartet, trumpet and strings premiered in New York
- The Teatro alla Scala in Milan reopens after being severely damaged during the war
- Paul Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d (A Requiem for Those We Love) for chorus and orchestra premiered in New York
- Arthur Honegger’s ballet Chota rustaveli premiered in Monte Carlo
- Aly Bain born (Lerwick) Scottish folk fiddle player.
- Ray Brown makes his first recordings with Dizzy Gillespie for Musicraft in New York. Dizzy Gillespie (tp, vo) Sonny Stitt (as) Milt Jackson (vib) Al Haig (p) Ray Brown (b) Kenny Clarke (d) Gil Fuller, Alice Roberts (vo)
- Robert Fripp born (Wimborne Minster) English rock and avant-garde guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Founder member of King Crimson and solo artist.
- Denis Smalley born (Nelson, New Zealand) New Zealand composer, teacher.
- Irving Berlin, Herbert & Dorothy Fields’ musical Annie Get Your Gun opens on Broadway (1147 performances)
- Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s In the Hothouse for piano premiered in Bristol
- Bruce Gilbert born (Watford) English rock and avant-garde guitarist, electronic musician, composer. Member of Wire from 1976 to 2004. Worked as solo artist and with Graham Lewis and others.
- Cher aka Cherilyn Sarkisian born (El Centro, CA) American pop singer, actress.
- Emil Frey (57) dies in Zürich
- Don Moye born (Rochester, NY) American jazz percussionist. Worked with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others.
- The Ink Spots have the Billboard number one single for the first of ten weeks with The Gypsy
- Nicola Piovani born (Rome) Italian film composer.
- Mick Ronson born (Hull) English rock guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Worked with David Bowie and solo. Died 1993
- Tamaki Miura (62) dies in Tokyo
- Darius Milhaud’s Piano Concerto no.3 premiered in Prague
- Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen born (Osted, Denmark) Danish jazz bassist. Died 2005
- Claire Croiza (63) dies in Paris
- Henry Cowell’s Big Sing Piano Concerto no.3 premiered in Fresno, CA
- Stacy Sutherland born (San Antonio, TX) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of the 13th Floor Elevators from 1965 to 1969. Died 1978
- Hilding Rosenberg’s opera-oratorio Josef och hans bröder [Joseph and his Brothers] part 1 of 4 premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm, lib. Rosenberg
- Peter Latham succeeds Henry Walford Davies as Gresham Professor of Music in London, a post he holds until 1963
- Cole Porter & Orson Welles’ musical Around the World in Eighty Days opens on Broadway (75 performances)
- The Soul Stirrers make their first recordings for Aladdin in Chicago
- King Cole Trio – Get Your Kicks On Route 66 / Everyone Is Sayin’ Hello Again (Capitol)
- Dexter Gordon – I Can’t Escape From You / Dexter Digs In (Savoy)
- Tiny Grimes – Tiny’s Tempo / I’ll Always Love You Just The Same (Savoy)
- Wynonie Harris with the Hamp-Tone All Stars – Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop parts 1 and 2 (Hamp-Tone)
- Bull Moose Jackson – I Know Who Threw the Whiskey (In the Well) / Bad Man Jackson That’s Me (Queen)
- Kai’s Krazy Kats – Sweet Miss / Loaded (Savoy)
- Charlie Parker – A Night In Tunisia / Ornithology (Dial)
- Charles Trenet – La Mer / Seul… depuis toujours (EMI Columbia France)
- Leo Slezak (72) dies in Rottach-Egern, Germany
- Inga Nielsen born (Holbæk, Denmark) Danish soprano singer. Died 2008
- Eddie Holman born (Norfolk, VA) American soul and Gospel singer, minister.
- John Du Cann aka John Cann born (Leicester) English rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of the the Attack, Andromeda and Atomic Rooster. Died 2011
- Tony Levin born (Boston, MA) American rock bass player, keyboard player, singer, session musician. Member of King Crimson from 1980 to 1995.
- Zbigniew Seifert born (Krakow) Polish jazz violinist. Died 1979
- Francis Poulenc’s L’histoire de Babar [The Story of Babar] for narrator and orchestra premiered on Paris Radio
- Neville ‘Noddy’ Holder born (Walsall) English rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, broadcaster. Member of Slade from 1966 to 1991.
- Leo Nocentelli born (New Orleans, LA) American funk and R&B guitarist, composer. Founder member of the Meters.
- Demis Roussos born (Alexandria, Egypt) Greek rock and pop singer, bass guitarist, songwriter. Member of Aphrodite’s Child from 1967 to 1972 and solo artist.
- Ian Matthews born (Scunthorpe) English rock and folk singer, songwriter. Member of Fairport Convention from 1967 to 1969, Matthews Southern Comfort from 1969 to 1971 and solo artist.
- BJ Cole born (London) English pedal steel guitarist, session musician.
- Gérard Grisey born (Belfort, France) French composer. Founder member of the Ensemble l’Itinéraire (1973). Died 1998
- Maria Bethânia born (Santo Amaro da Purificação Bahia, Brazil) Brazilian bossa nova and pop singer.
- André Watts born (Nuremberg) American concert pianist, teacher.
- Brenda Holloway born (Atascadero, CA) American soul singer, songwriter.
- Ijahman Levi aka Trevor Sutherland born (Manchester, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter.
- Heinrich Kaminski (59) dies in Kochel, Germany
- Olivier Messiaen’s song cycle Harawi: chant d’amour et de la mort [Harawi: song of love and death] for soprano and piano premiered in Mâcon, France
- Allen Lanier born (New York, NY) American rock keyboard player, guitarist, singer, songwriter . Member of Blue Oyster Cult from 1967 to 2006.
- Ian MacDonald born (Osterley) English rock multi-instrumentalist, session musician, record producer. Member of King Crimson in 1969 and Foreigner from 1976 to 1979.
- Daria Semegen born (Bamberg, Germany) German-American electronic music composer, teacher.
- Robert Xavier Rodriguez born (San Antonio, TX) American composer.
- Charlie Parker is committed to Camarillo State Hospital in California where he stays until January 1947
- Metro Goldwyn Mayer announces the launch of MGM Records with Kate Smith the first signing
- The Ravens make their first recordings for Hub Records in New York
- Tiny Grimes – Romance Without Finance / Red Cross (Savoy)
- Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald – Stone Cold Dead In The Market / Petootie Pie (Decca)
- Baron [Charles] Mingus Octet – Make Believe / Bedspread (4 Star)
- Dooley Wilson – As Time Goes By / Knock On Wood (Decca)
- Joshua Uzoigwe born (Umuahia, Nigeria) Nigerian composer, ethhnomusicologist, treacher, poet. Died 2005
- Oklahoma is performed for the 1405th time on Broadway, setting a record for a musical
- John Klemmer born (Chicago, IL) American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, bandleader, session player.
- Michael Tippett’s organ work Preludio al Vespro di Monteverdi premiered in London
- Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov (63) dies in Berlin
- Bon Scott born (Kirriemuir, Angus) Scottish-Australian rock singer, songwriter. Member of AC/DC from 1974 to 1980. Died 1980
- Mitch Mitchell born (London) English rock drummer. Member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience from 1966 to 1969. Died 2008
- Anton Webern’s Cantata no.1 premiered in London
- Benjamin Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia premiered in Glyndebourne, lib. R. Duncan
- Riley Puckett (52) dies in East Point, GA of blood poisoning
- John Coltrane makes his first recordings with Dexter Culbertson’s U.S. Navy Band in Hawaii
- Linda Ronstadt born (Tucson, AZ) American rock, pop and country singer. Member of the Stone Poneys from 1966 to 1968 and solo artist.
- Joe ‘Tricky Sam’ Nanton (42) dies in San Francisco following a stroke
- Mireille Mathieu born (Avignon) French pop singer, publisher, writer.
- Andy Mackay born (Lostwithiel) English rock saxophonist, wind player, composer, session player. Founder member of Roxy Music.
- Rita Marley aka Alpharita Constantia Anderson born (Santiago de Cuba) Jamaican reggae singer. Member of the Wailers from 1974 to 1981. Wife of Bob Marley (1945-81), mother of Sharon (b.1964), Cedella (b.1967), Ziggy (b.1968) and Stephen (b.1972) Marley.
- Suzanne Stephens born (Waterloo, IO) American classical clarinetist, bassett horn player.
- David Geringas born (Vilnius, Lithuania) Lithuanian cellist, conductor.
- The Charlie Parker / Howard McGhee quintet record a session for Dial in Hollywood, CA (each credited as leader on some sides). Howard McGhee (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Jimmy Bunn (p) Bob Kesterson (b) Roy Porter (d). Tracks cut include Be-Bop; Lover Man; The Gypsy & Max Making Wax
- Jeffrey Hammond born (Blackpool) English rock bassist, artist. Member of Jethro Tull from 1971 to 1976.
- Gary Lewis aka Gary Levitch born (Los Angeles, CA) American pop singer, songwriter, drummer. Led Gary Lewis & the Playboys from 1964 to 1967. Son of Jerry Lewis (b.1926).
- Stan Getz makes his first recordings as leader for Savoy in New York. Stan Getz (ts) Hank Jones (p) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d). Tracks cut include Opus De Bop; And The Angels Swing; Running Water & Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
- Eddie Davis – Lockjaw / Afternoon in a Doghouse (Haven)
- Mercer Ellington – Metronome All-Out / Pass Me By (Musicraft)
- Dizzy Gillespie Sextet – Oop Bop Sha Bam / That’s Earl, Brother (Musicraft)
- Pete Johnson – Atomic Boogie / Back Room Blues (National)
- Julia Lee – Lotus Blossom / Dream Lucky Blues (Mercury)
- Ella Mae Morse & Freddie Slack – Pig Foot Pete / Your Conscience Tells You So (Capitol)
- Frank Sinatra – Five Minutes More / How Cute Can You Be? (Columbia)
- Sir Charles and His All Stars – Twentieth Century Blues / The Street Beat (Apollo)
- Original Broadway Cast – Annie Get Your Gun (Decca) 6 x 78 rpm records
- Raymond ‘Boz’ Burrell born (Holbeach, Lincolnshire) English rock bass guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of King Crimson from 1971 to 1972 and Bad Company from 1973 to 1999. Died 2006
- Syreeta Wright born (Pittsburgh, PA) American soul singer. Died 2004
- Judy Craig born (New York, NY) American pop singer. Member of the Chiffons from 1960 to 1969.
- Allan Holdsworth born (Bradford, Yorks) English jazz and rock guitarist, composer, record producer, session player, bandleader. Worked with Tempest, Bruford, UK and others.
- Maria Barrientos (65) dies in Ciboure, France
- Michael Fonfara born (Stevensville, Ontario) Canadian rock keyboard player, session musician. Worked with Electric Flag, Rhinoceros, Lou Reed and others.
- Henry Cowell’s Festival Overture for Two Orchestras premiered in Interlochen, MI
- Valery Zhelobinsky (33) dies in St Petersburg
- Larry Graham born (Beaumont, TX) American rock and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer. Member of Sly & the Family Stone from 1966 to 1972 and Graham Central Station since 1972.
- Yabby You aka Vivian Jackson born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, record producer. Died 2010
- Jimmy Webb born (Elk City, OK) American popular songwriter, pianist, singer.
- André Bon born (Lille) French composer, teacher.
- Ángel Romero born (Malaga) Spanish classical guitarist, conductor.
- Arthur Honegger’s Symphonie no.3 Liturgique premiered in Zürich
- Ralf Hütter born (Krefeld) German electronic musician, singer, composer. Member of Kraftwerk from 1970.
- Elliott Carter’s Elegy for string quartet premiered in Eliot, ME
- Keith Moon born (London) English rock drummer. Member of the Who from 1964 to 1977. Died 1977
- Kenny Dorham cuts his first sides as leader in New York. The band is billed as the Bebop Boys: Kenny Dorham (tp) Sonny Stitt (as) Bud Powell (p) Al Hall (b) Wallace Bishop (d). Tracks cut include Bebop In Pastel; Fool’s Fancy; Bombay & Ray’s Idea
- Arnold Rosé (82) dies in London
- Valerie Simpson born (Bronx, NY) American soul and R&B singer, songwriter. Wife of Nickolas Ashford (1941-2011).
- Walter Passmore (79) dies in London
- Paul von Klenau (63) dies in Copenhagen
- Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra – Our Delight / Good Dues Blues (Musicraft)
- Ink Spots – To Each His Own / I Never Had A Dream Come True (Decca)
- J.J. Johnson – Coppin’ The Bop / Hey Jay Jay (Savoy)
- Louis Jordan – Choo Choo Ch’Boogie / That Chick’s Too Young To Fry (Decca)
- Sam Taylor – Big Foot Sam From Birmingham / Bluer than Blue (Queen)
- Barry Gibb born (Douglas, Isle of Man) English pop singer, songwriter, record producer, musician. Member of the Bee Gees from 1958 to 2003. Brother of Maurice (1949-2003), Robin (1949-2012) and Andy (1958-88) Gibb.
- Billy Preston born (Houston, TX) American soul and rock singer, songwriter, keyboard player, session musician. Died 2006
- Paul Lincke (79) dies in Hahnenklee, Germany
- Moriz Rosenthal (83) dies in New York
- Ernst Krenek’s Symphonic Elegy premiered in Saratoga Springs, NY
- Gary Duncan aka Gary Grubb born (San Diego, CA) American rock guitarist, singer. Member of Quicksilver Messenger Service from 1965 to 1979.
- Greg Elmore born (Coronado, CA) American rock drummer. Member of Quicksilver Messenger Service from 1965 to 1979.
- Dave Liebman born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz saxophonist, flautist, session player. Worked with Miles Davis, Chick Corea and others.
- Kenny Dorham (tp) Sonny Stitt (as) Bud Powell (p) Al Hall (b) and Kenny Clarke (d) record the first of three sessions in three days in New York billed variously as the Sonny Stitt Quintet and the Bebop Boys. The first day is a quintet session. Tracks cut include Serenade To A Square; Good Kick; Seven Up & Blues In Bebop
- Freddie Mercury aka Frederick Bulsara born (Stone Town, Tanzania) Parsi rock and pop singer, songwriter, keyboard player. Member of Queen from 1970 to 1991. Died 1991
- Loudon Wainwright III born (Chapel Hill, NC) American rock and folk singer, songwriter. Father of Rufus (b.1973) and Martha (b.1976) Wainwright.
- Kenny Dorham (tp) Sonny Stitt (as) Bud Powell (p) Al Hall (b) and Kenny Clarke (d) record the second of three sessions in three days in New York billed as Kenny Clarke and his 52nd Street Boys with Fats Navarro (tp) Ray Abrams (ts) Eddie DeVerteuil (bars) John Collins (g). Tracks cut include Epistrophy; Oop Bop Sh’bam; 52nd Street Theme & Rue Chaptal
- Heitor Villa-Lobos’s String Quartet no.8 premiered in Rio de Janeiro
- Kenny Dorham (tp) Sonny Stitt (as) Bud Powell (p) Al Hall (b) and Kenny Clarke (d) record the third of three sessions in three days in New York for Savoy billed as the Bebop Boys. With Fats Navarro (tp) Morris Lane (ts) Eddie DeVerteuil (bars) Gil Fuller (arr). Eight sides are cut for the Be Bop Jam Session album
- T-Bone Walker signs to Black & White Records of Los Angeles
- Miriam Fried born (Satu Mare, Romania) Israeli classical violinist.
- Bruce Palmer born (Liverpool, Canada) American rock bassist. Member of Buffalo Springfield from 1966 to 1968. Died 2004
- Dickie Peterson born (Grand Forks, ND) American rock bassist, singer, songwriter. Founder member of Blue Cheer. Died 2009
- Elliott Carter’s Warble for Lilac-Time for voice and piano premiered in Saratoga Springs, NY
- Hank Williams signs a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose in Nashville
- Henry Cowell’s Hymn and Fuguing Tune no.5 for strings premiered in Saratoga Springs, NY
- The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by Sir Thomas Beecham, plays its first concert in Croydon
- Mamie Smith (63) dies in New York
- Charles Ives’ Second String Quartet premiered in Saratoga Springs, NY
- Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys record a session for Columbia in Chicago. It marks Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ first studio visit. Bill Monroe (vo, mand) Lester Flatt (vo, g) Earl Scruggs (bjo) Howard Watts (b, vo) Chubby Wise (vln)
- Sarah Vaughan marries her manager trumpeter George Treadwell in New York
- Benjamin Britten’s Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Vittoria for organ premiered in Northampton
- King Sunny Adé aka Sunday Adeniyi born (Oshogbo, Nigeria) Nigerian juju singer, guitarist, composer, bandleader.
- Jerry Donahue born (New York, NY) American folk and rock guitarist, session player. Member of Fotheringay from 1970 to 1971, Fairport Convention from 1972 to 1975 and the Hellecasters from 1993.
- Duke Jordan records his first session with Roy Eldridge And His Orchestra for Decca in New York
- Bryan MacLean born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of Love from 1965 to 1968. Half-brother of Maria McKee (b.1964). Died 1998
- Stephen Nathan Truelove born (Hobart, OK) American composer, teacher, pianist.
- Franz von Hoesslin (60) dies in a plane crash near Perpignan, France
- Hans Werner Henze’s Kammerkonzert for piano, flute and strings premiered in Darmstadt
- The BBC’s Third Programme (now Radio 3) begins transmission with the premiere of Britten’s Occasional Overture op.38
- Sylvia Peterson born (New York, NY) American pop singer. Member of the Chiffons from 1962 to 1992.
- Don Byas leaves the US for a tour of Europe with Don Redman and settles permanently in Paris
- Miles Davis joins the Billy Eckstine Orchestra as a replacement for Fats Navarro
- George Szell appointed director and conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra
- King Cole Trio – (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons / The Best Man (Capitol)
- Dizzy Gillespie – One Bass Hit parts 1 and 2 (Musicraft)
- Lil Green – Blowtop Blues / It’s Bad With My Man and Me (RCA Victor)
- Julia Lee – Gotta Gimme What’cha Got / Lies (Capitol)
- Edith Piaf & Les Compagnons de la Chansons – Les Trois Cloches / Perrine Était Servante (EMI Columbia France)
- Frank Sinatra – The Coffee Song / Things We Did Last Summer (Columbia)
- Dave Holland born (Wolverhampton) English jazz bassist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Miles Davis and his own bands.
- Usko Meriläinen’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra premiered in Tampere, Finland
- Ron Meagher born (Oakland, CA) American rock bassist, singer. Member of the Beau Brummels from 1964 to 1968.
- PP Arnold aka Patricia Ann Cole born (Los Angeles, CA) American pop and soul singer, actress.
- Mike Clark born (Sacramento, CA) American jazz drummer. Worked with Headhunters, Brand X and others.
- Bridget St John aka Bridget Hobbs born (London) English rock and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist.
- Ernest Bloch’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in London
- The Lennie Tristano Trio make their first recordings in Chicago for Keynote. Lennie Tristano (p) Billy Bauer (g) Clyde Lombardi (b). Tracks cut include Out On A Limb ; I Can’t Get Started With You & I Surrender, Dear
- Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Fantasia for cello and orchestra & symphonic poem Madona premiered in Rio de Janeiro
- John Prine born (Maywood, IL) American folk and country singer, songwriter, guitarist.
- Emil Schult born (Dessau, Germany) German poet, lyricist, graphic artist. Worked with Kraftwerk.
- Willard White born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican bass-baritone singer.
- Alfred E. Green’s film The Jolson Story opens, starring Larry Parks as Al Jolson
- Trevor Wishart born (Leeds) English composer, electronic musician, sofware engineer, writer.
- Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Piano concerto no.1 premiered in Rio de Janeiro
- Keith Christmas born (Wivenhoe, Essex) English folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.
- Dorothy Moore born (Jackson, MS) American pop and soul singer.
- Justin Hayward born (Swindon) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Moody Blues from 1966 and solo artist.
- Dan McCafferty born (Dunfermline, Fife) Scottish rock singer, songwriter. Member of Nazareth from 1968.
- Richard Carpenter born (New Haven, CT) American pop songwriter, pianist. Worked with sister Karen Carpenter (1950-83) as the Carpenters from 1966 to 1983.
- Palle Danielsson born (Stockholm) Swedish jazz bassist. Worked with Keith Jarrett and others.
- Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra op.34 premiered in Liverpool
- Wolfgang Rübsam born (Giessen, Germany) German-American organist, composer, teacher.
- Granville Bantock (78) dies in London
- Ralph and Carter Stanley aka the Stanley Brothers perform together publicly for the first time in Bristol, VA
- Cameron Mackintosh born (London) English theatre producer.
- Viktor Tretiakov born (Krasnoyarsk, Russia) Russian violinist, conductor.
- Joaquin Rodrigo’s Quatre cançons en llengua catalana [Four songs in Catalan] for soprano and orchestra premiered in Barcelona
- Howard Shore born (Toronto) Canadian film composer.
- Aaron Copland’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Boston
- Michael Tippett’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in London
- Lux Interior aka Erick Lee Purkhiser born (Stow, OH) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of the Cramps from 1976 to 2009. Died 2009
- Lee Loughnane born (Elmwood Park, IL) American rock trumpeter, keyboard player, singer, songwriter. Member of Chicago from 1967.
- Tetsu Yamauchi born (Fukuoka, Japan) Japanese rock bass guitarist, session player. Member of Free from 1972 to 1973 and the Faces from 1973 to 1975.
- Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 premiered in Moscow
- Jerry Edmonton born (Oshawa, Ontario) American rock drummer, singer. Founder member of Steppenwolf. Died 1993
- Leonard Bernstein’s ballet Facsimilie premiered in New York
- Alex North’s Morning Star, cantata for narrator, chorus and orchestra premiered in New York
- Peter Green aka Peter Greenbaum born (London) English rock and blues guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of Bluesbreakers from 1966 to 1967, Fleetwood Mac from 1967 to 1970 and solo artist.
- René Jacobs born (Ghent) Flemish countertenor singer, conductor.
- Aram Khachaturian’s Cello concerto premiered in Moscow
- Albert Ammons – Swanee River Boogie / I Don’t Want To See You (Mercury)
- King Cole Trio – The Christmas Song / In the Cool of Evening (Capitol)
- Coleman Hawkins – You Go to My Head / I Mean You (Sonora)
- Billie Holiday – Good Morning Heartache / No Good Man (Decca)
- Louis Jordan – Ain’t That Just Like a Woman / If It’s Love You Want (Decca)
- Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys – True Life Blues / Footprints in the Snow (Columbia)
- Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Stay a Little Longer / I Can’t Go On This Way (Columbia)
- Be Bop Boys – Be Bop Jam Session (Savoy) 4 x 78rpm discs
- Josh White – Ballads and Blues (Decca) 4 x 78rpm discs
- Ric Grech born (Bordeaux) English rock bassist, songwriter. Member of Family from 1965 to 1969, Blind Faith in 1969 and Traffic from 1969 to 1971. Died 1990
- Herman Brood born (Zwolle, Netherlands) Dutch rock singer, songwriter, poet, painter, actor. Died 2001
- Gram Parsons aka Ingram Cecil Connor III born (Winter Haven, FL) American country and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. member of the International Submarine Band from 1966 to 1967, the Byrds in 1968, the Flying Burrito Brothers from 1969 to 1970 and solo artist. Died 1973
- Loleatta Holloway born (Chicago, IL) American R&B and soul singer. Died 2011
- Zygmunt Stojowski (76) dies in New York
- John Martin aka The Big Figure born (Canvey Island) English rock drummer. Member of Dr Feelgood from 1971 to 1982.
- Roy Wood born (Birmingham) English rock and pop singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer. Member of the Move from 1965 to 1972, the Electric Light Orchestra from 1970 to 1972 and Wizzard from 1972 to 1975.
- Lightnin’ Hopkins makes his first recordings for Aladdin in Los Angeles accompanied by pianist Wilson Smith. Some of the eight tracks cut are credited to Sam Hopkins and Thunder Smith. Others include Katie Mae Blues; That Mean Old Twister; I Feel So Bad & Rocky Mountain Blues
- Michael Tippett’s Little Music for string orchestra premiered in London
- Nicholas Gatty (72) dies in London
- Arnold Bax’s Five Greek Folk Songs for chorus premiered in London
- Duke Ellington signs to Musicraft Records.
- Francis Poulenc’s Trois chansons de F. Garcia-Lorca [Three songs by F. Garcia Lorca] for voice and piano premiered in Paris
- Jimmy Witherspoon makes his first recordings under his own name for Mercury in Chicago accompanied by the Jay McShann Orchestra (of which he was a member). Jimmy Witherspoon (vo) Clarence Thornton (tp) Theodore Smalls (as) Seeward Evans (ts) Jay McShann (p) Percy Gabriel (b) Jesse Price (d)
- Manuel de Falla (69) dies in Alta Gracia, Argentina following a heart attack
- Martin Barre born (Birmingham) English rock guitarist. Member of Jethro Tull from 1969.
- Frederick Delius’s Three Small Tone Poems: Summer Evening, Winter Night [Sleigh Ride] & Spring Morning premiered in London
- Alex North’s Revue for clarinet and orchestra premiered in New York
- Duane Allman born (Nashville, TN) American rock and blues guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1969 to 1971. Brother of Gregg Allman (b.1947). Died 1971
- Paul Hindemith’s ballet The Four Temperaments premiered in New York
- Frederick Delius’s Suite d’orchestre premiered in London
- Aston Barrett born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae bass guitarist, session musician, keyboard player. Member of the Wailers from 1970 to 1981. Brother of Carlton Barrett (1950-87).
- Oleg Kagan born (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia) Russian classical violinist. Died 1990
- Tommy Dorsey breaks up his band
- Ernst Krenek’s Piano Concerto no.3 premiered in Minneapolis
- Ray Drummond born (Brookline, MA) American jazz bassist, teacher, session player. Worked with Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, David Murray and others.
- Duke Ellington’s Deep South Suite premiered at Carnegie Hall, New York
- Alfonso Broqua (80) dies in Paris
- (also 5 Dec & 12 Dec) Duke Ellington and his Orchestra record three sessions for Musicraft in New York for the Duke Ellington at Carnegie Hall album. Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Francis Williams, Harold Baker (tp) Ray Nance (tp, vln, vo) Lawrence Brown, Wilbur De Paris, Claude Jones (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts) Russell Procope (cl, as) Johnny Hodges (as) Al Sears (ts) Harry Carney (as, cl, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Oscar Pettiford (b) Sonny Greer (d) Kay Davis (vo).
- Ernst Krenek’s Trio for violin, clarinet and piano premiered in Minneapolis
- Darius Milhaud’s Cello Concerto no.2 premiered in New York
- Eamonn Campbell born (Drogheda, Ireland) Irish folk singer, guitarist. Member of the Dubliners from 1987.
- Virgil Thomson’s Barcarolle for woodwinds premiered in Pittsburgh
- Darius Milhaud’s Sonata for violin and harpsichord op.257 premiered in New York
- Tiny Grimes – Tiny’s Boogie-Woogie / C Jam Blues (Blue Note)
- Peggy Lee – It’s a Good Day / He’s Just My Kind (Capitol)
- Howard McGhee Quintet – Be-Bop / Charlie Parker Quintet – Lover Man (Dial) both sides same group
- Tempo Jazz Men – Diggin’ For Diz / Howard McGhee – Trumpet At Tempo (Dial)
- Bebop Jazz 1947 (Dial) 3 x 78rpm. Includes sides by Howard McGhee, Charlie Parker (2), Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Berman and Ralph Berns
- Raymond ‘Gilbert’ O’Sullivan born (Waterford) Anglo-Irish pop singer, songwriter, pianist.
- José Carreras born (Barcelona) Catalan tenor singer.
- Maximilian Steinberg (63) dies in St Petersburg
- Hank Williams records his first session for Sterling Records in Nashville. Hank Williams (vo, g) Skeeter Willis (vln) Vic Willis (accdn) James Willis (g) Charles Wright (b). Tracks cut include Calling You; Never Again Will I Knock On Your Door; Wealth Won’t Save Your Soul & When God Comes and Gathers His Jewels
- Amos Milburn makes his first recordings for Aladdin in Los Angeles
- Jane Birkin born (London) English pop singer, actress. Mother of Charlotte Gainsbourg (b.1971).
- Jerome Cooper born (Chicago) American jazz drummer, bandleader. Worked with Roland Kirk, Cecil Taylor, Lester Bowie and others.
- Carmine Appice born (Brooklyn, NY) American rock drummer, teacher, writer, session musician. Member of Vanilla Fudge from 1966 to 1970, Cactus from 1970 to 1972 and Beck, Bogert & Appice from 1972 to 1974.
- Benny Andersson born (Stockholm) Swedish pop songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, singer. Member of ABBA from 1972 to 1982.
- Trevor Pinnock born (Canterbury) English conductor, harpsichordist.
- Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet no.3 premiered in Moscow
- Kurt Weill’s opera Street Scene premiered in Philadelphia, lib. E. Rice and Langston Hughes
- Wilhelm Furtwängler is acquitted of charges of complicity with the Nazis after a trial in Berlin
- Jakov Gotovac’s opera Kamenik premiered in Zagreb. Lib. Rikarda Nikolića
- Hilding Rosenberg’s opera-oratorio Josef och hans bröder [Joseph and his Brothers] part 2 of 4 premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm, lib. Rosenberg
- Boris Blacher’s opera Die Flut [the flood], lib. Heinz von Cramer, premiered in Berlin. It is the first new opera to be performed in post-war Germany
- Darius Milhaud’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Boston
- Carl Wilson born (Hawthorne, CA) American pop singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of the Beach Boys from 1959 to 1998. Brother of Brian (b. 1942) and Dennis (1944-83) Wilson. Died 1998
- Rick Nielsen born (Rockford, IL) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of Cheap Trick from 1974.
- Jan Akkerman born (Amsterdam) Dutch rock and jazz guitarist, composer. Member of Focus from 1969 to 1976 and solo artist.
- Count Basie signs to RCA-Victor Records
- Jimmy Buffett born (Pascagoula, MS) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, writer, film producer, actor.
- John La Touche & Duke Ellington’s musical Beggar’s Holiday opens on Broadway (111 performances)
- Lenny Kaye born (New York, NY) American rock guitarist, songwriter, writer, record producer. Member of the Patti Smith Group from 1974 to 1979.
- Edgar Winter born (Beaumont, TX) American blues and rock keyboard player, singer, saxophonist, percussionist. Brother of Johnny Winter (b.1944).
- Carrie Jacobs-Bond (84) dies in Glendale, CA following a heart attack
- Marianne Faithfull born (London) English pop and rock singer, songwriter, actress.
- Clive Bunker born (Luton) English rock drummer, session player. Member of Jethro Tull from 1967 to 1971.
- Patti Smith born (Chicago, IL) American rock singer, songwriter, poet.
- Charles Wakefield Cadman (65) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
- Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars – I Can’t Get Started / Good Bait (Manor)
- Lightnin’ Hopkins – Katie Mae Blues / That Mean Old Twister (Aladdin)
- Louis Jordan – Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens / Let The Good Times Roll (Decca)
- Frank Sinatra – September Song / Among My Souvenirs (Columbia)
- Sonny Boy Williamson – Shake the Boogie / Mean Old Highway (RCA Victor)
- Stan Kenton – Artistry In Rhythm (Capitol) 4 x 78rpm records
- Manuel Perez (74) dies in New Orleans following a series of strokes
- The Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company (later Fender Musical Instruments Corporation) founded by Leo Fender in Fullerton, CA
- Benjamin Britten’s Folk Song Arrangements, vol.II, France published in London
- Mezz Mezzrow’s autobiography, Really the Blues, written with Bernard Wolfe, published
- Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens (Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney); Anything You Can Do; I’m an Indian Too; There’s No Business Like Show Business (all Irving Berlin); Blue Moon of Kentucky (Bill Monroe); Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? (Eddie DeLange, Louis Alter); Lost In The Stars (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill); Old Devil Moon (E. Y. Harburg, Burton Lane); (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (Bobby Troup); That’s All Right (Arthur Crudup); La vie en rose (Édith Piaf, Louiguy); Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Ray Gilbert, Allie Wrubel)