Audience response to the planned program is lukewarm. Goodman switches to the hot jump tune arrangements he’s been playing on East coast radio broadcasts — a form of jazz called swing music associated with swing dancing — and the audience goes crazy.
Soon the band has taken the top 3 spots on California record charts, Benny Goodman is called the “King of Swing” and the performance marks the official start of the Swing era.
Baltimore vocal and doo-wop group The Orioles, ‘the first R&B vocal group’, release Deborah Chessler ballad It’s Too Soon To Know, which becomes a US#13, USR&B#1 hit (also a hit for Etta James in 1961).
Another of their hits is 1953’s Crying in the Chapel (USR&B#1,US#11) (also a #15 for Ella Fitzgerald, a US#3 for Elvis). The Orioles join the Rock HoF in 1995.
Tamla Records releases Please Mr. Postman — written by 5 of their songwriters and performed by The Marvelettes — and soon has its first US#1 on its hands.
Much of the US first heard it on the second Beatles album, With The Beatles, released Nov. 22, 1963 ; they’d performed it regularly at The Cavern Club. And The Carpenters took it to US#1 again in Jan. 1975.