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Oct 23
1950

While waiting to make an appearance on the Bing Crosby radio show, Al Jolson passes away from a heart attack, while playing cards in his room at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, California, USA. (1950)

Oct 23
1950

Jimmy Rogers records Goin? Away Baby and Today Today Blues, with Muddy Waters on guitar, in Chicago, IIlinois, USA, for Chess Records. (1950).

Oct 23
1950

Musical duo Rex And Rita appear in the variety revue Take A Peep at The Pavilion Theatre, Liverpool, UK. (1950)

Oct 23
1952

Pierre Moerlen is born in Colmar, France. He will find success as drummer with space-rock band Gong, and will eventually become the group's leader. (1952)

Oct 23
1953

Fred Ahlert, composer of such standards as I Don't Know Why, I'll Get By and I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter dies in New York City, USA. (1953)

Oct 23
1953

Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists record Beguine, Tempo Medio Lento, Saga Boy and Bongo Chant in London, UK, for Esquire Records. (1953)

Oct 23
1953

Hey Joe by Frankie Laine reaches No1 in the UK Popular Singles chart. (1953)

Oct 23
1954

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. (1954)

Oct 23
1954

Hold My Hand by Don Cornell reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. (1954)

Oct 23
1955

The Jazz Jamboree is held in The State, Kilburn, London, UK, featuring Ted Heath And His Music, The Ronnie Scott Orchestra, Jack Parnell And His Orchestra, Ronnie Aldrich And The Squadronaires, The Tommy Whittle Orchestra, The M.S.B.C. Jamboree Band, The Ray Ellington Quartet, Tubby Hayes And His Orchestra, Tony Crombie And His Orchestra, The Tony Kinsey Quartet and The New Jazz group. (1955)

Oct 23
1956

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal writes of home-town boy Buddy Holly that 'Lubbock now has its own answer to Elvis Presley? He plays an electric standard guitar and wears 'fancy' sports coats ? singing rock'n'roll exclusively.' (1956)

Oct 23
1956

R'n'b/doo-wop combo The Orioles record Live It Up, For All We Know and other tracks, for Vee-Jay Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1956)

Oct 23
1957

Georgia Gibbs sings Walkin' the Floor Over You on US tv show Dick Clark's American Bandstand. (1957)

Oct 23
1957

Singer Giselle MacKenzie is the subject of This Is Your Life on NBC TV in the USA. (1957)

Oct 23
1958

Bo Diddley, Dion And The Belmonts and Thurston Harris play at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, Harlem, New York City, USA. (1958)

Oct 23
1959

Brazilian songwriter and singing star Dolores Duran arrives home at 7.00am, says to her maid. "Don't wake me. I'm tired. I'll sleep until I die." She then retires to bed and promptly dies in her sleep of a heart attack, attributed to an overdose of barbiturates. (1959)

Oct 23
1959

The Isley Brothers, produced by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, record He's Got The Whole World In His Hands, Without A Song and Yes Indeed, for RCA Records in New York City, USA. (1959)

Oct 23
1959

Baby Washington, Bobby Freeman, The Miracles and Gene And Eunice open a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA. (1959)

Oct 23
1959

The first Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars package tour plays in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with acts including Paul Anka, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Annette, The Coasters, The Skyliners and Bobby Rydell.(1959)

Oct 23
1959

Fabian and Dee Clark play the first of three nights in The Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii. (1959)