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Sep 21
1950

Ralph Flanagan And His Orchestra play at Cafe Rouge, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, USA. (1950)

Sep 21
1951

Big Bill Broonzy spends the first of two days recording tracks, including Lonesome Road Blues, for Vogue Records in Paris, France, Europe. (1951)

Eric Clapton : I got into Big Bill Broonzy in the early 60s because his records were easily available. One of the first songs I learned was a really beautiful thing of his called Walk Down The Lonesome Road. Then I got to Robert Johnson and Blind Boy Fuller.

Sep 21
1951

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra set off on The Biggest Show of 1951 tour, which will run until until 29 November. (1951)

Sep 21
1951

Slow Poke by Pee Wee King enters the Billboard magazine Country Music chart in the USA where it will peak at No1 during a 31-week run on the chart. (1951)


Sep 21
1952

Edith Piaf performs Jezebel and Padam Padam on the Ed Sullivan Show in the USA. (1952)

Sep 21
1952

Dave Gregory, later to play guitar with XTC is born in Cheriton Nursing Home, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. (1952)

Sep 21
1952

Kenneth Trebbe is born in Topeka, Kansas, USA. He will find success as country singer Kenny Starr, charting thirteen singles and releasing one studio album for MCA Records between 1973 and 1978. (1952)

Sep 21
1953

Patti Page records Changing Partners for Mercury Records in the USA. It will peak at No3 in the Billboard popular Singles Chart in the USA during a 21-week stay. (1953)

Sep 21
1954

At the Pythian Temple Studio in New York City, USA, Bill Haley and His Comets record Dim Dim The Lights and Happy Baby. On the same day, Phil Taylor is born in Chesterfield, UK. He will become the drummer for Motorhead, where he will rejoice in the nickname 'Philthy Animal'. (1954)

Sep 21
1955

Tennessee Ernie Ford records Sixteen Tons at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1955)


Sep 21
1955

Johnnie Ray records Johnnie's Comin' Home for Columbia Records in Hollywood, California, USA. (1955)

Sep 21
1956

Anne Shelton reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Lay Down Your Arms, for the first of four weeks. (1956)

Sep 21
1956

Hound Dog by Elvis Presley enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No2 during a 23-week run. (1956)

Sep 21
1956

Chuck Berry, Shirley And Lee, The G-Clefs and Buddy And Ella Johnson, play the first night of a week at the Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA. (1956)

Sep 21
1956

The Dells, The Eldorados, Otis Rush, The Rip-Chords, The Clouds and The Chickadees, play at the Memorial Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1956)

Sep 21
1956

In the UK, weekly pop paper The New Musical Express [NME] devotes a four-page supplement to the new music called rock'n'roll. (1956)

Sep 21
1956

Ray Charles plays the fifth night of a week at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida, USA. (1956)

Sep 21
1956

Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps play the fifth night of a week at the Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA. (1956)

Sep 21
1956

Dinah Washington plays the first night of a week at The Flame Show Bar, Detroit, Michigan, USA. (1956)

Sep 21
1957

Package tour The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1957, featuring Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Paul Anka, The Spaniels, The Bobbettes, Jimmy Bowen and Buddy Knox plays in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. (1957)

Sep 21
1957

Larry Williams, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, Huey 'Piano' Smith and Bobby Marchan play at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA. (1957)

Sep 21
1958

The Coasters play the third night of a week at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, with The Spaniels, The Danleers, The Olympics, Bobby Hendricks, The Quintones, and Sil Austin's Combo. (1958)

Sep 21
1959

Sleepwalk by Santo and Johnny becomes the last instrumental No1 hit of the 50s in America. (1959)

Sep 21
1959

The Isley Brothers make their Billboard Singles Chart in the USA debut with Shout, which will peak at No47. (1959)

Sep 21
1959

Hank Ballard And The Midnighters play the fourth night in a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA. (1959)