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Apr 17
1950

Tony Bennett has his first recording session for Columbia Records in New York City, USA. At the session he records Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Let's Make Love and I Wanna Be Loved. (1950)

Apr 17
1950

The Crane River Jazz Band records After Dark, in London, UK. The band features noted UK jazz cornettist Ken Colyer. (1950)

Apr 17
1950

Popular vocalist Mindy Carson plays at The Flame Room in the Radisson Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. (1950)

Apr 17
1950

Juan Jinojosa is born in Monterrey, Nueva Leon, Mexico. As a founder member of Los Fabulosos Cuatro, he will become a pioneer of Tejano music. (1950)

Apr 17
1950

Tune Towne Tunes register copyright on the song Happy Pay Off Day in the USA. The song will later be adapted by singer Jack Holmes and given a new name, The Blacksmith Blues. When Mildred Becker Schultz hears this song being played on television, she believes it has been plagiarised from her 1941 composition Good Old Army, and will sue Tune Towne Tunes. (1950)

Apr 17
1950

The New York Times reveals that Gertrude Lawrence has accepted the leading role in Rodgers and Hammerstein's stage musical The King And I, based on Anna And The King of Siam. (1950)

Apr 17
1950

Singing cowboy Gene Autry sets up a new company, Flying A Pictures, which will create five new tv series - The Gene Autry Show, The Range Rider, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill Jr and The Adventures Of Champion - during the early to middle part of the 1950s. (1950)

Apr 17
1950

Four-year-old Priscilla Ann Wagner is formally adopted by Paul Beaulieu. Priscilla will grow up to be wife of Elvis Presley. (1950)

Apr 17
1950

Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter Jean-Jacques Milteau is born in Paris, France, Europe. (1950)

Apr 17
1950

Frank Sinatra continues with his season at The Copacabana, New York City, USA. (1950)

Apr 17
1950

Morton Downey plays at the Wedgewood Room of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA. (1950)

Apr 17
1954

Takamizawa Toshihiko, singer and guitarist of popular Japanese musical group The Alfee, is born. (1954)

Apr 17
1954

Musician, producer and songwriter Michael Sembello is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (1954)

Apr 17
1954

Secret Love by Doris Day replaces I See The Moon by The Stargazers at No1 on the UK popular singles chart. (1954)

Apr 17
1954

Wanted by Perry Como spends its second week at No1 in the Cashbox Magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA. (1954)

Apr 17
1954

Papa George Lightfoot records Wine, Women, Whiskey, When The Saints Go Marching In, Jump The Boogie and Mean Ol' Train in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, for Imperial Records. (1954)

Apr 17
1954

Dreaming Of The Ladies In The Moon by The Jubilaires on Crown Records is reviewed by Billboard magazine with the words, "The boys here come thru with a strong reading here on a bright ballad with an evocative flavor". (1954)

Apr 17
1954

John Butler singer/songwriter of Leicester, UK-based band Diesel Park West, is born. (1954)

Apr 17
1954

Guy Mitchell plays the first of eight nights at The Vogue Terrace, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. (1954)

Apr 17
1955

Ain't That A Shame by Fats Domino is released by Imperial Records in the USA. (1955)


Apr 17
1956

Ronald, Rudolph and O'Kelly Isley - The Isley Brothers - board a bus from their home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, headed for New York City where they plan to start a big-time career in music. (1956)

Apr 17
1957

Cab Calloway, supported by The Orioles, begins a lengthy season at the Royal Nevada Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (1957)

Apr 17
1957

Johnnie Ray plays the third night of two-weeks at the Palladium, London, UK. (1957)