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Feb 01
1950

Caldonia, Prince Kalani Dancers and Doc Wiley's Band play at The Ritz Theatre, Akron, Ohio, USA. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

Richard Williams, guitarist with Kansas, is born in Topeka, Kansas, USA. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

Joe Loss And His Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier, Portsmouth, UK. On the same day, Loss and his band play the third night of a week of shows at The Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

Michael Wayne Campbell is born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. He will find success as Mike Campbell, guitarist with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

Mary Ann McCall records I Cried For You, The Sky Is Crying, [What Can I Say] After I've Said I'm Sorry and Until The Real Thing Comes Along in the USA. Her band includes Gerry Mulligan on saxophone. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

Luk Bral is born in Drongen, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium. He will enjoy some success as a singer and recording artist. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

The Ray Ellington Quartet records Progress and Stompin' At The Savoy for Decca Records in London, UK. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

Thore Erling's Orchestra records The Huckle Buck, Swanee River, The Cuban Flop and other tracks in Stockholm, Sweden. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

Gene Krupa And His Orchestra play the thirteenth night of two weeks at Bop City, New York City, USA. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

Vocalist Rosemary Calvin and The Johnny Bond Orchestra continue with their four-week residency at The Flamingo Supper Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the third night of two weeks at The Cave, Vancouver, Washington, USA. (1950)

Feb 01
1950

Charlie Spivak And His Band play a one-nighter at The Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA. (1950)

Feb 01
1951

Guys and Dolls [A Musical Fable of Broadway] with music by Frank Loesser is playing at The 46th Street Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 1200 performances. (1951)

Feb 01
1951

Blues slide guitar player and recording artist Sonny Landreth is born in Canton, Mississippi, USA. (1951)

Feb 01
1953

In the first hours of the day, a flood swamps Canvey Island, Essex, UK, causing the deaths of 59 residents. The story is told in the 2008 song Canvey Island by British Sea Power. (1953)


Feb 01
1954

Johnny Guitar Watson records Space Guitar, a track which pioneers guitar feedback and reverb, for Federal Records. (1954)

Feb 01
1954

The stage show John Murray Anderson's Almanac - A Musical Harlequinade, starring Harry Belafonte, with songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, plays at The Imperial Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 229 performances. (1954)

Feb 01
1955

Ulysses Hicks of The Five Keys suffers a heart attack and dies immediately after tonight's performance as part of The Top 10 R'n'B Show, with The Clovers, Faye Adams, The Charms, Joe Turner, The Moonglows, Lowell Fulson, The Paul Williams Orchestra, The Bill Doggett Trio, and The Spence Twins, at The Court Theater, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. (1955)

Feb 01
1955

Doo-wop combo The Penguins have their first recording session for their new label, Mercury Records. They re-record four songs, Earth Angel, Ookey Ook, Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild and Hey Senorita, previously recorded for Dootone Records. (1955)


Feb 01
1955

A new $5m facility, The Veterans Memorial Auditorium, opens in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The first event held is the city's annual Policeman's Ball, attended by 7,000 people. In years to come, the Auditorium will become a major rock venue, notorious as the venue in which Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a dead bat. (1955)

Feb 01
1955

Musical comedy The Boy Friend, with songs by Sandy Wilson, plays at The Royale Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 485 performances. The show stars Julie Andrews, and also features English singer Millicent Martin. (1955)

Feb 01
1956

Ray Humphreys And His Orchestra with "Singing Star" Mavis Jones play at Holyoake Hall, Liverpool, UK. (1956)

Feb 01
1958

The Story Of My Life, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. This position is achieved by amalgamating the sales of two versions of the song, one by Michael Holliday and one by Dave King. (1958)

Feb 01
1959

Billy Riley releases a new single, No Name Girl/Down By The Riverside, on Sun Records in the USA. (1959)

Feb 01
1959

Julie Andrews, Rex Harrison and the rest of the cast re-record the score of the stage musical My Fair Lady in stereo for the original London cast album, to be released by Columbia Records. (1959)

Feb 01
1959

The Winter Dance Party tour bus breaks down on the way to Appleton, Wisconsin, USA, so the show by Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Dion and Ritchie Valens is cancelled. (1959)

Feb 01
1959

Jazz pianist Horace Silver's Quintet records the album Finger Poppin? for Blue Note Records in Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. (1959)

Feb 01
1959

Alto sax virtuoso John Coltrane buys himself a soprano saxophone, which he will begin using on recordings in May of this year. (1959)

Feb 01
1959

The Jazz All-Stars, including Woody Herman and Gerry Mulligan, perform Indiana on tv's Steve Allen Show in the USA. (1959)