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Apr 23
1950

Guy Lombardo And His Orchestra play the third night in a week at The Vogue Terrace, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA. (1950)

Apr 23
1950

The Zoot Sims Quintet record All The Things You Are, You Go To My Head and Tickle Toe [The Scene Is Clean] for Gazell Records in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. (1950)

Apr 23
1950

Singer and songwriter John Miles is born in Jarrow, Tyne And Wear, UK. He is best known for his 1976 Top 3 UK hit single, Music [Was my First Love]. (1950)

Apr 23
1950

Vic Lewis And His Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier, Portsmouth, UK. (1950)

Apr 23
1950

Singing group The DeMarco Sisters are the musical guests on The Ed Sullivan Show, filmed in New York City, USA. (1950)

Apr 23
1950

Jazz pianist and recording artist Curtis Clark is born in Chicago, Ilinois, USA. (1950)

Apr 23
1950

Comedy country music duo Homer And Jethro play at The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (1950)

Apr 23
1950

Hot Lips Page plays the fourth night of two weeks at Birdland, New York City, USA. (1950)

Apr 23
1950

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

Apr 23
1950

Russ Morgan And His Orchestra play at The Capitol Theater, New York City, USA. (1950)

Apr 23
1950

Eddie Duchin And His Orchestra play the forty-sixth night of a season at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA, that will run until May 10th. (1950)

Apr 23
1950

According to FBI records, folk singer Woody Guthrie attends a meeting of The Abraham Lincoln Brigade at North Lucile Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA. The Brigade is described as a 'sabotage group' and considered to be a pro-Communist organisation. (1950)

Apr 23
1951

Charles G. Dawes, the only US Vice president ever to write a popular music hit, dies in Evanston, Virginia, USA. In 1911 Dawes wrote a wordless tune, Melody In A Major, which became a popular music standard when words were added to it by Carl Sigman who re-named it It's All In the Game. The song was a major hit for Tommy Edwards in 1958, and has also been covered by The Four Tops, Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, Nat "King" Cole, Brook Benton, Elton John and Jason Donovan. (1951)

Apr 23
1951

Leo Fender applies for a US patent for his "new, original and ornamental design for a guitar", which is essentially his electric Spanish guitar model The Telecaster. (1951)

Apr 23
1952

Hank Williams makes a live appearance on the Kate Smith TV show in the USA. (1952)

Apr 23
1954

Gee by The Crows debuts on the Billboard Top Twenty Singles Chart in the USA, making them one of the first black vocal groups to cross over to mainstream pop success. (1954)

Apr 23
1954

Louis Jordan and The Robins play at The Trocadero, Los Angeles, California, USA, for the fifth of ten nights. (1954)

Apr 23
1954

Fred Kaplan is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find success as a blues and pop pianist, most memorably with The Hollywood Fats Band. (1954)

Apr 23
1955

Ray Charles records the Atlantic Records single, This Little Girl Of Mine, at WMAQ Radio, Miami, Florida. (1955)

Apr 23
1955

Stranger In Paradise reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. The position is achieved by amalgamating sales of versions of the song by Tony Bennett, Tony Martin and The Four Aces. (1955)

Apr 23
1955

Stranger In Paradise by Tony Martin enters the UK popular singles chart at No11. It will peak at No6 during a run of thirteen weeks on the chart. (1955)

Apr 23
1955

Stranger In Paradise by Don Cornell enters the UK popular singles chart at No20. It will peak at No19 during a run of just two weeks on the chart. (1955)

Apr 23
1955

Unchained Melody by Roy Hamilton enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No6 during a sixteen-week run on the chart. (1955)

Apr 23
1956

Saxophone star Earl Bostic records Harlem Nocturne in Los Angeles, California, USA. (1956)

Apr 23
1956

Ian Walter Nelson is born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK. He will find success as saxophonist Ian Nelson of 70s prog-rock band Be Bop Deluxe. (1956)

Apr 23
1956

On the first night of a week-long engagement at the New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Elvis Presley drops into the lounge to watch Freddie Bell and The Bell Boys. He hears them sing their version of Big Mama Thornton's humorous song Hound Dog, and decides to include it in his own act. (1956)

Apr 23
1957

A Sun Records package tour featuring Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash plays in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. (1957)

Apr 23
1957

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

Apr 23
1959

Cliff Richard And The Drifters plus The Kingpins, Neville Taylor, The Wiseguys, Tony Marsh and Jackie Day play at The Ritz, Wigan, UK. (1959)