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Jan 31
1950

Charlie Parker and Illinois Jacquet play at The 421 Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

Lu Watters And His Yerba Buena Jazz Band with vocalist Clancy Hayes, play at Hambone Kelly's, El Cerrito, California, USA. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

Andy Stone is born in Oakland, California, USA. After moving to New Orleans, Louisiana, he will find fame as Vince Vance, leader of rock'n'roll/cabaret showband Vince Vance And The Valiants. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

KRCO-AM becomes the second radio station in Central Oregon when it begins broadcasting from its newly constructed studio at 4455 North Madras Highway near the Crooked River. It will become one of the most popular country music stations in the USA. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

Vic Lewis And His Modern Concert Orchestra record Music For Moderns and Pepperpot for Parlophone Records in London, UK. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

Sarah Vaughan plays at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

Joe Loss And His Band play the second night of a week of shows at The Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, UK. (1950)

Jan 31
1950

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

Jan 31
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)

Jan 31
1950

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

Jan 31
1951

Future Genesis drummer, singer/songwriter and multi-platinum solo artist, Phil Collins is born in Chiswick, London, UK. (1951)

Jan 31
1951

Phil Manzanera, guitarist for Roxy Music, is born in London, UK. (1951)

Jan 31
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)

Jan 31
1952

Blues singer, harmonica player, bandleader and recording artist Paul deLay is born in Portland, Oregon, USA. (1952)

Jan 31
1953

Decca reactivates its Brunswick label to release Can't Wait For Tomorrow, the debut single by vocal group The Five Bills. (1953)

Jan 31
1953

Pretend by Nat King Cole on Capitol Records, enters the Billboard magazine Best-Selling Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No3 during a twenty-week stay. The song will provide a hit again when it reaches the UK Top 5 in 1981 for Alvin Stardust. (1953)

Jan 31
1954

Edwin Armstrong, the inventor of FM radio, writes a note to his wife apologizing for what he is about to do, removes the air conditioner from his 13th story New York apartment, and jumps to his death. He was worn down after years of battling with RCA over his invention and, of course, did not live to see its success in the 1960s. (1954)

Jan 31
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)

Jan 31
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)

Jan 31
1957

The EP Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley enters the UK Pop Singles Chart, where it will peak at No18 during a five-week run. (1957)

Jan 31
1958

Country gospel group The Blackwood Brothers Quartet play in Orlando, Florida, USA. (1958)

Jan 31
1959

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper play on the Winter Dance Party tour at The Armory, Duluth, Minnesota. Teenager Bob Zimmerman, later to become Bob Dylan, is in the audience. (1959)

Jan 31
1959

The George Lewis New Orleans Jazz Band, featuring Joe Robichaux, Kid Howard, Alcide 'Slow Drag' Pavageau, Joe Watkins and Jim Robinson, plays at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK. (1959)

Jan 31
1959

As I Love You by Shirley Bassey reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. (1959)