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Aug 31
1950

Hank Williams records Moanin? The Blues and three other songs, in Castle Studio, Nashville, Tennessee. (1950)

Aug 31
1951

Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson plays the eighth night of two weeks at The Blue Note, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1951)

Aug 31
1951

Five-year-old Neil Young is woken from sleep by pain in his shoulder and a high fever. He is rushed to hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and it becomes clear that he has contracted polio. (1951)

Aug 31
1951

Tito Burns And His Sextet play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK. (1951)

Aug 31
1952

Rudolph Schenker of German heavy metal band The Scorpions is born in Hanover, West Germany. (1952)

Aug 31
1952

Billy Eckstein and Buddy Rich play the third night of a week at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA. (1952)

Aug 31
1955

Maybellene by Chuck Berry peaks at No5 on the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart. On the same day, I Hear You Knockin' by Smiley Lewis enters the Billboard R'n'B singles chart. Meanwhile, over in London, rock'n'roll fan Sidney Turner is fined ?3 10s for 'creating an abominable noise' by blasting out Bill Haley's Shake Rattle And Roll, much to the annoyance of his neighbours, for two and a half hours during an otherwise quiet afternoon.(1955)

Aug 31
1955

I Hear You Knockin' by Smiley Lewis enters the Billboard R'n'B singles chart in the USA. (1955)

Aug 31
1955

Seven year old Barry Gordon records novelty song Nuttin' For Christmas for MGM Records in New York City, USA. (1955)

Aug 31
1955

Sidney Turner of London, UK, is fined ?3 10s for 'creating an abominable noise' by blasting out Bill Haley's version of the Big Joe Turner song Shake Rattle And Roll, much to the annoyance of his neighbours, for two and a half hours during an otherwise quiet afternoon. (1955)

Aug 31
1955

Deejay Bob Neal records an interview with Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. (1955)

Aug 31
1955

Anthony Thistlethwaite is born in Leicester, UK. He will find success first as a multi-instrumentalist with The Waterboys and The Saw Doctors before going on to a career as a solo artist. (1955)

Aug 31
1955

Maybellene by Chuck Berry peaks at No5 on the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. (1955)

Aug 31
1956

Ella Fitzgerald completes recording sessions for her Verve Records album Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers And Hart Songbook, in Studio A at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California, USA, with producer Norman Granz. (1956)

Aug 31
1956

Fats Domino, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, The Harptones, Joe Turner, The Cleftones and The Penguins play the third of nine days as part of Alan Freed's Second Anniversary Rock And Roll Show at The Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA. (1956)

Aug 31
1956

Ruth Brown plays the fifth night in a week of shows at The Palms Club, Hallendale, Florida USA. (1956)

Aug 31
1957

Love Letters In The Sand by Pat Boone reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. (1957)
Aug 31
1957

Tammy by Debbie Reynolds enters the Popular Singles Chart in the UK at No23. It will peak at No2 during a seventeen-week stay on the chart. (1957)

Aug 31
1959

The Isley Brothers release a new single, Shout, on RCA Records in the USA. (1959)