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Oct 21
1950

Johnny Clay And His New Stylists [advertised as BBC Broadcasters] with vocalist Eric Shortland, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK. (1950)

Oct 21
1951

Slow Poke by Pee Wee King enters the Billboard magazine Best Sellers chart in the USA where it will peak at No3 during a 22-week run on the chart. (1951)


Oct 21
1952

Brent Mydland, pianist for The Grateful Dead, is born in Munich, Germany. (1952)

Oct 21
1953

T-Bone Walker records Vida Lee, Doin' Time and other tracks in Detroit, Michigan, for Imperial Records. (1953)

Oct 21
1953

Doo-wop/r'n'b combo The 5 Blue Notes record Ooh Baby, My Gal Is Gone, You Gotta Go Baby, and The Beat Of Our Hearts at Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1953)

Oct 21
1955

Police have to be called in to protect Johnnie Ray from over-enthusiastic fans when he plays a show at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK. (1955)

Oct 21
1956

B.B. King plays at the Blue Eagle Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (1956)

Oct 21
1957

James Brown records That Dood It and Begging Begging at King Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. (1957)

Oct 21
1957

Julian Cope is born in Deri, Glamorgan, Wales, UK. He will find fame as leader of Liverpool band The Teardrop Explodes, before going on to a long and varied solo career as a songwriter, performer, producer, recording artist and author. (1957)

Oct 21
1957

Jailhouse Rock/Treat Me Nice by Elvis Presley reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. (1957)

Oct 21
1957

Country singer Buck Owens releases a new single, Come Back, on Capitol Records in the USA. (1957)

Oct 21
1957

The Five Satins sing To The Aisle on US tv show Dick Clark's American Bandstand. (1957)

Oct 21
1957

Julian Cope is born in Deri, Glamorgan, Wales. As well as leading The Teardrop Explodes, he will enjoy a long solo career as a beloved UK cult act. (1957)

Oct 21
1957

Around The World by Bing Crosby enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA at No25, but will rise no higher. (1957)

Oct 21
1958

Buddy Holly's final recording session is held at the Pythian Temple Studio in New York City, USA, where he records It Doesn't Matter Any More, Moon Dreams, Raining In My Heart and True Love Ways. (1958)

Oct 21
1958

At Chess Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Chuck Berry records Little Queenie and That's My Desire. (1958)

Oct 21
1959

Piano virtuoso Thelonious Monk spends the first of two days recording tracks in San Francisco, California, USA, for Riverside Records, which will result in the album Alone In San Francisco. (1959)

Oct 21
1959

The first Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars package tour plays in Houston, Texas, with acts including Paul Anka, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, Lavern Baker, Annette, The Coasters, The Skyliners and Bobby Rydell. (1959)