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Oct 31
1951

Singing duo The Bell Sisters sing Bermuda on The Peter Potter Show on tv in Los Angeles, California, USA. The song will be bought by Goday Music the next day, which will lead to a recording deal with RCA Records. (1951)

Oct 31
1951

Billie Holiday makes a live radio broadcast, from The Storyville Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (1951)

Oct 31
1952

Hank Williams is admitted to hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, suffering acute alcohol intoxication. On the same day, Bernard Edwards, bassist with Chic, is born in Greensville, North Carolina. (1952)

Oct 31
1953

Money Honey becomes the first of seven Billboard Top Ten R'n'B chart hits in the USA for Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters. (1953)


Oct 31
1953

Leon Chappel releases a new single, Don't Dog Me Round on Capitol Records in the USA. (1953)

Oct 31
1953

Entering at No34 The Typewriter by Leroy Anderson And The Pops Concert Orchestra is the highest new entry in the Cashbox magazine chart of the Best-Selling Singles in the USA. (1953)

Oct 31
1953

Poppa Piccolino by Diana Decker reaches No1 in Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. (1953)

Oct 31
1953

Answer Me by Frankie Laine enters the popular singles chart in the UK at No3. It will peak at No1 during a seventeen week run on the chart. (1953)

Oct 31
1954

The Five Echoes record Evil Woman, Soldier Boy and other tracks at Universal Recording, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1954)

Oct 31
1955

Little Richard releases a new single, Tutti Frutti, in the USA on Specialty Records. (1955)

Oct 31
1955

Little Willie John, Champion Jack Dupree, Little George Smith and Otis Williams play the fourth night of a week at Apollo Theater, Harlem">The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA. (1955)

Oct 31
1956

Mary McCartney, mother of The Beatles' Paul McCartney, dies of cancer at the Northern Hospital, Liverpool, UK. (1956)

Oct 31
1956

Mary McCartney, mother of The Beatles? Paul McCartney, dies of cancer at the Northern Hospital, Liverpool, UK. Paul will pay tribute to her in the song Let It Be with the words, "When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom". (1956)

Oct 31
1956

Duke Ellington's Orchestra and Billie Holiday appear outside the Hotel Theresa, Harlem, New York City, USA, at a US Presidential rally for the Eisenhower/Nixon Campaign. (1956)

Oct 31
1956

As part of Operation Deep Freeze II, the first aircraft to land on the South Pole is a US Navy C-47 Skytrain, which has been given the name Que Sera Sera, after the popular Doris Day song of that title. (1956)

Oct 31
1957

Chuck Berry is the headline act when the Biggest Show Of Stars For ?57 package tour plays in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Other acts on the bill include Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, The Drifters, Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker, Frankie Lymon and Buddy Knox. (1957)

Oct 31
1957

Elvis Presley attends a fancy dress ball in Hollywood, California, USA, where he is confronted by Nat ?King? Cole dressed as Elvis, carrying a guitar and wearing long sideburns. (1957)

Oct 31
1957

The Shepherd Sisters, best-remembered for their 1957 US Top 20 hit Alone [Why Must I Be Alone], play the fourth night of a week at The Copa Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. (1957)

Oct 31
1957

The Five Satins, The Moonglows and The 5 Keys come to the end of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA. (1957)

Oct 31
1957

Having recently begun a one-month long tour of South America, Bill Haley and His Comets are in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (1957)

Oct 31
1957

Robert Ellsworth Pollard Jr. (Bob Pollard) of Guided By Voices, is born in Dayton, Ohio, USA. (1957)

Oct 31
1958

Larry Williams plays the third night in a week of headline dates at The Apollo, Harlem, New York City, USA. (1958)

Oct 31
1958

Tommy Sands, Connie Francis and The Diamonds play the first of three nights in the Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, Hawaii. (1958)

Oct 31
1959

In Liverpool, UK, skiffle group The Quarrymen audition for the Carroll Levis Search For A Star tv show, and change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs. After a couple of further name changes, they will become The Beatles. (1959)

Oct 31
1959

The first Dick Clark Caravan Of Stars package tour comes to an end in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with acts including Paul Anka, The Drifters, Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Annette, The Coasters, The Skyliners and Bobby Rydell. (1959)

Oct 31
1959

Carl Perkins plays the second of two nights in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. (1959)

Oct 31
1959

Mack The Knife reaches No1 in the Sheet Music Sales Chart in the UK. The position is achieved by amalgamating sales of versions by Bobby Darin and Louis Armstrong. (1959)