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Oct 31
1896

Blues-gospel singer Ethel Waters (also a noted actress) is born in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. She is the daughter of a thriteen-year-old girl who had been raped. (1896)

Oct 31
1902

Julia Lee, the vocalist and pianist who will lead her group Julia Lee And Her Boyfriends through several major Billboard r'n'b chart hits in the 40s, is born in Boonville, Missouri, USA. (1902)

Oct 31
1927

Victoria Spivey records Blood Thirsty Blues for OKeh Records in New York City, USA. (1927)

Oct 31
1930

Lonnie Johnson and Clara Smith record You Had Too Much for OKeh Records in New York City, USA. (1930)

Oct 31
1931

Blind Willie McTell records Low Rider's Blues, Georgia Rag and Low Down Blues, for OKeh Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (1931)

Oct 31
1935

Blues guitarist and singer Otto Virgial records Little Girl In Rome, Bad Notion Blues, Got The Blues About Rome and Seven Year Itch for Bluebird Records, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1935)

Oct 31
1938

Sister Rosetta Tharpe records Rock Me and That's All, for Decca Records in New York City, USA. (1938)

Oct 31
1939

Blues vocalist Ida Cox and her All Star Band record Death Letter Blues, Pink Slip Blues, Four Day Creep and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Vocalion Records.(1939)

Oct 31
1947

Blues slide guitarist Tampa Red records Roaming And Rambling, Sugar Baby, Keep Jumping and I'll Dig You Sooner or Later, for RCA Victor Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1947)

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 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
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
1969

Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play at the Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. (1969)