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Jan 31
1906

Blues piano master Roosevelt Sykes is born in Elmar, Arkansas, USA. (1906)

Jan 31
1915

Folk musician/archivist Alan Lomax is born in Austin, Texas, USA. In a long and productive life, will Lomax collect and preserve hundreds of folk and blues recordings. (1915)

Jan 31
1926

George Gershwin attends a publication party at the Shipwreck Inn, 107 Claremont Avenue, New York City, USA, for the book Weary Blues by Langston Hughes. During the party, Hughes signs a copy of the book for Gershwin, writing, "For George Gershwin, creator of beauty in blues, this book, Sincerely, Langston Hughes." (1926)

Jan 31
1928

R'n'B star Chuck Willis is born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (1928)

Jan 31
1931

Country music star Jimmie Rodgers records T.B. Blues in San Antonio, Texas, USA. (1931)

Jan 31
1934

Bertha Lee and Delta blues guitarist Charley Patton record Mind Reader Blues and Yellow Bee for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA. (1934)


Jan 31
1944

Blues harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite is born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA. (1944)

Jan 31
1952

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

Jan 31
1962

The George Russell Septet records Blues In Orbit and other tracks for Riverside Records in Plaza Sound Studios, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA. (1962)

Jan 31
1970

Blues harmonica maestro Slim Harpo dies following a heart attack at the age of 46 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. (1970)

Jan 31
1976

Blues and R'n'B singer and harmonica player Buster Brown, best known for his hit single, Fannie Mae, dies aged 64 in New York City, USA. (1976)


Jan 31
1985

Drummer and bandleader Jump Jackson dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Jackson led his own band in Chicago during the 1940s, and often drummed on blues recordings for Aristocrat Records. (1985)

Jan 31
1988

Eric Clapton plays at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. (1988)

Jan 31
1997

B.B. King plays at The Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (1997)

Jan 31
2013

The Heritage Blues Orchestra plays at The Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow, Scotland. (2013)

Jan 31
2013

Taj Mahal plays at The Rose Theatre, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, USA. (2013)