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Jul 31
1907

Jump blues singer Roy Milton is born on a Chickasaw Indian reservation in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, USA. (1907)

Jul 31
1929

Dan Russo and the Oriole Orchestra record I'm The Medicine Man For The Blues and Because You Said 'I Love You', for Brunswick Records at the Merchandise Mart studio, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1929)

Jul 31
1942

The American Musicians Union goes on strike, an action which cripples the manufacture of records for over a year. (1942)

Jul 31
1942

Pioneering electric blues guitarist T-Bone Walker records I Got A Break Baby for Capitol Records in Hollywood, California, USA. (1942)

Jul 31
1954

Sh-Boom by The Crew-Cuts reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, and stays there for seven weeks. The song is a cover of an original version by black r'n'b group The Chords. (1954)

Jul 31
1954

The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters, play the tenth night of two weeks at The Trocadero, Hollywood, California, USA. (1954)

Jul 31
1955

Bill Doggett plays at Springbrook Gardens, Lima, Ohio, USA. (1955)

Jul 31
1956

Radio DJ Hunter Hancock, Specialty Records boss Art Rupe, bandleader Johnny Otis and promoter Hal Zeiger form a committee in Los Angeles, California, USA, to counter the increase in unfavourable media attacks on r'n'b music. On the same day, jukebox operators in Asbury Park, New Jersey, ban rock?n?roll records from their machines. (1956)

Jul 31
1957

The Coasters, The Five Satins and Gene And Eunice play in Denver, Colorado, USA. (1957)

Jul 31
1958

Bill Doggett plays at The Flame Lounge, Detroit, Michigan, USA. (1958)

Jul 31
1960

Ray Charles plays the fifth night in a week of shows at The Cloisters Hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1960)