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Aug 31

Liza Mae Alix is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. As May Alix she will become a successful blues-based cabaret vocalist in the 1920s, recording with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Noone and others. (1904)

Aug 31

Pioneering country-blues guitarist Sylvester Weaver records Can't Be Trusted Blues, Dad's Blues, What Makes A Man Blue and Penitentiary Bound Blues for Okeh Records in New York City, USA. (1927)

Aug 31

After having achieved sales of 341 copies, Don't Let Your Deal Go Down by Jess Johnston backed with Doggone Them Blues by Jess Hillard is withdrawn from the catalogue of Gennett Records of Richmond, Indiana, USA. (1931)

Aug 31

George Ivan Morrison is born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later, as Van Morrison, he will find success with r'n'b combo Them, before going on to solo fame. (1945)

Aug 31

Country blues guitarist and singer Son Bonds dies in an accidental shooting incident in Dryersburg, Tennessee, USA, Between the 20s and 40s he had recorded for Decca and Bluebird Records, sometimes under the name Brother Son Bonds or Brownsville Son Bonds. (1947)

Aug 31

Hank Williams records Moanin' The Blues and three other songs, in Castle Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (1950)

Aug 31

Maybellene by Chuck Berry peaks at No5 on the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. (1955)

Aug 31

Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker and The Drifters begin a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington, DC, USA. (1956)

Aug 31

Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and His Comets, Larry Williams, Frankie Avalon, The Kalin Twins, Jimmy Clanton, The Danleers and The Elegants, The Olympics, Bobby Freeman and King Curtis are among the acts appearing in Alan Freed's Big Beat Show at The Fox Theater, Brooklyn, New York City, USA. (1958)

Aug 31

The Isley Brothers release a new single, Shout, on RCA Records in the USA. (1959)

Aug 31

Blues guitarist, singer and recording artist Joanna Connor is born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. (1962)

Aug 31

First generation San Francisco hippy band Big Brother And the Holding Company, including Janis Joplin, play the seventh night in a month of dates at Mother Blues, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1966)

Aug 31

Cream play the ninth of twelve nights at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, USA, supporting The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the Electric Flag. (1967)

Aug 31

Chicago Slim plays at The Kinetic Playground [aka The Electric Theater], 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Nova Express. (1968)

Aug 31

Eric Clapton, Duane Allman and their band Derek And The Dominos continue with recording sessions for the album Derek And The Dominos at Criteria Studio, Miami, Florida, USA. On this day they record Have You Ever Loved A Woman, Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out, and Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? (1970)

Aug 31

Ken Schoppmeyer an acclaimed blues harmonica player who led the King Biscuit Blues band for over ten years, commits suicide in a hotel room in Oceanside, San Diego, Califronia, USA, aged 60. (2010)