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Oct 21
1922

Fats Waller records Birmingham Blues in New York City, USA, for Okeh Records. (1922)

Oct 21
1931

Pioneering blues singer, guitarist and recording artist Barbecue Bob dies aged 29, in Lithonia, Georgia, USA, of a combination of tuberculosis and pneumonia brought on by influenza. (1931)

Oct 21
1931

Blind Willie McTell records Painful Blues for Columbia Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (1931)

Oct 21
1931

Mississippi Sarah and Daddy Stovepipe record Jail Cell Blues, I Don't Want You No More, Jake Leg Blues and Home Brew Blues for Vocalion Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1931)

Oct 21
1937

Blues vocalist and guitarist Big Bill Broonzy records Good Boy in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1937)

Oct 21
1938

Blues vocalist Georgia White records Daddy Let Me Lay It On You with Richard M. Jones on piano, Ikey Robinson on guitar and John Lindsay on bass for Decca Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1938)

Oct 21
1940

Proto-rhythm and blues group The Black Cats And The Kitten record Step It Up And Go for OKeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1940)

Oct 21
1940

Michael Leibowitz is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He will find success as keyboardist and leader of the mid-60s British r'n'b band Manfred Mann. (1940)

Oct 21
1941

Steve Cropper, future guitarist for Booker T and the MGs, is born in Willow Springs, Missouri, USA. (1941)

Oct 21
1942

Elvin Bishop, guitarist with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band before establishing himself as a solo performer, is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. (1942)

Oct 21
1956

B.B. King plays at the Blue Eagle Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (1956)

Oct 21
1957

The Five Satins sing To The Aisle on US tv show Dick Clark's American Bandstand. (1957)

Oct 21
1958

At Chess Studio, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Chuck Berry records Little Queenie and That's My Desire. (1958)

Oct 21
1960

Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane is in Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City, recording Village Blues, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes and My Favourite Things. On the same day, The Miracles release a new single, Shop Around, on Tamla Records in the USA. (1960)

Oct 21
1961

John Lee Hooker plays the second of three nights at Hines Farm Blues Club, Swanton, Ohio, USA. (1961)

Oct 21
1961

Ray Charles plays the second of three nights at the Palais des Sports, Paris, France. (1961)

Oct 21
1962

Delta blues pioneer J.D.Short dies of a heart attack in St Louis, Missouri, USA. (1962)

Oct 21
1962

A Blues and Folk Festival sponsored by UK pop paper Melody Maker opens at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, UK, featuring Helen Humes, Jump Jackson, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Shakey Jake Harris, Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee, T-bone Walker, and John Lee Hooker.(1962)

Oct 21
1962

Brook Benton, Mary Wells, The Vibrations and The Impressions play the third night of a week at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1962)

Oct 21
1962

R'n'b vocal group The Flamingos play the seventh of thirteen nights at the Peppermint Lounge West, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. (1962)

Oct 21
1962

Little Richard, Sam Cooke and Gene Vincent play at the Granada, Walthamstow, UK. (1962)

Oct 21
1967

Mike Bloomefield's Electric Flag play the second of three nights at The Cheetah, Santa Monica, California, USA, supported by Clearlight. (1967)

Oct 21
1967

Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and Mitch Ryder play the second of two nights in the Kent State University Memorial Gym, Ohio, USA. (1967)

Oct 21
1967

Canned Heat and The Allmen Joy play the second of two nights at The Denver Dog, Denver, Colorado, USA. (1967)