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Apr 18
1906

Eurreal Wilford Montgomery is born in Kentwood, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as jazz and blues pianist and vocalist Little Brother Montgomery. (1906)

Apr 18
1924

Blues guitarist and fiddler Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown is born in Vinton, Louisiana, USA. (1924)

Apr 18
1927

Country-blues harmonica star DeFord Bailey records Pan American Blues for Victor Records in New York City, USA. (1927)

Apr 18
1929

Al Steele and his Orchestra record Singing The Blues as a test for Brunswick Records in New York City, USA. (1929)

Apr 18
1942

Mike Vickers, sax and guitar player for Manfred Mann, is born in Southampton, UK. (1942)

Apr 18
1946

R'n'b guitarist Saunders King And His Orchestra play at The Swing Club, Third Street, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1946)

Apr 18
1946

Big Joe Turner is playing at The Dew Drop Inn, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (1946)

Apr 18
1950

Kenny Craddock is born in Gateshead, UK. He will become a top-rated UK r'n'b and jazz organist, working with Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker's Airforce, Gerry Rafferty, Billy Bragg and many others. (1950)

Apr 18
1953

Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton reaches No1 in the Billboard US R'n'B singles chart with Hound Dog, written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. A cover version by Elvis Presley will enjoy massive success on the pop singles chart. (1953)


Apr 18
1961

John Lee Hooker is playing two weeks of shows at Gerde's Folk City, New York City, USA, supported by up-and-coming folkie Bob Dylan. (1961)

Apr 18
1962

Mississippi Fred McDowell is recorded performing various songs at his home in Como, Mississippi, USA. (1962)

Apr 18
1974

Revered mandolin-playing bluesman Johnny Young aka 'Man' Young, dies of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1974)

Apr 18
1987

Eric Clapton plays at St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. (1987)

Apr 18
2007

The Jimmy Burns band plays at Kingston Mines, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (2007)

Apr 18
2013

Award-winning blues band King King play at The Beavorwood Club, Chislehurst, UK. (2013)