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Oct 31

Blues guitarist and singer Otto Virgial records Little Girl In Rome, Bad Notion Blues, Got The Blues About Rome and Seven Year Itch for Bluebird Records, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1935)

Oct 31

Ali Ibrahim Toure is born in Timbuktu, Mali, Africa. He will find fame as singer and guitarist Ali Farka Toure, one of the African continent?s most internationally renowned musicians. (1939)

Oct 31

Russell Glyn Ballard is born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, UK. He will find success as guitarist, pianist, songwriter, producer and performer Russ Ballard. His hit compositions will include God Gave Rock'n'Roll To You for Argent, I Don't Believe In Miracles for Colin Blunstone, New York Groove for Hello and Since You Been Gone for Rainbow. (1945)

Oct 31

Blues slide guitarist Tampa Red records Roaming And Rambling, Sugar Baby, Keep Jumping and I'll Dig You Sooner or Later, for RCA Victor Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1947)

Oct 31

Elvis Presley attends a fancy dress ball in Hollywood, California, USA, where he is confronted by Nat 'King' Cole dressed as Elvis, carrying a guitar and wearing long sideburns. (1957)

Oct 31

Perfidia by guitar instrumental band The Ventures enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No15. (1960)

Oct 31

James Marshall Hendrix [later to become Jimi Hendrix] drops out of Garfield High School, Seattle, Washington, USA. (1960)

Oct 31

Brian Jones, guitarist of The Rolling Stones, is sentenced to nine months in jail on drugs charges, but is released on bail pending an appeal. Fans of the band stage a two-hour protest in King's Road, Chelsea, London, UK, during which several are arrested, including Chris Jagger, brother of the Stones' vocalist Mick Jagger. (1967)

Oct 31

Malcome Hale, guitarist/singer with Spanky and Our Gang, dies from carbon monoxide poisoning, caused by fumes from a faulty heater. (1968)

Oct 31

During a bizarre plagiarism trial in Los Angeles, California, John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, demonstrates with his guitar that he has not copied one of his own songs, whose copyright is owned by his former record company boss, Saul Zaentz. (1988)

Oct 31

Leslie West, guitarist of Mountain, and Corky Laing, drummer of Mountain, are interviewed at The House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, for the Living Legends Music series. (2008)

Oct 31

When Pete Townshend, songwriter and guitarist of The Who, delivers the BBC John Peel lecture at the Lowry Theatre, Salford, UK, he urges iTunes to offer, among other things, A+R guidance, financial support, publishing, marketing and distribution to unsigned musicians. (2011).