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Dec 18
1897

Fletcher Henderson is born in Cuthbert, Georgia. He will go on to become a revered bandleader, pianist, composer and arranger. (1897)

Dec 18
1897

Fletcher Henderson is born in Cuthbert, Georgia, USA. He will go on to become a revered jazz bandleader, pianist, composer and arranger. (1897)

Dec 18
1917

Edward Vinson is born in Houston, Texas. He will find success as bald-headed saxophonist/bandleader Eddie Cleanhead Vinson. (1917)

Dec 18
1917

Edward Vinson is born in Houston, Texas, USA. He will find success as bald-headed saxophonist/bandleader Eddie Cleanhead Vinson. (1917)

Dec 18
1928

The Davis Theatre opens in Croydon, UK. In its thirty year history, it will stage concerts by Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Krupa, Buddy Holly and many others. (1928)

Dec 18
1929

Nicholas Stabulas is born in New York City, USA. He will will find success as jazz drummer Nick Staboulos, working with Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Carmen McRae, Mose Allison and more. (1929)

Dec 18
1929

The musical romantic adventure film Hot for Paris, starring Victor McLaglen and Fifi D'Orsay, is screened by the New York State Censors who demand several cuts before passing it for general viewing. (1929)

Dec 18
1929

Fats Waller And His Buddies record Lookin' for Another Sweetie, Ridin' But Walkin', Won't You Get Off It, Please? and When I'm Alone, in New York City for Victor Records. (1929)

Dec 18
1931

Bennie Moten and His Orchestra play the last night of a week of shows at the Lafayette Theatre, Harlem, New York City. (1931)

Dec 18
1931

Popular vocalist Al Bowlly marries Freda Roberts in London, UK. They will divorce two-weeks later. (1931)

Dec 18
1931

Bennie Moten And His Orchestra play the last night of a week of shows at The Lafayette Theatre, New York City, USA. (1931)

Dec 18
1933

Billie Holiday has a recording session, with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, for Columbia Records at 55 Fifth Avenue, New York City. (1933)

Dec 18
1933

Cab Calloway records another version of his major hit, Minnie The Moocher, in New York City. (1933)

Dec 18
1933

Billie Holiday has a recording session, with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, for Columbia Records at 55 Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA. (1933)

Dec 18
1933

Cab Calloway records another version of Minnie The Moocher in New York City, USA. (1933)


Dec 18
1934

Al Bowlly marries long time girlfriend Margaret 'Marjie' Fairless in New Jersey, USA. (1934)

Dec 18
1936

Eric Wild And His Tea-timers and Frances Day are featured in today's live BBC-tv music broadcasts from Alexandra Palace, London, UK. (1936)

Dec 18
1936

Jack Winston And His Orchestra continue with a three-week residency in The Cooper Club, Henderson, Texas, USA. (1936)

Dec 18
1937

The film Every Day's A Holiday, featuring jazz trumpet star Louis Armstrong as himself, opens in cinemas in the USA. (1937)

Dec 18
1937

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play on the CBS network's Camel Caravan radio show in The Manhattan Room, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, USA. (1937)


Dec 18
1939

Jelly Roll Morton records Michigan Water Blues for General Records in New York City, USA. (1939)

Dec 18
1939

Jelly Roll Morton records Michigan Water Blues for General Records in New York City, USA. (1939)

Dec 18
1943

Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band appears on the CBS radio show I Sustain The Wings in New York City, USA. (1943)

Dec 18
1944

Count Basie And His Orchestra begin an eight-week season at the Lincoln Hotel, New York City, USA. (1944)

Dec 18
1946

The Nat King Cole records You're The Cream In My Coffee and other tracks, for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. (1946)

Dec 18
1948

Jazz and blues saxophonist and Aristocrat Records recording artist Sax Mallard posts an indefinite contract, on the Local 208 musicians' union list, with George's Cocktail Lounge in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1948)

Dec 18
1948

Larry Clinton And His Orchestra play at The Avalon, New York City, USA. (1948)

Dec 18
1950

Making use of the extra time available on the new long-playing record format, Duke Ellington records a fifteen-minute version of his classic Mood Indigo, for Columbia Records in New York City, USA. (1950)

Dec 18
1950

Connie Haines, with Bob Crosby, records Destination Moon and What Have You Done For Me Lately?, for Coral Records in the USA. (1950)

Dec 18
1956

Anita O'Day records Pick Yourself Up, I Used To Be Colour Blind, Let's Face The Music And Dance, in Capitol Studios, Los Angeles for Verve Records. (1956)

Dec 18
1959

The Buddy Tate Septet records Moon Dog, Miss Ruby Jones and other tracks for Prestige Records at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. (1959)

Dec 18
1959

Bobby Darin starts the last week of a three week engagement at Chez Paree, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1959)

Dec 18
1959

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers play in the Theatre de Champs-Elysees, Paris, France. (1959)

Dec 18
1960

Virtuoso jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery plays at The Jazz Gallery, New York City, USA. (1960)

Dec 18
1991

Jazz trumpeter and bandleader King Kolax dies of Alzheimer's disease in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1991)

Dec 18
1996

Lyricist and composer Irving Caesar dies in New York City, USA, aged 101. Although credited with over 700 compositions in his long career, he is perhaps best-known as the lyricist of Tea For Two, Swanee, Just A Gigolo and Animal Crackers in My Soup. (1996)

Dec 18
2011

Ralph McDonald, Grammy-winning percussionist, composer and member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, dies aged 67 after a long struggle with lung cancer, at home in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. (2011)