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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
1925

Amanda Ambrose is born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She will become a famed jazz vocalist and recording artist. (1925)

Apr 18
1928

Jazz trumpeter Ken Colyer is born in Great Yarmouth, UK. (1928)

Apr 18
1929

Ambrose And his Orchestra make test recordings of Louisiana and Me And The Man In The Moon, in Chelsea, London, UK, for Decca Records. (1929)

Apr 18
1929

Fess Williams and his Royal Flush Orchestra record ?Leven-Thirty Saturday Night, for Victor Records in New York City, USA. (1929)

Apr 18
1929

Hal Swain's New Princes Orchestra records Halfway To Heaven, Carolina Moon, Forever and I Ain't Never Been Kissed in Shepherd's Bush Pavilion, London, UK, for Regal Records. (1929)

Apr 18
1929

Red Nichols and his Five Pennies record Dinah, On The Alamo and Indiana, for Brunswick Records in New York City, USA. (1929)

Apr 18
1929

Billy Hays and His Orchestra record The Bay Rum Song and I've Got to Have a Mama Now for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA. (1929)

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
1930

Fess Williams And His Royal Flush Orchestra record Hot Mama, She's Still Dizzy and I'm Feeling Devilish, in New York City, USA, for Victor Records. (1930)


Apr 18
1931

Blanche Calloway And Her Orchestra play the first of seven nights in the Howard Theatre, Washington, DC, USA. (1931)

Apr 18
1933

Spike Hughes And His Negro Orchestra, including Benny Carter, record Nocturne, Somebody Stole Gabriel's Horn, Pastorale and Bugle Call Rag, for Decca Records in New York City, USA. . (1933)


Apr 18
1934

Robie Love And His International Orchestra, with vocalist Miss Dorothy Watson, play at The Hotel Clovis, Clovis, Texas, USA. (1934)

Apr 18
1935

Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians, including Les Paul on guitar and Kay Thompson on piano, record It Must Have Been A Devil In The Moon, in New York City, USA. (1935)

Apr 18
1936

Milton Brown, leader of successful country-swing act Milton Brown's Musical Brownies, dies following a car crash four days earlier, leaving band member Cliff Bruner free to form his own group, The Texas Wanderers, with Moon Mullican on piano. (1936)

Apr 18
1937

Bob Crosby And His Orchestra play at The Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (1937)

Apr 18
1937

Leo Reisman And His Orchestra perform songs including At A Carnival In Venice, Temptation, Sweet Is The Word For You, Our Song, I Want To Act and Swing That Music on radio programme The Schaefer Beer Nine O'clock Revue in the USA. (1937)

Apr 18
1937

The movie musical Top Of The Town, with songs written by Jimmy McHiugh and Harold Adamson, is released to cinemas in the USA. The soundtrack will produce two major hits, There Are No Two Ways About It and Where Are You? (1937)

Apr 18
1937

Ike Ragon and his Orchestra continue with a two-week residency [except Sundays] at The Cooper Club, Henderson, Texas, USA. (1937)

Apr 18
1939

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra play on the CBS network's Camel Caravan radio show in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. (1939)

Apr 18
1946

Earl Hines And His Orchestra play the third night of a week at The Trianon Ballroom, Southgate, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1946)

Apr 18
1946

Jazz saxophonist J.D. King plays at The Plantation Club, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1946)

Apr 18
1946

The Cats And A Fiddle are playing at The Hurricane Cocktail Lounge, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (1946)

Apr 18
1946

Jazz/r'n'b organist Jimmy Smith is playing at The Club Alabam, Los Angeles, California, USA. (1946)

Apr 18
1946

The California Eagle newspaper reports that Count Basie, currently on a tour of theatres in the Mid-West opf the USA, is considering offers to play in three New York City venues - The Hotel Lincoln, The Cafe Zanzibar and The Aquarium Restuarant. (1946)

Apr 18
1946

Cootie Williams And His Orchestra play in Akron, Ohio, USA. (1946)

Apr 18
1946

Buddy Johnson And His Orchestra play in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA. (1946)

Apr 18
1946

Tiny Bradshaw And His Orchestra play at The Riviera Club, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. (1946)

Apr 18
1946

Count Basie And His Orchestra play in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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
1950

Al Jolson and The Andrews Sisters record The Old Piano Roll Blues and Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, for Decca Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. (1950)

Apr 18
1950

The Paul Smith Quartet records The Way You Look Tonight, Over The Rainbow, Wandering, Out Of Nowhere, S'Wonderful, Cupid Took Me For A Ride, By The Fireside and The Great Lie, for Savoy Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. (1950)

Apr 18
1950

Frank Sinatra continues with his season at The Copacabana, New York City, USA. (1950)

Apr 18
1950

Billy Eckstein plays at The Paramount Theatre, New York City, USA. (1950)

Apr 18
1950

Eddie Duchin And His Orchestra play the forty-first night of a season at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, USA, that will run until May 10th. (1950)

Apr 18
1953

Vic Lewis And His Orchestra play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK. (1953)

Apr 18
1954

Ken Colyer's Jazzmen And Skiffle Group, featuring Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine and Lonnie Donegan, play at The Festival Hall, London, UK. (1954)

Apr 18
1956

Chris Barber and Lonnie Donegan play at the Town Hall, Catford, UK. (1956)

Apr 18
1962

Jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd records Bogota, Amor Flamengo and other tracks for Riverside Records in New York City, USA. (1962)

Apr 18
1962

The Vince Guaraldi Trio record the album Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus, for Fantasy Records of San Francisco, California, USA. (1962)

Apr 18
1962

The Roland Kirk Quartet record Get Out Of Town, I Believe In You and other tracks in Nola Penthouse Studio, New York City, for Mercury Records. (1962)

Apr 18
1962

Jazz trumpet star Harry 'Sweets' Edison and tenor sax man Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis record the album Jawbreakers, in New York City, USA, for Jazzland Records. (1962)

Apr 18
1962

Jazz trombonist Slide Hampton records Stella By Starlight, Lover and Drum Suite Parts 3-5 in New York City, USA, for Epic Records. (1962)

Apr 18
1963

The Beatles, Del Shannon, The Springfields, Rolf Harris, Shane Fenton, Kenny Lynch, The Vernon Girls and Lance Percival play at the BBC-organised Swinging Sound 63, a trad jazz/beat music package at The Royal Albert Hall, London, compered by jazz veteran George Melly. The Rolling Stones go along to meet The Beatles again. During rehearsals Paul McCartney meets actress Jane Asher, soon to become his girlfriend. (1963)

Apr 18
1969

Cannonball Adderley plays the first of two nights at The Kinetic Playground, 4812 North Clark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Headliners for the night are The Everly Brothers, and also on the bill is Aynsley Dunbar. (1969)

Apr 18
1975

Turk Murphy's Jazz Band plays at Earthquake McGoon's, San Francisco, California, USA. (1975)