31 October

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1952 When his original guitarist has a stroke just before a New Year's Eve gig, popular St. Louis boogie-woogie pianist Johnnie Johnson hires a 26-year-old hairdresser named Chuck Berry for his group The Sir John's Trio.

1945 Rik Kenton (Roxy Music bassist) is born in Nottingham, England.

1945 Russ Ballard (Unit 4+2 guitarist and Argent frontman) is born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England.

1940 Eric Griffiths (original guitarist for The Quarrymen, a pre-Beatles rock 'n roll group founded by John Lennon) is born in Denbigh, North Wales.

1937 Doo-wopper Norman Wright (of The Del-Vikings) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1937 Folk singer-songwriter Tom Paxton is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1934 Rockabilly musician Ray Smith, known for the 1960 hit "Rockin' Little Angel," is born in Melber, Kentucky.

1930 Count Basie records "Somebody Stole My Gal."

1927 Hoagy Carmichael records his most famous composition, "Star Dust."

1912 Western singer-songwriter Dale Evans is born Lucille Wood Smith (changed to Frances Octavia Smith soon after) in Uvalde, Texas. She meets screen partner Roy Rogers in 1944 and the pair marry in 1947.

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"Monster Mash" Rules Halloween

1962

The "Monster Mash" rules the airwaves, becoming the most popular Halloween song of all time.

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