||Blues diva Bessie Smith, backed by Louis Armstrong (cornet) and Fred Longshaw (piano and harmonium) recorded "St. Louis Blues" and 4 other tracks for the Columbia label in New York in 1925
||Pioneering drummer Charles Connor (with Little Richard & The Upsetters, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Lloyd Price, and others) was born at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1935. Find out more about Conner in his book, "Don't Give Up Your Dreams."
||Legendary songwriter, arranger, producer, musician, vocalist, label owner, funk pioneer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Allen Toussaint was born in New Orleans in 1938
||Southwest Louisiana guitar great and long time member of Clifton Chenier's band Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal was born in 1944
||Big Chief Bo Dollis (Theodore Emile Dollis) of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian tribe was born in New Orleans in 1944
||In 1955, disk jockey Allen Freed hosted his first "Rock 'n' Roll Ball", a two day event at Harlem's Saint Nicholas Arena; performers included Big Joe Turner, The Drifters, and Fats Domino; both nights at the 6,000 seat venue sold out in advance
||Clarinet great George Baquet passed away in Philadelphia, PA in 1949 at age 66; George, a native of New Orleans, played with the Onward Brass Band, Manuel Perez, John Robichaux, Freddie Keppard, and many others; recording sessions included Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, and George Baquet's Swingsters (w/ Sidney Bechet; available on The John Reid Collection 1940-1944)
||New Orleans R&B legend Lee Dorsey appeared on the UK television music series "Ready Steady Go!" on 01/14/1966 (performed "Get Out Of My Life Woman").
||Local music landmark Tipitina's opened it's doors in uptown New Orleans in 1977
||New Orleans born trad jazz pianist and vocalist Alton Purnell passed away in Inglewood, CA in 1987 at age 75; Purnell was a long time member of thr George Lewis band; he also worked with Bunk Johnson, Cousin Joe, Sidney Desvignes, Alphonse Picou, and many others|
||Rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis was inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk in 1988|
||Singer and songwriter Bobby Charles (nee Robert Charles Guidry) passed away in 2010 at age 71. The Abbeville, LA native had two R&B hits in 1956 with "Later, Alligator" (later a hit as "See You Later, Alligator" for Bill Haley & His Comets) and "Only Time Will Tell. His extensive writing credits included "Walking To New Orleans" (Fats Domino) and "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" (Clarence "Frogman" Henry). See more songwriting credits.