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Oct 26 1955
Miles Davis has his first recording session for Columbia Records ? while he is still under contract to Prestige Records. (1955)

Oct 26 1955
Big Bill Broonzy records It Feels So Good, Southbound Train, Trouble In Mind and Whiskey Head Man in London for Nixa Records. (1955)

Oct 26 1956
Jimmy Rogers records If It Ain?t Me [Who Are You Thinking Of], with Big Walter Horton on harmonica, Otis Spann on piano and Willie Dixon on bass, in Chicago, IIlinois, USA, for Chess Records. (1956)

Oct 26 1958
Four policemen are injured when 500 youths riot during a concert by Bill Haley and His Comets at the Sports Palace, Berlin, Germany. (1958)

Oct 26 1961
Having been discovered by legendary A&R guru John Hammond, Bob Dylan signs a recording contract with Columbia Records in New York City. His first album will do so badly, he will be nicknamed ?Hammond?s folly?. (1961)

Oct 26 1965
The Beatles take a break from recording the album Rubber Soul to visit Buckingham Palace, London, UK, where they inhale deeply in the loos before being awarded their MBEs by the Queen. (1965)

Oct 26 1969
Aspiring rock musician Fred Bulsara writes to his former flat-mate Celine, announcing, among other things, "Just heard Zeppelin II LP and it's a knock-out. Saw them at The Lyceum and they were really great." Fred will find fame as Freddie Mercury of Queen. (1969)

Oct 26 1970
Mrs Alpha May Anderson, mother of Meredith Hunter who was killed when the Rolling Stones played at Altamont Speedway, Califiornia, USA, a year earlier, is reported to be suing the group for ?28,000. (1970)

Oct 26 1977
Lou Reed plays at the Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia. (1977)

Oct 26 1979
The first 2-Tone Tour, featuring The Specials, Madness and Selecter, plays at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. (1979)

Oct 26 1979
Madness release a new single, One Step Beyond, in the UK on Stiff Records. (1979)

Oct 26 1999
Singer, songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton dies aged 61, at his ranch in Victor, Montana, USA. Having never completely recovered from a stroke in 1996, he suffered a heart attack two weeks before his death, and another while undergoing subsequent heart surgery.

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