1938 – Rockabilly star Dale Hawkins, who recorded the immortal hit “Suzie Q,” is born in Goldmine, La.
1938 – Guitarist Mason Williams is born in Abilene, Texas. The sometime gag writer is best remembered for his No. 2 hit “Classical Gas.”
1938 – Bassist David Freiberg is born. He becomes a member of Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service, meaning he could have shared a birthday cake with John Cipollina (see below).
1938 – Born on this day, Dale Hawkins, rockabilly singer, guitarist, (1957 US No. 27 single ‘Susie Q’). Delmar Allen “Dale” Hawkins (August 22, 1936 – February 13, 2010) was a pioneer American rock singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist who was often called the architect of swamp rock boogie. Fellow rockabilly pioneer Ronnie Hawkins was his […]
1938 – Kenny Rogers is born in Houston. Rogers is a member of the New Christy Minstrels and First Edition in the 1960s. He goes solo in 1973 and scores more than a dozen No. 1 country singles. His biggest pop hit is “Lady,” a song written by Lionel Richie that tops the Hot 100 […]
1938 – American blues musician Robert Johnson died (probably poisoned by a jealous husband) at the age of 27 at a country crossroads near Greenwood, Mississippi. His recordings from 1936–1937 have influenced generations of musicians including Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Eric […]
1938 – Robert Johnson died three days after he was poisoned by the jealous husband of a woman he began seeing during a stint at the Three Forks juke joint in Greenwood, Mississippi. http://www.thisdayinrock.com/?p=9081