1940 – Herman’s Hermits guitarist Keith Hopwood is born in Manchester, England this day in rock history!
1940 – Songwriter Ellie Greenwich is born in New York. With Jeff Barry, she wrote hits for the Shangri-Las (“Leader of the Pack”), the Ronettes (“Be My Baby”), and Tina Turner (“River Deep, Mountain High”).
1940 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Only Forever,” Bing Crosby.
1940 – Jimmy Beaumont, vocalist with the Skyliners (“Since I Don’t Have You”), is born in Pittsburgh.
1940 – Manfred Mann (Michael Lubowitz) is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He forms a rock group with the same name in England in 1964. The group has two No. 1 hits: “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” in 1964 and the million-selling cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light” in 1977.
1940 – Cliff Richard (Harry Rodger Webb) is born in Lucknow, India.
1940 – English soul singer Chris Farlowe, who recorded a dynamic cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Out of Time,” is born in Essex.
1940 – John Lennon is born in Liverpool, England. One of the founding members of the Beatles. This great day in rock history! John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English rock musician, singer, writer, songwriter, artist, actor and peace activist who gained worldwide […]
1940 – Singer/songwriter Alan O’Day (“Undercover Angel”) is born in Hollywood.