1952 – Johnny Ace, with the Beale Streeters, tops the R&B charts with “My Song.” It’s the singer’s first major hit and will later be covered by Aretha Franklin.
1952 – Nile Rodgers of Chic is born in New York.
1952 – Bassist Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones is born in Fort Lee, Va. this day in rock history!
1952 – Ron Blair, bassist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, is born in Macon, Ga. He left in 1982 after the release of Long After Dark.
1952 – Rush drummer Neal Peart is born this day in rock Awesome history! Neil Peart (pronounced /?p??rt/) OC, (born Neil Ellwood Peart, September 12, 1952, Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian musician and author. He is best-known as the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada […]
1952 – Gerry Beckley, the singer with “Horse With No Name” hit-makers America, is born.
1952 – Eurythmic and general muckety-muck David A. Stewart is born in Sunderland, England.
1952 – Ray Charles does his first session for Atlantic, cutting four songs. Over the next seven years, he will record such classics as “Mess Around,” “I Got a Woman,” “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” and “What’d I Say.”
1952 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “You Belong to Me,” Jo Stafford.
1952 – Gladys Knight & the Pips are formed after a Birthdays party for member Bubba Knight.
1952 – Chris Knox, perhaps New Zealand’s most famous punk rocker, is born in Invercargill.
1952 – Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles’ contract from Swingtime Records, where Charles had been recording in the mellower, bluesy style of Nat King Cole and Charles Brown.