1954 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “This Ole House,” Rosemary Clooney.
1954 – Eric Faulkner, guitarist with the Bay City Rollers, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1954 – Elvis Presley performs for the first time on the Louisiana Hayride radio show.
1954 – Los Lobos bassist David Hidalgo is born in Los Angeles. He’s also played accordion on albums by Buckwheat Zydeco, Bonnie Raitt, and Tom Waits.
1954 – Bob Geldof is born in Dublin, Ireland. The singer/songwriter becomes a member of the Boomtown Rats. He is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for organizing Band Aid, a British superstar benefit group that raised money for famine relief.
1954 – Bob Geldof, whose career as the founder of Live Aid was marginally more successful than his stint fronting the Boomtown Rats (“I Don’t Like Mondays”), is born in Dublin.
1954 – Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, widely ranked up there with Hendrix, is born in Dallas. Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American blues-rock guitarist, whose broad appeal made him an influential electric blues guitarist. and Classic Rock Magazine ranked him #3 in their list of the […]
1954 – Elvis Presley appears at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, where his act is poorly received. The show’s booking agent suggests that he go back to truck driving.