1955 – Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen (born January 26, 1955), is a Dutch guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Van Halen. Biography Childhood Van Halen was a son of saxophonist Jan Van Halen; his mother Eugenia was from Java, Indonesia. At the […]
1955 – Born on this day, Jools Holland, keyboards, Squeeze, Jools Holland Big Band, TV presenter on The Tube, Juke Box Dury and Later. (1979 UK No.2 single with Squeeze, ‘Up The Junction’).
1955 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Let Me Go Lover,” Joan Weber.
1955 – In today’s issue of Billboard, the magazine reports “music with an R&B beat is no longer regarded as a passing phase by major recording firms.” The evidence? Perry Como, the Crewcuts and Rosemary Clooney have all recorded pop versions of “Ko Ko Mo,” an R&B smash for Gene & Eunice.
1955 – Disc jockey Alan Freed holds his first Rock `n’ Roll Party stage show in New York. Acts include the Clovers, Fats Domino and the Drifters.
1955 – DJ Alan Freed kicks off his first New York Rock & Roll Ball. The package concert at Harlem’s Saint Nicholas Arena is sold out over two nights and features performers Big Joe Turner (“Shake, Rattle & Roll”), the Moonglows (“Sincerely”), Fats Domino (“Blueberry Hill”) and the Drifters.
1955 – Earth Wind & Fire drummer Fred White is born.
1955 – Australian rocker Paul Kelly is born in Adelaide.
1955 – Born on this day, Michael Schenker, German guitarist, formed The Scorpions, member of UFO. (1982 UK No.5 album with the Michael Schenker group ‘One Night At Budokan’).
1955 – Chic vocalist Luci Martin – that’s Chic the band – is born.