1919 – Nat “King” Cole is born this day in Rock History! Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1919 and christened Nat “King” Cole by a Los Angeles clubowner in 1937. As both a jazz pianist and pop singer, he made his mark on the middle decades of the 20th century. Cole’s […]
1919 – Balladeer Tennessee Ernie Ford is born This Day In Rock in Bristol, Tenn. Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the pop, country and Western and gospel musical genres. Ford began his […]
1918 – Jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald is born in Newport News, Va. Her incredible interpretative ability makes her one of the most influential singers in America, and she was recently voted one of VH1’s Greatest Women in Rock. Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald is born in Newport News, Va. She makes her professional debut in February […]
1917 – Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (John Birks Gillespie) is born. He is awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 for his major contributions to the development of bebop. John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer. He was born in Cheraw, […]
1917 – John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an influential American post-war blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter born in Coahoma County near Clarksdale, Mississippi. From a musical family, he was a cousin of Earl Hooker. John was also influenced by his stepfather, a local blues guitarist, who learned in Shreveport, […]
1917 – Singer Lena Horne is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She begins her career as a dancer at Harlem’s Cotton Club. She wins a Grammy as best pop vocal performance (female) for the 1981 album “Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music Live on Broadway.”
1917 – Born on this day, Papa John Creech – violinist with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Died in 1994 aged 76.
1917 – Born on this day, Jerry Wexler, producer and record company executive. Co-owner of Atlantic records, vice president at Warner Brothers, worked with Ray Charles, Phil Spector, Dr John, Dusty Springfield, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan. Died on Aug 15th 2008, aged 91.
1916 – Violin great Yehudi Menuhin is born today in New York. At age 11 he was soloing in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. He has also recorded with jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.