1929 – Born on this day, Joe Meek, producer. Shot himself dead on 3rd February 1967 after killing his landlady. Produced ‘Telstar’ the 1962 UK and US No.1 single by The Tornadoes. The first British act to have a No.1 in the US. Also produced hits for John Leyton and The Honeycombs.
1929 – Born on This Day In Rock is Jerry Goldsmith who created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows “Star Trek”, “Planet of the Apes”, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Dr. Kildare”. Goldsmith died after a long battle with cancer on July 21st 2004, at age 75. Jerrald King “Jerry” Goldsmith […]
1928 – Bo Diddley (Otha Ellas Bates McDaniel) is born in McComb, Miss. The influential R&B/rock musician is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
1928 – Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley (“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”) is born in Tampa, Fla.
1928 – Eddie Fisher is born in Philadelphia. He marries Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens. His biggest singles are the million-selling No. 1 songs “Oh! My Pa-Pa” and “I’m Walking Behind You.” He appears in the films “All About Eve,” “Bundle of Joy” and “Butterfield 8.”
1928 – Herb Reed, bassist with ‘The Platters,’ is born on This Day in Rock Music History! His late 1950’s hits include: The Great Pretender, My Prayer, Twilight Time and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Reed died aged 83 on June 4th 2012.
1928 – Rosemary Clooney, American singer, is born on This Day in Rock! She has the 1954 UK No.1 single “This Ole House”. She suffered from bi-polar disorder died on 29th June 2002. Hit Singles Year Single Chart positions US US AC UK 1948 “You Started Something”(with Tony Pastor) 16 1949 “It’s Like Taking Candy […]
1928 – Burt Bacharach is born on This Day in Rock! Burt is an award-winning American pianist and composer. He is best known for his many pop hits from 1962-70, with lyrics written by Hal David, many of which were recorded by Dionne Warwick. As of 2006, he had composed a total of 70 Top […]
1928 – Soul singer James Brown is born in Augusta, Ga. Chart Toppers ranks Brown as the most successful R&B performer of all time with 17 No. 1 songs on the magazine’s R&B singles chart by 1988. His top pop hit is “I Got You (I Feel Good),” which reaches No. 3 in 1963. He […]
1928 – Tony Williams, lead singer of the Platters, is born. Tony Williams (5 April 1928 New Jersey, USA – 14 August 1992 New York, USA) was the lead singer for The Platters from 1953 to 1960. Williams was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and died in New York of emphysema. His sister, R&B singer […]
1928 – Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) is born in New Orleans. His biggest hit on the pop charts is the 1956 song “Blueberry Hill,” which reaches No. 2 and receives a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1987. He has nine No. 1 singles on the R&B charts, including “Ain’t That a Shame.” Lyrics: I […]
1928 – According to bluesman Howlin’ Wolf, today was the day he bought his first guitar. “Cost me only five dollars,” he claimed.