1939 – Grace Slick (Grace Wing) of Jefferson Airplane/Starship is born in Chicago.
1939 – The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. The 1966 Beatles’ song that featured her name wasn’t written about her, as Paul McCartney’s first draft of the song named the character Miss Daisy Hawkins. Eleanor Rigby’s tombstone was noticed in the 1980s in the graveyard of […]
1939 – Born on this day, Colin Cooper, Climax Blues Band, (1977 US No.3 & 1976 UK No.10 single ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’). Died on 3rd July 2008.
1939 – Joseph Russell of the a cappella group the Persuasions is born in Henderson, N.C.
1939 – Guitar legend Roy Buchanan is born in Ozark, Ala. Despite earning the patronage of no less than Les Paul, Buchanan gave up the instrument in mid-career to attend barbers’ college. He died in police custody in 1988, purportedly by hanging himself.
1939 – Teen idol Frankie Avalon (Francis Avallone) is born in Philadelphia. Career By the time he was 12, Avalon began making appearances on U.S. television for his trumpet prowess, and as a teenager, played with Bobby Rydell in a band known as Rocco and the Saints. In 1959, his songs “Venus” and “Why” both […]
1939 – Born on this day, Dave Quincy, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’).
1939 – Born on this day, Fred Milano, Dion and the Belmonts, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Runaround Sue’).
1939 – Detroit Spinner Billy Henderson is born in Indianapolis this day in rock history!
1939 – Born on this day, Edward Patten, vocals, The Pips, (1973 US No.1 single ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, 1975 UK No.4 single with Gladys Knight ‘The Way We Were’).
1939 – Singer Dion (Dion DiMucci) is born in the Bronx, N.Y. He records with the Belmonts until 1960. They have two top five hits: “A Teenager in Love” and “Where or When.” His biggest solo hit is “Runaround Sue,” a No. 1 song for two weeks in 1961. Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, […]
1939 – A young Frank Sinatra records for the first time with Harry James’ band, cutting “Melancholy Mood” and “From the Bottom of My Heart.”