2005 – No. 1 Chart Topper ‘Jailhouse Rock’ – Elvis Presley (The 1,000 UK No.1 single) is number 1 in the UK. Lryics: (words & music by jerry leiber – mike stoller) The warden threw a party in the county jail. The prison band was there and they began to wail. The band was jumpin […]
2004 – The L.A. recording studios of Ray Charles _ RPM International _ are designated as a historic landmark at a public ceremony. “Thank you all from my heart,” Charles tells the audience gathered at the studios.
2003 – Kevin MacMichael, guitarist with ’80s hit-makers Cutting Crew (“(I Just) Died in Your Arms”) dies aged 51. Kevin Scott Macmichael (7 November 1951 – 31 December 2002) was a Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer, best known for being a member of the 1980s English based pop-rock band, Cutting Crew, who had a […]
2002 – Jerry Lee Lewis refuses to attend his induction to the Delta Music Hall of Fame because he doesn’t like the plane sent to pick him up.
2000 – it was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.
1999 – Ernst Mosch, Germany’s “king of folk music,” collapses and dies at his home in Germaringen. He is 73. Mosch founded an orchestra in 1955 that popularized the typical sound of Bohemian brass-band music and subsequently sold more than 40 million records on Teldec and Koch.
1998 – Singer/songwriter Jimmy Driftwood dies in Fayetteville, Ark., of a heart attack. He is 91. Driftwood, who was born James Corbett Morris, was best known for writing the Grammy-winning songs “The Battle Of New Orleans,” “Wilderness Road,” and Tennessee Stud. Early life Driftwood was born in Mountain View, Arkansas on 20 June 1907. Driftwood’s […]
1997 – Acclaimed folksinger Townes Van Zandt dies aged 52. The Cowboy Junkies, Merle Haggard and Steve Earle have covered his songs.
1993 – Bandleader Billy Eckstein dies in Pittsburgh of complications from a stroke. He was the first Black singer to achieve lasting success in mainstream pop.
1993 – More than 34 years after his death, Buddy Holly and The Crickets had the #1 album on the UK chart with the “Words of Love” compilation album. Holly reached the Top 10 of the UK album chart for five straight decades.
1990 – Johnnie Ray, known as the “Prince of Wails” for his 1950s ballads, dies in Los Angeles of liver failure. Age 63. His biggest hit is “Just Walking in the Rain,” a No. 2 song in 1956.
1980 – Buddy Holly’s glasses and the Big Bopper’s wrist watch are discovered in the Mason City, Iowa, sheriff’s office. They had been recovered from the wreckage of the artists’ plane after it crashed in 1959 and been filed away ever since.