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 […]
1963 – Yngwie Malmsteen is born in Stockholm Sweden this day in rock history! Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader. Malmsteen became notable in the mid-1980s for his technical fluency and neo-classical metal compositions. Four of his albums, […]
1946 – Sax-blowing president Bill Clinton is born in a town called Hope, Ark. [Yes we know, snore – Reader’s voice].
1936 – Glen Campbell is born in Delight, Ark. The rhinestone cowboy’s hits included the immortal “Wichita Lineman.” He also was a session guitarist for many 60’s rock bands including the Monkees… playing on “Last train to Clarksville” written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
1932 – Country star Johnny Cash is born in Kingsland, Ark. He writes his first song at age 12. Among his No. 1 country hits are “I Walk the Line” in 1956, “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” in 1959, “Ring of Fire” in 1963 and “A Boy Named Sue” in 1969. He is elected […]
1908 – Vocalist/saxophonist Louis Jordan is born in Brinkley, Ark. He dies of a heart attack on Feb. 4, 1975. His song “I’m Gonna Leave You at the Outskirts of Town” was No. 3 during the debut week of Chart Toppers’s first R&B chart, the Harlem Hit Parade, on Oct. 24, 1942. He followed with […]