2009 – Larry Knechtel, the keyboard player for the Soft-Rock group Bread, died following a heart attack at the age of 69. Knechtel earned a Grammy award for his arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and also performed with Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Elvis Presley, […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
1987 – Unique chart situation as remakes of previous No. 1 top both US & UK charts. US No 1 is Lean on Me by Club Nouveau (previously Bill Withers), UK No. 1 is Everything I Own (previously Ken Boothe, first recorded by Bread)
1944 – Keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer is born in the U.K. The group’s biggest album is the live triple album “Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends; Ladies and Gentlemen … Emerson Lake and Palmer.” It sells more than 1 million copies and reaches No. 4. Keith Noel […]
1940 – Bread songwriter David Gates is born in Tulsa, Okla. on this day in rock history! The Voice doesn’t quite match the look… When he was younger it matched a little better. Guess everything is visual! David Gates (born December 11, 1940, in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American singer-songwriter, best known as the lead […]
1940 – Born on this day, Larry Knechtel, guitar, Keyboards, Bread, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Make It With You’).
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 […]