1961 – Runaround Sue (Dion) was a hit on this day in rock history! Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known as Dion, is an American singer-songwriter who blended elements of doo-wop, pop, and R&B styles. Early years Dion was born to an Italian-American family in the Bronx. As a child, he used […]
1958 – Alan Freed organizes quite a Christmas Rock & Roll Spectacular at Manhattan’s Loew’s State Theatre. Among the 17 acts are Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, the Moonglows, Jackie Wilson, Frankie Avalon, the Everly Brothers and headliner Johnnie Ray.
1957 – Frankie Lymon leaves the Teenagers to start his own solo career.
1957 – If you’re watching ABC tonight, performing on Alan Freed’s The Big Beat are Chuck Berry, Andy Williams, Frankie Lymon, and Bobby Darin.
1954 – Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Trevor Rabin (born January 13, 1954) is a South African-American musician, best known as a guitarist and songwriter for the British progressive rock band Yes from 1983–1994, and since then, as a film composer. Biography Early years Rabin was born Trevor Charles Rabinowitz […]
1949 – Producer Trevor Horn, who gave tracks by Yes (“Owner of a Lonely Heart”), Frankie Goes to Hollywood (“Relax”), and Seal (“Crazy”) a little “English,” is born in Hertfordshire, England. He also scored a top 40 hit as a member of the Buggles with “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
1947 – Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is born in New York. As a solo artist he has four top 20 albums, including “The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get,” which reaches No. 6 on Chart Toppers’s pop album chart. Biography Early life A native of Wichita, Kansas, Walsh and his family lived in Columbus, […]
1944 – Drummer Dino Danelli of the Rascals is born in Jersey City, N.J. Sometimes referred to as power pop’s first supergroup, Fotomaker was founded by former Rascals members Gene Cornish (bass) and Dino Danelli (drums), who had played together in a previous post-Rascals band called Bulldog. The two contacted ex-Raspberries guitarist Wally Bryson, then […]
1941 – Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) is born in Philadelphia. His biggest hit is “The Twist,” which hits No. 1 in both 1960 and 1962, the only rock song to re-enter Chart Toppers’s Hot 100 and return to the top spot. Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter best […]
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 […]