2004 – A segment of Interstate 85 is declared “The Alan Jackson Highway” during a ceremony in the artist’s hometown, Newnan, Ga. The bill renaming the stretch of roadway between Palmetto and Highway 154, about an hour southwest of Atlanta, was introduced the previous fall and was subsequently signed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
1987 – Michigan’s governor announces an annual “Four Tops Day” to honor the group’s contribution to American music.
1954 – Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, widely ranked up there with Hendrix, is born in Dallas. Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American blues-rock guitarist, whose broad appeal made him an influential electric blues guitarist. and Classic Rock Magazine ranked him #3 in their list of the […]
1944 – MGM Records executive, California lieutenant governor and a recording star with his novelty hit “Burning Bridges,” Mike Curb is born in Savannah, Ga.
1900 – Although jazz legend Louis Armstrong always claimed to have been born on this date, later scholarship established that his birthday was on August 4, 1901. Louis Armstrong (4 August 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Sachimo and Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer. Coming to prominence in the 20s […]