2001 – American harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and had long made Britain his home, dies at a London hospital following a long illness. He is 87.
1999 – Portly Blues Traveler harmonica puffer John Popper experiences chest pains and undergoes angioplasty at a Los Angeles hospital. He’s released four days later, but the band postpones all appearances for the month.
1998 – Chess Records co-founders Phil Chess and his late brother Leonard, Leonard’s son Marshall, and the late harmonica player Junior Wells are inducted into the Association for Independent Music (AFIM) Independent Music Hall of Fame.
1997 – Bob Dylan releases Time Out of Mind. Critics call it a masterpiece this day in rock history! Time Out of Mind is Bob Dylan’s 30th studio album, released in 1997 by Columbia Records. For fans and critics, the album marked Dylan’s artistic comeback after he struggled with his musical identity throughout the 1980s, […]
1970 – Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known by the stage name Beck. With his pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and […]
1967 – Benjamin Darvill, harmonica player with the Crash Test Dummies, is born.
1966 – The Yardbirds land in New York to kick off their first American tour. Jeff Beck leaves after playing two dates, leaving Jimmy Page to take over the lead guitar slot. The Yardbirds are an English rock band, noted for starting the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck […]
1961 – Bob Dylan earns a $50 session fee playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte’s “Midnight Special.”
1953 – Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Fla. He wins a Grammy Award as part of the Traveling Wilburys for the 1989 album “Traveling Wilburys Volume One.” Thomas Earl “Tom” Petty (born October 20, 1950) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and a […]
1949 – Bruce Springsteen is born in Freehold, N.J., which last time we looked was indeed still in the U.S.A. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American songwriter, singer and guitarist. He has recorded and toured with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock […]
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, […]