2005 – No. 1 Chart Topper ‘Jailhouse Rock’ – Elvis Presley (The 1,000 UK No.1 single) is number 1 in the UK. Lryics: (words & music by jerry leiber – mike stoller) The warden threw a party in the county jail. The prison band was there and they began to wail. The band was jumpin […]
1997 – Elvis Week begins in Memphis to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death on August 16. Elvis Week 2008 Event Calendar & Ticket Information Saturday, August 9 – Sunday, August 17 Below is the current Elvis Week 2008 calendar of events along with ticket purchase information for each event. Updates to the […]
1987 – Roy Orbison, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the late Jackie Wilson, the Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey […]
1971 – Donald McPherson of the Main Ingredient dies of leukemia. Age 29. The group’s biggest hit is the million-selling No. 3 song “Everybody Plays the Fool.” by Aaron Neville. Much too young! The group was formed in Harlem, NY in 1964 as a trio called the Poets, composed of lead singer Donald McPherson, Luther […]
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 […]
1959 – The Coasters record “Poison Ivy.” The Leiber/Stoller song later goes to No. 7.
1949 – Rick Springfield (Richard Springthorpe) is born in Sydney, Australia. His biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 single “Jessie’s Girl” in 1981. He wins a Grammy for the song as Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney) is an Australian-American songwriter, musician and […]
1939 – Singer Dion (Dion DiMucci) is born in the Bronx, N.Y. He records with the Belmonts until 1960. They have two top five hits: “A Teenager in Love” and “Where or When.” His biggest solo hit is “Runaround Sue,” a No. 1 song for two weeks in 1961. Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, […]
1933 – Jerry Leiber is born in Baltimore. With Mike Stoller, he’s written witty rock hits like “Yakety Yak” and “Jailhouse Rock.”
1933 – Mike Stoller of the Leiber & Stoller writing team (“Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock”) is born today on Long Island, N.Y.