2007 – former Mamas and the Papas singer Denny Doherty died at the age of 66. He died at his home near Toronto, Canada after a short illness. The group scored the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Monday Monday.’
2003 – Scotty Moore, the guitarist who with Elvis Presley concocted the sound of rock ‘n’ roll on “That’s All Right, Mama,” is said to be serious but stable condition following brain surgery. Moore was treated for a subdural hematoma.
1975 – Sean Lennon is born this day in rock history! Sean Taro Ono Lennon (aka Sean Ono Lennon, born 9 October 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He is the son of musicians and peace activists John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Biography Early life and education Sean Lennon was born in […]
1968 – “Mama” Cass Elliot plays her first solo gig at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace. Her two-week run there is canceled when the band proves to be poorly rehearsed and she comes down with tonsillitis.
1946 – Guitarist Duane Allman is born in Nashville, Tenn. Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American, lead guitarist of the southern rock group The Allman Brothers Band, and session musician. Allman is best remembered for his brief but influential tenure in the band he helped co-found, as well […]
1943 – Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas. Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter, and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a […]
1941 – Cass Elliot of the Mamas & the Papas is born in Baltimore. Didn’t she play Witchiepoo on H.R. Puff and Stuff… while seeking the magic flute in the kid’ pocket… while the mayor was getting stoned in Lidsville…. Yeah… Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw
1935 – Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Miss., one of a pair of twins. His brother Jessie is stillborn. Chart Toppers ranks him as the top pop recording artist of all time with 17 No. 1 songs. The 1956 two-sided hit “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” stays at No. 1 for 11 weeks, a record […]
1926 – R&B legend Big Mama Thornton, whose powerhouse vocals are heard to excellent effect on her rendition of “Hound Dog,” is born in Montgomery, Ala. Willie Mae (“Big Mama”) Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984) was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record the hit […]
1923 – Sam Phillips, the producer who discovered Elvis, is born in Florence, Ala. With his Sun Records label, he also brought to the world’s attention the talents of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, B.B. King, and Howlin’ Wolf. Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – July 30, 2003), better known as Sam […]