1945 – Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees is born in Tarzana, Calif. The Monkees have three million-selling No. 1 songs: “Last Train to Clarksville” (1966), “I’m a Believer” (1966- 67) and “Daydream Believer” (1967).
1944 – Byrds guitarist Clarence White is born this day in rock history! Clarence White (born Clarence LeBlanc) (June 7, 1944 – July 15, 1973) was a guitar player for Nashville West, The Byrds, Muleskinner, and the Kentucky Colonels. His parents were French-Canadians from New Brunswick, Canada. The father, Eric LeBlanc, Sr., played fiddle, guitar, […]
1942 – Michael Nesmith of the Monkees is born in Houston. Nesmith is the only former Monkee who doesn’t participate when the group re-forms in 1986. 1942… something about the number 42… all these great musicians…
1938 – Paul Revere of the Raiders is born in Boise, Idaho. Paul Revere and the Raiders is an American rock band that saw enormous mainstream success in the second half of the 1960s and earlier 1970s, best-known for hits like “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” (1971), “Steppin’ Out” & “Just […]
1941 – Neil Diamond is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He scores three No. 1 songs on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100, the biggest of which is the 1978 duet “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” with Barbra Streisand. He stars in and composes the music for “The Jazz Singer” in 1980. He writes the No. 1 songs […]
1937 – Jack Nitzsche is born today in Chicago. His arrangements have graced albums by the Monkees, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and Mink DeVille. He also wrote “Needles and Pins.”