2003 – Rockabilly singer/guitarist Ronnie Dawson d… Read more

2003 – Rockabilly singer/guitarist Ronnie Dawson d…

2003 – Rockabilly singer/guitarist Ronnie Dawson dies at his East Dallas home after a yearlong fight with throat cancer. He is 64. Ronald F. “Ronnie” Dawson (born August 11, 1939 in Dallas, Texas — September 23, 2003, Dallas) was an American rockabilly musician, although he was more popular in the United Kingdom than the United […]

2001 – James Myers, whose 2-minute, 8-second tune … Read more

2001 – James Myers, whose 2-minute, 8-second tune …

2001 – James Myers, whose 2-minute, 8-second tune “Rock Around the Clock” is considered the granddaddy of all rock’n’roll songs, dies of leukemia. He is 81. Myers wrote the song with Max Freedman in 1953. 1919-2001 JAMES E. MYERS a.k.a. JIMMY DeKNIGHT Posted May 11th – From the Associated Press: Songwriter James Myers dies; co-wrote […]

1954 – Elvis Presley signs his first recording con… Read more

1954 – Elvis Presley signs his first recording con…

1954 – Elvis Presley signs his first recording contract (Sun Records) and quits his job as a truck driver. The session took place in the famous Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., where Elvis was accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. Presley’s recording session wasn’t noteworthy until he began to fool around, playing […]

1946 – Freddie Mercury of Queen is born in Zanziba… Read more

1946 – Freddie Mercury of Queen is born in Zanziba…

1946 – Freddie Mercury of Queen is born in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) was a Zanzibar-born British musician, best known as the lead singer and co-founder of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). He was noted […]

1944 – Jeff Beck is born in Surrey, England… Read more

1944 – Jeff Beck is born in Surrey, England…

1944 – Jeff Beck is born in Surrey, England. FEATURED Biography Jeff Beck isn’t your typical guitar legend. His goal, in fact, is to make you forget that he plays guitar. “I don’t understand why some people will only accept a guitar if it has an instantly recognizable guitar sound,” says Beck. “Finding ways to […]