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 […]
2003 – Paul McCartney buys the late rockabilly star Carl Perkins’ song catalog. Although he’s best known for “Blue Suede Shoes,” The Beatles recorded covers of Perkins’ “Matchbox,” “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby” and “Honey Don’t.”
2002 – Lonnie Donegan, known as the “king of skiffle’ dies in his sleep in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He is 71. Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is […]
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 […]
1998 – Carl Perkins, the rockabilly pioneer whose song “Blue Suede Shoes” and lightning-quick guitar-playing influenced Elvis Presley, the Beatles and a slew of other performers, dies at the age of 65, from complications following a recent series of strokes.
1996 – Rockabilly hero Carl Perkins gets his own slab of pavement on Hollywood’s Rock Walk.
1983 Bob Neal (DJ and former Presley manager) dies this day in rock history! We didn’t have a picture of Bob, so here is a pic of the King to pay tribute to his former manager! He’s singing, ” He did it his way!” BOB NEAL – MANAGING THE HILLBILLY CAT This interview took place […]
1978 – Rockabilly performer Bob Luman, who almost gave up music to become a Pittsburgh Pirate, dies of pneumonia aged 41.
1977 – Chicago rockabilly star-turned-pornographer Ron Haydock (“99 Chicks”) dies after being run over by a truck outside Los Angeles. Among his literary works were such novels as Ape Rape and Pagan Lesbians.
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 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. 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 […]