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 […]
2004 – Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed dies in Chicago of complications from cancer. He is
2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in Los Angeles after a stroke. He is 73. Land gained prominence in 1954 when he joined a quintet led by trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach. For many performers, working with a string section is a long-held dream. The lush backdrop warmly supports an instrumentalist […]
1993 – Clifford Jordan dies of cancer in Manhattan at age 61. Jordan was a jazz saxophonist and big-band leader known for his improvisations and his light, floating approach. He recorded more than 35 albums.
1987 – Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The comeback album is the band’s first since the departure of Roger Waters and the subsequent lawsuit over the use of the band name. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is Pink Floyd’s 1987 album, the band’s first release after the departure of Roger Waters from […]
1981 – At a show on Bob Dylan’s Shot of Love tour, the jokerman turns the encore over to his wheelchair-bound friend Larry Kegan, who sings Chuck Berry’s “No Money Down” while Dylan wails on the tenor saxophone.
1956 – Little Richard’s “Tutti-Frutti” crosses over from the R&B to the pop chart, rising to #17. Elvis Presley performs “Tutti-Frutti” twice on national TV in February. “Tutti Frutti” is a song by Little Richard, which became his first hit record in 1955. With its opening cry of “Womp-bomp-a-loom-op-a-womp-bam-boom!” (supposedly intended to be a verbal […]
1950 – “Bad to the Bone” bluesman George Thorogood is born in Wilmington, Del. George Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is a blues-rock performer from Wilmington, Delaware. He was raised on Clearview Avenue in Naamans Gardens, a suburb of Wilmington. Career Thorogood’s demo Better Than the Rest was recorded in 1974 and released in 1979. […]
1949 – Bruce Springsteen is born in Freehold, N.J., which last time we looked was indeed still in the U.S.A. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American songwriter, singer and guitarist. He has recorded and toured with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock […]
1947 – David Bowie (David Robert Jones) is born in London. He first records with the King Bees, Lower Third and the Mannish Boys in 1963 before going solo. His two No. 1 songs are “Fame” and “Let’s Dance.” David Bowie (IPA: Although he released an album and numerous singles earlier, David Bowie first caught […]
1942 – Isaac Hayes is born in Covington, Texas. Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American soul and funk singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, composer, and actor. Hayes was one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served as both an […]
1935 – Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) is born in Macon, Ga., the son of a minister. He has 14 top 10 hits on Chart Toppers’s R&B singles chart. His biggest pop hit is “Long Tall Sally,” a No. 6 song in 1956. Rev. Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the […]