Saturday, December 15, 2018

December 15

Today in 1944, Hank Williams married Audrey Sheppard, with the ceremony taking place at a filling station

On this day in 1990, Rod Stewart married Rachel Hunter in Beverly Hills

Today in 1994, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora married actress Heather Locklear

The co-founder of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun died today in 2006 at age 83

Remembering Max Yasgur, owner of the Woodstock farm where the 1969 festival was held, born on this day in 1919

On this day in 1944, swing bandleader Glenn Miller’s plane went down over the English Channel and he was presumed dead

Remembering Alan Freed, American DJ and the man who gave ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ its name; born on this day in 1922

Remembering the birthday of John Hammond today in 1910, one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music

Friday, December 14, 2018

December 14

Today in 1985 James Taylor married actress Kathryn Walker

On this day in 1963, blues and jazz singer Dinah Washington died at age 39.

Today in 1946, actress and singer Patty Duke was born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York

Today in 1980, Yoko Ono called on fans to observe ten minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon

The Clash released London Calling on this day in 1979

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 13

Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) was born today in 1948

Today in 2012, Carole King won The Gershwin Prize in recognition of her lifetime achievement. She is the first woman to gain this honor

On this day in 1949, Tom Verlaine (front man for Television) was born in Morristown, New Jersey

Gun nut, right wing poster boy and sometime rock and roller Ted Nugent was born today in 1948

Taylor Swift is celebrating her 29th birthday today

Patti Smith’s “Horses” was released on this day in 1975

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December 12

Frank Sinatra was born on this date in 1915

Today in 1970, The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with Jim Morrison at the Warehouse in New Orleans

Today in 2003, Mick Jagger became a Sir after being knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

On this day in 2007, Ike Turner died at the age of 76 at his home near San Diego, California

Original keyboard player with the Rolling Stones Ian Stewart, died of a heart attack on this day in 1985

Dicky Betts was born today in 1943

Remembering the birthday of Grover Washington Jr., today in 1943

“Sandinista” was released today in 1980

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December 11

Today in 1964, Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in LA by Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel. It was eventually ruled a justifiable homicide.

On this day in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis married 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown, who was the daughter of his cousin. The marriage lasted 14 years

The late Big Mama Thornton was born on this day in 1926

David Gates (Bread) is celebrating his 78th birthday today

Today in 2012, sitar master and Bengali Indian musician and composer Ravi Shankar died at age 92. He is best known in the rock and roll world for his collaborations with The Beatles and in particular George Harrison

Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Sting, Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and others) was born today in 1961

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx was born today in 1958

John Lennon’s “Plastic Ono Band” LP was released today in 1970