1944: Roger Daltrey
1957: Muddy Waters’ ‘Got My Mojo Working’ and Chuck Berry’s ‘School Days’ released by Chess Records
1966: Gene Clark announcing departure from The Byrds cites fear of flying.
1974: Chris Difford places ad in a shop window: ‘Lyricist seeks musician for co-writing.’ Glenn Tilbrook answers and later they form Squeeze.
1974: Blood On The Tracks No.1 on the US charts.
1944: Lou Reed
1948: Rory Gallagher (d.June 14, 1995)
1960: Buddy Guy records ‘First Time I Met The Blues’ at Chess Studios in Chicago. The song is released as Chess single 1753.
1963: Graham Bond, keyboard/alto sax player, forms Graham Bond Organisation.
1983: The compact disc launched by Sony.
1991d: Serge Gainsgourg
1999d: Dusty Springfield,59, dies of cancer.
2003d: Hank Ballard, who wrote and originally recorded ‘The Twist’.
1927 Junior Parker (died November 18, 1971).
1966: Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay form Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles.
1966: Rolling Stones enter RCA Hollywood Studios to record tracks for Aftermath.
1967: Debut of new Jeff Beck Group featuring Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and Aynsley Dunbar.
2007: Wilco streams album Sky Blue Sky online and offers ‘What Light’ as free MP3 download. Album is not officially released until May 15.
1932b: Miriam Makeba
1944b: Bobby Womack
1966: John Lennon’s statement that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ appears in London’s Evening Standard.
1977: CBS releases The Clash’s self-titled debut album.
1986d: Richard Manuel, 42, (The Band) hangs himself.
1929b: J.B. Lenoir
1948b: Eddy Grant
1955: Elvis Presley’s TV debut on ‘The Louisiana Hayride’.
1963d: Patsy Cline dies in a plane crash..
1982d: John Belushi,33, dies of drug OD.
1893 – 1981: Walter “Furry” Lewis
1905b: Bob Wills (‘King of Western Swing’).
1925b: John Leslie ‘Wes’ Montgomery
1937b: Doug Dillard (The Dillards)
1944b: David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
1945: Arthur Lee (Love)
1946b: Peter ‘Wolf’ Blankfield (J Geils Band)
1952: Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers)
1966: Tina Turner records vocals for ‘River Deep, Mountain High’.
1987 Beastie Boys become first ever rap act to have a No.1 album in the US with Licensed To Ill.
1933b: Lloyd Price
1944b: Keef Hartley (blues rock drummer)
1945: Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees)
1962: Beatles make their radio debut on BBC singing Roy Orbison’s ‘Dream Baby.’
1973d: Ron ‘Pig-Pen’ McKernan, 26, founding member, keyboards, The Grateful Dead, dies.
1945b: Robin Trower
1999: Wilco releases third album, Summerteeth.
2005: Damien Demspey’s Shots enters the Irish album charts at No.1
1938b: Norman Blake (country guitarist)
1964b: Neneh Cherry
1973: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon released in US.
1989: Robert De Niro movie Jacknife, features appearance from Loudon Wainwright III, opens.
1945b: Harvey Mandel (guitar)
1986d: Sonny Terry, 74.
1896 – 1976: Jesse “Lone Cat” Fuller
1917: Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess.
1942b: Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane)
1948b: James Taylor
1949: Bill Payne, Little Feat
1955d: Charlie Parker, 34, dies in New York.
1971: First of two nights recording The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East, NYC.
1933b: Mike Stoller (songwriting partner of Jerry Leiber)
1939: Neil Sedaka
1959: Greg Norton, Husker Du
1960b: Adam Clayton (U2)
1956: RCA release first Elvis Presley album and EP.
1965: Eric Clapton leaves Yardbirds.
1966: Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.
1973: Recording in New York of ‘Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels – Live’.
2001: John Hammond releases an acclaimed album of Tom Waits’ songs in Wicked Grin.
1933b: Quincy Jones
1991d: Doc Pomus, 65. Born Jerome Solon Felder on June 27, 1925
2005: Buddy Guy inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame by Eric Clapton and BB King. Clapton recalls seeing Buddy at London’s Marquee Club in 1965 – inspiring him to form Cream.
1912-82: Sam ‘Lightnin’’ Hopkins
1932b: Arif Mardin (Atlantic Records)
1940b: Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
1941b: Mike Love (Beach Boys)
1944b: Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart)
1947b: Ry Cooder
1947b: Hernandez Lugo, ? & The Mysterians, (1966 US No. 1 & UK No.37 single 96 Tears). The song was a UK No.17 hit for The Stranglers in 1990.
1969: Goodbye Cream enters UK LP charts at #1.
1975: Marc Bolan disbands T-Rex.
2004: John Butler Trio album Sunrise Over Sea debuts at No.1 on the Australian ARIA album chart.
2006: Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at MCG features The Church and The Cat Empire.
1942b: Jerry Jeff Walker
1943b: Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu)
1951b: Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel)
1964: Patty Griffin
1970d: Tammie Terrell dies of brain tumour after onstage collapse into Marvin Gaye’s arms.
1981: Release of Paul Kelly’s Talk LP.
1944b: John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful)
1947b: Ian Gomm (ex-Brinsley Schwarz.)
1990d: Ric Grech (bass, Blind Faith)
2004: Ray Davies receives CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for ‘Services To Music.’
1938b: Charlie Pride
1941b: Wilson Pickett (d. Jan 2006)
1969: Buddy Guy appears at the ‘Supershow’ at Staines TV Studios in UK. Plays on stage with Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Roland Kirk, Buddy Miles and Stephen Stills.
1930b: Ornette Coleman
1937b: Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry
1957: Elvis Presley buys Graceland, Memphis, for US$102,500.
1976: Paul Kossof (Free) dies of heart failure on flight from LA to New York.
1982: Randy Rhoades, guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne, dies in plane crash.
1951b: Jimmie Vaughan
1957b: Ian Moss
1977: T Rex play last ever gig in Portsmouth, UK.
1902b: Eddie James ‘Son’ House
1930b: Otis Spann
1940b: Solomon Burke
1943b: Vivian Stanshall (Bonzo Dog Band)
2006: Prince’s album 3121 featuring Maceo Parker on sax is released.
2006: Black Crowes release their first ever live DVD, Freak ‘n’ Roll Into The Fog: The Black Crowes All Join Hands The Fillmore, San Francisco
1943-76: Keith Relf (Yardbirds)
1947b: Harry Vanda (Easybeats, etc)
1993: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells record Last Time Around at Guy’s Legends club.
1953b: Chaka Khan
1934b: Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog.
1972: Film of Concert For Bangladesh premieres in New York.
1948b: Lee Oskar (harmonica, War)
1945: Billboard publishes first album chart. Nat King Cole is No.1.
1997d: Harold Melvin.
2007: John Butler Trio’s Grand National debuts on ARIA album chart at No.1
1938b: Hoyt Axton
1942b: Aretha Franklin
1947b: Elton John (Reginald Dwight)
1949b: Nick Lowe
1968: 58th and final episode of The Monkees broadcast in US.
1969: John and Yoko start their ‘bed in’ in Amsterdam.
1917b: Rufus Thomas
1923b: Sarah Vaughan
1944: Diana Ross
1948: Steve Tyler (Aerosmith)
2006: Commonwealth Games closing ceremony at the Mcg features Grinspoon, Paul Kelly, Ben Lee, Sarah Blasko and John ‘He’s Our Bro’ So.
1905b: Leroy Carr (blues pianist) d: 1935
1959: Andrew Farriss (INXS)
1941b: Charlie McCoy
1970: Janis Joplin (with Paul Butterfield) records One Night Stand in Hollywood.
1973: Led Zeppelin release Houses of the Holy.
1995: Wilco’s debut album, A.M., released.
2004: Xavier Rudd’s album Solace released and debuts in ARIA top 20.
2005: ‘Sly,’ the first single from The Cat Empire’s second album, Two Shoes, is released.
1949b: Michael Brecker
1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience record ‘Manic Depression’ in London.
2004: Eskimo Joe’s single ‘From The Sea’ (the first off A Song Is A City) enters ARIA Top 40 singles chart.
1914-48: Sonny Boy Williamson
1945b: Eric Clapton
1963b: Tracy Chapman
1979b: Norah Jones
1934b: John D Loudermilk (writer of ‘Tobacco Road’)
1948b: Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
1959b: Angus Young (AC/DC)
1958: Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B.Goode’ released.