1931 – Brook Benton (‘It’s Just A Matter Of Time’,’Rainy Night In Georgia – died 1998 – spinal meningitis)

1934 – Brian Epstein (The Beatles manager – died 1967 – accidental overdose of brandy and barbiturates

1935 – Nick Massi (The Four Seasons – bass guitar – died Christmas Eve 2000 – cancer)

1940 – Bill Medley (Righteous Brothers)

1940 – Paul Williams (songwriter – ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’, ‘Rainy Days And Mondays’)

1941 – Lee Dorman (Iron Butterfly – bass – died 2012)

1943 – Cass Elliot (Mamas and Papas – died 1974 from a heart attach – did NOT choke to death eating a sandwich)

1945 – Freda Payne (‘Band Of Gold’, ‘Bring The Boys Home’)

1946 – John Coghian (Status Quo – drums)

1952 – Nile Rodgers (Chic – ‘Le Freak’)

1958 – Lita Ford (The Runaways – ‘Kiss Me Deadly’, ‘Close Your Eyes Forever’)


1960 – Former chicken-plucker Ernest Evans (later crowned Chubby Checker) topped the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘The Twist’.  On January 13, 1962 he repeated the feat with the same song, becoming the first  – and only artist to hit #1 with the same song in two different years.

1960 – Hank Ballard and the Midnighters became the first group to have three songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 at the same time. All three would eventually crack the top 30: ‘Finger Poppin’ Time’, ‘Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Gone’, and ‘The Twist’.  Hank missed out on much of the success with a “b” side he had written called ‘The Twist’.  When Chubby Checker covered it at the insistence of Dick Clark (who had a stake in the record label) Hank’s original version was doomed to second place.

1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival began a four week run at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart, with their second album, ‘Green River’.

1981 – Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Concert In Central Park’ drew over 400,000 fans.  For those that weren’t there in person, a record album and video of the show was later released.

2002 – James Brown was sued by two of his daughters for close to $1,000,000 they claimed they were owed.  both women said their dad had withheld on 25 co-written songs because of a family grudge.  The lawsuit claimed James Brown had held that grudge since 1998 when one of his daughters had him committed to a psychiatric hospital to be treated for addition to painkillers.  Drama, drama, drama……

2008 – Legendary drummer Earl Palmer died.  In 1967 alone the musicians union had files of over 450 sessions on which he performed.  His drumming can be hrd on recordings by Frank Sinatra, Ike and Tina Turner, The Monkees, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Bobby Vee, Elvis Costello, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, The Righteous brothers, and countless others.  Earl Palmer was 83.

2010 – The fight ended when John Lennon’s son Julian told the press he had ended his long running feud with his half-brother ans his step-mother Yoko Ono, a feud that started after John was murdered on December 8, 1980.  Julian, Sean, and Yoko battled in court for a share of John’s estate, nut on September 19, 2010 Julian proclaimed ‘Things are good between us.  Whenever I’m in New York, we all get together’.

Oh to be a fly on the wall on one of those visits!

In this video clip Julian recalled the night his dad was killed.


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