1925 – Bennie Benjamin – you won’t know the name but you’ve heard his work as a session drummer, one of Motown Records ‘The Funk Brothers’, who played on hundreds of sessions forThe Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder.  He died in 1969, but if you want to get a behind the scenes look at Motown and the house band in particular, I recommend the DVD 2003’s ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Motown’.

1941 – Manny Charlton (Nazareth/guitar – “Love Hurts”)

1942 – Bruce Woodley (The Seekers/guitar)

1944 – Tom Dawes (The Cyrkle)

1950 – Mark Clarke (Uriah Heap – ‘Easy Lovin”)

1951 – Verdine White (Earth Wind and Fire/bass)


1960 – Roy Orbison scored his first major hit with a song that he had written that was turned down by Elvis Presley and The Everly Brothers.  Roy’s own recording of “Only The Lonely” reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1964 – The Beatles ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ album, theor first to be recorded on 4 track tape (which allowed for good stereo mixes) hit #1.

1969 – Neil Young appeared with Crosby Stills and Nash for the first time when they played a show at The Filmore East in New York.  He would eventually join the group off and on for the next 30 years.

1970 – The Carpenters began a four week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “(They Long To Be) Close To You”, the first of three #1’s and 17 other top 40 hits.

1980 – On the other end of the musical spectrum, AC/DC released their sixth album ‘Back In Black’, which to date has sold an estimated 49 million copies.

1981 – Back to the soft side, Air Supply had the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The One That You Love”, their only chart topper and the first Australian band to top the American chart.

1995 – Multi-talented and Grammy award winner charlie Rich who crossed over with “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World”, died in his sleep.  He was 62 years old.

2010 – In what may be one of the dumbest statements by Paul McCartney’s ex Heather Mills, she told the press that the trauma and pain she went through after losing her leg in a traffic accident was nothing compared to the way she felt after she and the former member of The Beatles split up.

for one of the few times in my life, I’m speechless……

1965 – A major shift in music, and the biggest since The Beatles hit the American shores a year and a half earlier.  Bob Dylan took out a Fender Stratocaster at the Newport Folk Festival plugged it into an amp, and took off with a blistering version of “Maggie’s Farm” which had half the crowd booing and the other half cheering.  Bob Dylan went electric and never looked back.

Here’s a taste of what it looked and sounded like.






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