Today, February 12, 1939, one of the greatest keyboard players in rock and roll was born in Chicago. Raymond Daniel Manzarek Jr. is the name on the birth certificate. Member of The Doors, Ray Manzarek to my mind one of the coolest musicians /people around. It’
Some say February 3rd, is “The day the music died.” It was on this date back in 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper lost their lives when their small plane crashed in a snowstorm shortly after take-off from Mason City, Iowa.
Don Henley and his solo career would kick in big-time today in 1984, with the release of his album "Building The Perfect Beast". It would top out at #13 on the charts and over 3 million copies would be sold.
On this day in 1969 , Crosby, Stills & Nash's self-titled debut album made up to #6 on the music charts. The album was well accepted by rock lover’s nationwide selling four million copies in four months. David Crosby came from The Byrds, Stephen Stills from Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash from The Hollies.
It was a big night for The Beatles November 4,1963. The band performed at the Royal Command Performance at the Prince of Wales Theater in London; in the audience were the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
The seed was planted today October 25,1960, when Mick Jagger on board a train in London bumps into an old school mate Keith Richards. Under his arm Keith had some Rhythm & Blues albums which kicks off a conversation about their individual love of R&B.
Today in 1940, John Lennon was born at the Liverpool Maternity Hospital. If you’re looking to celebrate John’s Birthday with other Lennon fans and musical artists? Then take a trip to Ann Arbor and head to The Ark on South Main Streets for “Veterans For Peace John Lennon Birthday Concert” at 7:30 pm.
A news bulletin out of London on September 18, 1970 shocks the rock and roll music world. Jimi Hendrix according to the police had died from a drug overdose. They say he took nine sleeping pills and died of suffocation through vomit.
It was on this night in 1967 which was a Sunday on CBS television live from New York City on “The Ed Sullivan Show” that Jim Morrison of The Doors went against the media powers and sang the lyric from “Light My Fire”, “Girl, we couldn’t get much HIGHER”.
One of my favorite albums was released today in 1971, John Lennon’s “Imagine”. This would be John’s second collection and the first with just his name as the artist. The previous collection was credited to John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band.
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