22 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1955 Saxophonist and songwriter Alan Wilkinson is born in Ilford, England.

1949 Country musician Sam Neely is born in Cuero, Texas. Known for a string of minor hits in the '70s, including the cover "I Fought the Law."

1948 Guitarist David Marks is born in New Castle, Washington. When he is 7, his family moves to Hawthorne, California across the street from the Wilson family, which forms The Beach Boys. Marks joins the band in 1961, but is replaced two years later by Al Jardine.

1947 Singer Donna Jean Godchaux, the only female member of the Grateful Dead, is born in Florence, Alabama. Born Donna Jean Thatcher, she marries keyboard player Keith Godchaux, who also joins the Dead, in 1970.

1946 Gary "Mutha" Withem (keyboardist for Gary Puckett & the Union Gap) is born in San Diego, California.

1945 Ron Dante is born Carmine Granito in Staten Island, New York. Heard but rarely seen, Dante is the voice of the studio groups The Archies ("Sugar, Sugar") and The Cuff Links ("Tracy").

1938 Count Basie records "Jumpin' At The Woodside."

1938 America's most famous dancing partners, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, appear together on the cover of Life magazine.

1938 Rock singer/guitarist Dale Hawkins is born in Gold Mine, Louisiana.

1936 Chuck Brown is born in North Carolina. He would relocate to Washington, DC and pioneer the go-go sound, best heard on his hit "Bustin' Loose."

1926 Jazz tenor vocalist Bob Flanigan (of The Four Freshmen) is born in Greencastle, Indiana.

1917 Bluesman John Lee Hooker is born in Coahoma County, Mississippi.

1906 The Victor Talking Machine Company introduces the first "internal horn" record player, the first practical unit for home use. It sells for $200 (about $4000 adjusted for inflation).

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