15 March

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1941 Mike Love of The Beach Boys is born in Los Angeles.

1940 Phil Lesh (bass guitarist for The Grateful Dead) is born in Berkeley, California.

1936 Songwriter Howard Greenfield ("Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," "Oh! Carol") is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1932 Record producer Arif Mardin is born in Istanbul, Turkey. He works at Atlantic Records for 30 years before becoming general manager of Manhattan Records (then under the umbrella of EMI).

1931 D.J. Fontana (drummer for Elvis Presley) is born Dominic Joseph Fontana in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1929 Alabama blues pianist Pinetop Smith is shot and killed at age 24.

1921 Doo-wop musician Les Cooper, known for the 1962 instrumental hit "Wiggle Wobble," is born in Norfolk, Virginia.

1919 Record producer George Avakian is born in Russia. Produced albums for Jazz artists like Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

1912 Country blues singer/songwriter Lightnin' Hopkins is born in Centerville, Texas.

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Fats Domino's Pianos Salvaged From Hurricane Katrina


Remnants of Fats Domino's two pianos are discovered and saved by the Louisiana State Museum after attempting to salvage his Ninth Ward home after Hurricane Katrina.

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