17 October

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1958 Country singer Alan Jackson is born in Newnan, Georgia.

1957 The Elvis Presley film Jailhouse Rock premieres in Memphis, Tennessee.

1956 Mickey & Sylvia record "Love Is Strange," a song written by Bo Diddley. It comes back around in 1987 when it's used in the movie Dirty Dancing.

1949 Bill Hudson (the eldest of the three Hudson Brothers) is born in Portland, Oregon.

1947 Michael McKean, who portrays frontman David St. Hubbins in the fictional band Spinal Tap, is born in New York City. He's also known as wacky neighbor Lenny Kosnowski on Laverne & Shirley and brilliant but troubled lawyer Chuck McGill on Better Call Saul.

1946 The Doobie Brothers drummer Mike Hossack is born in Paterson, New Jersey.

1945 Hollywood starlet Ava Gardner marries her second husband, bandleader Artie Shaw.

1942 Gary Puckett (frontman for Union Gap) is born in Hibbing, Minnesota, but would be raised in Yakima, Washington (not far from the city Union Gap).

1941 Soft rocker Jim Seals (of Seals & Crofts) is born in Sidney, Texas.

1941 Alan Howard (bassist/vocalist for The Tremeloes) is born in Dagenham, Essex, England.

1940 Frank Sinatra hosts the weekly radio program Fame and Fortune, which gives amateur songwriters the chance to compete for $100 and a publishing deal with NBC Music.

1933 Jeanne Deckers, "The Singing Nun," is born in Brussels, Belgium. In 1963, she has a #1 hit in America with "Dominique."

1923 Jazz guitarist Barney Kessel is born in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

1919 The Radio Corporation of America, soon to be simply known as RCA, is founded by General Electric as a publicly held monopoly, much the same way "the phone company" was originally envisioned.

1914 Jazz musician John Clifford Mosley Jr., a trumpeter who also played the flugelhorn, the long horn and the flute, is born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. That's Mosley playing the flute during the intro of The Isley Brothers' 1971 cover of "Spill the Wine."

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Street Survivors Released Three Days Before Skynyrd Plane Crash


Lynyrd Skynyrd release Street Survivors, the last album with frontman Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, as both are killed only three days later after the band's plane goes down en route to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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