~ 1974 – Eric Clapton’s version of Bob Marley’s ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ tops the charts
~ 1983 – Amy Winehouse was born
~ 1962 – The Four Seasons start a run of #1 hits with ‘Sherry’
~ 1925 – BB King was born
~ 1964 – “Shindig!” premiered on ABC. The first show opened with Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, The Wellingtons, The Righteous Brothers, Bobby Sherman and Alan Sues.
~ 1923 – Hank Williams was born
~ 1931 – RCA Victor Records began demonstrations of the long-playing (LP), 33-1/3 RPM phonograph record.
~ 1951 – Dee Dee Ramone was born
~ 1970 – James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix died in his London apartment at the age of 27. The death was from an overdose of sleeping pills.
~ 1941 – Cass Elliot was born. Given name Ellen Naomi Cohen but known as Mama Cass was an American singer and actress, best known as a member of the Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she released five solo albums. In 1998 she was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her work with the Mamas & the Papas.
Elliot was known for her sense of humor and optimism, and was considered by some to be the most charismatic member of the group. Her powerful, distinctive voice was a major factor in their success. She is best remembered for her vocals on the group’s hits “California Dreamin'”, “Monday, Monday”, “Words of Love”, and the solo “Dream a Little Dream of Me”
~ 1972 – Police found cannabis growing on the farm of Paul and Linda McCartney.
~ 1975 – David Bowie’s ‘Fame’ goes to #1 on Billboard chart