~ 1957 – Little Richard tossed four diamond rings into the Hunter River in Sydney, Australia, to prove that he was giving up rock-n-roll for his faith in God. He returned to music five years later.
~ 1941 – Paul Simon was born
~ 1971 – Bing Crosby, part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, threw out the first ball in Game 4 of the World Series between the Pirates and the Orioles.
~ 1957 – The Everly Brothers have a hit with ‘Wake Up Little Susie”. The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing.
The music of the Everly Brothers influenced the Beatles, who referred to themselves as “the English Everly Brothers” when Paul McCartney and John Lennon went hitchhiking south to win a talent competition. They based the vocal arrangement of “Please Please Me” on “Cathy’s Clown.”
Keith Richards called Don Everly “one of the finest rhythm players.”
Paul Simon, who worked with the pair on “Graceland,” said on the day after Phil’s death, “Phil and Don were the most beautiful sounding duo I ever heard. Both voices pristine and soulful. The Everlys were there at the crossroads of country and R&B. They witnessed and were part of the birth of rock and roll.”
~ 1968 – Led Zeppelin made its official performance debut in England.
~ 1962 – Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame is born
~ 1968 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience released the album “Electric Ladyland.” It was the third and final album by the band.
~ 1957 – “Jailhouse Rock”, the Elvis Presley film, premiered in Memphis.
~ 1977 – “Street Survivors” was released by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Three days later vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines (Steve’s sister) and road manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed when their plane crashed in Gillsburg, MS. The other four members of the band were seriously injured but survived the crash.
~ 1926 – Chuck Berry was born
~ 1957 – Paul McCartney made his debut appearance with the Quarrymen in Norris Green, Liverpool.