Clyde McPhatter

 Clyde Lensley McPhatter was born in the community of Hayti, in Durham, North Carolina on November 15, although the year is disputed. Some sources cite 1932. Author Colin Escott cites 1931, stating that “most biographies quote 1933 or 1934, although government documents cite the earlier year”. He would later become an American rhythm and blues, soul and rock and roll singer. He was one of … Continue reading Clyde McPhatter

The Day the Music Died

On February 3, 1959, rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson. The event later became known as “The Day the Music Died”, after singer-songwriter Don McLean referred to it as such in his song “American Pie” in 1971. The crash was not known … Continue reading The Day the Music Died

The Birthday of Elvis Presley

On January 8, 1993, the United States Postal Service kicked off its American Music Series with a photogravure-printed stamp perforated 11 portraying a young version of singer Elvis Presley (Scott #2721). It would have been his 58th birthday had he not died on August 16, 1977. The American singer, musician, and actor is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th … Continue reading The Birthday of Elvis Presley