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
English singer, songwriter, peace activist, and co-founder of the Beatles — the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music — John Winston Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, where he became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager. He and fellow Beatles member Paul McCartney formed a much-celebrated songwriting partnership. Along with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the group … Continue reading John Lennon: Musician, Activist, Stamp Collector
On the afternoon of August 16, 1977, American singer and actor Elvis Aaron Presley was pronounced dead after having been found in an unresponsive state in his home at Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42 years old at the time of his death. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the “King of Rock … Continue reading The Death of Elvis
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author John R. Cash was born on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Although primarily remembered as a country music icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the … Continue reading Johnny Cash, the Man in Black
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
Janis Lyn Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on January 19, 1943. In 1967, Joplin rose to fame during an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival, where she was the lead singer of the then little-known San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. After releasing two albums with the band, she left Big Brother to continue as a solo artist with her … Continue reading Janis!