Some music history from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.
1785: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s string quartet opus 10 premieres.
1895: Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” premiers in St. Petersburg.
1909: Drummer Gene Krupa born.
1929: Zydeco music’s “Queen Ida” (Guillory) is born.
1941: Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) born.
1933: Songwriter Sammy Cahn passes.
1948: Lynard Skynard’s Ronnie Van Zant born.
1961: The Supremes sign recording contract with Motown Records.
1964: Jazz trombonist and singer Jack Teagarden passes on.
1965: The Who releases their first single “I Can’t Explain (with Jimmy Page on guitar too).
1967: The Rolling Stones are forced to change lyrics to “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to Let’s Spend Some Time Together to play on Ed Sullivan.
1971: George Harrison releases “My Sweet Lord”.
1972: Led Zeppelin releases “Black Dog” in U.S.
1977: The Eagle are number 1 on U.S. album chart with “Hotel California”.
1981: Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez) born in Miami.
1987: Actor, dancer and Wizard of Oz star Ray Bolger passes.
1994: Harry Nilsson passes.
1996: Orchestra leader, singer and composer Les Baxter passes.
1998: Heralded bluesman Junior Wells leaves us.