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The Temptations' singer Dennis Edwards.

The Temptations’ singer Dennis Edwards born on this day.

Music history and highlights than have happened on February 3rd… from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.

Johnny "Guitar" Watson.

Johnny “Guitar” Watson.

1809: Composer and pianist Felix Mendelssohn forn in Hamburg, Germany.

1911:  Blues singer Jesse “Babyface” Thomas born in Logansport, Louisiana.

1935:  Johnny “Guitar” Watson born in Houston.

1943:  The Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards born in Fairfield, Alabama.

1943:  The Hollies bassist Eric Haydock born in Stockport, United Kingdom.

The Kinks.

The Kinks.

1947:  The Kinks singer and guitarist Dave Davies born in London.

1959:  Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) die in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

1967:  Jimi Hendrix records “Purple Haze”.

1968:  The Beatles start work on “Lady Madonna” at Abby Road Studios in London.

1970:  Led Zeppelin II album still in the top 20 after peaking at No. 1 in both U.S. and U.K. charts.

Dire Straits.

Dire Straits.

1979:  The Village People’s “YMCA” peaks at No. 2 on U.S. pop charts.

1979:  Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” first single to hit No. 1 on U.K. charts.

1986:  Dire Straits No. 1 on British charts with album “Brothers in Arms”.

1990:  Reggae rapper Sean Kingston born in Miami.

Gwen Guthrie.

Gwen Guthrie.

1995:  Blues singer and guitarist Turner Fodrell passes on.

1996:  Blues guitarist Wild Jimmy Spruill passes on.

1999:  Soul singer Gwen Guthrie (“I Ain’t Got Nothin’ Goin’ on But the Rent”) passes away (she did backing vocals with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Madonna).

2004:  Doobie Brothers saxophonist and keyboard player Cornelius Bumpus leaves the building.