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